Obscura American Brown Ale | Cucapá Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by fido on 04-08-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
140
Reviews:
88
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
13.99%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
12
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0
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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 88
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of stoutman
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Almost no head and no retention to what little there is. Clear and mahogany colored. Aroma is brown sugar and roasted nuts with some oranges. Well hopped that is not noted in the aroma. Peat smoke and bakers chocolate flavors. This could be a sweet lager with the addition of the chocolate. That chocolate is bitter and dry. A bit grainy and thin but still a decent ale.

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Photo of Erik-P
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of JeanDuteau
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Day 3 beer of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar (one beer a day for all of Advent!)

A nice mid-to-dark brown colour with a reasonable head that dissipates quickly leaving only a bit of a lace. It smells of caramel with a hint of citrus. The taste gives you more of the caramel but the bitterness of the hops comes through as well. It had a slightly oily taste which was not pleasant at first but since it did not linger, I did not take a lot off my mark for it. It had a decent hit in the mouth.

I would not seek this out again, but I would not turn it away if served it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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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3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- pours with a huge 4 finger explosive head, tan in color, the brew itself is a red-brown

Smell- slightly roasted malts, chocolate and toffee sweetness mixed with a bit note of butterscotch, slight hop

Taste- sweet chocolate up front, roasted malt, little cidery on the finish with a low hop bitterness

Mouthfeel- watery feel, medium body with a fast fade

Overall- a better Mexican beer I've had, but a bit too sweet without a balance

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bmwats
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a becker.

A: Very dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Lots of effervescence clings to the sides of the glass. Dissipates fairly quickly. Sporadicly distributed, yet thick, lacing.

S: Roasted malt, molasses, and yams.

T: Roasted malt flavor with bitter pecan shells. Tinge of sweet tea....?

M: Light and a little shallow. Has a synthetic sort of sweetness that lingers on the palate.

D: Session style. Although, it has something of an off-putting nature, that might slow the pace.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Decent head, lots of carbonation, and fair lacing. Nose is a little off... roasted grains, and a strange sweetness. Roasted malt flavor, bittered with pecans and a touch of sweetness. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light brown with little head.

S - Nutty, fresh baked bread, chocolate, brown sugar. Seems like a light spicing, maybe even mole like, but can't put my finger on it. Very light.

T - Nutty, toasty, bready malt, light chocolate, same light spice I get in the aroma. Even light flavor than aroma.

M - Light and almost thin.

D - Somewhat bland. Had one at a Mexican restaurant and it paired very nicely with Mexican food.

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Obscura American Brown Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 140 ratings.
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