Invasion Pale Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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3.92/5
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Invasion Pale AleInvasion Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Rifugium on 12-27-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,232
Reviews:
219
Ratings:
1,668
pDev:
8.42%
 
 
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Photo of stanale
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of npendres
2.51/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of argock
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of GlennWB
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Unclevince
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerucee
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fresh at brewery

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Photo of Brew_ski
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SaxmanRick
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pstam87
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mdog
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

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Photo of bongobeer
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Psquared93
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TPAbeerguy
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite neutral beers. A bit hoppy but not in an unpleasant manner. Build is solid. Smells, tastes strong. In a good way.

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Photo of crbnfbr
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,668 ratings