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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-24-2008)
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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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welldigger888

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle in to my trusty irish pub pint glass,Hazed off golden garnet color elixer with an off white head that hung thick with good lacing.
Very malt forward yeasty aroma.
Malty yeasty flavors riegn supreme with late bitering hops.
Pretty thick chewy brew, thick with malt.
Good abv good carbanation, just not my style.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 02:24:54 | More by welldigger888
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speter

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: OK, this is pedantic, but it's simply not a pale ale. Now, I didn't call it a pale ale; BA didn't call it a pale ale; the *brewery* calls it a pale ale. It's not. It pours a clear amber to brown color with an impressive 3-finger head, not unlike a cask pour.

S: Nicely hoppy, but with a good malt backbone.

T: Sweet malt dominates the front, with a crisp hop bite hitting in the center. The finish is decently bitter, and the aftertaste is a nice, clean, hoppy bitterness. This is a tad sweeter than your typical English PA, but it's quite good.

M: If you don't have it too cold, it comes close to a good cask ale. The bubbles are large and persistent, and the hop oils nicely coat the tongue.

D: This is a fantastic session beer. No complaints here. The balance of sweet to bitter was just about right, and left me wanting another. ¡Bien hecho!

Serving type: can

06-05-2010 22:27:09 | More by speter
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Shrews629

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy, hazy, reddish/brown color with an off white, very pronounced head. Yellowish/orange hues around the bottom and sides. The head is really sticking around and leaving some honorable lacing. Looks pretty good really.

Smell - Some real nice floral hops jump out at first. A swell toasty, biscuity aroma with even a touch of caramel sweetness. Some fruitiness that I detect as being orange citrus. Very well balanced and provoking. At the end I was smelling gum drops. Interesting!!!

Taste - Fair amount of hop bitterness with some grapefruit. Has a bit much of the alcohol flavor for my taste, but easily bearable. Has an unessential dry "chalkiness" to the taste also. Even a toasted breadiness plugging away at the taste buds as it crosses the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Very dry. Mostly smooth and even a tad creamy. Leaves a nice amount behind after the swallow.

Drinkability - This brew totally surprised me!!! Very respectable and worth a try. The "chalkiness" would get to me after a while I think, but manageable for a few glasses. I would try this again no problem. This reminds me of the Southwest desert for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 03:32:02 | More by Shrews629
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karait95

Mexico

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice orange amber color with a little reddish inside and good carbonation, the head is with mixed bubbles and disappears really slowly leaving behind a lot of traces on the glass, the color is not totally withe but a very pale light brown. Nice looking.

S: Really good smell a sweetness can be sensed right away and also a malty smell, this opens your senses incredibly and rises your expectations, a balanced but strong combination is expected.

T: Good flavor but the bitterness strikes just at the begging the sweetness is almost lost or imperceptible, what is just sad, but according to the stile meets the requirements.

M: The bitterness makes this beer a difficult one, the ending is good lasting for a while but leaving a dryness and bitterness in the back of your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 01:49:14 | More by karait95
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Mauerhan

California

2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

picked this little bitch up at a hole in the wall in anaheim. when I asked the guy at the counter how it was, he said great if you like pale ale. he lied. like many of its other mexican counterparts this beer falls short and leaves me disapointed. kinda like the night I lost my virginity...wah wah wah.

pours amber. strong white head. fades fast.

smells strongly of hops.

taste is unbalanced. strong bitterness. a lackluster bite up front that leaves you wanting more. and not in a good way. all in all a bland beer. if you have the chance to tr this...dont

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 07:13:47 | More by Mauerhan
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Since this is a West Coast (Baja) Mexican beer, it's not surprising that it's actually a lot like a West Coast style pale ale. Pours a rich coppery colour, not unlike an amber. The nose is alive with bright hop aromas—pine, citrus, tropical fruits. For just a 5.8% ABV pale ale it has quite a lot of body. It has a nice creaminess to it as well, and the finish is bracingly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 21:46:34 | More by CookstLiquor
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northaustin

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark amber with strong white head that leaves a nice solid stringy lacing. dark for a pale ale.

