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Invasion Pale Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Invasion Pale AleInvasion Pale Ale

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very good

142 Reviews
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Reviews: 142
Hads: 1,260
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 26.28%
Wants: 40
Gots: 245 | 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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Photo of tharper178
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of Finatic
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at the brewery on 12-29-12.

A: Pours a cloudy, hazy yellowish color, nice white head that coats the glass. It leaves an almost spiderweb of lacing.

S: Man this beer might be the best smelling beer I have ever smelled. Rivals the Hill Farmstead Edward IMHO. Tons of tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, orange are at the forefront.

T: Just like it smells. A very balanced beer and lighter than Jai Alai without losing any of the tropical notes.

M: Real smooth and it seems CCB has hit the nail on the head with the carbonation.

O: Great job again by CCB and I really hope this becomes one of their staple beers it's that good. I have never been a big APA guy, but I will drink this one whenever I get a chance.

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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.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a light golden color beer, with a huge white head. Has a very hoppy smell to it. It tastes just like it smells, like a mouthful of hops with a hint of citrus.

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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.

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Photo of RossCain
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 128 oz. growler into a CCB tulip. The bartender let us know that the beer was less than 3 days old at the time of the growler fill.

A: Pours an opaque, hazy, golden-straw color with a big, fluffy off-white head. The head snatches at the sides of the glass upon each sip, producing rings and webs that are quite attractive.

S: Big on citrus notes such as lemon zest, tangerine peel, and grapefruit juice (in that order). Remarkably zesty and fresh in the nose.

T: The taste is spot on the nose: big notes of fresh, citrusy hops highlighting sweet lemon and grapefruit. These notes are married with a supple crystalized malt sweetness that makes for a very refreshing and balanced profile. Finishes crisp and clean.

M: Creamy, smooth, with the right amount of carbonation. Crisp and very refreshing on the palate.

O: The freshness of this APA was remarkable. I downed two glasses of this with such ease and was really itching for more. I'll be going back for this one.

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Photo of hail_seitan
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%

Consumed from 12 oz. can

A - Drank directly from the can, so I didn't see it.

S - Tropical and floral fragrances exude from the open can. Mango, melon, clementine, and honey all are in the mix.

T - Very similar to the smell, but with a stronger clementine and tangerine presence - likely from Simcoe hops. The malt imparts a cracker flavor mixed with an almost strawberry sweetness. Just the slightest hint of bitterness on the dry and tropical finish.

M - Pleasantly medium bodied with a balanced carbonation.

O - A great session beer. Different from many pale ales out there due to the vivaciousness of the hops and dryness of the malt. Worth checking out!

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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!

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Photo of Benish
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 7th Sun snifter glass.

Appearance: A very thick white foamy head built up while pouring. Golden hay in color and plenty of lacings around the glass.

Smell: a very nice fruity aroma; very tropical with a bit of nice malt presence.

Taste: Its similar to the aroma, slightly sweet and not overly bitter; its very balance between the sweet and bitterness. Picked up tropical fruits with a bit of tart from the hops.

Mouthfeel: very light bodied and perfectly carbonated. Like drinking a refreshment.

Overall: this is similar to Moon Man Pale ale made by New Glarus. Both Invasion and Moon Man are outstanding pale ales. Received this as an extra and very happy to have another. In fact, just opened the second can. Very sessionable!

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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.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a 2 inch head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing down a 20 oz pub glass. Even after the first few sips it has a residual pillowy head left on top.

Smell is magnificent. It really has a lot of nose to it and it smells of hops. Mostly pine and a little orange peel down in there.

Taste is really hoppy. The pine hops are right up front but not offensive. I could use a little more malts to balance it for my taste but I still really like it.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation to keep it lively.

Overall, a really good pale ale. The piney hops were right on target for my taste. I could use a little more malty balance but none the less a good beer.

