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Chupacabras Pale Ale | Cucapá Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cucapá Brewing Company
Mexico
cucapa.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-24-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
140
Ratings:
209
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
19.54%
 
 
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9
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Reviews: 140 | Ratings: 209
Photo of cervezale
4.42/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best, if not the best mexican beer available. Deep red copper color. Very good head formation and very good lace retention. Aromas of roasted malts and heavy and intense citrus, limes, grapefruits. An aggresive explosion of flavors of well defined sweet malts, alcohol character and an intense and aggresive load of citrus hops that amaze the palate. Very good semi-robust body. Excelent on any ocassion. The Mexican Chupacabras resulted better than the San Diego Arrogance and that´s someting.

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Photo of rsvlbrwr
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. Had it on tap at the Chef's Table in Rocklin, CA. Not really a typical pale ale as I felt it was a little hoppy for an English Pale Ale and too malty for an American Pale Ale. That aside, it had a very good balance between the malt and the hops. Noticeable citrusy hop aroma. Hops also noticed initially in taste followed for a caramel sweetness from the malt. Pretty full bodied. Neither hops or malt lingered creating a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.29/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Slightly pinkish tones....strawberry copper in color....so this is already unique! The head is quite fine in appearance and doesn't really settle too much which is a very good thing for a change! It stays around one finger thick and is off white in color. Lacing is also good with a solid foam ring being created around my glass every time I set it straight! Carbonation appears to be fine and mellow as well....a fine looking ale!

S- Caramel sweet malts and balancing hop bitterness make up the majority of this Pale Ale in aromas....very typical and expected, but worth it for sure! Nothing much else going on here but really, should there be?

T- Again, this is a very balanced flavor profile, and follows the aromas very closely! Sweetness is derived from a blend of caramel, toasty brown sugars and perhaps a hint of maple. The bitterness is a combination of citrus, Earthy notes, leaves, fresh oily floral tones , and does take over slightly at the end from the malts, almost leaning this towards an IPA style, or English Pale Ale....different for a Mexican brew.....most appreciated!

M/O- Medium bodied and smooth, velvety texture, this one is surprisingly well crafted....sorry, but I had small expectations of a beer from Mexico! This has all of the characteristics of a well made craft beer, and holds to the style well in my opinion! I enjoyed this one and would buy it again for sure!

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Photo of Pepeton
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great surprise from this micro in Mexicali, near the border to San Diego.

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 yours truly bought some cases of Cucapá beers, and had them delivered by freight trucks. :-)

Pours a nice dark orange, with a fluffy long living tan head, that leaves a nice ans sticky lace along the glass.

Smell is citrusy, with some malts in the background, faint ripe fruits are barely noticed.

Taste is beautifuly and surprisingly bitter, well balanced though with some caramel malts.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a and bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability, for me at least, is high. Most of my Mexican friends don't dig the bitterness this beer delivers.

¡Salud!

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer for the first time last week-end - my first scent of hops in 45 days!? Loved it and purchased several to take home - and it's just as good now, even without the "surprise" factor. A Mexican brewed APA!! Awesome.

Beautiful amber colour, clear until the hazy sediment at the bottom of a bottle.

Incredible "west coast" aroma - citrus and tropical fruits. Well balanced flavour that emphasizes hops, but combines the sweetness of caramelized malts and mango/pineaplle/tropical loveliness with the grapefruit bitterness I admire.

Personally I'd classify this an as APA rather than an IPA, but either way I will be driving hours to find more (until I get back to the land that is more friendly to "hop heads")...

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decent hop aroma apparent, much more so than any Mexican mega beers. A clear copper-amber color is presented, much like the Anderson Valley Boont Amber just enjoyed previously. Poured down the middle of a large glass stein it produces a nice head that dissipates pretty quickly without much lacing, but is easily refreshed with a swirl or a swig.

Somewhat balanced flavor with a little more hop predominating over the malt (100% malt the Craft Beer label notes). Nice grain presence in front with a little bitter hop kick back. Worthy of its goat-eating monster namesake.

Nice to see Mexico getting into the craft beer movement. I was told this is the first Mexican micro imported into the U.S.

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Photo of mwa423
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a half finger of off white head that quickly disappeared to nothing.

S - Sweet smell with some breadyness and a subtle hop bite.

T - Far heavier hop hit than many EPA's but very enjoyable. Is well balanced with sweet and fruity malt. One of the more enjoyable EPA's I have had.

M/D - Mouthfeel is slightly skewed to the watery until the hops bounce off the tongue. Probably the best beer I have ever had from Mexico, simple and easy drinker.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.11/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a can.

A: Slightly hazy, deep reddish amber with a couple fingers of light tan head. Moderate lacing.

S: Sweet caramel and a mild earthy hop.

T&M: Very smooth and mainly sweet. Caramel, slighly nutty. Mild bitterness toward the end. Very smooth and creamy. Medium bodied.

Moe like a really great brown ale. It does have some of that English ale flavor, but overall high marks.

