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Invasion Pale Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Invasion Pale AleInvasion Pale Ale

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88
very good

128 Reviews
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Reviews: 128
Hads: 1,191
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 36
Gots: 222 | FT: 12
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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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Reviews: 128 | Hads: 1,191
Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,151 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into a CS snifter.

A- Foggy golden color. This beer poured lots of head with pretty good retention.

S- I get some grapefruit, citrus, mile hops

T- Very tame, and very sessionable. Great APA. Citrus comes out upfront, mild hoppy background.

M- Probably the worst part of this beer. But this is a damn good APA. Pretty light on the M.

O- My second favorite APA behind ZD. Cigar City crushes everything. Well done (426 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, pale, golden coloring with some suspended proteins and a frothy, chunky, fluffy, off-white head that slowly settles out into a sparse surface coating. Aromas of citrus and melon hops forward, with a pungent bitterness and some subtle spicing. Smells big. Flavors are spice forward, with pepper and pine tassel blending well with the quickly following citrus and tropical fruit notes. Remains light throughout, despite the heavier characteristics, and you start to get a heavier roast quality towards the end of the palate, which highlights the tropical notes. Light, effervesced body keeps the beer moving all over your taste buds. A sweet and spiced blend of pineapple and melon in the aftertaste, with a quick, roasted lingering finish. Easy drinker, and this would be a great hot summer beer. (853 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Out of a can into a pint glass.

A – Slightly cloudy straw yellow with a two finger stark white and very fluffy head.

S – Smells like a strong IPA with a huge amount of grapefruit in the nose. Piney and floral.

T – Light grapefruit but very hoppy taste out of the gate. Smooth hoppy. Lot of fruit flavor here though with orange, lemon and melon. Very light bitterness. Nice finish with a touch of sweetness.

M – Very light with low to medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing on the palate.

O – Very good beer. Smells much stronger then you would think but the flavors really come through. Not your typical session beer but it would do you for a good night putting these away. I can see fishing in the Keys with a 6 pack of these bad boys. (758 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 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 tharper178
5/5  rDev +27.9%
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! (422 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 CaptCleveland
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated 12/29/2013 poured into pint glass.

Light yellow/orange elixir, thin rim of tight, white bubbles, few wisps of lacing.

Citrus, spice, rind.

Smooth hops predominate. Lemon rind, pine, earth tones.

Crisp, mild, light.

Like with all sessionable hoppy brews, you sacrifice the full flavor of the hops for lower alcohol. (334 characters)

Photo of Benish
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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! (750 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my generous cousin sonnysideup for giving me a can of this.

A- Poured from the can to a snifter for the review, also had it on-tap at the brewery while in Tampa but didn't take notes. Slightly hazy dark orange bodied with a one finger, frothy white head. Retention of the foam is decent and it falls to a bubbly ring. Lace is spotty but there are large numbers of those spots.

S- As hoppy as I remember it being from the taps with juicy mango, pineapple and peachy stone fruit hops leading the way. Some citrus and floral hints above a light malty pale ale base.

T- Opens up quite a bit with a light caramel sweetness and doughy cracked grain base providing support for the leading act of hops. Hops are once again on the tropical side and like a juicy nectar. Melon also big for me. Hints of flowers, citrus resin, pine and grapefruit support that.

MF- Light bodied and super crisp with the higher end carbonation that it brings. Just on the creamier side of things when agitated. Light sweetness and bitterness linger on the palate in the finish.

Loads of tropical fruit hints lead the way from the hops here but without the huge bitterness of IPAs. A super hoppy flavored pale ale but one I would gladly buy a six pack of cans from time to time. (1,265 characters)

Photo of TheChef18
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of da_beers
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - light copper, finger of head, almost no carbonation coming up.

S - sweet malts, not alot of hops here. Not overly appealing on the nose to be honest, a little bland.

T - nice citrus and tropical notes here. Nice amount of hops without beig out of balance. Some earthy/piney notes too that make it very nice.

M - a light body ( somewhat typical pale ale) with low carbonation across palate. Sits nicely and finishes crisp.

O - good beer, had it in a flight sample at the tasting room. Any go wrong with anything really. (531 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (401 characters)

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. (326 characters)

Photo of standardcherry
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Gainesville Brass Tap. Waitress pouring all beers in a pint glass when I asked for something else. Pours very light golden with almost no head. Floral grassy hops in the aroma, nice and vegetal in a good way, some floral citrus . Flavor is floral, very strong citrus, finishes with some grass and incredibly crisp and clean. Light and really drinkable. Definite summer Florida beer and one of my favorite APA's. (420 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint on Tap at Cigar City Tampa FL for 5$

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, lemons/grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and hops. There is also some grapefruit, tangerines, and lemons. It ends with a fruity and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – Strikes me as more of a IPA taste wise. This is a really good beer that I would gladly revisit. It was quite hoppy and very drinkable. (643 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 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 macrosmatic
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a freshly-filled quart CCB growler into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Hazy, medium gold, with a thin white head atop big bubbles of carbonation.

S: Big citrus and cracker malt. Simple, but enticing.

T: Starts off following the nose, but more bitter, piney, and citrus rind hop flavors. It is a bit more grainy tasting than I would want.

M: Light bodied, lower carbonation sensation than expected but I think the hop tingle substitutes adequately. Essentially no alcohol presence.

O: Not bad, but nothing outstanding in a crowded class. The grainy aspect to the flavor was my biggest complaint here. That said, if they canned this, it would be perfect for the golf course. (710 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Full pint on tap at Cigar City Brewing's tap room in Tampa, FL, in December 2012.

A- Hazy golden body with half finger white head, moderate retention and light lacing.

S- Strong citrusy aroma. Primarily grapefruit and bready malts underneath.

F- Grapefruit hop flavours up front, tropical fruits in the middle and the bread & sweet caramel malts sit in the background. Fairly hop forward especially for a pale ale.

M- Lighter medium body, dry finish with moderate carbonation. Not difficult to polish this one off before the tour.

O- Very good stuff. Easy to drink, very hoppy without being obnoxiously so, and a cheap shelf beer that can be found in cans nowadays. Can't go wrong with a sixer of this for a weekend. (721 characters)

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