Obscura American Brown Ale | Cucapá Brewing Company

Obscura American Brown AleObscura American Brown Ale
BA SCORE
29.3%
Liked This Beer
3.44 w/ 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:
#40,243
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
140
Liked:
41
Avg:
3.44/5
pDev:
13.95%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this brew yields a deep reddish brown pour with a half inch head.

Smell is initially of caramelized malts and a touch of hops. This opens up and yields a bit of dried fruit and coffee.

A relatively light body and mouthfeel for the appearance with a light to moderate carbonation, offering a nice tingly finish. Tastes of rich malt and chocolate, yet I don't really get a sense of this being too sweet. Light hops on the close. Feel and drinkability are good with a nice balance of carbonation, sweetness and ABV.

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Photo of RunDWP
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Today I'm here to tell you about an intriguing beer I've enjoyed from Mexico. My Mexican history is pretty weak, so don't ask me about the four native tribes of Mexico, which has inspired Cucapa' to blend four different malts together for this brew. All I can tell you is that this blend creates a unique and memorable brew.

I just poured a bottle into my tulip glass. It has a deep brown color, with a light fluffy tan head floating on top. Some good lacing and sheeting action on the glass. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, and maybe a little chocolate. Flavor is more of the same. It's very malt dominated as per the style and the way you'd expect it to be if you're going to go to the trouble of blendig four different malts, but I also detected a little resin hop character that gives it a little earthy character. Despite this earthy and roasted character, it's very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Dave for bringing this one over. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - A finger and a half of quick-dissolving tan foam that leaves a nice cap but minimal lacing. Dark brown with a hint of red and lots of tiny bubbles racing to the top.

S - Mild malty smell, with hints of chocolate and nuttiness. Pretty understated, but nice all the same.

T - Cocoa, molasses, caramel malt. Pretty standard brown ale fare. Still probably the most flavorful Mexican beer I've had.

M - On the lighter side and a little bit watery, low carbonation, some nice residual stickiness. It's appropriate for the ABV and style, but it's not all that interesting.

D - If I was in Mexico this would be an excellent session choice, but in the US I'd pick a good half-dozen brown ales before I got to this one. Still, the carbonation, ABV, and mild flavor make it pretty drinkable.

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Photo of rsquared59
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dijeriduster
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a dark brown to black with a nice head. Not creamy like a stout though - a little more airy
S - Darkish but no coffee or chocolate notes small amount of hop lingers, almost like a mexican lager
T - Pretty good, light almost lager like yeast bite and just a hint of hops. Like a Bavarian beer, not a porter or stout.
M - Surprisingly light for a beer so dark. Good carbonation and solid finish with no syrupy notes.
D - Good beer, might be nice at a BBQ where you don't want a piss beer but still want something light.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour produces a three-finger thick, lightly brown tinged, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a dark, black leaning, burnt, super concentrated opaque, red color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich, ruby hue when held up to the light. At first whiff this beer smells, unsurprisingly of hops; lightly herbal with a bit of a sweet citrus / berry component added in for good measure. Richly toasted malt notes add an almost roast note and there is a fair amount of caramelized character that has toffee over-tones. Dark malt notes end up being the most noticeable part of the aroma, which is aromatic, but not all that rich or deep in complexity.

A medium carbonation, when combined with the lighter body create a bit of a fizzy texture to this beer. Flavors of toffee in the middle take on a lightly roasted character and the beer finishes with a bitter, roast grain note. The bitterness in the finish is also contributed by hops, but the roast grain is what seems to linger on the tongue with a bit of astringency. While quite light bodied, the beer is actually fairly sweet, though not at all cloying. The lightly burnt, caramel sweetness helps to offset the dry roasted notes. A touch of herbal hop character adds just a touch of hop flavor to this beer.

