Obscura American Brown Ale | Cucapá Brewing Company

Obscura American Brown AleObscura American Brown Ale
140 Ratings
Obscura American Brown AleObscura American Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Cucapá Brewing Company

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by fido on 04-08-2007

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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of Angie_bree
4.8/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's really good Mexican beer! It isn't so much bitter but taste great, I think it's good pair for snacks, seafood, meat, etc

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Photo of davidtarantino
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Domochevsky
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of roddwolff
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, i served bad in a pilsener glass and got a giant head of foam. Turning to the review:

A: Very dark brown-violet color, the foam is bright and dark with excellent retention, the label says it's a tribute to the color of our people (from Mexico) and has 4 types of malts;

S: Strong roasted malt, toffee, molasses and peanut;

T: Starting again with roasted malt but this time with hazelnut, then we have chocolate, coffee and a few hops, the roasted flavor persists all the time;

M: Little dry and sweet, on the palate is bitter, full body but not become robust;

D: Lots of flavor and decent amount of ABV, better than Cucapá Clásica, but i'm betting on the Chupacabras Pale Ale which i expect to review soon.

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

Nice surprise this beer, which is only fair after waiting so long to try it --along with two other brews from this micro: Chupacabras Pale Ale y their Barleywine.

Micro beer distribution here in México, just as in the US, or so I've read, sucks big time. So, two other fellow BAs and your truly bought some cases of Cucapá beers, and had them delivered by freight trucks. :-)

Well, the wait was worth it.

Pours a dark ruby, with lively red hues when seen through a light. Tan bubbly head, 2.5 inches high; vanishes rather quick. Tight lacing.

Smell is very well balanced roasted malts and earthy hops.

Taste is, just as the nose, balanced. Bitterness was the first taste I got, but malts quickly took over. Caramel and roasted malts, some toffey and mocka coffee. Nice.

Mouthfeel was creamy, really creamy, with a dry finish. Smack!

With 4.5% ABV, drinkability is doubtless high.


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Photo of bradybeer
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a glint of deep ruby red. head is thin and is the color of coco.

Nice hop aroma which is overshadowed by a roasted malt aroma that reminds me of mexican hot chocolate.

In tasting this beer I detect notes of chocolate, raisin, and prunes? The malt sweetness finished with a hint of hop bitterness.

Carbonation is medium and mouthfeel matches this.

Drinkability is high-I could enjoy a number of these with some chicken mole enchiladas.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a large mug.

A: Both body and head have a slight reddish hue. Head was small (possibly too light of a pour on my part) but has good staying power. Overall body is perfectly clear with a medium brownish-red coloring.

S: The aroma is great, like candy. A rich nutty maltyness floats away from this one. Maybe just a slight toast as well.

T: A nice amount of flavor considering the slightly lower abv. Nutty, malty notes, but maybe a little too sweet. A little more bitterness would be welcome.

M: Overall nice, but might be a little slick?

O: This would make a great session beer. It has good flavor and finishes fairly clean, though the mysterious mouthfeel might ware on you.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass. The packaging seems to indicate that this is a "Limited Production". I'm assuming that since this I don't seeing any other reviews for this in cans, that it is in reference to the packaging and not the beer.

Pours a deep looking dark amber, with 3 big foamy fingers of light tan head (definitely darker than off-white). Retains with a thin creamy look that leaves a strong smattering of spotty lacing back. Good strong look here to this. The aroma is roasty, doughy, and fairly fruity in the nose. Lighter notes of caramel, cocoa, and a touch of earthy hops round this out.

The taste is toasted and doughy with sugars all at once, with a definite fruity presence to it that mixes with some lighter tones of chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar to imbue a much darker flavor to it. Hops are spicy and put a more moderate assertiveness to this, drying the backend of the profile out and lingering along with some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness to the carbonation but this is overall very easy in the mouth despite a touch of heft and warmth (which feels bigger than 4.5%) to this.

This was a most welcome surprise, as I had picked this up on a lark while out in So Cal the other month and this was my first ever Mexican Craft Beer. There was a surprising amount of flavor here, with the mouthfeel having a crisp yet smooth feel to it that reminded me a lot of a Lager. Color me impressed, and I will definitely keep an eye out for more from these guys next time I'm out in the area.

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Photo of javiernano
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear brown colored beer with a nice light brown colored head.

Good scent of patent malt and coffee with a trace of Kahlúa coffee in there. Lightly fruity mostly from yeast esters and faint chocolate but this seems to be more of a coffee beer.

The taste starts out mildly sweet with a good level of roasted malt and chocolate flavor at the start. Interesting, tastes like chocolate but smells like coffee. Lightly bitter aftertaste as much from dark roasted malt as from hops. Nice mellow beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Excellent drinkability, even for a style that isn't my favorite. This brewery has completely surprised me by making EXCELLENT beers. I ignored this brewery for a long time just assuming they were a gimmick or another Corona wannabe but I was WRONG! If you see this brewer's beers show up in your local store I suggest you try them all.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of karait95
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown reddish color, really attractive presentation with a good head on top, not too dense but with good retention and light brown color, slow dissipation with traces on the glass when banished.

S: Nice malty smell, full barley with some sweetness to the nose, also the hops that make the smell balanced and some how complex but pleasant.

T: Really good tasting, a toasted malty full flavor with a little sense of sweet ant bitter, this bittersweetness that happens slowly not really fast or disgusting.

