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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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185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-24-2008)
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Photo of eclaycamp
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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.

eclaycamp, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

zeff80, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

MrMcGibblets, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev +13%
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.

scruffwhor, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
1.75/5  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.

hosehead83, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.2/5  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.

glid02, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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

gatornation, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

avalon07, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Natural510
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow, a Mexican craft beer. Good to see this one distributed in Ohio.

12oz bottle, no dating
Pours a darker amber-ruby with half-inch of creamy foam and a film of lacing which clings to the glass.
Scent is fruity and somewhat breaded. A bit muted, but an element of sweetness does come through.
Tangy fruitiness and bitter hops make a sharp entry. Bitterness grows on you, and a sweet biscuit malt comes through. Bitter and dry in the finish.
Nice body, full and well-rounded enough for the style.
Overall drinkability suffers as the elements are a bit harsh and uneven, but I applaud the attempt and hope the craft movement down south continues to grow.

Natural510, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

pokesbeerdude, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

EgadBananas, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of northaustin
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

northaustin, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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./

jlindros, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

srandycarter, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

woodychandler, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of speter
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

speter, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of Brent
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Brent, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of uwharrieguy
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Introduced to me by my brother-in-law from philly

I was turned off at first by the spooky bottle label and the fact that it was made in mexico.

Poured a pleasant orange/copper color

You get the smell and taste of hops at first and then a balanced sweet warm larger finish.

This is a ale that will surprize your friends,just don't let the label scare your kids.

uwharrieguy, May 24, 2010
Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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

armock, May 19, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

ChainGangGuy, May 16, 2010
Photo of popery
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

popery, May 10, 2010
Photo of callmescraps
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried a Cucapa awhile ago, didn't love it. Figured I'd try the pale ale, since the last one I had was pretty malty.

Appearance- A rich amber color. A full inch of tan head, laces very nicely. It's a little cloudy. The deep red color doesn't really say "pale ale" to me, but it's acceptable in the English style.

Smell- Rich and malty. Definitely buttery. Some earthy hops as well.

Taste- Sweet malt. Buttery (can't get over that), slightly nutty. Some earthy hops. Sweet, but with a lingering burnt caramel.

Mouthfeel- Pretty rich.

Drinkability- Not for me. Too much butteriness, sweetness, etc.

Yep, this was the same beer I disliked last time. I really want to like craft from Mexico, but this isn't the one for me.

callmescraps, May 06, 2010
Photo of andyfrancis
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Set out to find a Mexican beer I hadn't tried for a midday Cinco de Mayo session. Maybe it had been sitting a while and I stirred some stuff up with my pour, but what looked like a nice deep golden/red ale, was somewhat spoiled upon closer inspection of all the shit floating around in it. Smells fruity. Taste is somewhat bland compared to my expectation. Bitter, watery finish. Burning through this sixer on a sunny day manning a grill wouldn't be a bad experience, but I can't say I'm all that impressed with Chupacabras.

andyfrancis, May 05, 2010
Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.