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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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chaz01

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer of the Month selection -- served in a tulip glass.

A: Brilliant deep amber and mahogany color with a nice 2 inch velvety brown head that produces some excellent lacing. But they lose a point on the rating for having the ugliest looking creature I've ever seen on the label. I've never heard of a chupacabra before, but I wouldn't want to run into one.

S: Nice piney earthy tones in the aroma with some fruity flavors like apple and pineapple.

T: Picking up pine, citrus hops, grassy notes, chocolate malts with a pleasant bitter finish. Nice balance of sweet malty flavors with bitter hops.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation.

D: Ugly creature on the label aside, very pleasant surprise from the BOMC. Very drinkable as a session type beer, or could be paired with a hearty sandwich or cheeseburger. I often question whether I should renew my BOMC membership and if it's worth the premium price -- but it's beer finds like this that keep me coming back. I'll definitely be on the lookout to pick up a six pack or two of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 02:14:02 | More by chaz01
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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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hawks10

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. can poured into La Fin Du Monde tulip...

Pours much darker than expected, a beautiful dark ruby color, showing great clarity, with a huge amount of soft, pillowing off-white head that leaves chunks of lacing on the glass...

Smell is a bit off, somewhat sweet with some spoiled dark fruits. Overwhelmingly malty on the nose, bready, caramel and a bit roasted, but very little bitterness. A slightly sour note emerges towards the end, bad can?

OK, nasty. What the hell is going on, such a beautiful pour but completely downhill after that. Very sweet initially, almost cloying, bready, toffee sweet malts overwhelm. Slightly bitter at the end, but not a good bitter, just off...

Medium bodied with good carbonation and a good tingle on the palette...

This beer started out great, awesome looking can and a beautiful pour, however, it all fell apart after that.

Serving type: can

04-09-2010 01:29:34 | More by hawks10
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kaseydad

California

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 00:32:50 | More by kaseydad
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber with a thin white head that gradually fades, becoming patchy.
Smell is sweet, slightly burnt malts, with the malts quickly turning bready. Caramel and toffee, with some faint hops.
Taste is sweet, toasted malts, with faint, grassy hops coming in over a good malt backbone. Some bitterness comes in halfway through. Faint buttery, nutty notes towards the back end, with a malty finish.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp, with a slightly smooth, creamy finish. Medium body.
Good drinkability. Not the most well-balanced beer, but it still goes down easily.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 01:46:44 | More by Parrotbeak
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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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emerge077

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Impressive looking amber color with nice clarity..

S-Very interesting aroma. Definitely English style pale ale. There is a nice carame/toffee sweetness..think caramel biscuits...also a musty minerally dimension...very interesting

T-More of a bitterness than I expected but comes off more of an herbal/alcohol mix bitterness..the malt is not as sweet as the nose leads one to think it will be....probably because of the hop load...caramel and toffee still there along with an herbal hop dimension...also the mineral/musty notes remain on the taste..

M-Clean drinking...Medium bodied...

D-Interesting and enjoyable ale I'd drink again but not seek out.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 04:33:04 | More by ZAP
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rfabian

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this one from the beer of the month club. It's probably not one I'd have picked off of the shelf given my impression of Mexican beers as being similar to US macro adjunct lagers.

Poured into a tumbler it produces 10 mm of head with light lacing. The appearance is amber and clear. The aroma is of citrus hops, moderately strong, and a bit of malt. The taste is lightly malty and moderately bitter. The feel is light bodied with a slightly metallic finish.

I'm pleasantly surprised by this offering, which is worthy and enjoyable. No lime needed.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 14:10:01 | More by rfabian
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tubacharlie

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decent hop aroma apparent, much more so than any Mexican mega beers. A clear copper-amber color is presented, much like the Anderson Valley Boont Amber just enjoyed previously. Poured down the middle of a large glass stein it produces a nice head that dissipates pretty quickly without much lacing, but is easily refreshed with a swirl or a swig.

Somewhat balanced flavor with a little more hop predominating over the malt (100% malt the Craft Beer label notes). Nice grain presence in front with a little bitter hop kick back. Worthy of its goat-eating monster namesake.

Nice to see Mexico getting into the craft beer movement. I was told this is the first Mexican micro imported into the U.S.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 04:25:16 | More by tubacharlie
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeah, not bad at all. Can was a bit colder than I'd a preferred, which is maybe why it foamed out up and out when I opened it. Poured with a nice light brownish, rusty, tan head and no lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Malty, hoppy, roasty nose. Flavor is like aroma plus a little nutty, hint of butterscotch and leather. Good body but perhaps a little sharp in carbonation. Nice finish. Session beer.

Serving type: can

03-13-2010 00:13:19 | More by drpimento
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber color with a decent amount of head. Cool demon creature on the label made me want to pick this up.
S - Pale malts and slight hops. I wish I could smell more from this.
T - Slight hop bite and grassy flavor. Wish it was more sugary than previous reviews described.
M - Sort of dry but hops represented well in this brew.
D - Meh I would rather have a Hopslam, but I guess I am a sucker for cool beer art. May not buy again

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 04:08:33 | More by DrDemento456
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beertooth

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

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

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber in appearance with a finger of sticky white head. Good lacing and head retention along with tons of carbonation rising from the bottom and sticking to the sides.

