Palate Shifter Imperial IPA | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Palate Shifter Imperial IPAPalate Shifter Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.")

Added by John on 02-13-2006

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Teku
A: Slightly hazy orange with a one-finger head
S: Pine, orange rind and malts
T: Matches the nose
M: Fairly full-bodied, quite bitter
O: A big, bitter beer; hides the alcohol well

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Photo of Mongrel
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Like your IPAs big and bitter? This one's for you. Old school piney bitterness and a little new school juiciness. Some dank, resinous character emerges as the beer warms. Solid and bracing, to say the least. Not for the novice hophead.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

So this is the old Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA (even though there is still a duplicate listing for said beer).

Found it to be very yellow with a nice big 4/5" white head on it. Aroma lacked hops.

Taste was super bitter, hid the alcohol decently though. Despite a 5 hop claim, none really stand out beyond the normal non descript grapefruit bitterness. Light toasted pale malts.

I don't see how this beer gets the ratings it does.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Hand and Foot in Corning in a pint tumbler.
Comes in a clear copper color with a soapy off white head that leaves sheets of lacing.
The aroma offers pine needles, juicy grapefruit, orange peel, peach, and biscuity malt sweetness.
The palate brings lots of juicy grapefruit and orange juice, peaches, and biscuit in the middle. Some orange peel bitterness. Finishes with some alcohol warmth, and lingering pine, orange peel, and apricot. Medium bitterness.
The mouthfeel is medium-plus, well-carbonated. Finishes dry and piney with lingering hop oils.

This is a solid DIPA for 9%. Tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of Beers-es
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle a couple months old (props for dating the bottle), pours a slightly hazy deep copper-gold. Big 2-finger head. The look is the best part of this beer.

Smell is kind of muted. A bit of floral hops and sweet malt. Taste is kind of on the simple side: a bit of bitter grapefruit pith and malt. Sort of musty tasting. Not as bitter as I'd like, honestly.

Feel is a solid medium. Kind of run of the mill IIPA these days. Not that it's bad, but the bar is much higher.

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Photo of mickyge
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hop bomb, fairly strong piney citrusy smell. Clear golden look and a grapefruit bitter feel that stays through the swallow and maybe a hint of stickiness. Hides the 9% well and stays pretty bitter on the back of the mouth.

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Photo of parris
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper color, huge earthy piney nose. Same with the taste, tons of resinous pine, citrus peeled, pleasant hint of booze and medicine. Lingering bitterness to finish.

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Photo of BMFR1811
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Way to sweet, tastes under attenuated and very malt forward. I am too used to super dry dipas that going back to malty ones is tough. Almost syrupy and boozy

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Photo of Horbar
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear dark peach color
Light fruity smell with a bit of candied fruit
Very hot, the alcohol is upfront and stifles the hops, although I can still get a bit of the hops to tell they would have been a nice combo.
Even with its booziness, it is still pretty good for an IPA that wasn't kept cold at the store or canned. The one flaw was a doozy.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE - Light, no head, hazy.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, pine.

TASTE - Hops, very bitter, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Dry, clean, light, crisp.

VALUE - $10 for a 10-oz pour, expensive.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Standout bitter Imperial IPA.

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Photo of IronLover
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow in color with a heavy haze. Poured with short, dense, bright white foam with good retention. Medium high citrus aromas with lemon zest highlights followed by floral nots. Hop aromas are mellow at first with an emerging pungency into the middle followed by medium light malty aromas and mellow boozy notes at the back end. Medium light body with a smooth feel and medium high carbonation. Medium high hop aromas of pungent citrus and lemon flavors up front. Tangy, medium hop bitterness through the middle followed by light, crackery malt flavors, and pleasant, boozy warmth near the end. Finished dryly with lingering and citrus and floral hop bitterness and mellow boozy notes. Aggressive carbonation balances the body and mouthfeel nicely with this slightly boozer, hop forward IPA. Light malt aromas and flavors balance the hop characteristics very nicely. The highlight is the complex hop spectrum of citrus, lemon zest, and floral aromas and flavors that are pungent at times. Smooth and easy drinking considering the hop intensity and higher abv.

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Photo of RJQ3
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall Pilsner glass. Orange gold cloudy color with thick white head. Smell was of citrusy hops but taste was not as good as CL's IPA. Too strong and more malts presence in this one. I'll stick with the IPA which is world

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - A nice, slightly hazy, honey color
Smell - Explodes with grapefruit, Citrus and mango. A hop bomb
Taste - Grapefruit, grapefruit pith/rind, lemon, pine needles, dankness, slight booze, bitterness throughout

Overall - A nice West Coast'ish DIPA. An absolute hop bomb.

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Photo of Lilbeck23
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes out of a bottle like your normal IPA.
It is light in a golden, rich yellow color. There is a decent amount of head that complements the sipping.

The taste comes off hoppy like the smell; however, it leaves you feeling a SMOOTH buttery "Palate Shifter' from the hops to the smooth taste.

Overall, this beer is definitely one that can not be described through words, but better described by itself!
The beer holds its own name!

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Photo of ShanePB
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on draft; was advised it was towards the end of the keg. Hazy golden straw colored body with a small white head as served. Great lacing. Pineapple, grapefruit and citrus on the nose. Flavor is plentiful in a tropical hop profile, citrus, grapefruit peel and nicely bitter.

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Photo of PVMT
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A West Coast styled East Coast IPA. Aroma is fair, taste is toward the piney side of hops which sweetens through the finish. Decent, but unremarkable.

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Photo of Roguer
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great head generation, fantastic head retention, and tons of lacing. Snow white head atop a transparent, lemon-yellow brew.

Juicy hop aroma, pine and ruby red grapefruit pulp. Touch of sweet pale malt.

Slightly sweet brew; flavor matches the aroma. The hoppiness is slightly understated. Bitterness really comes on the back-end, with a grapefruit peel kiss.

Lively, smooth, drinkable; excellent feel for a 9% ABV DIPA, not at all leaning toward syrupy. Oily hop retention on the finish.

This brew is a touch over a month old, but it has held up quite well - well enough to give it a fair review, I think.

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Photo of cheer4beer_
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good looking beer. I'm not new to stronger beers or Imperial IPA's and I felt this one had a stronger alcohol taste. Unfortunately, my palate remains unshifted.

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Photo of One1Asterisk
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, this is an excellent beer. Much lighter in color than I'd expected. Nose follows what an IIPA should smell like, lovely hop aroma. My favorite aspect of this beer is that it's incredibly hoppy, WITHOUT being absurdly bitter! This is what I look for in beer, I love hoppiness until a crazy unwarranted bitterness ruins the experience. This beer nails it, and damn do I want another.

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Photo of dd43
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nothing particularly noteworthy about this beer, but a well executed double IPA. Pineapple and apricot on the nose as well as west coast sprucey hop notes. Mouthfeel is crisp but also just tacky enough from the malts underneath, which play a back seat to the bitter hop profile. Not overly boozy despite the ABV. Perhaps less balanced than the very best east coast IPAs but I certainly wouldn't turn one of these down in a bar.

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Photo of Dmbphoenix
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color, decent head and lacing. Big citric hops aroma in the nose. Similarly, the taste is grapefruit like. Very hop forward taste, piny and pleasantly bitter. Crisp and light for an IPA, incredibly drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of farrago
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
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 sjones5045
4.07/5  rDev -1%
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.

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