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Invasion Pale Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Invasion Pale AleInvasion Pale Ale

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133 Reviews
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Reviews: 133
Hads: 1,210
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 26.79%
Wants: 40
Gots: 229 | 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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Reviews: 133 | Hads: 1,210
Photo of boldcity2008
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A:piss Yellow to pale orange with a white rocky head.

S: strong pine hops, caramel malt, slight lemon, its just another weak IPA calling itself a PA, typical.

T: pine, caramel malt is lemony, little spicy, pine bitter is very strong at first anyway.

M/F: low carbonation, dry almost watery finish, and a lemon pith finished flavor.

O: too hoppy for the style, even though its not dales level its close. unbalanced....

fresh canned 2/24/2015

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

Canned 10-20-14 (nice pirate)

Poor's out hazy golden orange with a white rocky head. The aroma is strong pine, some orange, a little sweet caramel malt, slight grass, a little dankness and orange pungent in the end. Taste is strong orange, then pine, sweet caramel, little spicy, medium bitterness, dry almost watery finish, and a lemon pith finished flavor. Real easy drinker and highly recommended for a pale ale with a slightly different taste then others I have had. For some reason it is a hard beer to put down and it goes down really easy.

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Photo of maximum12
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to irishrogue for this can, a beer that though unreviewed, I drank plenty of on our Carnival Cruise in December…as one of the only palatable alternative to whiskey sours. 12 oz. can with a Manson look-alike pirate on the label, dated 1/21/15.

The pour is light apricot with plenty of carbonation to tickle the nose. Speaking of nose, it smells bright, lightly fruity, light citrus, sweet. Like a summer wind, except with a higher ABV.

All hail the Florida Invasion! Pale malts give way quickly to a spattering of hoppy flavors. Gentle orange, moderate bitterness, lemon, honey, with a quick inertia of earthiness. There’s a strong peppery spiciness that dominates the mid-palate: if I didn’t know better, I’d say there was rye in here someplace. Ends with a bit of grainy black-and-white TV right at the end. So easy to pound, with a light, tropical mouthfeel.

This doesn’t rival isn’t quite People are People or Hungry Like the Wolf, but what invasion ever reaches that level? This is more like Save a Prayer, and hey, who wouldn’t want that? A very nice pale ale.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange body with some hints of amber. Huge, fluffy off-white head sits on top. Really abnormally large head on a normal pour. Aroma is very tropical, lots of pineapple, mango and some toasted malt aromas. Flavor is much of the same, tropical fruity hop flavors with a solid toasty malt backbone. Carbonation is a bit off, as noticed by the huge head. Somewhat fizzy and just slightly off. Doesn't take much away from the overall impression, but is a little strange.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can poured into shaker pint at the condo in Cocoa Beach. Cloudy orange body with off white head that leaves modest lacing. Caramel and bread malt aromas with tropical fruit hop notes. Mild tropical fruit sweetness up front, citrus bitterness and earthy overtones later. Medium body, barely resiny, lively carbonation, bitter dry finish.

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Photo of ordybill
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has that great Cigar City developed aroma of citrus and hops.
Appearance- A murky golden yellow to orange with sediment floating in the glass, very cool.
Taste- Has an overwhelming citrus and hop flavor, if you aren't an IPA fan this may be a little to hoppy for some.
Palate- A medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation and an oily feel. has a very nice feel to it.
Overall- A strong IPA, it is enjoyable and I will drink this again..

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Photo of mtvolkens
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tapered pint glass. Cloudy yellow color with 3in of head slowly dissipating to 1 in. Malty smooth at the beginning with a nice crisp orange aftertaste. It's incredibly smooth, with a perfect mouthfeel of light carbonation to give the tongue a tingle.

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spicy, resinous hop nose with citrus and some other fruit. Pours copper amber with a slight chill haze under a 2” off-white foam cap that descends to about a quarter its original size. It’s very lacy. It enters with big fruit sweetened with light caramel over graham cracker leading to a very pleasant hop bitter accent on the finish. Medium body and carbonation - very drinkable.

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Photo of CHickman
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 10/29/2014: Pours very hazy yellow gold color with sandy looking sediment floating around in the brew and a thick 1-2 finger off white foamy head that faded slowly and left minimal spotty lacing as it went down.

Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruit, light caramel, graham cracker, piney hops, earthy notes that are leafy with mild spices like tea leaf or dry floral hops coming through; more malt comes out as it settles with a hint of lemon zest as well. A nice soft smelling APA that was more hoppy than malty.

Tastes of mild grapefruit and citrus hops up front, with sweet malty and caramel notes, piney hops, lemon, orange peel, lightly toasted grains, mild spices like tea leaf or dry floral hops; the bready flavors come through and add balance as well as allowing a fruity candy and tangerine essence to make an appearance. The malt seems to get stronger as the beer goes down.

Mouthfeel is smooth with very mild carbonation, a slick almost watery feel across the tongue, a medium body and a slightly bitter sweet malty aftertaste that is similar to the finish of orange juice but with some toasted wheat bread in it. Overall a good, slightly above average pale ale that I’d like to try fresher since this one was 3 months old. I was hoping for more hops from Cigar City, but this was a good beer and in line with the style.

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Photo of RyBrew54
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden amber with nice lasting head lacing. Nose is light citrus with mild hops. Taste is very clean, citrusy, with hints of honey biscuit. Has a very pleasant, sweet, after taste that lingers throughout. A very drinkable, straight forward pale ale. A solid offering by Cigar City

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold pour into pint glass with tight white head; good lacing; strong grapefruit notes up front; lite mouthfeel and good carbonation;grapefruit and grass hop favors; citrus and pine finish; flavorful pale ale and at 5% one of my favorite "session" beers.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Cam for bringing me this and other Cigar City cans up from his recent Tampa trip. For a brewery I can't get locally, I feel I have a pretty intimate rapport with Cigar City thanks to these wily and generous Cameron and Sonny characters. Canned on date is 12/30/14.

