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Invasion Pale Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Invasion Pale AleInvasion Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

128 Reviews
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Reviews: 128
Hads: 1,192
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 37
Gots: 225 | FT: 13
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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 ArrogantB
2.74/5  rDev -29.9%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
2.77/5  rDev -29.2%
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. (1,419 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
2.84/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Consumed early March, reviewed from notes.
12oz can into snifter. Date on bottom says 1/27/14. If this is a "canned on" date then I've gotten a bad can.

A: Pours a hazy dark grapefruit color with a large and greasy off-white head that slowly faded into a bubbly airy film that left a network of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Super malty and faded with dirty hops, caramel, and biscuit dough. Faint citrus, faint tropical fruit.
T: Follows the nose with old old flavors of what was once probably a good beer. Hops are all but faded and this tastes like a slightly bitter malt bomb.
M: Medium body, soft carbonation, greasy, slick and drinkable mouthfeel.
O: Everything I've found online points to the date being a canned on date and not a best before date. Howevr, this beer tastes like it's after a best before date. Thanks for sending the tick, Paul, but I think I got a bad can. There's no way drinking a beer that was canned just over a month ago should taste this bad. (974 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
2.92/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a generous amount white head which retains nicely and leaves heavy lacing. The nose has some odd aromas going on. The hops are piney and give off a hint of burnt plastic aroma. Light malt backbone is present. The taste is a bit sweet with some caramel and lemon with a ton of bitterness to follow. The finish is neutral with no real bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy for style with high carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, not real impressed with this one. (517 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pour is golden orange with a bubbly white head and a good bit of lacing. Nose is overly sweet, heavy caramel malt, sweet hop and resin. Taste has a bit more depth. Grains are present but a bit stale and overly green. Malt isn't as sweet as the nose, hops also add some orange citrus with notes of grassy hops. Strong carbonation and lighter body with a sweet finish. (366 characters)

Photo of jimdalton
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Transparent light amber.
Odor: Citrus, Piney dominant odor with a nice malt notes.
Taste: Floral hops in front cascading to a biting carbonation and ending with pine hops. After taste yields some very nice malt. Drinks like an IPA, but with a bit more malt.
Mouthfeel: Very light. Carbonation comes in the middle of the profile and provides a nice bite.
Overall: Cigar City Brewing's Invasion Pale Ale is a hop heavy explosion of an ale that approaches IPA territory. For those looking to expand their pale ale pallet, but aren't ready for a full blown IPA, Invasion is a beer for you. (606 characters)

Photo of TBCE
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of boldcity2008
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
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 (447 characters)

Photo of mattsdenney
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked some up while on vacation in FL. Always good to try another CCB offering.

Poured into a cheap hotel-room glass. Still has a nice thick head though. Pale yellow in color, transparent. Smells of grass, lemon zest, and grain. The taste is light and crisp. A good amount of hop bitterness for a pale ale. The hop flavor is earthy with a slight citrus aftertaste. Grassy finish. Light-bodied and refreshing and but not too thin; good consistency. I tried hard not to compare this to Jai Alai. It's definitely not Jai Alai light. It stands on its own as a solid, drinkable pale ale. (584 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of VineToHopConvert
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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. (1,059 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can poured into shaker pint at the condo in Cocoa Beach. Cloudy orange body with off white head that leaves modest lacing. Caramel and bread malt aromas with tropical fruit hop notes. Mild tropical fruit sweetness up front, citrus bitterness and earthy overtones later. Medium body, barely resiny, lively carbonation, bitter dry finish. (336 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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.. (492 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned 4/7/14.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus zest, and slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, earth, and slight tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I am getting more earthy aspects than tropical ones like the label describes. (605 characters)

Photo of Halfbrother83
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can dated 4/22 into a tulip glass.

A - Slightly hazy golden amber with roughly a finger of head that eventually settles into a low, dusty ring

S - I'm getting the bready notes first, followed by zesty, lemon-like citrus

T - Light and sweet maltiness over anything else, a little pine bitterness, only some of the citrus flavor coming through

M - Smooth, light carbonation, medium body

O - A pretty good, sessionable beer that I could see drinking outside in the warmer months. Not great enough to spend a lot of effort seeking out, but decent nonetheless. (574 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a paler-than-usual light honey color with a solid, well formed and well retained, barely off-white head. Good lacing even as the head settles from a firm pour to a chunky island and ring.
Smell is of good strength and reasonable balance with hops somewhat stronger than the malt. Resinous but not biting, there is a citrus note hiding in there as well.
Taste is as expected with piney hops leading the malt and a mild grain/cereal note and some citrus. Balanced properly.
A bit thin, coming up to almost medium bodied, lighter effervescence. Decently smooth for the style but leaves a solid film to coat the palate and tongue. Pretty sticky. Somewhat drying in the middle. A good beer that needs some body to it. (722 characters)

Photo of RyBrew54
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden amber with nice lasting head lacing. Nose is light citrus with mild hops. Taste is very clean, citrusy, with hints of honey biscuit. Has a very pleasant, sweet, after taste that lingers throughout. A very drinkable, straight forward pale ale. A solid offering by Cigar City (294 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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! (793 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (816 characters)

Photo of tonemontana
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (268 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  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 (3,851 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a glowing hazed straw/pineapple yellow with a finger of dense white head. Ok retention, a bit weak on the lacing.

S - Grassy, almost skunky-straw like, pilsner type nose almost. Lemon zest and a bit of malt sweetness. (The can is 2 mo's old :/)

T - Dry and skunky kind of straw grassy hop profile. Definitely copious amounts of lemon, clean and bitter, finishes clean with a mild lingering dryness. A tad sweet only for a split second and only at the finish.

M - Lighter bodied, well carbonated, clean, very drinkable. (532 characters)

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Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.