Invasion Pale Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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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

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Added by Rifugium on 12-27-2012

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a freshly-filled quart CCB growler into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Hazy, medium gold, with a thin white head atop big bubbles of carbonation.

S: Big citrus and cracker malt. Simple, but enticing.

T: Starts off following the nose, but more bitter, piney, and citrus rind hop flavors. It is a bit more grainy tasting than I would want.

M: Light bodied, lower carbonation sensation than expected but I think the hop tingle substitutes adequately. Essentially no alcohol presence.

O: Not bad, but nothing outstanding in a crowded class. The grainy aspect to the flavor was my biggest complaint here. That said, if they canned this, it would be perfect for the golf course.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Full pint on tap at Cigar City Brewing's tap room in Tampa, FL, in December 2012.

A- Hazy golden body with half finger white head, moderate retention and light lacing.

S- Strong citrusy aroma. Primarily grapefruit and bready malts underneath.

F- Grapefruit hop flavours up front, tropical fruits in the middle and the bread & sweet caramel malts sit in the background. Fairly hop forward especially for a pale ale.

M- Lighter medium body, dry finish with moderate carbonation. Not difficult to polish this one off before the tour.

O- Very good stuff. Easy to drink, very hoppy without being obnoxiously so, and a cheap shelf beer that can be found in cans nowadays. Can't go wrong with a sixer of this for a weekend.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Finatic
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at the brewery on 12-29-12.

A: Pours a cloudy, hazy yellowish color, nice white head that coats the glass. It leaves an almost spiderweb of lacing.

S: Man this beer might be the best smelling beer I have ever smelled. Rivals the Hill Farmstead Edward IMHO. Tons of tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, orange are at the forefront.

T: Just like it smells. A very balanced beer and lighter than Jai Alai without losing any of the tropical notes.

M: Real smooth and it seems CCB has hit the nail on the head with the carbonation.

O: Great job again by CCB and I really hope this becomes one of their staple beers it's that good. I have never been a big APA guy, but I will drink this one whenever I get a chance.

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4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 128 oz. growler into a CCB tulip. The bartender let us know that the beer was less than 3 days old at the time of the growler fill.

A: Pours an opaque, hazy, golden-straw color with a big, fluffy off-white head. The head snatches at the sides of the glass upon each sip, producing rings and webs that are quite attractive.

S: Big on citrus notes such as lemon zest, tangerine peel, and grapefruit juice (in that order). Remarkably zesty and fresh in the nose.

T: The taste is spot on the nose: big notes of fresh, citrusy hops highlighting sweet lemon and grapefruit. These notes are married with a supple crystalized malt sweetness that makes for a very refreshing and balanced profile. Finishes crisp and clean.

M: Creamy, smooth, with the right amount of carbonation. Crisp and very refreshing on the palate.

O: The freshness of this APA was remarkable. I downed two glasses of this with such ease and was really itching for more. I'll be going back for this one.

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4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Josh (toofdoc) for the share!

Golden-orange pour, hazy, with a solid white head that receded to a thin layer, and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Nice hoppy aroma, almost more indicative of an IPA than an APA, citrusy and floral. Taste was very fruity and woody, orange peel and orange blossom, grapefruit pith, wildflowers, crackery pale malts, dry woody finish. Body was about medium, quite appropriate for the style, carbonation moderate, drinkability high. Overall a very tasty brew from Cigar City.

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Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 1,608 ratings