Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #476
Ranked #15,156
3.92 | pDev: 8.42%
Oct 22, 2021
Dec 27, 2012
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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Rated: 4.24 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 22, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Shared 355 ml can at local tasting. Golden colour, white head. Strong aroma of zesty and citrussy American hops. Hoppy flavour, citrussy and enjoyable.
May 16, 2021
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Reviewed by Dfeinman1 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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
Rated: 2.27 by bendukes86 from South Carolina

Jan 17, 2021
Rated: 4.37 by Johnnyc3 from Florida

Oct 30, 2020
Rated: 3.94 by cgrunin from Texas

Jul 11, 2020
Rated: 3.6 by desint from Belgium

Apr 24, 2020
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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
Rated: 3.67 by bpkrippner from Missouri

Apr 06, 2020
Rated: 3.72 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Mar 14, 2020
Rated: 3.68 by MGibbons from Maryland

Mar 13, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

Mar 02, 2020
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Reviewed by SmashAdams from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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
Rated: 4.09 by Justinprintz from New Jersey

Feb 12, 2020
Rated: 3.99 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts

Feb 03, 2020
Rated: 3.73 by ScottJ10 from Florida

Feb 01, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by JLaw55 from Missouri

Feb 01, 2020
Rated: 3.81 by Luckydog91 from Texas

Jan 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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
Rated: 3.94 by miwestcoaster from Michigan

Jan 18, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Jan 16, 2020
Rated: 3.44 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Dec 31, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by Vandelay1863 from Florida

Dec 29, 2019
Rated: 4.32 by markallmon from Tennessee

Nov 24, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by Z-man from Michigan

Nov 08, 2019
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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
Rated: 4 by MizzouBrew from Missouri

Sep 07, 2019
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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
Rated: 4 by jwat from Pennsylvania

Jul 23, 2019
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Reviewed by LiquidSanity from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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
Rated: 3.5 by DMc8ride from California

Jun 17, 2019
Rated: 3.8 by probert from New York

Jun 02, 2019
Rated: 3.82 by swierczt from Connecticut

May 15, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by LoudRed from Massachusetts

May 08, 2019
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Reviewed by Creevo from Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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
Rated: 3.37 by Valkyrie23 from Texas

Apr 07, 2019
Rated: 3.59 by IRONRakkasan from California

Mar 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Ruger_44-Redhawk from Idaho

4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
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
Rated: 3.25 by lrend13 from Wisconsin

Mar 14, 2019
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