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Invasion Pale Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Invasion Pale AleInvasion Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Rifugium on 12-27-2012

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Reviews: 166 | Ratings: 1,449
Photo of psycHOPathy
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow to orange, half in head
Piney, malty smell. Spicy, citrusy
Honey, melon, pear, pine. Not as citrusy as the nose
Lightly carbonated, smooth feel
A refreshing and interesting beer, perfect for summer. Sweet but not in a floral/citrus way, more in a woody melon-y way

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Photo of MattyTibbs
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Pours a nice golden amber w/ thin head & thin lacing

S - Pale Ale style malty, like biscuits. Slight floral hop aroma

T - Smooth malt character comes through. Not much in the way of hops though

F - I always fumble here. Light, crisp w/ a nice finish

O - Solid beer

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, pale, orange with a thin, white head and good carbonation. Smells of wonderful, tropical hops. Tastes of tropical hp forward. The bitter hop resonates, which creates more emphasis on the hop. This is the way I like it. Candied fruit taste is also present. A very refreshing APA!

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, gold in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is citrus--tangerine and orange, grass, and pale malt. Tasty above average pale ale. Not one I would rush out for, but not one I would pass over either.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours- Cloudy orange yellowish color thick white head great lacing.

Smell - Nice citrus and hop aroma also some grassy notes.

Taste - More hop and grassy flavors, good bit of citrus and floral flavors as well.

Feel - Lighter side of medium slightly dry on the back end and a little bitter.

Overall - A decent pale ale, little more bitter than I liked.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.04/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice American pale ale. Kind of like an IPA with the hops ever so slightly turned down. The color is just slightly darker than a standard lager. The west coast hops in the smell is subtle enough to differentiate, but not by much. The flavor starts with malt but very quickly goes to the hops. Not sure what variety, but in addition to the citrusy notes it's almost a little grassy. I wouldn't drink all night, but a fine beer I would definitely have again

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into a Newcastle Ale glass.

Look is a lightly amber yellow with a white one inch frothy head.

Light biscuit malt aroma with an herbal grassy hop note.

Mouthfeel is light. Malt is present like a lightly toasted white bread balanced by herbal bitter hops.

Overall the beer is a perfect session drinker. Light bodied with a nice balanced hop malt flavor. I could see drinking a lot of this on a beach.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this evening on tap at M.E.A.T. in Isla Morada while visiting my parents at their winter home. Served in a pint glass with fading head. I liked the reddish gold color and grapefruit smothered nose.

I agree with the previous tasters that this resembles a IPA as much if not more than a pale ale proper. The hopping is mild but tasty, and for me, well balanced. Some toasty bread malts make this a little bit like an English style IPA.

Overall, I was very pleased with my selection and would definitely look for this again. I know the Jai Alai has a good reputation but I see this as eminently more sessionable and mellow.

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Photo of do_ob
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank a 6 pack of this while at the beach recently. Bright, fruity aroma with lots of citrus and pale malt. Very balanced with lots of flavor, though not what Jai Alai is. Nothing bad to note about this one. A great summer/beach beer.

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Photo of Sithmisfit
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Citrus hop aroma. Slight haze. Solid pale ale but could be a little more balanced on the malt side. Nice gold color not too light. Feels like a light ipa. Mouthful is nice but again a little more malt character would benefit this beer all in all pleasant tropical and worth 4 or 5 of them.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An awesome, light, crisp hoppy beer, perfect for hot florida days. If Jai Alai comes off as a bit strong for you, this one will probably provide the right balance. Even if Jai Alai is the perfect warm weather treat for you, I still think you should try this one.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish copper with a moderate off-white head.

Immediately upon opening and pouring, I got a nice, fresh, zippy whiff of red apple. The folks I was drinking this with agreed once I said it aloud.

The aroma of red apple does not translate well to the flavor, as it is mostly becomes a bready malty lager with a very minor kick of hop, and maybe after a little while, a slight bitter touch of apple peel.

Crisp and bubbly, a touch heftier than a light beer.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

6mo old can. Deep yellow bordering on Orange, lots of suspended micro particles. Smell is citrus zest. Taste is sugared citrus candy. A subdued Jai Alai comes to mind

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Photo of Extol
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - light copper in color, very nice retention. Smell - not getting a whole lot. Probably citrus and hops and slight pine. Taste - some citrus and mild hops, smooth. Overall - not a bad beer. Not great though. But solid. Girlfriend says it smells horrible but tastes ok.

