Cucapá Obscura - Cucapá Brewing Company

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 86
Photo of Rayek
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Sark
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- pours with a huge 4 finger explosive head, tan in color, the brew itself is a red-brown

Smell- slightly roasted malts, chocolate and toffee sweetness mixed with a bit note of butterscotch, slight hop

Taste- sweet chocolate up front, roasted malt, little cidery on the finish with a low hop bitterness

Mouthfeel- watery feel, medium body with a fast fade

Overall- a better Mexican beer I've had, but a bit too sweet without a balance

Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is very hazy amber brown in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of dark and nutty malts in the nose along with some notes of raisins.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some additional hints of chocolate flavors towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink. Nothing really stands out about the taste as being interesting, although it is a cut above many of the other beers I’ve had from Mexico.

Photo of Brenden
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of tonistruth
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- deep brown with mahogany hughes and a quick fading soda like head

S- rich chocolate, nutty, and molasses

T- chocolate and hop flavors up front followed by nutty, rich sweetness and roasted malts with coffee in the after taste

M- smooth medium body

D- tasty malt flavors and easily sessionable with a good mouthfeel, overall a good choice for a brown ale though has a weak appearance

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.22/5  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.

Photo of JeanDuteau
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Day 3 beer of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar (one beer a day for all of Advent!)

A nice mid-to-dark brown colour with a reasonable head that dissipates quickly leaving only a bit of a lace. It smells of caramel with a hint of citrus. The taste gives you more of the caramel but the bitterness of the hops comes through as well. It had a slightly oily taste which was not pleasant at first but since it did not linger, I did not take a lot off my mark for it. It had a decent hit in the mouth.

I would not seek this out again, but I would not turn it away if served it.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

INTERESTING, NOT A MUST HAVE!

Photo of samie85
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of stoutman
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Almost no head and no retention to what little there is. Clear and mahogany colored. Aroma is brown sugar and roasted nuts with some oranges. Well hopped that is not noted in the aroma. Peat smoke and bakers chocolate flavors. This could be a sweet lager with the addition of the chocolate. That chocolate is bitter and dry. A bit grainy and thin but still a decent ale.

Photo of farrago
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of bunbury
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of hickmancase
3/5  rDev -13%
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.

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

Photo of bluejacket74
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of bmwats
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a becker.

A: Very dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Lots of effervescence clings to the sides of the glass. Dissipates fairly quickly. Sporadicly distributed, yet thick, lacing.

S: Roasted malt, molasses, and yams.

T: Roasted malt flavor with bitter pecan shells. Tinge of sweet tea....?

M: Light and a little shallow. Has a synthetic sort of sweetness that lingers on the palate.

D: Session style. Although, it has something of an off-putting nature, that might slow the pace.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Decent head, lots of carbonation, and fair lacing. Nose is a little off... roasted grains, and a strange sweetness. Roasted malt flavor, bittered with pecans and a touch of sweetness. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

Photo of Bajasith
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of Overlord
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of chaz01
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of Beejay
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of zeff80
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
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!

Cucapá Obscura from Cucapá Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.