Chupacabras Pale Ale | Cucapá Brewing Company

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Chupacabras Pale AleChupacabras Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cucapá Brewing Company
Mexico | website

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

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Reviews:
140
Ratings:
208
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
19.25%
 
 
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Reviews: 140 | Ratings: 208
Photo of degerbah
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at party source because I'd never seen it before. Pours a cloudy amber out of a really cool looking can. Not very much head, but decent lacing. Mostly malt forward aroma with very little hop presence. The taste is much hoppier than I expected. Not in the same league as some other pale ales, but a really good balance of flavors with a little bit of earthy flavored hop bite. I will definitely buy this beer again. This was a great find.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome name, especially for a craft brew from Mexico. Pours a nice, deep amber with a solid three-finger head. Malty, biscuity aroma is prevalent with some distinctive hops in the background. That lends itself to a dry malty taste; very earthy with a nice touch of bitterness at the end to give this a very full-bodied flavor. Nothing off about this brew, just a very solid and sessionable EPA I would reach for again.

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Photo of BierFan
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: One finger of light tan head. Good head retention. Great lacing as well. Dark amber/red body. Does exactly have the color of a pale ale, but I wouldn't count that against it.

Smell: Big caramel malty aroma. Very sweet and malty.

Taste: Big sweet and malty. English hops and a good bitterness to round things out.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy. Real substantial stuff for a pale ale, though I think stylewise I would call this a red ale.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a mug.

Another Draft brew (this season's gonna be ridiculous) in my buddy's basement. This creature pours a clear amber topped by over a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel apple (with a nutty coating, o' course), orange peel, and some very light florals sneaking in from behind. The taste is not as malt-forward, though the caramel shines quite brightly; a healthy dose of citrus hops ensure balance is maintained in the universe just as well if it were kept with a two-headed dragon on an island at 0-0. Trust me. The body is a heavy light, with a light carbonation and a nearly syrupy feel. Overall, the best brew I've yet had out of Meh-hee-coh. Not that that's saying much, but, yeah, it's a pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of gerardoluna
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

EnglishBeer in Mexico!!!

[Eyes] Amber color with a nice head and lacing.

[Nouse] Caramel malts and a spicy lightly earthy hop balance. from Mexico?! Amaziinggg!!! The aroma is great the hop is dominant,

[Mouth] In mouth the first touch is amazing, fresh but the afther taste is very bitter. and goood full body. Bravo Mario and team.

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Photo of rfabian
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this one from the beer of the month club. It's probably not one I'd have picked off of the shelf given my impression of Mexican beers as being similar to US macro adjunct lagers.

Poured into a tumbler it produces 10 mm of head with light lacing. The appearance is amber and clear. The aroma is of citrus hops, moderately strong, and a bit of malt. The taste is lightly malty and moderately bitter. The feel is light bodied with a slightly metallic finish.

I'm pleasantly surprised by this offering, which is worthy and enjoyable. No lime needed.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a mug

TMoney, you can pick a nice random Pale Ale! And I know you only got it because of the name. A very nice deep amber color was poured with a good finger of foam that hung around for most of the fiesta, this didn't appear to be any ordinary cerveza. The smell was of roasted caramel and nuts. There was a hint of citrus and florals from what I assume was the hops. To echo TMoney who tried this with me the taste was pretty damn good for a mexican beer. The flavors reminded of the caramel tastes that were on the nose but the rest of the beer is a malty smooth blend. It was smooth and perhaps not as carbonated as I would have liked, but maybe I'm too picky. It is nothing spectacular but would have no problem kicking back a few of these. Overall I enjoyed it and would recommend picking yourself up a can if so desired.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent dark amber with a medium white head, mild lace.

S: Heavy caramel and crystal malt, sweet with a hint of hops.

T: Big on the crystal malt, sweet but not overly slow. Bitter grapefruit tasting hops, unfortunately there is a mild cardboard component at the end, but the overall flavour is solid.

M: Soft carbonation, medium-bodied, fairly smooth.

D: An interesting pale ale, defintely English style, with the malt flavour you'll know.

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Photo of scottoale
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bomber with a very Reaper inspired looking label...nice graphics and very colorful. It pours a rather dark copper with a fairly tight, but small 1/2" off-white head. Carbonation looks ample and small amounts of lace left sticking to the glass. It does look more like an English PA, than an American PA for sure.

The smell is somewhat faint with earthy grain malt, followed by a nice hoppiness of citrus and pine. Smells a bit "tea" like, as it warms.

The taste is true too the nose with a good malty intro, just real earthy and a slight sweetness that is short lived to a balanced hop bittering finish. Malty with notes of tea and tobacco which I find common to most English Pales...quite tasty and very easy drinking with the alcohol well masked.

