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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA
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93
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1,220 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,220
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 208
Gots: 163 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John on 02-13-2006

Hops, and lots of them. The aroma is bursting with the classic citrus and pine aroma of American-grown hops. The flavor is dominated by a hoppy bitterness, with just enough malt to make you want to take another sip. (Formerly known as "Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA.")
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Ratings: 1,220 | Reviews: 528
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The operative word is abrasive. And good.

Photo of Dmbphoenix
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I was pleasantly surprised. The lacing but pretty. Crisp resin, piney juniper on the nose. But the taste, wow. Lots of body on it, great notes of pineapple, green apple and ...apricot. But not sweet, with enough bite to keep my SO away. Only grabbed 2 bottles, dated 5/5 but heading out to get more.

Photo of farrago
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Finger plus of fluffy just off-white color, slight orange tint to it, nicely contoured surface, excellent retention and thick, splotchy lacing that barely moves. The liquid is a cloudy if effulgent yellow to orange mass, not real beads but plenty of fat bubbles which rise powerfully towards the surface. Very piney and resinous nose, bodacious white grapefruit presence, brisk pineapple, nectarine, papaya, green apple fruit scents, peppery and leafy, caramel and a little butterscotch appears just before the final dissolve, strong and filling presence in your nostrils. Full-bodied, lots of grip and sticks to your palate authoritatively. The carbonation is powerful and curiously at times gives it a soft drink feel. More sourness in the white grapefruit as well as bite in the herbaceousness. The pepperiness and pine resin weave back into the whole. The tartness extends through the pineapple, papaya, nectarine, apricot, star fruit flavors. Notes of quinine at the end, not a lot of maltiness in terms of specific flavors. Lots of staying power, gets dry in texture at the end but one you will have to wash out of your mouth.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy straw, diluted gold. Nice enough head.

S: Outrageous sweet citrus oils, hop juice, pine resin, pine.

M: A little too thin. Alcohol got a bit out of hand. Nice biting action.

T: Nice aggressive bitterness. Pine and tangerine. Lemon verbena warhead.

Photo of sjones5045
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

4/23/15 Stirling Hotel

Pours ok, nothing special kinda straw color with an ok head and lace. The smell is a piney west coast hoppiness but a little reserved here as well. The taste is decent, the pine come through with a more tangy hop in there as well. It just doesn't go far enough for me. Overall it's a decent beer but not enough in this class to go seek out another.

Photo of justintcoons
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Golden yellow with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Pineapple, candy sugar, papaya rind, pine needle, grapefruit zest, and florals.

Taste
Pine needle, bright florals, papaya rind, and pineapple. Light candy sugar backbone. Grapefruit zest and sun-dried pine. Some booze is apparent along with notes of onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, oily, sticky, dry, and bitter.

Overall
Very pine forward. Bitter and dry with some alcohol apparent.

Photo of Stubbie1
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow, constant carbonation with bubbles racing to the top, white head, tightly packed fades to a thin lace on top. Pine up front on the nose with a hint of citrus. Slightly sweet up front with the taste then the hops kick in with a bite. Nicely balanced flavor that is not over bitter with the hops. Smooth in the mouth. The 9% is well hid as there are no boozy notes anywhere in this beer. Well done!

Photo of Willsirsaucy
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome IPA smooth taste amazing aromas smooth hops one of the best ipas ive had in a little while!

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from tasting notes. Minty, piney hop nose with grapefruit and citrus. Pours brilliant gold with a stiff, persistent 2” off-white head. On the palate fruit, orange, grapefruit, orange rind and grapefruit rind are balanced balanced by a big assertive hop bitterness and rich malt flavors. Medium body, medium low carbonation.

Photo of munnster76
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not heady or road to ruin. Closer to a Baxter. Slightly too much alcohol you can begin to taste it

Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Nice looking beer, hazy. Good amount aromas coming off this one. Feel is creamy, pretty solid but rather astringent tasting to me . . . it's ok though, I like it.

Photo of KidDoc
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap into a tulip glass. Nice head, decent retention with medium lacing. Nice slightly hazy pale straw color. Deep earthy piney aroma. Flavor followed nicely, and the mouthfeel was not bad. I might have preferred just a bit more malt. Overall an excellent beer that I would happily order again.

Photo of Rizalini
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Poured from a bottle, dated 10/17/2014, into my tulip.

Pours a clear golden yellow color, 1 finger of off-white color head. Clings to the side nice it fades. Has a nice earthy aroma. The taste is sweet up front, with a bitter aftertaste. Tongue coating mouthfeel, and a little alcohol heat. Overall it's a very good IIPA, but not the big hop bomb I was expecting.

Photo of beerloserLI
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Hazy straw yellow pour with a decent hoppy and floral nose.

Juicy as hell as the taste explodes with hops and a nice sweet and smooth finish. Lots of flavors come in with plenty of citrus fruit, resin and pine. When fresh this is a really enjoyable double.

Photo of lawbreaker
5/5  rDev +20.2%

It is the archetype of the imperial IPA. World class.

Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a large lasting off white head with good lacing. Sweet caramel malt, earthy herbal and pine hops along with some mellow citrus notes fill the senses and taste buds. a medium to full body, smooth with moderate carbonation. Has a good caramel malt background with good earthy herbal hops and citrus notes for balance on the end, has bit of a hop kick at the end. A very good, smooth drinking and tasty brew.

Photo of SebD
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grapefruit, citrus, bitter pine resins, some grassiness and some light bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has citrus, grapefruit, a nice pine resin bitterness, slight grass and some bready/toasty malts on the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. This bottle isn't that fresh but this beer is still solid and full of pungent hops. I will definitely need to compare with a fresher bottle.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Bottle dated 4/29/14 just purchased at WF Bowrey... wish it was a bit fresher, but excited to try this beer. Poured into snifter.

A- Pale orange/golder with fluffy white heat that fades into almost nothing but leaves a delicate lacing on the glass
S- Wow, the smell is nice... piney and grassy hops all over the nose. Maybe a bit of citrus... mouth is watering
T- WOW... backs up the smell. Definately along the lines of a DIPA that is very hoppy, but balanced with the malts. Big sweetness, but the hops are huge! Pine to citrus peel. Like biting into the skin of a grapefruit or orange. Juicy HOP BOMB.
M- Medium

O- WOW. This beer impresses. I am a bit disappointed that I just picked it up this week and it has 4 months on it, but it still kills. I wonder what it is like super fresh?

Photo of ksimons
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a fingers worth of white head. Lots of citrus, tropical fruits, and some hop resin.
Taste is similar to the smell, lots of tropical fruits and citrus with some pine and hop resin.
Medium body. Crisp carbonation.
Nice tropical fruits and hop bitterness, very drinkable

Photo of Dope
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 06/19/2014

A: A clear gold pour with a nice tall and frothy white head. Great head retention as it refuses to die out. Heavy, thick and continuous lacing everywhere.

S: Nice sharp, pungent grapefruit. Citrus rind. Maybe very lightly spicy? Smells dry with maybe some crackery malt?

T: More of that pungent grapefruit and bitter orange peel up front. Bold and sharp and extends through he middle. Sliver of malt, despite the ABV. Crackery, like saltines. Quite a bit of spicy black pepper in the finish. Very dry and quite bitter. Long lingering drying black pepper and hints of grapefruit.

M: Medium bodied, very dry and crisp. Would not suspect 9% ABV at all.

O: Nice DIPA. Loaded with big citrus (primarily grapefruit) flavors and aroma. Quite a bit of spiciness in the flavor too, reminiscent of a typical saison's black pepper in the aftertaste. Sharp flavors and big bitterness/dryness does harm the drinkability quite a bit. I don't mind though, I like the strength of flavors.

Photo of scotorum
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/31/13. Just purchased a week ago in Connecticut. Should have known better, but we don't get Captain Lawrence brews in Mass. and I did not want to pass up the opportunity to try some.

a: Nearly clear dark gold with an inch tall white head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s Mild citrus

t: Citrus up front with moderate hop bite over a medium sweet biscuit malt base.
High ABV is beautifully concealed. Minimal lingering bitterness.

m: Medium, very smooth, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: May not be what it was originally but this is stil a flavorful, refreshing and enjoyable IIPA.

Photo of Brock_hophead
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell is amazing right off the bat. Very citrusy with some pretty alright dankness. It it well-balanced for an imperial which is refreshing. With the ABV being at 9% you would think it would have more of a malty characteristic to mask the alcohol, but this does not. You do get a nice lingering hop presence after each sip but its not overwhelming. A pretty excellently well-rounded beer!

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Expensive bottle with no freshness date printed on.

Pours pale golden color half inch head quickly dissipates and leaves a little lacing

Smells of sweet pineapple and grapefruit

Tastes floral and citrusy with a medium amount of carbonation and bitterness with a creamy malt finish. Not a "hop bomb" as one might expect from an imperial IPA, but balanced and delicious.

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Nothing too amazing about this brew. I can say that it is as smooth as a greased skillet. But by my non expert taste this falls short of other imperial ipas. I could do with more hop taste and less alcohol (you'll never hear me say that twice).

Overall for those that enjoy hop taste this isn't for you.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 4.99/16.9 oz at Wegmans in Jamestown, NY
Bottled 5/20/14 at 40 degrees into standard pint
Aroma of grapefruit
Head average (4.5 cm), white, creamy with rocks, very slowly diminishing to a partial layer 1.5 cm thick
Lacing good – nearly complete rings with small bubbles
Body light yellow, chill haze (clears as the beer warms)
Flavor begins with general citrus, not the grapefruit I was expecting from the nose. The flavor doesn’t last, but the astringency hangs on a short while. No alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

This is a decent IPA, not as flavorful as I would like, but not bad. The astringency is not unpleasant and is relatively short lived. The aroma and appearance are very pleasant. The price is higher than warrented by the quality.

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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,220 ratings.