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Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale - Cucapá Brewing Company

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 133
Photo of BEERchitect
2.51/5  rDev -27%
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.

Photo of speter
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

Photo of Brent
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of uwharrieguy
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.64/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of popery
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of callmescraps
3/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.06/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of mwa423
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a half finger of off white head that quickly disappeared to nothing.

S - Sweet smell with some breadyness and a subtle hop bite.

T - Far heavier hop hit than many EPA's but very enjoyable. Is well balanced with sweet and fruity malt. One of the more enjoyable EPA's I have had.

M/D - Mouthfeel is slightly skewed to the watery until the hops bounce off the tongue. Probably the best beer I have ever had from Mexico, simple and easy drinker.

Photo of degerbah
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at party source because I'd never seen it before. Pours a cloudy amber out of a really cool looking can. Not very much head, but decent lacing. Mostly malt forward aroma with very little hop presence. The taste is much hoppier than I expected. Not in the same league as some other pale ales, but a really good balance of flavors with a little bit of earthy flavored hop bite. I will definitely buy this beer again. This was a great find.

Photo of misinformed
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at a liquor store in town that has an awesome taco stand in the back. I chose this at random and was pleasantly surprised. It is worth mentioning that the bottle cap was pretty gunky on the outside and it looked like it could have been there awhile so I can't vouch for how fresh it was. Poured in to a pint glass.

A- Clear, dark orange-red. Small off-white head that faded quickly. Looked like it had some really fine sediment suspended throughout.

S- Faintly sweet, malty. Alcohol as well.

T- Sweet and malty first with sour grain and alcohol also present.

M- I found this to be fairly light and watery. Some carbonation, but on the weak side. Refreshing with a lingering finish.

D- Light and refreshing. It went really well with the asada (steak) burrito I "paired" it with. Cuts right through the spiciness. Great as well while doing yard work. Fairly well balanced, but on the weak side. I liked it, but I probably won't buy it again.

Photo of dtivp
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Selection from the beer of the month club

Poured into a pint glass, a very dark ruby color with a nice white head a some lacing.

Very sweet aroma of toffee/ caramel, with roasted malt and some earthy hops.

Bitter taste with the hops over taking the malt and toffee. still some sweetness with a little alcohol.

Medium body with just enough carbonation.

Since I'm not a big pale ale fan, this beer is not my style and I wouldn't put it on my want list. However, if is a typical pale ale.

Photo of chaz01
4.06/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer of the Month selection -- served in a tulip glass.

A: Brilliant deep amber and mahogany color with a nice 2 inch velvety brown head that produces some excellent lacing. But they lose a point on the rating for having the ugliest looking creature I've ever seen on the label. I've never heard of a chupacabra before, but I wouldn't want to run into one.

S: Nice piney earthy tones in the aroma with some fruity flavors like apple and pineapple.

T: Picking up pine, citrus hops, grassy notes, chocolate malts with a pleasant bitter finish. Nice balance of sweet malty flavors with bitter hops.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation.

D: Ugly creature on the label aside, very pleasant surprise from the BOMC. Very drinkable as a session type beer, or could be paired with a hearty sandwich or cheeseburger. I often question whether I should renew my BOMC membership and if it's worth the premium price -- but it's beer finds like this that keep me coming back. I'll definitely be on the lookout to pick up a six pack or two of this.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of hawks10
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. can poured into La Fin Du Monde tulip...

Pours much darker than expected, a beautiful dark ruby color, showing great clarity, with a huge amount of soft, pillowing off-white head that leaves chunks of lacing on the glass...

Smell is a bit off, somewhat sweet with some spoiled dark fruits. Overwhelmingly malty on the nose, bready, caramel and a bit roasted, but very little bitterness. A slightly sour note emerges towards the end, bad can?

OK, nasty. What the hell is going on, such a beautiful pour but completely downhill after that. Very sweet initially, almost cloying, bready, toffee sweet malts overwhelm. Slightly bitter at the end, but not a good bitter, just off...

Medium bodied with good carbonation and a good tingle on the palette...

This beer started out great, awesome looking can and a beautiful pour, however, it all fell apart after that.

