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Cucapá Obscura - Cucapá Brewing Company

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cucapá Brewing Company visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: fido on 04-08-2007

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Ratings: 128 | Reviews: 84
Photo of Goliath
2.77/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown that appears clear ruby in the light. There is a pathetic showing of foamy off white head on an aggressive pour that quickly dissipates and leaves nothing behind.

The nose is ok. There's a bit of caramel and grain, but not much else.

The taste is not the best. There's a bitter roasted coffee note, and damn near close to nothing else. Doesn't really strike me as much of a brown ale.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a light carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly low in my opinion. The flavor profile is not that great which really doesn't make me want to go back for more. The ABV is low which can make for a sessionable beer, but I'm just not getting that here. It's just a poor showing.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass. The packaging seems to indicate that this is a "Limited Production". I'm assuming that since this I don't seeing any other reviews for this in cans, that it is in reference to the packaging and not the beer.

Pours a deep looking dark amber, with 3 big foamy fingers of light tan head (definitely darker than off-white). Retains with a thin creamy look that leaves a strong smattering of spotty lacing back. Good strong look here to this. The aroma is roasty, doughy, and fairly fruity in the nose. Lighter notes of caramel, cocoa, and a touch of earthy hops round this out.

The taste is toasted and doughy with sugars all at once, with a definite fruity presence to it that mixes with some lighter tones of chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar to imbue a much darker flavor to it. Hops are spicy and put a more moderate assertiveness to this, drying the backend of the profile out and lingering along with some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness to the carbonation but this is overall very easy in the mouth despite a touch of heft and warmth (which feels bigger than 4.5%) to this.

This was a most welcome surprise, as I had picked this up on a lark while out in So Cal the other month and this was my first ever Mexican Craft Beer. There was a surprising amount of flavor here, with the mouthfeel having a crisp yet smooth feel to it that reminded me a lot of a Lager. Color me impressed, and I will definitely keep an eye out for more from these guys next time I'm out in the area.

Photo of Dijeriduster
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a dark brown to black with a nice head. Not creamy like a stout though - a little more airy
S - Darkish but no coffee or chocolate notes small amount of hop lingers, almost like a mexican lager
T - Pretty good, light almost lager like yeast bite and just a hint of hops. Like a Bavarian beer, not a porter or stout.
M - Surprisingly light for a beer so dark. Good carbonation and solid finish with no syrupy notes.
D - Good beer, might be nice at a BBQ where you don't want a piss beer but still want something light.

Photo of roddwolff
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, i served bad in a pilsener glass and got a giant head of foam. Turning to the review:

A: Very dark brown-violet color, the foam is bright and dark with excellent retention, the label says it's a tribute to the color of our people (from Mexico) and has 4 types of malts;

S: Strong roasted malt, toffee, molasses and peanut;

T: Starting again with roasted malt but this time with hazelnut, then we have chocolate, coffee and a few hops, the roasted flavor persists all the time;

M: Little dry and sweet, on the palate is bitter, full body but not become robust;

D: Lots of flavor and decent amount of ABV, better than Cucapá Clásica, but i'm betting on the Chupacabras Pale Ale which i expect to review soon.

Photo of Rayek
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Mahogany with a slight chill haze and mild carbonation. A fizzy cream head comes and goes quickly. It does stick around as a ring at the edge of the beer. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Chocolate, molasses, and toffee dominate. A small whiff of grass provides a modicum of balance.

T: Bittersweet, with a strong flavor of molasses. A mild earthy bitterness provides fair balance against the sweetness. There's a slight mineral flavor in the background. Finishes with a linger bittersweet flavor.

M: The medium body is slightly syrupy. Carbonation feels high.

D: The low ABV makes this a beer that's easy to down. The tick body; however, makes the beer feel stronger than it is. Overall, a very decent beer.

Photo of jacobseyb
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A=very dark amber color with some clarity and a one finger offwhite head

S=sweet chocolate notes with slight alcohol aroma

T=sweet tasting malts with little bitterness to balance

M=light carbonation and slight oiliness

D=drinkable and enjoyable though not super

Photo of cervezale
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark amber copper color. Medium head formation, medium lace retention. Aromas of dark chocolate and roasted coffee with nice hints of citrusy hops. Taste of dark bitter chocolate and semi-sweet malts well balanced with a nice amiunt of citrus hops. Nice body and good balance of the coffee-ish flavor and the hops. Good beer for a poker night with friends.

Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The label reads "imported from Mexico". That's funny... and made me wonder if the beer actually left the country and then came back.

It pours a dark red-brown color, really nice, and creates a big 1 and half inch head which is a bit yellow-brownish. Head doesn't live long and leaves almost no lacing.

Smell is of strong malts and...almost no hops to be smelled.

Taste isn't that different. Strong sweetness coming from 4 different malts, some roasted notes and bits of caramel, which actually taste good before they cloy you. Hops provide a bit of acidity and almost no bitterness. Very poor balance, it needs more hops man!! As it warms up, notes of veggies come up in the taste, so... drink it cold.

Boasts a nice medium-light moutfeel.

