Casta Bruna (Pale Ale) | Especialidades Cerveceras S.A. de C.V.

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Casta Bruna (Pale Ale)Casta Bruna (Pale Ale)

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Especialidades Cerveceras S.A. de C.V.

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.35%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 05-27-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by BrewMaster:
Photo of BrewMaster
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a great head but only a slight aroma. The aroma is pretty dull and does not give away the flavor that awaits. The color is an amber golden brown.

The flavor is dominated by chocolate. Some peach and cinnamon flavors are disguised in it as well. This a good beer that other Mexican breweries should aspires to, but it isn't going to blow anyone away.

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Photo of Todd
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Very impressive 12oz custom brown bottle. No bottled on date.

Appearance: Rich amber colour with an attractive, thick, fluffy, foamy/creamy white head -- great retention and mild stick.

Smell: Clean aroma with traces of pale malts and floral hops.

Taste: Clean, crisp and light-bodied. Mouthfeel is even. Dry. Malt sweetness is light, but present with a soft tea-like quality, followed by a bready/biscuity flavour. Fruity flavours come forward as the beer warms. Hops are gentle in approach, but definitely present with a leafy, oily bitter feel and taste. Finish is dry with hop and grain tannins and residual bitterness.

Notes: Not too bad. A very decent Pale Ale, but one that will have to compete with the brutal competition that is the US beer market -- which is infested with Pale Ales and IPAs. I'd like to see a bit more malt, but that's just me. Regardless, an excellent stab at a traditional beer -- and from Mexico at that!

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Photo of Jason
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quick frothing head with a decent head retention, tawny colour with a fine clarity.

Hints of caramel and a lemony grain from the malt in the aroma and flavour, other than that the malt is a bit thin but at least clean. Quite crisp with a light to moderate body. One sided hop bitterness cuts into the malt with no problem but provides little flavour. Caramel lasts longer than I though and lingers into the after taste within a mild sweetness.

Similarities point to Bass Ale, an ok pale ale … nothing to get overly excited about.

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Photo of merlin48
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle like the one pictured, purchased as a single from the Vintage Cellar, Blacksburg, Va. Pours a clear, iced tea colored body with a small beige head that quickly vanishes. Sparse spotty lacing fails to impress. Aroma reveals caramel and chocolate notes, but no hops. Mouthfeel is light and insubstantial, with moderate carbonation. Taste has some roasted caramel and almond nuttiness. Some floral hops add some bitterness, and I get a note of chocolate on the finish.
Not bad, but not one of Casta's better offerings. Nicely drinkable, but a bit thin in the mouth, and lacking any significant hops profile.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber tone with a sort of with a short lived white head, leaves behind some thin lacing in specks. Aroma: Toasted malts here with a honey sweetness about it, some herbal hops very balanced and nice. Taste: Caramel sweet with some alcohol just slipping through in the flavor, mild touch of hops this is a well made brew from Mexico. Solid, but a bit lackluster doesn't overly impress me but is very drinkable. Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body very smooth carbonation, a bit of a heavier mouthfeel. Drinkability: Nice clean sweet malt character well balanced easy drinking reserved pale ale.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden yellow. The head is almost white, but with a faint brown tint to it. The head fades slowly leaving very few laces. It smells sweet with hints of honey. The hops are not to noticable in the nose. It has a subtly malt aroma. It tastes slightly biscuit like with very little hop presence for the style. It has a sweet taste and the honey is quite apparant. This beer is very smooth and light bodied. It leaves a sweet honeylike aftertaste on the palate. It would probably be a good session beer because it is low in alcohol, and the flavor is very mild. This is a pretty good beer. If you ever see it, it is worth a try. It is a little underhopped for the style, but since I am not the biggest hop fan, that actually made it a little better. I would probably buy this one again.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After Casta's Dorada golden ale, which I found to be very pleasantly fruity-hoppy, I expected this to be that beer's big brother. Third cousin, twice-removed, was more like it. While the beer was pleasant and smooth, it was overall undistinguished. Just not enough hops to make much of an impression, nor was it crisp enough to get by as a thirst-slaker.

