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Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale
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Cucapá Brewing Company
Style | ABV
English Pale Ale
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-24-2008)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Cucapa is a relative mess of a Pale Ale. Astringent, bitey, and with a buttery taste and feel that is distracting all the way through.
The beer pours a deep copper/amber color that shows good clarity and an initially froathy head that falls midway through the session. A pretty good look.
Sharp aromas of grassy hops and grain provide the early impressions, followed by a butterscotch, toasty aroma.
The taste lands somewhere between malty and grainy that provides a weak base for the hop flavor and bitterness. Grassy throughout, the hop character never showcases the crisp citrus notes of an American Pale or the earthy/floral notes of an English. The bitterness is harsh and not the smooth or crisp bitterness that make Pale Ales so refreshing. The beers buttery (buttered toast) character rises as the beer warms and gains intensity going into the finish.
Soon after the early malty textures fade, the beer gets a little weak, allowing for a very harsh astringent (grain husk) feel to dominate the beer. Very harsh and nearly sour/stale.
The beer seems to be under-malted or malted with the wrong or poorly chosen malt varieties. The same can be said with the hops. Still, the tanic feel of the beer is certainly the weak point of the session.
Serving type: bottle
06-07-2010 20:10:54 |
More by BEERchitect
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Found this at Plumpjack Wine Store in San Francisco.
Poured into a standard American pint glass.
Appearance: Pour from the can generated quite a bit of head - a good inch, at least. Unfortunately, that head is rapidly crackling its way downward, leaving thin, spotty lacing in its wake. Body is crystal clear and amber-colored, and scattered bubbles can be seen rising within. At this point, the head has come to rest as a splotchy crown. Looks much like an amber lager.
Smell: Strong caramel invaded my nostrils immediately following the pour. Upon closer inspection, I get caramel apple, toasted bread, and sweet Cascade hops. That's about it. Very simple, and not very impressive. My early homebrews smelled similar.
Taste: Caramel, toasted bread, earth, and something that reminds me of sushi - kind of like white rice with a little soy. Hops are there, but very subdued (in terms of flavor and bitterness). Not a fan.
Mouthfeel: Very malty; out of balance. Carbonation is on the light side, but prickly. Aftertaste is decent: all caramelized malt and Cascade (or Cascade-like) hops; but unoriginal.
Drinkability: This was my first taste of Cucapá, and it wasn't good. This pale ale seriously tastes like a first attempt home brew. Not only was it unoriginal, but it was poorly crafted. It still didn't taste that bad; the craftsmanship was just shoddy.
Serving type: can
09-21-2010 04:11:42 |
More by ThreeWiseMen
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5
$1.75 for a can at New Beer. Served with a side of 3am pot luck leftovers that I'm sure to regret.
Hazy, dark amber brew, not really resembling a pale ale. Sticky, cream-colored head, leaving behind some patchy lace.
Smell is incredibly sweet for anything less then an English barley wine. Excessive caramel & sticky malt. Bigger then expected alcohol. A touch fruity.
Taste was a bit of a relief, but it's still pretty big & not well categorized. Something of a brown, with some char & toffee notes. Touchy with oxidation & some lingering piny bitterness. No best by/brewed on date.
Frothy & thick. Harsh for 5.8%. Orphaned residual sugars left to run amuck.
Sort of a stronger, uglier, unbalanced version of Dale's "pale" ale. I am not happy. This is amateur brewing.
Serving type: can
03-16-2011 07:50:11 |
More by PEBKAC
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
Poured from a 12oz. can(No freshness date) into a standard pint glass
Clear amber in color, with a huge head of off-white foam
Aroma-An off-putting big whiff of sweet malt
Taste-Big hit of grainy, cloying malt, then an almost unpleasant wash of raw hop bitterness that does nothing to complement the too-sweet malt, leaving both flavors in an out-of-balance, mismatched mess. Tastes like someone tried to make an English pale ale out of Pabst and Pepsi.
Avoid, just like a real chupacabras.
Serving type: can
08-09-2010 15:02:34 |
More by hosehead83
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