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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Ratings: 1,540 |  Reviews: 191
Photo of 7irondave
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duffman79
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Film over pale amber. 3.75
Mango, tangerine, and some dank. 4
Thread of blonde toffee, then resin, tangerine, slight papaya and grass. 4
Humming linger.
Fizzy, beyond light, slight oil. 3.75

On the grassy side in spite of all the fruit. Body lets it down a bit, though it may be more refreshing for it. IBUs cut hard. This can’t decide if it’s an APA or a session IPA.

Gotta say, CC’s core range - aside from Jai Alai - is pretty average. 4

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Photo of AlexFields
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tgf17
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Buck89
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Canned about 2 weeks ago. Moderately hazy golden-amber color with a fluffy white head. Nice lacing in the glass. Really bright citrus on the nose: grapefruit pith, lime, pineapple. The taste is very juicy citrus with significant bitterness for a Pale Ale, maybe a touch too bitter on the back end. A dry, bready malt balances things out. A very tasty APA.

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

from a fresh can - aromas I detect peach, mango and papaya. maybe some passion fruit with just some sweetness from malt character. it is a pale golden beer that pours with a half inch head whose retention is on the low side. nice lacing is left behind on glass. it starts off hazy but clears to 100% as it settles. body is medium and texture is sticky with moderate carbonation and light astringency felt on palate. taste is a close to perfect balance of juicy hop flavors, bready light malts and hop bitterness that borders on IPA levels but fits in just right. it finishes dry and bitter in a good way. this is a very drinkable beer for hop craving drinkers without going to an IPA. has been my go-to "local" PA. no one in Miami is making a PA or Session IPA this good up to now.

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

Pours a clear deep gold bordering on pale amber producing 2+ fingers of foamy, off-white, moderately lasting head that leaves sheets & streaks of chunky lacing. Aroma is floral, citrus & a hint of tropical fruit hoppy, biscuit & caramel malt. Taste is tropical fruit (particularly pineapple) citrus (particularly tangerine) & earthy floral hop notes, caramel & biscuit, faint pepper finishing with a slightly dry mineral & floral hint backed by a hoppy bitterness that become the dominant component aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderately high carbonation but only a very thin pepper bite, dry & astringent in the aftertaste. Floral, nicely bitter & very good but the bitter nature and astringency of the aftertaste reduce its drinkability.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zazzi82
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma is quite orange forward with a nice caramel malt backbone. There is also a fresh green tea note and sweet tangerines. Taste follows with a good amount of hops with orange and resin notes, slightly sweet at first but follows with a pleasant bitterness. Light to medium body with an appropriate carbonation. Really easy drinking, balanced pale ale.

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

Photo of mattflippin
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bigdog3838
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can dated 11/25/16,into a Cigar City snifter.

Soapy,white,1 finger head that retains well.After the head dissolves it leaves a beautiful lacing around the glass,with a nice looking circle in the middle.Golden / straw in color,with a hue of peach.Medium / heavy carbonation that moves pretty fast.This beer looks great in the glass!

The nose gives off alot of citrus aromas,mostly grapefruit,also getting some peaches.Im also getting small hints of piney hops,and bready malts.Smells delicious!

The palate follows the nose,tons of grapefruit blended with hints of piney bitter hops,and sweet bready malts.Also getting some earthy characteristics in there,as well as some orange,and lemon zest.

The body is thin,with a nice amount of carbonation rolling around in the mouth.Medium dry finish,very smooth,and refreshing.

This is by far my favorite pale ale available in the state of Florida.Perfect beer for a hot summer day.Smooth,refreshing,and well balanced.

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Photo of philbe311
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,540 ratings.
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