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Invasion Pale Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Invasion Pale AleInvasion Pale Ale

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147 Reviews
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Reviews: 147
Hads: 1,314
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 26.21%
Wants: 43
Gots: 274 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Rifugium on 12-27-2012

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Photo of Roby923
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly standard ale from Cigar City. Nothing overly memorable. Low hop presence and light malt flavours. Highly drinkable and worth the try. Canned from somewhere in Naples.

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Photo of Ottoj55
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really well done pale ale, golden color with a slight haze and a tight white foam that disappears quickly. The smell is hop forward dominated by citrus, tropical fruit and light floral with a bit of malt under it. The taste is also full hops with the citrus quality and malt character blending nicely. Its a light easy drinking beer, finishes clean. Overall well done, on the same level as Toppling Goliath's PseudoSue or Karben4's Fantasy Factory.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates quickly while the beer itself is a clear medium gold color that it is pretty nice to look at. The only issue is that there seems to be some leftover yeast that may have bee accidentally left there. Otherwise, it looks pretty nice.

The smell is fairly hoppy with a light bit of caramel sweetness to the smell. The hop note is a bit tropical with some fairly nice orange and light pineapple notes. Overall, a fairly tropical smell.

The taste has similar notes to the smell but is a bit more bitter with strong orange notes.

The feel has medium body but a much lighter feel than you would expect but would be fairly good during the warm weather.

Overall, a decent beer and pretty good. It's definitely easy drinking and worth picking up.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours gold with a thick head.

smells sweet, some caramel malt to it. some tropical fruit to it.

taste is unique, it's clean and sweet yet has a slight bitterness to it. more tropical than any other pale ale i've ever had. goes down smooth, an easy drinker.

overall this isn't bad. a tropical pale ale for sure. light and easy drinker, which is what i want out of it.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can manufactured 12/24/15 poured into Belgian ale glass

L: Two-finger foamy head, little retention, barely any lacing or ring. Medium-amber, some carbonation bubbles.

S: Some tropical fruit, light malt

T: Pretty much follows nose, all fairly muted, No alcohol evident.

F: Well-balanced, light body, medium carbonation for a fairly dry finish. Sessionable, more or less

I personally like brighter and sharper flavors, so for me this gets docked a bit, but it's good.

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Photo of ccrida
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid hoppy pale ale. Golden color keeps the body light and quenching for the south Florida heat. Hops are on the citrusy side. Fairly bitter finish but not bracing, with an overall impression of smoothly hoppy, which is not easy to do. This is a great choice for IPA lovers that want session a bunch of beers in the heat and not end up on their backs. Digging it. Being in a can makes it extra choice for the outdoors.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In tap at Hop City into a shaker. Pours a clear apricot with a pillowy 1 finger off white head with good retention, reduces to crown and minimal lacing. Soft round citrus notes, and a little promise of candied spicy orange peel on the nose, along with bready malts. Taste continues the nose, but even softer...no bitterness to note, and the spice and peel has disappeared. Mid to low carb, soft mouthful, nice body. Not bad.

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Photo of Davidstan
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice apa from FL. Copper color with 1/2 inch head and a fruity nose. This one was only 5 weeks old which is as fresh as I can get. For a 5.0 abv this is a great tasting beer with excellent finish. Somewhat tropical.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with @csp0380 - thanks!
A - Pours a peach/apricot color with 1 finger of head that settle to a thin cap quickly.
S - My nose says apricot with a little malt.
T - Soft citrus flavor with a little orange peel. I don't sense much bitterness.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - This is a pretty good Pale Ale. I suspect my rating would be higher if I was on a beach and this was ice cold.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a lightly hazy peachy amber with a medium head. nose; earthy hops, light citrus fruit rind, light pine and garlic/onion (typical of session ales... mosaic hops, is that you!?). taste; citrus hops, white bread, garlic and earthy musk. orange rind on the aftertaste. nothing mind-blowing here, despite cigar city's reputation for magic-making. this is labeled an apa, but this beer is more flavorful and ipa-ey than most session ipa's, which especially impressive at a flat 5% abv

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours bright clear golden orange, finger foamy head with decent retention, rings of lace. Aroma is mostly citrus peel with a touch of ripe fruit. Balanced pale ale with toasted malt and citrusy grassy hops. The finish is dry with an herbal peppery bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, semi-soft. Overall a very balanced easy drinking pale ale, finish is different, liked it.

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Photo of BradleyJamesGrace
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Pint glass. Nice bright, golden color that look s delicious in the glass. Got about a finger of a head with little retention and a little lacing. The smell is typical of the style, lemon and orange zest, freshly cut grass and raw bell pepper. The flavor is very similar only you get that lightly toasted malt flavor that doesn't really get picked up in the nose. It's a very refreshing beer and highly drinkable. Lovely beer for a hot Miami day...Or night.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Taste of super crisp fresh hoppy grassy notes, Bright gold in color clear as crystal. Grassy nose with a white foamy head and some lace. Medium lite body and easy to drink.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can dated 9/30/15 into a Duvel tulip. The pour produces a generous off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a few bits of scattered lace. Liquid is a hazy golden orange, and I can see a few bubbles rising through it.

Aroma is grassy, lemony, orangey hops with just a hint of bready malt. Really nice depth to the hops without completely overloading on them.

