Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine?

Learn more about beer and save over 53% with a 3-year subscription.

Subscribe now →

Invasion Pale Ale - Cigar City Brewing

Not Rated.
Invasion Pale AleInvasion Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

133 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 133
Hads: 1,208
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 26.79%
Wants: 39
Gots: 229 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rifugium on 12-27-2012

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 133 | Hads: 1,208
Photo of Pahn
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Mini review: canned 10-1-14,

Rock solid pale ale. Low bitterness, very fruity hop character, like lots of Centennial or NZ hops without the funkiness, pretty bready finish. Wish it were drier, but all told really great "throw it back" pale ale. Can't imagine this beer selling badly.

 287 characters

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +2%

Freshie can (canned 10/29/14 stamped on the bottom, so about 10 days in the can) from Decicco's in Ardsley, NY

Fresh hop nose, pours typical near clear, lighter almond amber. Frothy off white head, thats on the looser side. Leaves fluffy strands of stick.

Pleasing hopped up pale. Resins and pine early then some soft tropical fruit in the finish. Nice.

 357 characters

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

October 26, 2014

12 oz can, hotel water glass

A – Deep gold with some orange hues. Mild white head, shows up strong and then gone quickly.

S – Oranges, grapefruit, perhaps some mango or other tropical fruit. Bitter hop aroma with some malt sweetness in the background.

T – Similar tropical notes to the aroma, mangos, guava, light citrus. The grapefruit character is present but somewhat hidden, and there is a mild bitter bite.

M – Moderate carbonation, enough to helps scrub the palate, but allowing the bitterness to linger. Very light body considering the complexity of aromas and flavors.

O – A very good session beer. I’d lean it more towards an IPA considering the high hop bitterness, but the moderate alcohol level helps it fit in the pale ale category.

 784 characters

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with lots of fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, a film in between, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the tropical fruit flavors are stronger and stand out in front of those of the citrus. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has an interesting mix of flavors from the hops without being very bitter.

Serving type: can

 845 characters

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale has a thick, spongy, white head, a mostly clear, golden appearance with powdery sediment suspended throughout, and lots of heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is bursting with juicy hop resin, and one will notice a background white bread aspect. Taste is of citrus, hop resin, and white bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale finishes semi-dry and super drinkable.


 430 characters

Photo of GTJayG
4/5  rDev +2%

Reminiscent of my favorite year round Cigar City brew Jai Alai, the citrus especially grapefruit notes in the hops for notable for both the nose and taste. Very fresh flavor, and a beer for that would be well suited for those who are not hopheads. Certainly a good option for a session beer for those interested in that sort of thing.

 336 characters

Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +2%

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a soapy white head that left some nice webby lacing on the glass. 3.75

The aroma is of grapefruit hops. A bit chalky. There is a freshness to the hops. Perhaps some hints of tropical fruit. Quite nice for a APA. 4

The taste is of a juicy grapefruit hop. Bright hop flavor. There is a bit of chalk and tropical fruit. The malt is light but has a bready flavor. This is a fairly straight forward hoppy APA. Nothing complicated, just hoppy. 4

The feel is moderate with semi-soft carbonation. Good balance on the palate with a drying bitterness in the finish. Drinks quite well. 4.25

This is a very good APA. Ranks right up there with the best. At 5% this is a good day drinking beer. Good job. 4

 760 characters

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

On draft, pours a straw golden yellow; decent carbonation, with good head retention.

The nose is wheat, hay, alot of earthy floral hops. A little bit of lemon and caramel add some zest and sweetness. The flavor is muted and mild compared to the nose. Alot of lemon, green tea. The finish is a little creamy, but very clean, just a tad bit of sweetness on the very end.

This smells great, but it doesn't taste as good as it smells, which is disappointing.

 460 characters

Photo of indurTheB
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

This is a great "every day" kind of beer. It's been my go-to beer if I'm at the BBQ or out of a boat. It's almost like a "Jai Alai Lite", if there was such a thing. Very refreshing during the summer heat.

 209 characters

Photo of Renaissance_Man
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

First beer during Sunday Eveing session at World of Beer UCF 17 Aug 14. This beaut little beer was poured from the tap into a broad lager glass, it was a hazy golden colour with a small lacey head that disappeared half way through the drink.
The nose of this beer was all tropical and aromatic. This was backed up on first taste as lemongrass and melon flowed over my taste buds. The mouthful was crisp with a good level of carbonation. As the beer warmed in the glass the hops started to come through on the back pallete.
I really enjoyed this beer after an emotional round of golf. It is great to be back in Orlando.

 618 characters

Photo of MacQ32
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a glowing hazed straw/pineapple yellow with a finger of dense white head. Ok retention, a bit weak on the lacing.