Combine that mouthfeel with low ABV and you have a very drinkable session beer. But this beer is killed by it poor balance. It'll cloy you even if you drink slow enough to cover a whole meal.

Photo of Overlord
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a reddish brown. Smells like grain and earthy hops. Not much head to it.

Kind of a bland, somewhat too earthy and almost sour flavor. A bit weird, actually. I'm not sure what it tastes like. Grain laden wheat chaff, perhaps? Just a strange beer, not really a brown ale, but not like much else I've had.

Thin mouthfeel. This brewery makes better.

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for this!

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a creamy tan head with some lacing.

The smell is grainy with some roast. Something akin to "malt balls" comes to mind - caramel and towards chocolate. It has some earthy hops mixed in.

The taste is sweet, lightly roasted nuts, some caramel - towards chocolate. An earthy/fruity bitterness balances the sweetness in the finish.

It has firm carbonation and is the lighter side of medium-bodied, with a grainy texture.

Easy to drink. An enjoyable brew with a rich maltiness (though a bit broken by the carbonation), in a lighter way. Sweetness well-balanced in the finish, making it thirst-quenching. A very nice brown ale!

Photo of Bitterbill
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this bottle in a mixed six pack.

This pours a dark brown with reddish hues and a 1 finger head of off white foam.

The smell is light but I get a milk-like smell with some caramel malt sweetness.

The taste is *very* grainy with some roasted malt, a little bit of chocolate and coffee, and a flavour there in the background, sometimes in the foreground...a sourness/tartness? Weird. It's definitely distracting me but not in such a good way. Still, overall, I'm enjoying the brew. A good effort, imho.

Photo of MasterSki
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Dave for bringing this one over. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - A finger and a half of quick-dissolving tan foam that leaves a nice cap but minimal lacing. Dark brown with a hint of red and lots of tiny bubbles racing to the top.

S - Mild malty smell, with hints of chocolate and nuttiness. Pretty understated, but nice all the same.

T - Cocoa, molasses, caramel malt. Pretty standard brown ale fare. Still probably the most flavorful Mexican beer I've had.

M - On the lighter side and a little bit watery, low carbonation, some nice residual stickiness. It's appropriate for the ABV and style, but it's not all that interesting.

D - If I was in Mexico this would be an excellent session choice, but in the US I'd pick a good half-dozen brown ales before I got to this one. Still, the carbonation, ABV, and mild flavor make it pretty drinkable.

Photo of seanbhudson
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE:
Pours a dark brown color with a large tan head that dissipates at an average rate. Found it strange to find sediment at the bottom.
AROMA:
Caramel, toasted malt and hint of cocoa.
FLAVOR:
Toasted/roasted malt and faint earthy hops to finish. Unfortunately it also has a metallic taste. I think I got a bad batch! I have had this before and remember it being good.
MOUTHFEEL:
Light to medium body beer. Soft carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
A easy drinking smooth beer. Based on the metallic taste I would give it an F but I know this beer is normally better than that.
NOTES: BBCSD-0902-Sean

Photo of charlzm
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 02/14/09.

Pours a clear, deep brown with mahogany highlights. A one finger off-white head disappears almost immediately, leaving a very fine skin of foam. No bubbles to be seen in the glass.

Aroma is sweet with notes of honey and pitted fruits. Apricots, even?

Beer is quite sweet. A little nut flavor, but not much. Honey and sweet apricot. Some fig flavor as well. There is an unexpected and short-lived bitter finish which seems to be due mainly to burnt malt. It actually works. A bit of drying parch on the tongue and alcohol warming in the belly.

Unexpectedly flavorful, the only ding against the drinkability of this beer is its close to cloying sweetness.

Photo of RunDWP
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Today I'm here to tell you about an intriguing beer I've enjoyed from Mexico. My Mexican history is pretty weak, so don't ask me about the four native tribes of Mexico, which has inspired Cucapa' to blend four different malts together for this brew. All I can tell you is that this blend creates a unique and memorable brew.

I just poured a bottle into my tulip glass. It has a deep brown color, with a light fluffy tan head floating on top. Some good lacing and sheeting action on the glass. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, and maybe a little chocolate. Flavor is more of the same. It's very malt dominated as per the style and the way you'd expect it to be if you're going to go to the trouble of blendig four different malts, but I also detected a little resin hop character that gives it a little earthy character. Despite this earthy and roasted character, it's very smooth and drinkable.

Photo of htomsirveaux
2.77/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle tried 21 Oct 2008.

Used a shaker pint glass. Pours with a small tan head. Dark brown color with ruby highlights. Smells of rum, licorice, ethanol, roasty. Aroma is better than the taste. Starts light, slightly roasty, like cold coffee. Moderate ethanol and some chocolate through the middle. Finishes a bit acrid. Thin body, almost watery.

Would have liked a bit more caramel malt in this one.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To inagurate the service of my Eisenbahn Weizenbock glass I bought in Brazil a week ago, I choose ... a beer from Cucapá. On to the beer:

Not much of a head on top of this pretty, ruby brown colored beer. It still looks good without a head. The aroma is quite good, malted toffee is dominant here. Mild hoppiness and nutty aromas too. To taste...oh yum, I like this beer. Tea leaves and toffee chews introduce themselves to the palate at first. The background is nutty while the toffee and green tea note continue to play a duet through the experience. A fruitiness seems to mix itself into the sweet toffee flavor. Lighter than average mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation...in this case the carbonation seems to work in its favor.