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Photo of philosobeer
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is pretty darn yummy. Happy that there's a good Mexican craft cerveza, and even better that it's in cans.

This beer pours fairly on the orange side, quite hazy, and gets a pretty nice, light tan, frothy head. The smell has floral and grassy hops as its outstanding feature, but there's a sugary note too. The front tastes show off a nice balance of bready and full bodied malts against a fresh and green hop flavor, those malts seem grainy and sugary before finishing with a fair touch of dryness. Something feels a touch off with the body and carbonation, like it turned out a little syrupy for its style.

Overall, I'd like to say I hope I see this can around more often. Good mid day and summer beer to have with a simple lunch, like (in this case) goat brain tacos.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A reasonable pour almost overflows my 25cl tulip glass with foam as I end up with more than three-fingers of light tan froth. The beer is a clear, cranberry red color that shows a deeply red stained, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of citrus hops with a light, clean backdrop of caramelized malt aromatics. Individual aromatics notes of light lychee, grapefruit, orange zest, malty biscuit notes, a pine like edge and caramelized almost toffee like notes.

Pretty sweet tasting, though not overly so, this accentuates a flavors of grapefruit and orange zest. The citrus hop notes are offset by an equal, if not greater, showing of herbal pine, light menthol and a substantial bitterness that lingers on in the palate well after the beer has left my mouth. This is actually quite hoppy, I was expecting this to be on the restrained side for an IPA and this is anything but that. This has a light-medium fullness to it that is quite appropriate for a Pale ale; quite quaffable but with enough texture to carry the ample hop character. The herbal hop notes and the bitterness end up being the most significant part of the flavor, though I wouldn't characterize them as overwhelming (at least for those who love hops).

The biting bitterness from this beer was quite surprising; a welcome surprise, but a surprise none-the-less. This beer carries the hop character quite well, riding that line of too much hops just perfectly. Right on the edge of being too hoppy and harshly unbalanced, but this is not, there is just enough malt to restrain the hop notes. Though you should be a hop head to really enjoy this beer. I wasn't expecting much from this brew, but I am really digging this. Quite enjoyable & just sticky with hops.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of jacobseyb
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A=pours a deep amber with a two finger slightly off white head

S=some coffee malts with a slight amount of hoppy bitterness.

T= good, light malt flavors of coffee, hint of bitterness following

M=nice crisp carbonation, no oiliness, with good aftertaste

D=enjoyable, not to stout, easily sessionable, my favorite Mexican brew.

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Photo of chaz01
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer of the Month selection -- served in a tulip glass.

A: Brilliant deep amber and mahogany color with a nice 2 inch velvety brown head that produces some excellent lacing. But they lose a point on the rating for having the ugliest looking creature I've ever seen on the label. I've never heard of a chupacabra before, but I wouldn't want to run into one.

S: Nice piney earthy tones in the aroma with some fruity flavors like apple and pineapple.

T: Picking up pine, citrus hops, grassy notes, chocolate malts with a pleasant bitter finish. Nice balance of sweet malty flavors with bitter hops.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation.

D: Ugly creature on the label aside, very pleasant surprise from the BOMC. Very drinkable as a session type beer, or could be paired with a hearty sandwich or cheeseburger. I often question whether I should renew my BOMC membership and if it's worth the premium price -- but it's beer finds like this that keep me coming back. I'll definitely be on the lookout to pick up a six pack or two of this.

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Photo of uwharrieguy
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Introduced to me by my brother-in-law from philly

I was turned off at first by the spooky bottle label and the fact that it was made in mexico.

Poured a pleasant orange/copper color

You get the smell and taste of hops at first and then a balanced sweet warm larger finish.

This is a ale that will surprize your friends,just don't let the label scare your kids.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Beautiful amber body and white head.
S- Sweet maple.
T- Sweet syrup taste, then turns into a slightly bitter-sweet mix with hops.
F- Smooth, crisp, syrupy.
O- Not as hoppy as I would expect but this is really good.

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Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Cinco de Mayo and cheers to not drinking a corona!

Pours into a pint glass a nice copper red color with good clarity and thin white head.

Aroma is hoppy like a good dry-hopped American pale ale. Citrusy goodness.

Flavor is impressively hoppy and still really well-balanced. There is a little bit of toasty malts but the hops are definately in the forefront.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and good carbonation. Drinkability is fine. I would happily have another!

The best Mexican beer I've ever had. This far exceeds expectations.

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Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. It was a reddish brown, clear with some bubbles. Good foamy head and lace with a caramel scent.

IT has a wicked vegetable bite to it. Has a slight sourness, but in a good way. Very flavorful...burnt a little bit. Lots of flavors going on...perhaps too much?

