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Cucapá Obscura - Cucapá Brewing Company

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
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 zeff80
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
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!

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

Kiwano, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of karait95
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

karait95, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
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...

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Beejay
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Beejay, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

feloniousmonk, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

hosehead83, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Natural510
3.98/5  rDev +16%
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.

Natural510, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

avalon07, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

homebrewhawk, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Bajasith
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Bajasith, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

smcolw, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

woodychandler, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce can. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a brown color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is low, lacing is decent. Aroma is toasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of a vinegary aroma. The taste is the same as the aroma, the toasted malt and chocolate is there, but so is a slight vinegar taste. I'm pretty sure this beer isn't supposed to be like this, I don't remember trying many brown ales in the past that have a vinegar taste to them. However, this actually doesn't taste bad at all. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's a bit slick but also a bit watery too. Drinkability is average, it's not bad to drink but it isn't exactly enjoyable either. I'm pretty sure I have an old can of this, I'll have to try this fresh (or fresher than what I have now) in the future.

bluejacket74, May 15, 2010
Photo of tubacharlie
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

tubacharlie, May 06, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

brownbeer, May 04, 2010
Photo of Lazerlobe
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
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?

Lazerlobe, May 03, 2010
Photo of dtivp
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

dtivp, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of chaz01
2.88/5  rDev -16%
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.

chaz01, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of BDLbrewster
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

BDLbrewster, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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...

ZAP, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of rfabian
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

rfabian, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

augustgarage, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Goliath
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Goliath, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Kegatron, Jan 05, 2010
Cucapá Obscura from Cucapá Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.