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

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a blushing orange sunset color. The head is a good 1/2 finger and sticks around.

Aromas of ripe fruit - cantaloupe, guava, nectarines, papaya. Some firm hop pellet behind that.

Flavor is extremely fruity as well - like fresh cantaloupe, nectarine, grapefruit pith, honey, and hints of honeydew and hop resin.

The feel is where it falls a touch short, it's pretty thin and has a dry sandy feeling at the end. Characteristic, yes, but not in my ballpark.

I like Invasion better than Jai Alai. It's got much more juiciness and fruit, and is perfect whether you're relaxing in your chair or out on a summer day.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Bottom of can says Canned 03/20/17.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well.

S- Balanced aroma of piney, somewhat citrusy hops and bready malt.

T- Again, nice balance here where the malt provides a bed for the hops to lay on. Moderate bitterness and a mild citrus quality.

M- Slightly sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Decent but could use a bit more vibrancy.

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

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a hazy shady of amber with golden highlights. It is topped with two inches of off white head that leaves some nice lacing rings.

The aroma is grapefruit and a solid malt presence.

The taste starts out with grapefruit. Then malt comes through the middle to balance the flavor. The finish is pine and grapefruit.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a solid pale ale, nothing mind blowing. It would hit the spot after mowing the yard.

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

Film over pale amber. 3.75
Mango, tangerine, and some dank. 4
Thread of blonde toffee, then resin, tangerine, slight papaya and grass. 4
Humming linger.
Fizzy, beyond light, slight oil. 3.75

On the grassy side in spite of all the fruit. Body lets it down a bit, though it may be more refreshing for it. IBUs cut hard. This can’t decide if it’s an APA or a session IPA.

Gotta say, CC’s core range - aside from Jai Alai - is pretty average. 4

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Photo of Buck89
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Canned about 2 weeks ago. Moderately hazy golden-amber color with a fluffy white head. Nice lacing in the glass. Really bright citrus on the nose: grapefruit pith, lime, pineapple. The taste is very juicy citrus with significant bitterness for a Pale Ale, maybe a touch too bitter on the back end. A dry, bready malt balances things out. A very tasty APA.

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Photo of descobar
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

from a fresh can - aromas I detect peach, mango and papaya. maybe some passion fruit with just some sweetness from malt character. it is a pale golden beer that pours with a half inch head whose retention is on the low side. nice lacing is left behind on glass. it starts off hazy but clears to 100% as it settles. body is medium and texture is sticky with moderate carbonation and light astringency felt on palate. taste is a close to perfect balance of juicy hop flavors, bready light malts and hop bitterness that borders on IPA levels but fits in just right. it finishes dry and bitter in a good way. this is a very drinkable beer for hop craving drinkers without going to an IPA. has been my go-to "local" PA. no one in Miami is making a PA or Session IPA this good up to now.

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

Pours a clear deep gold bordering on pale amber producing 2+ fingers of foamy, off-white, moderately lasting head that leaves sheets & streaks of chunky lacing. Aroma is floral, citrus & a hint of tropical fruit hoppy, biscuit & caramel malt. Taste is tropical fruit (particularly pineapple) citrus (particularly tangerine) & earthy floral hop notes, caramel & biscuit, faint pepper finishing with a slightly dry mineral & floral hint backed by a hoppy bitterness that become the dominant component aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderately high carbonation but only a very thin pepper bite, dry & astringent in the aftertaste. Floral, nicely bitter & very good but the bitter nature and astringency of the aftertaste reduce its drinkability.

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

Slightly hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma is quite orange forward with a nice caramel malt backbone. There is also a fresh green tea note and sweet tangerines. Taste follows with a good amount of hops with orange and resin notes, slightly sweet at first but follows with a pleasant bitterness. Light to medium body with an appropriate carbonation. Really easy drinking, balanced pale ale.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can dated 11/25/16,into a Cigar City snifter.

Soapy,white,1 finger head that retains well.After the head dissolves it leaves a beautiful lacing around the glass,with a nice looking circle in the middle.Golden / straw in color,with a hue of peach.Medium / heavy carbonation that moves pretty fast.This beer looks great in the glass!

The nose gives off alot of citrus aromas,mostly grapefruit,also getting some peaches.Im also getting small hints of piney hops,and bready malts.Smells delicious!

The palate follows the nose,tons of grapefruit blended with hints of piney bitter hops,and sweet bready malts.Also getting some earthy characteristics in there,as well as some orange,and lemon zest.

The body is thin,with a nice amount of carbonation rolling around in the mouth.Medium dry finish,very smooth,and refreshing.

This is by far my favorite pale ale available in the state of Florida.Perfect beer for a hot summer day.Smooth,refreshing,and well balanced.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. canned 8/15/16, so 6 weeks old.

hazy dk yellow body with small white head. good lacing.

aromas are subtle, clean smelling, faintly citrus.

slightly sharp bitter/citrus blend. solid malt background, very drinkable.

medium on the mouth, biting finish around the edge of the tongue, grapefruit on the back of the mouth.

overall, a very good tasty ipa, 4 more in the fridge. looking forward to them.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the can it pours a nice looking golden amber color. Foamy head eventually recedes into a frothy cap and collar that leaves some semi sticky lace.
In the nose, there is a nice helping of tropical fruit and citrus and dank hops, along with hints of floral, perfume and leafy aromas. Very inviting.
In the taste, the tropical fruit flavors along with a grapefruit zest hit the tongue. However, the palate becomes considerably drier as the drink progresses. A hops forward pale ale; semi sharp pine, subtle prickliness, and with a lovely mild to moderate bitterness that is just right and coexists beautifully with the juiciness.
Smooth, gently carbonated, medium bodied but light on its toes.
Delicious and flavorful. A real delight. I can't believe it's scores aren't higher.