S - Grassy, almost skunky-straw like, pilsner type nose almost. Lemon zest and a bit of malt sweetness. (The can is 2 mo's old :/)

T - Dry and skunky kind of straw grassy hop profile. Definitely copious amounts of lemon, clean and bitter, finishes clean with a mild lingering dryness. A tad sweet only for a split second and only at the finish.

M - Lighter bodied, well carbonated, clean, very drinkable.

 532 characters

Photo of mooseisloose
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saw a lineup of Cigar City cans in the cooler at TW a guy grabbed a sixes of Invasion and a light bulb went of, I haven't even tried this one yet! As CC never disappoints I secured a sixer myself and headed towards the door. Now back at the ranch, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top on the can I get a nice piney-citrus hop waft. Pouring into a chalice I get a translucent orange with a multi-sized bubble off-white head that stands well. On the taste this brew is a well balanced PA that hits up front with some bitterness, fades to sweet maltiness then finishes with a dry and bitter aftertaste. Very refreshing and a wide range of flavors for a PA, complex if I may say so. This is yet another keeper from CC

 715 characters

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange color with a filmy, soapy head that leaves a sheet of lacing. The aroma is fruity and tropical with mango and citrus smells. Malt comes out a bit more as it warms.

In the taste, nice and citrusy, definitely some mango, but what sticks out to me is the firm malt flavor, coming off a bit nutty in the background with the balancing bitterness. Hop oils are in full force, coating the palate with semi-tropical bliss.

Medium bodied brew with a medium carbonation. Leaves a bittersweet taste behind of malt and hops that furthers the character of this ale.

Overall, this is a very good pale ale from Cigar City using a fair amount of malt to back the hops. A well balanced offering.

 703 characters

Photo of 57md
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very light copper color with almost two fingers of head that lingers nicely and leaves some decent lacing behind. The nose is hoppy. The body is very light for the style. The flavor profile is also quite light – perhaps a bit too light. The finish is mildly but pleasantly bitter.

 290 characters

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

APPEARANCE: Pours a golden yellow, with a decent head that clings to the glass.

AROMA: Fruity, full of pleasant citrus notes. Grapefruit and orange are what stuck out the most. They are accompanied by a finishing note of malt.

TASTE: The sweet fruity notes are the first to come out, fresh orange jumps out immediately. This is followed by a very subtle symphony of hops that adds a delightful amount of bitterness without being too overwhelming for a pale ale.

MOUTH FEEL: Light body and Medium carbonation. A bit of a tingle but nothing unexpected. Drinks incredibly easy.

OVERALL: Another wonderful beer from a wonderful Micro Brewery. Invasion has quickly become one of my favorite Pale Ale's.

 703 characters

Photo of NiceTaps
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- Pale golden and very light orange colors, fluffy 2f pure white head. Heavy film and some patches of lacing remain. some bubbles are visible through the light haze.

S- A pleasant blend of citrus (name 'em, they're in there; grapefruit, lime, orange, lemon) and light malts. Add a touch of easy sweetness for nice mix of aromas.

T- Florida citrus and light pale malts. Very tasty. Not sweet, not too bitter. The hops are flavorful.

M- Very smooth and drinkable. Some hop snap, not bitter. A bit of malt body yet not sweet. Some tingle from the carbonation.

O- It hit the spot as a drinkable, flavorful APA at 5.00 abv.

 665 characters

Photo of micromaniac129
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

In the nose there is some nice smelling hops there. I can smell grapefruit and lime. The aroma is somewhat lean.
Pours nicely from the can. The color is orange amber with a tall white head, streaming carbo bubbles makes it complete.
The taste is okay and nothing really sticks out. The hops are lean and light and subtly dank. Some malts come through so even as light as the flavor is, it is balanced.
On the palate it's very harsh tasting. Course and grainy with a bitter finish. Not good.
Another okay beer from cigar city. Harshness aside, I'd drink more.

 558 characters

Photo of Jadjunk
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"The people of Tampa Bay have fallen prey to Pirate invasion every year for over 100 years. After more than a century of failing to repel these seafaring raiders in their anachronistic wooden ships, despite access to modern sea, land and air arsenals that ostensibly should make short work of wind powered vessels equipped with naught but cast iron cannons and raging scurvy, it occurred to the folks of Cigar City Brewing that if you can't beat them start saying Arrrr Matey! And so we have brewed Invasion Pale Ale, a tropical session beer brewed for those long days of marauding, pillaging and pirating. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale, available as a year round release in 12 oz. canned 6 packs and on draft. Served above º Fahrenheit.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a pint glass. Served above 57º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a straw white color over a moderately hazy medium amber body. Sediment is abundant, thin and speckled. Carbonation is plentiful and vivacious, retention is very good. Lacing is light and spotty. 4.5

(Smell) The aroma consists of a fair balance of hops and malts. Hops are floral, citrusy and quite aromatic with a moderate bitterness. The malt profile is a solid base of biscuity pale malt with a touch of toasted caramel for some depth. Both aromas blend very well. 4.25

