Runaway IPA | Cucapá Brewing Company

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Runaway IPARunaway IPA
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Runaway IPARunaway IPA

Brewed by:
Cucapá Brewing Company

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by karait95 on 07-30-2010

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by BretSikkink:
Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass a somewhat hazed burnt orange with a thinner white head that was gone pretty quickly.DIPA in character aroma wise with its big caramel-sugary sweetness mixed with citric hops,its brash and big for an ipa.Flavors are big and sweet up front with a large shot of citric hops in the finish.With the abv. and hefty sweetness to this beer I personally would call this a dipa,in saying that I like it, and would buy again.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at Loco Coco's in Kittery.

In a pint glass the beer was copper colored with a small white head. There was a fair amount of lace.

Pronounced citrus aroma. A bit of sweet caramel malt.

A big citrus taste. Mostly grapefruit, but also a good deal of lemon. There was also some tangerine. Sweet bready background.

Crisp and on the dry side.

A great complement to my burrito.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of Tilly
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!

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Photo of juankzas
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Served in an imperial pint glass. orange-amber that lets the light cut through a bit. 2 fingers of clear beige head with decent lacing.

S: Up front upon serve, hops are predominant with some sweet malts in the back. Grapefruit, orange and pineapple aromas are present. Very slightly a metallic aroma is also present.

T: The aromas are translated into flavors, awesome beer, I can say for sure that Cucapá make the best beers in México. I can even compare this one with Lagunitas IPA and Racer 5 IPA (that had on the same evening).

M: Good carbonation with a pleasant dry finish. The beer is very crisp and paired perfectly with a pork tenderloin stuffed with dried fruits, nuts and bacon with oriental plum sauce.

D: Scary high drinkability, the alcohol is perfectly hidden.

My dad has a new favourite, he said is the best beed has ever tried. As soon as I can will go to "El Depósito" to buy another one. Also must note that was perfectly fresh, kudos to them.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
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.

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Photo of jwg782
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of davidtarantino
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of CBlack85
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of CookstLiquor
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.

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Photo of javiernano
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GreatStoutman
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.

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Photo of BellsFan
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

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Photo of RolandoHH
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of AngelM
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of jazztoloc
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Beermazter310
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of FlyingBull
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Runaway IPA from Cucapá Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 66 ratings