Photo of kaseydad
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I knew it existed! Damn that label is pretty darn cool looking and their website is pretty sweet too! Hoping the beer is worthy of such a cool label. Pint glass pour and I am met with an amber/copper colored pour and a bubbly off-white foamy head with staying power and lacing. Aroma is very malty with some underlining whiffs of orange, caramel and some earthy tones. Bitter taste with a strong drying odd-tasting aftertaste and leaves me with major salivation on the buds. Sweetness...need not apply. Overall I am sad to say the label was much cooler than the beer but if I was in Mexico and looking for a beer for the buck, this would be worth a grab.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber with a thin white head that gradually fades, becoming patchy.
Smell is sweet, slightly burnt malts, with the malts quickly turning bready. Caramel and toffee, with some faint hops.
Taste is sweet, toasted malts, with faint, grassy hops coming in over a good malt backbone. Some bitterness comes in halfway through. Faint buttery, nutty notes towards the back end, with a malty finish.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp, with a slightly smooth, creamy finish. Medium body.
Good drinkability. Not the most well-balanced beer, but it still goes down easily.

Photo of HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip with a giant, voluminous mass of foam, much like Duvel itself. Khaki tan foam, with an attractive sunset red orange jewel tone. Chunks of lace coated the glass.

Aroma was a little sweet, apples, pale malt, bread. Moderate bitterness, pale malt sweetness, bready and grassy. Lingering dry leafy hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol seems slightly perceptible. Cidery apple twang. Medium bodied, easy to drink, but nothing overly exciting. Much better than the last Cucapá beer I tried.

Photo of ZAP
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Impressive looking amber color with nice clarity..

S-Very interesting aroma. Definitely English style pale ale. There is a nice carame/toffee sweetness..think caramel biscuits...also a musty minerally dimension...very interesting

T-More of a bitterness than I expected but comes off more of an herbal/alcohol mix bitterness..the malt is not as sweet as the nose leads one to think it will be....probably because of the hop load...caramel and toffee still there along with an herbal hop dimension...also the mineral/musty notes remain on the taste..

M-Clean drinking...Medium bodied...

D-Interesting and enjoyable ale I'd drink again but not seek out.

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

I got this one from the beer of the month club. It's probably not one I'd have picked off of the shelf given my impression of Mexican beers as being similar to US macro adjunct lagers.

Poured into a tumbler it produces 10 mm of head with light lacing. The appearance is amber and clear. The aroma is of citrus hops, moderately strong, and a bit of malt. The taste is lightly malty and moderately bitter. The feel is light bodied with a slightly metallic finish.

I'm pleasantly surprised by this offering, which is worthy and enjoyable. No lime needed.

Photo of tubacharlie
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decent hop aroma apparent, much more so than any Mexican mega beers. A clear copper-amber color is presented, much like the Anderson Valley Boont Amber just enjoyed previously. Poured down the middle of a large glass stein it produces a nice head that dissipates pretty quickly without much lacing, but is easily refreshed with a swirl or a swig.

Somewhat balanced flavor with a little more hop predominating over the malt (100% malt the Craft Beer label notes). Nice grain presence in front with a little bitter hop kick back. Worthy of its goat-eating monster namesake.

Nice to see Mexico getting into the craft beer movement. I was told this is the first Mexican micro imported into the U.S.

Photo of drpimento
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeah, not bad at all. Can was a bit colder than I'd a preferred, which is maybe why it foamed out up and out when I opened it. Poured with a nice light brownish, rusty, tan head and no lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Malty, hoppy, roasty nose. Flavor is like aroma plus a little nutty, hint of butterscotch and leather. Good body but perhaps a little sharp in carbonation. Nice finish. Session beer.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber color with a decent amount of head. Cool demon creature on the label made me want to pick this up.
S - Pale malts and slight hops. I wish I could smell more from this.
T - Slight hop bite and grassy flavor. Wish it was more sugary than previous reviews described.
M - Sort of dry but hops represented well in this brew.
D - Meh I would rather have a Hopslam, but I guess I am a sucker for cool beer art. May not buy again

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Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.