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Cucapá Obscura - Cucapá Brewing Company

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 132
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Cucapá Brewing Company visit their website
Mexico

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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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 132
Photo of tubacharlie
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two-finger tan colored head develops when poured full bore, with very good retention and some lacing, though mostly smooth and even-layered. Nice amber-brown color, like a Texas BBQ sauce or a light cinnamon molé, with good clarity until the dregs are swirled and added to the glass. Even then, pretty clear, with just enough haziness to tell it is bottle conditioned.

Smoky mesquite aroma wafts upwards from the large glass stein with hints of earthy hops. An obscure, foreign flavor emerges from the combination of four malts used, with a strong grain influence accented by a touch of hops. Not overpowering or intense, but mellow and intriguing.

A well rounded and drinkable brew that would pair nicely with quesadillas camaron or molé pollo. Good choice to celebrate Cinco de Mayo or sip at a pinata-bashing birthday. (825 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brownish color with a thin head.

It has sort of a sourish vinegar aroma, which seems out of place. Not sure if that's intended.

The taste is pretty bland; faint maple syrup, and what is really the problem, tin. The more I drink this glass the more bland it somehow becomes. It just ends up being watery and tinny.

I don't think I have to say it, but pass. (358 characters)

Photo of Lazerlobe
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Greg for the gift.This is my first experience with Cucapa but I may seek out some more.

Pours a nice reddish brown with some khaki head.

I'm getting some sweet malt with a hint of toast and not too much else.

The toast is in there but a little lighter than I'd expect from a brown. The sweetness is accompanied by some vanilla and roast.

Overall, this is a sweet beer and on a warm day like today, it's way too easy to drink. Mexico's best brewery? (464 characters)

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

Beer of the month selection, second round for Cucapa Brewery.

Poured a very dark brown with a small tan head, lacing remained.

Very roasted aroma of nuts and malt, some bitterness with a hint of coffee.

taste is mainly coffee and the burnt malt with a slight hint of chocolate. Slight alcohol after taste.

Smooth medium body beer with medium carbonation.

This is a drinkable beer, I wouldn't go out of my way for one, however, I wouldn't turn one down either. (464 characters)

Photo of chaz01
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer of the month selection. Really looking forward to this beer after being impressed with the Cuchacabras beer from the same brewery.

A: Very dark brown, almost black. Can barely make out lots of tiny bubbles rising from the outer edges of the glass if you look hard enough.

S: I picked up licorice flavors in the aroma.

T: Lots going on in this beer. Initially picked up licorice, malts and some chocolate flavors, but it quickly converted into a lemony, orangey tartness (almost sour).

M: Full bodied and nearly syrupy with a strong finish that reminded me of an orange sweet roll. Very strong finish lingers in your mouth for a long time, although I can't say that it's completely enjoyable.

D: Very different than what I expected, but somewhat disappointed. A bit too much "orange" flavor for my taste, although I can see where some would enjoy this one. I'm thinking it would go really well served with a salad or perhaps a fish main course. (954 characters)

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy light cocoa color with plenty of visible carbonation.

The smell is not bad, mostly musty herbal hops partnered with subtle hints of milk chocolate and some coffee.

The taste is a combination of a spicy pale and an American brown. Lively herbal hops add much more flavor than bitterness, and the malt bill is healthily throwing off sweet chocolate reminiscent of a ball park malt cup.

The mouthfeel is solidly medium bodied with just enough carbonation to rise above syrupy and really kick this into session territory.

I was really amazed by the overall quality here. Who would have thought, Mexican craft beer... Low ABV, refreshing and overall extremely enjoyable. Nice. (691 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice enjoyable easy drinking brown ale.

Aroma is malted milk and roasted malts...also a rustic, herbal hoppiness which smells a little bit like a mix or minerallyness and BO

Taste is malted milk chocolate balls, roasted malt, mild roasted nuts..Some rustic herbal hops blend nicely and keep this from being a sugar bomb.

Body is medium...high carbonation cuts into the malt chocolate sweetness as well...

Probably the best mexican beer I have had. This is a legit, good brown ale..almost schwarty like with the cleanness to it...this would drink nicely out in the mexican sun... (584 characters)

Photo of rfabian
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 10 mm head that leaves light lacing. The appearance is dark brown with amber highlights. The aroma is of lightly toasted malts and a hint of earthy hops. The taste is mildly bitter with toasted malt dominating. The feel is light bodied with a slightly metallic finish.

This is a worthy and enjoyable brown ale. (348 characters)

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

12oz bottle at Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a nonic. Have been curious about this brewery for a while as the head brewer I believe used to work for Port...

Slightly murky rose ebony liquid with a thin off-white collar. No real head development or retention. Small amoeba like lacing.

Caramel malt, wet hay, light hops, and a faintly sour grain note reminiscent of rye in the nose.

Flavors closely follow the smells with the addition of an almost corn-like sweetness and a bit of what almost tastes like white cheddar.

Light-bodied, and not terribly drinkable - even with food. Lacks the nut and dark malt flavors I usually expect from this style.

Really surprised but this didn't supplant Negra Modelo for me as my go-to Mexican beer. (743 characters)

Photo of Goliath
2.77/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (1,557 characters)

Photo of Dijeriduster
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of roddwolff
4.17/5  rDev +22.3%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of jacobseyb
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
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 (265 characters)

Photo of cervezale
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (936 characters)

Photo of Overlord
2.9/5  rDev -15%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
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! (702 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of seanbhudson
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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 (602 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of RunDWP
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (894 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
2.77/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (410 characters)

Cucapá Obscura from Cucapá Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.