A - 12oz can pours to a pint glass a dullish orange color with some dust haze floating in a standstill. An off-white head starts at about a finger; a thin ring and patchy cap remain when it's all over.

S - Nice citrusy tropical hop punch with orange and mango aplenty, some dank and grassy hops for good measure. Light malts of the biscuity and caramel variety.

T - A bit of a sharper hop bite here with plenty of orange, grapefruit, papaya and mango to be had while still leaving room for flowery resin and a pleasant toasted biscuit malt finish.

M - Light and oily feel, crisp with good carbonation, medium-light bitterness, very drinkable and quite flavorful for the ABV.

O - Plenty-o-nice tropical and outdoorsy woodsy hops, good malt presence, great flavors for a 5% pale and super drinkable. I feel some are underwhelmed by this one simply because pale ales of this par are standard now, all I can say is keep em comin.

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Photo of Roguer
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange, almost ruby red grapefruit in color, topped by an off-white head of very nice size and retention. Fairly clear brew.

Nice hoppy aroma, with a pale malt backbone. Not much to it, but it gives a slight preview to the taste.

Flavor follows; this has the amount of citrus hop flavors one would expect from an IPA. However, it has a nearly thick malt body of mostly pale malts with a bit of caramel, as well. Balanced and not overly bitter. Bit of tropical hop flavor, as well, that tends to blend with the malt sweetness.

Very drinkable medium body; thicker with malts than most in the style.

Yet another APA that comes across as an IPA, but retaining enough body to set it apart (think Dale's, vice SNPA). Definitely not a "session" IPA, but definitely a beer that knows that hops are the strong point.

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Photo of VineToHopConvert
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 0z. can from the Piggly Wiggly in Homewood, Al. Canned 10/13/14, so I was a little bit worried.

L: Cloudy Orange with a solid white head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind a good bit of froth.

S:There was almost no aroma which I'm convinced was because of how long ago it was canned. I got faint notes of tropical fruits and hops.

T: Very Fruity like pineapple, mango and grapefruit. There is a decent hop presence but had way more malt than what I expected which actually, to my surprise, melded well with the rest of the flavors.

F: Very dry with moderate carbonation. The overall mouth feel though was thin which I wouldn't have thought because the heavy malt presence.

Overall I wasn't really impressed with this apa, especially coming from cigar city (which BTW is my first beer from cigar city.) I think some of it was that it was canned in 0ctober and I am drinking it in January but I didn't realize the canned on date until I was back to Texas. Maybe I'll be able to try this fresh at a later date and write a new review.

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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).

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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

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
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.

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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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Photo of lwillitz
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12-oz can into nonic pub glass

A - 3 fingers off-white foam over an amber body full of sediment; low amount of visible carbonation; patchy lace

S - citrus, pine

T - pink grapefruit predominates, notes of pine and spice; bready malt is present, but keeps to the background

M - slick light/medium body, low carbonation

O - Invasion is on the hoppy side, but still a very good APA and a very good beer in general.

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Photo of dd43
4/5  rDev +2%

Drank while on vacation in Fort Myers, had to make due with a water glass from the hotel but man was this pale ale a good find at the local grocery store. Cans were dated 29-Oct-2014.

Lovely citrus aroma and taste, very grapefruit forward as suggested by others. Hopping is pronounced enough that the malt takes a bit more of a backseat than the very best beers of this style but it's a quibble. It's sad to see so much junk beer sold when great craft styles like this are readily available and relatively affordable.

Overall one of the best APAs I've tried. Wish I could get this back home in CT, have to travel over te border to NY to locate anything from Cigar City.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 10/9/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright golden color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light steaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon/orange zest, light pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is an excellent pale ale. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of FLima
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned a week ago, very fresh.
Amber orange color with a thin thick off-white head with short to medium retention.
Relatively mild, but nice aroma with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit and mango.
Flavor with notes of grapefruit, oranges, pine, spices, lemon zest, not ripped guava, melon, lemongrass and tea leaves. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation of tiny bubbles.
Crisp and refreshingly hoppy with a tropical citrusy going on. That is the type of APA I usually fall in love. I could session this the whole day. It does remind of Jai Alai, but easier.

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Photo of hail_seitan
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%

Consumed from 12 oz. can

A - Drank directly from the can, so I didn't see it.

S - Tropical and floral fragrances exude from the open can. Mango, melon, clementine, and honey all are in the mix.

T - Very similar to the smell, but with a stronger clementine and tangerine presence - likely from Simcoe hops. The malt imparts a cracker flavor mixed with an almost strawberry sweetness. Just the slightest hint of bitterness on the dry and tropical finish.

M - Pleasantly medium bodied with a balanced carbonation.

O - A great session beer. Different from many pale ales out there due to the vivaciousness of the hops and dryness of the malt. Worth checking out!

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Photo of jkrich
4/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a freshness dated can: bright and clear, golden-orange hue with some suspended particles observed. The foamy white-head was long-lived with a lot of intricate lacing on the glass.

Semi-sweet tropical fruit is the dominate aroma with perhaps a little pine wafting upward.

This is truly a refreshing thirst quencher. The flavor has a gentle, tropical fruit flavor with a lingering tangy, malty and semi-dry finish. This is not incredibly complex, but each sip remains satisfying.

This will have a regular rotation in my fridge.

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