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Entries in Cucapa Brewing Company - Chupacabras Pale Ale (2)

Tuesday
Sep072010

Cucapa Brewing Company- Chupacabras Pale Ale: The Mythical Goat Sucker appears in Chicago (no not Jason) 

Most people believe that craft beer is an American institution and most brewers will agree that they are correct. However other countries are getting in on the fun. I have heard legends of great microbrews from Canada, England and Japan. The only problem is that these beers can be very, very, very hard to come by. So I was a pretty excited when Jason handed me a Chupacabras Pale Ale all the way from Mexico. This kick ass can was emblazoned with the image of the mythical Mexican goat sucker and I was hoping that this could suck the monotony out of my lazy Sunday.

CPA poured a beautiful amber hue with a foamy head that quickly dissipated. This pretty little red-head reminded me of how hot Lindsay Lohan was before she died her hair blonde and snorted half the coke on the sunset strip. Chupacabras smells nothing like a wild beast. It is actually kind of sweet and floral.  It smells nutty and grainy with almost no hops to be found. It almost smells like a brandy or a cognac, a very beautiful brew to behold indeed.

Cucapa has a very light, sweet and refreshing pale ale here. There are virtually no hops to be found. But the dry and sweet maltiness is paired with an earthy core of graininess. Chupacabras pale ale is one of the cleanest and smoothest pale ales you will ever find. And for that I must give them a tip of the hat. You could easily find yourself knocking back a six pack of these bad boys and enjoying every second of it. This is definitely a new twist on a pale ale and I will gladly try another offering from South of the border.

ABV: 5.8%

Consumed: Globe Glass

Verdict: Buy a twelve pack

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Thursday
Apr082010

Cucapá Brewing Company- Chupacabras Pale Ale: This Is No Goat Sucker!

Oh how I miss those trips to Mexico when I was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, AZ.  We’d head down to Los Algodones and chow on some 40 cent carne asada tacos and wash them down with bombers of Tecate.  I grew to love Mexican beers and my love for them still exists today.  For the last four or five months I have been trying to find a Mexican Craft Beer and as so it happened two days ago my wishes came true.  I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to be reviewing Cucapá Brewing Company’s Chupacabras Pale Ale…will my love of Mexican beers continue??

Cucapa Brewing Company classifies this beer as an American Pale Ale and their website describes Chupacabras Pale Ale as, “Deep copper color with a lacy taupe head.  Rich creamy dark caramel, dark chocolate, and roasted nut aromas follow through to a rich medium-full body with layers of citrus marmalade and earthy hops on the long finish.  Impressive!”

Chupacabras Pale Ale pours a dark amber/maple syrup color with a minimal ¼” khaki color head and a triple assault of hop, grapefruit and slight caramel aromas and is 5.8% ABV.

For those of you who may not be familiar with the mystery of the Chupacabra, it is a mythical creature in Central America that is known for sucking the blood from goats and various other creatures.  This Craft Beer from Mexacali, B.C. Mexico is no goat sucker!!  Chupacabras Pale Ale is now my new favorite Mexican beer as it starts with a malty sweetness and finishes with a strong grapefruit hop bite that lingers ever so briefly.  This canned beast dons artwork of an evil Chupacabra on its side which in my book gets a grande thumbs up.  I have to say that I am a, “Chupacerveza” as it is taking every ounce of will power not to suck down the remaining five I have left.  This is a great Craft Beer, if you doubt me, the Beverage Tasting Institute rated Chupacabras a 92 out of a 100, which according to their scale is Exceptional…I concur!!

ABV: 5.8%

Consumed: New Belgium Globe Glass

Verdict: Buy A Case

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