Chupacabras Pale Ale | Cucapá Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cucapá Brewing Company
Mexico
cucapa.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-24-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
213
Reviews:
141
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
15.8%
 
 
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9
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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 141
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 Mora2000
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up during a trip to Baton Rouge.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is fairly sweet and has a lot of sugar, toffee and biscuit malt notes. The flavor is fairly similar, with some biscuit and toffee malt. The beer is very dry and there is not much, if any, hop flavor. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chupacabras

Pours a murky brownish color, big soapy off white head and a very nice display of sheet lacing down the whole side of the glass. Aroma is bready, with some cereal grains mixed in. In the taste, nutty maltyness, a glimpse of citrusy hops, and a toffee like flavor in the finish. Simple flavors that go together quite nicely. Nutty, sugary malts, small hop presence, even balance and a clean finish. Overall, this is the best beer of Mexican origin that I have had to date by a good margain.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle of this in Berkeley, California recently. Pours a reddish brown with a quite healthy head at first pour, which settles to a thin cap but leaves some lacing. slightly sweet and with some light diacetyl, which gives it a slight smell of caramel popcorn, plus some floral and citrusy hops. The taste has less of the butteriness for the most part, but some is definitely still there, and the hops are quite a bit more noticeable at the finish. Overall it is very smooth, a trifle sweet and a bit bready, and the caramel corn taste ceeps in now and again. Smooth and easy to drink, but with some body, but the butter bothers me a little bit.

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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 Zorro
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber colored beer and a shade I would call red. Good tan colored head with excellent lasting power. I have noticed that this brewer creates darker than average beer.

Nice smelling beer and you notice the moment the cap is removed. Smells a little sweet with a good herbal hop aroma; this isn't a pine farm or citrus city type of beer. Smell confirms that this is probably a Fuggles hop beer. Vanilla, butter, wood, and British ale yeast fruitiness are the major components of the smell here.

The taste starts out sweet and fairly bitter with a big butter and Fuggles hop flavor. A bit fruity but there is a big butter flavor here. Vanilla is a component and a lot of oak flavor. Far higher than average bitterness for a British style pale ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

I like this beer in general but the Diacetyl levels and associated butter flavor is a bit annoying. Other than the butter flavor this is a good English style Pale Ale from Mexico of all places.

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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 rudzud
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on a whim from Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear light brownish amber color wtih a creamy half a finger head that fades to leave average side lacing and a nice lumpy cloud.

S - Getting some light hops (grassy not really bitter) and some light sweet malts, slightly buttery. Quite pleasant.

T - Similar to the nose. Getting some slight fruity hop notes followed by sweet malts and almost some honey flavour. There is a nice slight bitter finish to the beer.

M - Very smooth, almost thick. Not watery at all. The hop oils help this one out and the ABV is not noticeable. Find myself wanting to raise the glass back to my lips each time I put it down.

O - I'm surprised at how much I liked this beer. This is my first non macro mexican based beer and I really enjoyed it. Would definately buy this beer again to show off what a country can offer.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served at Club de la Cerveza in Playa del Carmen. Poured into a pint glass; pour is a darker orange-caramel body with a one finger white head, good retention. No lacing. Darker than expected for a pale ale, but still. Smells of rich English caramel, floral and resinous aromas, touch of grapefruit. Flavour is an interesting mix of hop and malt with caramel, toffee, grapefruit, and floral notes. Touch of resin finishes things off. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, appropriately carbonated, nice complexity and depth although without much hoppy punch to it.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Explodes out of bottle with two mugs (never seen this before) of light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose and flavor is hops and caramel. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. 12oz bottle from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

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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 barleywinefiend
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a orange copper color with great carbonation and a huge head from the bomber. Lots of lacing and plenty of suds left over as I drinl. Smells like a typical English Ale and tastes pretty good too. Not a big fan of English Pales but this one was citrusy and a tad spicy even. Mouthfeel is good and sticky, lots of malt, hops and character.

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Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Woody for this can.

