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Invasion Pale Ale - Cigar City Brewing

Invasion Pale AleInvasion Pale Ale

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366 Ratings
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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.91%

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:
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(Beer added by: Rifugium on 12-27-2012)
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North Carolina

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

Sampled from a 12oz can purchased at the New Leaf Market in Tallahassee.

Light golden with a slight haze and a small white head. A citrusy aroma with a taste that follows. Not outrageously hoppy or bitter but not quite balanced either. Very refreshing. A moderate mouthfeel and a well behaved carbonation.

A very nice pale ale that works well with the Florida weather.

Serving type: can

04-16-2014 22:06:57 | More by GJ40
Photo of RoamingGnome


3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Cigar City shaker pint. Served chilled...

A) Golden amber brew, with a little haze. A finger of froth settled to a dusting. Patchy lacing clings to the top of the glass.

S) Pale malt with a big lemon twist. Light pineapple scent... Pleasantly zesty...

T) Near the nose... Good amount of citrus zest. Some grass... Light tropical fruit as it warms up a bit. Good balance...

M) Lighter medium body with moderate carbonation. It is crisp and refreshing. Slightly dry finish with some citrus zest.

O) Good drinkability.... At 5% ABV you could pound down a few of these easily. Glad to try it, but wouldn't really go out of my way to acquire more.

Serving type: can

04-11-2014 21:30:23 | More by RoamingGnome
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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a really tasty pale ale, exactly what i expect a florida pale to taste like, with all kinds of tropical fruit aromas and flavors wafting through a lighter bodied and well carbonated can of beach beer for the craft drinker. it takes me on vacation, and includes aromas of pineapple and guava in its fruit punch profile. the hops have such little bitterness, a nice welcome summery thing here in colorado, where winter keeps hanging on. hazy light orange beer, heady and fizzy, looks nice in a globe glass. lighter pale malt base stays out of the way, while keeping an otherwise very light beer from coming across watery or too fine. great carbonation fills my mouth with all this tropical hop goodness, yet the finish is extremely clean, almost like a lager, an impressive feat in this style. nothing earth shattering here, but a nice summery breeze blowing through your typical pale ale. im always up for that.

Serving type: can

04-09-2014 17:27:38 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a sixpack to try while in Florida. The can notes the name refers to the pirate "invasions" which would occur every year in Tampa in the bad old days. So this is "a tropical session beer brewed for those long days of marauding, pillaging and pirating." The pirate graphic is formidably fun.

Poured from the 12 oz. can into a glass tumbler.

a: Hazy to nearly clear dark gold with a huge frothy white head which receded to persistent rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild fruit.

t: Mild fruit up front with lots of medium malt sweetness and some light hop bitterness.

m: Medium, fine body.

o: A very tasty and beautifully balanced pale ale, one of the best I have had, and one I would definitely enjoy in warm weather or anytime if only it were available near me. This has definitely invaded my list of top pale ales.

Serving type: can

04-07-2014 17:57:53 | More by scotorum
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2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz can ~$1.49. Yellow-orange color, slightly hazed, good head. Aroma is like mild citrus and grains, not great. Flavor is sort of grainy too, not much hoppiness, not a good pale ale. The label is also offensively tacky, spend some money on designers because all their cans look like shit. Then again they have a pretty shitty logo too.

Serving type: can

04-05-2014 18:32:05 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a half finger of white head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a thin layer of surface suds.

Smell - Big tropical notes; pineapple and orange. Light bready malt aroma beneath.

Taste - Lighter in flavor than on the nose. Sweet bready notes primarily, backed by a moderate amount of pineapple and orange hop fruitiness. Light grassy bitterness. Not much else.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with fair carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy, but nothing too remarkable.

Overall - Good, but nothing I'd go out of my way to get again. If the taste matched the smell, it'd be pretty remarkable. Unfortunately, it doesn't.

Serving type: can

04-05-2014 03:35:14 | More by TheSixthRing
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Quebec (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured alight golden color ale with a super large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops with some tropical fruit is quiet enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by huge citrus, grapefruit and tropical fruit notes. Body is light with great carbonation. Very refreshing pale ale with great balance and avoids too much bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 23:11:19 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Florida9


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

First of all, what is up with this can design? It's like Cigar City has never designed label art before and they decided to let a six year old with an internet connection and some clip art have at it. Seriously, is that supposed to be Gasparilla or Fidel Castro in a Pirate hat?

A: Not the prettiest of beers. Pale, hazy sort of golden-yellow in color. Forms a moderate sized head. Little retention, though there is a moderate amount of lacing.

S: Fairly aromatic and a quite pleasant aroma at that. Aroma is mostly citrus, with orange dominating. Also notes of tropical fruit, mango, and papaya. Very inviting.

