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Cucapá Runaway - Cucapá Brewing Company

Cucapá RunawayCucapá Runaway

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.51%

Brewed by:
Cucapá Brewing Company visit their website

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: karait95 on 07-30-2010)
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Photo of DrinkMN


3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This Mexican take on the American style IPA is truly unique and will exceed your expectations as long as you don't set them too high. Picked it up on closeout for $5.99 - for some reason the slogan "The best rated Mexican craft beer" didn't make it fly off the shelf to the same effect as the world's most interesting man. Nonetheless the promise of a citric bomb after closer examination was enough for me to give it a try.

Pours a golden amber honey with a murky, heavy sediment that comes to a complete rest evenly throughout the beer. Clearly unfiltered but I would be disappointed if it was, I can only hope this Mexican sedi contains coca extract and isn't just the clarity of the water.

Aroma is sweet, fruity and hop forward with a distinct character I still can't wrap my nose around.(Still secretly hoping it's cocaine)

Taste is also truly unique and although the hops jump forward with orange, grapefruit, and thick lime. The malts contrast the bitterness with strong caramel/toffee with a hint of honey. Of course the hops still steal the show with a piney bitter finish along with more lime and pineapple tartness I believe is coming from the yeast sediment.

Overall impressive in that fact that it is genuinely unique and no rip-off recipe. A fitting name because I would only recommend it to the daring - this is not your Mother's beer. This brew inspired me to give name to a new class of unfiltered beer, this "Heavy Sedi Ale" is one of a kind but not as refreshing as I hoped.

Great pairing with spicy, authentic Mexican dishes.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 04:45:09 | More by DrinkMN
Photo of stoutman


3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall this is a nice Mexican IPA that is very balanced. It has a nice hop flavor profile, and is extremely easy to drink. Pours hazy golden orange color with a fairly dense off white head and good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent lacing on the glass. Aromas and tastes of citrus, herbal, grass, pine, lime, caramel, and a slight earthy spiciness. Good amount of hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes. Nice balance of bitterness and sweetness; with a great hop flavor profile. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 00:24:43 | More by stoutman
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last beer of the weekend at Beer Revolution in Calgary, bringing up the tail end from least to most hop-forward based on style guidelines (see previous four reviews for a look at the entire journey). Arrived a classic American IPA color, honey orange amber with a decent amount of whitish head. Aroma was textbook IPA by numbers, mixed citrus fruits, caramel malt, a whiff of pine or menthol, a little dank pineapple. Taste was pleasing and hits all the proper notes ... Orange, lemon, and grapefruit, a honey sweetness, light caramel, mellow toast, wildflowers, tropical ichor of some sort, melon and black currant. Semi-chewy and subdued carbonation with a woody bitter finish of pine boughs, citrus pith, and green tea. All the expected elements are present and the whole packaged is well-integrated, almost pedestrian in its lack of obvious highs or lows. My buddy had this before I did and responded with "its an IPA" when I asked how it was. Clearly Cucapa are competent technical brewers who can concoct proficient beers. The next step might be to wing it a bit more and incorporate some unique elements. This beer is a bit like a 1950s suburban housewife (sorry about this one), she'll take care of all your needs but things may get a bit ... Dull.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2013 22:09:07 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of ADZA


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed honey hue with a sudsy two finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is light pineapple,a touch of citrus and some candy nothing over the top but quite refreshing,the feel is medium bodied and well carbonated with tastes of mangoes,candy,a touch of sherbet and finished with a light citrus bitterness and overall it's quite approachable for its high ABV and a surprise from its place of origin and yeah nothing to excited about but I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 15:07:51 | More by ADZA
Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.86/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, honey, slight citrus zest, and wet dog aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, citrus zest, and intense earthy and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer that has some off aromas and an intense, unbalanced hop bitterness that makes it hard to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 03:51:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a very hazy orangish colour. This is obviously an unfiltered beer. The nose offers up some fairly generic citrus and brown sugar notes, which don't prepare you at all for the hop bomb this beer is. It offers up flavours of orange and pineapple and ends with a massive hop finish. This must be close to 100 IBUs as it is just packed with hops, though not in an unbalanced way, as there is a good solid malt base. The carbonation could be a little more robust, but this is a good brew for serious hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 19:57:42 | More by CookstLiquor
Photo of FlyingBull


4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a "new item" at the local grocery, so I picked a bottle up. Well...and because the label cracked me up. Someone else mentioned the resemblance to the signs at the checkpoint station on the 5 freeway. They are down...but the imagery lives on!

