Cigar City Brewing

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #410
Ranked #12,486
3.93 | pDev: 8.4%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Very Good
Notes: The people of Tampa Bay have fallen prey to Pirate invasion every year for well 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. With tropical notes of mango and tangerine imparted by Simcoe and Mosaic hops, this crisp and sessionable Pale Ale is a perfect companion for long days of marauding, pillaging, and pirating.
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Dfeinman1 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Classic cigar city brewing hop profile without all the alcohol. Great drinker and pepper and spicy hops with a lower ABV when you are looking to tone down the alcohol of an IPA. Great mouthfeel and highly carbonated.

Mar 04, 2021
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium to deep orange color with a creamy, bright white head. SRM of 9-10. (3.75)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of grapefruit, navel orange, slight pineapple, before an aroma of pine berries and spruce. Then some deep piney, navel orange aromas to finish.

Flavor: Moderate flavors of grapefruit, orange, pineapple stem and pine berry. Finishes with some pine. A piney resinous underneath. A light amount of bitterness comes through the end. Finishes balanced between sweetness and bitterness, as expected. Lots of floral citrus (3.75)

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Decent carbonation. Finishes creamy and light on the palate. Has a juicy and creamy feel, but not an overwhelming flavor and rather clean on the palate after the creaminess.

Comapred to Stone's Ripper Pale Ale 4/22/20: Pours a slightly lighter color. Milder aromas. More light grapefruit and airy pine. Less deep orange and caramely, resinous pine. Drinks softer, creamier, lighter, and cleaner.

Overall: A true to style pale ale. Not overwhelming flavors or bitterness. Nice and balanced. I don't get a whole lot of Mosaic and Simcoe. Rather, I get a lot of grapefruit, floral navel orange, and pine berries. The label says a lot of clementine, navel orange, and soursop. WTF is soursop? (between a strawberry and pineapple according to Google). I could see the floral pineapple mixed with the strawberry. I would actually say that this beer drinks like a more down to earth Pseudosue from Toppling Goliath. Nice grapefruit, navel orange, floral pineapple, and pine berry than I expected. Clean, creamy, and balanced. Easy drinking for sure. (Final Rating: 3.78)

Apr 22, 2020
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the type of Pale Ale I enjoy most. More traditional than these fruit juices everyone is making these days. This beer is not quite as good as Guayabera but still really solid. Great balance of a good malt foundation with an appropriate level of hoppiness - some pine, light floral, citrus. yb

Feb 26, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, light amber coloration with a medium, frothy head. Smell is very subdued with only quite faint biscuity, caramel malt and tropical hops coming through. Taste is not terribly expressive either, but does have a nice balance of biscuity malt and faint tropical/citrus hops going on, with notes of mango, papaya,grapefruit and tangerine, as well as some resinous pine coming through as well. Finishes with a light bitterness and some faint tropical notes and pine lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

While I do realize that is probably a little past its prime at 4 months old, It's really not *that* old and this just doesn't seem to keep up very well. I've had plenty of (I)PAs at the same age that where still a lot more expressive, to be honest. I mean, this is still enjoyable enough for a 5% ABV brew, don't get me wrong, but it just doesn't wow me or anything. I have adjusted my score slightly upwards to make up for the age, but I'm generally getting the impression that Cigar City brews just don't hold up very well by now.

Jan 24, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a super hazy orange-yellow color with a one finger head of creamy lace on the sides of the glass
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a big citrus smell with lots of grapefruit hop and a decent showing of tangerine and a little bit of orange and lemon. Along with these aromas comes a very little bit of a bready smell mixed with just a touch of pine and earth.
Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat drier bready taste that has a nice bit of a grapefruit hop mixed with some pine. There is a little bit of tangerine sweetness upfront that rapidly fades as the taste moves forward. All the while the grapefruit hop gets stronger and is joined by some more dank hop of an earthy and pine nature. With a hint of an increase in the malt flavors that comes at the very end, one is left with a nice dank and somewhat drier, but thicker taste to liner on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly more chewy side for a pale of its strength with a carbonation level that is on the medium side. For the dank flavors of the brew the feel is rather well done and makes for a nice easy sipper overall.
Overall – A rather nice pale ale overall. Quite enjoyable and rich in flavor all while being more moderate in abv.

