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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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of keeganfrank
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Foggy brown beer with yellow highlights and a sudsy head about two fingers thick. Aroma is faint but primarily smoky caramel. The flavor, on the contrary, is quite robust. Tart berry and chocolate with undertones of creamy caramel. Its body does not feel heavy, despite the dark color and thick suds.

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Photo of AdrianMendez
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of SerialTicker
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maybe my batch is fresher than the majority of the people here? I don’t know. I quite like it. Appearance: Filtered, ruby black/brown color. Two fingers of a light brown head. Looks pretty nice.

Smell: Dirty caramel malts, with some spicy, chocolate notes. Smells pretty nice.

Taste/feel: It’s the smell in taste-form. Really smooth drinking at a pretty measly 4.8%, and I’m actually quite pleased with this beer. Drinkable, and a very respectable brown ale.

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Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of jondeelee
3.74/5  rDev +9%
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 KillaB
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of KingSlayer
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle. bottle sticker reads legend: 2009 silver beer cup, guadalajara.
a bit of research revelead that this brew also won gold medal at 2007 world beer championship.

poured a deep brown semi translucent liquid, 2 and a half beige loose head formed, little to mid retention, no lacing, visible carbonation. nice handsome swirl at top of the liquid at all times.

nose composed of sweet roasted malts, hints of coffee, faint dark chocolate, brown sugar.

initial porter-like assault sweet chocolate, butterscotch and cappuccino flavor, very very quicky subsides and evolves into a dry bitter composition, butterscotch retronasal, mild bitter coffee lasting end palate. bitter hops predominance nice if u like hoppy beers.

medium body, nice adequate carbonation, creamy silky finish if let resting on the mouth.

this beer was a pleasant suprise to try. would like a more pronounced nose, but the foundation of it is good. nice brew a little bit on the hoppy side.

EDIT 2: i previously had a past shelf life bottle that ruined the experience for me with a nasty vinegar flavor, im re-reviewing with a brand new fresh bottle. bad point for cucapa for not printing the expiration date on the bottle though.
Anyway this time i enjoyed the beer, it feels like a weak porter with strong hops. liked it.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of scruffwhor
2.47/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a twelve ounce can.

Ruby color with a bronze tinge to it. Two finger, khaki head after the pour, recedes to a nice layer of foam . Really like the bubbling.

Nice toasted malt aroma makes me think of nutty bread crust. There's also a tart, bloddy aroma that sort of ruins it for me.

The flavor starts off with some blood, then the toasty, somewhat nutty, malt flavors come around. Its a little tart. The palate is somewhat acidic. I think I got my hopes up when I bought this Mexican brown ale.

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Photo of closisinthehouse
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of sneaks2210
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of Gtg642
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is very hazy amber brown in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of dark and nutty malts in the nose along with some notes of raisins.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some additional hints of chocolate flavors towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink. Nothing really stands out about the taste as being interesting, although it is a cut above many of the other beers I’ve had from Mexico.

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Photo of Suigintou92
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of zeledonia
2.72/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My first beer from this brewery, and my first Mexican beer not from one of the two giants.

Pours a deep reddish brown, clear despite the dark color. Barely a trace of head, even with an aggressive pour, and what's there is quickly gone. Where's the head? I hope that's not a sign that it's undercarbed.

Smell is rather faint, but what I can get is sweet and sugary. Brown sugar and plums dominate.

Taste is fairly bland, and doesn't carry much of those malts I picked up in the smell. There's a twinge of dark fruit, but mostly I get a dry, leafy, slightly bitter hop flavor. Not what I was expecting, and not bad, but not especially tasty.

Mouthfeel is okay, maybe. It feels a little oily, slick in a way that I don't really like. And the carbonation is definitely on the low side. Surprisingly dry in the finish.

This beer is meh. Maybe meh minus. There's nothing really bad about it, but I can't find anything particularly good about it either.

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Photo of Domochevsky
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Photo of vr6corrado
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Craft beer from Mexico? We shall see. Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Clear medium brown color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is average and no lacing is left.

3.0 S: Strange cinnamon-like spiciness is the strongest aroma. After that, there's toastiness and a dry graininess.

2.5 T: Super dry. Toasty with a slight roastiness. Grainy.

2.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. A bit too much carbonation. No creaminess at all.

2.5 D: Pretty mediocre. Nothing about this makes me want to drink it again.

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Photo of javiernano
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Giggy
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
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 samie85
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear tawny brown color with a half finger of head.

S-Chocolate with some roast and almost citrusy note.

T-Citrus and light bitterness with some light chocolate notes.

M-Slick and light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

D-Very easy drinking but the flavor profile was not what i expecting at all. I was not expecting the hop profile of this.

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Photo of rbthuffman
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
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 davidtarantino
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

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