Runaway IPA
Cucapá Brewing Company

Runaway IPARunaway IPA
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IPA - American
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3.71 | pDev: 9.97%
Cucapá Brewing Company
Runaway IPARunaway IPA
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GreatStoutman from Texas

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle.

Look is hazy copper with off white head that leaves a nice lacing.

Smell is kind of dank, piney. Hints of grapefruit.

Taste follows smell, and is sweeter than bitter. Maybe more like an American pale ale that typical IPA.

Feel is medium bodied, well carbonates and slightly sticky. Good long finish but the bitterness never shows up. The malts do however.

Overall, it's certainly on of the best Mexican beers I've had, and could hold up on shells in the states.

Apr 08, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange color with white head. Aroma has earthy hops and caramel malts. Green, leafy hops on the taste, quite bitter up-front. Earthy and resiny mostly. Soft body with medium carbonation. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Quite nice and easy to drink overall. Alcohol is really well hidden too.

Dec 07, 2015
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FLima from Brazil

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright amber color with a thick frothy head with great retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma with notes of passion fruit juice, peaches and biscuit and caramel malts.
Bitter flavor with notes of grapefruit, resin, herbal-pine, spices, slightly toasted malts, some earthiness, perfume, lime and American yeast. Quite dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% couldn't be better disguised.
Decent American IPA from Mexico, not bland as usual here that tend to tune down all styles. Ps. later I found out the cutting edge breweries.
This is not unique, but faithful to style, with some complexity and bold enough. Worth trying.

Aug 16, 2015
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LennyOvies from Mexico

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L- Hazy amber body and a big fluffy white head with long retention.
S- Grapefruit and malt grains, a bit weak.
T- Piney and floral, orange rind, grapefruit. Fairly bitter.
F- Smooth, medium carbonation.
O- Piney bitterness is a bit too much. Needs a slight balance adjustment. Fairly good nonetheless.

Aug 04, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light in color and even described on the bottle as "cerveza clara." Very molasses-heavy in aroma and flavor with a sweet, floral bitterness that is the only suggestion of an IPA as we know it en el norte.

I find it tastes much like the heavily malted El Modelo or Negra but with more hop presence and something hinting at agave syrup. It's certainly unique and I must say even enjoyable to drink. However, the average hop head would not dig this beer for its malt-forwardness and sweetness.

Also, it should be noted that this is the best beer I've had in the past four days down here in Mexico.

May 18, 2015
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srandycarter from California

3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very sweet IPA. Tasty, but not what I expected. Light orange, plently of head and lace, smell is ALL malt, taste is mostly malt, bitter is there and some booze. Almost direction of a barleywine. I like it though.

Dec 31, 2014
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Tilly from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Orange amber pour. Small white head. Aromas of floral, pine and citrus. Very pleasant. Lots of citrus-mostly grapefruit and a hint of pine. Nice how presence. Oily bitter finish. Mexico..... Ole!

Dec 02, 2014
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FlyingKneeStrike from California

3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orangeish color. Some visible sediment. Decent head. Smell is delicious. Taste and mouthfeel are both good, a lot of citrus flavors for an IPA. Not a bad IPA, balanced and not overly hoppy. It's a little pricey at 5.99 a pint but a decent brew.

Jun 11, 2014
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chogm54 from Australia

3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

BB date Aug 2014. 330ml bottle poured into a glass.

A - Pours a huge off-white foamy head, near fills up the whole glass. Amber, sparkling with some medium sized particles floating about

S - Not so strong as other APAs. Mainly fruits (orange), honey and some pine/floral aroma,

T - Sweet malts and a slight citrus flavour up front and in middle, interspersed with a burnt grassy bitterness, and an almost sour metallic finish.

M - high carbonation, medium body, oily texture, alcohol content is mildly noticeable

O - Not too bad- interesting mix of sweet and bitterness, but a bit rough overall to be thoroughly enjoyable. Maybe I should have left the sediment out.