Oct 25, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: not very aromatic; what's there is citrusy hops;

T: also not much flavor; balanced between citrusy hops and a nice malt backbone; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: this would be outstanding if I didn't have to really focus to get some aroma and flavor;

Aug 31, 2019
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LiquidSanity from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an exception Pale Ale but it leans more towards an IPA. It's very similar to Jai Alai IPA without the unnecessary tartness.

Color is golden amber with some honey-orangeness. Not much lacing and not much to the smell but the taste makes up for it.

Very balanced but the citrus notes are quite pronounced. Not an overly offensive amount of bitterness from the hops but you still know they are there.

This is the type of pale ale you can drink any time of the day. Non-offensive, smooth, balanced and full of flavor. I rather enjoyed this. I would put this up there with Torpedo IPA and Celebration IPA since this honestly tastes more like an IPA.

Very hop forward but without becoming too hoppy. Not quite appropriate for the pale ale snob but more than adequate for the pale ale lover in all of us.

Consider this if you find it. It is an exceptional beer and one which you'll crave many more of. Drink one and drink many. Either way you'll be satisfied with this one. Cheers!

Jul 21, 2019
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Creevo from Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Destin 2019 taste. I was excited to try a new Cigar City brew because I love Jai Lai so much. I was disappointed with this one and should have read the label closer as this was a session IPA and similar to All Day. Would not buy again.

Apr 18, 2019
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Ruger_44-Redhawk from Idaho

4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really good Pale Ale. Tasted in Tampa on St. Patrick’s Day. Very floral, love that Simcoe/Mosaic combo. Similar to 10 barrel’s Joe IPA. So far I’m loving Cigar City’s offerings.

Mar 18, 2019
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: The light, two finger head goes away pretty quickly and leaves behind a lot of lacing in big patches. It's a slightly hazy gold color.

Smell: It's a sweet aroma of pineapple, mango, honey and grains.

Taste: It's sweet and fruity at the begging with pineapple, grapefruit and grains. It finishes with a piney, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It's light and refreshing with medium-low carbonation.

Overall: It's a slightly sweet and refreshing beer that's good for warm weather.

Mar 04, 2019
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"With tropical notes of mango and tangerine imparted by Simcoe and Mosaic hops, this crisp and sessionable Pale Ale is a perfect companion for long days of marauding, pillaging, and pirating." and that is exactly what you get. The beer is a bright gold color with a persistent white head and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and tropical fruit. Mango, tangerine, and grapefruit taste. Light-bodied, enjoyable on this 80 degree day.

Feb 24, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a golden orange body with minimal head and a lace ring. Citrusy aroma with some floral dirtiness to it. Medium body, slightly sweet but mostly a dirty citric hoppiness with crisp bite on finish.

Nov 28, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Stamped on can bottom is canning date of '07/03/18'.
Cloudy, pale gold colored body. Half a finger of white head settles back to thin cap and ring. Leaves behind some circles of lacing.
Soft aroma of hops that resemble tropical fruit.
Taste is of tropical fruit, with a malt body balance.
Thinner mouth feel. Some bitterness but not extreme. Good carbonation.
This is as advertised - a session pale ale full of tropical fruit smells and flavors.

Oct 29, 2018
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argock from Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

CANNED ON 08/29/18

Slightly hazy orange-amber with barely 1-finger of off-white frothy head despite an aggressive pour into a Duvel tulip. Decent retention and lacing.

Hops are dominant in the aroma but not really tropical to my nose, more berry and orange citrus, maybe some melon and evergreen too. Crackery maltiness with a hint of pilsner sweetness too.

Flavor is pleasant and mellow with grapefruit and orange giving way to more berry and pine — still not tropical other than maybe some pineapple. Crackery, bready malt is a great backdrop and is not overwhelmed but provides excellent balance. Bitterness is medium. No strong yeast flavors.

Soft carbonation and light body keeps the drinkability very high. Very crisp, dry finish also.

I enjoyed this beer but my palate doesn’t see it in the tropical group — still diversely hoppy but more berry and citrus. Still very enjoyable all the same.