Medium plus body with excellent carbonation...a good swirl of the glass brings back a head that's longer lasting than the original pour. A sessionable beer for sure, you'ld probably never guess this ale was brewed South of the border.

I've had good experiences with this brewery's Barleywine in the past couple of years and this is a Pale Ale that could bring recognition to this fine company.

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Photo of largadeer
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber received as an extra from seaoflament. Thanks man!

Appearance: Pours a dark but clear amber, the color of maple leaves, with a small eggshell white head that retains well and leaves a bit of lace behind.

Smell: Malt-forward, toasty and faintly smoky. Faint caramel sweetness along with a touch of biscuit.

Taste & mouthfeel: A caramelly malt profile opens this one up. Grapefruit follows, leading to a surprisingly punchy hop bitterness. This leans heavily toward the bittering hops, though there's a slight floral quality as well. Remarkably bitter for a pale ale, but enjoyably so. There's a hint of wet paper in the background, but it's otherwise fairly clean. The body is appropriately light, but the massively bitter finish would wreck the palate after a couple of pints. Enjoyable stuff all the same, and it's great to see Mexico producing something so against the grain.

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Photo of Brent
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty atypical product for a Mexican brewery - foregoing the lighter or even dark lager in favor of a rather full-bodied pale ale. Poured a moderately dark amber brown. Prominent caramel malt flavor, closely followed by a firm bittering. Lots of label blabber about the mythical Chupacabras lead me to expect a gimmick beer, but this was quite good.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lasting modest head. Leaves good ring lace. Hazy, with a deep amber color

Smells like a low-hopped scotch ale, nearly no hop nose. Lots of caramel, though.

Taste wise, much more bitter than the smell lets on. This doesn't have the roundness of most English Pale Ale, although there is a biscuit element. Otherwise, I am reminded of the American version of a Pale Ale. The swallow and aftertaste are bitter but balanced. The body is spot on.

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Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark amber color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. Nice retention and a little lacing.

S - It smelled malty and sweet. A subtle floral hop aroma.

T - This one is malty with a little chocolate. It had an earthy/grassy hop presence that added a little bitter bite.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium bodied ale.

D - My first craft beer from Mexico and I was pleasantly surprised. It is a tasty version of an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of Rayek
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale copper with good clarity and mild carbonation. A pillow like cream head starts out well and has very good retention. Leaves a smattering of lace.

S: Quite spicy, with a strong aroma of pepper, plus a bit of grapefruit and pine. Malt is there with a touch of toffee.

T: The pepper bitterness dominates. It's bolstered by a grapefruit citrus that feels a bit out of place in a EPA. A bittersweet toffee flavor adds an extra layer of flavor. Finishes with a lingering spiciness and a touch of metal.

M: The medium body is quite oily and has a bit too much fizz.

D: A nice beer overall. More bitter than I usually expect this style to be. But I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy, hazy, reddish/brown color with an off white, very pronounced head. Yellowish/orange hues around the bottom and sides. The head is really sticking around and leaving some honorable lacing. Looks pretty good really.

Smell - Some real nice floral hops jump out at first. A swell toasty, biscuity aroma with even a touch of caramel sweetness. Some fruitiness that I detect as being orange citrus. Very well balanced and provoking. At the end I was smelling gum drops. Interesting!!!

Taste - Fair amount of hop bitterness with some grapefruit. Has a bit much of the alcohol flavor for my taste, but easily bearable. Has an unessential dry "chalkiness" to the taste also. Even a toasted breadiness plugging away at the taste buds as it crosses the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Very dry. Mostly smooth and even a tad creamy. Leaves a nice amount behind after the swallow.

Drinkability - This brew totally surprised me!!! Very respectable and worth a try. The "chalkiness" would get to me after a while I think, but manageable for a few glasses. I would try this again no problem. This reminds me of the Southwest desert for sure.

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Photo of speter
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: OK, this is pedantic, but it's simply not a pale ale. Now, I didn't call it a pale ale; BA didn't call it a pale ale; the *brewery* calls it a pale ale. It's not. It pours a clear amber to brown color with an impressive 3-finger head, not unlike a cask pour.

S: Nicely hoppy, but with a good malt backbone.

T: Sweet malt dominates the front, with a crisp hop bite hitting in the center. The finish is decently bitter, and the aftertaste is a nice, clean, hoppy bitterness. This is a tad sweeter than your typical English PA, but it's quite good.

M: If you don't have it too cold, it comes close to a good cask ale. The bubbles are large and persistent, and the hop oils nicely coat the tongue.

D: This is a fantastic session beer. No complaints here. The balance of sweet to bitter was just about right, and left me wanting another. ¡Bien hecho!

