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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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Reviews: 139
Hads: 203
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Cucapá Brewing Company visit their website
Mexico

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 DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another uncommon Mexican beer found at Tom's Farm last week, on to the beer:

Brillinat amber red color with orange hues, the head on top has meat to it and retention is good. The aroma jumps out on me because I was expecting less of one. Malty and hoppy at the same time. Toasted and caramel malts blend with lemon meringue and lemon flavored Starbursts. The first drink reminds me of a well balanced pale ale brewed here in the states. Creamy and hoppy at first, it turns into grapefruit, then bready malts with dabs of honey hit the palate. Goes tropical for a moment before drying off with a mild bitterness.

It's tough to find Mexican beers that aren't from that nation's two brewing giants in the states, let alone ones as good as this. I'll have my eyes peeled for the rest of the Cucapá family. (805 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A reasonable pour almost overflows my 25cl tulip glass with foam as I end up with more than three-fingers of light tan froth. The beer is a clear, cranberry red color that shows a deeply red stained, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of citrus hops with a light, clean backdrop of caramelized malt aromatics. Individual aromatics notes of light lychee, grapefruit, orange zest, malty biscuit notes, a pine like edge and caramelized almost toffee like notes.

Pretty sweet tasting, though not overly so, this accentuates a flavors of grapefruit and orange zest. The citrus hop notes are offset by an equal, if not greater, showing of herbal pine, light menthol and a substantial bitterness that lingers on in the palate well after the beer has left my mouth. This is actually quite hoppy, I was expecting this to be on the restrained side for an IPA and this is anything but that. This has a light-medium fullness to it that is quite appropriate for a Pale ale; quite quaffable but with enough texture to carry the ample hop character. The herbal hop notes and the bitterness end up being the most significant part of the flavor, though I wouldn't characterize them as overwhelming (at least for those who love hops).

The biting bitterness from this beer was quite surprising; a welcome surprise, but a surprise none-the-less. This beer carries the hop character quite well, riding that line of too much hops just perfectly. Right on the edge of being too hoppy and harshly unbalanced, but this is not, there is just enough malt to restrain the hop notes. Though you should be a hop head to really enjoy this beer. I wasn't expecting much from this brew, but I am really digging this. Quite enjoyable & just sticky with hops.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ (1,785 characters)

Photo of bigbelcher
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber color. Good rocky white head. Fairly dark for a pale ale. By far a total surprise coming from Mexico. Unlike any other Mexican beer I have ever had. Lots of hop bitterness, could have used more hop flavor and aroma to balance it out. Nice amount of malt. Really too hoppy for a pale ale, but not enough alcohol to be an IPA. (336 characters)

Photo of ncvbc
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear amber in color with medium off-white head that fades to a ring. Smell is a nice blend of hops and malt. Sugared citrus hops, caramel, toasted bread. Pretty good taste. Definitely more of a malty brew than anything for me. Still, juicy hops underneath that carry a nice bitterness with them. Sweet caramel and some toffee. Light nutty flavor and again a toasted bread. Mouthfeel is just a little thick and sweet. While the bitterness is there, it's almost like it's sugar coated with malt. Overall a pretty solid brew but not remarkably so. Boost up the hops a notch and tone down the malt (maybe just tone down the malt) and this may be some great stuff.

Thanks goes to Zorro for this brew as a part of the Brews N Tunes 3 finale... (747 characters)

Photo of rallison
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than expected.

Slightly citric hop aroma with some caramel sweets back there in the smell.

Hop presence is mostly in the bitterness, with some dirty hops in the taste. Overly hopped for an English Pale, but I am still enjoying the lasting bitterness. Caramel-like sweetness rounds out the body. All in all, I actually like this. I like the bitterness on the end, but would like to see a cleaner hop character. As it is, a bit messy.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good.

Recommended. Tweaks are necessary to make this a beer I would go back to at $4 per bomber, but I am glad I got to try it. (602 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA., May 2008; price not recorded.

Pours a clear dark reddish-copper with nice carbonation and a thin off-white head; almost reminds me of an English ESB rather than a pale ale.

Aroma is crisp grassy hops, clean English malts, light honey, I think pretty close to the style.

Flavor is a rich heavy malt profile accented by herbal grassy hops, light lemony notes, quite tasty. A light sweetness plays against the hop bitterness at the end of the swallow.

If compared to the style, I think this stacks up quite well, and is a very good example of how to do it right. Good stuff! (637 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Consumed 05/21/08 at LAX Radisson beer tasting.

Presents as a rich amber/gold in the glass with a one finger off-white head.

Aromas of honeysuckle and a bit of ammonia.

Flavor is malty and sweet at first with honeysuckle as in aroma. Then a moderate hop bitterness appears, fading into a mildly sweet finish.

