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Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale - Cucapá Brewing Company

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Cucapá Chupacabras Pale AleCucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale

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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cucapá Brewing Company visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-24-2008)
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Reviews by keeganfrank:
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keeganfrank

Ohio

3.51/5  rDev +1.4%

Yellow-orange ale with a thick, foamy lather of head that takes ages to dissipate. Aromas of sweet citrus and bread and flavors of lemon, berries and sweet bread. Despite the deep colors and thick head, it has a light and crisp body. I've never been impressed by a beer from Mexico before; this was a pleasant surprise.

04-29-2013 18:44:37 | More by keeganfrank
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oberon

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured into a standard pint a deeper than expected amber with athinner but well retained white head,much deeper in color than most pale ales I have come across.Buttery notes in the nose along with some biscuit and leafy hops,its's English in nature no doubt.Biscuit malt and light caramel malty tones on the palate with a passing herbal hop note in the finish.Ho hum in nature,its a drinkable EPA but nothing really stands out here.

08-27-2011 00:41:18 | More by oberon
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andyfrancis

California

3.05/5  rDev -11.8%

Set out to find a Mexican beer I hadn't tried for a midday Cinco de Mayo session. Maybe it had been sitting a while and I stirred some stuff up with my pour, but what looked like a nice deep golden/red ale, was somewhat spoiled upon closer inspection of all the shit floating around in it. Smells fruity. Taste is somewhat bland compared to my expectation. Bitter, watery finish. Burning through this sixer on a sunny day manning a grill wouldn't be a bad experience, but I can't say I'm all that impressed with Chupacabras.

05-05-2010 19:07:37 | More by andyfrancis
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.05/5  rDev -11.8%

Had at Novare Res and shared with my wife.

Served in a mug forms a big thick head amber. The beer is almost hazy not transparent.

The aroma is malt sweet crystal malt big big malt.

The taste matches big malt (how do they drink this in hot Mexico?) all malt sweet with an almost tartness from the barley. The mouth is very smooth and leaves a nice fresh feel.

I thought it was ehh but my wife loved it.

09-06-2011 01:29:12 | More by bishopdc0
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Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev -13.3%

Picked up during a trip to Baton Rouge.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is fairly sweet and has a lot of sugar, toffee and biscuit malt notes. The flavor is fairly similar, with some biscuit and toffee malt. The beer is very dry and there is not much, if any, hop flavor. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

05-15-2012 02:45:19 | More by Mora2000
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -13.3%

05-25-2012 19:11:09 | More by standardcherry
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HoppySeb

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

06-07-2014 18:54:21 | More by HoppySeb
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a caramel clear amber hue with a thin fizzy light khaki head, minimal speckled lacing. When I popped the cap it was bit of a gusher. Smell has some earthy hop notes but nothing that jumps out at me in the hop department. Flavor has a blend of dark brown sugars and earthy slightly floral hops, a bit of harsh bitterness in the finish to round the sweetness out. I'm glad I didn't get the whole sixer, why is Tomme Arthur giving shout outs to these guys. Maybe because they have carbonation issues as well. Mouthfeel has light carbonation a bit of oily resins left on the palate. Drinkbility overall, is decent not my favorite pale ale I've come across, but it's decent.

07-18-2010 14:34:33 | More by WVbeergeek
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glid02

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%

Can shared by Joe - thanks!

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light pale malts with hints of buttery vanilla and floral hops.

Tastes OK. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by a mild tininess and hints of vanilla. Midway through the sip the malt flavors thicken up a bit and small amounts of pine hop flavors work their way into things. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is OK. The thickness is on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is not that great. I finished my glass but would not have another.

Overall there were some off-flavors in this beer that just didn't translate well at all. Not quite terrible but it doesn't have far to go.

08-08-2010 04:57:52 | More by glid02
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Beer21

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

07-01-2014 19:21:19 | More by Beer21
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degerbah

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%

Bought this at party source because I'd never seen it before. Pours a cloudy amber out of a really cool looking can. Not very much head, but decent lacing. Mostly malt forward aroma with very little hop presence. The taste is much hoppier than I expected. Not in the same league as some other pale ales, but a really good balance of flavors with a little bit of earthy flavored hop bite. I will definitely buy this beer again. This was a great find.

05-03-2010 01:25:37 | More by degerbah
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%

650ml bottle - the first bomber, I believe, for Mexican craft beer in these environs. And the Chupacabras only resonates to me as an X-Files reference (at least it's not a Simpsons' one, though if I checked, it probably could be....)

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper hue, with two fingers of fuzzily foamy off-white head, which settles apace, leaving an undulating frosted shoreline of lace around the glass.

It smells of biscuity grain, a bit of caramel, and fruity, floral hops. Very familiar, somehow. Anyways, the taste is fruity, grainy, bready malt, and did I say fruity? I did? Okay, so this fruit is kind of peppery too, keeping things on a more even keel, some noble hop bitterness adding to the more or less fruitful (!) leveling effort.

The carbonation is pleasantly peppy, the body an aspiring medium weight, and agreeably smooth. It finishes just off-dry, the fruity malt gaining more black pepper in furthering its outshining of the relatively mild hop showing.

A decent pale ale, the American-level (for the style) booze hard to discern, if at all. Nice balance and integration of the main players, with a decent spiciness. Keep 'em comin', mis amigos...

03-25-2012 00:34:31 | More by biboergosum
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GilGarp

Colorado

4/5  rDev +15.6%

Happy Cinco de Mayo and cheers to not drinking a corona!