Oct 08, 2018
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Mdog from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold, good head.

Smell: Bit of tropical fruit, bit of dankness, and a kind of mineral note.

Taste: Light and fruity, nicely balanced and easy to drink.

Overall: Nice to see Cigar City in MN. Picked this one up, thinking it was another hop bomb, but it is more of a nicely balanced easy drinker pale ale. I've been drinking a lot of strongly flavored, super hoppy beers but this was a nice change of pace. Sometimes it's nice to have a easy beer!

Aug 11, 2018
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bongobeer from Alabama

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's a little old, 01/02/18, but hey still looks good,smells great and taste pretty dang good! reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, kinda? It does have enough hops for that bitter aftertaste but very smooth.

Aug 11, 2018
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can - Charlie's Beer & Wine in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed body, obscured by some fine particulate matter, bronze-hued in color and capped by a foaming layer of near white suds.

Smell: Subtle and subdued bready malts, a bit of earthiness and a feeble citrusy, tropical fruitiness you wish wasn't so faint either here in the nose or the flavor.

Taste: Soft touch of pale malts, a bit bready and just a tad sweet. Earthy, herbal with some milder citrus tones. Light leaning bitterness. Swings towards a cracker dough flavor as you draw nearer the gently fruity, softly drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-soft carbonation.

Overall: Easy, throw-it-back drinkability, and, while each sip begs you take another, it's really only because it's pretty bland and you've already forgotten what it tastes like.

Aug 05, 2018
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale amber with a smaller head. The aroma leads with sticky, overripe mango, resin, pine, passion fruit, and papaya. The flavor leads with dirty pine, mango, pineapple, papaya, and a fairly strong, raw wood like bitterness. The mouthfeel is quite light with fizzing carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer, but I slightly feel there are some flavor that don't quite mesh for me.

Jul 07, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On nitro draft. Clear golden yellow color, thick nitro pour white head. Rings of lacing. The hop aroma is fairly muted. A bit fruity in the taste, mild pale malt. Thinner bodied.

Jul 01, 2018
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden color with a 2 finger white head. Some nice lacing on the glass, and really good head retention.
The nose is really rich with hops that are citrus in nature. Mango, pineapple.
Taste is like the aroma. Mango, pineapple hop taste.
The beer really sticks to my throat in the way down, and the body is quite thick.
Good IPA and a great flavor.

Jun 25, 2018
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morimech from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 05/24/18, always appreciate a clear freshness date.
Slightly hazy golden color with a foamy head. A little bit of lacing. Aroma of citrus peel, earth, and some dankness. The malt is dry giving a bit of cracker and toast flavor. Hops give more citrus than tropical fruit flavors. A little dank as well. Light body, nice carbonation, easy to drink.

Jun 24, 2018
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slight hazed dull golden color with a fresh white head. Smell has dank mosaic mixed with tropical citrus. Taste is good mosaic hops first with some citrus and garden hops. low bitterness on the finish with some caramel malts. Its good ..I dont see me ever buying a sixer of this thou.

Jun 20, 2018
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - 2-finger fluffy white head atop a translucent yellow body.

S - citrus, pine, dank.

T - follows the nose. Citrusy dankness. Biscuity middle. Mild bitterness, mild sweetness, no booziness.

F - medium-light body with medium carb.

O - it’s no Jai Alai.

May 11, 2018
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NRajtarski from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received this beer in a trade with someone from Florida. The taste is similar to an IPA but, is a little more drinkable, think afternoon drinking on a Sunday with buddies. The beer poured with a nice three finger head and the foam was a rich cream color. Like I mentioned above the taste is similar to an IPA and you can taste and smell the tropical flavors. Overall this is a quality beer from a quality brewery.

Apr 26, 2018
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz, canned 02/06/18. Hazy tangerine colored ale, lively carbonation produces a persistent foamy beige head. Hoppy aroma with citrus and pine. Nice tropical hop flavors of mango, tangerine, orange, and grapefruit with notes of pine and light caramel. Medium body, ample carbonation, finishing a bit tart with a citrus zest bite. I was hoping for a bit more tropical-ness, but it was still pretty good.

Apr 21, 2018
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