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Chupacabras Pale Ale - Cucapá Brewing Company

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Chupacabras Pale AleChupacabras Pale Ale

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139 Reviews
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Reviews: 139
Hads: 203
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 16.09%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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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 Zorro
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a translucent amber brown. With orange highlights that had a bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: huge caramel aroma upfront with some malty nutty notes but also had slight citrus, and faint pear esters.

T: mild hops and sweet honey flavors showed up on the palate with caramel, nutty ,citrusy accents and lots of sweetness coming from the malts.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, nutty, mild hoppy, and sticky finish.

D: was just a decnt pale ale that had nice honey sweetness and was drinking real good.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Explodes out of bottle with two mugs (never seen this before) of light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose and flavor is hops and caramel. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. 12oz bottle from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

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Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Woody for this can.

A: The pale ale is a darker amber color, more brown than orange and dark enough to be opaque. The can erupted on opening, a frothy tan head spilling over the counter. That head is contributing to the lacing in the glass.

S: Plenty bready, with toffee and caramel mixing with the biscuitiness. Hops are present, stronger than I was expecting.

T: The ale has the English vibe, more malty than hoppy. The malts are toffee and biscuity, a bit of caramel sweetness. The hops that hang out on top of the malts seem to have a little age under their collective belts. The result is a fuller flavor that accentuates the malts but packs enough of a punch to still be a pale ale. Syrupy sweetness verges on cloying near the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is bready, malt-centric until the midpoint. Hops, a tad on the old side, lend punch to the ale.

D: Not bad at all. I wouldn't mind trying it at a younger stage but beggars can't (and won't) be choosers.

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Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on a whim from Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear light brownish amber color wtih a creamy half a finger head that fades to leave average side lacing and a nice lumpy cloud.

S - Getting some light hops (grassy not really bitter) and some light sweet malts, slightly buttery. Quite pleasant.

T - Similar to the nose. Getting some slight fruity hop notes followed by sweet malts and almost some honey flavour. There is a nice slight bitter finish to the beer.

M - Very smooth, almost thick. Not watery at all. The hop oils help this one out and the ABV is not noticeable. Find myself wanting to raise the glass back to my lips each time I put it down.

O - I'm surprised at how much I liked this beer. This is my first non macro mexican based beer and I really enjoyed it. Would definately buy this beer again to show off what a country can offer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A Mexican made English pale ale, in a can, I have to try this.

Pours a nice rusty amber and copper color with a voluminous head of beige. The head fizzles to a thick foam, then a thick film, and finaly to nothing after drinking three quarters of the beer.

The aroma is a peppery, spicey hop balanced with a toasted bread crust. Very English smelling pale ale here.

Nice spicey black pepper mixed with toasted malts maintains throughout teh entire palate. Toasted bread crusts with a little caramel and just a splash of orange zest from the hops along with the pepper make for a nice EPA.

Although there really isn't any taste fluctuation from the front, middle, and back of the palate, its still a pretty good English pale ale.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
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

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Photo of glid02
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can shared by Joe - thanks!

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light pale malts with hints of buttery vanilla and floral hops.

Tastes OK. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by a mild tininess and hints of vanilla. Midway through the sip the malt flavors thicken up a bit and small amounts of pine hop flavors work their way into things. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is OK. The thickness is on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is not that great. I finished my glass but would not have another.

Overall there were some off-flavors in this beer that just didn't translate well at all. Not quite terrible but it doesn't have far to go.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, a tinge of hops, a biscuity component and a little citrus.

T: Tasted of malt, biscuits, mild hops, and some citrus. Not overwhelmingly flavorful, but still pretty tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A solidly made, drinkable English Pale Ale.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks jess!

Pours a copper orange with a bit of haze. A smaller head fades out completely leaving a little layer of film with some bubbly lacing.

Scents of citrus hops and some slightly bready tones. Not too complex.

Begins with an initial hit of bitterness, followed by some more mellow flavors. A doughy, bread malt backbone is clearly apparent, laced with some spicy hop edges. Finishes with some pine bitterness and lingering stickiness.

Medium body, decent carbonation, a bit sticky and chewy. Smooth drinking, but surprisingly hoppy for a Mexican beer, alongside a decent flavor. If only we could replace Corona with this!

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Photo of drpimento
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
3.65/5  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.

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Photo of popery
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice, malty pale ale. Pours transparent amber with a tight white head. Lots of caramel in the aroma. Some nuttiness, very light floral hops and a bit of clean yeast. Flavor is on the sweet side, but it's not over the top. The finish could use a bit more hops because there's a touch of sweet lingering slickness. Still, the beer is rather drinkable, and it's nice to find a good Mexican beer.

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Photo of FLima
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a thin head with medium retention.
Light aroma with notes of papaya, some citrusy and bread malt.
Flavor is much more interesting and bolder. Notes of papaya, spices, American yeast, toasted malts, some pine and mild grapefruit. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body.
Good English Pale Ale. I meant it felt more English (its base) than American.

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Photo of morimech
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear copper color with a thin head that quickly disipated. Just light lacing is left on the glass.

Malty aroma with hints of caramel and yeast. Not much for hops.

