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Invasion Pale Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Invasion Pale AleInvasion Pale Ale

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 1,210
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 26.79%
Wants: 40
Gots: 230 | FT: 15
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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 kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of Shaw
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned less than a month ago.

I've been hearing raves about this beer from other beer geeks so I'm excited to try it.

Pours a light amber/orange in color with a frothy white head that quickly reduces to a thin layer in my glass.

Big citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas.

Citrus aromas carry over to similar hop flavors that mix with a metallic sharpness. Quite bitter. Bready flavors too.

Nice body.

Overall a nice pale ale. I feel I don't like it as much as others. But this is a nice hop bomb with a bit less alcohol than an IPA.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can to a tulip glass with a "canned on" date of 1-27-2014.

This is a really solid pale ale. It is not overly aromatic, but does have a subtle hop aroma. The beer has a great flavor with a mild to moderate level of bitterness, and a balance level of malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is pleasant, with a good level of carbonation. The beer also has a nice appearance that is slightly cloudy with good color and head level.

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Photo of Kendo
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a pint glass. Body is mildly hazy, dark golden in color with a half-finger whitish head.

S: Nice citrus - grapefruit especially - over sweetish malt. Good strong citrusy hop nose.

T: Grapefruity hops. Modest crackery malt foundation. Generic fruitiness. More bitter than expected at first, but after a couple sips it becomes smoother. Still, there is a nice lemony bitterness that lingers on the palate.

M: Medium in heft, decent creamy feel.

O: Good stuff. Enjoyable and an easy drinker.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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!

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Photo of tbeckett
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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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 mikeg67
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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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 cbutova
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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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.

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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 da_beers
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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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 Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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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 kylehay2004
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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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.

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Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.