T: Taste isn't quite as great. Starts with a light sweetness. Pale malts. Biscuit. Then the hops show up. Some orange pith and grapefruit with a touch of pine, but very little of that tropical goodness. Turns a little bit earthy and bready on the back end.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Mild-to-moderate bitterness. A touch watery. Appropriate carbonation.

O: A very respectable beer. Drinkable and approachable, but still flavorful.

Serving type: can

04-02-2014 22:48:58 | More by Florida9
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3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Solid pale session ale. Beautiful gold pour from can into snifter. Lightly hazy with a thick white head. Smells of pineapple, lemon and mown grass. Crisp hop flavor and light malt. Dry, refreshing. No off flavors. Great example of style. High recommendation. Thanks to miamichael2 for the trade.

Serving type: can

04-01-2014 00:04:06 | More by 3sheets2wind
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4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a snifter glass.

Slightly dull and murky brown, but a somewhat glowing lemon yellow body. Thick and creamy two finger white head that slowlt settles to a small collar.

Great hop aromatics that vary. First is a blast of dank and weedy smoke then turning to tropical warmth and aromatics. Nice pineapple and grapefruit action, large juicy and big. Clean.

Palate matches nicely as well. Mouthfeel is a little chalkybut emphasizes the dry earth qualities a little. Great pineapple and tropical warmth on the palate. Large smokey aftertaste and drying hop burn qualities

Great solid hop forward pale ale from these guys.

Serving type: can

03-31-2014 14:45:09 | More by smakawhat
Photo of bsp77


4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from can into pseudo-pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy honey-gold with moderate head and light lacing.

Smell: Strong citrusy aroma that lingers well. Mostly tart grapefruit.

Taste: Very hoppy with mostly grapefruit driving the taste. Some tropical and spicy notes as well. The malts are mostly kept in the background. Slightly bitter finish, with more of a lingering hop taste rather than lingering bitterness.

Feel: Light to medium body that is crisp, very dry and borderline tart. Carbonation is moderate.

Overall: Excellent Pale Ale that is very hoppy and flavorful. I may even like this better than Jai Alai. Very impressed.

Serving type: can

03-24-2014 14:45:18 | More by bsp77
Photo of stephens101


4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A fluffy tan head rests atop this pale orange brew.

Subtle citrus hops to the nose. A bit of caramel and grass in the background.

Bright and citrusy on the tongue with bold grapefruit notes, lemon, grain, faint caramel and distant spice.

Fairly light in body with nice carbonation.

Invasion proves APA's can still be flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 21:55:20 | More by stephens101
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz can to a can-glass. Canning date of March 6, 2014 printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“CANNED 3/6/14”), making this can 11 days old at the time of consumption. Picked it up in the cooler and have kept it refrigerated since.

Appearance (4.5): The pour yields two full fingers of fluffy, cream-white head that caps a honey-amber body that’s lightly hazy. Retention is average at first, with the head dying down at a moderate pace, but turns out to be excellent later on, leaving a few splotches and clumps of webby lace here and there above a nearly unbroken wall of collared foam on the far side of the glass and leggy collars elsewhere.

Smell (4.0): This starts off with a beauuutiful sweet tangerine juice aroma, underpinned by some light caramel, honeyed biscuits, and some floral hops. Secondary hop characteristics include some papaya and a little mango. Smells really great for the style.

Taste (4.0): Following the aroma in some ways but not all, it’s hop-forward, with an easy, moderately bitter front and a smooth, lightly sweet, bready malt body behind it. Unlike the nose, the hops on the palate are floral first and citric second, with a soft, blossomy kind of floral tone followed by a quick shot of grapefruit peel bitterness. The malt holds up the hops, not allowing them to completely blast the palate, but it remains light and bready, in a dry and slightly biscuity way. It finishes with a really nice, light, floral bitterness. Neutral yeast and completely absent alcohol allow the beer to stay clean, crisp, and flavorful.

Mouthfeel (4.0): The body is just a bit on the light side of medium-weight, very pleasingly dry (quenching, not parching), and evenly carbonated with a smooth, evenly-distributed tingle all over before foaming moderately and washing out. It finishes easily and invites more and more from the glass.

Overall (4.0): Invasion is, in the end, a really nice, approachable, but still rich in character American Pale. Considering it comes around at about $9/sixer and is relatively easy to find (in Florida), this is a very solid buy if you can find it fresh. Definitely worth seeking out, especially if you want a legit session brew with a good hop character and an actual malt base that still doesn’t distract from the big picture. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: can

03-18-2014 02:20:18 | More by fmccormi
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3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 12 fl oz aluminum can with fun label art was generously given to me as an extra by Hopzilla in a trade. Canned 02/12/14. Reviewed as a pale ale for obvious reasons. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery not only for their high reputation but because the only (non-collaboration) beer I've tried from them - Marshal Zhukov - was fantastic.

