Obscura American Brown Ale | Cucapá Brewing Company

Obscura American Brown AleObscura American Brown Ale
BA SCORE
3.44/5
140 Ratings
Obscura American Brown AleObscura American Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cucapá Brewing Company
Mexico
cucapa.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by fido on 04-08-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,667
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
140
pDev:
13.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of BretSikkink
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great look, with a tall mocha head that has great stick and lacing. Superb, and really stands out from the other Mexican obscura beers.

Nose is muffled, but includes a faint metallic tint to the malts and a whiff of spicing as well.

The flavor also includes a metallic note, but enough roasted malt is added to the toasted, caramel notes to be considered quite good. There's some faint Christmas spicing towards the back end and the body is creamy with high carbonation.

Best of a lackluster style. Definitely worth a look though.

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

To inagurate the service of my Eisenbahn Weizenbock glass I bought in Brazil a week ago, I choose ... a beer from Cucapá. On to the beer:

Not much of a head on top of this pretty, ruby brown colored beer. It still looks good without a head. The aroma is quite good, malted toffee is dominant here. Mild hoppiness and nutty aromas too. To taste...oh yum, I like this beer. Tea leaves and toffee chews introduce themselves to the palate at first. The background is nutty while the toffee and green tea note continue to play a duet through the experience. A fruitiness seems to mix itself into the sweet toffee flavor. Lighter than average mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation...in this case the carbonation seems to work in its favor.

Fruity, toffee, and imported from Mexico. Another quality offering from Cucapá.

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

Pours a creamy light cocoa color with plenty of visible carbonation.

The smell is not bad, mostly musty herbal hops partnered with subtle hints of milk chocolate and some coffee.

The taste is a combination of a spicy pale and an American brown. Lively herbal hops add much more flavor than bitterness, and the malt bill is healthily throwing off sweet chocolate reminiscent of a ball park malt cup.

The mouthfeel is solidly medium bodied with just enough carbonation to rise above syrupy and really kick this into session territory.

I was really amazed by the overall quality here. Who would have thought, Mexican craft beer... Low ABV, refreshing and overall extremely enjoyable. Nice.

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

Cucapá Obscura pours a brown color with nice foamy head that dissapers fast leaving a little lacing; Smell is of caramel malts; Taste is of roasted sweet caramel malts, chocolate and some pepper in the flavor; Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied beer, good carbonation.

¡Salud!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle found in a small wine market, Cabo San Lucas. A reddish root beer brown with three fingers of fluffy beige head. Pleasantly sweet aroma that evokes rum-soaked raisins, slightly soured molasses, cinnamon, and ripe pears ... Tons of sweet malts with subtle yeast character. Thick, sweet, and moderately fruity with low-grade carbonation. Much diacetyl character like its pale ale stablemate, ample rum raisin flavor with added chocolate syrup, pear, and cherry notes. Features the same unique cinnamon-like spice element. Finish is where any hops are first ascertained, slightly herbal and nutty in a way that recalls peanut butter. Enjoyable under the circumstances. In my view the balance is out of whack, overly sweet and in need of a few roasted notes or some added hop character. Great full and smooth mouthfeel though. Coats the palate. This brewery has morphed in my mind since trying their American IPA, which was solidly executed but safe. Their other brews have a peculiar sweet brown spice character than I can appreciate.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Brilliant chestnut, ½” off-white head, dissipates to a film, good lacing Smell: Malty sweetness, dried fruit, faint chocolate.
Taste: rich malt, traces of dark dried fruit, a little chocolate sweetness throughout, not a lot of hops.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium to medium full body, dry finish.
Overall: Drinkable but somewhat on the sweet side.

