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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

147 Reviews
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Reviews: 147
Hads: 1,317
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 26.21%
Wants: 42
Gots: 276 | FT: 15
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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

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: 147 | Hads: 1,317
Photo of tharper178
5/5  rDev +27.2%
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 -11.7%
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 -2.5%
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 +11.5%
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 +4.6%
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 +3.3%
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 +7.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +9.7%
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 -3.8%
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 +11.2%
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 -0.8%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +2.8%
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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Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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Photo of Finatic
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
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 RossCain
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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 Rifugium
4.17/5  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.

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Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.