Green Card Barleywine | Cucapá Brewing Company

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Green Card BarleywineGreen Card Barleywine

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: 32 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of tourdot
2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of JebBeerFish
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
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 mikeincharleston
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of silentjay
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a very rigorous pour produces a two-fingered beach sand colored head on top of a muddy brown beer. the head slowly receds, yet laces decently.

aroma has lost of crackery and biscuity malts, a bit of molasses sweetness, with a big hop presence providing some grass and citrus.

flavor is of molasses and bitterness. hop presence is pronounced with bitter citrus and a bit of pine. malts are biscuity, but with plenty of dark caramel and molasses.

medium to almost heavy bodied with an abundance of prickly carbonation and a bitter/metallic aftertaste.

well... If I was in Mexico I would seek this out. with the options I have available to me here, I'll pass. lacks complexity and isn't overly flavorful... but its decent.

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Photo of FLima
3.43/5  rDev -9%
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 juicebox
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of KingSlayer
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tewaris
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, funny name!

Pours a deep amber-brown with good clarity. A good malty-sweet aroma, there's some serious malt in here. Tastes of caramel-toffee and figs-dates with a medium touch of hops. Good at this point but somehow doesn't seem like it could develop into anything much bigger, better. Body and carbonation are apt and it's a good beer overall.

4, 3, 3.5, 4, 4

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Photo of Furlinator
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Mike_Aguirre
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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 HarmonMW
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of AdamP
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with some orange and ruby highlights. Solid creamy head keeps a tight cap and leaves decent lacing. Looks legit.

Aroma is malty and fairly strong with dark fruits and sugars. Slight roast, some toasted barley, and enough hops to keep it...legit.

It's legit. Solid hop flavor with a good malt balance on the tongue. Caramel and a metallic brown sugar note run the hop side, with contributions from macerated ripe fruits. Hops are zesty and citric, backed up by pine resin and some allspice.

Carbonation is fine and maintains the drinkability as best it can. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, not impacting drinkability much but it keeps the Green Card easily out of the upper echelon. However, it's legit.

*I honestly apologize if this is the same recipe as "Cucapa Barleywine" which I did have a few times in Phoenix (thx Papago). However, that entry says that it's not brewed anymore. This is a completely different bottle and name, with a whole bit (in Spanish) about how everyone wants a green card and when you get one it changes your this beer. Seems different, but I hope I'm not wrong. Purchased at the Beer Box in Col. Condesa, Mexico DF.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of sonofgor
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber (that was only $1.99!?!) into a GTMW 2003 tasting glass.

A: Rich, dark amber with ruby highlights and very clear. Persistent medium tan head with modicum of lacing.

S: Intense malty sweetness with elements of figs and other dark fruits. Substantial alcohol in the finish, too. Hops are barely there (for balance).

T: It's got the intense malty character up front for sure! Very sweet with some dark fruit esters evident and some alcohol. As with the aroma hop bitterness, flavor is just barely there. Really an English style barleywine to me(?).

M: Medium heavy body that's quite smooth. Medium-low carbonation. Alcohol quite evident.

O: This is BY FAR the best Mexican barleywine I've ever had! Actually it's the only one, but that doesn't change the fact that I really like this beer. To me a good stab at an English barleywine. Salud!

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Photo of javiernano
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of moshea
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Boga
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Tivlavrie
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of lehueve
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy, caramel-ish brown, a bit cloudy, and the head doesn't last long before diminishing to a soap-bubble crown in seconds.

Classic American barleywine smell, all kinds of vanilla, apple cider, caramel and toffee tones rocking the nostrils.

Same in the flavor as smell, with the toffee and apple cider coming through strong, and hardly any off-putting or cloying alcohol, which is often the ruin of many an otherwise decent barleywine. Smoky tones are nice too. Molasses sweetness, but not too sweet. A bit bitter in the finish, in a green/astringent/pine-like way, but it's light enough to not annoy.

Relatively thin body, although not wimpy, and keeps everything flowing down the throat, which can be dangerous for this style. Just the right touch of carbonation, gladly not overdone here.

Maybe a little rough around the edges, at worst. Certainly worth a shot for all BW aficionados looking to try every barleywine out there at least once, and I'd even recommend trying it more than once.

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Photo of OldhouseRecs
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Green Card Barleywine from Cucapá Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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