They should call this an amber ale. Sweet caramel malt with very little hop charactor. Some grassy hops. Bitterness is low.

A little on the undercarbonated side. Too bad as the body does pocess some depth.

The brewer mislabeled their beer. An average amber ale.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber in color, off white head. Not very heady, even with a careless pour. Little dark, but still appetizing none the less.

Smells of malt sweetness, maybe a hint of butterscotch, with a fair amount of hops.

Taste is rich, malty with more subtle hints of pine and citrus. Very tasty and well balanced even though I prefer a hoppier pale, but it's fantastic to the style.

Medium bodied, doesn't fell too light or heavy. Nothing to complain about.

Super easy to put back, and if the ABV was a bit lower, I would likely make this my politically correct session brew as it is a very good value for the money.

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Photo of Brent
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty atypical product for a Mexican brewery - foregoing the lighter or even dark lager in favor of a rather full-bodied pale ale. Poured a moderately dark amber brown. Prominent caramel malt flavor, closely followed by a firm bittering. Lots of label blabber about the mythical Chupacabras lead me to expect a gimmick beer, but this was quite good.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - some slight haze to the orange/amber brew. This bottle uncapped and foam started kicking up and over the neck of the bottle, so I didn't go too nuts on the pour. Ended up with a fairly small head, holding steady at a thin but complete cover. A solid layer of lace all around the glass.

Aroma - sweet, almost syrupy grain whiff, followed by citrusy, orangy hoppiness. A little sugary for an IPA but it's okay.

Taste - hmm, interesting. The grain has a sweet, but not sugary bend to it. It has a brown sugar edge, very much like the Cucapa brown ale, but some of that buttery English aspect, too. The brown sugar taste gives the beer a slightly sweet yet sour off taste. The hops come in dry, bitter, not much flavor but not overbearing either. A bit of a funkfied IPA, whether by intent or not I've no idea. Not a total miss, not a total hit either.

Mouthfeel - good smoothness and accompanying crispness. The body is nice and weighty, giving the beer some notable heft.

Drinkability - I could potentially learn to like this, but I don't. Seems too likely a candidate for infection with that weird sugar, brown ale bit.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chupacabras Pale Ale has a thin, beige head and a cloudy orange-amber appearance. Carbonation is moderate, and filmy lacing remains down the glass. The aroma is of turned or over-ripe citrus. Taste is of citrus, strong coffee, stinging and bitter hops, and barley. Mouth-feel is medium, and Chupacabras finishes refreshing enough, with a caustic after-taste. Overall, this is an okay pale ale. This strong beer really went straight to my head this morning on an empty stomach. I keep messing up with the typing!


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Photo of msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark caramel / burnt orange. Full one inch creamy head, slow to leave. Nice retention. Thick viscous lace akin to root beer.

S - Sweet caramel is predominant here. Deep and full.

T - Rich dark caramel with a hint of burnt sugar, followed nicely by a bittering.

M - Creamy, rich, fairly thick. Good coating, fine carb.

D - Pretty quaffable!

A fine offering from a brewery that is finally taking Mexico into the craft beer scene!

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Photo of elNopalero
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After the less-than-stellar review I gave the last beer from Cucapa I had dialed my expectations back considerably for this one. No idea how old this bottle is. While this beer wasn’t the greatest I’ve ever tried, it wasn’t another disappointment. Proof that one beer does not a brewery make.

This appears an amber-auburn in color. There’s a musty-sweet aroma with a light hoppyness to it. Not an exciting smell, I keep thinking of the first Cucapa I’ve tried and feel like I detect a little bit of the honey fermented sweetness as well. But this is a hoppier, honeyed amber, with a low hop aroma and flavor but a definite bitterness on the flavor and finish.

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Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was utterly shocked by this beer. I have been ignoring it at Whole Foods for months, but I was premature in my judgment.

Pours a tawny amber with a big off-white foam head. Smell is ... wow, nice aroma. Big butterscotch malt notes and some pine and grapefruit mixed in. Actually, this kind of smells like a barleywine pale ale hybrid.

Taste is quite rich. Pushes the pale ale definition. The sweet malt lingers, surprisingly thick chewy mouthfeel, and there's some balancing pine and bitter hop content. Maybe even a hint of leather in there.

Was very, very surprised.

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Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer with a definite mixed English-West-Coast- American character, interesting and slightly unique.

Faintly cloudy red-amber, it has a medium tan head steadily shrinking to thin top, then a foamy ring and leaving a little nice lace.

Aroma is baked apples and very toasted barley with some other elements hard to distinguish. Overall, it is quite good.

Taste is more compelx and strong, with a nice fruity-toasty malt sweetness balanced with peppery-citrusy-woody hop bitterness. It has baked apples with very toasty, yeasty barley. It starts off slightly on the sweeter side up front and is a touch on the bitter side at the finish. It has a yeasty-fruity-toasty-woody aftertaste, finally finishing dryer and more woody. Feel is pretty solid with a faint touch of oiliness. There is a hint of the west-coast "amber" ale style of Napa Smith and the like but this is only one element and not too strong. It is a little on the more assertive side for serious session drinking in my book and has only a little complexity. Overall, it's very good, characterful, somewhat unique, a very solid beer.

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Chupacabras Pale Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.