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Invasion Pale Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Invasion Pale AleInvasion Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,062 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,062
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 30
Gots: 183 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rifugium on 12-27-2012

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Ratings: 1,062 | Reviews: 120
Photo of UTPharm2012
2/5  rDev -49%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I love cigar city but this one is bitter and just not my style

Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear honey color; the stickage on the moderately sized head is impressive and it leaves clumps of foam

Smell: Orange and graham cracker, with lemongrass and hints of tropical fruit

Taste: Graham cracker forward with orange tones building; in the middle, tropical fruit, cantaloupe and lemongrass flavors build, with the finish verging in surprisingly bitter direction

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A different take on the pale ale style; rather malty, with an unusual hop bill that doesn't really float my landing craft to shore

Photo of Bshaw22
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good beer. Little lighter Han an IPA but one of tropical flavor. Good warm weather beer for sure.

Photo of TBCE
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep yellow color with a finger and a half of rocky foam. Smell is of hops, buscuits, and pine. Maybe some hints of lemon and grapefruit. Taste is very hoppy, closer to a IPA style. Not bad, just not what I was expecting. Pronounced pine and hop notes at the beginning, fading to a very watery lemon taste. Mouth feel is very little carbonation with a very oily feeling. Not very good. Overall, a little disappointed based on the BA Score.

Photo of Marleypoo
2.82/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not that good,
There a lot better pale ales out there

Photo of TheHammer
2.77/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Poured with two and a half fingers of head that laced like crazy and had some decent retention. The body is a cloudy blonde with mild orange notes.

Smell: Pine and floral hops are upfront with a slight background of biscuit malt and grapefruit in the background. This is nearly IPA level of hopping going on here. I'm going to be generous as it is pleasent, but it comes across as a bad omen.

Taste: ...and that Bad omen has come to fruition. Grapefruit upfront and centre that turns to pine hops, then more lemon hops then flowery hops. Point is, it's hopped like crazy to a level I would expect from an IPA, not a Pale ale. Even their Jai Alai IPA doesn't come across as this hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Oily, as expected from something so hoppy. The transistioning is all over the place on this one. The only saving graces are the carbonation which while it helps out the entire beer, isn't helping my case and the aftertaste of mild grapefruit.

Drinkability: It's medium bodied, but not very refreshing. It's rought, too hoppy and hard to drink. It's just too all over the place and blatantly unbalanced for my liking.

Final Thoughts: This is a hopped up IPA that's pretending it is a regular pale ale. It's like Hopitcal Illusion gone horribly wrong. I probably would have been a bit more charitable to this one if it was labelled an IPA, but not largely so. It is a beer that hits the wrong buttons for me.

Photo of boldcity2008
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A:piss Yellow to pale orange with a white rocky head.

S: strong pine hops, caramel malt, slight lemon, its just another weak IPA calling itself a PA, typical.

T: pine, caramel malt is lemony, little spicy, pine bitter is very strong at first anyway.

M/F: low carbonation, dry almost watery finish, and a lemon pith finished flavor.

O: too hoppy for the style, even though its not dales level its close. unbalanced....

fresh canned 2/24/2015

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 10-20-14 (nice pirate)

Poor's out hazy golden orange with a white rocky head. The aroma is strong pine, some orange, a little sweet caramel malt, slight grass, a little dankness and orange pungent in the end. Taste is strong orange, then pine, sweet caramel, little spicy, medium bitterness, dry almost watery finish, and a lemon pith finished flavor. Real easy drinker and highly recommended for a pale ale with a slightly different taste then others I have had. For some reason it is a hard beer to put down and it goes down really easy.

Photo of maximum12
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to irishrogue for this can, a beer that though unreviewed, I drank plenty of on our Carnival Cruise in December…as one of the only palatable alternative to whiskey sours. 12 oz. can with a Manson look-alike pirate on the label, dated 1/21/15.

The pour is light apricot with plenty of carbonation to tickle the nose. Speaking of nose, it smells bright, lightly fruity, light citrus, sweet. Like a summer wind, except with a higher ABV.

All hail the Florida Invasion! Pale malts give way quickly to a spattering of hoppy flavors. Gentle orange, moderate bitterness, lemon, honey, with a quick inertia of earthiness. There’s a strong peppery spiciness that dominates the mid-palate: if I didn’t know better, I’d say there was rye in here someplace. Ends with a bit of grainy black-and-white TV right at the end. So easy to pound, with a light, tropical mouthfeel.

