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Chupacabras Pale Ale - Cucapá Brewing Company

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Chupacabras Pale AleChupacabras Pale Ale

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139 Reviews
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Reviews: 139
Hads: 203
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 16.09%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cucapá Brewing Company visit their website

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-24-2008

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Reviews: 139 | Hads: 203
Photo of welldigger888
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.15/5  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

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Photo of HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.2/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of moonman00
3.2/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Explodes out of bottle with two mugs (never seen this before) of light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose and flavor is hops and caramel. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. 12oz bottle from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

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Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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./

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle of this in Berkeley, California recently. Pours a reddish brown with a quite healthy head at first pour, which settles to a thin cap but leaves some lacing. slightly sweet and with some light diacetyl, which gives it a slight smell of caramel popcorn, plus some floral and citrusy hops. The taste has less of the butteriness for the most part, but some is definitely still there, and the hops are quite a bit more noticeable at the finish. Overall it is very smooth, a trifle sweet and a bit bready, and the caramel corn taste ceeps in now and again. Smooth and easy to drink, but with some body, but the butter bothers me a little bit.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a thin head with medium retention.
Light aroma with notes of papaya, some citrusy and bread malt.
Flavor is much more interesting and bolder. Notes of papaya, spices, American yeast, toasted malts, some pine and mild grapefruit. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body.
Good English Pale Ale. I meant it felt more English (its base) than American.

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Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of farrago
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of david131
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A slightly hazy orange liquid with some brown highlights in there. The off-white head settles to a thin covering with some decent lacing. Looks fine.

S- Orange rind, apple juice, caramel, and stewed tomatoes. Pretty unique smelling... I am trying to figure out how much I dig it. the more I smell it, the more the tomato aspects comes forward and I just think Spaghettios.

T- Apple juice, oranges, caramel, and a touch of tomato. Not nearly as strange as the aroma, but unique for sure.

M- Dry with a bite. Smooth on the finish with some residual sweetness and bitterness.

D- As strange as the tomato aspect is to me, it is pretty nice and unique. It drinks fine, but I can't say I would ever get this again.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. I bought Cucapa on a whim for a recent camping trip. I always like to go with canned beer when I'm camping for an extended period of time, and the can really appealed to me, though I was slightly worried about the quality of what I would be drinking. From what I recall it was actually pretty good, but I figured I would sit down and try it properly. Pours the color of fresh rust with a small yet frothy head. The aroma of this beer certainly isn't very promising. I get a weak watery smell and an odd aroma that reminds me of a swimming pool from back home. Maybe an algae smell is the best way to describe it. It's not an attractive smell at all. Mouthfeel is very sticky, almost like chugging honey. There's some carbonation but not enough. I get lots of sweet toffee malt with some pine hops struggling to get out of the finish. Lingering burnt brown sugar finish. This thing is all about the malt. It's like they set out to go the complete opposite of an IPA in terms of style. It's good, but I honestly like more balance in my pale ales. Still, this is arguably the best Mexican beer that I've ever had, Negro Modelo notwithstanding.

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Photo of gregshead
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy reddish brown. Basically a rust color. Pours with a small amount of head.

S - A little bit of a pine smell to it, not a strong aroma.

T - Sweet red ale start with a pine and earthy finish. A little watery tasting to me.

M - I did taste the cloudiness in the mouthfeel. It didn't match the taste for me.

D - It's just alright for me. I wouldn't hunt it down but wouldn't turn it down at a BBQ either.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I knew it existed! Damn that label is pretty darn cool looking and their website is pretty sweet too! Hoping the beer is worthy of such a cool label. Pint glass pour and I am met with an amber/copper colored pour and a bubbly off-white foamy head with staying power and lacing. Aroma is very malty with some underlining whiffs of orange, caramel and some earthy tones. Bitter taste with a strong drying odd-tasting aftertaste and leaves me with major salivation on the buds. Sweetness...need not apply. Overall I am sad to say the label was much cooler than the beer but if I was in Mexico and looking for a beer for the buck, this would be worth a grab.

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Photo of stoutman
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Darker amber brew with nice tan head. Aroma of caramel, floral hops. Taste is nice balance of malt and hops - sweet caramel at the start transitioning to a crisp floral / grass hops. LIngering hops finish complimented with a lingering of malt sweetness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and perhaps a bit too malty for the style. Much bettre than corona, I give the guys credit for trying..

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Photo of imagese
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is MUCH better on tap, but poured a bottle I picked up in a mixed sixer into a perfect pint glass

A- cloudy golden amber with a minimal head and leaves a very faint spotted lacing

S- bitter apple, weak floral hops, and hay all muddled together. Not a west coast smell at all

T- Very earthy, almost dirt like funk going on. More sour than bitter, but nothing really pops.

M- nice body with ample carbonation.

D- Much more so on tap. I'll finish the bottle, but wouldn't grab another if I bought a sixer

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Photo of Natural510
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow, a Mexican craft beer. Good to see this one distributed in Ohio.

12oz bottle, no dating
Pours a darker amber-ruby with half-inch of creamy foam and a film of lacing which clings to the glass.
Scent is fruity and somewhat breaded. A bit muted, but an element of sweetness does come through.
Tangy fruitiness and bitter hops make a sharp entry. Bitterness grows on you, and a sweet biscuit malt comes through. Bitter and dry in the finish.
Nice body, full and well-rounded enough for the style.
Overall drinkability suffers as the elements are a bit harsh and uneven, but I applaud the attempt and hope the craft movement down south continues to grow.

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Chupacabras Pale Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.