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

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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
Gots:
30
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0
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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 141
Photo of Zazzi82
2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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 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 jophish17
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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 elNopalero
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After the less-than-stellar review I gave the last beer from Cucapa I had dialed my expectations back considerably for this one. No idea how old this bottle is. While this beer wasn’t the greatest I’ve ever tried, it wasn’t another disappointment. Proof that one beer does not a brewery make.

This appears an amber-auburn in color. There’s a musty-sweet aroma with a light hoppyness to it. Not an exciting smell, I keep thinking of the first Cucapa I’ve tried and feel like I detect a little bit of the honey fermented sweetness as well. But this is a hoppier, honeyed amber, with a low hop aroma and flavor but a definite bitterness on the flavor and finish.

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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 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 6thstreetbrewpub
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ystazi
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spied this 22 oz. bottle on the shelf at Henry's Marketplace, an organic grocery in Chula Vista/Eastlake, during a late March '08 visit. Hadn't planned on buying any beer (was on a cool-down after a run), but was drawn to this bottle for two reasons: a) chance for my first Mexican craft beer, b) awesome label depicts a demonic Chupacabras: glowing red eyes, glistening fangs, sinewy muscles, pitch black body, ready for a vicious attack. OK, so the label sold me mostly...

Poured to a pint glass and enjoyed with dinner, a spicy cheese, pepper, chicken and rice dish my wife has honed to perfection.

A: Clear copper, touched with a ruby redness. Carbonation flows vigorously at first, tapering off after 15-20 seconds to a lighter scattering of individual bubbles. Head starts as a fizzy/frothy eggshell-white, building to about 1-finger before dropping to a thin film. Nice lace, a sticky veil of foamy bands.

S: Malt/sweetened dough aroma. A bit flowery, some honey, a fine spice. Good caramel with a light tangerine citrus. Smells aren't too strong, the subtleties are as expected from an English Pale Ale.

T: Label shows "100% Malt" and this one has plenty of it. Doughy bread, light lemongrass, spicy hops with a citrus tang. Toasted malts balance well with a modest, but flavorful, hop profile.

M: Light-medium mouthfeel with a pleasant crispness and a clean, moderately dry finish. A little clinging malty-sweet stickiness leftover on the lips.

D: A good Pale Ale, well-crafted. My first foray into the Mexican craft beer market is a good one: I liked this more and more the further I got into the bottle. Having read the comments of the previous poster only after the purchase, I was a bit rueful of my choice; fortunately, my bottled version made a more positive impression. Recommended for a try if you have access to it; I'd get Chupacabras again.

¡Gracias Cucapá!

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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 mrcraft
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of deereless
2.66/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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 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 armock
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt with some piney hops

T - Follows the nose sweet caramel malt upfront and a bitter pine hop finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Probably the best beer that I've had thats come from Mexico overall its an enjoyable beer it has a decent taste so I could drink a few of these in a sitting worth a try sometime

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Photo of charlzm
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Consumed 05/21/08 at LAX Radisson beer tasting.

Presents as a rich amber/gold in the glass with a one finger off-white head.

Aromas of honeysuckle and a bit of ammonia.

Flavor is malty and sweet at first with honeysuckle as in aroma. Then a moderate hop bitterness appears, fading into a mildly sweet finish.

A nice change form the palate blasting IPAs I'm used to encountering out here on the west coast. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Noelito76
4/5  rDev +14.9%

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