Cucapá Obscura - Cucapá Brewing Company

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 133
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: fido on 04-08-2007

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: deep brown body, trace head, zero lacing

S: smoked, woodsy, nutty, hint of figs/dates

T: sweet smoked, fruit, malt, semi-dry woodsy finish

M: light/med body, light carbonation, slight tongue prick, mild
semi-dry mouth

O: Great to see Mexico experimenting, but this
beer just needs more body for where all the flavor
intentions lie.


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Photo of bunbury
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one on my visit to Mexico City -March 2010, the bottle has a Silver 2009 award with the small title of "Liquid Craftsmanship" and dark beer been my favorite I decided to give this one a shot.

Pours great into a tulip glass and to my amaze those two head finger disappeared in a blink of an eye ... or probably two.

Taste is not at strong as I expected but it does have a coffee aspect within the first glance then is just a watery dark beer.

I've tried many 4,8% dark beers and this one is just not up to the standards, not bad though Im glad to have found this one instead of the always-no-thanks Corona or XX dos Equis, this really turns up a notch in Mexican beer production.

Smell: not that dark, more like a strong Amber
Drinkability: very low, I believe after 2 of this it will be difficult to plunge any more.

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Photo of Chaz
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brilliant, chestnut-amber in color, topped with a darker-tan head. Head exhibits good lacing and average duration.

Nose is very lightly hoppy up front, but there's more interesting things goin' on with the malts: sweetish and fruity, but also with notes of hazelnut and very light caramel and toffee.

On the first sip there's a sour, tangy, vegetal character that is almost completely off-putting*. Nut and toffee notes from the nose are here, but they are buried beneath the sour tangy, almost completely obscured. Sweetish, but not in a way that I was expecting. Lingering sweetness sort of saves the day, here, and although I'd been tempted to drain-pour, this one improved as it warmed.

Mouthfeel is average.

Not a great beer, but not altogether terrible, either, and worth a shot -- thankfully, this one was a stray single ; )

* No production or best-by code found on the can.

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Photo of hickmancase
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Total Wine poured into a pint glass.

A: Brown with a reddish tint. Very smooth pour resulting in no head even though I tried for one.


T: Couldn't put my tongue on it at first, so to speak. I thought it was more like a red ale. However, eventually I realized that what I was tasting was the sourness. Checked BA and it looks like I'm not the only one getting this. Dry on the finish.

M: Not as smooth as the strange pour led me to believe.

D: Wouldn't do this again. Too sour for a brown but too mild for a sour.


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Photo of GRPunk
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- The 1-finger tan head drops a little too quickly to a full lace, but a little shake or swirl will bring it back. The body is a little hazy and thoroughly brown. Good rings were left on the glass.

S- Quite sweet initially, maybe even berry-like. There was a combination of chocolate and brown sugar with hints of molasses or even maple syrup. The chocolate and brown sugar really stood out as the beer warmed.

T- A little roasty grain. Caramel sweetness. Chocolate notes. Hopped just enough to take the sweet edge of things. I don't know if sour is the right term, but a bit of "twang" permiates the flavor. It's a little long in the finish.

M- Fairly significant carbonation provides a real bite. Pretty light bodied otherwise.

D- Something I'm glad I tried, but not something I'd seek out. As far as an American Brown Ale, it's a little lacking. That said, it's nice to see a Mexican beer that isn't a blonde lager. If this was on the beer list next to the usual suspects of Mexican beer, it would definitely get the nod.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
2.24/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Saw this on the shelves at the bottle shop, have yet to try a "Mexican craft beer," figured I'd give it a go.

Poured into a tulip pint: Half-finger of nicely formed, creamy, khaki head over brown that's dark enough to round up to black, with nice plum highlights.

Hmm, signs of infection here? Tart green apple & cherry smell. That's really about all I'm getting.

Same in the taste, with a roasty/astringent underpinning. Ends with a metallic tap water kind of taste. *shudder*

Medium-thin, astringent, metallic. Not real good.

And we have a winner! I'm assuming this bottle was infected, having some real problems here. Don't know if the problem was in the handling - it was kept at room temperature - though it was in brown glass with no date, so I'm gonna hold the brewer responsible for this one. I'd be willing to try it again, if I could be assured a good bottle, but this isn't happening.

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Photo of farrago
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The head crests close to two fingers, however, loose enough to dissipate with haste, deep tan in color, thin sheets fall down the glass walls rather than more sticky lacing. Cloudy brown liquid, has enough orange tint give it a rust water look, through it all a steady stream of bubbles remains visible. Curious sour edge to the nose, close to vinous, metal to mineral water, cocoa and chocolate powder dry, cinnamon, mixed grains and granola, cherry, red grape to apple fruit scents, it's not lean overall but chooses to express itself with few words. Medium-bodied, sourness the major factor here too, the carbonation needs to chill some, keeps its weight even as flavors fade. Emphasis on grape, apple, cherry, cranberry fruit, less earth to metal, softened by the chocolate powder. Sour oranges there too, just hard to avoid sourness. Barley and lentils, not close to herbaceous. This is certainly a unique take on the style, happy to have tried a bottle but no need to seek out more.

