Brewery: Cucapa Brewing Company
Beer: Cucapa Obscura, 12 oz. bottle
Style: American Brown Ale
POP: Shipment from San Diego, CA
Price: Gift exchange!
A while ago my buddy Kyle and I agreed to do a beer exchange, sending beer unavailable in our respective areas to each other. (I have yet to uphold my end of the bargain. I’m on it, Kyle, I swear.) Now, I really missed Alesmith Brewing out of San Diego, so I requested a couple bombers of their brew along with a Mexican craft beer that I’d been hearing a lot about called Cucapa Obscura. I honestly didn’t know a whole lot about this beer other recommendations from a few different people in San Diego. Some searching at a couple retailers confirmed that somehow Cucapa has been trickling into the Chicago area, but I have yet to see Obscura anywhere yet.
Cucapa Obscura, an American brown ale, pours dark with a bubbly head that dissipates immediately into a thin film. It smells rich like a brown ale should, and I’m pleasantly surprised at its opaqueness and color. Very little light is getting through, leading me to believe this will be a full-bodied brown ale – one of my favorite beers.
The first taste, I’m a bit unimpressed. Huge soda-like bubbles are a bit harsh up front, but I will say that the finish is nice. That’s really about it. Any forward flavors are lost on the ultra biting carbonation.
Apparently it’s available on tap, though limited. I really would like to try this out of a proper draft system, hopefully smoothing out some of the bite and maybe helping out with head retention. I really do like the rest of the beer though, and as it warms and loses a bit of the carbonation, I’m liking it more. The malts have a nice flavor to them that’s too often lost in some other brown ales, which makes it even more impressive that this comes from a Mexican brewery.
Final verdict: I will buy it if I see it on draft, or maybe if it’s on sale.