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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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Reviews: 175 | Ratings: 1,469
Photo of indurTheB
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

This is a great "every day" kind of beer. It's been my go-to beer if I'm at the BBQ or out of a boat. It's almost like a "Jai Alai Lite", if there was such a thing. Very refreshing during the summer heat.

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Photo of Renaissance_Man
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

First beer during Sunday Eveing session at World of Beer UCF 17 Aug 14. This beaut little beer was poured from the tap into a broad lager glass, it was a hazy golden colour with a small lacey head that disappeared half way through the drink.
The nose of this beer was all tropical and aromatic. This was backed up on first taste as lemongrass and melon flowed over my taste buds. The mouthful was crisp with a good level of carbonation. As the beer warmed in the glass the hops started to come through on the back pallete.
I really enjoyed this beer after an emotional round of golf. It is great to be back in Orlando.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a glowing hazed straw/pineapple yellow with a finger of dense white head. Ok retention, a bit weak on the lacing.

S - Grassy, almost skunky-straw like, pilsner type nose almost. Lemon zest and a bit of malt sweetness. (The can is 2 mo's old :/)

T - Dry and skunky kind of straw grassy hop profile. Definitely copious amounts of lemon, clean and bitter, finishes clean with a mild lingering dryness. A tad sweet only for a split second and only at the finish.

M - Lighter bodied, well carbonated, clean, very drinkable.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saw a lineup of Cigar City cans in the cooler at TW a guy grabbed a sixes of Invasion and a light bulb went of, I haven't even tried this one yet! As CC never disappoints I secured a sixer myself and headed towards the door. Now back at the ranch, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top on the can I get a nice piney-citrus hop waft. Pouring into a chalice I get a translucent orange with a multi-sized bubble off-white head that stands well. On the taste this brew is a well balanced PA that hits up front with some bitterness, fades to sweet maltiness then finishes with a dry and bitter aftertaste. Very refreshing and a wide range of flavors for a PA, complex if I may say so. This is yet another keeper from CC

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange color with a filmy, soapy head that leaves a sheet of lacing. The aroma is fruity and tropical with mango and citrus smells. Malt comes out a bit more as it warms.

In the taste, nice and citrusy, definitely some mango, but what sticks out to me is the firm malt flavor, coming off a bit nutty in the background with the balancing bitterness. Hop oils are in full force, coating the palate with semi-tropical bliss.

Medium bodied brew with a medium carbonation. Leaves a bittersweet taste behind of malt and hops that furthers the character of this ale.

Overall, this is a very good pale ale from Cigar City using a fair amount of malt to back the hops. A well balanced offering.

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Photo of 57md
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very light copper color with almost two fingers of head that lingers nicely and leaves some decent lacing behind. The nose is hoppy. The body is very light for the style. The flavor profile is also quite light – perhaps a bit too light. The finish is mildly but pleasantly bitter.

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Photo of steinerlicious
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Pours a golden yellow, with a decent head that clings to the glass.

AROMA: Fruity, full of pleasant citrus notes. Grapefruit and orange are what stuck out the most. They are accompanied by a finishing note of malt.

TASTE: The sweet fruity notes are the first to come out, fresh orange jumps out immediately. This is followed by a very subtle symphony of hops that adds a delightful amount of bitterness without being too overwhelming for a pale ale.

MOUTH FEEL: Light body and Medium carbonation. A bit of a tingle but nothing unexpected. Drinks incredibly easy.

OVERALL: Another wonderful beer from a wonderful Micro Brewery. Invasion has quickly become one of my favorite Pale Ale's.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- Pale golden and very light orange colors, fluffy 2f pure white head. Heavy film and some patches of lacing remain. some bubbles are visible through the light haze.

S- A pleasant blend of citrus (name 'em, they're in there; grapefruit, lime, orange, lemon) and light malts. Add a touch of easy sweetness for nice mix of aromas.

T- Florida citrus and light pale malts. Very tasty. Not sweet, not too bitter. The hops are flavorful.

M- Very smooth and drinkable. Some hop snap, not bitter. A bit of malt body yet not sweet. Some tingle from the carbonation.

O- It hit the spot as a drinkable, flavorful APA at 5.00 abv.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

In the nose there is some nice smelling hops there. I can smell grapefruit and lime. The aroma is somewhat lean.
Pours nicely from the can. The color is orange amber with a tall white head, streaming carbo bubbles makes it complete.
The taste is okay and nothing really sticks out. The hops are lean and light and subtly dank. Some malts come through so even as light as the flavor is, it is balanced.
On the palate it's very harsh tasting. Course and grainy with a bitter finish. Not good.
Another okay beer from cigar city. Harshness aside, I'd drink more.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"The people of Tampa Bay have fallen prey to Pirate invasion every year for 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, a tropical session beer brewed for those long days of marauding, pillaging and pirating. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale, available as a year round release in 12 oz. canned 6 packs and on draft. Served above º Fahrenheit.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a pint glass. Served above 57º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a straw white color over a moderately hazy medium amber body. Sediment is abundant, thin and speckled. Carbonation is plentiful and vivacious, retention is very good. Lacing is light and spotty. 4.5

