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

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.")

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a hop story all around, found on tap at The Ginger Man in NYC. Hop aroma, hops in taste, full mouhfeel, with nicely done balancing and creaminess in the mouth making it fairly drinkable. Good representation of the imperial style. All kinds of hops, some lace in glass.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

awesome brew, my first from captain Lawrence, courtesy of a trade with thebrewo. I kind of rushed through the first bottle of this, but am taking my time with this here second one. the pour is as clear as any beer ive ever seen, absolute glass, sunshine colored, way light for a big ipa, boasting a fluffy and resilient snow white head. the nose is major floral hops, juicy and ripe, but there is a weird malt profile for an imperial ipa. there is Czech pils malts in here and a lighter yeast than the conventional California ale yeast. the flavor is big on hops, super bright and lingering all the way through, again with a pilsener malt profile and maybe even a lager yeast, although that seems unlikely, the flavor is there, and it is crisp like cold fermentation. like walking through a hop grove, if there was a hop/tangerine hybrid that grew on a tree. I absolutely love how light, refreshing, and drinkable this is, sort of defies the style in that way. there is a bit of an alcohol burn in there, no doubt about it. you know its big, but its still deceiving. like many beers, this feature gets more intense as it warms. overall I love the floral hops and the unique lighter malt bill, an expertly made beer, and one that's inspired me to seek out more captain Lawrence beers.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a hazy looking golden copper color with a fluffy white head on top. The lacing was pretty good here and the retention wasn't bad either. The smell of the beer gives off some really nice hoppy aromas. The taste was very good at first but it seemed to get a little strange in the aftertaste. I'm not entirely sure why. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty good, it was thick and oily which I enjoyed. Overall everything but the aftertaste on this beer was good to me.

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Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear yellow with a little head. The level of carbonation is very active and a layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface revealing lacey patterns.
S: There's a huge aroma that smells like a bouquet of flowers intermixed with piney hops.
T: The initial flavors are a mirror image of the smell, with a decidedly hoppy finish that leaves some bitterness on the palate. There are some underlying malts in the flavors but the flavor of hops is rather dominant, as it should be for this style.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied on the palate and the level of carbonation is perfectly matched.
D: This is very easy to drink. It packs a lot of punch in the way of flavor and the alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of brentk56
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a hazy amber color and a one finger head that sticks and sheets

Smell: Smells like a San Diego Pale Ale; lots of tangerine sweet citrus aromatics

Taste: Am I on the west coast? I am tasting the tangerine, with a balancing malt backbone right through mid-palate; nice and bitter after the swallow, but always balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A superb DIPA; may well be the best example I have come across on the east coast and would compete with the best of San Diego, too

(I don't plan to re-review this beer in the bottle, but I will note that I much preferred this beer on tap. In the bottle, though it is still a bitter beer, I find the malt a bit too dominating and the hops a bit too metallic to garner the scores it achieved on tap.)

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Photo of largadeer
2.99/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle kindly supplied by Dyan. Thanks, big guy.

Pale golden-amber, brilliantly clear and bright, this is a beautiful beer. Two fingers of head settles down to a thin disc that retains very well.

The nose is signature East Coast DIPA; big malts to match big hops with solventy alcohol backing it up. Sweet and tropical with scents of pineapple and Mandarin orange.

Opens up sweet on the palate, honey and caramel flavors competing with fruity, tropical hop flavors for the forefront. Medium in body, thankfully not too syrupy, but not nearly as crisp or dry as I'd like. Finishes with a blast of resiny, herbal hops that, while not too bitter, have an odd astringency to them.

Not a bad beer on the whole, but really rough around the edges. The sweetness muddles the hop flavor, and the finish is unpleasantly rough. Needs some work.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz format. Brown glass. Uninteresting label design. Branded black pry-off crown cap. Purchased at a Whole Paycheck in NYC as part of a 4-pack for $10.99.

"Imperial IPA." 9.0% ABV.

Served cold into stemware.