The malt can get a bit astringent at times especially in the finish. This beer is lacking an overall integration and smooth balance; everything doesn't quite mesh. I like that this beer is quite light, it makes this beer quite quaffable and the flavors are, for the most part, quite nice.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle I got in a trade and looked very interesting. Nice brown color, smells good and is far too easy to drink. I'd love to try their barleywine This is the best beer I have had from Mexico (I haven;t had many). If you get a chance, buy this. I don't usually like brown ales but this is cool.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass
Dark brown in color, with ruby highlights-Moderate head, with a quickly fading head of foam
Aroma-Roasted malt
Taste-roasted malt, weak black coffee,anstingent, dry finish.
Overall, a decent offering. An easy drinking brown suitable to warmer weather.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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 DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received from Solomon420. Thanks Damian! This brewery is new to me. Into my Sam Smith nonic

A: Crystal clear dark brown with reddish brown highlights. Thin brown head that recedes to a disk fairly quickly.

S: Robust with dark caramel malts, coffee, nuts, toffee and a molasses-like sweetness. Pretty good!

T: On the palate, there's a good bit of sweetness to open things up, of a nature similar to dark liquid malt extract with molasses, toffee and coffee. Fleeting on the finish, leaving a dry and mildly bitter coffee finish

M: Light but adequate in body with solid carbonation and a decent finish

D: Fairly drinkable but the LME sweetness is a little much for me

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Photo of KingSlayer
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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 dtivp
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer of the month selection, second round for Cucapa Brewery.

Poured a very dark brown with a small tan head, lacing remained.

Very roasted aroma of nuts and malt, some bitterness with a hint of coffee.

taste is mainly coffee and the burnt malt with a slight hint of chocolate. Slight alcohol after taste.

Smooth medium body beer with medium carbonation.

This is a drinkable beer, I wouldn't go out of my way for one, however, I wouldn't turn one down either.

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE:
Pours a dark brown color with a large tan head that dissipates at an average rate. Found it strange to find sediment at the bottom.
AROMA:
Caramel, toasted malt and hint of cocoa.
FLAVOR:
Toasted/roasted malt and faint earthy hops to finish. Unfortunately it also has a metallic taste. I think I got a bad batch! I have had this before and remember it being good.
MOUTHFEEL:
Light to medium body beer. Soft carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
A easy drinking smooth beer. Based on the metallic taste I would give it an F but I know this beer is normally better than that.
NOTES: BBCSD-0902-Sean

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SerialTicker
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
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 chinchill
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle of "American Brown Ale" enjoyed at La Internacional Cerveceria in Cozumel, MEX.

Pours with a good sized and very durable head. The aroma is lightly sweet and spicy.

This is a nice brown ale with fairly good balance overall and very good bitter-sweet balance. Unlike some recent American Browns, this ale is markedly more malty than hoppy. The flavor is good but not great and features dark brown bread with a hint of hops.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a nonic. Have been curious about this brewery for a while as the head brewer I believe used to work for Port...

Slightly murky rose ebony liquid with a thin off-white collar. No real head development or retention. Small amoeba like lacing.

Caramel malt, wet hay, light hops, and a faintly sour grain note reminiscent of rye in the nose.

Flavors closely follow the smells with the addition of an almost corn-like sweetness and a bit of what almost tastes like white cheddar.

Light-bodied, and not terribly drinkable - even with food. Lacks the nut and dark malt flavors I usually expect from this style.

Really surprised but this didn't supplant Negra Modelo for me as my go-to Mexican beer.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of NotDarkEnough
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BigGold
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of LuauLarry
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had medium brown color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: Had that typical brown ale smell of malt and nuttiness. Nice, but exactly what you'd expect.

T: Tasted of malt, that nutty quality, and a sugary quality. Good, as brown ales go.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Cucapa is head and shoulders above every other Mexican brewery. Obscura is a solid, drinkable, but unspectacular beer.

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Photo of closisinthehouse
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Obscura American Brown Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
Beer rating: 29.3% out of 100 with 140 ratings
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