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Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale - Cucapá Brewing Company

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193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.51/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Cucapa is a relative mess of a Pale Ale. Astringent, bitey, and with a buttery taste and feel that is distracting all the way through.

The beer pours a deep copper/amber color that shows good clarity and an initially froathy head that falls midway through the session. A pretty good look.

Sharp aromas of grassy hops and grain provide the early impressions, followed by a butterscotch, toasty aroma.

The taste lands somewhere between malty and grainy that provides a weak base for the hop flavor and bitterness. Grassy throughout, the hop character never showcases the crisp citrus notes of an American Pale or the earthy/floral notes of an English. The bitterness is harsh and not the smooth or crisp bitterness that make Pale Ales so refreshing. The beers buttery (buttered toast) character rises as the beer warms and gains intensity going into the finish.

Soon after the early malty textures fade, the beer gets a little weak, allowing for a very harsh astringent (grain husk) feel to dominate the beer. Very harsh and nearly sour/stale.

The beer seems to be under-malted or malted with the wrong or poorly chosen malt varieties. The same can be said with the hops. Still, the tanic feel of the beer is certainly the weak point of the session.

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber received as an extra from seaoflament. Thanks man!

Appearance: Pours a dark but clear amber, the color of maple leaves, with a small eggshell white head that retains well and leaves a bit of lace behind.

Smell: Malt-forward, toasty and faintly smoky. Faint caramel sweetness along with a touch of biscuit.

Taste & mouthfeel: A caramelly malt profile opens this one up. Grapefruit follows, leading to a surprisingly punchy hop bitterness. This leans heavily toward the bittering hops, though there's a slight floral quality as well. Remarkably bitter for a pale ale, but enjoyably so. There's a hint of wet paper in the background, but it's otherwise fairly clean. The body is appropriately light, but the massively bitter finish would wreck the palate after a couple of pints. Enjoyable stuff all the same, and it's great to see Mexico producing something so against the grain.

Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.64/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours an opaque, dark amber body with a frothed, off-white head.

Smell: Pale malts with accompanying albeit small notes of bread and caramel. Then, a surge of bitter pith, pine extract, and a heap of crushed aspirins. Hrn... Like a posted 'Beware of Dog' sign, perhaps this should be where I turn back finding something else to drink, but, no, we must press on.

Taste: Opens with pale malts and a light, fleeting caramel sweetness. bitterness. Hops present quick tastes of citrus peelings, inherent earthiness, and pine. Quick, because it clears the way for the impending off-putting bitterness. Maybe they're workin' the unrelenting monster angle here, who knows. Finishes dry, hard, and harsh.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Harsh and astringent, it gutted my palate like so much innocent, unsuspecting livestock. It makes me wish I had a beef taco, chile relleno, or even a couple tamales to couple this with. Instead, I have only one thing to pair Chupacabras PA with: regret.

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle - the first bomber, I believe, for Mexican craft beer in these environs. And the Chupacabras only resonates to me as an X-Files reference (at least it's not a Simpsons' one, though if I checked, it probably could be....)

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper hue, with two fingers of fuzzily foamy off-white head, which settles apace, leaving an undulating frosted shoreline of lace around the glass.

It smells of biscuity grain, a bit of caramel, and fruity, floral hops. Very familiar, somehow. Anyways, the taste is fruity, grainy, bready malt, and did I say fruity? I did? Okay, so this fruit is kind of peppery too, keeping things on a more even keel, some noble hop bitterness adding to the more or less fruitful (!) leveling effort.

The carbonation is pleasantly peppy, the body an aspiring medium weight, and agreeably smooth. It finishes just off-dry, the fruity malt gaining more black pepper in furthering its outshining of the relatively mild hop showing.

A decent pale ale, the American-level (for the style) booze hard to discern, if at all. Nice balance and integration of the main players, with a decent spiciness. Keep 'em comin', mis amigos...

Photo of emerge077
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark amber color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. Nice retention and a little lacing.

S - It smelled malty and sweet. A subtle floral hop aroma.

T - This one is malty with a little chocolate. It had an earthy/grassy hop presence that added a little bitter bite.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium bodied ale.

D - My first craft beer from Mexico and I was pleasantly surprised. It is a tasty version of an English Pale Ale.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a mug.

Another Draft brew (this season's gonna be ridiculous) in my buddy's basement. This creature pours a clear amber topped by over a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel apple (with a nutty coating, o' course), orange peel, and some very light florals sneaking in from behind. The taste is not as malt-forward, though the caramel shines quite brightly; a healthy dose of citrus hops ensure balance is maintained in the universe just as well if it were kept with a two-headed dragon on an island at 0-0. Trust me. The body is a heavy light, with a light carbonation and a nearly syrupy feel. Overall, the best brew I've yet had out of Meh-hee-coh. Not that that's saying much, but, yeah, it's a pretty tasty beer.

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.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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./

Photo of mactrail
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strange amber funky brew.

Looks nice enough in the tall glass, and head is fine. Thicker mouth feel and plenty of carbonation. Woody flavor along with the roasted malt. Sweet and bitter. Walnut shells along with an orange citrus flavor. Too much of the Life Saver taste. Bitterness seems to take over the flavors. Aftertaste is a long walk down an unpleasant hop neighborhood.

I don't know what to call this, but it's not any known style. Amber beer with too much of the wrong hops, strange malt, and a candy flavor that didn't come from Belgium.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up during a trip to Baton Rouge.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is fairly sweet and has a lot of sugar, toffee and biscuit malt notes. The flavor is fairly similar, with some biscuit and toffee malt. The beer is very dry and there is not much, if any, hop flavor. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
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

Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent dark amber with a medium white head, mild lace.

S: Heavy caramel and crystal malt, sweet with a hint of hops.

T: Big on the crystal malt, sweet but not overly slow. Bitter grapefruit tasting hops, unfortunately there is a mild cardboard component at the end, but the overall flavour is solid.

M: Soft carbonation, medium-bodied, fairly smooth.

D: An interesting pale ale, defintely English style, with the malt flavour you'll know.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 12/13/2014. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of citrus/floral hops and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of citrus/floral hops and bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good English pale ale. All around good balance and robustness of citrus/floral hops and bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The CANQuest is out of CANtrol! Now, we have CANverts joining the CAN cause and even I CANnot believe it!

My pour created easily two fingers' worth of thick, foamy medium-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep orangish/reddish amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was a slightly sweet biscuitiness with an underlying hint of hops. Mouthfeel was medium to full with more of a hops bite on the tongue than the nose had led me to expect. In total, the flavor was somewhat medicinal, sort of a molasses/anise combination, but not in a bad way. I rather liked it and felt that it was a pleasant surprise. Finish had a honey-like flavor that lingered. I would definitely put this in the cooler!

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.