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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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Reviews: 139
Hads: 203
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 139 | Hads: 203
Photo of BretSikkink
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Consumed 05/21/08 at LAX Radisson beer tasting.

Presents as a rich amber/gold in the glass with a one finger off-white head.

Aromas of honeysuckle and a bit of ammonia.

Flavor is malty and sweet at first with honeysuckle as in aroma. Then a moderate hop bitterness appears, fading into a mildly sweet finish.

A nice change form the palate blasting IPAs I'm used to encountering out here on the west coast. Very drinkable. (426 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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? (290 characters)

Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt with some piney hops

T - Follows the nose sweet caramel malt upfront and a bitter pine hop finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Probably the best beer that I've had thats come from Mexico overall its an enjoyable beer it has a decent taste so I could drink a few of these in a sitting worth a try sometime (442 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice copper color with some haze and a tan 1 finger fresh head..this looks good,,smell is big with malts and citrus then a butter-bread smell..taste is a malt forward PA..but hops are present and accounted for.it has a floral grapefruit taste with a smooth buttery/malt taste that lingers ..WOW! this is a craft brew from mexico and a good one!!..mouth feel is medium with alot of flavor..if you like english style PA'S you will like this one lots of hops malt and bittering agents that make an english PA good.this was $5.49/sixer..it is a steal @ that price..try this one 4 sure..i was not expecting much and was impressed (632 characters)

Photo of david131
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
1.79/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz. can(No freshness date) into a standard pint glass
Clear amber in color, with a huge head of off-white foam
Aroma-An off-putting big whiff of sweet malt
Taste-Big hit of grainy, cloying malt, then an almost unpleasant wash of raw hop bitterness that does nothing to complement the too-sweet malt, leaving both flavors in an out-of-balance, mismatched mess. Tastes like someone tried to make an English pale ale out of Pabst and Pepsi.
Avoid, just like a real chupacabras. (490 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Cinco de Mayo and cheers to not drinking a corona!

Pours into a pint glass a nice copper red color with good clarity and thin white head.

Aroma is hoppy like a good dry-hopped American pale ale. Citrusy goodness.

Flavor is impressively hoppy and still really well-balanced. There is a little bit of toasty malts but the hops are definately in the forefront.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and good carbonation. Drinkability is fine. I would happily have another!

The best Mexican beer I've ever had. This far exceeds expectations. (537 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (933 characters)

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: clear amber color with minor carbonated streams along the sides, moderate foamy head settles to thin layer, little to no lacing
s: moderately sweet malt aromas with bits of spicy hops and citrus
t: sweet maltiness the 1st 2/3 of the drink, finishing with an ever-growing bitter hoppy finish that becomes too much by end of the bottle
m: medium body, low carbonation
d: early on this was actually a nice brew, but by the end the finish was too much for me (457 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Around a finger’s worth of orange tinted tan foam, more uneven surface than dimpled, mix of bubble sizes, adequate retention and nothing more, the lacing does stick excellently though. The liquid is a mix of brown and orange hues, perhaps too dark for pure amber, mildly more yellow around the rims, not much visible carbonation. Grainy, hoppy nose that is decidedly on the bitter side of things, the grapefruit to orange citrus sour and dry, even the flowers seem arch, the apple, pear, peach fruit scents fill out as it warms while retaining cut and penetrating power, cocoa and vanilla powder maltiness rounds things out somewhat, sniff when you want a challenge back at you. Full-bodied, on the heavy and leaden side, the carbonation is soft and full bringing a creamy mouth feel to match up against the general bitter bite. Sort of boozy feel and bourbon like flavors, the peat moss to crabgrass keeps it green and mean, lots of salinity and minerality too. The orange citrus tart and more pith than pulp. Comes across as well-malted, however, the caramel, chocolate, cocoa flavors are hard pressed to speak clearly but do feed into that hard alcohol profile. Interesting and not sure it easily fits into any recognized style. (1,233 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer for the first time last week-end - my first scent of hops in 45 days!? Loved it and purchased several to take home - and it's just as good now, even without the "surprise" factor. A Mexican brewed APA!! Awesome.

Beautiful amber colour, clear until the hazy sediment at the bottom of a bottle.

Incredible "west coast" aroma - citrus and tropical fruits. Well balanced flavour that emphasizes hops, but combines the sweetness of caramelized malts and mango/pineaplle/tropical loveliness with the grapefruit bitterness I admire.

Personally I'd classify this an as APA rather than an IPA, but either way I will be driving hours to find more (until I get back to the land that is more friendly to "hop heads")... (727 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle tracked down at a wine market in Cabo San Lucas. Pours a cloudy reddish amber with three fingers of frothy resilient beige head. Aroma is full of dried fruit, spice, and nutty malt elements, with a tinge of leafy and citrus rind evoking hops. Classic English pale ale flavor: Grapefruit marmalade, apricot, and butterscotch with some interesting spice flavors, reminiscent of cinnamon and ginger. Subtle nuttiness in the background. Lemon and lime rinds blossom over the course of multiple sips and there's also a developing sour apple note. Big diacetyl flush that I view as a plus in this particular brew. Moderate to heavy bodied with fairly subtle carbonation. Malty sweet finish with some citrus hop character. Rife with classic English bitter flavors albeit a sweeter and heavier take on the style. (811 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO. $5.

