Green Card Barleywine | Cucapá Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cucapá Brewing Company

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BretSikkink on 09-22-2011

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of monkist
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Here we are, I'm a sucker for barley wines so I just had to go ahead and try this one out.
Looks and smells perfect, I mean you get that syrupiness full of carbonation and that densely sweet hoppy smell. It tastes like the real thing too, but somehow you find it fading out all of a sudden. It misses that punch that is so typical of barley wines, it is not bad though but it feels like it is not a pro but an amateur. But as such it is awesome.
So here we go. A barley wine from Mexico, and yes maybe you don't need a killer thick booze in the all-year-summer down in the Mex. It's as good as it can get.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent light amber. A light off-white head forms and then fades to a thin ring on top and leaves faint spots of lace. The smell is of caramel malt and astringent alcohol. The taste is of caramel, fruit and booze. Light texture.

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Photo of SirDirtJoe
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KingSlayer
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FLima
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I understand this was the first Barley Wine made in Mexico. I am curious.
Amber copper color with a thin head with short retention.
Sweet aroma with notes of rotten apples, dark and dried fruits, caramels and a bit of pine.
Sweet flavor with notes of dried fruits, overripe oranges, apple juice, mild cocoa, molasses, prunes, white wine and citrusy and piney hops. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness and a slightly warming sensation.
Medium body with low carbonation. Alcohol of 10% abv feels much lower.
Barley Wine easy to drink and with a nice feeling. It is deceivably assertive at start and then begins to show some complexity, but still not at the top range for the style. It could be less sweet, but it is not cloying. Decent and pleasant.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle likely 2 years old. Poured a dark red/reddish brown. Malt on the nose. Taste was fairly unremarkable, malt dominates, some slight hop bitterness. A pretty unremarkable barleywines. I don't think I would buy again.

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Photo of OldhouseRecs
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice barleywine, not great but it´s not bad and easy on the wallet. This is the only commercial barley wine in Mexico and it´s not quite there with the style characteristics, but it´s a nice strong ale.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From taste notes. Appearance: It pours a nice crystal clear chestnut with a 1 finger quickly dissipating head but good lacing. Smell: Estery, winey aromas. Taste: Malt and alcohol driven beer supported by yeasty esters that finishes with a medium hop accent. Mouthfeel: Medium full body, medium carbonation, warming

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moshea
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tivlavrie
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of lehueve
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DruC4
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of DIM
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: Clear, dark, brownish amber; poured with a thick, sticky head.

s: Lots of rich caramel and raisin with just a hint of chocolate and leafy hops. Invitingly boozy.

t: A little less fruit and chocolate with a little more heat and caramel than in the nose. Brown sugar sweetness and perfumed heat at the finish. Doesn't quite live up to the smell, but this is still rich and satisfying.

m: Big and full bodied.

o: I just thought it would be fun to try a Mexican b-wine, turns out twas a very, very good one.

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Photo of tbeq00
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of juicebox
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Boga
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mikeincharleston
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of TheStoutHound
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of HarmonMW
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one small finger of off white head that quickly fades away. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A sweet and malt forward aroma with lots of dark fruit hints. Sweet bready malts with big hints of caramel and toffee. Hints of biscuit, grains, toast, and yeast. Some sweet brown sugar. Hints of apple and pear fruits. Big dark fruit hints of raisin, prune, fig, and dates. Hops are very subtle with a little grass in the background. Scent of booze is pretty noticeable. A pretty good fruity smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet bready malt forward taste with lots of fruit notes. Bready toasted malts with a taste of sweet caramel and toffee. Notes of biscuit, yeast, grains, and a little toast. Some brown sugar sweetness is in the mix. Very juicy taste with good notes of apple and pear. Big dark fruit taste with notes of prune, raisin, fig, plum, and dates. Hops are very laid back and the alcohol taste is there but pretty mild. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and smooth. Alcohol presence is noticeable but not overly hot.

Overall: A pretty solid barleywine. There was not a date on the bottle so I'm unsure how old it is. This is currently very malt forward with lots of fruit coming through.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, original Spanish sentiments now translated into English. These names are getting to be a bit on the nose - I fear that the next one may actually get politically incorrect. Swish.

This beer pours a clear, medium red brick amber hue, with one finger of loosely foamy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves little in the way of lace around the glass as it rashly recedes.

It smells of mild caramel malt, sultana raisin, figs, brown sugar, leafy, earthy hops, and a twinge of metallic booze. The taste is semi-sweet caramel pudding, sharp biscuity toffee, apple newtons, molasses, wintergreen, leafy hops, and some swirling perfumed alcohol.

The carbonation is a tad frothy for the style, but to no big degree, the body a tentative medium weight, mostly smooth in an expertly mixed-drink sort of way. It finishes off-dry, the hollow biscuit character cutting through the caramel malt like a knife (or electrified border fence), the earthy black fruit going dark, and the herbal alcohol riding its wave with a particular devil may care attitude.

An offering more related to the original source material than the majority of the other beers from this brewery. Kind of young, and immature-tasting, yet without the attendant big-ass hop uptick. Oh well, still worth a look-see, for the well-under 10 dollar bomber, and the trying only a little too hard marketing.

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Green Card Barleywine from Cucapá Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 33 ratings