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Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale - Cucapá Brewing Company

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of farrago
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of hopsolutely
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
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")...

Photo of mactrail
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of NickRivers
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A&S - Pours an hazy amber with two fingers worth of white fluffy head, decent amount of lacing, the haze looks as if theres an ingredient thats about to show a solid presence. Smells of sweet, light, refreshing malt and fruit with some hops but mostly a sweet fresh fruit aroma.

T&M - Sweet, crisp, and sticky with a slight hop bite right off the front, then a quick turn transitions to that Tamarind everyones buzzing about, maybe some Agave, then citrus hops. Awesome flavors thoughout make a wonderful flavor explosion however I feel the bittering hops in the end take away from the "Fresco" flavor.

O - An interesting find, i'll be sure to check out they're other stuff and pick this one up when found, but I really felt the hops were a little much and took away from the wow factor.

Picked up a Sixer of this at the local CostPlus without any knowledge or recommendation of the beer/brewery. Right off the bat props to Cucapa for being one of the very few Mexican breweries making an effort in the craft scene, it seems the new Victoria lager has way more malt then the other Mex lagers, and let me assure this was no mistake. Light is good, for a certain amount of time. Now about the beer, very, very, fresh. Thats its key characteristic, and by making it to hoppy, it wasn't as inviting as other maltier pale ales. I gotta say I can't really gather my thoughts on this one. Despite the hops turning me off, the Tamarind, which I have yet to see in a beer, keeps bringing me back for more. I think this is one of those brews that sits at the back of your mind. Its not something you think of when you try to list your favorites, but when you see it on the shelf, you'll buy it, just the reminisce on that out of the ordinary flavor. Stay thirsty my friends!

Photo of sisuspeed
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, orange-brown with a fingers worth of creamy white head. Leaves nice waves of lacing.

Aroma is fairly light with sweet malts and a touch of fruity esters. Faint, even for a pale ale.

Interesting malt profile in the taste. Sweet, yet grainy and then a touch spicy. The finish leaves an off putting astringency. If the flavor profile were a bit smoother, this would rank higher.

Mouthfeel is light and somewhat malty. The finish is muddled and harsher than it should be.

Overall, this beer has some nice characteristics, but seems to fall short in a couple of places. The finish on the taste and feel is what drops this beer slightly below average. Compared to my favorite EPA, Jasper Murdock's Fuggle and Barleycorn, this beer falls way short.

Photo of ineva
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A:Bold sinopia haze with a crawling one finger head. No lacing making sure there's no trace. Threatening look.

S:Caramel, Dark chocolate, Nutty almonds.

T:Has a shocking Tamarind, lemon citrus. Plenty of hoppy bitterness. Definitely a curveball.

M:Tame and drinkable. Summertime session ale.

O:Impressive definitely interesting. Making its presence known over some U.S. pale ales.

Photo of morimech
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of PEBKAC
1.98/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

$1.75 for a can at New Beer. Served with a side of 3am pot luck leftovers that I'm sure to regret.

Hazy, dark amber brew, not really resembling a pale ale. Sticky, cream-colored head, leaving behind some patchy lace.

Smell is incredibly sweet for anything less then an English barley wine. Excessive caramel & sticky malt. Bigger then expected alcohol. A touch fruity.

Taste was a bit of a relief, but it's still pretty big & not well categorized. Something of a brown, with some char & toffee notes. Touchy with oxidation & some lingering piny bitterness. No best by/brewed on date.

Frothy & thick. Harsh for 5.8%. Orphaned residual sugars left to run amuck.

Sort of a stronger, uglier, unbalanced version of Dale's "pale" ale. I am not happy. This is amateur brewing.

Photo of ChadQuest
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pillowy head on a clear copper body. Aroma and flavors are bready with faint caramel malts that come across to me as a strongly hopped amber ale in many ways. Mouthfeel is very creamy and carbination is rather low for the style. I bet this is the equivalent of SNPA in Mexico.
Not bad at all.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent dark amber with a medium white head, mild lace.

S: Heavy caramel and crystal malt, sweet with a hint of hops.

T: Big on the crystal malt, sweet but not overly slow. Bitter grapefruit tasting hops, unfortunately there is a mild cardboard component at the end, but the overall flavour is solid.

M: Soft carbonation, medium-bodied, fairly smooth.

D: An interesting pale ale, defintely English style, with the malt flavour you'll know.

Photo of welldigger888
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Photo of karait95
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass, the beer is a dark copper-brown coloring with a pale yellow head that quickly disappears. The beer's smells are a blend of heavy malt and caramel notes with fruity highlights, both adding to make a very sweet nose. The taste is rather surprising given the nose. The beer is a sour malt forward flavor, with some extremely bitter hopped highlights. The beer tried to be smooth in mouth, but just ends up being akward and sharp. The sourness and the sharp/crisp finish make this very difficult to drink. Sour malt aftertaste. Not pleasant.

Photo of imagese
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is MUCH better on tap, but poured a bottle I picked up in a mixed sixer into a perfect pint glass

A- cloudy golden amber with a minimal head and leaves a very faint spotted lacing

S- bitter apple, weak floral hops, and hay all muddled together. Not a west coast smell at all

T- Very earthy, almost dirt like funk going on. More sour than bitter, but nothing really pops.

M- nice body with ample carbonation.

D- Much more so on tap. I'll finish the bottle, but wouldn't grab another if I bought a sixer

Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of Shrews629
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
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!

RJT

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark apricot orange with bronze-like undertones. The upper third of the glass is filled with a splendid looking chunk of golden khaki colored foam that has creamy written all over it. This stuff ain't Corona, that's for damn sure.

The nose is fruity and earthy-musky in near equal measure. Pretty spot-on for the style. For a laugh, check out the brewery's website where they describe the aromas as 'dark caramel, dark chocolate, and roasted nuts'. Translation problem or nasally challenged?

Chupacabras Pale Ale isn't bland beer, but it isn't good beer either. For starters, there's plenty of hoppiness, so the bottle is relatively fresh. In addition, this brew tastes more alcoholic than the ABV would suggest. Something around 7.5% would have been my guess.

Flavors include steely caramel, orange and grapefruit zest, candied apricots macerated in white rum, clay and hints of stainless steel. It's a less than well-brewed combination that is holding onto an average taste score because abundant hops make most of the flaws tolerable. This 12 ounce bottle will be more than enough, however.

The mouthfeel is strangely large as well. It's definitely full for the style and the bubbles are well within the bounds of acceptable. This attribute, along with the appearance, is the highlight of this whole ordeal.

Chupacabras (literally 'goat suckers') are legendary (read: urban legend) creatures first sighted in Puerto Rico in 1995 and since spotted throughout North and South America. They reportedly attack and drain the blood of livestock, especially goats. See the label for a fiery-eyed and fanged artist's rendering. Too bad the name and its backstory are more interesting than the beer itself.

Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color. Very malty aroma. Little head retention. Aroma slightly reminiscant of a typical barley wine. Heavy malt presence in flavor. Lots of carbonation. Little to no hop aroma or flavor but dryish hop style finish at end. As it warms more fruitish flavors come out. Very drinkable beer. More malty than I would expect for a pale ale, but aside from style point still a pretty decent beer.

Photo of cdizinno
4.11/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a can.

A: Slightly hazy, deep reddish amber with a couple fingers of light tan head. Moderate lacing.

S: Sweet caramel and a mild earthy hop.

T&M: Very smooth and mainly sweet. Caramel, slighly nutty. Mild bitterness toward the end. Very smooth and creamy. Medium bodied.

Moe like a really great brown ale. It does have some of that English ale flavor, but overall high marks.

Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.