A: Pours a somewhat cloudy dark amber, verging on brown with a light cream head, not quite and inch, receding down to an island of bubbles, no lacing to speak of.

S: Slightly biscuity, a few caramel notes as well, bread crusts and a few other grainy notes. Can smell a fair amount of malts, but not really much in the way of hops. Yeast profile is clean. Seems a bit muted here.

T: Definitely a malty, biscuity beer, a few slightly roasty notes as well. Fairly clean fruity/citrusy hop bite at the end, and a small bitterness that lingers in the mouth for a while. Nothing stands out as offensive, but nothing really makes this really pop for me either. Still pleasant.

M: Pretty good overall here, pretty neutral on both the thickness and the carbonation, fairly dry in the mouth as well.

D: It isn't a stand out beer, but I could drink a few if I were at a bar and it was on tap. Decent beer, pretty modest and simple. Try it if it strikes you as interesting, but nothing to actively seek out. (1,066 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: deep copper/amber color, big dense beige/light tan head.
S: caramel, toffee malts and piney, resiny, spicy, earthy hops.
T: medium to full caramel and toffee sweetness and big bitter sharp, bordering on harsh hops. reminds me of a hophenge dipa or stone ab actually, and this isn't even an ipa. i was expecting something lighter and crisper. it also should be noted i tend to favor paler malts in pales and ipas. anyways, something isn't working here for me, just too brash with the big sweet malts and somewhat harsh/astringent bitterness.
M: thick and viscous especially for the style. good amount of carbonation saves it a bit. lingering sweetness and bitterness.
D: a big, bad pale ale, would be better in the colder months. (731 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA., May 2008; price not recorded.

Pours a clear dark reddish-copper with nice carbonation and a thin off-white head; almost reminds me of an English ESB rather than a pale ale.

Aroma is crisp grassy hops, clean English malts, light honey, I think pretty close to the style.

Flavor is a rich heavy malt profile accented by herbal grassy hops, light lemony notes, quite tasty. A light sweetness plays against the hop bitterness at the end of the swallow.

If compared to the style, I think this stacks up quite well, and is a very good example of how to do it right. Good stuff! (637 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.48/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Found this at Plumpjack Wine Store in San Francisco.

Poured into a standard American pint glass.

Appearance: Pour from the can generated quite a bit of head - a good inch, at least. Unfortunately, that head is rapidly crackling its way downward, leaving thin, spotty lacing in its wake. Body is crystal clear and amber-colored, and scattered bubbles can be seen rising within. At this point, the head has come to rest as a splotchy crown. Looks much like an amber lager.

Smell: Strong caramel invaded my nostrils immediately following the pour. Upon closer inspection, I get caramel apple, toasted bread, and sweet Cascade hops. That's about it. Very simple, and not very impressive. My early homebrews smelled similar.

Taste: Caramel, toasted bread, earth, and something that reminds me of sushi - kind of like white rice with a little soy. Hops are there, but very subdued (in terms of flavor and bitterness). Not a fan.

Mouthfeel: Very malty; out of balance. Carbonation is on the light side, but prickly. Aftertaste is decent: all caramelized malt and Cascade (or Cascade-like) hops; but unoriginal.

Drinkability: This was my first taste of Cucapá, and it wasn't good. This pale ale seriously tastes like a first attempt home brew. Not only was it unoriginal, but it was poorly crafted. It still didn't taste that bad; the craftsmanship was just shoddy. (1,364 characters)

Photo of BierFan
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. No date.

Appearance: Hazy translucent coppery-orange color. Off-white to tan head - very thin skin across top and a ring at the edge. Some tiny islands of lacing here and there but not a lot.

Smell: Orange citrus and some burnt sugar / roasted malt at the end.

Taste: Blended malt and orange citrus up front moving into a grapefruit-like bitterness at the end. Bitterness lingers at the end with a tea-like + honey flavor.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, smooth and thick. The hop oils really stick to the teeth a bit here.

Overall / Drinkability: This is not an English Pale Ale - this is an American Pale Ale, and a very good one at that. Gets much better as it warms up and I could easily see myself having another. I had it with a bean and cheese burrito for dinner and it was nice with the meal and after as well. A very good APA and I will definitely pick it up again. (925 characters)

Photo of Goliath
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of scottoale
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (1,157 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this in a 22 ounce bottle at a restaurant in Boston. Pouring it into a frosty glass, the beer was a dark amber color with minimal head. Caramel in the aroma. Strong caramel and husky malt mixed with raw hops on the palate. The flavors are there, but they are not melded together particularly well. (303 characters)

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