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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Rifugium on 12-27-2012

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Reviews: 175 | Ratings: 1,469
Photo of RyBrew54
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden amber with nice lasting head lacing. Nose is light citrus with mild hops. Taste is very clean, citrusy, with hints of honey biscuit. Has a very pleasant, sweet, after taste that lingers throughout. A very drinkable, straight forward pale ale. A solid offering by Cigar City

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

Gold pour into pint glass with tight white head; good lacing; strong grapefruit notes up front; lite mouthfeel and good carbonation;grapefruit and grass hop favors; citrus and pine finish; flavorful pale ale and at 5% one of my favorite "session" beers.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Cam for bringing me this and other Cigar City cans up from his recent Tampa trip. For a brewery I can't get locally, I feel I have a pretty intimate rapport with Cigar City thanks to these wily and generous Cameron and Sonny characters. Canned on date is 12/30/14.

A - 12oz can pours to a pint glass a dullish orange color with some dust haze floating in a standstill. An off-white head starts at about a finger; a thin ring and patchy cap remain when it's all over.

S - Nice citrusy tropical hop punch with orange and mango aplenty, some dank and grassy hops for good measure. Light malts of the biscuity and caramel variety.

T - A bit of a sharper hop bite here with plenty of orange, grapefruit, papaya and mango to be had while still leaving room for flowery resin and a pleasant toasted biscuit malt finish.

M - Light and oily feel, crisp with good carbonation, medium-light bitterness, very drinkable and quite flavorful for the ABV.

O - Plenty-o-nice tropical and outdoorsy woodsy hops, good malt presence, great flavors for a 5% pale and super drinkable. I feel some are underwhelmed by this one simply because pale ales of this par are standard now, all I can say is keep em comin.

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Photo of Roguer
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange, almost ruby red grapefruit in color, topped by an off-white head of very nice size and retention. Fairly clear brew.

Nice hoppy aroma, with a pale malt backbone. Not much to it, but it gives a slight preview to the taste.

Flavor follows; this has the amount of citrus hop flavors one would expect from an IPA. However, it has a nearly thick malt body of mostly pale malts with a bit of caramel, as well. Balanced and not overly bitter. Bit of tropical hop flavor, as well, that tends to blend with the malt sweetness.

Very drinkable medium body; thicker with malts than most in the style.

Yet another APA that comes across as an IPA, but retaining enough body to set it apart (think Dale's, vice SNPA). Definitely not a "session" IPA, but definitely a beer that knows that hops are the strong point.

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Photo of VineToHopConvert
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 0z. can from the Piggly Wiggly in Homewood, Al. Canned 10/13/14, so I was a little bit worried.

L: Cloudy Orange with a solid white head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind a good bit of froth.

S:There was almost no aroma which I'm convinced was because of how long ago it was canned. I got faint notes of tropical fruits and hops.

T: Very Fruity like pineapple, mango and grapefruit. There is a decent hop presence but had way more malt than what I expected which actually, to my surprise, melded well with the rest of the flavors.

F: Very dry with moderate carbonation. The overall mouth feel though was thin which I wouldn't have thought because the heavy malt presence.

Overall I wasn't really impressed with this apa, especially coming from cigar city (which BTW is my first beer from cigar city.) I think some of it was that it was canned in 0ctober and I am drinking it in January but I didn't realize the canned on date until I was back to Texas. Maybe I'll be able to try this fresh at a later date and write a new review.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cigar City Brewing "Invasion Pale Ale"
12 oz. can, "CANNED 12/02/14"
$1.50 @ Trader Joe's #766, 3808 W Swann, Tampa, FL

Hmmm... "Invasion" pale ale... with a picture of a pirate with an eye patch on the label... who just happens to look like José Gaspar, or Gasparilla, the centerpiece of the Gasparilla Pirate Festival held in Tampa, FL each year in late January/early February. Seems like pretty good marketing to me!

Invasion Pale Ale pours a hazy brass/orange body beneath a short head of white froth that steadily drops to a broken surface-covering that's surrounded by rising peaks of sticky lace about the glass.

Once raised to the nose you'll find a distinctly citrusy aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, and other tropical fruits (orange, mango, papaya, etc.).