Served cold, at fridge temp. Side-poured gently per the label's instructions.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 2 finger wide head of white colour. Decent thickness and creaminess. Nice frothiness. Head retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a transparent translucent pale copper of average vibrance and excellent clarity. It's clean looking; no floating yeast particles, hop sediment or anything else problematic is visible. Appears well-carbonated.

It's a good looking pale ale, sure, but it doesn't stand out amidst other beers in the style. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's not a unique or special appearance for a pale. That said, there are no obvious flaws.

Sm: I expected just a pale malt body, but I'm finding faint hints of bready malts and caramalts as well. Hopwise, it's got a pronounced tropical fruit character alongside the more standard floral hop profile. Mango, papaya, guava, watermelon. Thankfully, there isn't any boozy pineapple (a la The Bruery). I would like more of a citrusy, nectary, oily, or dank hop profile, but I can respect where this is going, and it's got a definite focus. The sweetness/bitterness balance seems apt and the malts seem to suit the hops well. I'm looking forward to the first sip.

A pleasant, clean, and enjoyable aroma of above average strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

T: Wow, that's refreshing. It's loaded with hop flavours - mango, watermelon, papaya, melon, fruity esters, floral character, and hints of oily character. The fruity hop notes in particular are great, and reveal a depth of flavour usually unseen in pale ales. The malty core complements the hop notes well - mostly by staying out of the way. Contrary to what I found on the aroma, the flavour profile features just plain ole pale malts, and they don't call attention to themselves, instead letting the hops take the limelight.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off flavours are detectable.

Average duration and intensity of flavour.

I'm really liking this even though the hop profile isn't what usually appeals to my personal tastes. Very refreshing and enjoyable stuff. It's reasonably complex and subtle for a pale ale, with the hop character lending it some nuance. I wouldn't say it's intricate, nor is it quite gestalt per se, but it's a really lovable pale ale. What really works here - and what I think other reviewers may be missing - is how carefully this is balanced and how seemingly effortlessly it goes down. There's no overt hop bitterness and there's not too much malty sweetness; they found the middle ground - something so few breweries seem able to do.

And this isn't following the West coast way of doing things; the emphasis is on tropical fruits, not on overwhelming biting grapefruit.

Mf: Smooth, wet, refreshing, smacky, crisp, and clean. A touch oily - I could go for more. A biteen overcarbonated. Medium-bodied, with light weight on the palate. Overall, this texture complements the taste very well. Great presence on the palate. Good execution across the board.

Not boozy, hot, gushed, astringent, harsh, or chewy.

Dr: Extraordinarily drinkable - even for a pale ale. I'm inhaling this can and already want another. Definitely up there with some of the best pale ales I've had. A great extra from Hopzilla. Cigar City continues to impress me. Can all their offerings be this good?

High B

Serving type: can

03-14-2014 23:21:32 | More by kojevergas
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned less than a month ago.

I've been hearing raves about this beer from other beer geeks so I'm excited to try it.

Pours a light amber/orange in color with a frothy white head that quickly reduces to a thin layer in my glass.

Big citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas.

Citrus aromas carry over to similar hop flavors that mix with a metallic sharpness. Quite bitter. Bready flavors too.

Nice body.

Overall a nice pale ale. I feel I don't like it as much as others. But this is a nice hop bomb with a bit less alcohol than an IPA.

Serving type: can

03-12-2014 01:24:36 | More by Shaw
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New York

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can to a tulip glass with a "canned on" date of 1-27-2014.

This is a really solid pale ale. It is not overly aromatic, but does have a subtle hop aroma. The beer has a great flavor with a mild to moderate level of bitterness, and a balance level of malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is pleasant, with a good level of carbonation. The beer also has a nice appearance that is slightly cloudy with good color and head level.

Serving type: can

03-11-2014 00:44:51 | More by T-34-85
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New York

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a pint glass. Body is mildly hazy, dark golden in color with a half-finger whitish head.

S: Nice citrus - grapefruit especially - over sweetish malt. Good strong citrusy hop nose.

T: Grapefruity hops. Modest crackery malt foundation. Generic fruitiness. More bitter than expected at first, but after a couple sips it becomes smoother. Still, there is a nice lemony bitterness that lingers on the palate.

M: Medium in heft, decent creamy feel.

O: Good stuff. Enjoyable and an easy drinker.

