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Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale - Cucapá Brewing Company

Cucapá Chupacabras Pale AleCucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale

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79
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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%


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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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 14:37:15 | More by msubulldog25
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goschool

California

3.9/5  rDev +13%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 09:03:53 | More by goschool
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scottoale

California

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 23:17:16 | More by scottoale
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 03:15:36 | More by barleywinefiend
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Zorro

California

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 22:13:36 | More by Zorro
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Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
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