Palate Shifter Imperial IPA - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,249
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 206
Gots: 179 | 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: 1,249 | Reviews: 534
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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an impy nonic a light to medium golden with a large blooming white head...maybe to big,a large amount of broken globs left behind as settled into a frothy mass.Tropical fruit with some leafiness, mixed with sweet alcohol and caramel in the nose,the hops win out.Quite sweet on the palate although maybe not quite as sweet as many of the style,drunken fruit and sugary sweetness with a tropical fruit-like hoppiness in the finish,if there was just a little more drying resiny/pine hoppiness it would have been rated higher by me.It's close to being fantastic but just a little my opinion.

Photo of brownbeer
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking pale gold color with a slight haze.

Complex, doughy, bready malts through and through balanced by a hop assault, piney and strongly floral, very inviting. A nice, cleanly drying finish that makes you want more.

This was a really great change of pace from what we're used to in the midwest. Thanks to blaheath for crackin' this one open.

Photo of diesel59
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i tried this at there pleasantville location while retrieving parts @ kent supply one afternoon... i will not mention what oil co. i work for.... otherwise it was outstanding... and soon to be found on tap for growlers in pawling discount... to which i and some friends frequent... great double I.P.A.

Photo of steelerguy
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a hazy gold approaching copper. 2 finger headed that faded to a lacing on top of the beer that will add some coat to the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet caramel from the malt and floral hop aromas with a little citrus.

T - Strong malt presence that prepares the taste buds for the hop explosion that comes right after. I was guessing about 80 IBU but was told it was 91. I was a little surprised by that but I can believe it because the great malt flavors balance the hops well.

M - Excellent mouthfeel. Feels like they malted high and that they are some more complex sugars left in there. Really quite nice for a IIPA.

D - A double IPA is a beer that can be excellent for the first pint and then get a little overwhelming on the second. Not so with Captain's Reserve, the balance makes a very drinkable 90+ IBU beer.

As a side note, this goes quite excellent with shell steak and spare ribs. This can stand up to any great tasting steak and really add to the enjoyment of it.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely clear pale golden orange pour. Two fingers of creamy white foam on top of the brew. A bit lighter in color than many other DIPA's. Aromas of tropical citric hops along with pine resin accents. Herbally with a sweet crisp backbone. Somewhat fruity, nice.

First sip brings a mix of fruity citric hops upfront with a touch of sweetness. Tropical and pineapple accents swirl through with herbal pine on the way down. Malt body is quite thin here and a touch biscuity with bitterness well placed on the finish. Alcohol is not really noticeable.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit lighter than I expected. Good carbonation. Overall, a pretty good DIPA with a few flaws that drop it down on my favorites list. Worth a try if you can get it but I don't think I'd go out of my way. Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity.

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

picked this one up in nyc some of these items are easier to get there than back in new jersey although i see the captain larry stuff floating around every now and then

wow, this one was a real big strong ipa style heavy on the aroma intense hops smelled like a whole bunch of fruit and crazy spices i even smelled some banana in there i could tell this beer was going to be real intimidating but i like that

whoa taste is intense too just as i suspected but nice and dry with a good solid kick and bite at the end, it is sweet and bitter and strong but it does not slow you down you can actually sip this over and over and not get tired

amazing strong mouthfeel the carbonation was so tight and fine i really liked how he made this come together

so far this is one of the best local imperial ipas i had really good stuff here from the captain

Photo of Jason
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9oz brown bottle with no freshness date. A case of this was leftover from our latest EBF, how the attendees did not blow through this beer is beyond me.

Pale golden straw color, crystal clear. Head retention leaves a sticky lacing on the glass. Grapefruit rind and rustic pine truck and sap with a peppery alcohol and hint of grain in the aroma. First sip reveals a quick smoothness and a rapid jump to the hop character. Tobacco, oily resin, citric rind and leafy pull ... a hard pull on the palate. Alcohol weaves in a growing warmth. As the hops let go of the palate a bit a dry cracker maltiness comes through. More of that tobacco flavor in the dry finish. Lots of hop flavor without a massive bitterness.

Why have I not had this beer before and how can a get a steady stream of it sent to my local area / piped to my house. East coast brewers throwing it back at the west coast here ... this beer touches perfection on a lot of points.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler today at the brewery, the first day it's been available. Oh- I love fresh local beer!

