Invasion Pale Ale | Cigar City Brewing

Invasion Pale AleInvasion Pale Ale
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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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Ratings: 1,570 |  Reviews: 195
Photo of John_Beeryman
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of socon67
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 npachl
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 mike_putti
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gregafree
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JPadilla
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vabeerguy
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gambit23
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 frothy_80
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ummswimmin
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jamison85
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlaskaAg
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of instinct2
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerMe8
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 erjaq
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 82% out of 100 with 1,570 ratings
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