This doesn’t rival isn’t quite People are People or Hungry Like the Wolf, but what invasion ever reaches that level? This is more like Save a Prayer, and hey, who wouldn’t want that? A very nice pale ale.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange body with some hints of amber. Huge, fluffy off-white head sits on top. Really abnormally large head on a normal pour. Aroma is very tropical, lots of pineapple, mango and some toasted malt aromas. Flavor is much of the same, tropical fruity hop flavors with a solid toasty malt backbone. Carbonation is a bit off, as noticed by the huge head. Somewhat fizzy and just slightly off. Doesn't take much away from the overall impression, but is a little strange.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can poured into shaker pint at the condo in Cocoa Beach. Cloudy orange body with off white head that leaves modest lacing. Caramel and bread malt aromas with tropical fruit hop notes. Mild tropical fruit sweetness up front, citrus bitterness and earthy overtones later. Medium body, barely resiny, lively carbonation, bitter dry finish.

Photo of ordybill
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has that great Cigar City developed aroma of citrus and hops.
Appearance- A murky golden yellow to orange with sediment floating in the glass, very cool.
Taste- Has an overwhelming citrus and hop flavor, if you aren't an IPA fan this may be a little to hoppy for some.
Palate- A medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation and an oily feel. has a very nice feel to it.
Overall- A strong IPA, it is enjoyable and I will drink this again..

Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in a cruise and thought it was the best beer on the boat. Great for warm weather and very citrus and smooth.

Photo of mtvolkens
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tapered pint glass. Cloudy yellow color with 3in of head slowly dissipating to 1 in. Malty smooth at the beginning with a nice crisp orange aftertaste. It's incredibly smooth, with a perfect mouthfeel of light carbonation to give the tongue a tingle.

Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spicy, resinous hop nose with citrus and some other fruit. Pours copper amber with a slight chill haze under a 2” off-white foam cap that descends to about a quarter its original size. It’s very lacy. It enters with big fruit sweetened with light caramel over graham cracker leading to a very pleasant hop bitter accent on the finish. Medium body and carbonation - very drinkable.

Photo of CIBoy10
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer with one of the biggest orange twangs of any beer I've had.

Photo of CHickman
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 10/29/2014: Pours very hazy yellow gold color with sandy looking sediment floating around in the brew and a thick 1-2 finger off white foamy head that faded slowly and left minimal spotty lacing as it went down.

Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruit, light caramel, graham cracker, piney hops, earthy notes that are leafy with mild spices like tea leaf or dry floral hops coming through; more malt comes out as it settles with a hint of lemon zest as well. A nice soft smelling APA that was more hoppy than malty.

Tastes of mild grapefruit and citrus hops up front, with sweet malty and caramel notes, piney hops, lemon, orange peel, lightly toasted grains, mild spices like tea leaf or dry floral hops; the bready flavors come through and add balance as well as allowing a fruity candy and tangerine essence to make an appearance. The malt seems to get stronger as the beer goes down.

Mouthfeel is smooth with very mild carbonation, a slick almost watery feel across the tongue, a medium body and a slightly bitter sweet malty aftertaste that is similar to the finish of orange juice but with some toasted wheat bread in it. Overall a good, slightly above average pale ale that I’d like to try fresher since this one was 3 months old. I was hoping for more hops from Cigar City, but this was a good beer and in line with the style.

Photo of RyBrew54
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden amber with nice lasting head lacing. Nose is light citrus with mild hops. Taste is very clean, citrusy, with hints of honey biscuit. Has a very pleasant, sweet, after taste that lingers throughout. A very drinkable, straight forward pale ale. A solid offering by Cigar City

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold pour into pint glass with tight white head; good lacing; strong grapefruit notes up front; lite mouthfeel and good carbonation;grapefruit and grass hop favors; citrus and pine finish; flavorful pale ale and at 5% one of my favorite "session" beers.

Photo of Chico1985
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Cam for bringing me this and other Cigar City cans up from his recent Tampa trip. For a brewery I can't get locally, I feel I have a pretty intimate rapport with Cigar City thanks to these wily and generous Cameron and Sonny characters. Canned on date is 12/30/14.