Jun 09, 2014
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DrinkMN from Minnesota

3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This Mexican take on the American style IPA is truly unique and will exceed your expectations as long as you don't set them too high. Picked it up on closeout for $5.99 - for some reason the slogan "The best rated Mexican craft beer" didn't make it fly off the shelf to the same effect as the world's most interesting man. Nonetheless the promise of a citric bomb after closer examination was enough for me to give it a try.

Pours a golden amber honey with a murky, heavy sediment that comes to a complete rest evenly throughout the beer. Clearly unfiltered but I would be disappointed if it was, I can only hope this Mexican sedi contains coca extract and isn't just the clarity of the water.

Aroma is sweet, fruity and hop forward with a distinct character I still can't wrap my nose around.(Still secretly hoping it's cocaine)

Taste is also truly unique and although the hops jump forward with orange, grapefruit, and thick lime. The malts contrast the bitterness with strong caramel/toffee with a hint of honey. Of course the hops still steal the show with a piney bitter finish along with more lime and pineapple tartness I believe is coming from the yeast sediment.

Overall impressive in that fact that it is genuinely unique and no rip-off recipe. A fitting name because I would only recommend it to the daring - this is not your Mother's beer. This brew inspired me to give name to a new class of unfiltered beer, this "Heavy Sedi Ale" is one of a kind but not as refreshing as I hoped.

Great pairing with spicy, authentic Mexican dishes.

Mar 10, 2014
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stoutman from Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall this is a nice Mexican IPA that is very balanced. It has a nice hop flavor profile, and is extremely easy to drink. Pours hazy golden orange color with a fairly dense off white head and good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent lacing on the glass. Aromas and tastes of citrus, herbal, grass, pine, lime, caramel, and a slight earthy spiciness. Good amount of hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes. Nice balance of bitterness and sweetness; with a great hop flavor profile. Very good beer.

Dec 24, 2013
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CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last beer of the weekend at Beer Revolution in Calgary, bringing up the tail end from least to most hop-forward based on style guidelines (see previous four reviews for a look at the entire journey). Arrived a classic American IPA color, honey orange amber with a decent amount of whitish head. Aroma was textbook IPA by numbers, mixed citrus fruits, caramel malt, a whiff of pine or menthol, a little dank pineapple. Taste was pleasing and hits all the proper notes ... Orange, lemon, and grapefruit, a honey sweetness, light caramel, mellow toast, wildflowers, tropical ichor of some sort, melon and black currant. Semi-chewy and subdued carbonation with a woody bitter finish of pine boughs, citrus pith, and green tea. All the expected elements are present and the whole packaged is well-integrated, almost pedestrian in its lack of obvious highs or lows. My buddy had this before I did and responded with "its an IPA" when I asked how it was. Clearly Cucapa are competent technical brewers who can concoct proficient beers. The next step might be to wing it a bit more and incorporate some unique elements. This beer is a bit like a 1950s suburban housewife (sorry about this one), she'll take care of all your needs but things may get a bit ... Dull.

Dec 01, 2013
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ADZA from Australia

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed honey hue with a sudsy two finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is light pineapple,a touch of citrus and some candy nothing over the top but quite refreshing,the feel is medium bodied and well carbonated with tastes of mangoes,candy,a touch of sherbet and finished with a light citrus bitterness and overall it's quite approachable for its high ABV and a surprise from its place of origin and yeah nothing to excited about but I'd drink it again.

Nov 29, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

2.87/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, honey, slight citrus zest, and wet dog aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, citrus zest, and intense earthy and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer that has some off aromas and an intense, unbalanced hop bitterness that makes it hard to drink.

Aug 02, 2013
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CookstLiquor from Canada (BC)

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a very hazy orangish colour. This is obviously an unfiltered beer. The nose offers up some fairly generic citrus and brown sugar notes, which don't prepare you at all for the hop bomb this beer is. It offers up flavours of orange and pineapple and ends with a massive hop finish. This must be close to 100 IBUs as it is just packed with hops, though not in an unbalanced way, as there is a good solid malt base. The carbonation could be a little more robust, but this is a good brew for serious hopheads.

May 27, 2013
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FlyingBull from California

4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a "new item" at the local grocery, so I picked a bottle up. Well...and because the label cracked me up. Someone else mentioned the resemblance to the signs at the checkpoint station on the 5 freeway. They are down...but the imagery lives on!

