Invasion Pale Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Invasion Pale AleInvasion Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,146 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,146
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 34
Gots: 202 | FT: 14
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Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

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 TH28
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of ruzzal
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasty and perfect for session drinking.

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

Smells citrusy and nice when you first drink it. Up front it tastes good but too bitter on the back end. I like the idea of low abv beers tasting like IPA's though. I love IPL's. Only reason I got this was because Cigar City beers were on sale at the nearby liquor store and Jai Alai didn't have a sale tag (I probably should have asked if it was on sale). All in all, it grows on you but not nearly one of the best beers I've had.

Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very nice looking and citrus smelling beer. Taste is somewhat metallic, watery and quite bitter in the finish and missing the citrus sweet hop notes in the smell. Not quite as sweet and malty to balance the hop flavoring as I prefer my pale ales. More thin and "session IPA" like IMO. Still decent for the hop head crowd I suppose.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with some slight green hues. It has an off-white, bubbly head that leaves a nice trail of lace with some good retention.

Smells tropical with some big citrus and floral notes. It also has a touch of malt in it.

It has a nice floral, citrus hop punch that is lively with good carbonation and leaves it dry. It also has a nice chewy malt middle. This is an excellent pale ale - right where it should be on the spectrum.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice pale ale with lots of citrus.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper colored with citrus highlights. Upon close scrutiny I see minuscule particles floating within the body. Brussels lacing. There's a fingernail of off white on the top. Speaking of citrus, that aroma is an intoxicating aroma of citrus hops. The taste is as advertised in the nose with a bitter wallop of citrus hops. They quickly subside into a nice light malt presence and citrus hop fade. The mouth is delicate for that hop presence. That is the only element that doesn't scream IPA.

Photo of JackieTH
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden beer with a lovely white foam cap. Smells grassy, hay, citrus. Taste is citrus:tangerine and lemony. Faint grass and floral. Refreshing and zesty brew with a medium body is highly enjoyable by the six pack as I sit here on the beach on Estero Island..not too far from the brewery. And as it says on the can: 'Drink fresh! Do not age!'

Photo of beerthulhu
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-can. Spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Bright pumpkin orange, small haze, but otherwise distinguishable clarity with a healthy carbonation factor filling the vessel. Foamy potato white head, one inch, steady retention, leaving patchy lacing of moderate coverage.

S: Nose of wet citrus juice, grapefruit-orange combination, good awareness followed by a soft, flowery grapefruit hopping. Lightly tart lemon, deeper in with some pilsner grain and straw notes once the hoppiness passes.

T: Hoppy, semi-dry grapefruit pulp, flowery lightly dry citrus with a sharp and crisp delivery. Lightly crisp pale malting, lightly tart lemon wedge. Bit of orange flowery hops linger shortly thereafter. Light mention of semi-dry tropical fruit hard to pinpoint.

M: Very crisp mouthful, sharp, light bodied, smoothly textured with some bubbly and flowery texture around the tongues edges. very well suited per style.

O: Very good hopping levels per style, love the light crisp pale malts with no speciality grain interference making this a crisp, aptly named pale ale along with its carbonation rate which is sharp and spot on. Very good drinkability rate, feels i could easily pound a sixer of this on a hot summer day with little resistence. A pale just as i like it, pale malting, light-bodied, crisp, balanced, and well hopped. Enjoyable to the last sip and an easy 4.0 outstanding rating all around. 5%abv with a 36 i.b.u. that tastes much bigger, almost ipa levels, that goes down like session material, but much fuller flavor wise.

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

Nice pale orange body with a nice head, citrus and floral aroma
nice citrus hop flavor, smooth and well carbonated. A very good pale ale.

Photo of RyanK252
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles and laces well.

S: Light citrus, floral notes, a little tropical fruit, and light malt.

T: Citrus, lime and lemon, fruity notes, peach, tropical fruit, maybe a little honeydew, and a little light malt.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: My can wasn't super fresh so I'll give this one the benefit of the doubt, but as is, nothing too impressive.

Photo of RobNewton
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful, citrusy pale ale that isn't over malted. The aftertaste is what sets this one above the rest. The tropical fruits just keep dancing on your tongue. If you're into big, fruity IPAs but looking for something a bit lighter, I'd go with the Invasion Pale Ale!

Photo of mick303
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into an IPA glass. Bright golden, clear with a ton of visible carbonation, airy white head with good retention and lacing.

S - fresh lime and citrus notes, white grapes, some tropical notes of honeydew and pineapple.Clean bready body, and inviting fruity and floral notes, very spring-like.

T - balanced start, fair bit of clean malt, along with lime and green apple fruit notes, again florals jump out, quite fresh, unimposing, easily sessionable and not heavy or overly bitter. Some tropical fruit notes with a balanced bitterness and gradually drying finish.

M - easy body, assertive carbonation, moderatly chewy on the palate and has some nice body to it.

Overall, a very pleasant, floral and fruity Pale Ale, hops are reigned in and the balance is quite nice for an afternoon refresher. Very nice.

Photo of wedge
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CANNED 03/05/15

Gold, speckled with sediment and topped with a creamy head. Aroma is fresh and fruity: passion fruit, mango, and grapefruit along with general grassy greenness, earthy resin, and touch of bread. Flavor seems darker starting out with a blend of oranges and pine before a balancing load of fresh cracker-like grain enters leading into a somewhat grassy, bitter finish. Fresh hop pellet notes all around. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation, staying nicely crisp. Solid.

Photo of KillerJigger
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very tame but better than i expected.

Photo of JOHNKNEEGEEZ
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very well-balanced pale ale That goes down easy

Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy golden orange color with a one-finger creamy and sudsy white head that retains nicely, leaving some lacing behind

S- lots of tropical citrus hop aroma with notes of mango, papaya, passion fruit and fresh grass, slightly sweet underlying bready malt

T- tropical hop flavors follow the aroma with flavor of mango, guava, melon and grapefruit. Underlying bready malt balances it out

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a thick and creamy finish

O- another winner from CC, super drinkable pale ale

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 rough, 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.

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Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,146 ratings.