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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 | website

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: 166 | Ratings: 1,447
Photo of Davidstan
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice apa from FL. Copper color with 1/2 inch head and a fruity nose. This one was only 5 weeks old which is as fresh as I can get. For a 5.0 abv this is a great tasting beer with excellent finish. Somewhat tropical.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with @csp0380 - thanks!
A - Pours a peach/apricot color with 1 finger of head that settle to a thin cap quickly.
S - My nose says apricot with a little malt.
T - Soft citrus flavor with a little orange peel. I don't sense much bitterness.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - This is a pretty good Pale Ale. I suspect my rating would be higher if I was on a beach and this was ice cold.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a lightly hazy peachy amber with a medium head. nose; earthy hops, light citrus fruit rind, light pine and garlic/onion (typical of session ales... mosaic hops, is that you!?). taste; citrus hops, white bread, garlic and earthy musk. orange rind on the aftertaste. nothing mind-blowing here, despite cigar city's reputation for magic-making. this is labeled an apa, but this beer is more flavorful and ipa-ey than most session ipa's, which especially impressive at a flat 5% abv

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours bright clear golden orange, finger foamy head with decent retention, rings of lace. Aroma is mostly citrus peel with a touch of ripe fruit. Balanced pale ale with toasted malt and citrusy grassy hops. The finish is dry with an herbal peppery bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, semi-soft. Overall a very balanced easy drinking pale ale, finish is different, liked it.

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Photo of BradleyJamesGrace
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Pint glass. Nice bright, golden color that look s delicious in the glass. Got about a finger of a head with little retention and a little lacing. The smell is typical of the style, lemon and orange zest, freshly cut grass and raw bell pepper. The flavor is very similar only you get that lightly toasted malt flavor that doesn't really get picked up in the nose. It's a very refreshing beer and highly drinkable. Lovely beer for a hot Miami day...Or night.

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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 MasterfulIdiot
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can dated 9/30/15 into a Duvel tulip. The pour produces a generous off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a few bits of scattered lace. Liquid is a hazy golden orange, and I can see a few bubbles rising through it.

Aroma is grassy, lemony, orangey hops with just a hint of bready malt. Really nice depth to the hops without completely overloading on them.

Taste follows the nose with grassy citrusy hops with a strange peppery kick to them. Hints of the malt on the aftertaste, but overall it's about the hops. Finish is pretty bitter, but in a weird tea-like way. Really well done on bringing in some depth to the hops without going overboard, as well as bringing in some hop flavors that I don't think I've had before and am having a hard time describing.. No resiny flavor here, which is always a plus for me.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied with a generous amount of prickly carbonation - exactly what the flavor calls for.

Overall, this is exactly what I would say pale ales should be all about - great hop flavors in an easy-drinking format. Perfect afternoon beer!

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Photo of Drk93TT
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall excellent APA featuring Chrisp citrus hops tropical notes and a drinkability that was great for a pale. very sessionable even. I must try if you can grab yourself some go get them

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

I was surprised by this. I actually quite prefer this to their other hoppy offerings. This seems like the perfect summer beer. Fantastic smell, great taste and very drinkable.

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

Cloudy golden straw with a nice full foamy head. Summer herb aroma with a little citrus as well. Herbal and citrus flavours with pleasant carbonation and appropriate mouthfeel for the style. An enjoyable pale ale that I would welcome again.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a light golden color beer, with a huge white head. Has a very hoppy smell to it. It tastes just like it smells, like a mouthful of hops with a hint of citrus.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from can. nice amber color. nice white head lingering. good carbonation. fruity. solid pale ale from cigar city brewing. i will be drinking more of this in the future.

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Photo of IronLover
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orangish-yellow in color with a light haze. Poured with a large, billowy foam with very good retention. Medium high floral, herbal mint and ripe citrus hop aromas with medium maliness beneath. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. Medium high floral and herbal mint hop flavors with medium light malt flavors beneath. Medium hop bitterness through the middle. Finished clean and dry with a very light hop aftertaste. A very hop forward pale ale in the hop flavor department. However, well balanced considering maltiness and hop bitterness. Extremely smooth, creamy and drinkable. A unique, hop flavorful, APA.

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

Appearance: Transparent light amber.
Odor: Citrus, Piney dominant odor with a nice malt notes.
Taste: Floral hops in front cascading to a biting carbonation and ending with pine hops. After taste yields some very nice malt. Drinks like an IPA, but with a bit more malt.
Mouthfeel: Very light. Carbonation comes in the middle of the profile and provides a nice bite.
Overall: Cigar City Brewing's Invasion Pale Ale is a hop heavy explosion of an ale that approaches IPA territory. For those looking to expand their pale ale pallet, but aren't ready for a full blown IPA, Invasion is a beer for you.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.25

Tangerine, orange juice, grapefruit zest, "C" hops, pine, and some dankness in aroma. Very sweet candied tangerine/citrus flavors, some prickly pinecone, a slight cactus-like "green" character, more tropical fruits, and rich breadiness round out the flavor. A well-balanced, subtle, sweet, citrus-forward APA. Would be underwhelming when compared to IPAs (Jai Alai, in particular) but definitely a decent daily driver. 82/100

What my not-an-IPA-fan gf said: "Grapefruit?" (aroma). "Uck, taste is NOT GOOD... Don't quote me.. I'm on drugs." and "Pinesol, alcoholic Pinesol... Don't write that down."

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

Standard can poured into a mug. The brew appears a hazy light copper color with a white sudsy topping that fades slow leaving patchy lace.

