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Cucapá Obscura - Cucapá Brewing Company

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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: fido on 04-08-2007)
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Photo of Domochevsky
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Domochevsky, May 09, 2012
Photo of vr6corrado
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

vr6corrado, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.63/5  rDev -23.3%

Craft beer from Mexico? We shall see. Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Clear medium brown color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is average and no lacing is left.

3.0 S: Strange cinnamon-like spiciness is the strongest aroma. After that, there's toastiness and a dry graininess.

2.5 T: Super dry. Toasty with a slight roastiness. Grainy.

2.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. A bit too much carbonation. No creaminess at all.

2.5 D: Pretty mediocre. Nothing about this makes me want to drink it again.

DavoleBomb, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of javiernano
4/5  rDev +16.6%

javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Giggy
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%

A: Poured from a can, so I was quite surprised to see this pour a beautiful dark orangish brown. A off-white head formed but it didn't last long.

S: Very powerful dark grains like barley and toasted goodness.

T: Pronounced roasted malty flavor, coffee, roasted nuts, pepper, and a sweet under note.

M: Medium body. Light mouthfeel in comparison to it's appearance .

O: Was pleasantly surprised by this one.

Giggy, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of samie85
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%

A-Pours a clear tawny brown color with a half finger of head.

S-Chocolate with some roast and almost citrusy note.

T-Citrus and light bitterness with some light chocolate notes.

M-Slick and light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

D-Very easy drinking but the flavor profile was not what i expecting at all. I was not expecting the hop profile of this.

samie85, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of rbthuffman
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

rbthuffman, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%

Brown that goes amber in light with a creamy, fast fading taupe head that trails. Apple and cinnamon nose with some brown bread.
Toasted nut and unripe pear with nutmeg hops.
Clean linger. Crisp, light, a bit thin.

Bright and spicy brown ale, like apple strudel. The spices are nearly enough to push it towards winter warmer. Reminiscent of Moose Drool for drinkability. Too light, but enough to pique interest in Mexican craft.

StJamesGate, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of davidtarantino
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

davidtarantino, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

Great look, with a tall mocha head that has great stick and lacing. Superb, and really stands out from the other Mexican obscura beers.

Nose is muffled, but includes a faint metallic tint to the malts and a whiff of spicing as well.

The flavor also includes a metallic note, but enough roasted malt is added to the toasted, caramel notes to be considered quite good. There's some faint Christmas spicing towards the back end and the body is creamy with high carbonation.

Best of a lackluster style. Definitely worth a look though.

BretSikkink, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a large mug.

A: Both body and head have a slight reddish hue. Head was small (possibly too light of a pour on my part) but has good staying power. Overall body is perfectly clear with a medium brownish-red coloring.

S: The aroma is great, like candy. A rich nutty maltyness floats away from this one. Maybe just a slight toast as well.

T: A nice amount of flavor considering the slightly lower abv. Nutty, malty notes, but maybe a little too sweet. A little more bitterness would be welcome.

M: Overall nice, but might be a little slick?

O: This would make a great session beer. It has good flavor and finishes fairly clean, though the mysterious mouthfeel might ware on you.

51mmz0rz, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

INTERESTING, NOT A MUST HAVE!

BeerLover99, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of bunbury
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

bunbury, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Chaz
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%

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.

Chaz, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of hickmancase
3/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

S:

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.

5/10

hickmancase, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of GRPunk
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

GRPunk, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of OneDropSoup
2.2/5  rDev -35.9%

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.

OneDropSoup, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of farrago
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

farrago, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of theboozecruise
2.55/5  rDev -25.7%

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.

theboozecruise, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of JoePat
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

JoePat, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of akorsak
2.1/5  rDev -38.8%

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.

akorsak, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

MoreThanWine, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Brenden
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Brenden, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of zeff80
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%

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!

zeff80, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Kiwano
2.15/5  rDev -37.3%

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)

Kiwano, Sep 27, 2010
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