Runaway IPA
Cucapá Brewing Company

Runaway IPARunaway IPA
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From:
Cucapá Brewing Company
 
Mexico
Style:
American IPA
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 10.03%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
34
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 08, 2016
Added:
Jul 30, 2010
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  6
SCORE
84
Good
Runaway IPARunaway IPA
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Reviewed by GreatStoutman from Texas

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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
 
Rated: 3.73 by dbattey from New Jersey

Apr 07, 2016
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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
 
Rated: 3.87 by dcmchew from Romania

Oct 06, 2015
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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Reviewed by LennyOvies from Mexico

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Reviewed by ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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
 
Rated: 3.5 by CorgiDad from Mississippi

Feb 17, 2015
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Reviewed by srandycarter from California

3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
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
 
Rated: 3.5 by Tom-Peters from California

Dec 12, 2014
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Reviewed by Tilly from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +8.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by Wiz99 from Minnesota

Nov 21, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Tivlavrie from Canada (AB)

Aug 16, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by Beermazter310 from Nevada

Aug 04, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by thegerm87 from Massachusetts

Jun 15, 2014
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Reviewed by FlyingKneeStrike from California

3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
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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Reviewed by chogm54 from Australia

3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
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
 
Rated: 3.5 by Lgarciaosuna from Mexico

Apr 11, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by jaimenavarrog from Mexico

Apr 04, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by KimenTshom from California

Apr 01, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by KeeganRohovich from Canada (SK)

Mar 14, 2014
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Reviewed by DrinkMN from Minnesota

3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
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
 
Rated: 4 by kjyost from Canada (MB)

Feb 17, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by MylesMac from Canada (MB)

Feb 01, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by Dolfan907 from Tennessee

Dec 27, 2013
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Reviewed by stoutman from Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -7%
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
 
Rated: 3.5 by jwg782 from Texas

Dec 06, 2013
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Reviewed by CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Reviewed by ADZA from Australia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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
 
Rated: 4 by lehueve from Mexico

Nov 04, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by RolandoHH from Mexico

Sep 16, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by GraduatedCashew from California

Aug 28, 2013
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Reviewed by UCLABrewN84 from California

2.87/5  rDev -22.2%
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
 
Rated: 2.5 by Samaurer23 from California

Jul 29, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by WDJersey from Colorado

Jun 20, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by SocalKicks from California

Jun 15, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by EOC from Mexico

Jun 12, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by AngelM from California

May 30, 2013
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Reviewed by CookstLiquor from Canada (BC)

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by jazztoloc from Mexico

May 04, 2013
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