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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

718 Ratings
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Ratings: 718
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 76 | FT: 5
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:
No notes at this time.

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

Sammy, Jan 21, 2013
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 23, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

djrn2, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Thorpe429, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

zestar, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

On draft, pours a straw golden yellow; decent carbonation, with good head retention.

The nose is wheat, hay, alot of earthy floral hops. A little bit of lemon and caramel add some zest and sweetness. The flavor is muted and mild compared to the nose. Alot of lemon, green tea. The finish is a little creamy, but very clean, just a tad bit of sweetness on the very end.

This smells great, but it doesn't taste as good as it smells, which is disappointing.

nmann08, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

acurtis, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Phyl21ca, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.3%

kjkinsey, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

ygtbsm94, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Single finger head with minimal retention and nice lacing on a clear deep golden with burnt orange hue body. Aroma has a lot of citrus, mostly orange peel and tangerine, very nice degree of sweetness. Flavor has more of a sour citrus flavor, is very bready with the finish very earthy with hint if pine resin. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A nice beer. It's a little dry and the degree of sourness hurts drinkability. A little unidimensional but still good to try.

kylehay2004, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out as a clear golden color with a white head on top. The lacing is pretty good, the retention is thin. The smell of the beer is malty and hoppy, decent balance. The taste is ok, nothing really jumps out at me on this one. The mouthfeel is smooth, nice drinkability. Overall it's a decent pale ale. Nothing too special.

Knapp85, May 01, 2013
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +2.3%

zeff80, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

SocalKicks, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

nickfl, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +2.3%

russpowell, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

StonedTrippin, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

oline73, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Josh (toofdoc) for the share!

Golden-orange pour, hazy, with a solid white head that receded to a thin layer, and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Nice hoppy aroma, almost more indicative of an IPA than an APA, citrusy and floral. Taste was very fruity and woody, orange peel and orange blossom, grapefruit pith, wildflowers, crackery pale malts, dry woody finish. Body was about medium, quite appropriate for the style, carbonation moderate, drinkability high. Overall a very tasty brew from Cigar City.

Rifugium, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

mendvicdog, May 11, 2014
Photo of mdfb79
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From 05/03/14 notes. Picked up a 6er of this in Naples for $8.99 and drank 3 of them in the hotel room out of a glass tumbler.

a - Pours a hazy, dark golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruits, bready malts, grapefruit, light pine hops, light tropical fruits, earthy malts. Nice nose, citrus is up front though not super hoppy.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, pale malts, citrus hops, grapefruit, pine hops, earthy malts, dough, and bready malts. Less hops than the nose and more malts, but nice.

m - Light body and low carbonation. Easy to drink, could definitely have a few of these.

o - Overall a nice beer. Not a hop bomb by any means, but very easy to drink and light fruits and hops to it. Worth the price and checking out, though I'd most likely get a Jai Alai 6er again before this.

mdfb79, May 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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

kojevergas, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

beernads, Feb 07, 2013
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Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.