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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

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: 175 | Ratings: 1,469
Photo of ArrogantB
2.74/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz can ~$1.49. Yellow-orange color, slightly hazed, good head. Aroma is like mild citrus and grains, not great. Flavor is sort of grainy too, not much hoppiness, not a good pale ale. The label is also offensively tacky, spend some money on designers because all their cans look like shit. Then again they have a pretty shitty logo too.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.77/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Poured with two and a half fingers of head that laced like crazy and had some decent retention. The body is a cloudy blonde with mild orange notes.

Smell: Pine and floral hops are upfront with a slight background of biscuit malt and grapefruit in the background. This is nearly IPA level of hopping going on here. I'm going to be generous as it is pleasent, but it comes across as a bad omen.

Taste: ...and that Bad omen has come to fruition. Grapefruit upfront and centre that turns to pine hops, then more lemon hops then flowery hops. Point is, it's hopped like crazy to a level I would expect from an IPA, not a Pale ale. Even their Jai Alai IPA doesn't come across as this hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Oily, as expected from something so hoppy. The transistioning is all over the place on this one. The only saving graces are the carbonation which while it helps out the entire beer, isn't helping my case and the aftertaste of mild grapefruit.

Drinkability: It's medium bodied, but not very refreshing. It's rough, too hoppy and hard to drink. It's just too all over the place and blatantly unbalanced for my liking.

Final Thoughts: This is a hopped up IPA that's pretending it is a regular pale ale. It's like Hopitcal Illusion gone horribly wrong. I probably would have been a bit more charitable to this one if it was labelled an IPA, but not largely so. It is a beer that hits the wrong buttons for me.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.84/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.92/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a generous amount white head which retains nicely and leaves heavy lacing. The nose has some odd aromas going on. The hops are piney and give off a hint of burnt plastic aroma. Light malt backbone is present. The taste is a bit sweet with some caramel and lemon with a ton of bitterness to follow. The finish is neutral with no real bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy for style with high carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, not real impressed with this one.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pour is golden orange with a bubbly white head and a good bit of lacing. Nose is overly sweet, heavy caramel malt, sweet hop and resin. Taste has a bit more depth. Grains are present but a bit stale and overly green. Malt isn't as sweet as the nose, hops also add some orange citrus with notes of grassy hops. Strong carbonation and lighter body with a sweet finish.

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Photo of TBCE
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep yellow color with a finger and a half of rocky foam. Smell is of hops, buscuits, and pine. Maybe some hints of lemon and grapefruit. Taste is very hoppy, closer to a IPA style. Not bad, just not what I was expecting. Pronounced pine and hop notes at the beginning, fading to a very watery lemon taste. Mouth feel is very little carbonation with a very oily feeling. Not very good. Overall, a little disappointed based on the BA Score.

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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 boldcity2008
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A:piss Yellow to pale orange with a white rocky head.

S: strong pine hops, caramel malt, slight lemon, its just another weak IPA calling itself a PA, typical.

T: pine, caramel malt is lemony, little spicy, pine bitter is very strong at first anyway.

M/F: low carbonation, dry almost watery finish, and a lemon pith finished flavor.

O: too hoppy for the style, even though its not dales level its close. unbalanced....

fresh canned 2/24/2015

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Taste of super crisp fresh hoppy grassy notes, Bright gold in color clear as crystal. Grassy nose with a white foamy head and some lace. Medium lite body and easy to drink.

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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 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 mattsdenney
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked some up while on vacation in FL. Always good to try another CCB offering.

Poured into a cheap hotel-room glass. Still has a nice thick head though. Pale yellow in color, transparent. Smells of grass, lemon zest, and grain. The taste is light and crisp. A good amount of hop bitterness for a pale ale. The hop flavor is earthy with a slight citrus aftertaste. Grassy finish. Light-bodied and refreshing and but not too thin; good consistency. I tried hard not to compare this to Jai Alai. It's definitely not Jai Alai light. It stands on its own as a solid, drinkable pale ale.

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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 mikeg67
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden with a long lasting, foamy, white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and caramel malt. Body is full and tangy. Taste is of citrusy hops, pumpkin seeds, caramel and bready malt, ripe fruit. Finish is long, grapefruity. I expected more of this brew.