(Taste) Light biscuity and cracker malts pair with a juicy citrus fruit and floral hop bouquet, finishing off moderately bitter with a lingering squeeze of citrus peel over a biscuity malt base. Very citrusy and bright, Invasion is quite flavorful for an American Pale Ale. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is soft, lightly chewy, musty. Carbonation generates a brisk crispness for a lively and vivacious mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is low, and off characters are minimal. 3.75

(Overall) A very enjoyable and enthusiastic American Pale Ale from Cigar City, and a standout beer amongst their year-round lineup. Lots of hop flavor, moderate bitterness and a solid malt base make for a flavorful and appetizing pale ale. One of my top choices for the style. Now if I can only get it outside of Florida… 4

Cigar City Brewing's
Invasion Pale Ale

 2,242 characters

Photo of Jetulio
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml. bottle poured into a Pint glass

Appearance... Orange hazy  beer with foamy head colour white of 2 fingers aprox

Aroma...   malt, grass and fruits.  herbal aroma predominance

Taste... Some citric notes and then hop , touch of bitterness lasting in mouth all the time.

Mouthfeel... medium/full body and soft carbonation

Overall... a very recomendable pale ale, hops are present with style.

 404 characters

Photo of tonemontana
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good beer,has a light hoppy smell. Clean crisp taste with citrus notes. A nice enjoyable beer on a hot day. Definitely recommend this beer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 268 characters

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

Invasion is a really nice, smooth and drinkable beer. It is very hop forward, and finishes clean with a touch of malt. A very good beer to give to your friends who aren't big into craft beer, as the taste is just familiar enough to them that they won't be scared away.

 272 characters

Photo of scottfrie
2.84/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Consumed early March, reviewed from notes.
12oz can into snifter. Date on bottom says 1/27/14. If this is a "canned on" date then I've gotten a bad can.

A: Pours a hazy dark grapefruit color with a large and greasy off-white head that slowly faded into a bubbly airy film that left a network of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Super malty and faded with dirty hops, caramel, and biscuit dough. Faint citrus, faint tropical fruit.
T: Follows the nose with old old flavors of what was once probably a good beer. Hops are all but faded and this tastes like a slightly bitter malt bomb.
M: Medium body, soft carbonation, greasy, slick and drinkable mouthfeel.
O: Everything I've found online points to the date being a canned on date and not a best before date. Howevr, this beer tastes like it's after a best before date. Thanks for sending the tick, Paul, but I think I got a bad can. There's no way drinking a beer that was canned just over a month ago should taste this bad.

 974 characters

Photo of justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Yellow-straw with 1 finger of fluffy, white head that dissipates slowly. Slightly hazy with light carbonation.

Pineapple, candy sugar, papaya, mango, and passion fruit.

Pineapple and papaya sprinkled in pale candy sugar. Lighter notes of mango, passion fruit, green florals and perhaps a touch of blueberry. Very light bready malts with hints of potpourri.

Medium-light bodied, smooth, crisp, mellow, and refreshing.

Mellow and easy drinking. Flavorful and satisfying.

 550 characters

Photo of KYGunner
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pint glass this copper ale was capped with a soapy thick head of off white foam.

The nose is rather hoppy with a fruity aroma. Oranges, nectarines, lemon and grapefruit mix with a light pine and floral hop. Not alot of malt in the nose.

The flavors are strong and fruity with just enough malt backbone to really balance this out. The palate gets oranges, lemons, grapefruit and tangerines along with a resinous pine. The malt is a caramel like flavor but not entirely sweet. A bit of barley comes out as this finishes piney.

The feel is full, light and easy with a bit of bitterness.

I really enjoyed this version of an American PA and find it comparable to some highly esteemed IPA's

 715 characters

Photo of MNishCT77
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can purchased at Sunset Corners in Miami, FL, bottled on 5/23/14, drank over 30 minutes out of a Mad Fox snifter

A: 3/3 - straw yellow coloration, slight hop haze (cannot read or see through), initial eggshell white head settles into a retained glass lacing with some carb islands, moderate carbonation for style

S: 9/12 - moderate citrus hop aroma - grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine - from likely Centennial/Cascade; some pale malt character and maybe some alcohol

T: 15/20 - on the front of the tongue, there's a mild bitterness that is quickly followed by citrus hop flavors; there is a moderate biscuit/cracker character that dries out the citrus; some mild alcohol and a slight sweetness but dry and inviting of each sips

M: 4/5 - light-to-moderate bodied with high drinkability; moderate carbonation; just wish that there was more hop presence in the mouthfeel

O: 8/10 - solid but not excellent or world class APA; definitely sessionable to boot - like Jai Alai Jr.; it would be pushed to the next level with more hop aroma/flavor

TOTAL - 39/50

 1,065 characters

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