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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
Ranking:
#41,591
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
215
pDev:
15.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
31
Trade:
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Ratings: 215 |  Reviews: 141
Photo of stoutman
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Darker amber brew with nice tan head. Aroma of caramel, floral hops. Taste is nice balance of malt and hops - sweet caramel at the start transitioning to a crisp floral / grass hops. LIngering hops finish complimented with a lingering of malt sweetness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and perhaps a bit too malty for the style. Much bettre than corona, I give the guys credit for trying..

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Photo of sisuspeed
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, orange-brown with a fingers worth of creamy white head. Leaves nice waves of lacing.

Aroma is fairly light with sweet malts and a touch of fruity esters. Faint, even for a pale ale.

Interesting malt profile in the taste. Sweet, yet grainy and then a touch spicy. The finish leaves an off putting astringency. If the flavor profile were a bit smoother, this would rank higher.

Mouthfeel is light and somewhat malty. The finish is muddled and harsher than it should be.

Overall, this beer has some nice characteristics, but seems to fall short in a couple of places. The finish on the taste and feel is what drops this beer slightly below average. Compared to my favorite EPA, Jasper Murdock's Fuggle and Barleycorn, this beer falls way short.

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Photo of Sathanas
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Svingjo
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Baja beer has a nice orangish ruby hue that definitely had some IPA style citrus notes on the nose. I was expecting it to be a little more bitter but there was a slight malt aftertaste that hung around for a bit that balanced out the flavour. This beer was very lightly carbonated and produced a razor thin head.

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Photo of Natural510
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow, a Mexican craft beer. Good to see this one distributed in Ohio.

12oz bottle, no dating
Pours a darker amber-ruby with half-inch of creamy foam and a film of lacing which clings to the glass.
Scent is fruity and somewhat breaded. A bit muted, but an element of sweetness does come through.
Tangy fruitiness and bitter hops make a sharp entry. Bitterness grows on you, and a sweet biscuit malt comes through. Bitter and dry in the finish.
Nice body, full and well-rounded enough for the style.
Overall drinkability suffers as the elements are a bit harsh and uneven, but I applaud the attempt and hope the craft movement down south continues to grow.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this beer as an "extra" in a recent trade I had with mattolesh.

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- The complexion consisted of a rather clear, dark amber color. The little head that was there dissipated quickly.

S- Caramel with herbs and a hint of hops.

T- Initially I was worried. However, as the beer warmed up, the taste came out to a pleasant surprise. The caramel taste came to the forefront, but then it was followed by a nice hoppy finish....interesting.

M- medium bodied beer that had some carbonation to it.

D- This beer was pretty drinkable. I definitely recommend letting this beer warm up a tad bit before drinking!

Overall, I would have to describe this beer as a pleasant surprise. Who knew Mexico had more to offer than Corona. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of djcira
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of saintwarrick
3.76/5  rDev +9%
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 mwa423
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
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 Bierliebhaber3
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
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 angelmonster
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
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 goschool
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My local Whole Foods had sixpacks of Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale on display for Cinco de Mayo. The combination of an unfamiliar brand, that brand being from Mexico, and it being hocked at Whole Foods, didn't inspire confidence, but I was curious, so I bought it anyway. Let's check it out.

Appearance: The pour is very dark for a pale ale. It's deep Chicago Bears burnt orange in color topped by a frothy cream colored head.

Smell: The nose has caramel malt, earthy and herbal hops, and a touch of fruit.

Taste: The flavor profile is really a step above the aroma. Caramel malts lead the way into a moderately bitter hoppy mid-palate. Hops are herbal, earthy, slightly spicy, and there's a hint of citrus. Along with hops, low levels of fruity esters enter the mix. Malts return to play a small supporting role in the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and both crisp and wet, but not watery, with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a wonderful everyday beer. Quaffable and delicious. I would like to try more from Cucapá. ¡Salud!

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Photo of cdizinno
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
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 ineva
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of lehueve
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of callmescraps
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried a Cucapa awhile ago, didn't love it. Figured I'd try the pale ale, since the last one I had was pretty malty.

Appearance- A rich amber color. A full inch of tan head, laces very nicely. It's a little cloudy. The deep red color doesn't really say "pale ale" to me, but it's acceptable in the English style.

Smell- Rich and malty. Definitely buttery. Some earthy hops as well.

Taste- Sweet malt. Buttery (can't get over that), slightly nutty. Some earthy hops. Sweet, but with a lingering burnt caramel.

Mouthfeel- Pretty rich.

Drinkability- Not for me. Too much butteriness, sweetness, etc.

Yep, this was the same beer I disliked last time. I really want to like craft from Mexico, but this isn't the one for me.

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Photo of hawkmage
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of NeoClassicist
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of LennyOvies
4.01/5  rDev +16.2%
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 Parrotbeak
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
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 getkrunkhoe
2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of miffsudd
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of EOC
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of jacobseyb
4.07/5  rDev +18%
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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Chupacabras Pale Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 215 ratings
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