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Photo of VineToHopConvert
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 0z. can from the Piggly Wiggly in Homewood, Al. Canned 10/13/14, so I was a little bit worried.

L: Cloudy Orange with a solid white head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind a good bit of froth.

S:There was almost no aroma which I'm convinced was because of how long ago it was canned. I got faint notes of tropical fruits and hops.

T: Very Fruity like pineapple, mango and grapefruit. There is a decent hop presence but had way more malt than what I expected which actually, to my surprise, melded well with the rest of the flavors.

F: Very dry with moderate carbonation. The overall mouth feel though was thin which I wouldn't have thought because the heavy malt presence.

Overall I wasn't really impressed with this apa, especially coming from cigar city (which BTW is my first beer from cigar city.) I think some of it was that it was canned in 0ctober and I am drinking it in January but I didn't realize the canned on date until I was back to Texas. Maybe I'll be able to try this fresh at a later date and write a new review.

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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 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 SierraFlight
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can poured into shaker pint at the condo in Cocoa Beach. Cloudy orange body with off white head that leaves modest lacing. Caramel and bread malt aromas with tropical fruit hop notes. Mild tropical fruit sweetness up front, citrus bitterness and earthy overtones later. Medium body, barely resiny, lively carbonation, bitter dry finish.

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Photo of Radome
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L - Straw colored; hazy with tons of suspended debris that appears to be hops matter. Head weak, but persists as a thin sheet of off-white bubbles.

S - Strong, fresh aroma of hops, a mix of citrus and tropical fruit. Low, bready malt in the background. No noticeable yeast notes.

T - Flavors are dominated by tropical fruit notes from the hops, but they also have an earthy flavor. Very low malt in mid-palate. The finish is dry but with a slight vegetal note that detracts just a bit.

F - Thin to medium body. Moderate but fluffy carbonation. Medium hops bitterness. No alcohol heat. All appropriate for the style.

O - This is a good APA with a tropical fruit hops focus. It's only negative is the suspended matter in my can that detracted from the looks and also seems to give the beer a low vegetal flavor.

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Photo of ordybill
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has that great Cigar City developed aroma of citrus and hops.
Appearance- A murky golden yellow to orange with sediment floating in the glass, very cool.
Taste- Has an overwhelming citrus and hop flavor, if you aren't an IPA fan this may be a little to hoppy for some.
Palate- A medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation and an oily feel. has a very nice feel to it.
Overall- A strong IPA, it is enjoyable and I will drink this again..

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned 4/7/14.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus zest, and slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, earth, and slight tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I am getting more earthy aspects than tropical ones like the label describes.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can dated 4/22 into a tulip glass.

A - Slightly hazy golden amber with roughly a finger of head that eventually settles into a low, dusty ring

S - I'm getting the bready notes first, followed by zesty, lemon-like citrus

T - Light and sweet maltiness over anything else, a little pine bitterness, only some of the citrus flavor coming through

M - Smooth, light carbonation, medium body

O - A pretty good, sessionable beer that I could see drinking outside in the warmer months. Not great enough to spend a lot of effort seeking out, but decent nonetheless.

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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pink 12 oz can.

Ale is a hazy medium amber with a proportionate and durable bone-colored head.

The grassy/herbal smelling hop mix that dominates the aroma turns a bit fruity upon tasting. Lasting, mildly bitter, hoppy aftertaste that is mainly herbal.

Medium body and carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

O: on the hoppy end of the APA spectrum. Recommended.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a paler-than-usual light honey color with a solid, well formed and well retained, barely off-white head. Good lacing even as the head settles from a firm pour to a chunky island and ring.
Smell is of good strength and reasonable balance with hops somewhat stronger than the malt. Resinous but not biting, there is a citrus note hiding in there as well.
Taste is as expected with piney hops leading the malt and a mild grain/cereal note and some citrus. Balanced properly.
A bit thin, coming up to almost medium bodied, lighter effervescence. Decently smooth for the style but leaves a solid film to coat the palate and tongue. Pretty sticky. Somewhat drying in the middle. A good beer that needs some body to it.

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Photo of RyBrew54
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden amber with nice lasting head lacing. Nose is light citrus with mild hops. Taste is very clean, citrusy, with hints of honey biscuit. Has a very pleasant, sweet, after taste that lingers throughout. A very drinkable, straight forward pale ale. A solid offering by Cigar City

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