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Photo of AdrianMendez
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Oakenator
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Gtg642
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of rogerdandy
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of vr6corrado
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of EOC
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of lehueve
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Boga
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Kirian
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jondeelee
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Obscura opens to a nose that is fairly equally divided between citrusy hops and ash. The former bring bright pink grapefruit, lemon/lime, and grapefruit rind, with lighter touches of pine resin, and the latter add light, but definitely present hints of ash and black malt. The combination is strange, the hops definitely geared toward the more citrusy side, and the ash adding a layer of burnt grain that bounces off of the hops, not quite working with them, but still somehow complementing them. There are also good touches of brown sugar, as well as orange, white grape, and apricot fruit esters, and hints of burnt toast and Grape Nuts cereal. As a whole, this is one of the more unique aromas on the market, and almost has a kitchen sink effect, as if a whole bunch of leftover ingredients from several styles of beer were simply thrown into a pot, and then super-hopped. The result is clashing, but at the same time, intriguing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with the same mixed hop-and-ash note noted in the nose, but the hops are even more pronounced and citrusy here, with huge lemon/lime flavors mixing with pink grapefruit, and only slight touches of grapefruit rind and pine. These react strangely to the ashy, coffee ground-laden, black malt-like background, much the same way fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and coffee would, not quite meshing, but just intriguing enough to make you want to go back for a second sip. In that second sip, the flavors continue unabated, battling with each other, the tongue unsure quite what to do. There are supporting notes in here, including brown breads, biscuits, and hints of apricot and orange fruit esters, but it’s mainly hops and ash that win out. Late in the mouthful the ash actually wins out in the battle, flooding the tastebuds with ash and black malt. The aftertaste features a continuation of these ashy notes, with hops making a comeback as the ash dies off, and the hop notes linger for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing on the tongue.

Overall, there is much about this beer that is interesting, and by themselves, the hoppy notes and ashy notes would be quite nice. The combination of the two, however, doesn’t quite work, with sourness, bitterness, and sugary citrus flavors clashing wildly with ash and black malt. The result is still drinkable, but strange.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle, day 3 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar. 4.8% ABV on this one, with a newer (than the one on here, at least) label, depicting, I think, some native Mexican art.

This beer pours a clear, fairly dark red-brick amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, cushioned, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent gnarled tree growth lace around the glass as things slowly drop away.

It smells of gritty, crackery caramel malt, oily bar-top nuts, weak bittersweet cocoa, a bit of cold coffee, dark sugar reduction, and a plain earthy, mineral-like dryness. The taste is bready caramel malt, Toffifay candies, a bit of sweetened black tea, and more very soft earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is quite understated, and barely noticeable for the most part, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, with a small stab at a nutty creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel, toffee, chocolate, and nuttiness all carrying on.

One of the better beers that I've had from this Baja Californian brewer, if a little unbalanced towards the sweet side, but there's no lack of overall flavour here. More of a dessert accompaniment, I would imagine, perhaps a nutty brownie or the like (and not just 'cause I have some of that left over from lunch!)

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L- Clear brown body and a beautiful creamy head.
S- Toasted malt with a sweet-dry hint.
T- Toasted/sweet alternating flavor with some added bitterness.
F- Smooth and crisp.
O- My favorite beer from Cucapa, not the best ever but really good.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A=very dark amber color with some clarity and a one finger offwhite head

S=sweet chocolate notes with slight alcohol aroma

T=sweet tasting malts with little bitterness to balance

M=light carbonation and slight oiliness

D=drinkable and enjoyable though not super

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown that goes amber in light with a creamy, fast fading taupe head that trails. Apple and cinnamon nose with some brown bread.
Toasted nut and unripe pear with nutmeg hops.
Clean linger. Crisp, light, a bit thin.

Bright and spicy brown ale, like apple strudel. The spices are nearly enough to push it towards winter warmer. Reminiscent of Moose Drool for drinkability. Too light, but enough to pique interest in Mexican craft.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me start by saying it's exciting to see beers from Mexico which have color and substance and flavor. In fact this is the first craft beer I've ever had from Mexico.

Poured a meager 1" head which quickly dissipated to lace. Dark in color almost like a stout and flavor likewise was similar to a mild stout but with a lighter body. Smell and taste both had touch of sour almost like a drop of Flemish sour.

Anyway, a big step up from forgettable weak Mexican beers, but nowhere close to the craft beers from the States or from European classics.

But keep up the good work Cucapa.

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Photo of ZachT
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ordybill
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has an aroma of malt and cocoa, not to bad.
Appearance- This beer pours a reddish-brown with a large off-white head.
Taste- Has a sweet caramel malt flavor, a tad to sweet for me
Palate- A medium bodied and moderately carbonated
Overall- First beer from this brewer, pretty good. I will definitely try other offerings from Cucapa.

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Photo of JoePat
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown with a nice big kaki head. It doesn't dissipate immediately but it does not stick around long.

I get some roasted malts and chocolate in the aroma. It is clean and not a lot of aroma.

The flavor is a little on the weak side. I get some roasted malts and chocolate but it is very faint. I pick up a little bit of a lemonade type sourness as it gets warm. Don't think it is a bacteria issue because it is so light but can't rule it out.

The mouthfeel is very thin and almost watery which makes it easy to put this beer down.

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Obscura American Brown Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 140 ratings
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