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Photo of rbenitez25
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Ridiculously citrusy on the tongue and nose. Crazy how much citrus you get out of this pale ale. Fantastic drinkable beer which is a contender for a "go-to" beer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The first Cigar City offering I was not overly fond of. Right out of the can it pours a nice thick head, but with absolutely no staying power or lacing. The amber color from the brew was completely unappealing it was the first disappointment I was faced with. I did, however, enjoy the complexity of scents - citrus, some cardamon, a tiny bit of cinnamon, all mixing well with the hoppy aroma. Speaking of the hops - it was more IPA and pale ale - way more. Even so, the mix of citrus and hops did make it quite drinkable as I downed the first one relatively quick. It was a bit too carbonated for my taste and sadly it was the first of now four offerings from Cigar City I walked away disappointed from. Nonetheless, it's a decent brew, and I'm figuring there are others would would think highly of this.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can.

Brassy color and decent retention. Medium bodied and crisp with a fairly tropical and juicy character. Almost sessionable. Low bitterness and fairly dry with a nice fruity backbone.

A nice prelude if a Jai Alai is next up!

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Bronze/yellow with little clarity, 1 finger of head and some nice lacing. Unfiltered with sediment floating

S - Citrus floral hops, and nice malty backbone

T - Like the nose, citrus and floral flavors.

F - High in carbonation, medium body

O - A tasty session pale ale, although its 5%. Very tasty and enjoyable

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Photo of Roby923
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly standard ale from Cigar City. Nothing overly memorable. Low hop presence and light malt flavours. Highly drinkable and worth the try. Canned from somewhere in Naples.

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Photo of Ottoj55
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really well done pale ale, golden color with a slight haze and a tight white foam that disappears quickly. The smell is hop forward dominated by citrus, tropical fruit and light floral with a bit of malt under it. The taste is also full hops with the citrus quality and malt character blending nicely. Its a light easy drinking beer, finishes clean. Overall well done, on the same level as Toppling Goliath's PseudoSue or Karben4's Fantasy Factory.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates quickly while the beer itself is a clear medium gold color that it is pretty nice to look at. The only issue is that there seems to be some leftover yeast that may have bee accidentally left there. Otherwise, it looks pretty nice.

The smell is fairly hoppy with a light bit of caramel sweetness to the smell. The hop note is a bit tropical with some fairly nice orange and light pineapple notes. Overall, a fairly tropical smell.

The taste has similar notes to the smell but is a bit more bitter with strong orange notes.

The feel has medium body but a much lighter feel than you would expect but would be fairly good during the warm weather.

Overall, a decent beer and pretty good. It's definitely easy drinking and worth picking up.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours gold with a thick head.

smells sweet, some caramel malt to it. some tropical fruit to it.

taste is unique, it's clean and sweet yet has a slight bitterness to it. more tropical than any other pale ale i've ever had. goes down smooth, an easy drinker.

overall this isn't bad. a tropical pale ale for sure. light and easy drinker, which is what i want out of it.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can manufactured 12/24/15 poured into Belgian ale glass

L: Two-finger foamy head, little retention, barely any lacing or ring. Medium-amber, some carbonation bubbles.

S: Some tropical fruit, light malt

T: Pretty much follows nose, all fairly muted, No alcohol evident.

F: Well-balanced, light body, medium carbonation for a fairly dry finish. Sessionable, more or less

I personally like brighter and sharper flavors, so for me this gets docked a bit, but it's good.

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Photo of ccrida
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid hoppy pale ale. Golden color keeps the body light and quenching for the south Florida heat. Hops are on the citrusy side. Fairly bitter finish but not bracing, with an overall impression of smoothly hoppy, which is not easy to do. This is a great choice for IPA lovers that want session a bunch of beers in the heat and not end up on their backs. Digging it. Being in a can makes it extra choice for the outdoors.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In tap at Hop City into a shaker. Pours a clear apricot with a pillowy 1 finger off white head with good retention, reduces to crown and minimal lacing. Soft round citrus notes, and a little promise of candied spicy orange peel on the nose, along with bready malts. Taste continues the nose, but even softer...no bitterness to note, and the spice and peel has disappeared. Mid to low carb, soft mouthful, nice body. Not bad.

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Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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