This was a 22 oz bottle poured into an equally large "sam adams" type glass. The color was a clear dark amber to orange. The head was a solid 1" persistent to the end, with nice lacing down the glass.

The initial aroma was flowery hops with some citrus, followed by a wonderful malt and caramel. I thought this was nicely balanced; neither dominated by hops nor malt.

The initial taste was somewhat floral with some citrus followed very quickly by malt and caramel. The end held a pleasant lingering smooth bitterness.

The mouth feel was medium full bodied with appropriate carbonation.

This was a very nicely balanced and drinkable IPA from a small microbrewery in Baja, Mexico. I'd love to take a visit there to see their ops and taste their other beers. And...I appreciate their sense on humor regarding the label.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 18:55:12 | More by FlyingBull
Photo of DoubleJ


3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mexican IPA? Si! The bottle label looks similar to that of those yellow signs of people running tongether between Camp Pendleton and San Onofre on I-5. Comes in a 22 ounce at a decent $5.99 price. On to the beer:

The color is toasted orange, topped with a semi-soapy, half-inch thick head with solid retention and thin lines of lace. Its nose brings a floral aroma, a solid dry biscuit base, pleasant caramel, and a kiss of honey at the trail end. It could be mistaken for a pale ale.

The taste is where the hops arrive. It brings resiny notes and mild grapefruit to the profile. However, its hop profile brings more floral notes than the citric bomb whcih the label promises to bring. A dash of heat hits from the alcohol, and dry bread crust with a soapiness lingers in the aftertaste. It's medium bodied and fairly drinkable, though at 7.5% ABV it is knocking on the door.

Runaway is a decent attempt at the American IPA which ends up refreshing, and is a much better option than many beer offerings at local Mexican restaurants.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 20:56:12 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of mactrail


3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a handsome golden amber in the Affligem chalice. A persistent cap of foam and pleasing sudsy mouthfeel add to the charm.

Interesting fruity sort of IPA. A flavor of grapefruit and marmelade along with a hint of apricot nectar. Quite drinkable though it gets plenty better after some sipping. Light bodied with a persistent sweetness and a flavor very much like honey.

I didn't have very high expectations for this brewery, after the wretched Pale Ale, but this is quite a treat. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace on Point Loma Blvd.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 05:50:59 | More by mactrail
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. Wow, my lingering 1990s PC indoctrination bells are ringing at the nature of the marketing around this one. My bad, unfortunately, but still.

This beer pours a cloudy, lightly sediment-strewn medium golden apricot colour, with one finger of loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some streaky low-lying cloud lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of muddled, though still fairly bitter, citrus and pine hops, a bit of watery lemon-lime, bready caramel malt, and a soft musty earthiness. The taste is bitter grapefruit, orange, and lime, some indistinct tropical fruit notes, sturdy caramel and bready malts, an increasingly prevalent herbal tincture character, a very subtle, and weird yeastiness, and further musty, leafy hops. The near DIPA-level ABV is well obfuscated, by the by.

The bubbles are average, and generally just structural, the body an adequate medium weight, and fairly smooth, though a slow, seeping booze astringency threatens to cut in and steal the girl. It finishes with a nod towards balance, as the malt steps up, and the hops keeping steadfastly in place.