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Photo of babaracas
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light amber, two fingers thick soapy white head, settles to a thin but dense cap, a few rings of lace down the glass. Smell: mango, rindy, passion fruit note, honey-ish. Taste: mango, soft fruit... more papaya than melon, citrus rind. Light-medium body, dries out a bit at the end of the sip, finishing a bit sticky. Extremely sessionable tropical fruit bomb, excellent! Canned 12/23/13.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was surprised by this. I actually quite prefer this to their other hoppy offerings. This seems like the perfect summer beer. Fantastic smell, great taste and very drinkable.

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Photo of ccrida
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid hoppy pale ale. Golden color keeps the body light and quenching for the south Florida heat. Hops are on the citrusy side. Fairly bitter finish but not bracing, with an overall impression of smoothly hoppy, which is not easy to do. This is a great choice for IPA lovers that want session a bunch of beers in the heat and not end up on their backs. Digging it. Being in a can makes it extra choice for the outdoors.

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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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale has a thick, spongy, white head, a mostly clear, golden appearance with powdery sediment suspended throughout, and lots of heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is bursting with juicy hop resin, and one will notice a background white bread aspect. Taste is of citrus, hop resin, and white bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale finishes semi-dry and super drinkable.


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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a lightly hazy peachy amber with a medium head. nose; earthy hops, light citrus fruit rind, light pine and garlic/onion (typical of session ales... mosaic hops, is that you!?). taste; citrus hops, white bread, garlic and earthy musk. orange rind on the aftertaste. nothing mind-blowing here, despite cigar city's reputation for magic-making. this is labeled an apa, but this beer is more flavorful and ipa-ey than most session ipa's, which especially impressive at a flat 5% abv

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Photo of indurTheB
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

This is a great "every day" kind of beer. It's been my go-to beer if I'm at the BBQ or out of a boat. It's almost like a "Jai Alai Lite", if there was such a thing. Very refreshing during the summer heat.

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Photo of Pahn
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Mini review: canned 10-1-14,

Rock solid pale ale. Low bitterness, very fruity hop character, like lots of Centennial or NZ hops without the funkiness, pretty bready finish. Wish it were drier, but all told really great "throw it back" pale ale. Can't imagine this beer selling badly.

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Photo of IronLover
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orangish-yellow in color with a light haze. Poured with a large, billowy foam with very good retention. Medium high floral, herbal mint and ripe citrus hop aromas with medium maliness beneath. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. Medium high floral and herbal mint hop flavors with medium light malt flavors beneath. Medium hop bitterness through the middle. Finished clean and dry with a very light hop aftertaste. A very hop forward pale ale in the hop flavor department. However, well balanced considering maltiness and hop bitterness. Extremely smooth, creamy and drinkable. A unique, hop flavorful, APA.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip from a can

A. Pours golden and hazy with a foamy 2 finger head.

S. Predominantly tropical fruity smell.

T. Has some citrusy notes as well as a little pine with a grassy aftertaste. Slight malt character.

M. Light with some nice carbonation the smacks the tongue street the swallow. Clean finish.

O. Very nice beer. Definitely 1 dimensional but what it does it does very well.

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Photo of stephens101
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from growler. Clear body, golden in color, thin head, low retention, I'm sure because of the growler. Clear, sticky lacing. Aroma includes citrusy, piney, grapefruity hop punch. Taste follows suit with crisp hops, mild sweetness in the background, very light in body. More like a light, more approachable IPA, but packed with flavor.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can dated 9/30/15 into a Duvel tulip. The pour produces a generous off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a few bits of scattered lace. Liquid is a hazy golden orange, and I can see a few bubbles rising through it.

Aroma is grassy, lemony, orangey hops with just a hint of bready malt. Really nice depth to the hops without completely overloading on them.

Taste follows the nose with grassy citrusy hops with a strange peppery kick to them. Hints of the malt on the aftertaste, but overall it's about the hops. Finish is pretty bitter, but in a weird tea-like way. Really well done on bringing in some depth to the hops without going overboard, as well as bringing in some hop flavors that I don't think I've had before and am having a hard time describing.. No resiny flavor here, which is always a plus for me.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied with a generous amount of prickly carbonation - exactly what the flavor calls for.

Overall, this is exactly what I would say pale ales should be all about - great hop flavors in an easy-drinking format. Perfect afternoon beer!

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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 142 ratings.