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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Added by Rifugium on 12-27-2012

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Reviews: 182 | Ratings: 1,507
Photo of Sithmisfit
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Citrus hop aroma. Slight haze. Solid pale ale but could be a little more balanced on the malt side. Nice gold color not too light. Feels like a light ipa. Mouthful is nice but again a little more malt character would benefit this beer all in all pleasant tropical and worth 4 or 5 of them.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An awesome, light, crisp hoppy beer, perfect for hot florida days. If Jai Alai comes off as a bit strong for you, this one will probably provide the right balance. Even if Jai Alai is the perfect warm weather treat for you, I still think you should try this one.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish copper with a moderate off-white head.

Immediately upon opening and pouring, I got a nice, fresh, zippy whiff of red apple. The folks I was drinking this with agreed once I said it aloud.

The aroma of red apple does not translate well to the flavor, as it is mostly becomes a bready malty lager with a very minor kick of hop, and maybe after a little while, a slight bitter touch of apple peel.

Crisp and bubbly, a touch heftier than a light beer.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

6mo old can. Deep yellow bordering on Orange, lots of suspended micro particles. Smell is citrus zest. Taste is sugared citrus candy. A subdued Jai Alai comes to mind

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

Appearance - light copper in color, very nice retention. Smell - not getting a whole lot. Probably citrus and hops and slight pine. Taste - some citrus and mild hops, smooth. Overall - not a bad beer. Not great though. But solid. Girlfriend says it smells horrible but tastes ok.

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Photo of rbenitez25
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Ridiculously citrusy on the tongue and nose. Crazy how much citrus you get out of this pale ale. Fantastic drinkable beer which is a contender for a "go-to" beer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The first Cigar City offering I was not overly fond of. Right out of the can it pours a nice thick head, but with absolutely no staying power or lacing. The amber color from the brew was completely unappealing it was the first disappointment I was faced with. I did, however, enjoy the complexity of scents - citrus, some cardamon, a tiny bit of cinnamon, all mixing well with the hoppy aroma. Speaking of the hops - it was more IPA and pale ale - way more. Even so, the mix of citrus and hops did make it quite drinkable as I downed the first one relatively quick. It was a bit too carbonated for my taste and sadly it was the first of now four offerings from Cigar City I walked away disappointed from. Nonetheless, it's a decent brew, and I'm figuring there are others would would think highly of this.

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

12oz can.

Brassy color and decent retention. Medium bodied and crisp with a fairly tropical and juicy character. Almost sessionable. Low bitterness and fairly dry with a nice fruity backbone.

A nice prelude if a Jai Alai is next up!

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Bronze/yellow with little clarity, 1 finger of head and some nice lacing. Unfiltered with sediment floating

S - Citrus floral hops, and nice malty backbone

T - Like the nose, citrus and floral flavors.

F - High in carbonation, medium body

O - A tasty session pale ale, although its 5%. Very tasty and enjoyable

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Photo of Roby923
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly standard ale from Cigar City. Nothing overly memorable. Low hop presence and light malt flavours. Highly drinkable and worth the try. Canned from somewhere in Naples.

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Photo of Ottoj55
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really well done pale ale, golden color with a slight haze and a tight white foam that disappears quickly. The smell is hop forward dominated by citrus, tropical fruit and light floral with a bit of malt under it. The taste is also full hops with the citrus quality and malt character blending nicely. Its a light easy drinking beer, finishes clean. Overall well done, on the same level as Toppling Goliath's PseudoSue or Karben4's Fantasy Factory.

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

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates quickly while the beer itself is a clear medium gold color that it is pretty nice to look at. The only issue is that there seems to be some leftover yeast that may have bee accidentally left there. Otherwise, it looks pretty nice.

The smell is fairly hoppy with a light bit of caramel sweetness to the smell. The hop note is a bit tropical with some fairly nice orange and light pineapple notes. Overall, a fairly tropical smell.

The taste has similar notes to the smell but is a bit more bitter with strong orange notes.

The feel has medium body but a much lighter feel than you would expect but would be fairly good during the warm weather.

Overall, a decent beer and pretty good. It's definitely easy drinking and worth picking up.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours gold with a thick head.

smells sweet, some caramel malt to it. some tropical fruit to it.

taste is unique, it's clean and sweet yet has a slight bitterness to it. more tropical than any other pale ale i've ever had. goes down smooth, an easy drinker.

overall this isn't bad. a tropical pale ale for sure. light and easy drinker, which is what i want out of it.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can manufactured 12/24/15 poured into Belgian ale glass

L: Two-finger foamy head, little retention, barely any lacing or ring. Medium-amber, some carbonation bubbles.

S: Some tropical fruit, light malt

T: Pretty much follows nose, all fairly muted, No alcohol evident.

F: Well-balanced, light body, medium carbonation for a fairly dry finish. Sessionable, more or less

I personally like brighter and sharper flavors, so for me this gets docked a bit, but it's good.

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Photo of ccrida
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid hoppy pale ale. Golden color keeps the body light and quenching for the south Florida heat. Hops are on the citrusy side. Fairly bitter finish but not bracing, with an overall impression of smoothly hoppy, which is not easy to do. This is a great choice for IPA lovers that want session a bunch of beers in the heat and not end up on their backs. Digging it. Being in a can makes it extra choice for the outdoors.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In tap at Hop City into a shaker. Pours a clear apricot with a pillowy 1 finger off white head with good retention, reduces to crown and minimal lacing. Soft round citrus notes, and a little promise of candied spicy orange peel on the nose, along with bready malts. Taste continues the nose, but even bitterness to note, and the spice and peel has disappeared. Mid to low carb, soft mouthful, nice body. Not bad.

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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 TurboBrew
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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Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,507 ratings.
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