Invasion Pale Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
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?
Serving type: can
03-14-2014 23:21:32 | More by kojevergas
3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
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
3.99/5 rDev +1.3%
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
Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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