Saturday, February 3, 2018

Cigar City Invasion Tropical Pale Ale (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Fill date: 1/2/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 18B American Pale Ale

AROMA: Huge tropical/citrusy hops. Aroma is very bright, clean and fruity. Slight grassy character, but it blends with the bouquet and is acceptable. Base malt is fairly neutral with just a slight honey note. Clean fermentation. 12/12

APPEARANCE: Amber/pale orange hue (7-9 SRM). Body is slightly cloudy from dry hopping. Large white soapy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Strong hop flavors from beginning to end. New World hops create for a fruity, almost juicy flavor of tropical notes. Grapefruit pith also seems to be evident. Bitterness is high for an APA, but within the acceptable range. Subtle spicy/grassy notes from dry hopping. Malt is strong enough to offer balance, but little distinctive character other than a faint honey flavor and mild sweetness. Medium-dry aftertaste with a lingering hop sensation (but not astringent per se). Clean fermentation. 20/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-high carbonation. Very smooth and refreshing. Highly drinkable and sessionable for warm environments at 5% ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This is a perfect American Pale Ale. Delicious; highly drinkable, and exemplifies the specs in every way. What more could you want? 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 50/50

NOTE: See my 2015 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2015/12/cigar-city-invasion-pale-ale.html

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