American Pale Ale Cigar City Brewing


Invasion, an American Pale Ale by Cigar City Brewing

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Invasion is an American Pale Ale brewed by Cigar City Brewing, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, was served in a tulip pint glass from a can.


Pours a somewhat cloudy golden orange capped by a towering stack of soapy, white foam that exhibits modest retention. Lovely patches of sticky lace cling to the glass.


Aroma is soft but pleasant, offering a blend of citrus and tropical fruit.


Cracker malt leads the palate and transitions to a mild bite of spicy hops followed by a touch of lemon zest, and a semisweet note of pineapple. Bitterness is mild throughout but appropriate for the style.


Slick mouthfeel has a slightly oily body that’s less than medium with moderate carbonation.


Invasion is refreshing, easy to drink, and with a relatively low ABV, is a fine candidate for a session beer. As one of Cigar City’s core offerings, this pale is more than just serviceable, it’s a solid representation of the style.

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About the American Pale Ale

The American Pale Ale is a hop-forward brew that has less alcohol strength, is less bitter and is more approachable than the American IPA. Its clean and balanced palate makes use of New World or American hop varietals. Prior to the explosion of the American IPA, the American Pale Ale was the most popular craft beer style in the United States.