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice copper color with some haze and a tan 1 finger fresh head..this looks good,,smell is big with malts and citrus then a butter-bread smell..taste is a malt forward PA..but hops are present and accounted for.it has a floral grapefruit taste with a smooth buttery/malt taste that lingers ..WOW! this is a craft brew from mexico and a good one!!..mouth feel is medium with alot of flavor..if you like english style PA'S you will like this one lots of hops malt and bittering agents that make an english PA good.this was $5.49/sixer..it is a steal @ that price..try this one 4 sure..i was not expecting much and was impressed

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Photo of bigbelcher
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber color. Good rocky white head. Fairly dark for a pale ale. By far a total surprise coming from Mexico. Unlike any other Mexican beer I have ever had. Lots of hop bitterness, could have used more hop flavor and aroma to balance it out. Nice amount of malt. Really too hoppy for a pale ale, but not enough alcohol to be an IPA.

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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark caramel / burnt orange. Full one inch creamy head, slow to leave. Nice retention. Thick viscous lace akin to root beer.

S - Sweet caramel is predominant here. Deep and full.

T - Rich dark caramel with a hint of burnt sugar, followed nicely by a bittering.

M - Creamy, rich, fairly thick. Good coating, fine carb.

D - Pretty quaffable!

A fine offering from a brewery that is finally taking Mexico into the craft beer scene!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another uncommon Mexican beer found at Tom's Farm last week, on to the beer:

Brillinat amber red color with orange hues, the head on top has meat to it and retention is good. The aroma jumps out on me because I was expecting less of one. Malty and hoppy at the same time. Toasted and caramel malts blend with lemon meringue and lemon flavored Starbursts. The first drink reminds me of a well balanced pale ale brewed here in the states. Creamy and hoppy at first, it turns into grapefruit, then bready malts with dabs of honey hit the palate. Goes tropical for a moment before drying off with a mild bitterness.

It's tough to find Mexican beers that aren't from that nation's two brewing giants in the states, let alone ones as good as this. I'll have my eyes peeled for the rest of the Cucapá family.

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Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was utterly shocked by this beer. I have been ignoring it at Whole Foods for months, but I was premature in my judgment.

Pours a tawny amber with a big off-white foam head. Smell is ... wow, nice aroma. Big butterscotch malt notes and some pine and grapefruit mixed in. Actually, this kind of smells like a barleywine pale ale hybrid.

Taste is quite rich. Pushes the pale ale definition. The sweet malt lingers, surprisingly thick chewy mouthfeel, and there's some balancing pine and bitter hop content. Maybe even a hint of leather in there.

Was very, very surprised.

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Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer with a definite mixed English-West-Coast- American character, interesting and slightly unique.

Faintly cloudy red-amber, it has a medium tan head steadily shrinking to thin top, then a foamy ring and leaving a little nice lace.

Aroma is baked apples and very toasted barley with some other elements hard to distinguish. Overall, it is quite good.

Taste is more compelx and strong, with a nice fruity-toasty malt sweetness balanced with peppery-citrusy-woody hop bitterness. It has baked apples with very toasty, yeasty barley. It starts off slightly on the sweeter side up front and is a touch on the bitter side at the finish. It has a yeasty-fruity-toasty-woody aftertaste, finally finishing dryer and more woody. Feel is pretty solid with a faint touch of oiliness. There is a hint of the west-coast "amber" ale style of Napa Smith and the like but this is only one element and not too strong. It is a little on the more assertive side for serious session drinking in my book and has only a little complexity. Overall, it's very good, characterful, somewhat unique, a very solid beer.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber in color, off white head. Not very heady, even with a careless pour. Little dark, but still appetizing none the less.

Smells of malt sweetness, maybe a hint of butterscotch, with a fair amount of hops.

Taste is rich, malty with more subtle hints of pine and citrus. Very tasty and well balanced even though I prefer a hoppier pale, but it's fantastic to the style.

Medium bodied, doesn't fell too light or heavy. Nothing to complain about.

Super easy to put back, and if the ABV was a bit lower, I would likely make this my politically correct session brew as it is a very good value for the money.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Since this is a West Coast (Baja) Mexican beer, it's not surprising that it's actually a lot like a West Coast style pale ale. Pours a rich coppery colour, not unlike an amber. The nose is alive with bright hop aromas—pine, citrus, tropical fruits. For just a 5.8% ABV pale ale it has quite a lot of body. It has a nice creaminess to it as well, and the finish is bracingly bitter.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. No date.

Appearance: Hazy translucent coppery-orange color. Off-white to tan head - very thin skin across top and a ring at the edge. Some tiny islands of lacing here and there but not a lot.

Smell: Orange citrus and some burnt sugar / roasted malt at the end.

Taste: Blended malt and orange citrus up front moving into a grapefruit-like bitterness at the end. Bitterness lingers at the end with a tea-like + honey flavor.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, smooth and thick. The hop oils really stick to the teeth a bit here.

Overall / Drinkability: This is not an English Pale Ale - this is an American Pale Ale, and a very good one at that. Gets much better as it warms up and I could easily see myself having another. I had it with a bean and cheese burrito for dinner and it was nice with the meal and after as well. A very good APA and I will definitely pick it up again.

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