Invasion Pale Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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3.92/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 raiders 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 cannons 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. With tropical notes of mango and tangerine imparted by Simcoe and Mosaic hops, this crisp and sessionable Pale Ale is a perfect companion for long days of marauding, pillaging, and pirating.

Added by Rifugium on 12-27-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,206
Reviews:
219
Ratings:
1,668
pDev:
8.42%
 
 
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Photo of mickyge
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barnzy78
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz, canned 02/06/18. Hazy tangerine colored ale, lively carbonation produces a persistent foamy beige head. Hoppy aroma with citrus and pine. Nice tropical hop flavors of mango, tangerine, orange, and grapefruit with notes of pine and light caramel. Medium body, ample carbonation, finishing a bit tart with a citrus zest bite. I was hoping for a bit more tropical-ness, but it was still pretty good.

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Photo of Roberto11232
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cjmccahill
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mschrei
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jtransel
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tvv375ia
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cigar City Invasion

A: In line with flagship Jai Alai, Invasion pours with very good clarity. It is slightly lighter in color, more of a golden orange than the brassier tones of the former, implying a lighter malt bill, most likely. Head does not get out of control, but it is a respectable two fingers, and it sticks around forever. Lacing is excellent, too. This is a great-looking pale ale. 4.75/5

A: Like its bigger brother, this succeeds at delivering on the tropical advertisement. Ruby grapefruit, mango, orange, tangerine, clementine, and a whiff of papaya make for a great fruit medley. Rindy and lightly dank bitterness balances out the candied fruit sweetness, which also has hints of caramel. Everything is a bit quiet, though, and nothing about this really stands out. Mosaic is really not obvious either, which is a problem since it is advertised on the can. There are no outright flaws here, though. 3.5/5

T: Mosaic comes through more in the flavor with some classic candied pineapple, papaya, and a little strawberry and blueberry, to the betterment of the beer. Many of the same fruits from the nose, especially grapefruit and clementine, follow through here. Spicy and floral bitterness cut the moderately juicy sweetness completely, leaving a nice biscuity, bready and mostly dry finish; this surprising malt complexity is the highlight This is a nicely flavorful pale ale for only 5%, and the malt sets this apart. 4.25/5

M: This is a delight to drink with a moderately full mouthfeel way beyond its lower ABV, perfectly medium-soft carbonation, and near-perfect level of bitterness and dryness, which leaves the barest trace of sweetness behind. This is perfect. 5/5

O: Though this stands in the shadow of Jai Also, the drier finish on Invasion actually appeals to me more. The nice maltiness is a great touch, and the overall balance is really wonderful. It is not treading in totally uncharted territory, but it is a really nice beer. Pair with the deft balance that the Eagles strike between country and rock on the classic, "Desperado." 4.5/5

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Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NappyB
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kev-a-Beer
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good pale ale. Smell good of citrus and taste of hops as well, yet bittering at end a little harsh. Mouthfeel a bit lite, maybe a carb issue as well - almost no head.

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Photo of TomTrocc
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of paresis
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stucat
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewMaven
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought in Chicago; I believe this was brewed at the Oskar Blues Brewery in NC.

Canned 2/2/18; drank 3/3/18 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big, noisy white head; frothy lace.

Peach & wheat notes in the nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Peach & dry wheat flavors up front; bitterness on the finish.

Drinkable but not much too it. Can't say I'll have another.

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Photo of michaelsmith11
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eric_T_07
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dextermcgurk
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 fl oz can on February 20, 2017. Canned 02/02/18. Dry hopped with Simcoe and Mosaic hops. Notes of citrus and tropical fruits.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CO 9-27-17 into 16oz globe glass.
Smells of sweet tropical fruits, light GF and citrus. Taste is light on the tropical, more on the citrus and malts. MF is carbonated, medium bitterness, yet smooth.

I've had this beer before, but tonight was a revelation in how good it is. Very much like a Jai Alai.. maybe even just a little bit away from being J.A. Light.

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Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,668 ratings