An interesting IPA from south of south of the border (I'm Canadian, not just repetitive), the hops definitely big and brash, but still somehow lacking something to put this alongside the best of California (sans the Baja) versions of the style. Maybe it's the yeast, maybe it's the lingering mustiness, but I can't seem to shake a certain, um, foreign character, which would preclude me from revisiting this.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 02:49:07 | More by biboergosum
Photo of superspak


4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent lacing on the glass. Aromas of big orange peel, lemon zest, grapefruit, herbal, grass, pine, lime, caramel, and slight earthy spiciness. Pretty nice aromas here with good strength and balance. Taste of big orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, herbal, caramel, honey, grass, bread, and spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, grapefruit, pine, herbal, lemon zest, honey, bread, and caramel on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of bitterness as sweetness; with a great hop flavor profile. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel that is quite nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all on the finish. Overall this is a great IPA that is very balanced. It has a nice hop flavor profile, and is extremely easy to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 03:15:16 | More by superspak
Photo of jondeelee


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cucapa Runaway IPA opens with a nose that is pleasantly hoppy and malty, though the hops are present in far less strength than could be expected from an IPA. Still, they do bring a lovely grapefruit, pine, lemon, mandarin orange, and mint (or perhaps light menthol) aroma to the beer, infusing the beverage with medium strength. The malts also come across in medium strength, adding brown sugar, vanilla, toast crust, and touches of orange and apricot. A light rind of peppery spicy rims the brew, and when mixed with the hops, comes across almost like bitter nettle tea. As a whole, the nose is certainly intriguing, and while I did want a bit more hop aroma, the aroma that is present is quite decent, and the nettle/menthol combo sets the brew apart from many of its competitors.

On the tongue, the beer does prove immediately hoppy, with strong grapefruit rind, lemon zest, pine, and rose hips, with just a touch of dandelion stem adding a bit of bite and pizazz. The malty sugars here are quite sweet, lending the beer a distinct and large wildflower honey taste that can almost overpower the hops. Brown sugars add to this effect, and orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters come across almost syrupy and concentrated. There is a good wheat bread, toast crust, and fresh wheat grain flavor that somewhat helps ground the brew, and the peppery spices from the nose come back to assist in these efforts, joined by touches of toasted pecan. The aftertaste is mainly hops and breads, with stronger emphasis on the former, and lasts for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a good IPA, and the hop notes in here are distinct enough to make this worth trying. I did want for slightly fewer sugars and slightly more hops, but the beer is still delicious, offering a wide range of flavors in decent enough strength that the 7.5% ABV is well hidden, and the beer itself is quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 14:47:01 | More by jondeelee
Photo of MattyG85


4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear copper orange with lots of fast rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with good retention. Lots of lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: A big citrus hop aroma with lots of fruit. Good hints of grapefruit and lemon along with some orange, tangerine, apricot, and a little lime. Also some piney hops. Good aroma of sweet caramel malts. Smells pretty good.

Taste: Big taste of citrus hops upfront with notes of grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, orange, lime, and apricot. Some spicy herbal pine resin. Solid base of caramel malts and toffee giving a balancing sweetness. A very well balanced IPA. Good bitter citrus bite from the hops and nice malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and nicely smooth for a IPA.

Overall: A pretty impressive take on the American IPA. Approachable and smooth without sacrificing on the citrus flavors. Very nice balance. So much for the idea that Mexico doesn't make good beer. Glad I ran into this by accident.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 06:09:42 | More by MattyG85
Photo of Pexkool


3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange with a rocky white head about 2 fingers tall that leaves traces along the glass.

S - Citric tones, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine and orange are predominant, along with hops.

T - Strong taste of hops and citrics. Tastes like lemon and orange peeling, which is kind of refreshing and adds bitterness to the already hoppy brew.

M - Unexpectedly smooth for such a hoppy brew. Leaves a bitter grapefruit aftertaste that leaves you wanting another sip.

Overall, quite a good beer for the severe summer in Mexicali and other places in Mexico. Personally I'm not a big fan of hoppy brews, but this was a good beer nonetheless. I would recommend it, but I would like to try other brews from Cucapa before I try this one more time.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 01:27:29 | More by Pexkool
Photo of BellsFan


3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 ounce bottle in to a pint glass. About one finger of head revealed a grapefruit nose. The head dissipated to only a thin creamy head that remained intact on the beer and on the glass. The taste matched the nose; grapefruit with a hint of apricot. Mouth feel was made up of an average body with a crispness that complemented the grapefruit well. Overall I was surprised by how much i enjoyed this beer; it exceeded my expectations of a Mexican craft brewery's take on an American IPA. I will buy this one again!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 01:02:38 | More by BellsFan
Photo of BretSikkink


3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange color with a fine head. Clear body, nice enough look. Grainy nose citric. Assertive hops - Amarillo? Herbal, pine. Citric. Thin, toasty finish. Tasty, a bit much on the caramel and diacetyl, but enough hops to get a fix. Enjoy this Mexican microbrew with some spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 23:51:32 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at Loco Coco's in Kittery.