HEAD: ~3 inches in height. Off-white. Frothy and creamy to style. Retention is rather good for the high ABV - ~10 minutes. Leaves a thick coating of lacing on the glass' sides as it recedes.

BODY: Slightly hazy translucent orange-yellow of average vibrance. Nontransparent. Lacks any visible yeast/lees, but it doesn't seem filtered; definitely not a clean appearance.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice looking imperial IPA, but the appearance isn't unique or special.

AROMA: Fresh citrus jumps out of the glass, hitting juicy notes of fresh tangerine and evocative mandarin orange along with lychee, passionfruit, and papaya. Pale malt sweetness keeps any hop bitterness in check, but all the hop flavour is there, and this aroma is more expressive and vivid in terms of its fruity hop notes than any I've encountered this year. Though there's a blip of alcohol warmth, this is a rather inviting lively aroma that promises a balanced beer with loads of hop flavour. I'm eager to try it.

No overt yeasty notes or off-notes. Aromatic intensity is moderate.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Opens soft, welcoming the drinker with early notes of soft lychee, mandarin orange, and faded tropical fruits (papaya, tangerine), hitting the citrusy hop flavour nicely but not to the extent the aroma promised; it's not all that fresh, expressive, or juicy. Sharp zest intensifies as the flavour profile runs through its structure, culminating in a sharp overcarbonated zest-forward finish plagued by a warm alcohol undertone. Not boozy or "fusel" as the kids are want to to call it, but definitely warmer than would be ideal.

The result is a beer that evokes a booze-soaked tropical fruit profile akin to overpriced girlie drinks on some island resort, giving it a cheap taste. The shallow depth of flavour doesn't help.

Flavour duration and intensity are average. Not a balanced brew in terms of alcohol presence, but the pale malt backbone is enough to prevent the hop bitterness from really hitting the palate hard. It's not badly built all things considered, but the aroma promised so much more than the taste delivers.

Smooth and wet, but too boozy to be refreshing in spite of its relative softness. Certainly overcarbonated (sharply so in the third act), and a bit thick. Creamy, hinting at orange creamsicle when coupled with the citrusy flavours. A softer, juicier, cleaner mouthfeel would be ideal, as would less overt alcohol.

OVERALL: I've lived in New York six months and as much as I keep trying to get into these Captain Lawrence hoppy ales, I never seem to like them as much as everyone else. I commend the brewery for their sour ales, but this hop profile isn't great, the beer doesn't deliver on the promises of the aroma, and it's way too alcohol-forward for my taste, tanking its drinkability. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but far from world class. Won't dazzle the discerning drinker, and I wouldn't buy another 4 pack, but I'll enjoy polishing off the one I got. Decent at I just keep stumbling across old bottles from this brewery or something?

C (2.84) / AVERAGE

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dominant citrus hops with light malt backbone. Taste is also dominated by loads of citrus hops with some definite bitter notes and a weaker then anticipated malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well made though more malt presence would have benefited this beer.

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Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a golden light amber with a half finger of fluffy white head. The head fades to a layer with some very mild lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt in the background with some citrus peel hops. There is some tangerine and pineapple in there as well.

Taste: Citrus peel hop bitterness with enough sweet background to balance out the bitterness. The alcohol is just a bit harsh. The sweetness has some pineapple in it, just like the smell.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: If the alcohol was a bit smoother it would help this beer, but it's quite good as it. I would probably have another.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. Appearance is an orange apricot with a brown streak in there. Mild head and not much lacing. Nose is fairly sharp with some really nice floral and citrus notes. The taste features the floral and citrus hops, costarring some light caramel in the background. Feel is fairly bitter and a bit dry. Drinks fairly well but doesn't hit all the right spots.

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

From the pour I could tell this was going to be a lighter colored IIPA. It is a peach hued golden color. Pours 1 finger of slight beige head. Leaves some splattered lace that is very bubbly; very unique.

Aroma: A massive amount of floral hops that are very inviting. Some nice notes of grapefruit and caramel with some sugar in there as well.

