Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale - Cucapá Brewing Company

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Cucapá Chupacabras Pale AleCucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale

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Reviews: 136
Hads: 200
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | 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: 136 | Hads: 200
Photo of ineva
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
1.98/5  rDev -43.8%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of welldigger888
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev +8%
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! (673 characters)

Photo of karait95
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of imagese
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
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 (516 characters)

Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (1,115 characters)

Photo of Shrews629
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,149 characters)

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. (975 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
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 (516 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (1,705 characters)

Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of cdizinno
4.11/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (1,135 characters)

Photo of 321jeff
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear reddish brown with a couple fingers of tan head which slowly recedes to a thin cap leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma is sweet caramel with very little in the hop department.

Tastes much like it smells, caramel with a slight nuttiness that accompanies most English style ales. Slight bitterness right at the end.

Mouthfeel is probably the highlight of this beer, being smooth and creamy with good carbonation. I could kick back a few more of these on a cool afternoon. (487 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.48/5  rDev -29.5%
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 Vdubb86
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a mug

TMoney, you can pick a nice random Pale Ale! And I know you only got it because of the name. A very nice deep amber color was poured with a good finger of foam that hung around for most of the fiesta, this didn't appear to be any ordinary cerveza. The smell was of roasted caramel and nuts. There was a hint of citrus and florals from what I assume was the hops. To echo TMoney who tried this with me the taste was pretty damn good for a mexican beer. The flavors reminded of the caramel tastes that were on the nose but the rest of the beer is a malty smooth blend. It was smooth and perhaps not as carbonated as I would have liked, but maybe I'm too picky. It is nothing spectacular but would have no problem kicking back a few of these. Overall I enjoyed it and would recommend picking yourself up a can if so desired. (838 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a mug.

Another Draft brew (this season's gonna be ridiculous) in my buddy's basement. This creature pours a clear amber topped by over a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel apple (with a nutty coating, o' course), orange peel, and some very light florals sneaking in from behind. The taste is not as malt-forward, though the caramel shines quite brightly; a healthy dose of citrus hops ensure balance is maintained in the universe just as well if it were kept with a two-headed dragon on an island at 0-0. Trust me. The body is a heavy light, with a light carbonation and a nearly syrupy feel. Overall, the best brew I've yet had out of Meh-hee-coh. Not that that's saying much, but, yeah, it's a pretty tasty beer. (743 characters)

Photo of philosobeer
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is pretty darn yummy. Happy that there's a good Mexican craft cerveza, and even better that it's in cans.

This beer pours fairly on the orange side, quite hazy, and gets a pretty nice, light tan, frothy head. The smell has floral and grassy hops as its outstanding feature, but there's a sugary note too. The front tastes show off a nice balance of bready and full bodied malts against a fresh and green hop flavor, those malts seem grainy and sugary before finishing with a fair touch of dryness. Something feels a touch off with the body and carbonation, like it turned out a little syrupy for its style.

Overall, I'd like to say I hope I see this can around more often. Good mid day and summer beer to have with a simple lunch, like (in this case) goat brain tacos. (776 characters)

Photo of gregshead
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy reddish brown. Basically a rust color. Pours with a small amount of head.

S - A little bit of a pine smell to it, not a strong aroma.

T - Sweet red ale start with a pine and earthy finish. A little watery tasting to me.

M - I did taste the cloudiness in the mouthfeel. It didn't match the taste for me.

D - It's just alright for me. I wouldn't hunt it down but wouldn't turn it down at a BBQ either. (417 characters)

Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.