Taste follows the nose with grassy citrusy hops with a strange peppery kick to them. Hints of the malt on the aftertaste, but overall it's about the hops. Finish is pretty bitter, but in a weird tea-like way. Really well done on bringing in some depth to the hops without going overboard, as well as bringing in some hop flavors that I don't think I've had before and am having a hard time describing.. No resiny flavor here, which is always a plus for me.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied with a generous amount of prickly carbonation - exactly what the flavor calls for.

Overall, this is exactly what I would say pale ales should be all about - great hop flavors in an easy-drinking format. Perfect afternoon beer!

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Photo of Drk93TT
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall excellent APA featuring Chrisp citrus hops tropical notes and a drinkability that was great for a pale. very sessionable even. I must try if you can grab yourself some go get them

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was surprised by this. I actually quite prefer this to their other hoppy offerings. This seems like the perfect summer beer. Fantastic smell, great taste and very drinkable.

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy golden straw with a nice full foamy head. Summer herb aroma with a little citrus as well. Herbal and citrus flavours with pleasant carbonation and appropriate mouthfeel for the style. An enjoyable pale ale that I would welcome again.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a light golden color beer, with a huge white head. Has a very hoppy smell to it. It tastes just like it smells, like a mouthful of hops with a hint of citrus.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from can. nice amber color. nice white head lingering. good carbonation. fruity. solid pale ale from cigar city brewing. i will be drinking more of this in the future.

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Photo of IronLover
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orangish-yellow in color with a light haze. Poured with a large, billowy foam with very good retention. Medium high floral, herbal mint and ripe citrus hop aromas with medium maliness beneath. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. Medium high floral and herbal mint hop flavors with medium light malt flavors beneath. Medium hop bitterness through the middle. Finished clean and dry with a very light hop aftertaste. A very hop forward pale ale in the hop flavor department. However, well balanced considering maltiness and hop bitterness. Extremely smooth, creamy and drinkable. A unique, hop flavorful, APA.

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Photo of jimdalton
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Transparent light amber.
Odor: Citrus, Piney dominant odor with a nice malt notes.
Taste: Floral hops in front cascading to a biting carbonation and ending with pine hops. After taste yields some very nice malt. Drinks like an IPA, but with a bit more malt.
Mouthfeel: Very light. Carbonation comes in the middle of the profile and provides a nice bite.
Overall: Cigar City Brewing's Invasion Pale Ale is a hop heavy explosion of an ale that approaches IPA territory. For those looking to expand their pale ale pallet, but aren't ready for a full blown IPA, Invasion is a beer for you.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.25

Tangerine, orange juice, grapefruit zest, "C" hops, pine, and some dankness in aroma. Very sweet candied tangerine/citrus flavors, some prickly pinecone, a slight cactus-like "green" character, more tropical fruits, and rich breadiness round out the flavor. A well-balanced, subtle, sweet, citrus-forward APA. Would be underwhelming when compared to IPAs (Jai Alai, in particular) but definitely a decent daily driver. 82/100

What my not-an-IPA-fan gf said: "Grapefruit?" (aroma). "Uck, taste is NOT GOOD... Don't quote me.. I'm on drugs." and "Pinesol, alcoholic Pinesol... Don't write that down."

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard can poured into a mug. The brew appears a hazy light copper color with a white sudsy topping that fades slow leaving patchy lace.

The smell is fruity and floral with a mild tropical feel before notes of grass and citrus zest round out the aroma.

The taste is lightly grassy, fruity and floral with a mild grain backing and touch of catty quality. The bitterness exists to contrast the grain but is quite restrained. The hops in this take on a very flavorful role.

This is light bodied and moderately carbonated. Overall a crushable offering that im ashamed to say ive passed over many times in lieu of more popular offerings.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Another aCANsution from The Fridge that I have been wanting to add to The CANQuest (tm)! I am so excited to try this one.

From the CAN: "Drink fresh! Do not age! Pour gently into a glass."; "The people of Tampa Bay have fallen prey to Pirate invasion every year for well over 100 years. After more than a century of failing to repel these seafaring warriors in their anachronistic wooden ships, despite access to modern sea, land and air arsenals that ostensibly should make short work of wind powered vessels equipped with naught but cast iron [CAN]nons and raging scurvy, it occurred to the folks of Cigar City Brewing that if you [CAN]'t beat them start saying Arrrr Matey! And so we have brewed Invasion Pale Ale, a tropical session beer brewed for those long days of marauding, pillaging and pirating. Cheers!"

I was ready for it to invade my glass, so I Crack!ed it open and CANmenced the Glug. I got a finger of fizzy, foamy, eggshell-white head with modest retention for my trouble. Nose was sweet and fruity, like peaches, mangoes, papaya. Mmmm. Color was a slightly hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very much of peaches and biscuit malts and my initial reaction was peach pie! My late paternal grandmother used to make the best fruit pies when I was a kid. Mmmm. The finish brought back the tropical fruits and their related flavors. Granted, it was pretty sweet for an APA, as another reviewer noted, but having been buffeted with an onslaught of hoppy beers recently, I am not CANplaining.

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Photo of TH28
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Canned 5/29 (28 days ago). Appearance: deep golden, hazy, with a frothy white head. Aroma: Hop punch in the face. Grassy, resinous, pine,lemon, grapefruit. Taste: Light bready malt, quickly giving way to a crisp bitterness, punctuated by a strong grapefruit citrus flavor. Resinous pine flavor in the background, but present. Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Finish: Very dry, sticky resin on the tongue. Bitterness lingers long past the finish. Overall: A very hop forward pale ale. Amazing aroma. Malt character is light, allowing the hops to take over and shine. A top notch APA.

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Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.