Taste: This beer has a very big sugar base to it, it seems. A lot of caramel and grapefruit are right up front and then the floral hops push in. It is interesting right on the tip of the tongue there just seems to be a lot of sugar. This beer is good, except that aspect bothers me a big.

Mouthfeel: Nice and bitter, but it has a smooth feeling to it. It shows a little heat here. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a slight dry aftertaste full of hops. Probably one of the best parts of the beer.

Overall, this beer is pretty decent. I really like the mouthfeel for an IIPA. I am having no problem with my bottle, however I am starting to feel a slight buzz off of this. I dig the beer. Would like more if I lived in the area.

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

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles down quickly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Pungent grapefruit and pine hop aromas wit some bready malt in the background.

T - Sweet, bready malt up front with fruity hop notes of orange and grapefruit. Some pine comes out in the middle with more sweet malt character. Things finish up with more bready sweetness and spicy, fruity hop notes as well as moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Fruity and pungently aromatic this is a proper DIPA. The malt character is more than strong enough to balance the hops, but it is simple to the point of being one dimensional, which has the benefit of letting it fade into the background so that the hops can shine through. It might be nice to have a little more bitterness in the finish to push back against the big malt sweetness, but other than that I have no complaint.

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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 my opinion.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into oversized wine glass. Pours a hazy golden amber color, with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with amazing retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some decent lacing is left on the glass as well. Aromas of strong caramel, pine, grapefruit, mango, orange, and spices. Excellent DIPA aromas here, very strong as well. Taste of strong grapefruit, orange, pine, caramel, lemon, mango, and some spices. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with citrus, pine, and spicy flavors. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish. Very smooth medium-full body with medium carbonation. Nice balance of bitterness and sweetness, with the sweetness being a bit more than the bitterness. Very drinkable stuff for being 9% as well. Overall, a very excellent DIPA with great balance and drinkability.

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lost this review in the great crash of yesterday. But thank GOD for google cache!

Got this grenade awesomely huge looking bottle from aparris85 in a great trade. The bottle itself even looks awesome. Anyways, I poured it into my DFH oversized snifter. This will be my first CL beer too, I am the Excite!

Oooh, just popping the top unlocked all this fragrance and aroma of awesome floral spicy and grassy hops. Its also got one of those cool reverse funnel tops that make it pour slowly and with lots of carbonation.

A: Astronimical head, I think the glass filled up with head and left 1 finger of beer at the bottom, in a huge role reversal, mostly due to the funnel neck bottle (similar to Pliny). The head is full of air and disappears very quickly, leaving a spotty lacing on the glass. It's so diamond brilliantly clear, I'm going to use it to fry some ants in the morning sun. It has a light pale orange yellow color to add to the clear opaqueness.

N: Still loaded with light grassy, floral, spicy aromatic hops. Makes me want to frolic around in the hay with some really hot girl, a girl with clothes made of hops that is. Some light citrus and touch of pine add to the hop experience, which is quite expanded. A slight alcohol nose also splices its way through like the crazy splicers in Bioshock, drunk on Atom!

T: Oh yeah, starts just as expected, very sweet and malty... no just kidding, loaded with fresh hop taste. Very light on the malt taste, mostly just pale malts, but the hops really hit the spot. Lot of grassy, spicy, floral, juicy hops really take over the palate. A slight pine but not much. I actually also get some fresh wort taste, like fresh malts and hops before they have really matured, which is strange for 9% abv beer, but I have tasted it in quite a few IPAs before. It also has some sweetness, but not a lot, and slight alcohol taste. I also get a slight spicy yeast taste, that seems to come back in burps. Some citrus and fruit from the hops round off the taste as well, giving it a juicy quality that brings the drinkability up a bit too.

M: Semi thick actually, not much left for carbonation after blowing its load on the pour, I think that was my fault. Slight alcohol warmth as well.

