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Invasion Pale Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Invasion Pale AleInvasion Pale Ale

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88
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1,107 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,107
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 33
Gots: 194 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,107 | Reviews: 128
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Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +2%

Freshie can (canned 10/29/14 stamped on the bottom, so about 10 days in the can) from Decicco's in Ardsley, NY

Fresh hop nose, pours typical near clear, lighter almond amber. Frothy off white head, thats on the looser side. Leaves fluffy strands of stick.

Pleasing hopped up pale. Resins and pine early then some soft tropical fruit in the finish. Nice.

Photo of bsp77
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of standardcherry
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at CCB takeover at OTC.

A: Pretty standard for a pale ale I guess. Pale golden color. Pretty clear with a nice white head. Great lacing.
S: Lots of citrus. Oranges and peaches all the way. Some pineapple and mango too.
T: Extremely well balanced. Citrus and tropical hops. Some maltiness to balance it out. Clean and bitter finish.
M: Light bodied. A bit sweet but extremely drinkable. Nice bitterness.
O: Excellent pale ale, one of my favorite sessionable beers.

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 dogfishandi
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a snifter. Canned on 4/7/14 (just over 2 weeks old)

Pours out a slightly hazy deep golden color. retentive white head with some pretty good lacing.

Lemon and a bit of grapefruit citrus. Almost a slight hint of tartness. Bits of doughy, cracker like malt. Not a huge aroma, but smells nice.

Bright lemon and grapefruit citrus. Really nice balance. Really tasty fresh doughy bready malt. Simple and very tasty. Finishes with a light resinous lingering bitterness.

Bigger side of light bodied. A real easy drinking, refreshing beer.

A simple yet well made pale ale.

Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pink 12 oz can.

Ale is a hazy medium amber with a proportionate and durable bone-colored head.

The grassy/herbal smelling hop mix that dominates the aroma turns a bit fruity upon tasting. Lasting, mildly bitter, hoppy aftertaste that is mainly herbal.

Medium body and carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

O: on the hoppy end of the APA spectrum. Recommended.

Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the CC Tasting Room. Very conventional spot on IPA. Light orange coloured, lace dots. Watered down mouthfeel. More or less conventional American IPA, at sessionable ABV level. More hops and bodyfeel would make it more memorable as a CC beer.

Photo of mangografter
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Excellent Pale Ale!

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 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 WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The invasion ipa is a good beer. It poured a slightly hazy orangish with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carries pine with citrus notes. The taste is balanced quite nice....just enough bitterness to let you know that you're drinking a pale ale. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer.

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

On tap at Field of Beers in Abacoa. Served in a pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pale clear yellow. Excellent lacing and decent head retention.

Smell - Subtle but substantial citrus hop. Sweet orange and tropical fruits. Faint biscuit malt nose behind it.

Taste - Much more balanced, but still assertively hoppy. Citrus and tropical fruit hopes. Very pineappley. Grainy malt that just hardly stands up to the hop. Finishes clean and just bitter enough to keep it interesting.

Mouthfeel - Comes off as sweet, but I think that's the hop profile. Very drinkable. The only beer I drank twice tonight.

Overall - My favorite overall beer of the night. I could drink a lot of this.

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 TheChef18
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My favorite pale ale that I have had. Cannot wait until this one is canned. Hops come through great but don't kill it, and malt is nicely balanced. Sometimes prefer drinking this over Jai Alai if I don't want the hop bomb. Don't short yourself and make sure to give this a try if you make it to the brewery.

Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +2%

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a soapy white head that left some nice webby lacing on the glass. 3.75

The aroma is of grapefruit hops. A bit chalky. There is a freshness to the hops. Perhaps some hints of tropical fruit. Quite nice for a APA. 4

The taste is of a juicy grapefruit hop. Bright hop flavor. There is a bit of chalk and tropical fruit. The malt is light but has a bready flavor. This is a fairly straight forward hoppy APA. Nothing complicated, just hoppy. 4

The feel is moderate with semi-soft carbonation. Good balance on the palate with a drying bitterness in the finish. Drinks quite well. 4.25

This is a very good APA. Ranks right up there with the best. At 5% this is a good day drinking beer. Good job. 4

Photo of tonemontana
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good beer,has a light hoppy smell. Clean crisp taste with citrus notes. A nice enjoyable beer on a hot day. Definitely recommend this beer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 KYGunner
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pint glass this copper ale was capped with a soapy thick head of off white foam.

The nose is rather hoppy with a fruity aroma. Oranges, nectarines, lemon and grapefruit mix with a light pine and floral hop. Not alot of malt in the nose.

The flavors are strong and fruity with just enough malt backbone to really balance this out. The palate gets oranges, lemons, grapefruit and tangerines along with a resinous pine. The malt is a caramel like flavor but not entirely sweet. A bit of barley comes out as this finishes piney.

The feel is full, light and easy with a bit of bitterness.

I really enjoyed this version of an American PA and find it comparable to some highly esteemed IPA's

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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.

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Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,107 ratings.