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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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Cucapá Brewing Company visit their website

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 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 LennyOvies
4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Beautiful amber body and white head.
S- Sweet maple.
T- Sweet syrup taste, then turns into a slightly bitter-sweet mix with hops.
F- Smooth, crisp, syrupy.
O- Not as hoppy as I would expect but this is really good.

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Photo of takusan1000
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drunk on a hot day in Merida Mexico so that may be causing a higher rating than what it would otherwise give. Hard to see the beer and smell it since it is in a bottle. I was surprised though that it is so light of a color. It tastes towards the porter side and could very well pass for a dark beer on a blind taste test.

Taste is hoppy very much on the piney side. As if it has been dry hopped. It is not too subtle but a much better choice than the lager swill sold everywhere in Mexico. Has a fruity yeasty aspect to it and also rather sweet. Dinner rolls, brandy soaked apricots, pine, maraschino cherries. Reminds me of Ratsherrn pale ale in Hamburg that was my go to pale ale when I lived in Germany in both taste and experience. If I were living in Mexico this might become my standby.

Mouthfeel is excellent, viscous and syrupy.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.29/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Slightly pinkish tones....strawberry copper in color....so this is already unique! The head is quite fine in appearance and doesn't really settle too much which is a very good thing for a change! It stays around one finger thick and is off white in color. Lacing is also good with a solid foam ring being created around my glass every time I set it straight! Carbonation appears to be fine and mellow as well....a fine looking ale!

S- Caramel sweet malts and balancing hop bitterness make up the majority of this Pale Ale in aromas....very typical and expected, but worth it for sure! Nothing much else going on here but really, should there be?

T- Again, this is a very balanced flavor profile, and follows the aromas very closely! Sweetness is derived from a blend of caramel, toasty brown sugars and perhaps a hint of maple. The bitterness is a combination of citrus, Earthy notes, leaves, fresh oily floral tones , and does take over slightly at the end from the malts, almost leaning this towards an IPA style, or English Pale Ale....different for a Mexican brew.....most appreciated!

M/O- Medium bodied and smooth, velvety texture, this one is surprisingly well crafted....sorry, but I had small expectations of a beer from Mexico! This has all of the characteristics of a well made craft beer, and holds to the style well in my opinion! I enjoyed this one and would buy it again for sure!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.64/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit, and slight funk aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, caramel, fruit, earth, and slight funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is showing a minor amount of infection that is not super noticeable, but it definitely takes away from what this beer is supposed to be.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of rand
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Underrated little pale from baja, Cali. More malty than a West Coast style, but far more hoppy than your usual fare south of the border. I wouldn't have ever tried this but the Mexican restaurant I was at didn't have a lot of options. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Baja beer has a nice orangish ruby hue that definitely had some IPA style citrus notes on the nose. I was expecting it to be a little more bitter but there was a slight malt aftertaste that hung around for a bit that balanced out the flavour. This beer was very lightly carbonated and produced a razor thin head.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of stoutman
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Darker amber brew with nice tan head. Aroma of caramel, floral hops. Taste is nice balance of malt and hops - sweet caramel at the start transitioning to a crisp floral / grass hops. LIngering hops finish complimented with a lingering of malt sweetness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and perhaps a bit too malty for the style. Much bettre than corona, I give the guys credit for trying..

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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 keeganfrank
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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...

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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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 NorthsideFred
2.82/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure where this can came from, but it's been sitting in my garage fridge for a little while and no one has claimed it ... I guess I'll open it.

A: A cloudy apricot with a half-inch head and perfect lacing. Part of the appearance rating goes to the artwork. Possibly the coolest looking can I've ever seen.

S: Not bad, but not great. Very malty, and somewhat floral. Not my cup of tea...or brew.

T: Malty but muted.

M: Better than expected. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

O: Not bad. I wouldn't seek this out - but I'd drink it again. I will say, being that it is cloudy and brewed in Mexico - I'm worried how the Chupacabras will treat me tomorrow. Wish me luck.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at Novare Res and shared with my wife.

Served in a mug forms a big thick head amber. The beer is almost hazy not transparent.

The aroma is malt sweet crystal malt big big malt.

The taste matches big malt (how do they drink this in hot Mexico?) all malt sweet with an almost tartness from the barley. The mouth is very smooth and leaves a nice fresh feel.

I thought it was ehh but my wife loved it.

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Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a murky brownish color, big soapy off white head and a very nice display of sheet lacing down the whole side of the glass. Aroma is bready, with some cereal grains mixed in. In the taste, nutty maltyness, a glimpse of citrusy hops, and a toffee like flavor in the finish. Simple flavors that go together quite nicely. Nutty, sugary malts, small hop presence, even balance and a clean finish. Overall, this is the best beer of Mexican origin that I have had to date by a good margain.

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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 farrago
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
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")...

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Photo of mactrail
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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