Pours a semi-dull shade or orangey amber, cloudy. Struts a creamy meadium to tiny bubble almost white head, with bubbles continuing to rise to the top. This topper shows fine retentive powers, and the resultant lacing is top notch, striated,stringy, in sheets, fine and also long lasting. Nice looking brew. Nose is clearly of grapefruit and citrus rinds. This is a bold and flavorful brew, plenty of citric notes, lime, grapefruit, some vanilla and honey, bready malts, alcohol nicely intermingled and in the rear. Hops are oily, citric and quite present, however the hop profile is not biting nor harsh, its got the crunch but lacks any unplesant bite. Mellow beyond its short existance. Smooth, rounded and inviting mouthfeel. Went great with some Double Glouchester cheese and walnuts. Tasty, quality and obviously skillfully crafted creation, this is a home run for Capt' L.! Support this small, high quality brewery. More fine beer is promised to be on the way...

Photo of warriorsoul
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to goodbyeohio for this growler gem...
Clear, golden copper color with a full finger of bright white head with an agressive pour...sporadic lacing.
All hops in the nose...grapefruit mainly with slight alcohol detected as it warms.
The taste is real nice...definitely an Imperial, but oh so drinkable.
Definite almost piney/minty-like flavor as well. Very bitter but finishes with a delicious sweet carmelized malt...goes down very easy with no real alcohol presence...just a wonderful warming effect.
Mouthfeel is thick, but not cloying...carbonation is fine just where it is.
Need to make a visit to this place real soon...the guy simply knows how to take a style and produce a winner.
Very impressive and worth your undivided attention.

Photo of tigg924
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, orange-gold in color, moderate carbonation, 1/4 inch head

Smell: citrusy hops, small malt, and pine

Taste: pine is the foremost flavor, there is a strong citrus element, a nice bready malty backbone, and some honeydew melon

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium carbonation, sweet start with a big bitter middle and a sweetish end.

Drinkability: A very drinkable, semi-sweet IPA. I love the way the hops jump in this one. One of the better beers I have had in the style. I will look for this again.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

500ml bottle. The beer pours a clear golden-yellowish color with a white head. The aroma is strong orange peel. The flavor is tons of citrus hops and medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler poured into an 8oz alt glass.

Pours a light amber that's very clear, light white thin head with lots of sticky white lacing. Nose is very hoppy and there's even a sharp cheddar note too.

Taste is hops and booze! This is 72hrs old so the bitterness is all there. Very spicy and floral, lots of earthy notes. It is a bit hot but I'm having it at cellar temp. Very nice beer.

Photo of hiphopipa
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was careful to let this one warm up a bit, 6° tonight here in Maine. Looking for an after work warm up.
Pours a hazy lightly-burnt orange, head quickly dissipates and leaves plenty of lacing that fully coast the glass.
Citrus hop aroma with a little malt.
Very impressive. Big and flavorful. Perfectly balanced earthy hop flavor with the slight malt sweetness.
Full bodied and creamy, gingerly carbonated with a clean & dry finish.
A bit of an alcohol bite at the beginning but overall is very well hidden to make it an easy drinking DIPA.
Many thanks to jedwards for the excellent trade.

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 ehammond1
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Perfect appearance: clear, golden orange, light amber, with a pillowy, tight off-white head that leaves messy, crooked lines of lace all the way down the glass.

Somewhat bready aroma initially punctuated by some citrus elements--seems simple, though nice and appropriately hoppy. Though as this beer nears room temperature, the citrus pineapple, orange, and grapefruit elements shine through nicely.

Moderate bitterness initially, with some stinging, strong pineapple and grapefruit citrus notes. Big and flavorful, though simple and straightforward, all at once. Complete. Very nice.

Medium to full mouthfeel with high carbonation.

A terrific DIPA. My first experience with Captain Lawrence is a good one. The whole of this beer is better than it's individual elements. It's fantastically drinkable, and just gets better and better.

Photo of boatshoes
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at my first visit to Rattle N' Hum in New York. Always looking to try a new DIPA.

Appearance- Comes off the tap into a snifter with a thin layer of head that sticks around for a bit before dying back to a ring around the edges. A golden body with fairly active carbonation. Looks nice in the glass.

Smell- Rich smell of both fruity and piney hops. Lots of big notes of grapefruit but more evenly mixed with a nice resin scent as well. Smells big!

Taste- Lots of grapefruit rind up front but again interspersed with a rich piney quality. A pretty strong malt backbone shows through as well however as in east coast DIPA fashion. A nice, well integrated combination.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel came across just a touch thin for the style but the drinkability on this was fantastic. Really went down easy despite the abv.

