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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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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-24-2008)
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

cucapa chupacabra pale ale

A: light fizzy head fades quickly clear golden copper orange color

N: A chewy malt aroma starts, little sweetness with a touch of brown sugar too, slight fruity and chewy hop background too, not too heavy, slightly grassy and mild, little citrus and tangerine,

T: starts with chewy malts again, slight sweet caramel and brown sugar, then adds a little bitter hop flavors, chewy and fruity hops, slightl mild grassy too, little citrus, slight off flavors too, with a weird bitterness and slight syrupy extract like flavor. The bitterness is stringent and hay like flavors.

M: Medium body with lower carbonation.

F: Finishes long bitter astringent, with a bad grassy taste, chewy hops also, some sticky syrupy lingering flavors too, a bad bitter unpleasant bitterness with weird oastingent flavors lingering./

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 23:16:55 | More by jlindros
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closisinthehouse

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

10-12-2012 00:49:21 | More by closisinthehouse
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EOC

Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

06-12-2013 21:41:21 | More by EOC
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

03-11-2014 23:21:09 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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farrago

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Around a finger’s worth of orange tinted tan foam, more uneven surface than dimpled, mix of bubble sizes, adequate retention and nothing more, the lacing does stick excellently though. The liquid is a mix of brown and orange hues, perhaps too dark for pure amber, mildly more yellow around the rims, not much visible carbonation. Grainy, hoppy nose that is decidedly on the bitter side of things, the grapefruit to orange citrus sour and dry, even the flowers seem arch, the apple, pear, peach fruit scents fill out as it warms while retaining cut and penetrating power, cocoa and vanilla powder maltiness rounds things out somewhat, sniff when you want a challenge back at you. Full-bodied, on the heavy and leaden side, the carbonation is soft and full bringing a creamy mouth feel to match up against the general bitter bite. Sort of boozy feel and bourbon like flavors, the peat moss to crabgrass keeps it green and mean, lots of salinity and minerality too. The orange citrus tart and more pith than pulp. Comes across as well-malted, however, the caramel, chocolate, cocoa flavors are hard pressed to speak clearly but do feed into that hard alcohol profile. Interesting and not sure it easily fits into any recognized style.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 23:20:52 | More by farrago
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Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

11-10-2013 08:01:37 | More by Exeter
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

08-28-2013 22:54:38 | More by GraduatedCashew
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark apricot orange with bronze-like undertones. The upper third of the glass is filled with a splendid looking chunk of golden khaki colored foam that has creamy written all over it. This stuff ain't Corona, that's for damn sure.

The nose is fruity and earthy-musky in near equal measure. Pretty spot-on for the style. For a laugh, check out the brewery's website where they describe the aromas as 'dark caramel, dark chocolate, and roasted nuts'. Translation problem or nasally challenged?

Chupacabras Pale Ale isn't bland beer, but it isn't good beer either. For starters, there's plenty of hoppiness, so the bottle is relatively fresh. In addition, this brew tastes more alcoholic than the ABV would suggest. Something around 7.5% would have been my guess.

Flavors include steely caramel, orange and grapefruit zest, candied apricots macerated in white rum, clay and hints of stainless steel. It's a less than well-brewed combination that is holding onto an average taste score because abundant hops make most of the flaws tolerable. This 12 ounce bottle will be more than enough, however.

The mouthfeel is strangely large as well. It's definitely full for the style and the bubbles are well within the bounds of acceptable. This attribute, along with the appearance, is the highlight of this whole ordeal.

Chupacabras (literally 'goat suckers') are legendary (read: urban legend) creatures first sighted in Puerto Rico in 1995 and since spotted throughout North and South America. They reportedly attack and drain the blood of livestock, especially goats. See the label for a fiery-eyed and fanged artist's rendering. Too bad the name and its backstory are more interesting than the beer itself.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 12:19:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
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moonman00

Mexico

3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had great expectations for this beer and all of Cucapa´s brews. This is a nice beer but does not live up to the hype.

It is a bitter ale, with dark reddish color, no head at all and nice carbonation.

A very average ale, with citric offerings, and a touch of spices.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 03:05:30 | More by moonman00
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glid02

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

08-08-2010 04:57:52 | More by glid02
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321jeff

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear reddish brown with a couple fingers of tan head which slowly recedes to a thin cap leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma is sweet caramel with very little in the hop department.

Tastes much like it smells, caramel with a slight nuttiness that accompanies most English style ales. Slight bitterness right at the end.

Mouthfeel is probably the highlight of this beer, being smooth and creamy with good carbonation. I could kick back a few more of these on a cool afternoon.