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Photo of theboozecruise
2.57/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Saw a 6-pack of this when grabbing some beer for a party. I prefer to try new things, so here goes with a craft beer from Mexico instead of a macro!

The beer is dark... brown like the style suggests with not much head.

The aroma is malty, hints of chocolate, slightly metallic.

The taste is more of the same... a little muted, but there are definitely roasted malt flavors but still a metallic twinge.

Very thin on the mouth, one of the more watery beers I've tried recently, and I can't say I'd pick up any more of these next time.

Maybe someone else from the same brewery, but not this one.

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Photo of JoePat
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown with a nice big kaki head. It doesn't dissipate immediately but it does not stick around long.

I get some roasted malts and chocolate in the aroma. It is clean and not a lot of aroma.

The flavor is a little on the weak side. I get some roasted malts and chocolate but it is very faint. I pick up a little bit of a lemonade type sourness as it gets warm. Don't think it is a bacteria issue because it is so light but can't rule it out.

The mouthfeel is very thin and almost watery which makes it easy to put this beer down.

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Photo of akorsak
2.12/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to Woody for this can.

A: The brown ale is a full reddish brown color, dark enough to be opaque. On closer inspection, ruby red highlights emerge. A thin band of head hangs around the edges of the glass.

S: A little metallic and off-smelling. Not a good sign of things to come. No hint of the toffee and caramel mixture that I've noticed before.

T: More caramel in the taste, enough to mask any unpleasantness (like in the nose). No way around calling this one either infected or past its prime.

M and D: The ale looks very attractive in my glass. Things just move downhill from there. I didn't finish it.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me start by saying it's exciting to see beers from Mexico which have color and substance and flavor. In fact this is the first craft beer I've ever had from Mexico.

Poured a meager 1" head which quickly dissipated to lace. Dark in color almost like a stout and flavor likewise was similar to a mild stout but with a lighter body. Smell and taste both had touch of sour almost like a drop of Flemish sour.

Anyway, a big step up from forgettable weak Mexican beers, but nowhere close to the craft beers from the States or from European classics.

But keep up the good work Cucapa.

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Photo of Brenden
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a clear reddish brown in color. A light brown head pours out huge, looking a bit fizzy initially. Somehow there's so much of it, though, that when it fades it still sits at a respectable finger and a half and is quite rocky. Oddly enough, my pint glass is still filled with liquid. The head then faces to a thick foam that remains and plenty of patchy lacing is left on the glass.
Roasted malts and barley make the core of the aroma, backed by a hint of nuts. I get only the slightest touch of caramel sweetness. Earthy hops are also strong. A slight metallic tint sits in the aroma as well.
The same nice roasted malts and barley are in the flavor balanced by a sturdy dose of hops with some nuts. It gets oddly tangy toward the middle of the sip with a mildly astringent note as well, marring the finish of what would be an otherwise good flavor if not for the fact that a funky sourness kicks in partway through. It's still better than any Mexican beer I've tried yet.
This one's on the very light side of medium in the body. A prickly carbonation makes this one lively and doesn't go too far, though it could be slightly lessened. It's fairly dry and has a mildly grainy texture.
Craft beer from Mexico? Surely not. This one is certainly a step above almost everything if not everything from Modelo, Pacifico, or any of the pretenders.

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Photo of zeff80
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a clear, brown color with ruby highlights. It had a two-finger, tan, bubbly head of foam that left some sudsy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, mild chocolate and toffee. There were subtle floral notes.

T - A little nutty with some chocolate, but there was an odd sourness. It didn't fit.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - Looked good, smelled good but it didn't deliver on taste. Odd sourness!

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Photo of Kiwano
2.18/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Very dark brown almost black in the middle. Think foam head on top but it dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell - A bit of char, somewhat metallic?

Taste -A bit of burnt coffee and earthiness, a bit of malt, some smoke and char but not very full. Kind of a burnt taste lingers. A bit of brightness when it first hits the tongue. It starts off as if it might be a pretty good beer but it is too thin and the taste dissipates quickly leaving the burnt char flavor.

Mouthfeel - small fizzy bubbles - kind of thin and flat though.

Drinkability - OK - wouldn't have it again. Even though it has the smokier burnt-type flavors it still is very light and doesn't carry the flavor through.

(chilled can poured into a glass)

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Photo of karait95
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown reddish color, really attractive presentation with a good head on top, not too dense but with good retention and light brown color, slow dissipation with traces on the glass when banished.

S: Nice malty smell, full barley with some sweetness to the nose, also the hops that make the smell balanced and some how complex but pleasant.

T: Really good tasting, a toasted malty full flavor with a little sense of sweet ant bitter, this bittersweetness that happens slowly not really fast or disgusting.