M: Pleasant sensation, with medium ending with some bitterness at the end but not a hard one but interesting.

One of the best Cucapa and with it a good Mexican Brown Ale.

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Photo of Suigintou92
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice enjoyable easy drinking brown ale.

Aroma is malted milk and roasted malts...also a rustic, herbal hoppiness which smells a little bit like a mix or minerallyness and BO

Taste is malted milk chocolate balls, roasted malt, mild roasted nuts..Some rustic herbal hops blend nicely and keep this from being a sugar bomb.

Body is medium...high carbonation cuts into the malt chocolate sweetness as well...

Probably the best mexican beer I have had. This is a legit, good brown ale..almost schwarty like with the cleanness to it...this would drink nicely out in the mexican sun...

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Photo of Jeff8ham
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Yanka
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Tivlavrie
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Natural510
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no dating

Pours a deep, dark brown, opaque, with a small amount of tan foam and slight but solid ring of lacing.

Roasted malt scent, with hints of caramel and nuts.

Caramel-heavy on the flavor as well, without being too sweet. Roasted quality of the malt comes through well, and there's an added hint of cocoa and hazelnut.

Nice body; easily drinkable in warm or cool weather. Carbonation sufficient without being too gassy.

This is the best of the Cucapa beers I've had so far. Quality all-occasion brown ale which goes down easy and can be drunken in volume at 4.5%ABV.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for this!

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a creamy tan head with some lacing.

The smell is grainy with some roast. Something akin to "malt balls" comes to mind - caramel and towards chocolate. It has some earthy hops mixed in.

The taste is sweet, lightly roasted nuts, some caramel - towards chocolate. An earthy/fruity bitterness balances the sweetness in the finish.

It has firm carbonation and is the lighter side of medium-bodied, with a grainy texture.

Easy to drink. An enjoyable brew with a rich maltiness (though a bit broken by the carbonation), in a lighter way. Sweetness well-balanced in the finish, making it thirst-quenching. A very nice brown ale!

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Photo of rallison
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle picked up a week ago at South Bay. Poured at just under cellar temp into a Gulden Draak glass.

Dark brownish/black color with a nice 1 1/2 finger light tan head that recedes to a good bit of coverage with minimal lacing.

Smells of bready malts and caramel. Maybe a touch of dark fruit and roastiness.

Taste is surprisingly good, especially given the alcohol. Caramel. Nice touch of dark fruits. Some smoky roastiness. Delicate flavors, but nice. Make sure you serve this one warm enough, or I could see this all falling apart. I wouldn't mind having it a touch richer, but it's still nice.

Mouthfeel is a bit light, but acceptable. Drinkability is good on this one. The alcohol makes this a true session beer.

Recommended. A nice bock indeed.

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Photo of Giggy
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can, so I was quite surprised to see this pour a beautiful dark orangish brown. A off-white head formed but it didn't last long.

S: Very powerful dark grains like barley and toasted goodness.

T: Pronounced roasted malty flavor, coffee, roasted nuts, pepper, and a sweet under note.

M: Medium body. Light mouthfeel in comparison to it's appearance .

O: Was pleasantly surprised by this one.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Greg for the gift.This is my first experience with Cucapa but I may seek out some more.

Pours a nice reddish brown with some khaki head.

I'm getting some sweet malt with a hint of toast and not too much else.

The toast is in there but a little lighter than I'd expect from a brown. The sweetness is accompanied by some vanilla and roast.

Overall, this is a sweet beer and on a warm day like today, it's way too easy to drink. Mexico's best brewery?

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Photo of charlzm
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 02/14/09.

Pours a clear, deep brown with mahogany highlights. A one finger off-white head disappears almost immediately, leaving a very fine skin of foam. No bubbles to be seen in the glass.

Aroma is sweet with notes of honey and pitted fruits. Apricots, even?

Beer is quite sweet. A little nut flavor, but not much. Honey and sweet apricot. Some fig flavor as well. There is an unexpected and short-lived bitter finish which seems to be due mainly to burnt malt. It actually works. A bit of drying parch on the tongue and alcohol warming in the belly.

Unexpectedly flavorful, the only ding against the drinkability of this beer is its close to cloying sweetness.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Weibull for sending this as an extra!

Pours a deep shade of chestnut brown, and glows red in the light. Foam rises to the rim and settles to a thin skim, leaving sparse lacing.

Toasty malt and brown sugar in the first whiff. Solid malty base, a mild raisin sweetness with a little floral hop bitterness in the end. Some residual mild roast flavors hang around too. Pretty big flavors for such a light drinking ale.

This is definitely one to break the "bad Mexican beer" stereotype.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two-finger tan colored head develops when poured full bore, with very good retention and some lacing, though mostly smooth and even-layered. Nice amber-brown color, like a Texas BBQ sauce or a light cinnamon molé, with good clarity until the dregs are swirled and added to the glass. Even then, pretty clear, with just enough haziness to tell it is bottle conditioned.

Smoky mesquite aroma wafts upwards from the large glass stein with hints of earthy hops. An obscure, foreign flavor emerges from the combination of four malts used, with a strong grain influence accented by a touch of hops. Not overpowering or intense, but mellow and intriguing.

A well rounded and drinkable brew that would pair nicely with quesadillas camaron or molé pollo. Good choice to celebrate Cinco de Mayo or sip at a pinata-bashing birthday.

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