Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale

Posted: April 8, 2015 in American Pale Ale, Cigar City Brewing, Reviews

This has been the weirdest end of quarter I’ve ever had. Right now, it’s insanely slow at work, to the point that I’ve had time to run training classes for my staff and drivers. Even though it’s early, normally we’re crazy busy most days of the week during end of quarter. I know that it will get busier the closer we get to the end of the month, but I am not a fan of it not being busy. It just makes the days drag on. I like when you look at the clock and it’s almost time to go home and you don’t realize where there time went. Anyways, let’s crack this Cigar City brew open.


ABV: 5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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, a citrusy and tropical session beer brewed for those long days of marauding, pillaging and pirating. Cheers!”

Random: This is the first Cigar City beer I’ve had in 2015.

This beer poured with a two finger, thick white head that took forever to dissipate. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, bright yellow with high carbonation and lots of floaties. The nose had this intense, medicinal scent to it with pine and spruce and juniper. I don’t think I’ve had a pale ale that smelled like that. The taste had juniper and bitterness from grapefruit pith. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was long with pine and juniper. This was $1.99 for the can, which broke down to $.17 per ounce. Despite this, the juniper was a bit overbearing and I wouldn’t rush to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


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