The smell is fruity and floral with a mild tropical feel before notes of grass and citrus zest round out the aroma.

The taste is lightly grassy, fruity and floral with a mild grain backing and touch of catty quality. The bitterness exists to contrast the grain but is quite restrained. The hops in this take on a very flavorful role.

This is light bodied and moderately carbonated. Overall a crushable offering that im ashamed to say ive passed over many times in lieu of more popular offerings.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Another aCANsution from The Fridge that I have been wanting to add to The CANQuest (tm)! I am so excited to try this one.

From the CAN: "Drink fresh! Do not age! Pour gently into a glass."; "The people of Tampa Bay have fallen prey to Pirate invasion every year for well over 100 years. After more than a century of failing to repel these seafaring warriors 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 [CAN]nons 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!"

I was ready for it to invade my glass, so I Crack!ed it open and CANmenced the Glug. I got a finger of fizzy, foamy, eggshell-white head with modest retention for my trouble. Nose was sweet and fruity, like peaches, mangoes, papaya. Mmmm. Color was a slightly hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very much of peaches and biscuit malts and my initial reaction was peach pie! My late paternal grandmother used to make the best fruit pies when I was a kid. Mmmm. The finish brought back the tropical fruits and their related flavors. Granted, it was pretty sweet for an APA, as another reviewer noted, but having been buffeted with an onslaught of hoppy beers recently, I am not CANplaining.

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Photo of TH28
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Canned 5/29 (28 days ago). Appearance: deep golden, hazy, with a frothy white head. Aroma: Hop punch in the face. Grassy, resinous, pine,lemon, grapefruit. Taste: Light bready malt, quickly giving way to a crisp bitterness, punctuated by a strong grapefruit citrus flavor. Resinous pine flavor in the background, but present. Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Finish: Very dry, sticky resin on the tongue. Bitterness lingers long past the finish. Overall: A very hop forward pale ale. Amazing aroma. Malt character is light, allowing the hops to take over and shine. A top notch APA.

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Photo of DUIDontCare
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells citrusy and nice when you first drink it. Up front it tastes good but too bitter on the back end. I like the idea of low abv beers tasting like IPA's though. I love IPL's. Only reason I got this was because Cigar City beers were on sale at the nearby liquor store and Jai Alai didn't have a sale tag (I probably should have asked if it was on sale). All in all, it grows on you but not nearly one of the best beers I've had.

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Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very nice looking and citrus smelling beer. Taste is somewhat metallic, watery and quite bitter in the finish and missing the citrus sweet hop notes in the smell. Not quite as sweet and malty to balance the hop flavoring as I prefer my pale ales. More thin and "session IPA" like IMO. Still decent for the hop head crowd I suppose.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with some slight green hues. It has an off-white, bubbly head that leaves a nice trail of lace with some good retention.

Smells tropical with some big citrus and floral notes. It also has a touch of malt in it.

It has a nice floral, citrus hop punch that is lively with good carbonation and leaves it dry. It also has a nice chewy malt middle. This is an excellent pale ale - right where it should be on the spectrum.

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

Light copper colored with citrus highlights. Upon close scrutiny I see minuscule particles floating within the body. Brussels lacing. There's a fingernail of off white on the top. Speaking of citrus, that aroma is an intoxicating aroma of citrus hops. The taste is as advertised in the nose with a bitter wallop of citrus hops. They quickly subside into a nice light malt presence and citrus hop fade. The mouth is delicate for that hop presence. That is the only element that doesn't scream IPA.

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

Slightly hazy golden beer with a lovely white foam cap. Smells grassy, hay, citrus. Taste is citrus:tangerine and lemony. Faint grass and floral. Refreshing and zesty brew with a medium body is highly enjoyable by the six pack as I sit here on the beach on Estero Island..not too far from the brewery. And as it says on the can: 'Drink fresh! Do not age!'

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

-can. Spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Bright pumpkin orange, small haze, but otherwise distinguishable clarity with a healthy carbonation factor filling the vessel. Foamy potato white head, one inch, steady retention, leaving patchy lacing of moderate coverage.

S: Nose of wet citrus juice, grapefruit-orange combination, good awareness followed by a soft, flowery grapefruit hopping. Lightly tart lemon, deeper in with some pilsner grain and straw notes once the hoppiness passes.

T: Hoppy, semi-dry grapefruit pulp, flowery lightly dry citrus with a sharp and crisp delivery. Lightly crisp pale malting, lightly tart lemon wedge. Bit of orange flowery hops linger shortly thereafter. Light mention of semi-dry tropical fruit hard to pinpoint.

M: Very crisp mouthful, sharp, light bodied, smoothly textured with some bubbly and flowery texture around the tongues edges. very well suited per style.

O: Very good hopping levels per style, love the light crisp pale malts with no speciality grain interference making this a crisp, aptly named pale ale along with its carbonation rate which is sharp and spot on. Very good drinkability rate, feels i could easily pound a sixer of this on a hot summer day with little resistence. A pale just as i like it, pale malting, light-bodied, crisp, balanced, and well hopped. Enjoyable to the last sip and an easy 4.0 outstanding rating all around. 5%abv with a 36 i.b.u. that tastes much bigger, almost ipa levels, that goes down like session material, but much fuller flavor wise.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles and laces well.

S: Light citrus, floral notes, a little tropical fruit, and light malt.

T: Citrus, lime and lemon, fruity notes, peach, tropical fruit, maybe a little honeydew, and a little light malt.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: My can wasn't super fresh so I'll give this one the benefit of the doubt, but as is, nothing super impressive.

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Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.
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