A nice change form the palate blasting IPAs I'm used to encountering out here on the west coast. Very drinkable. (426 characters)

Photo of moonman00
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spied this 22 oz. bottle on the shelf at Henry's Marketplace, an organic grocery in Chula Vista/Eastlake, during a late March '08 visit. Hadn't planned on buying any beer (was on a cool-down after a run), but was drawn to this bottle for two reasons: a) chance for my first Mexican craft beer, b) awesome label depicts a demonic Chupacabras: glowing red eyes, glistening fangs, sinewy muscles, pitch black body, ready for a vicious attack. OK, so the label sold me mostly...

Poured to a pint glass and enjoyed with dinner, a spicy cheese, pepper, chicken and rice dish my wife has honed to perfection.

A: Clear copper, touched with a ruby redness. Carbonation flows vigorously at first, tapering off after 15-20 seconds to a lighter scattering of individual bubbles. Head starts as a fizzy/frothy eggshell-white, building to about 1-finger before dropping to a thin film. Nice lace, a sticky veil of foamy bands.

S: Malt/sweetened dough aroma. A bit flowery, some honey, a fine spice. Good caramel with a light tangerine citrus. Smells aren't too strong, the subtleties are as expected from an English Pale Ale.

T: Label shows "100% Malt" and this one has plenty of it. Doughy bread, light lemongrass, spicy hops with a citrus tang. Toasted malts balance well with a modest, but flavorful, hop profile.

M: Light-medium mouthfeel with a pleasant crispness and a clean, moderately dry finish. A little clinging malty-sweet stickiness leftover on the lips.

D: A good Pale Ale, well-crafted. My first foray into the Mexican craft beer market is a good one: I liked this more and more the further I got into the bottle. Having read the comments of the previous poster only after the purchase, I was a bit rueful of my choice; fortunately, my bottled version made a more positive impression. Recommended for a try if you have access to it; I'd get Chupacabras again.

¡Gracias Cucapá! (1,887 characters)

Photo of goschool
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My local Whole Foods had sixpacks of Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale on display for Cinco de Mayo. The combination of an unfamiliar brand, that brand being from Mexico, and it being hocked at Whole Foods, didn't inspire confidence, but I was curious, so I bought it anyway. Let's check it out.

Appearance: The pour is very dark for a pale ale. It's deep Chicago Bears burnt orange in color topped by a frothy cream colored head.

Smell: The nose has caramel malt, earthy and herbal hops, and a touch of fruit.

Taste: The flavor profile is really a step above the aroma. Caramel malts lead the way into a moderately bitter hoppy mid-palate. Hops are herbal, earthy, slightly spicy, and there's a hint of citrus. Along with hops, low levels of fruity esters enter the mix. Malts return to play a small supporting role in the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and both crisp and wet, but not watery, with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a wonderful everyday beer. Quaffable and delicious. I would like to try more from Cucapá. ¡Salud! (1,061 characters)

Photo of scottoale
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bomber with a very Reaper inspired looking label...nice graphics and very colorful. It pours a rather dark copper with a fairly tight, but small 1/2" off-white head. Carbonation looks ample and small amounts of lace left sticking to the glass. It does look more like an English PA, than an American PA for sure.

The smell is somewhat faint with earthy grain malt, followed by a nice hoppiness of citrus and pine. Smells a bit "tea" like, as it warms.

The taste is true too the nose with a good malty intro, just real earthy and a slight sweetness that is short lived to a balanced hop bittering finish. Malty with notes of tea and tobacco which I find common to most English Pales...quite tasty and very easy drinking with the alcohol well masked.

Medium plus body with excellent carbonation...a good swirl of the glass brings back a head that's longer lasting than the original pour. A sessionable beer for sure, you'ld probably never guess this ale was brewed South of the border.

I've had good experiences with this brewery's Barleywine in the past couple of years and this is a Pale Ale that could bring recognition to this fine company. (1,157 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a orange copper color with great carbonation and a huge head from the bomber. Lots of lacing and plenty of suds left over as I drinl. Smells like a typical English Ale and tastes pretty good too. Not a big fan of English Pales but this one was citrusy and a tad spicy even. Mouthfeel is good and sticky, lots of malt, hops and character. (344 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber colored beer and a shade I would call red. Good tan colored head with excellent lasting power. I have noticed that this brewer creates darker than average beer.

Nice smelling beer and you notice the moment the cap is removed. Smells a little sweet with a good herbal hop aroma; this isn't a pine farm or citrus city type of beer. Smell confirms that this is probably a Fuggles hop beer. Vanilla, butter, wood, and British ale yeast fruitiness are the major components of the smell here.

The taste starts out sweet and fairly bitter with a big butter and Fuggles hop flavor. A bit fruity but there is a big butter flavor here. Vanilla is a component and a lot of oak flavor. Far higher than average bitterness for a British style pale ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

I like this beer in general but the Diacetyl levels and associated butter flavor is a bit annoying. Other than the butter flavor this is a good English style Pale Ale from Mexico of all places. (980 characters)

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Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
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