The flavor reveals that there's more to it than just citrusy fruit, there's also a solid biscuity malt base and some grassy hop flavors as well. A stiff bitterness balances it, and the fruitiness cuts through the malt as well, leaving it to finish dry. Some pine and citrus lingers as a reminder of the fuller flavor that came before it.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp across the palate.

To sum up, it's a basic, well-made American pale ale with a heftier malt side than you might normally find (think Sierra Nevada).

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Photo of denver10
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden orangish yellowish with a dirty white head. Aroma is tropical with some guava, passion fruit, and mango and a pretty light toasted grains foundation. Flavor follows suit with more of the toasted grains presence than was found in aroma and some piney bitternerss. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great APA and right on par with their Jai Alai IPA, IMO. Need to drink both of these side by side to see which of the 2 I actually prefer. Topping things off, this beer is over 2 months old and still going strong.

My rating: 4.25

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a 2 inch head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing down a 20 oz pub glass. Even after the first few sips it has a residual pillowy head left on top.

Smell is magnificent. It really has a lot of nose to it and it smells of hops. Mostly pine and a little orange peel down in there.

Taste is really hoppy. The pine hops are right up front but not offensive. I could use a little more malts to balance it for my taste but I still really like it.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation to keep it lively.

Overall, a really good pale ale. The piney hops were right on target for my taste. I could use a little more malty balance but none the less a good beer.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Burnished gold and soapy white head.

S: Nice bready malt and earthy. Sweet lemon-lime citrus, tangerine. Light but abundance of tropical fruit; papaya and mango. Lots of aroma for such a light beer. Kudos.

M: Smooth and almost creamlike. Mod-high carb amount.

T: Light caramel and sweet bread. Lime peel, papaya, cling peaches; roselle and persimmon.

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

Poured into a tulip from a can

A. Pours golden and hazy with a foamy 2 finger head.

S. Predominantly tropical fruity smell.

T. Has some citrusy notes as well as a little pine with a grassy aftertaste. Slight malt character.

M. Light with some nice carbonation the smacks the tongue street the swallow. Clean finish.

O. Very nice beer. Definitely 1 dimensional but what it does it does very well.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12-oz can into nonic pub glass

A - 3 fingers off-white foam over an amber body full of sediment; low amount of visible carbonation; patchy lace

S - citrus, pine

T - pink grapefruit predominates, notes of pine and spice; bready malt is present, but keeps to the background

M - slick light/medium body, low carbonation

O - Invasion is on the hoppy side, but still a very good APA and a very good beer in general.

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Photo of dd43
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank while on vacation in Fort Myers, had to make due with a water glass from the hotel but man was this pale ale a good find at the local grocery store. Cans were dated 29-Oct-2014.

Lovely citrus aroma and taste, very grapefruit forward as suggested by others. Hopping is pronounced enough that the malt takes a bit more of a backseat than the very best beers of this style but it's a quibble. It's sad to see so much junk beer sold when great craft styles like this are readily available and relatively affordable.

Overall one of the best APAs I've tried. Wish I could get this back home in CT, have to travel over te border to NY to locate anything from Cigar City.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 10/9/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright golden color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light steaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon/orange zest, light pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is an excellent pale ale. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of FLima
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned a week ago, very fresh.
Amber orange color with a thin thick off-white head with short to medium retention.
Relatively mild, but nice aroma with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit and mango.
Flavor with notes of grapefruit, oranges, pine, spices, lemon zest, not ripped guava, melon, lemongrass and tea leaves. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation of tiny bubbles.
Crisp and refreshingly hoppy with a tropical citrusy going on. That is the type of APA I usually fall in love. I could session this the whole day. It does remind of Jai Alai, but easier.

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Photo of hail_seitan
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

Consumed from 12 oz. can

A - Drank directly from the can, so I didn't see it.

S - Tropical and floral fragrances exude from the open can. Mango, melon, clementine, and honey all are in the mix.

T - Very similar to the smell, but with a stronger clementine and tangerine presence - likely from Simcoe hops. The malt imparts a cracker flavor mixed with an almost strawberry sweetness. Just the slightest hint of bitterness on the dry and tropical finish.

M - Pleasantly medium bodied with a balanced carbonation.

