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
Ratings:
213
Reviews:
141
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
15.8%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 141
Photo of MiScusi
2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

bottles purchased at Ramon Liquor in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

A- a dark amber, fairly clear, off white head.

S- smells like old hops and burnt caramel malt.

T- Hoppy, in a syrupy way, moderate bitterness, burnt, astringent caramelized sugars.

M- Medium

D- Does not have a good flavor to me.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - some slight haze to the orange/amber brew. This bottle uncapped and foam started kicking up and over the neck of the bottle, so I didn't go too nuts on the pour. Ended up with a fairly small head, holding steady at a thin but complete cover. A solid layer of lace all around the glass.

Aroma - sweet, almost syrupy grain whiff, followed by citrusy, orangy hoppiness. A little sugary for an IPA but it's okay.

Taste - hmm, interesting. The grain has a sweet, but not sugary bend to it. It has a brown sugar edge, very much like the Cucapa brown ale, but some of that buttery English aspect, too. The brown sugar taste gives the beer a slightly sweet yet sour off taste. The hops come in dry, bitter, not much flavor but not overbearing either. A bit of a funkfied IPA, whether by intent or not I've no idea. Not a total miss, not a total hit either.

Mouthfeel - good smoothness and accompanying crispness. The body is nice and weighty, giving the beer some notable heft.

Drinkability - I could potentially learn to like this, but I don't. Seems too likely a candidate for infection with that weird sugar, brown ale bit.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A ruby/hazelnut beer with a one finger head at pour time. Simmered to a splotchy head, touch of lacing. I smell sweet malt characteristics and caramel. Some minimal esters and very light figs.
Medicinal taste is what I get at first. A good bitterness, confused it seems between pine and herbal. Some clove. Sweet, almost like a hopped up Scottish ale or something. Feels smooth witha bit that lasts a bit longer. Not very drinkable for me; too medicinal. I think that's what is bugging me.
Overall, one of the best Mexican beer I've had.

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Photo of mactrail
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strange amber funky brew.

Looks nice enough in the tall glass, and head is fine. Thicker mouth feel and plenty of carbonation. Woody flavor along with the roasted malt. Sweet and bitter. Walnut shells along with an orange citrus flavor. Too much of the Life Saver taste. Bitterness seems to take over the flavors. Aftertaste is a long walk down an unpleasant hop neighborhood.

I don't know what to call this, but it's not any known style. Amber beer with too much of the wrong hops, strange malt, and a candy flavor that didn't come from Belgium.

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Photo of northaustin
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark amber with strong white head that leaves a nice solid stringy lacing. dark for a pale ale.

smell has no hops present. very yeasty and there is some alchohol present in the nose which is highly irregular for such a relatively low abv.

ill give them the benefit of the doubt and say that the hops have faded due to the bottle being old. hot sticky malts and over yeastiness with a minimal worn out hop presence towards the end.

even with all its flaws, this beer is very refreshing and a worthy pale ale that i would love to try fresh.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pillowy head on a clear copper body. Aroma and flavors are bready with faint caramel malts that come across to me as a strongly hopped amber ale in many ways. Mouthfeel is very creamy and carbination is rather low for the style. I bet this is the equivalent of SNPA in Mexico.
Not bad at all.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chupacabras Pale Ale has a thin, beige head and a cloudy orange-amber appearance. Carbonation is moderate, and filmy lacing remains down the glass. The aroma is of turned or over-ripe citrus. Taste is of citrus, strong coffee, stinging and bitter hops, and barley. Mouth-feel is medium, and Chupacabras finishes refreshing enough, with a caustic after-taste. Overall, this is an okay pale ale. This strong beer really went straight to my head this morning on an empty stomach. I keep messing up with the typing!

RJT

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Photo of lehueve
2.99/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 standardcherry
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of IrvingAld
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of callmescraps
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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 jophish17
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of miffsudd
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JYF8389
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Kirian
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of andyfrancis
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Set out to find a Mexican beer I hadn't tried for a midday Cinco de Mayo session. Maybe it had been sitting a while and I stirred some stuff up with my pour, but what looked like a nice deep golden/red ale, was somewhat spoiled upon closer inspection of all the shit floating around in it. Smells fruity. Taste is somewhat bland compared to my expectation. Bitter, watery finish. Burning through this sixer on a sunny day manning a grill wouldn't be a bad experience, but I can't say I'm all that impressed with Chupacabras.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at Novare Res and shared with my wife.

Served in a mug forms a big thick head amber. The beer is almost hazy not transparent.

The aroma is malt sweet crystal malt big big malt.

The taste matches big malt (how do they drink this in hot Mexico?) all malt sweet with an almost tartness from the barley. The mouth is very smooth and leaves a nice fresh feel.

I thought it was ehh but my wife loved it.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this in a 22 ounce bottle at a restaurant in Boston. Pouring it into a frosty glass, the beer was a dark amber color with minimal head. Caramel in the aroma. Strong caramel and husky malt mixed with raw hops on the palate. The flavors are there, but they are not melded together particularly well.

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Photo of welldigger888
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle in to my trusty irish pub pint glass,Hazed off golden garnet color elixer with an off white head that hung thick with good lacing.
Very malt forward yeasty aroma.
Malty yeasty flavors riegn supreme with late bitering hops.
Pretty thick chewy brew, thick with malt.
Good abv good carbanation, just not my style.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a confounding beer that sharply divided the people I tasted it with.

It pours dark with a slight head - it looks more like a dark lager of some sort than a pale ale. It smells strongly of carmelly malt and the flavor follows along - it is just all toffee and caramel. The hops are hard to pick out. The mouthfeel is rather thick and syrupy.

I liked the beer reasonably well - it reminded me of a British pub beer. The others I was with, however, went from nonplused to turned off - one poured out her sample in favor of a traditional American Pale Ale.

Overall, I think this is worth a try - a worthy experiment from Mexico - but not one I will be spending a lot of time with.

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

a: clear amber color with minor carbonated streams along the sides, moderate foamy head settles to thin layer, little to no lacing
s: moderately sweet malt aromas with bits of spicy hops and citrus
t: sweet maltiness the 1st 2/3 of the drink, finishing with an ever-growing bitter hoppy finish that becomes too much by end of the bottle
m: medium body, low carbonation
d: early on this was actually a nice brew, but by the end the finish was too much for me

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Photo of ZxWx
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. A rather firm pour after a light pfft upon opening yields a thin off white head atop a rather amber hued beer. Reduces quickly to a surface cap but keeps a light film and offers light lacing.

Nose is of light caramel and a bit of burnt malts. Muddled citrus and earthy hop notes are present but overwhelmed by the crystal type malts.

Flavor is similar to the nose, and to many Northwest Pale Ales actually, yet with a flash of sweet orange/lemon on the finish. Sweet caramel and crystal, with a bitter finish that dries as it lingers for a few seconds. Gains a bit more texture as it warms. Sweet notes and a light carbonation allow for a decent feel though limited by its simplicity. Average drink, though better if you like the nose which doesn't impress me. Similar to Firestone Pale in that sense.

Bit sweet and dark for an APA which I see this as. Decent though not up my alley.

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