A - 12oz can pours to a pint glass a dullish orange color with some dust haze floating in a standstill. An off-white head starts at about a finger; a thin ring and patchy cap remain when it's all over.

S - Nice citrusy tropical hop punch with orange and mango aplenty, some dank and grassy hops for good measure. Light malts of the biscuity and caramel variety.

T - A bit of a sharper hop bite here with plenty of orange, grapefruit, papaya and mango to be had while still leaving room for flowery resin and a pleasant toasted biscuit malt finish.

M - Light and oily feel, crisp with good carbonation, medium-light bitterness, very drinkable and quite flavorful for the ABV.

O - Plenty-o-nice tropical and outdoorsy woodsy hops, good malt presence, great flavors for a 5% pale and super drinkable. I feel some are underwhelmed by this one simply because pale ales of this par are standard now, all I can say is keep em comin.

Photo of Roguer
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange, almost ruby red grapefruit in color, topped by an off-white head of very nice size and retention. Fairly clear brew.

Nice hoppy aroma, with a pale malt backbone. Not much to it, but it gives a slight preview to the taste.

Flavor follows; this has the amount of citrus hop flavors one would expect from an IPA. However, it has a nearly thick malt body of mostly pale malts with a bit of caramel, as well. Balanced and not overly bitter. Bit of tropical hop flavor, as well, that tends to blend with the malt sweetness.

Very drinkable medium body; thicker with malts than most in the style.

Yet another APA that comes across as an IPA, but retaining enough body to set it apart (think Dale's, vice SNPA). Definitely not a "session" IPA, but definitely a beer that knows that hops are the strong point.

Photo of Kraj30
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

one of my favorite pale ales ever..

Photo of VineToHopConvert
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 0z. can from the Piggly Wiggly in Homewood, Al. Canned 10/13/14, so I was a little bit worried.

L: Cloudy Orange with a solid white head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind a good bit of froth.

S:There was almost no aroma which I'm convinced was because of how long ago it was canned. I got faint notes of tropical fruits and hops.

T: Very Fruity like pineapple, mango and grapefruit. There is a decent hop presence but had way more malt than what I expected which actually, to my surprise, melded well with the rest of the flavors.

F: Very dry with moderate carbonation. The overall mouth feel though was thin which I wouldn't have thought because the heavy malt presence.

Overall I wasn't really impressed with this apa, especially coming from cigar city (which BTW is my first beer from cigar city.) I think some of it was that it was canned in 0ctober and I am drinking it in January but I didn't realize the canned on date until I was back to Texas. Maybe I'll be able to try this fresh at a later date and write a new review.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cigar City Brewing "Invasion Pale Ale"
12 oz. can, "CANNED 12/02/14"
$1.50 @ Trader Joe's #766, 3808 W Swann, Tampa, FL

Hmmm... "Invasion" pale ale... with a picture of a pirate with an eye patch on the label... who just happens to look like José Gaspar, or Gasparilla, the centerpiece of the Gasparilla Pirate Festival held in Tampa, FL each year in late January/early February. Seems like pretty good marketing to me!

Invasion Pale Ale pours a hazy brass/orange body beneath a short head of white froth that steadily drops to a broken surface-covering that's surrounded by rising peaks of sticky lace about the glass.

Once raised to the nose you'll find a distinctly citrusy aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, and other tropical fruits (orange, mango, papaya, etc.).

The flavor reveals that there's more to it than just citrusy fruit, there's also a solid biscuity malt base and some grassy hop flavors as well. A stiff bitterness balances it, and the fruitiness cuts through the malt as well, leaving it to finish dry. Some pine and citrus lingers as a reminder of the fuller flavor that came before it.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp across the palate.

To sum up, it's a basic, well-made American pale ale with a heftier malt side than you might normally find (think Sierra Nevada).

Photo of denver10
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden orangish yellowish with a dirty white head. Aroma is tropical with some guava, passion fruit, and mango and a pretty light toasted grains foundation. Flavor follows suit with more of the toasted grains presence than was found in aroma and some piney bitternerss. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great APA and right on par with their Jai Alai IPA, IMO. Need to drink both of these side by side to see which of the 2 I actually prefer. Topping things off, this beer is over 2 months old and still going strong.

My rating: 4.25

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Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,062 ratings.