Cucapá Obscura - Cucapá Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
01-28-2009 04:12:37 | More by DoubleJ
3.85/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
04-01-2010 23:01:37 | More by BDLbrewster
3.8/5 rDev +10.8%
Cucapá Obscura pours a brown color with nice foamy head that dissapers fast leaving a little lacing; Smell is of caramel malts; Taste is of roasted sweet caramel malts, chocolate and some pepper in the flavor; Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied beer, good carbonation.
04-08-2007 04:48:49 | More by fido
3.74/5 rDev +9%
Obscura opens to a nose that is fairly equally divided between citrusy hops and ash. The former bring bright pink grapefruit, lemon/lime, and grapefruit rind, with lighter touches of pine resin, and the latter add light, but definitely present hints of ash and black malt. The combination is strange, the hops definitely geared toward the more citrusy side, and the ash adding a layer of burnt grain that bounces off of the hops, not quite working with them, but still somehow complementing them. There are also good touches of brown sugar, as well as orange, white grape, and apricot fruit esters, and hints of burnt toast and Grape Nuts cereal. As a whole, this is one of the more unique aromas on the market, and almost has a kitchen sink effect, as if a whole bunch of leftover ingredients from several styles of beer were simply thrown into a pot, and then super-hopped. The result is clashing, but at the same time, intriguing.
On the tongue, the beer opens with the same mixed hop-and-ash note noted in the nose, but the hops are even more pronounced and citrusy here, with huge lemon/lime flavors mixing with pink grapefruit, and only slight touches of grapefruit rind and pine. These react strangely to the ashy, coffee ground-laden, black malt-like background, much the same way fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and coffee would, not quite meshing, but just intriguing enough to make you want to go back for a second sip. In that second sip, the flavors continue unabated, battling with each other, the tongue unsure quite what to do. There are supporting notes in here, including brown breads, biscuits, and hints of apricot and orange fruit esters, but it’s mainly hops and ash that win out. Late in the mouthful the ash actually wins out in the battle, flooding the tastebuds with ash and black malt. The aftertaste features a continuation of these ashy notes, with hops making a comeback as the ash dies off, and the hop notes linger for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing on the tongue.
Overall, there is much about this beer that is interesting, and by themselves, the hoppy notes and ashy notes would be quite nice. The combination of the two, however, doesn’t quite work, with sourness, bitterness, and sugary citrus flavors clashing wildly with ash and black malt. The result is still drinkable, but strange.
02-07-2013 20:29:28 | More by jondeelee
3.74/5 rDev +9%
355ml bottle, day 3 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar. 4.8% ABV on this one, with a newer (than the one on here, at least) label, depicting, I think, some native Mexican art.
This beer pours a clear, fairly dark red-brick amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, cushioned, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent gnarled tree growth lace around the glass as things slowly drop away.
It smells of gritty, crackery caramel malt, oily bar-top nuts, weak bittersweet cocoa, a bit of cold coffee, dark sugar reduction, and a plain earthy, mineral-like dryness. The taste is bready caramel malt, Toffifay candies, a bit of sweetened black tea, and more very soft earthy, weedy hops.
The carbonation is quite understated, and barely noticeable for the most part, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, with a small stab at a nutty creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel, toffee, chocolate, and nuttiness all carrying on.
One of the better beers that I've had from this Baja Californian brewer, if a little unbalanced towards the sweet side, but there's no lack of overall flavour here. More of a dessert accompaniment, I would imagine, perhaps a nutty brownie or the like (and not just 'cause I have some of that left over from lunch!)
12-04-2013 05:06:05 | More by biboergosum
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.
10-24-2010 23:54:07 | More by MoreThanWine
3.7/5 rDev +7.9%
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
08-18-2009 04:00:28 | More by jacobseyb
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.
01-09-2012 13:06:02 | More by StJamesGate
3.65/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
08-21-2008 04:28:05 | More by HalfFull
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.
12-04-2010 01:26:30 | More by JoePat
3.64/5 rDev +6.1%
Foggy brown beer with yellow highlights and a sudsy head about two fingers thick. Aroma is faint but primarily smoky caramel. The flavor, on the contrary, is quite robust. Tart berry and chocolate with undertones of creamy caramel. Its body does not feel heavy, despite the dark color and thick suds.
04-29-2013 18:46:06 | More by keeganfrank
3.63/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
12-07-2009 06:45:43 | More by Dijeriduster
3.63/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
02-01-2009 19:52:20 | More by RunDWP
3.63/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
04-05-2009 20:38:01 | More by MasterSki
3.58/5 rDev +4.4%
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
08-02-2008 02:56:25 | More by Gueuzedude
Cucapá Obscura from Cucapá Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.