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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA
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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,192 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,192
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 209
Gots: 160 | FT: 5
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: 1,192 | Reviews: 522
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
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Super hoppy but super drinkable. Heavy pine flavor. Medium body. Crisp carbonation.
Might be my new favorite IPA.

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.

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Captain Lawrence
Captains reserve
Imperial ipa
9% ABV

APPEARANCE: Poured a star bright golden hay color. A great billowing fluffy off white head that continued to grow until I had to sip it down. Nice retention and wonderful lacing patterns.

AROMA: As I was pouring I got hit with a huge whiff of dank, marijuana like hops. When I got my nose into the glass it went past that and really started getting the tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, grapefruit and fresh squeezed orange juice. Picking up a just put out cigar note, smokey and interesting not used to this nose on a dipa.

TASTE: Huge wave of bitterness right off the bat that gets instantly balanced out by candied fruits. Some biscuity, bready malts peak in the middle and finishes with a great grassy, pine hoppy deliciousness.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and medium carbonation both appropriate for the style. The 9% ABV is hidden very nice and the dry hoppy finish literately leaves my mouth dry and thirsty for more.

OVERALL: In general I'm more of a west coast ipa fan then east due to the usual heavy malt flavor on the east coast ipa's. But this one just balances out so well, super solid and enjoyable. My first from captain Lawrence and overall I was very impressed. I would recommend this to any dipa lovers.

RATING: 4.4/5 Zombie Heads!

Photo of HamdenHector
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: crystal clear; nice fluffy white head that dissipated quickly; left a ring around the rim of the glass;

S: If there is a heaven, and if I'm lucky, this is what it will smell like. A little sweet; piney, citrus in the background; there's no mistaking this for anything but a DIPA.

T: Crisp; balanced; then the hops explode - piney, then citrus through the finish; bitterness builds and lingers.

M: medium bodied; a little high on the carbonation; you know the ABV is there, but a really easy beer to drink;

O: One of my favorites; nicely balanced; a good representation of the style;

Photo of threeviews
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle (bottled on date of 12/31/13) into a 17oz Harpoon embossed globe

A- Pours a very hazy, yellow/gold with no more than a single fingers worth of a soapy, white head. (3.75)

S- Very bright aroma. Orange and grapefruit citrus strike the nose immediately followed by some tropical fruit (melon, mango, pineapple) along with a subtle note of pine. A perfect aroma for my senses...simply awesome! (5.0)

T- Although not overly complex, the flavor profile is quite aggressive. Resiny hop bitterness attacks the palate first, followed by a hint of sweet tropical fruits. This is followed by a lingering, sugary grapefruit that fades into a prickly/piney-ness to dry things out quite convincingly. Despite the rather hefty 9.0% ABV, the alcohol is completely masked. (4.75)

M- This DIPA possesses a rather light mouthfeel. I can only imagine that the crystal malt bill is minimal (if at all) along with some dextrose. Carbonation is on the higher side (2.55-2.60vols) and helps to keep things clean and dry. (4.75)

O- Despite this bottle being over 90 days (rule of thumb is 90-110 days for hoppy beers), I am absolutely impressed by how well the hop aroma/flavor has sustained itself. For the price (~$4.00/bottle), I challenge you to find a better DIPA for the value. (5.0)

Photo of cpetrone84
2.66/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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Pour is a lightly hazed golden yellow with lots of white head and some large bubbles. Nose is heavy bready malt and caramel. Hints of hop but very faint. Either completely old extra or just a rough nose. Taste is much of the same, provides a bit more resin and pine hop. Still not hop forward. Not very good.

review 2/10/10
A-very light translucent golden yellow in color, not the best looking imperial ipa. the head is a creamy slightly off white color that has decent retention and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is stronger on the malt side and brings a mix of caramel malt and a touch of brown sugar with some piney hops.

T/M-this has a good body and brings a little more hops than the nose did. it is syrupy and extremely smooth coating the mouth as it goes down. the big malt flavors are there bringing lots of caramel malt accompanied by some citrus and piney hops. the hop oils are present as it goes down and the finish brings a touch of hoppy bitterness.

D-this is more like a light american barley wine. it hides the alcohol extemely well and goes down smooth; but it is way to balanced for my taste as an imperial ipa and really leans on a stronger malt taste than its hop profile.

Photo of EdwardK77
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this imperial IPA right after the Single Cut Billy Full Stack and liked it almost as much. This was also a very easy drinking high alcohol IPA. It definitely had the right amount of hops, pine, citrus etc. that you look for in an IPA. I would certainly drink this again.

Photo of dank203
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours into snifter classic appearance. hazy orange, white head. lacing. aroma is skunky, hoping its just a dank hop. getting some sweet candy aromas too. mouthfeel is great though, so smooth. nice amount of and citrus. bitter aftertaste. not my favorite of this style but I don't hate it

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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,192 ratings.