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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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188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of 321jeff
3.2/5  rDev -7%
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.

321jeff, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of moonman00
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

moonman00, May 14, 2008
Photo of NeoClassicist
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

NeoClassicist, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
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./

jlindros, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of Beermazter310
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Beermazter310, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of closisinthehouse
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

closisinthehouse, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of EOC
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

EOC, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of farrago
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

farrago, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Exeter
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Exeter, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

jdhilt, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

oberon, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of gregshead
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

gregshead, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Georgiabeer, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of david131
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

david131, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of eclaycamp
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

eclaycamp, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of kaseydad
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

kaseydad, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of stoutman
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
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..

stoutman, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of imagese
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
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

imagese, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of Natural510
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Natural510, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

akorsak, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Rave
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Rave, May 30, 2014
Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.