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Photo of Tolnik
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprising enough a mexican beer that isn't the same old taste that is a typical mexican beer. The head that pours off this amberish colored beer is excellent. While the smell does have the tones of a mexican beer the taste doesn't fallow suit. The beer has hints of a typical pale but with some hops added in, while it doesn't overwelm the palate. Overall an excellent beer to try. And if you love a mexican beer then I would suggest this beer to try.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is super carbonated. It actually foamed out of the bottle quite a bit when I opened it. When you actually are able to, it pours a light brown color (actually pretty dark for a pale ale) with a huge rocky white head. The body is somewhere between light and medium, but definitely on the heavy end for a pale ale. The smell is bready and a faintly citrusy lemon scent. It is very malty with a nice bready and fairly strong caramel flavor with a faint citrus aftertaste. It also has some pretty strong hop presence that gives it a pretty bitter aftertaste. Though classified as an English pale ale, I think this tastes more like a pale ale done in the style of SoCal with a little more malt presence. I am pleasantly surprised by this. I thought Mexico and craft beers an odd combination, but it’s actually pretty good if a little pedestrian and not quite as polished as some of the actual SoCal pales it emulates.

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Photo of ZAP
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Impressive looking amber color with nice clarity..

S-Very interesting aroma. Definitely English style pale ale. There is a nice carame/toffee sweetness..think caramel biscuits...also a musty minerally dimension...very interesting

T-More of a bitterness than I expected but comes off more of an herbal/alcohol mix bitterness..the malt is not as sweet as the nose leads one to think it will be....probably because of the hop load...caramel and toffee still there along with an herbal hop dimension...also the mineral/musty notes remain on the taste..

M-Clean drinking...Medium bodied...

D-Interesting and enjoyable ale I'd drink again but not seek out.

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Photo of popery
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice, malty pale ale. Pours transparent amber with a tight white head. Lots of caramel in the aroma. Some nuttiness, very light floral hops and a bit of clean yeast. Flavor is on the sweet side, but it's not over the top. The finish could use a bit more hops because there's a touch of sweet lingering slickness. Still, the beer is rather drinkable, and it's nice to find a good Mexican beer.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear amber in color with medium off-white head that fades to a ring. Smell is a nice blend of hops and malt. Sugared citrus hops, caramel, toasted bread. Pretty good taste. Definitely more of a malty brew than anything for me. Still, juicy hops underneath that carry a nice bitterness with them. Sweet caramel and some toffee. Light nutty flavor and again a toasted bread. Mouthfeel is just a little thick and sweet. While the bitterness is there, it's almost like it's sugar coated with malt. Overall a pretty solid brew but not remarkably so. Boost up the hops a notch and tone down the malt (maybe just tone down the malt) and this may be some great stuff.

Thanks goes to Zorro for this brew as a part of the Brews N Tunes 3 finale...

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber with a thin white head that gradually fades, becoming patchy.
Smell is sweet, slightly burnt malts, with the malts quickly turning bready. Caramel and toffee, with some faint hops.
Taste is sweet, toasted malts, with faint, grassy hops coming in over a good malt backbone. Some bitterness comes in halfway through. Faint buttery, nutty notes towards the back end, with a malty finish.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp, with a slightly smooth, creamy finish. Medium body.
Good drinkability. Not the most well-balanced beer, but it still goes down easily.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big 2 finger off white head. Body is copper/amber in color with tons of tiny bubbles rising to the top. Head retention and lacing are pretty good through out

Smells of earthy/floral hops with a touch of honey. Also slightly sweet copper malt.

Taste is of slightly bitter floral hops. Malt is there but I cant put my finger of the exact taste of it. Taste gets a bit bland after a while

Mouth feel is pretty good. Head is pretty creamy for a pale ale. There is a nice balance of carbonation and the body is medium for the style. After taste is of slight bitterness

Drink ability is slightly above average. Tastes a bit off and bland. It is session able but the flavors arent too great to make me want to drink many of these.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, a tinge of hops, a biscuity component and a little citrus.

T: Tasted of malt, biscuits, mild hops, and some citrus. Not overwhelmingly flavorful, but still pretty tasty.

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

D: A solidly made, drinkable English Pale Ale.

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Photo of ineva
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A:Bold sinopia haze with a crawling one finger head. No lacing making sure there's no trace. Threatening look.

S:Caramel, Dark chocolate, Nutty almonds.

T:Has a shocking Tamarind, lemon citrus. Plenty of hoppy bitterness. Definitely a curveball.

M:Tame and drinkable. Summertime session ale.

O:Impressive definitely interesting. Making its presence known over some U.S. pale ales.

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Chupacabras Pale Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
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