Palate Shifter Imperial IPA
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Palate Shifter Imperial IPAPalate Shifter Imperial IPA
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #376
Ranked #2,073
4.17 | pDev: 10.31%
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Palate Shifter Imperial IPAPalate Shifter Imperial IPA
Notes: 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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Reviews by strangefate:
Photo of strangefate
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Craft Beer Outlet (NE Philly), 6/23/2010

Pours a light clear golden amber with a small to medium layer of head. Leaves a sticky lacing throughout drinking. The scent is of hoppy pine and citrus. The taste is of hops up front with a malty characteristic on the backend - it's pretty well balanced. This combination really sticks to your tongue after drinking. There is a generous amount of carbonation with a lighter body than a typical 9% brew, which leaves it more drinkable than you'd expect.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice look to this beer. Scent is of citrus with some fleshy tropical fruits and slight pine sweetness. Tropical fruity flavors to start with some pine bitterness to balance out the malty sweetness. Nice depth of flavor and decent carbonation on this beer with alcohol well hidden.

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Photo of MrFabulous
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a 64 ounce Growler that I got at the brewery while watching NFL playoffs. Very well disguised 9% ABV. Loaded with piney grapefruit hops. Its so citrusy that you can drink this one year round. Highly recommended. Will need to reload the growler in preparation for Patriots in Superbowl.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, pine, resin. Taste is dank, resin, orange peels, pine, considerable bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer. I like my hops, but this one may be pushing the envelope just a bit.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ManVersusBeer
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint .9 fluid ounce bottle into a big 'ol wine glass.

Golden yellow-orange with a foamy, soapy, bubbly good looking head that dissipates slowly to a half-inch. Leaves a spotty, polka-dot lacing.
Smells of light floral hops, pine, honey, and grapes--almost wine-like. Tastes a lot like it smells, which is delicious. Some nice bread and sweet, but lemon-honey hop flavor is definitely there with a little bitterness and wine/grape notes coming in on the back end. This is delicious, a perfect balance of flavors with the sweetness and hop spice.
If I wasn't starting to feel it and I had another one, I would drink it. Goes down smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation. Drinkable, but the alcohol can surely be felt as you continue to drink; and you will continue to drink.

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Photo of Cavery
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml courtesy of GoGators, shared with SundaySour on a Saturday night!

Poured into Over-sized Wine Glass.

A: Looks a lot like mandarin orange flesh, very ripe and juicy. Slight burnt orange characteristics that compliment an appetizing 2 1/2 finger head. Very light fluffy bubbles, mixes of medium and small bubbles. Looks quite good. Sticky animal shapes of lacing hold onto the side of the glass. I swear one of them looks like a platypus.

S: Orange-esque cereal grains with some bitter lemon rinds. The hop character is quite piney with some dried sticky saps. Pleasant hop forwardness that isn't too green, and is refined in the way it avoids medicinal tones. A slightly over ripe note of clementines makes things interesting. Quite a refined sniffer indeed. I can see why the captain would keep this in his reserve.

T: Orange rinds with some juicy pulp capsules still attached. Very pleasant hop that garnishes a very clean citrus and iceberg lettuce salad. Perfumed alcohol creeps over the pine character of the hops to reveal a private garden of potently buttery blossoms. A mead like honey alcohol character that's quite scrumptious. You can practically taste the spring season in this glass, bees buzz and yellow flowers smile. This beer is a haiku in the mouth.

M: Shockingly soft in the mouth with bubbles that seem to disappear rather than burst. A foam blanket that puffs soft smoke on the tongue. The sensation surrounds the mouth, but is hard to detect in terms of weighing the body. A watery honey coats the mouth like a soothing iced tea. A full medium-heavy mouth makes for an almost chewy honey marmalade jam.

O: Besides DFH beers, this is my first East-Coast DIPA. I have to say, this was quite a pleasant surprise. This is a really balanced DIPA with soothing honey sweet qualities that give the beer a sophisticated backbone. The main flavor isn't as complex, but the condiments are superb. I get marmalade, honeys, and other citrusy jams. This adds a nice variation on the orange theme. I want to spread this beer on toast! An American breakfast DIPA if I've ever had one.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle into a large tulip glass.

A: Bright golden-amber body. Large, creamy off-white head. Great retention and nice thick, crystal-like lacing.

S: Subdued bitterness. Slightly grassy with a hint of generic citrus notes (grapefruit and orange). Undercurrent of sweet caramel malts.

T: A bit more bitter than the nose indicated. Predominately grassy and floral, but not much in the way of pine. Like the nose there are some grapefruit and orange rind bitterness bouncing throughout. Somewhat drowned out by the sweet caramel backbone.

M: Medium carbonation with a slightly thin finish with a lingering bitterness. Decent all around feel on the tongue.

D: Not bad overall. The flavor and aroma were not quite at the level I was expecting, but a decent brew nonetheless.

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Photo of MadBeerX
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the type of IPA that i enjoy, and one i think can be consumed on multiple occasions.
98points Rate Beer, tropical fruited nose- especially pineapple. Great balance, light weight mouthfeel for its statistical intensity.
A impressive representation of an Imperial IPA...

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Photo of Rizalini
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

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Photo of jiffymon
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt. 9fl. oz. bottle served into my DFH snifter. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a dense, creamy one inch bright white head that eventually settles into a thin, consistent skim. Delicate sheets of lacing were formed and refreshed after each tilt of the glass. Mild nose - lemon zest followed by a subtle sweet grapefruit character. Taste consistent with nose - what an incredible balance to this brew. The perfect synergy between sweet and bitter; malty and hoppy. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly oily consistency and a light, refreshing background effervescence. This is a great IIPA, so drinkable and flavorful with a well-masked abv. Another top notch brew from CL.

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Photo of smutty33
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of slow3v
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Skud
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of pwoods
3.67/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaineMike
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Gerasimos
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of cheah
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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