Fruity, toffee, and imported from Mexico. Another quality offering from Cucapá.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received from Solomon420. Thanks Damian! This brewery is new to me. Into my Sam Smith nonic

A: Crystal clear dark brown with reddish brown highlights. Thin brown head that recedes to a disk fairly quickly.

S: Robust with dark caramel malts, coffee, nuts, toffee and a molasses-like sweetness. Pretty good!

T: On the palate, there's a good bit of sweetness to open things up, of a nature similar to dark liquid malt extract with molasses, toffee and coffee. Fleeting on the finish, leaving a dry and mildly bitter coffee finish

M: Light but adequate in body with solid carbonation and a decent finish

D: Fairly drinkable but the LME sweetness is a little much for me

Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle I got in a trade and looked very interesting. Nice brown color, smells good and is far too easy to drink. I'd love to try their barleywine This is the best beer I have had from Mexico (I haven;t had many). If you get a chance, buy this. I don't usually like brown ales but this is cool.

Photo of tonistruth
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- deep brown with mahogany hughes and a quick fading soda like head

S- rich chocolate, nutty, and molasses

T- chocolate and hop flavors up front followed by nutty, rich sweetness and roasted malts with coffee in the after taste

M- smooth medium body

D- tasty malt flavors and easily sessionable with a good mouthfeel, overall a good choice for a brown ale though has a weak appearance

Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this brew yields a deep reddish brown pour with a half inch head.

Smell is initially of caramelized malts and a touch of hops. This opens up and yields a bit of dried fruit and coffee.

A relatively light body and mouthfeel for the appearance with a light to moderate carbonation, offering a nice tingly finish. Tastes of rich malt and chocolate, yet I don't really get a sense of this being too sweet. Light hops on the close. Feel and drinkability are good with a nice balance of carbonation, sweetness and ABV.

Photo of Pepeton
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice surprise this beer, which is only fair after waiting so long to try it --along with two other brews from this micro: Chupacabras Pale Ale y their Barleywine.

Micro beer distribution here in México, just as in the US, or so I've read, sucks big time. So, two other fellow BAs and your truly bought some cases of Cucapá beers, and had them delivered by freight trucks. :-)

Well, the wait was worth it.

Pours a dark ruby, with lively red hues when seen through a light. Tan bubbly head, 2.5 inches high; vanishes rather quick. Tight lacing.

Smell is very well balanced roasted malts and earthy hops.

Taste is, just as the nose, balanced. Bitterness was the first taste I got, but malts quickly took over. Caramel and roasted malts, some toffey and mocka coffee. Nice.

Mouthfeel was creamy, really creamy, with a dry finish. Smack!

With 4.5% ABV, drinkability is doubtless high.

¡Salud!

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour produces a three-finger thick, lightly brown tinged, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a dark, black leaning, burnt, super concentrated opaque, red color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich, ruby hue when held up to the light. At first whiff this beer smells, unsurprisingly of hops; lightly herbal with a bit of a sweet citrus / berry component added in for good measure. Richly toasted malt notes add an almost roast note and there is a fair amount of caramelized character that has toffee over-tones. Dark malt notes end up being the most noticeable part of the aroma, which is aromatic, but not all that rich or deep in complexity.

A medium carbonation, when combined with the lighter body create a bit of a fizzy texture to this beer. Flavors of toffee in the middle take on a lightly roasted character and the beer finishes with a bitter, roast grain note. The bitterness in the finish is also contributed by hops, but the roast grain is what seems to linger on the tongue with a bit of astringency. While quite light bodied, the beer is actually fairly sweet, though not at all cloying. The lightly burnt, caramel sweetness helps to offset the dry roasted notes. A touch of herbal hop character adds just a touch of hop flavor to this beer.

The malt can get a bit astringent at times especially in the finish. This beer is lacking an overall integration and smooth balance; everything doesn't quite mesh. I like that this beer is quite light, it makes this beer quite quaffable and the flavors are, for the most part, quite nice.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of bradybeer
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a glint of deep ruby red. head is thin and is the color of coco.

Nice hop aroma which is overshadowed by a roasted malt aroma that reminds me of mexican hot chocolate.

In tasting this beer I detect notes of chocolate, raisin, and prunes? The malt sweetness finished with a hint of hop bitterness.

Carbonation is medium and mouthfeel matches this.

Drinkability is high-I could enjoy a number of these with some chicken mole enchiladas.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Weibull for sending this as an extra!

Pours a deep shade of chestnut brown, and glows red in the light. Foam rises to the rim and settles to a thin skim, leaving sparse lacing.

Toasty malt and brown sugar in the first whiff. Solid malty base, a mild raisin sweetness with a little floral hop bitterness in the end. Some residual mild roast flavors hang around too. Pretty big flavors for such a light drinking ale.

This is definitely one to break the "bad Mexican beer" stereotype.

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