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Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour sparkling deep amber, the head prodigious in size, frothy in texture, the lace in sticky sheets to coat the glass. Sweet malt nose, hint of caramel, and over ripe fruit, just a touch floral. The front is ambrosial, the top skimpy, the finish is pleasingly acidic, the hops apropos to the style, dry and long lasting aftertaste. As with all the Casta beers, a bit “Thin-Waisted”, which is understandable, do to the climate, and a line of beers I find quite suitable to Arizona, otherwise a most drinkable line of beers, and well worth the effort to sample.

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Photo of bultrey
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper with small head and almost no lacing. Smell is sweeet, like honey, a bit of tobacco, and molasses. Perhaps some floral notes. Taste is seriously honeyed and sweet, with a bit of a crisp finish with floral notes like rosewater. There is also a mineral-like bite at the end that keeps this from being sickeningly sweet. Hops are almost nonexistent. Mouthfeel has lively carbonation, cutting through a slightly fuller body than one might expect for a pale ale. Drinkabilit is allright, could make a good session beer, but not my favorite pale ale ever.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color with a full white head, fades to a slight layer, good lace. Rich aroma of hops, spices, malt, and fruits. Taste is spectacular, begins with a raw dark honey flavor and lots of rich malt, rises towards a dry and hoppy finish. Very smooth and easy to drink, it exceeded my expectations. It is surprising to find a beer like this from Mexico, where lagers are the predominant style.

Package reviewed was a 12 oz brown glass longneck, no freshness information.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear amber colored with a tightly bubbled white head
Aroma: The nose had some malty and some lemony notes in it.
Flavor: It does have some maltiness to it, but I detected some lemony fruitiness too. This is definitely more of an English Pale Ale

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Photo of Zorro
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark copper colored ale with a tan head that quickly dissipated.

Smell is light and on the malty side. Faint fruity scent like a British pale ale here. Faint herbal hops. Not a fragrant beer here.

Taste is malty and too sweet for the style. Faint herbal flavors and fruitiness. Blah tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Sub par drinkability. Underwhelming beer here that I can't recommend.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with utterly no head despite my best encouragements in the pour. (The beer may have been too cold.) Hint of white foam scudding over the surface.

Rich caramel nut, almost an almond roca, aroma.

Very malty, with lots of buttery caramel slathered over dark-roasted almonds. Light bitter resin with a hint of the tobacco jar and a metallic tang in the finish. The ghost of Old Peculiar hovers over the whole.

Brisk mouthfeel. Very nice.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single at Villa Spirits Shoppe, Storrs, CT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the amber brew. Head quickly settles down to a thin layer of bubbles over the liquid, with average lacing. Aroma is nicely of malts, and is evident upon opening the bottle. Taste is especially of grain husks, minimal hops presence here, which I miss even for an English Pale. Mouthfeel is a bit daunting with the prevalence of grain sweetness, and drinkability suffers same. Still, a pleasant brew, and one I wouldn't mind revisiting.

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Photo of aracauna
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Darker end of pale ale. Mine was a bit darker than the picture here. Off-white head isn't as nice as the Morena. Looks a bit like medium brewed tea. The aroma is faint citric hops but is really faint. The flavor, oddly enough, reminds me of tea. Maybe it has something to do with tannins, but I don't know. There's also a light toasty malt there. Despite the fact it's obviously not flat, the mouthfeel is a bit flat and thin. This is a disapointing beer after the Morena, but something about it is begging to be drank. I'd polished off half the glass before realizing I needed to give it time to warm up to see how the flavors changed. Even then my hand kept reaching back for it so it's a very drinkable ale.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pours a clear copper color with a slight white head. Has a yeasty, grainy, honey sweet smell. Light to medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Has a nice fruity malt flavor with a subtle hop bite to finish. Very smooth and easy drinking.
A good English style Pale Ale.