A: The pale ale is a darker amber color, more brown than orange and dark enough to be opaque. The can erupted on opening, a frothy tan head spilling over the counter. That head is contributing to the lacing in the glass.

S: Plenty bready, with toffee and caramel mixing with the biscuitiness. Hops are present, stronger than I was expecting.

T: The ale has the English vibe, more malty than hoppy. The malts are toffee and biscuity, a bit of caramel sweetness. The hops that hang out on top of the malts seem to have a little age under their collective belts. The result is a fuller flavor that accentuates the malts but packs enough of a punch to still be a pale ale. Syrupy sweetness verges on cloying near the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is bready, malt-centric until the midpoint. Hops, a tad on the old side, lend punch to the ale.

D: Not bad at all. I wouldn't mind trying it at a younger stage but beggars can't (and won't) be choosers.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber color with a decent amount of head. Cool demon creature on the label made me want to pick this up.
S - Pale malts and slight hops. I wish I could smell more from this.
T - Slight hop bite and grassy flavor. Wish it was more sugary than previous reviews described.
M - Sort of dry but hops represented well in this brew.
D - Meh I would rather have a Hopslam, but I guess I am a sucker for cool beer art. May not buy again

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A Mexican made English pale ale, in a can, I have to try this.

Pours a nice rusty amber and copper color with a voluminous head of beige. The head fizzles to a thick foam, then a thick film, and finaly to nothing after drinking three quarters of the beer.

The aroma is a peppery, spicey hop balanced with a toasted bread crust. Very English smelling pale ale here.

Nice spicey black pepper mixed with toasted malts maintains throughout teh entire palate. Toasted bread crusts with a little caramel and just a splash of orange zest from the hops along with the pepper make for a nice EPA.

Although there really isn't any taste fluctuation from the front, middle, and back of the palate, its still a pretty good English pale ale.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of drpimento
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeah, not bad at all. Can was a bit colder than I'd a preferred, which is maybe why it foamed out up and out when I opened it. Poured with a nice light brownish, rusty, tan head and no lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Malty, hoppy, roasty nose. Flavor is like aroma plus a little nutty, hint of butterscotch and leather. Good body but perhaps a little sharp in carbonation. Nice finish. Session beer.

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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 FLima
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a thin head with medium retention.
Light aroma with notes of papaya, some citrusy and bread malt.
Flavor is much more interesting and bolder. Notes of papaya, spices, American yeast, toasted malts, some pine and mild grapefruit. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body.
Good English Pale Ale. I meant it felt more English (its base) than American.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of glid02
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can shared by Joe - thanks!

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light pale malts with hints of buttery vanilla and floral hops.

Tastes OK. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by a mild tininess and hints of vanilla. Midway through the sip the malt flavors thicken up a bit and small amounts of pine hop flavors work their way into things. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is OK. The thickness is on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is not that great. I finished my glass but would not have another.

Overall there were some off-flavors in this beer that just didn't translate well at all. Not quite terrible but it doesn't have far to go.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks jess!

Pours a copper orange with a bit of haze. A smaller head fades out completely leaving a little layer of film with some bubbly lacing.

Scents of citrus hops and some slightly bready tones. Not too complex.

Begins with an initial hit of bitterness, followed by some more mellow flavors. A doughy, bread malt backbone is clearly apparent, laced with some spicy hop edges. Finishes with some pine bitterness and lingering stickiness.

Medium body, decent carbonation, a bit sticky and chewy. Smooth drinking, but surprisingly hoppy for a Mexican beer, alongside a decent flavor. If only we could replace Corona with this!

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Photo of morimech
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear copper color with a thin head that quickly disipated. Just light lacing is left on the glass.

Malty aroma with hints of caramel and yeast. Not much for hops.

They should call this an amber ale. Sweet caramel malt with very little hop charactor. Some grassy hops. Bitterness is low.

A little on the undercarbonated side. Too bad as the body does pocess some depth.

The brewer mislabeled their beer. An average amber ale.

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Chupacabras Pale Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
3.48 out of 5 based on 213 ratings.
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