M: Pleasant sensation, with medium ending with some bitterness at the end but not a hard one but interesting.

One of the best Cucapa and with it a good Mexican Brown Ale.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - mahogany brown with a thin, partial cover of light mocha. No lace.

Aroma - starts with a touch of roasted grain, sets up with a somewhat odd odor of sour maple syrup or something.

Taste - brief toasty grain, followed all too soon by a sour kind of hoppiness. Gives the beer an earthy bend, which I guess is okay for a brown ale, but I was hoping for a mild, lightly toasty one to sit by the fire with. I don't care for the acidic/tart bit much, although the funk is not totally offputting. More roast character with warming, which I like.

Mouthfeel - smooth, good crispness, well done.

Drinkability - although I warmed up to it at length, not a repeat buy. I like my session beers to be good to go rather than require a can or two to get me used to it. This tastes like a beer that has just started to turn. FT - 5 cans of Obscura...

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Photo of Beejay
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice dark brown color, deep red with light coming through it. Decent off white head that dissipates to a thin layer.

S: Sweet malt, raisons, and maple syrup. Nice simple and clean.

T: Slightly tart with dark roasted malt flavor. There is a bit of yeast in there. Not digging the tartness in this.

M: Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation, and leaves a bit of a funk in the finish.

D: Didn't really enjoy this, so no. Not really per se.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cucapa Obscura Cerveza.

Dark brown coloring, transparent at the foot, and sides, slim, then gone head, negligible.

Aroma: raisins, cola, nuts....pretty limp, otherwise.

Taste: Hmmm. Soft and wet. Same flavors from aroma, big on the raisins in this one, nice and malty, dark tones, black malt, but not too much in character. Nothing really does the trick in this one.

Not a bad beer, but it lack in many ways what would set it apart and make it good. Very blase', lackluster mouthfeel, unimpressive flavors...lacks carbonation, sits limp and loose. Blah.

Wish this was free, but glad it was cheap.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass
Dark brown in color, with ruby highlights-Moderate head, with a quickly fading head of foam
Aroma-Roasted malt
Taste-roasted malt, weak black coffee,anstingent, dry finish.
Overall, a decent offering. An easy drinking brown suitable to warmer weather.

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Photo of Natural510
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no dating

Pours a deep, dark brown, opaque, with a small amount of tan foam and slight but solid ring of lacing.

Roasted malt scent, with hints of caramel and nuts.

Caramel-heavy on the flavor as well, without being too sweet. Roasted quality of the malt comes through well, and there's an added hint of cocoa and hazelnut.

Nice body; easily drinkable in warm or cool weather. Carbonation sufficient without being too gassy.

This is the best of the Cucapa beers I've had so far. Quality all-occasion brown ale which goes down easy and can be drunken in volume at 4.5%ABV.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had medium brown color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: Had that typical brown ale smell of malt and nuttiness. Nice, but exactly what you'd expect.

T: Tasted of malt, that nutty quality, and a sugary quality. Good, as brown ales go.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Cucapa is head and shoulders above every other Mexican brewery. Obscura is a solid, drinkable, but unspectacular beer.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a reddish brown with a finger of light tan head that quickly dissipated. Not much aroma, some light chocolate malt. Light to medium bodied. More on the malty side with more chocolate malt. Very little hops evident. A little thin. Pretty easy drinking, but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of Bajasith
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

- I was intrigued by this brew being brewed so close to home... Mexicali B.C. Picked up a sixer at a local liquor store.
- Poured into a tall glass and fizz was like a well carbonated soda, two finger head.
- Aroma was just an average roasted malts which gave it a dark reddish color with a small hint of sweetness. Hops fade...
- Taste was very tinny, like cold water being sipped from a tin cup... slight metallic flavor along with malts. This brew is lacking balance as some of the flavors linger, not one or the other domminate to give it character.
- I would have to say this brew is very drinkable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Starts with a two-finger beige head. Recedes in a rocky fashion but it leaves no lace. The color is solid brown where some light will shine through if bright enough.

No darker malt aromas but there is plenty of chalkiness. A slight touch of alcohol.

Thin bodied with a high level of carbonation. There's a harshness to this beer from what I believe is a chocolate malt. There's a muted sourness in the background--reminds me of cherries.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The CANQuest is unstoppable! Someone had heard of my efforts through the grapevine and brought a CAN each of both of the CANned Cucapa beers to a recent trade show for me. CAN you believe it?!?

The pour resulted in two fingers' worth of deep-tan head with low retention. Oh well. The color was a deep brwon with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was malty sweet with light notes of coffee and chocolate underlying. Mouthfeel was medium with a soda pop-like fizziness and I got a harsh astringency on the tongue, initially, which gave way to a more pleasant cocoa/coffee flavor. Finish remained mildly chocolate/coffee, but that initial sourness seemed to linger. I would go with the Chupacabras and leave this on the shelf.

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Cucapá Obscura from Cucapá Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.