(Smell) The aroma consists of a fair balance of hops and malts. Hops are floral, citrusy and quite aromatic with a moderate bitterness. The malt profile is a solid base of biscuity pale malt with a touch of toasted caramel for some depth. Both aromas blend very well. 4.25

(Taste) Light biscuity and cracker malts pair with a juicy citrus fruit and floral hop bouquet, finishing off moderately bitter with a lingering squeeze of citrus peel over a biscuity malt base. Very citrusy and bright, Invasion is quite flavorful for an American Pale Ale. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is soft, lightly chewy, musty. Carbonation generates a brisk crispness for a lively and vivacious mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is low, and off characters are minimal. 3.75

(Overall) A very enjoyable and enthusiastic American Pale Ale from Cigar City, and a standout beer amongst their year-round lineup. Lots of hop flavor, moderate bitterness and a solid malt base make for a flavorful and appetizing pale ale. One of my top choices for the style. Now if I can only get it outside of Florida… 4

Cigar City Brewing's
Invasion Pale Ale

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Photo of Jetulio
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml. bottle poured into a Pint glass

Appearance... Orange hazy  beer with foamy head colour white of 2 fingers aprox

Aroma...   malt, grass and fruits.  herbal aroma predominance

Taste... Some citric notes and then hop , touch of bitterness lasting in mouth all the time.

Mouthfeel... medium/full body and soft carbonation

Overall... a very recomendable pale ale, hops are present with style.

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Photo of tonemontana
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good beer,has a light hoppy smell. Clean crisp taste with citrus notes. A nice enjoyable beer on a hot day. Definitely recommend this beer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Invasion is a really nice, smooth and drinkable beer. It is very hop forward, and finishes clean with a touch of malt. A very good beer to give to your friends who aren't big into craft beer, as the taste is just familiar enough to them that they won't be scared away.

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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 justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Yellow-straw with 1 finger of fluffy, white head that dissipates slowly. Slightly hazy with light carbonation.

Pineapple, candy sugar, papaya, mango, and passion fruit.

Pineapple and papaya sprinkled in pale candy sugar. Lighter notes of mango, passion fruit, green florals and perhaps a touch of blueberry. Very light bready malts with hints of potpourri.

Medium-light bodied, smooth, crisp, mellow, and refreshing.

Mellow and easy drinking. Flavorful and satisfying.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pint glass this copper ale was capped with a soapy thick head of off white foam.

The nose is rather hoppy with a fruity aroma. Oranges, nectarines, lemon and grapefruit mix with a light pine and floral hop. Not alot of malt in the nose.

The flavors are strong and fruity with just enough malt backbone to really balance this out. The palate gets oranges, lemons, grapefruit and tangerines along with a resinous pine. The malt is a caramel like flavor but not entirely sweet. A bit of barley comes out as this finishes piney.

The feel is full, light and easy with a bit of bitterness.

I really enjoyed this version of an American PA and find it comparable to some highly esteemed IPA's

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can purchased at Sunset Corners in Miami, FL, bottled on 5/23/14, drank over 30 minutes out of a Mad Fox snifter

A: 3/3 - straw yellow coloration, slight hop haze (cannot read or see through), initial eggshell white head settles into a retained glass lacing with some carb islands, moderate carbonation for style

S: 9/12 - moderate citrus hop aroma - grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine - from likely Centennial/Cascade; some pale malt character and maybe some alcohol

T: 15/20 - on the front of the tongue, there's a mild bitterness that is quickly followed by citrus hop flavors; there is a moderate biscuit/cracker character that dries out the citrus; some mild alcohol and a slight sweetness but dry and inviting of each sips

M: 4/5 - light-to-moderate bodied with high drinkability; moderate carbonation; just wish that there was more hop presence in the mouthfeel

O: 8/10 - solid but not excellent or world class APA; definitely sessionable to boot - like Jai Alai Jr.; it would be pushed to the next level with more hop aroma/flavor

TOTAL - 39/50

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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 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 rlee1390
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy orange, one finger head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Rather citrusy, some grassy notes as well. Very slight bread/malt as well.

T-starts with citrus and tropical notes, there is some pine and grass. The finish has some malt, a tad more than I'd like but some bitterness as well.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and slight hoppiness.

O-A good APA, if the malt was toned down slightly it would have been better.

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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 M_C_Hampton
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a glass, golden amber colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: robust floral citrus hops, lemon zest, pine, slightly sour

T: slightly sweet up front, switches to a pine bitter in the middle, finish is moderate grapefruit peel bitterness

M: medium to light body, higher carbonation

O: nice pale ale, good citrus fruit flavors

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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 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 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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Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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