Overall, a very solid DIPA. Not the best but a very good showing.

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 far333
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear pale copper honey colored with a frothy head of meringue that lingers long and leaves legs of lace rising up the glass.

Aroma of tangerine and some grainy malt, some cinnamon notes.

Rich flavors of tangerine and orange rind, notes of red grapefruit. Subtle pine lingers. Mild bitterness. Good balance of honey malt rides beneath.

Rich and full mouthfeel, not very dry, slight warming of the cheeks. Very tasty and drinkable beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.26/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Really yellow, but such a pillowy head that rises up like the cliche pheonix. Aroma wasn't there. Bubbabrewgans threw this in as an extra, thanks bro. Classy move.

Taste, really bitter, was surprised to read that the alcohol was 9%. They say 5 hop variations, but nothing really stands out or creates some super hoppy blend in this combination. Tastes like the standards, some cascade and maybe columbus. Light body though, so it leaves you feeling a little more buzzed, not knowing it.

Not too complex, but a good beer to get me a little buzzed up to let it fly on the disc golf course in a few minutes. Nevada 28, Idaho 3 at halftime, you're going down Corpulent!

Photo of whoneeds8
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to JoeyBeerBelly for providing this in the winnings for Week 6 of the Sunday Night Football Squares LIF.

Poured into a tulip glass a burnt yellow with a thick four finger white head and great lacing all the way down the glass. Being allergy season, I can't smell a thing. The taste is different for an IIPA. It must be a different variety of hops that they have used. There isn't much of a malt sweetness to this, making it a pretty strong hop bomb. It's just an odd hop bomb. The mouthfeel is a little on the light side for the style, and the alcohol burn is very noticable. This is an interesting version of an IIPA.

Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this courtesy of RustyDiamond - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pine and citrus hops, in that order, with a robust caramel malt backbone holding things together.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Strong caramel malts kick things off and are joined, but not overpowered, by pine and citrus hop flavors. This is a malt-heavy (some might say balanced) DIPA. Ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. This has a very nice thickness with moderate carbonation and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could drink a few more.

Overall this is a well-balanced DIPA. Definitely worth a shot.

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 pwoods
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to gregc for this extra.

500ml brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a pretty average orangish amber with great clarity. 2 fingers of egg shell head forms and holds nicely. Decent lacing.

S: Lots and lots of pine. Enough to actually drown out the acidic citrus hops. Some sweet malts that don't smell to be too rich, which should be nice.

T/M: Seems to be a somewhat lack of bitterness. The hops taste fresh and the malts aren't too big to over balance. There's definitely some bitterness but not nearly as much as I had expected. More of the big pine from the hops with more of the sharp acidic citrus hop flavors coming out as well. Some good sweetness from the malts that builds to a bit richer flavor of toffee as I swallow. Some added bitterness on the lingering, somewhat dry finish. Body is medium to medium full with controlled carbonation.

D: Pretty tasty brew and unique in its own right. Would have liked to see a bit more bitterness. Pretty average on drinkable and reasonable ABV.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a full dense white head. Average carbonation, fairly small bubbles. Leaves some impressive lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Full bouquet of hops going on here. A nice citrus grapefruit and also earthy. Has some pleasant floral qualities too. Malts come through a bit as it warms as a faint sweetness.

T: A tasty beer indeed. Bold hops are the first flavor to hit your taste buds, bittering at first it blends into an earthy hop blend. Sweet malts bring up the rear and attempt to balance it out. Hops linger on the aftertaste with a pleasant citrusy floral.

M: Has a light body for an imperial IPA which makes it an easy sipper. Average carbonation. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Overall another real tasty imperial IPA. Wish this had some bottle dating as it was a little lackluster. Good blend, very balanced, real easy drinking.

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

Many thanks to beenitty for this nice surprise extra in our recent trade. Poured into my dfh snifter, pours a very bright yellow (awesome!) color, some small carbonation bubbles are visible, and some nice frothy foam rises to to top of the glass and then recedes slowly. Smell- big citrus (lemon, tropical fruits) flavors, pot, pine, and sweet grapefruit. Taste- big biting floral hops hit the front part of the palate first, followed by a nice sweet citrus flavor, it has nice carbonation on the finish, with another bitter kick. I'm in love. Mouthfeel- nice medium bodied, rich carbonation. Drinkability- man oh man...wish I had another one of these. This is maybe the best beer I have never heard of.

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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,249 ratings.