In a pint glass the beer was copper colored with a small white head. There was a fair amount of lace.

Pronounced citrus aroma. A bit of sweet caramel malt.

A big citrus taste. Mostly grapefruit, but also a good deal of lemon. There was also some tangerine. Sweet bready background.

Crisp and on the dry side.

A great complement to my burrito.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 22:24:39 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of rinhaak


3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pouring a clear amber with a modest and quickly-fading head, Runaway has aromas of strawberry, hay, hops, and lemon. There is a hop bitterness right up front in the palate with a little bit of grapefruit. There is a strong malty finish reminiscent of stale bread which took me by surprise. There is also a slight "off" taste (perhaps their yeast strain?) that takes away from its general enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 03:37:10 | More by rinhaak
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass a somewhat hazed burnt orange with a thinner white head that was gone pretty quickly.DIPA in character aroma wise with its big caramel-sugary sweetness mixed with citric hops,its brash and big for an ipa.Flavors are big and sweet up front with a large shot of citric hops in the finish.With the abv. and hefty sweetness to this beer I personally would call this a dipa,in saying that I like it, and would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 19:51:41 | More by oberon
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a thick, cloudy texture. Lots of floaties. There was an inch of foamy, very long-lasting head. Beautiful lacing.

S: A sneaky, surprisingly subtle smell of hops and a lot of citrus.

T: Tasted of hops (not as much as I would have thought), a big shot of citrus (lime, orange, etc.), and a little malt. An interesting flavor that's slightly unbalanced, but still very tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slick finish. Very viscous in its texture. Medium-bodied.

O: An intriguing and drinkable take on an American IPA. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 12:12:47 | More by avalon07
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely excellent beer for any self-avowed hophead, and the best I've tasted in Mexico by an order of magnitude.

Beautiful golden amber with red high-lights and a full off-white head. Pleasant level of carbonation with the delightful oiliness typical of higher alcohol versions of this style.

Delightfully hoppy aroma with a very sweet and fruity taste; citrus, pineapple and mangoes galore. Although that sweetness carries into the finish, the lingering tones definitely reflect west coast hop bitterness. Well balanced flavours from start to finish.

An excellent beer. Wish I'd bought more (found in Queretaro) and highly recommend!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 20:38:00 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of juankzas


4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Served in an imperial pint glass. orange-amber that lets the light cut through a bit. 2 fingers of clear beige head with decent lacing.

S: Up front upon serve, hops are predominant with some sweet malts in the back. Grapefruit, orange and pineapple aromas are present. Very slightly a metallic aroma is also present.

T: The aromas are translated into flavors, awesome beer, I can say for sure that Cucapá make the best beers in México. I can even compare this one with Lagunitas IPA and Racer 5 IPA (that had on the same evening).

M: Good carbonation with a pleasant dry finish. The beer is very crisp and paired perfectly with a pork tenderloin stuffed with dried fruits, nuts and bacon with oriental plum sauce.

D: Scary high drinkability, the alcohol is perfectly hidden.

My dad has a new favourite, he said is the best beed has ever tried. As soon as I can will go to "El Depósito" to buy another one. Also must note that was perfectly fresh, kudos to them.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 15:15:39 | More by juankzas
Photo of karait95


2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Very nice color, like pale amber very brigth also good head wuth a ligth beige color that disipates not slow not fast with good retention.

S: Hops and more hops with a faint sweit or fruit inside.

T: Hops all along, bitter since the beginning a very bitter ending that last just good enough.

M: Meddium body can be sensed, with a refreshing sensation but bittenress is always present

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 04:38:09 | More by karait95
Cucapá Runaway from Cucapá Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.