O - A great session beer. Different from many pale ales out there due to the vivaciousness of the hops and dryness of the malt. Worth checking out!

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Photo of jkrich
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from a freshness dated can: bright and clear, golden-orange hue with some suspended particles observed. The foamy white-head was long-lived with a lot of intricate lacing on the glass.

Semi-sweet tropical fruit is the dominate aroma with perhaps a little pine wafting upward.

This is truly a refreshing thirst quencher. The flavor has a gentle, tropical fruit flavor with a lingering tangy, malty and semi-dry finish. This is not incredibly complex, but each sip remains satisfying.

This will have a regular rotation in my fridge.

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Photo of Pahn
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Mini review: canned 10-1-14,

Rock solid pale ale. Low bitterness, very fruity hop character, like lots of Centennial or NZ hops without the funkiness, pretty bready finish. Wish it were drier, but all told really great "throw it back" pale ale. Can't imagine this beer selling badly.

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Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Freshie can (canned 10/29/14 stamped on the bottom, so about 10 days in the can) from Decicco's in Ardsley, NY

Fresh hop nose, pours typical near clear, lighter almond amber. Frothy off white head, thats on the looser side. Leaves fluffy strands of stick.

Pleasing hopped up pale. Resins and pine early then some soft tropical fruit in the finish. Nice.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

October 26, 2014

12 oz can, hotel water glass

A – Deep gold with some orange hues. Mild white head, shows up strong and then gone quickly.

S – Oranges, grapefruit, perhaps some mango or other tropical fruit. Bitter hop aroma with some malt sweetness in the background.

T – Similar tropical notes to the aroma, mangos, guava, light citrus. The grapefruit character is present but somewhat hidden, and there is a mild bitter bite.

M – Moderate carbonation, enough to helps scrub the palate, but allowing the bitterness to linger. Very light body considering the complexity of aromas and flavors.

O – A very good session beer. I’d lean it more towards an IPA considering the high hop bitterness, but the moderate alcohol level helps it fit in the pale ale category.

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

Invasion is a beer that has continued to grow on me.

It has a wonderful bouquet of citrus and tropical fruits. The taste follows with a bit of hoppy bitterness and a bready malt backbone. This beer goes down quite easy, and along with Florida Cracker make the core of CCB's sessionable beers.

More and more when I want a session IPA I go for Invasion.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with lots of fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, a film in between, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the tropical fruit flavors are stronger and stand out in front of those of the citrus. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has an interesting mix of flavors from the hops without being very bitter.

Serving type: can

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

Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale has a thick, spongy, white head, a mostly clear, golden appearance with powdery sediment suspended throughout, and lots of heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is bursting with juicy hop resin, and one will notice a background white bread aspect. Taste is of citrus, hop resin, and white bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale finishes semi-dry and super drinkable.


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Photo of GTJayG
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Reminiscent of my favorite year round Cigar City brew Jai Alai, the citrus especially grapefruit notes in the hops for notable for both the nose and taste. Very fresh flavor, and a beer for that would be well suited for those who are not hopheads. Certainly a good option for a session beer for those interested in that sort of thing.

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Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a soapy white head that left some nice webby lacing on the glass. 3.75

The aroma is of grapefruit hops. A bit chalky. There is a freshness to the hops. Perhaps some hints of tropical fruit. Quite nice for a APA. 4

The taste is of a juicy grapefruit hop. Bright hop flavor. There is a bit of chalk and tropical fruit. The malt is light but has a bready flavor. This is a fairly straight forward hoppy APA. Nothing complicated, just hoppy. 4

The feel is moderate with semi-soft carbonation. Good balance on the palate with a drying bitterness in the finish. Drinks quite well. 4.25

This is a very good APA. Ranks right up there with the best. At 5% this is a good day drinking beer. Good job. 4

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

On draft, pours a straw golden yellow; decent carbonation, with good head retention.

The nose is wheat, hay, alot of earthy floral hops. A little bit of lemon and caramel add some zest and sweetness. The flavor is muted and mild compared to the nose. Alot of lemon, green tea. The finish is a little creamy, but very clean, just a tad bit of sweetness on the very end.

This smells great, but it doesn't taste as good as it smells, which is disappointing.

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Invasion Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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