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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 JayQue
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the best APAs I have had!!! Pours an almost clear gold color. Good size frothy white head with thick patches of lacing. Good aroma of citrusy hops and dry biscuity malt. Strong flavor. Big citrusy hops presence (orange and tangerine), with a rich malt backbone. Very robust flavor for a 5% abv APA!!!! Mouthfeel is crisp and nicely bitter. This is a great APA.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Single can copped at Quinn's in Marco Island. Pours an amber hue with moderate frothing. Strong citrus aroma. Flavor is all grapefruit with hints of lemon and a formidable hop presence. Well balanced and easily drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of teromous
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottom of the can: "CANNED 07/28/16 HECHO A MANO 9125"

Appearance: Mostly transparent medium straw colored body with just a touch of haze and some hints of orange when held to the light. Fantastic rocky and fluffy pure white head that has great retention and lacing.

Aroma: I can smell the hops from my seat after pouring the beer. Closer inspection reveals an immensely fresh hop aroma. It actually smells like fresh hops. The aroma is a bit catty at first but the more I smell it the more that fades away and these peach and apricot aromas come through. It is perfect.

Taste: The flavor profile of this beer is very low key. There is a bit of a fresh grain flavor which is nice. There is a touch of a cedar hop flavor but it is more present in the aftertaste than while drinking. A bit grassy tasting.

Mouthfeel: It is a wet feeling beer with low bitterness and not much texture on the palate. It has good carbonation and it is very drinkable.

Overall: It is a bit of a mixed bag. The aroma and appearance of the beer are spot on but the flavor, while nice, feels a bit empty. It is full of fresh hop aromatics but not much is going on in the flavor department. It is still an excellent beer and it is enjoyable but it doesn't feel complete. The amazing aroma pulls this beer forward and makes it a good enough beer that i would drink it again and would also recommend it but I would caveat that there should be the expectation of a fairly low key flavor profile. I am enjoying this beer at just over two weeks past canning so I can recommend it up to that point.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 7/28:
Follow up: this beer seems to grow into its juiciness with a couple weeks on it.

Mostly clear orange-tinged light golden. Head is decent on pour, and remains in a ring and some spit atop the surface. Lacing is tight spiderwebs.

Nose is actually a little malty to me. I get a nice crackery note - like a heavier cracker more than a wafer, think more Ritz than Carr's. There's a very light something - not funk, not vegtal, really not floral - but somehow a vague amalgam of all of those things.

Flavor is almost perfectly balanced. There is a citrus aspect to it to me, and it seems to float atop the beer. Somewhat orange-like, there is also a hint of pineapple in there. It evolves to a ruby red grapefruit bitter citrus note. There is a light malty sweetness that sits beneath the liquid that flows nicely and easily over my palate. This sweetness starts up front, and rolls to the end, and never seems to grow or dissipate relative to the other notes. This has a medium body, but with a watery texture, though a bitter aftertaste does build up.

I appreciated this more and more for its balance while still having some flavors to note. I will say if I weren't analyzing it closely, I could miss these nuances. I think it speaks to that balance I get (and keep mentioning).

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

12oz can dated 3/25/16 poured into a pint glass
A: Pale orange with a 1.5 finger head
S: Tons of citrus- orange, tangerine, a bit of grapefruit. A light earthiness on the backend
T: Matches the nose but not quite as intense. Mostly citrus, a bit of earth and some malts
M: Light bodied, crisp
O: Nice on a hot day. Refreshing, not too heavy, reasonable abv

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Loved the Jai Alai from Cigar City so when I traded with a friend last week and saw this in his stash, I was interested in giving this a go. I think the store that had this didn't sell out of it quickly as it had a date of 3/3 on the bottom of the can, so this ended up jumping to the front of my queue. Not sure if I've accustomed to the big, juicy IPA's here in the northeast but if so, that would explain why I found this to be a bit underwhelming and just...plain.

The pour to this was alright as the beer had a golden hue to it with plenty of head that was full of big bubbles and a good amount of thick lacing that was left behind in my pint glass. Lots of pale malt, grass, and citrus flavors in the nose with even more in the taste. Light tangerine, mango, and papaya in the taste with quite the thin mouthfeel. This even tasted a bit sour as the grassy undertone grew during my drinking session. Didn't pick up the toasted or caramel malt that others felt but there was a nice, light floral finish to this as it finished clean, without a lot of carbonation to scrub everything down.

The alcohol was perfect as this would be an textbook example of what a session beer should be. While not weak or terribly light, some more carbonation, malt, and a hint of stone fruit would have made this great. As it was, it was an enjoyable beer that was great for summer and would be something I'd reach for if I ever made my way back down to the Sunshine State. Fun stuff that's a refreshing alternative to a West Coast version.

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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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