This was a 22 oz bottle poured into an equally large "sam adams" type glass. The color was a clear dark amber to orange. The head was a solid 1" persistent to the end, with nice lacing down the glass.

The initial aroma was flowery hops with some citrus, followed by a wonderful malt and caramel. I thought this was nicely balanced; neither dominated by hops nor malt.

The initial taste was somewhat floral with some citrus followed very quickly by malt and caramel. The end held a pleasant lingering smooth bitterness.

The mouth feel was medium full bodied with appropriate carbonation.

This was a very nicely balanced and drinkable IPA from a small microbrewery in Baja, Mexico. I'd love to take a visit there to see their ops and taste their other beers. And...I appreciate their sense on humor regarding the label.

May 01, 2013
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mexican IPA? Si! The bottle label looks similar to that of those yellow signs of people running tongether between Camp Pendleton and San Onofre on I-5. Comes in a 22 ounce at a decent $5.99 price. On to the beer:

The color is toasted orange, topped with a semi-soapy, half-inch thick head with solid retention and thin lines of lace. Its nose brings a floral aroma, a solid dry biscuit base, pleasant caramel, and a kiss of honey at the trail end. It could be mistaken for a pale ale.

The taste is where the hops arrive. It brings resiny notes and mild grapefruit to the profile. However, its hop profile brings more floral notes than the citric bomb whcih the label promises to bring. A dash of heat hits from the alcohol, and dry bread crust with a soapiness lingers in the aftertaste. It's medium bodied and fairly drinkable, though at 7.5% ABV it is knocking on the door.

Runaway is a decent attempt at the American IPA which ends up refreshing, and is a much better option than many beer offerings at local Mexican restaurants.

Apr 04, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a handsome golden amber in the Affligem chalice. A persistent cap of foam and pleasing sudsy mouthfeel add to the charm.

Interesting fruity sort of IPA. A flavor of grapefruit and marmelade along with a hint of apricot nectar. Quite drinkable though it gets plenty better after some sipping. Light bodied with a persistent sweetness and a flavor very much like honey.

I didn't have very high expectations for this brewery, after the wretched Pale Ale, but this is quite a treat. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace on Point Loma Blvd.

Mar 23, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. Wow, my lingering 1990s PC indoctrination bells are ringing at the nature of the marketing around this one. My bad, unfortunately, but still.

This beer pours a cloudy, lightly sediment-strewn medium golden apricot colour, with one finger of loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some streaky low-lying cloud lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of muddled, though still fairly bitter, citrus and pine hops, a bit of watery lemon-lime, bready caramel malt, and a soft musty earthiness. The taste is bitter grapefruit, orange, and lime, some indistinct tropical fruit notes, sturdy caramel and bready malts, an increasingly prevalent herbal tincture character, a very subtle, and weird yeastiness, and further musty, leafy hops. The near DIPA-level ABV is well obfuscated, by the by.

The bubbles are average, and generally just structural, the body an adequate medium weight, and fairly smooth, though a slow, seeping booze astringency threatens to cut in and steal the girl. It finishes with a nod towards balance, as the malt steps up, and the hops keeping steadfastly in place.

An interesting IPA from south of south of the border (I'm Canadian, not just repetitive), the hops definitely big and brash, but still somehow lacking something to put this alongside the best of California (sans the Baja) versions of the style. Maybe it's the yeast, maybe it's the lingering mustiness, but I can't seem to shake a certain, um, foreign character, which would preclude me from revisiting this.

