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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Palate Shifter Imperial IPAPalate Shifter Imperial IPA

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535 Reviews

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Reviews: 535
Hads: 1,305
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 16.79%
Wants: 214
Gots: 210 | 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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Photo of ksimons
4.44/5  rDev +8%
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

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Photo of Dope
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of scotorum
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Brock_hophead
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of BeerZombies1
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
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;

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Photo of threeviews
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
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)

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.66/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75


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.

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Photo of EdwardK77
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of dank203
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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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Photo of mikeg67
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy, piney, spicey hops, ripe fruit and bready malt. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy, piney, herbal hops dominate the palate while bready malt and tropical fruit provide some balance. Finish is long and very dry. Outstanding brew.

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Photo of TaylorGates
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottled on 12/31/2013

A: Nice orange Amber color with a nice white lacing head, cloudy

S: Alot of Orange rind and citrus in this IPA with a kick of allspice, clove, pine, corriander all work together for a great smelling beer

T: Hops hit you fist with a pine & spice, then a malty roast flavor takes over, I get a dry grapefruit pine leftover taste, that keeps me going back for more and more

M: medium body, pretty crisp beer with a dry finish the alcohol is hidden very well and makes it easy to drink

O: I really enjoyed this beer, Alot of citrus fruit with a nice malt balance that bends into a very drinkable smooth IPA

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle, dated 12/31/2013, received as an extra from Moyman.

Slightly hazy, straw-yellow elixir poured into DFH chalice. One finger, tight white foamy head. Copious lacing.

Big citrus profile here: mango, pineapple, orange.

Follows the aroma and really explodes on the taste buds. Wonderful!

Medium body, nicely carbonated, sweet.

Really well done IPA and the pint bottle format is a plus.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear gold color with bright white sticky head. Super super piney nose with some hints of tobacco and grapefruit.

Wow this is delectable. Incredibly smooth and velvety for the abv. Sweet hoppy fruitiness, tropical fruit, papaya and mangos, tart grapefruit along the mid palate with citric rind bitterness on the back end. Slick mouthfeel but not syrupy, full bodies with enough carbonation to cling the flavors together. Bitterness is mild, sweet sticky malt counteracts and balances things nicely, lingering fruitiness with hints of pine and tobacco. Just a touch of alcohol heat but otherwise incredibly smooth

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Photo of BeerEngineer
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

General: Found this at a little liquor store in West Covina, CA. It’s a 1 pint 0.9 fl oz bottle. Poured into my New Belgium tulip style glass to taste and review.

Appearance: This is a crystal clear DIPA with a great light golden color. SRM is probably around a 9 or so. Head is light, white and fluffy. It diminished pretty quickly but leaves some slight lacing.

Aroma: It has a slight citrus hint to it but the primary aroma is a grassy hop scent. It’s overpowering for all of the other potential aromas that could come through. Not much maltiness in this, it’s a big in your face DIPA. The hops aren’t my favorite profile but it’s a good example of a west coast IPA with the grassy/piney hit.

Mouthfeel: The feel is a little on the thicker side of the spectrum, still within the style but it seems to really coat your mouth. The carbonation is moderate.

Taste: This is just a grassy/piney explosion. True to a west coast style it’s like drinking a pine forest and fresh cut grass. Pretty good! Reminds me of something, see below…

Overall: This is one of those classic style DIPAs that stays true to its roots. It’s not trying to be a “new age” IPA with mango, citrus and grapefruit. It is very similar to Pliny the Elder in my opinion. It’s not as bright, and that may be because of the age of it for this bottle, but it’s got a similar hop profile. For those Nor’Easters who can’t get Pliny, Captain’s Reserve IIPA is a fair substitute. I bet if you get it fresh it would be even more similar.

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Photo of FLima
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy amber golden color with a thin head.
Nice tropical fruits aroma with fresh notes of papaya, honey, sweet tangerines and pineapples.
Balanced flavor with a biscuit malt backbone and notes of lemon-orange citrusy, pine resin, grass, honey and grapefruit juice.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation and a light acid sensation. It feels much less than its 9% abv.
This was so much nicer on tap than the bottle version. A DIPA that got pardoned on the overly sweet original sin for the style, taking it to its great potential.
Awesome beer, great drinkability for a DIPA.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep golden body, not quite clear; big as you want it head of off-white foam that'll persist nicely

S: lots of golden malty grains and zesty citrus and bright floral notes

T: nice balance struck between the solid malt bill and the crisp hops; lemon-citrus and sweet pale malt; some yeasty brightness and slight chew

M: body has a medium overall feel but light on the tongue, smooth and slick, crisp bitterness up-front fades into a lighter finish

O: a great beer - runs on the lighter-feeling side of the DIPA spectrum, classic DIPA flavors, well-balanced, and easy drinking.

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Photo of TheBeerTrekker
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dated: 08/26/13
Served on a tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden light color, with 3 fingers of full head.

S: Sweet citrus fruits, pine, hops.

T: Like the nose, a lot of hop flavor, a bit bitter.

M: Moderate carbonation, goes down smoothly, very light on the palate.

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Photo of ianmatth
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber. I could care less about appearance, so unless it's really beautiful or really ugly, it will get the average of the other ratings. Who drinks a beer for appearance anyway?

S - Big pine and citrus aroma. Claims 5 hops varieties, I'm sure Simcoe, Centennial, and CTZ are well represented. Most likely Amarillo, possibly Cascade, maybe Citra.

T - The pine and citra taste actually matches the aroma. Most IPAs and DIPAs smell better than they taste. A little bit of that sweet high ABV taste, but still dry.

M - Great balance of up front bitterness and smoothness.

O - Paid $3.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle. Tastes better if you drink from the bottle.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
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 sweet....in my opinion.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a perfectly clear, bright, pale, yellow color with a sizeable head on it. Retention is tremendous and lacing is pretty darn good. Just a good looking beer in the glass.

S- Very piney and resinous hops bitterness in the scent here. Rather crisp, and not quite as strong as most DIPA's, but very good and an intimidating preview of what's to come for your taste buds.

T- Starts with a bang of hops bitterness that is more fruity than piney, unlike in the scent. Quickly moves towards more of a pine bitterness with the hops, before introducing the slightest touch of the lightest malt base. There is a very, very slight honey-like flavor in there towards the end too. The end of this beer is clean because of the hops, but there is a bit of lingering bitterness, although not strong.

M- Medium to high in carbonation, and medium to thick in body. Not quite smooth, but more of a slick quality to the feel of this beer. Slides across the tongue easily to promote the beer's drinkability, a which is also supported by a well hidden alcohol content.

Overall, this is a pretty darn good DIPA. Not too bitter, but very well balanced. Perfect for the intermediate hop lover like me.

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9-oz bottle to tulip. No born on date. Consumed 9-14-2013.

A: liquid gold appearance, hewing closer to straw than to orange. large white, soapy head leaving good spiderweb lacing.

S: there is an herbaceous spicy aroma here. it is unique, but not unpleasant. tobacco, lemon, acetone with deep inhalation. there is juicy pineapple with warmth, onion too.

T. orange pith, malt sweetness initially, but this moves quickly to metallic bitterness and alcohol burn.

M: well-carbonated, crisp, but the alcohol sting lingers on the palate.

this is a unique approach to an American DIPA. to be sure, this one tasted better as I drank more. this pales in comparison to the fresh OTWOA I drank five days earlier however. the alcohol comes through too much.

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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.