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Invasion Pale Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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88
very good

940 Ratings
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Ratings: 940
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 24
Gots: 134 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of charrel
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cigar City Brewing "Invasion Pale Ale"
12 oz. can, "CANNED 12/02/14"
$1.50 @ Trader Joe's #766, 3808 W Swann, Tampa, FL

Hmmm... "Invasion" pale ale... with a picture of a pirate with an eye patch on the label... who just happens to look like José Gaspar, or Gasparilla, the centerpiece of the Gasparilla Pirate Festival held in Tampa, FL each year in late January/early February. Seems like pretty good marketing to me!

Invasion Pale Ale pours a hazy brass/orange body beneath a short head of white froth that steadily drops to a broken surface-covering that's surrounded by rising peaks of sticky lace about the glass.

Once raised to the nose you'll find a distinctly citrusy aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, and other tropical fruits (orange, mango, papaya, etc.).

The flavor reveals that there's more to it than just citrusy fruit, there's also a solid biscuity malt base and some grassy hop flavors as well. A stiff bitterness balances it, and the fruitiness cuts through the malt as well, leaving it to finish dry. Some pine and citrus lingers as a reminder of the fuller flavor that came before it.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp across the palate.

To sum up, it's a basic, well-made American pale ale with a heftier malt side than you might normally find (think Sierra Nevada).

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidBart
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NHbeerguy
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of denver10
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden orangish yellowish with a dirty white head. Aroma is tropical with some guava, passion fruit, and mango and a pretty light toasted grains foundation. Flavor follows suit with more of the toasted grains presence than was found in aroma and some piney bitternerss. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great APA and right on par with their Jai Alai IPA, IMO. Need to drink both of these side by side to see which of the 2 I actually prefer. Topping things off, this beer is over 2 months old and still going strong.

My rating: 4.25

Photo of twizzard
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DMACH
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dur921
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jamato14
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shnanign
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Drifter1
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joster_951
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a 2 inch head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing down a 20 oz pub glass. Even after the first few sips it has a residual pillowy head left on top.

Smell is magnificent. It really has a lot of nose to it and it smells of hops. Mostly pine and a little orange peel down in there.

Taste is really hoppy. The pine hops are right up front but not offensive. I could use a little more malts to balance it for my taste but I still really like it.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation to keep it lively.

Overall, a really good pale ale. The piney hops were right on target for my taste. I could use a little more malty balance but none the less a good beer.

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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Burnished gold and soapy white head.

S: Nice bready malt and earthy. Sweet lemon-lime citrus, tangerine. Light but abundance of tropical fruit; papaya and mango. Lots of aroma for such a light beer. Kudos.

M: Smooth and almost creamlike. Mod-high carb amount.

T: Light caramel and sweet bread. Lime peel, papaya, cling peaches; roselle and persimmon.

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip from a can

A. Pours golden and hazy with a foamy 2 finger head.

S. Predominantly tropical fruity smell.

T. Has some citrusy notes as well as a little pine with a grassy aftertaste. Slight malt character.

M. Light with some nice carbonation the smacks the tongue street the swallow. Clean finish.

O. Very nice beer. Definitely 1 dimensional but what it does it does very well.

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3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TexicanMike
4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Treyphan9
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of nyrangers955
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Skud
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.