Serving type: can

09-23-2010 23:12:59 | More by 321jeff
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HalfFull

California

3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Mexico

3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Chestnut color with reddish highlights. Clear, pours with a tall tanned head with superb lacing. This is a great look from a can, period. The nose is sweet and darkly fruity, with bready and caramel notes as well. A little DMS.
With the first sips, I noticed a slightly sour notes - not in a good, funky way. Very sweet, almost like spoiled fruit, with a raucous yeast character that overtakes the palate and sticks well after the finish. Overly sweet in general, offset by a harsh, pithy bitterness. Medium body, finish is pretty sticky. Awkwardly long lasting compost bin aftertaste.
I've had Chupacabras before, from the tap and the bottle, and this was by far the worst presentation. I will revisit this one again someday, but not soon, and definitely not from the can.

Serving type: can

04-12-2010 05:43:06 | More by BretSikkink
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass, the beer is a dark copper-brown coloring with a pale yellow head that quickly disappears. The beer's smells are a blend of heavy malt and caramel notes with fruity highlights, both adding to make a very sweet nose. The taste is rather surprising given the nose. The beer is a sour malt forward flavor, with some extremely bitter hopped highlights. The beer tried to be smooth in mouth, but just ends up being akward and sharp. The sourness and the sharp/crisp finish make this very difficult to drink. Sour malt aftertaste. Not pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 04:18:07 | More by GarthDanielson
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: deep copper/amber color, big dense beige/light tan head.
S: caramel, toffee malts and piney, resiny, spicy, earthy hops.
T: medium to full caramel and toffee sweetness and big bitter sharp, bordering on harsh hops. reminds me of a hophenge dipa or stone ab actually, and this isn't even an ipa. i was expecting something lighter and crisper. it also should be noted i tend to favor paler malts in pales and ipas. anyways, something isn't working here for me, just too brash with the big sweet malts and somewhat harsh/astringent bitterness.
M: thick and viscous especially for the style. good amount of carbonation saves it a bit. lingering sweetness and bitterness.
D: a big, bad pale ale, would be better in the colder months.

Serving type: can

08-12-2010 01:16:07 | More by MrMcGibblets
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: clear amber color with minor carbonated streams along the sides, moderate foamy head settles to thin layer, little to no lacing
s: moderately sweet malt aromas with bits of spicy hops and citrus
t: sweet maltiness the 1st 2/3 of the drink, finishing with an ever-growing bitter hoppy finish that becomes too much by end of the bottle
m: medium body, low carbonation
d: early on this was actually a nice brew, but by the end the finish was too much for me

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 03:08:02 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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Seanibus

California

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a confounding beer that sharply divided the people I tasted it with.

It pours dark with a slight head - it looks more like a dark lager of some sort than a pale ale. It smells strongly of carmelly malt and the flavor follows along - it is just all toffee and caramel. The hops are hard to pick out. The mouthfeel is rather thick and syrupy.

I liked the beer reasonably well - it reminded me of a British pub beer. The others I was with, however, went from nonplused to turned off - one poured out her sample in favor of a traditional American Pale Ale.

Overall, I think this is worth a try - a worthy experiment from Mexico - but not one I will be spending a lot of time with.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 17:06:29 | More by Seanibus
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this in a 22 ounce bottle at a restaurant in Boston. Pouring it into a frosty glass, the beer was a dark amber color with minimal head. Caramel in the aroma. Strong caramel and husky malt mixed with raw hops on the palate. The flavors are there, but they are not melded together particularly well.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 14:53:42 | More by BeardedBoffin
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welldigger888

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle in to my trusty irish pub pint glass,Hazed off golden garnet color elixer with an off white head that hung thick with good lacing.
Very malt forward yeasty aroma.
Malty yeasty flavors riegn supreme with late bitering hops.
Pretty thick chewy brew, thick with malt.
Good abv good carbanation, just not my style.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 02:24:54 | More by welldigger888
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andyfrancis

California

3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maine

3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

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

Texas

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chupacabras Pale Ale has a thin, beige head and a cloudy orange-amber appearance. Carbonation is moderate, and filmy lacing remains down the glass. The aroma is of turned or over-ripe citrus. Taste is of citrus, strong coffee, stinging and bitter hops, and barley. Mouth-feel is medium, and Chupacabras finishes refreshing enough, with a caustic after-taste. Overall, this is an okay pale ale. This strong beer really went straight to my head this morning on an empty stomach. I keep messing up with the typing!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 16:19:53 | More by RonaldTheriot
Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
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