Nov 21, 2012
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superspak from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent lacing on the glass. Aromas of big orange peel, lemon zest, grapefruit, herbal, grass, pine, lime, caramel, and slight earthy spiciness. Pretty nice aromas here with good strength and balance. Taste of big orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, herbal, caramel, honey, grass, bread, and spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, grapefruit, pine, herbal, lemon zest, honey, bread, and caramel on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of bitterness as sweetness; with a great hop flavor profile. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel that is quite nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all on the finish. Overall this is a great IPA that is very balanced. It has a nice hop flavor profile, and is extremely easy to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

Jun 01, 2012
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jondeelee from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cucapa Runaway IPA opens with a nose that is pleasantly hoppy and malty, though the hops are present in far less strength than could be expected from an IPA. Still, they do bring a lovely grapefruit, pine, lemon, mandarin orange, and mint (or perhaps light menthol) aroma to the beer, infusing the beverage with medium strength. The malts also come across in medium strength, adding brown sugar, vanilla, toast crust, and touches of orange and apricot. A light rind of peppery spicy rims the brew, and when mixed with the hops, comes across almost like bitter nettle tea. As a whole, the nose is certainly intriguing, and while I did want a bit more hop aroma, the aroma that is present is quite decent, and the nettle/menthol combo sets the brew apart from many of its competitors.

On the tongue, the beer does prove immediately hoppy, with strong grapefruit rind, lemon zest, pine, and rose hips, with just a touch of dandelion stem adding a bit of bite and pizazz. The malty sugars here are quite sweet, lending the beer a distinct and large wildflower honey taste that can almost overpower the hops. Brown sugars add to this effect, and orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters come across almost syrupy and concentrated. There is a good wheat bread, toast crust, and fresh wheat grain flavor that somewhat helps ground the brew, and the peppery spices from the nose come back to assist in these efforts, joined by touches of toasted pecan. The aftertaste is mainly hops and breads, with stronger emphasis on the former, and lasts for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a good IPA, and the hop notes in here are distinct enough to make this worth trying. I did want for slightly fewer sugars and slightly more hops, but the beer is still delicious, offering a wide range of flavors in decent enough strength that the 7.5% ABV is well hidden, and the beer itself is quite drinkable.

May 08, 2012
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear copper orange with lots of fast rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with good retention. Lots of lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: A big citrus hop aroma with lots of fruit. Good hints of grapefruit and lemon along with some orange, tangerine, apricot, and a little lime. Also some piney hops. Good aroma of sweet caramel malts. Smells pretty good.

Taste: Big taste of citrus hops upfront with notes of grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, orange, lime, and apricot. Some spicy herbal pine resin. Solid base of caramel malts and toffee giving a balancing sweetness. A very well balanced IPA. Good bitter citrus bite from the hops and nice malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and nicely smooth for a IPA.

Overall: A pretty impressive take on the American IPA. Approachable and smooth without sacrificing on the citrus flavors. Very nice balance. So much for the idea that Mexico doesn't make good beer. Glad I ran into this by accident.

May 05, 2012
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Pexkool from Mexico

3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange with a rocky white head about 2 fingers tall that leaves traces along the glass.

S - Citric tones, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine and orange are predominant, along with hops.

T - Strong taste of hops and citrics. Tastes like lemon and orange peeling, which is kind of refreshing and adds bitterness to the already hoppy brew.

M - Unexpectedly smooth for such a hoppy brew. Leaves a bitter grapefruit aftertaste that leaves you wanting another sip.

Overall, quite a good beer for the severe summer in Mexicali and other places in Mexico. Personally I'm not a big fan of hoppy brews, but this was a good beer nonetheless. I would recommend it, but I would like to try other brews from Cucapa before I try this one more time.

Apr 01, 2012
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BellsFan from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 ounce bottle in to a pint glass. About one finger of head revealed a grapefruit nose. The head dissipated to only a thin creamy head that remained intact on the beer and on the glass. The taste matched the nose; grapefruit with a hint of apricot. Mouth feel was made up of an average body with a crispness that complemented the grapefruit well. Overall I was surprised by how much i enjoyed this beer; it exceeded my expectations of a Mexican craft brewery's take on an American IPA. I will buy this one again!

Mar 31, 2012
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BretSikkink from Mexico

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange color with a fine head. Clear body, nice enough look. Grainy nose citric. Assertive hops - Amarillo? Herbal, pine. Citric. Thin, toasty finish. Tasty, a bit much on the caramel and diacetyl, but enough hops to get a fix. Enjoy this Mexican microbrew with some spicy food.

Feb 25, 2012
Runaway IPA from Cucapá Brewing Company
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