smell has no hops present. very yeasty and there is some alchohol present in the nose which is highly irregular for such a relatively low abv.

ill give them the benefit of the doubt and say that the hops have faded due to the bottle being old. hot sticky malts and over yeastiness with a minimal worn out hop presence towards the end.

even with all its flaws, this beer is very refreshing and a worthy pale ale that i would love to try fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 06:50:47 | More by northaustin
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bigbelcher

Arizona

4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2008 06:39:06 | More by bigbelcher
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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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degerbah

Ohio

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

Bought this at party source because I'd never seen it before. Pours a cloudy amber out of a really cool looking can. Not very much head, but decent lacing. Mostly malt forward aroma with very little hop presence. The taste is much hoppier than I expected. Not in the same league as some other pale ales, but a really good balance of flavors with a little bit of earthy flavored hop bite. I will definitely buy this beer again. This was a great find.

Serving type: can

05-03-2010 01:25:37 | More by degerbah
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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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eclaycamp

Kansas

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: can

08-18-2010 00:21:32 | More by eclaycamp
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miffsudd

Michigan

3/5  rDev -13.3%

04-24-2014 16:17:43 | More by miffsudd
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Pepeton

Mexico

4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great surprise from this micro in Mexicali, near the border to San Diego.

Micro beer distribution here in México, just as in the US, or so I've read, sucks big time. So, two other fellow BAs and yours truly bought some cases of Cucapá beers, and had them delivered by freight trucks. :-)

Pours a nice dark orange, with a fluffy long living tan head, that leaves a nice ans sticky lace along the glass.

Smell is citrusy, with some malts in the background, faint ripe fruits are barely noticed.

Taste is beautifuly and surprisingly bitter, well balanced though with some caramel malts.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a and bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability, for me at least, is high. Most of my Mexican friends don't dig the bitterness this beer delivers.

¡Salud!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 22:32:05 | More by Pepeton
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javiernano

California

4/5  rDev +15.6%

03-06-2012 08:19:14 | More by javiernano
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jaimenavarrog

Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

02-11-2013 21:35:31 | More by jaimenavarrog
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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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321jeff

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: can

09-23-2010 23:12:59 | More by 321jeff
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frlrv1020

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

06-23-2014 22:32:27 | More by frlrv1020
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keeganfrank

Ohio

3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-orange ale with a thick, foamy lather of head that takes ages to dissipate. Aromas of sweet citrus and bread and flavors of lemon, berries and sweet bread. Despite the deep colors and thick head, it has a light and crisp body. I've never been impressed by a beer from Mexico before; this was a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: can

04-29-2013 18:44:37 | More by keeganfrank
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Tolnik

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprising enough a mexican beer that isn't the same old taste that is a typical mexican beer. The head that pours off this amberish colored beer is excellent. While the smell does have the tones of a mexican beer the taste doesn't fallow suit. The beer has hints of a typical pale but with some hops added in, while it doesn't overwelm the palate. Overall an excellent beer to try. And if you love a mexican beer then I would suggest this beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 00:12:39 | More by Tolnik
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vr6corrado

California

4/5  rDev +15.6%

02-16-2012 15:54:14 | More by vr6corrado
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RunDWP

California

3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

English Pale Ale from Mexico? I guess I'm being unfair, but the words "Mexican beer" usually imply some weak, fizzy skunky beer with a lime in it just to give it flavor. So when I saw this in my local dive liquor store, I decided to pick one up. And there's a good reason why I check out my local dive liquor store from time to time.

Looked real good in my tulip glass, with a nice bronze color and a light tan and fluffy head. Lots of lacing sticking to the glass. A bit of a musty, malty aroma with a little bit of pine to it. Flavor is malty, with some sweetness with a good amount of grapefruity hops, with some piney notes thrown it. A little bit of a resiny aftertaste, but a good heft and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Let it warm up a little bit, and the malt and hops will come to balance and be quite drinkable. Another reason NAFTA wasn't such a bad idea.

Next thing you know, a bunch of Brits will be trying to push some sort of pale, fizzy stuff with a lime on me.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 04:30:31 | More by RunDWP
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xnapshot

Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

02-19-2012 01:07:57 | More by xnapshot
Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.