Pours into a pint glass a nice copper red color with good clarity and thin white head.

Aroma is hoppy like a good dry-hopped American pale ale. Citrusy goodness.

Flavor is impressively hoppy and still really well-balanced. There is a little bit of toasty malts but the hops are definately in the forefront.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and good carbonation. Drinkability is fine. I would happily have another!

The best Mexican beer I've ever had. This far exceeds expectations.

05-06-2009 04:44:14 | More by GilGarp
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beertooth

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Crystal clear amber liquid with a huge billowy, creamy head that sticks around until the end. This is the best part of this beer, it looks awesome!

The nose is a little off putting. Sugary sweet malt, over cooked green veggies, canned soup, old grass clippings, very faded hop notes as well.

The taste isn't quite as bad as the nose. Very sweet malts, sugars, and more canned veggies and grassy notes. There's an odd chemical taste that I can't nail down. It finishes a little grainy and sticky.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Maybe I expected more from this, maybe it was a really old can. Either way I won't be picking this one up again.

02-22-2010 16:14:47 | More by beertooth
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MiScusi

California

2.88/5  rDev -16.8%

bottles purchased at Ramon Liquor in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

A- a dark amber, fairly clear, off white head.

S- smells like old hops and burnt caramel malt.

T- Hoppy, in a syrupy way, moderate bitterness, burnt, astringent caramelized sugars.

M- Medium

D- Does not have a good flavor to me.

03-28-2009 23:57:23 | More by MiScusi
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HalfFull

California

3.18/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. A rather firm pour after a light pfft upon opening yields a thin off white head atop a rather amber hued beer. Reduces quickly to a surface cap but keeps a light film and offers light lacing.

Nose is of light caramel and a bit of burnt malts. Muddled citrus and earthy hop notes are present but overwhelmed by the crystal type malts.

Flavor is similar to the nose, and to many Northwest Pale Ales actually, yet with a flash of sweet orange/lemon on the finish. Sweet caramel and crystal, with a bitter finish that dries as it lingers for a few seconds. Gains a bit more texture as it warms. Sweet notes and a light carbonation allow for a decent feel though limited by its simplicity. Average drink, though better if you like the nose which doesn't impress me. Similar to Firestone Pale in that sense.

Bit sweet and dark for an APA which I see this as. Decent though not up my alley.

04-04-2010 01:46:10 | More by HalfFull
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morimech

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -8.1%

Clear copper color with a thin head that quickly disipated. Just light lacing is left on the glass.

Malty aroma with hints of caramel and yeast. Not much for hops.

They should call this an amber ale. Sweet caramel malt with very little hop charactor. Some grassy hops. Bitterness is low.

A little on the undercarbonated side. Too bad as the body does pocess some depth.

The brewer mislabeled their beer. An average amber ale.

04-06-2011 22:09:28 | More by morimech
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

04-05-2013 03:52:00 | More by Kunstman
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corrrance

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +15.6%

02-22-2012 07:20:26 | More by corrrance
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Thanks to Woody for this can.

A: The pale ale is a darker amber color, more brown than orange and dark enough to be opaque. The can erupted on opening, a frothy tan head spilling over the counter. That head is contributing to the lacing in the glass.

S: Plenty bready, with toffee and caramel mixing with the biscuitiness. Hops are present, stronger than I was expecting.

T: The ale has the English vibe, more malty than hoppy. The malts are toffee and biscuity, a bit of caramel sweetness. The hops that hang out on top of the malts seem to have a little age under their collective belts. The result is a fuller flavor that accentuates the malts but packs enough of a punch to still be a pale ale. Syrupy sweetness verges on cloying near the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is bready, malt-centric until the midpoint. Hops, a tad on the old side, lend punch to the ale.

D: Not bad at all. I wouldn't mind trying it at a younger stage but beggars can't (and won't) be choosers.

11-20-2010 17:34:31 | More by akorsak
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emerge077

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured into a Duvel tulip with a giant, voluminous mass of foam, much like Duvel itself. Khaki tan foam, with an attractive sunset red orange jewel tone. Chunks of lace coated the glass.

Aroma was a little sweet, apples, pale malt, bread. Moderate bitterness, pale malt sweetness, bready and grassy. Lingering dry leafy hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol seems slightly perceptible. Cidery apple twang. Medium bodied, easy to drink, but nothing overly exciting. Much better than the last Cucapá beer I tried.

03-30-2010 23:14:05 | More by emerge077
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Rave

California

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

05-30-2014 05:01:48 | More by Rave
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davidtarantino

Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

12-23-2011 21:35:29 | More by davidtarantino
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jacobseyb

Alabama

4.08/5  rDev +17.9%

A=pours a deep amber with a two finger slightly off white head

S=some coffee malts with a slight amount of hoppy bitterness.

T= good, light malt flavors of coffee, hint of bitterness following

M=nice crisp carbonation, no oiliness, with good aftertaste

D=enjoyable, not to stout, easily sessionable, my favorite Mexican brew.

07-15-2009 02:46:55 | More by jacobseyb
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BierFan

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: One finger of light tan head. Good head retention. Great lacing as well. Dark amber/red body. Does exactly have the color of a pale ale, but I wouldn't count that against it.

Smell: Big caramel malty aroma. Very sweet and malty.

Taste: Big sweet and malty. English hops and a good bitterness to round things out.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy. Real substantial stuff for a pale ale, though I think stylewise I would call this a red ale.

11-30-2009 07:34:58 | More by BierFan
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Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.