S- All malts, seems to be no hops at all. A bit roasted on the nose with a predominant sweet, caramel malt smell. Smell really surprised me and was not expecting the all malt aroma.

T- Mostly sweet caramel malts, a bit roasted here also. Does finish a bit bitter so there is indeed some hops in here. It still seems there should be more here though, sorta disappointing.

M- Smooth, light-medium body, sort of slick or syrupy on the mouthfeel also.

D- Pretty good, lighter body and low ABV makes it an easy drinker.

Don't know if I would buy it again, not really what I expected. Maybe it's my lack of experience with English IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 02:20:35 | More by kbeals
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lasting modest head. Leaves good ring lace. Hazy, with a deep amber color

Smells like a low-hopped scotch ale, nearly no hop nose. Lots of caramel, though.

Taste wise, much more bitter than the smell lets on. This doesn't have the roundness of most English Pale Ale, although there is a biscuit element. Otherwise, I am reminded of the American version of a Pale Ale. The swallow and aftertaste are bitter but balanced. The body is spot on.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 02:31:22 | More by smcolw
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Goliath

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a half inch off white head. Head retention is ok.

The aroma is ok. There's a light hop aroma with a bit of spice and citrus. There is also a nice malt presence with some sweet caramel, herbal tea, and a bourbon like quality as well.

The taste is ok. There is a nice malt showing up front with some caramel and earth tones. It finishes with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. The beer is just ok for me. The flavor profile isn't that great, and the beer as a whole just falls a little short IMO.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 22:45:14 | More by Goliath
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rsvlbrwr

California

4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. Had it on tap at the Chef's Table in Rocklin, CA. Not really a typical pale ale as I felt it was a little hoppy for an English Pale Ale and too malty for an American Pale Ale. That aside, it had a very good balance between the malt and the hops. Noticeable citrusy hop aroma. Hops also noticed initially in taste followed for a caramel sweetness from the malt. Pretty full bodied. Neither hops or malt lingered creating a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 18:02:11 | More by rsvlbrwr
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber for under $5 at the Wine Emporium on Tremont to bring to a friend's home. We split the bottle, poured into stemless wine glasses, which were all he had. Wow, a surprisingly good looking beer from Mexico. Dark auburn color. Nice white head. Tons of lacing on the glass. Smelled very piney, like a nice IPA. Taste was much better than expected. There was a very prominent hop profile, but there was also a nice maltiness which gave a good backbone. Overall there was a nice balance to this brew. I could have easily had a few more of these. I can also see this beer as a big hit in Mexican cuisine restaurants as a great alternative to the usual suspects. I'd like to try more offerings from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 17:20:27 | More by morebeergood
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cerveza Cucapa' Chupacabras

Clear and copper-colored, slimmish beige head.

Sweet, caramel-malty aromatics, with a slight hop appearance. Getting less slight more I smell it. Definitely has an English pale ale smell on it. Dry and herbal.

Taste: hoppy hit at first. Then comes the caramel malt flavor,both butting up against one another, bright, and warm, wet and zesty.

I like this. It would be hard not to like it. Just enough hops to my tongue happy, plenty of flavor, good drinking.Nothing to be afraid of, that's for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 07:04:27 | More by feloniousmonk
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Amalak

New York

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. It was a reddish brown, clear with some bubbles. Good foamy head and lace with a caramel scent.

IT has a wicked vegetable bite to it. Has a slight sourness, but in a good way. Very flavorful...burnt a little bit. Lots of flavors going on...perhaps too much?

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 22:35:39 | More by Amalak
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WakeandBake

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden amber color body with a small soapy white heas , no lacing , light carbonation. Aroma of pale malts and cereal grain , floral and citrus hops with a hint of dark fruit . Flavor is lightly sweet up front with some piny and citrus hop flavors , medium bitterness, medium body with a crisp clean mouthfeel , hoppy finish , I would call this quite sessionable and not too bad , a nice try .

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 00:13:30 | More by WakeandBake
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david131

California

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 06:07:08 | More by david131
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BierFan

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 07:34:58 | More by BierFan
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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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Rayek

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale copper with good clarity and mild carbonation. A pillow like cream head starts out well and has very good retention. Leaves a smattering of lace.

S: Quite spicy, with a strong aroma of pepper, plus a bit of grapefruit and pine. Malt is there with a touch of toffee.

T: The pepper bitterness dominates. It's bolstered by a grapefruit citrus that feels a bit out of place in a EPA. A bittersweet toffee flavor adds an extra layer of flavor. Finishes with a lingering spiciness and a touch of metal.

M: The medium body is quite oily and has a bit too much fizz.

D: A nice beer overall. More bitter than I usually expect this style to be. But I still enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 03:22:53 | More by Rayek
Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.