Serving type: can

02-21-2014 22:38:34 | More by Kendo
Photo of Brenden


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

One of 6 samples at the tasting room 1/29/14

Invasion is a crystal-clear orange-gold that shines brightly through its transparent body. The off-white head is small but solid, with pretty good retention and some spotty lacing left in its wake.
There's lots to the aroma, and it's a well-hopped pale ale. The bouquet is of tropical fruits and citrus with a bit of zest with something paler and softer, like melon flesh, and a bit of a peppery note. The hops blend nicely with just enough caramel for balance.
There's more citrus, bringing in a little more pith and pine than the aroma, and a little sapling-like raw/earthy something. It's resinous, more bitter than the nose, and a touch sour as well. It is juicy, and some woody/pithy dryness sets into the finish after caramel comes out and the dryness is added to by more dryness in the malts as well.
The feel ultimately ends up being on the dryer side almost all the way through. The body sits at about medium, though the brightness and crispness makes it seem a little lighter. It's pretty smooth, but the slightest hint of astringency pulls through at the back of the throat just toward the end.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2014 02:04:18 | More by Brenden
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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into a CS snifter.

A- Foggy golden color. This beer poured lots of head with pretty good retention.

S- I get some grapefruit, citrus, mile hops

T- Very tame, and very sessionable. Great APA. Citrus comes out upfront, mild hoppy background.

M- Probably the worst part of this beer. But this is a damn good APA. Pretty light on the M.

O- My second favorite APA behind ZD. Cigar City crushes everything. Well done

Serving type: can

01-12-2014 21:29:01 | More by gueuzedreg
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North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, pale, golden coloring with some suspended proteins and a frothy, chunky, fluffy, off-white head that slowly settles out into a sparse surface coating. Aromas of citrus and melon hops forward, with a pungent bitterness and some subtle spicing. Smells big. Flavors are spice forward, with pepper and pine tassel blending well with the quickly following citrus and tropical fruit notes. Remains light throughout, despite the heavier characteristics, and you start to get a heavier roast quality towards the end of the palate, which highlights the tropical notes. Light, effervesced body keeps the beer moving all over your taste buds. A sweet and spiced blend of pineapple and melon in the aftertaste, with a quick, roasted lingering finish. Easy drinker, and this would be a great hot summer beer.

Serving type: can

01-07-2014 01:07:19 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Out of a can into a pint glass.

A – Slightly cloudy straw yellow with a two finger stark white and very fluffy head.

S – Smells like a strong IPA with a huge amount of grapefruit in the nose. Piney and floral.

T – Light grapefruit but very hoppy taste out of the gate. Smooth hoppy. Lot of fruit flavor here though with orange, lemon and melon. Very light bitterness. Nice finish with a touch of sweetness.

M – Very light with low to medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing on the palate.

O – Very good beer. Smells much stronger then you would think but the flavors really come through. Not your typical session beer but it would do you for a good night putting these away. I can see fishing in the Keys with a 6 pack of these bad boys.

Serving type: can

01-01-2014 02:39:47 | More by GallowsThief
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3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this offering in a becker pint. Reviewed from notes.

Pours with about a finger of white foam, only a ring left around the cap quickly after the pour. Spotty lacing. The body is a copper color with golden highlights.

The nose is standard IPA fare with some pine, herbal iced tea notes, and a bit earthy.

The flavors are big on that iced tea earthiness, a noticeable wheat malt base that was not as noticeable on the nose. The light bitterness comes across as piney. Again, not much going on here, but solid.

A little watery and a medium-light body. More slick over the tongue.

Just an easy drinking IPA from Cigar City. It does not try to blow your socks off, but it is a good beer I would have again if I was looking to take it easy. Plus, have to love the buccaneer on the can, yar!

Serving type: can

12-30-2013 04:37:54 | More by Pintofbrown
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a can of this from my Girlfriend's Mom who lives in Florida. Canned November 18, 2013 and consumed on Christmas Day 2013. From notes.

A - Slightly dark golden pour and bright. Good carbonation, two fingers of nice white head on top. Good lace rings and a finger of retention.

S - Rasta man on the can leads to a very weedy hop aroma. Hop pellets, floral, a little vegetal.

T - Weed again, straight hops, hop pellets. Citrus and pineapple come out later. A little biscuity malt.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, nice bitterness.

O/D - Not a bad pale ale. The weed/hop pellet element isn't the best, but it's light and easy drinking with a good enough hop flavour. Went down easy.

Serving type: can

12-27-2013 15:13:13 | More by tbeckett
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4.93/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Hazy orange gold. Beautiful lacing. Sticks to the snifter glass nicely

S- Hoppy tropical fruit. More mango and pineapple than your standard citrusy APA.

T- Same as smell. Hoppy tropical fruit. This is exceptional. The flavors all meld perfectly together.

m- smooth, nice caramel malt backbone holding it together.

Another exceptional cigar city beer! I want more. Please continue to ship to florida's east coast!

Serving type: can

12-27-2013 03:01:00 | More by tharper178
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New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden with a long lasting, foamy, white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and caramel malt. Body is full and tangy. Taste is of citrusy hops, pumpkin seeds, caramel and bready malt, ripe fruit. Finish is long, grapefruity. I expected more of this brew.

Serving type: can

12-25-2013 17:12:04 | More by mikeg67
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Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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