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Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color with a white bubbly head. Carbonation is very evident with a constant horde of tiny bubbles rmaking their way up the glass. Aroma of toasted grains and caramel with some fairly strong fruit aromas as well. Flavor is dominated by a fruit character with some caramel undertones that help round out the beer. Finish is dry with a nice hop bite. A very good beer that I would definitely consider picking up again.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I was very happy to see this in the store. Casta is almost certainly the most quality-oriented brewery in Mexico, and it shows right from the start. Their bottles are all quite beautifully designed with lovely artwork and an original shape. The range of styles is more impressive than any other Mexican brewer, and the care put into each style is superior as well. Their pale ale pours dark copper in color, with a large bubbly head which, unfortunately, dissipates into nothingness fairly quickly. The aroma is strong and malty, with some toasty notes. Some fairly fruity scents are detectable as well--perhaps peach or apricot. The fruit comes through in the flavor too, but is balanced by a biscuity malt base. Finish is slightly dry, and is touched by a hint of smokiness which adds some real depth to the flavor. My biggest complaint is that the body is a bit watery for the style. Still, a drinkable pale ale of the English variety, and by far superior to any other Mexican interpretation of the style.

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Photo of tesguino
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

intense color; smell fragant like a currant, notes of Malt and a little spicy; taste, soft, robust, and slightly bitter; try in a champagne glass in order to discover its characteristics or if prefers, in a pint glass; good for most of the mexican food; 85% recommended.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I clicked on Casta tonight just to add some notes to my review and to my dismay I hadn't reviewed it yet. Wierd..just one of those i've enjoyed but hadn't bothered to take notes on..oh well...I really like the color, a deep amber that is fairly clear. solid head but a bit lacking in retention. The smell of candied dark fruits is dominant. I enjoyed the lemon citrus that cut through the middle of every drink. Mostly a sweet/candied plum type taste that was very easy to drink. Just a light spritz of carbonation to finish. I thought if finished a bit to wet without much to make a lasting impression. Not one I pick up weekly or even monthly but it has its place when i'm feeling like a sweeter pale.

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Photo of dwarbi
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, pure white head. Pops away quickly to a thin layer. looks very appetizing. Light in color, with some reddish amber. Aroma is very much like a Casta, very distinctive, that "no se" (which is Spanish for "Je ne sais pas") Wheaty and spicy. Tastes somewhat malty. Creamy feel in the mouth. A little thick. Pleasant aftertase, though. A good beer, overall.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber color. Medium head. Aroma is fruity and malty. A medium bodied Pale Ale. Malts are slightly roasted, light and fruity. Hops are slightly spicy and piney. Well balanced. Lighter flavored. Nice taste. Very drinkable. I think I have a new favorite brewer from Mexico! Light and spicy finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of nekronos
4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice colour, nice flavor, nice smell, characteristic of this brewery, and it is an Ale, for sure. NOt really my type, but I recognize its craftness. One curious subject is that is the only beer of this brewery they sell in packages of four. Or at least it seems so.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light amber beer with a wispy off-white head which stays from start to finish. Aroma of caramel, malt, and a grain aroma similar to oats. No hop aroma. Flavor of sweet crystal/caramel at first, then a honey sweet flavor in the middle that is pleasant and not overdone. The finish is grainy with a slight sweetness that dries out slightly. The body is medium and the drinkability is quite good.

If there was a slight bit of hop aroma and a little more bitterness, this could be a very fine pale ale. It is very clean.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep copper color with a beige head on top. Has the characteristic house yeast fruity aroma. Fruity tasting with a light bitterness. No real hop character, other than the bitterness, could be detected in this bottle. Tastes like a good Belgian pale ale (what De Konick would / should be like if it had any character). Lightly sweet almost candy-ish finish. Overall a good beer, though a bit more bitterness and a pick me up of hop aroma and flavor would really make this beer wonderful.

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