F: Finishes very bitter and semi dry. The hop bitterness really just seems to settle on the mouth as the liquid disappears. It's almost feeling my mouth freeze over as it dries out quickly and gets slammed with a hop bitterness, and some spiciness. It seems to leave the mouth in a confused state, it started as a great tasting, semi sweet juicy IPA, then left a dry, spicy, alcoholic haze. The bitterness lingers a bit too.

Final thoughts: A pretty good take on an American IPA. I've had better, but it's still a great one. Combines quite a few good tastes, some good hops as they seemed to go for the floral, spicy, grassy angle rather than bombing with pine and citrus. It has an alcohol presence, but it doesn't drink like a 9%, more like a 7 or 8. Overall I would get this again if I could, a pretty good beer. Thanks again Alex.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scott has done it again! This is one of my favorite double IPAs! It's like a refreshing west coast IPA that's been hopped up on steroids... all muscles, rather than the all too common, flabby, doughy-sweet and candyish malt ball that's been over-bittered and over-infused with hop flavors to compensate. Or, just not that balanced. But this one is!

It pours an expectedly hazy, amber-orange and copper body beneath a frothy head of off-white foam that holds really well and leaves creamy rings of lace about the glass.

The nose is loaded with citrusy and sweet notes of pineapple, grapefruit, apricot, and papaya as well as a touch of pine.

The flavor is malty without being overdone, and it's lightly caramelish and a touch biscuity. It's got some body to it as well, and although it's a bit sweet, it's not candyish or cloying; but it does take it right to the edge. From there a whallop of Pacific Northwest hops (Cascade, Centennial, perhaps some Amarillo? I dunno...) reigns down on it, thinning it with citrusy, lightly-tart fruity goodness! But that's not all, there's also a touch of mintiness, grassiness, and light pine/spruce that gives it a sharper edge. The bitterness then comes in, solid and brisk, but not overly bold. I hate it when an IPA offers you a lot of malt and fruit to start off with, and then smacks down your tastebuds with raspy, heavy bitterness; but there's none of that here. It's very well-balanced, and retains a great amount of drinkability. The alcohol is very well hidden, and I think what actually is there might just add a welcome touch of spiciness.

If you haven't tried it, it's worth seeking out. Very well done!!!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear gold, with 2 fingers of eggshell-white head. This retains with a rich ¼ finger that drenches the sides of the glass with thick spotty lacing. The aroma is floral, spicy, and piney smelling, with a sharp punctuation of citrus flavor (grapefruit in particular is coming out strong) that is then tempered on the sides somewhat with some light tropical notes. A thick graininess from the malts fills out the back but this lessens into more of a sweet breadiness as this warms up.

The taste is bitter with grapefruit and citrus rind, being well balanced fruit, honeyed sweetness, and grainy malts. The bitterness is a little harsh in the back-end at first but this soothes out more as things hit room temp. A resinous and spicy finish really clings hard on the palate with a steady dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a great feeling smooth creaminess to the carbonation but there is just enough of a prickle here to help pop the bitterness that much more. This is also an easy feeling underlying slickness that just helps this slide across the tongue effortlessly and the alcohol is present with just a little bit of light warmth. Pretty impressive feel for 9%.

I think that I liked this a little more in the growler when I last had this a couple of years ago but this still holds its own in the bottle as well. Quite forceful with the hops, yet this still stays relatively smooth and drinkable. Once worth trying from the Captain.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from JoeyBeerBelly so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, tea, citrus and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong hops bitterness up front. Despite knowing that this is a 2IPA, the strength of the hops caught me a bit off guard as they were not that strong in the smell. However, I consider that a good thing. There are mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel that come in next. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, while there a few 2IPA's that I would choose first, this is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Captain Lawrence, Elmsford, NY

Poured into a Cpt. Lawrence signature plastic cup, a clearish golden-yellow color with a half-finger or so of foamy white head that receded a bit...some short-lived lacing, if you can call it that on plastic. Nice blast of fresh hops in the nose, citrus, pine, mostly. Taste was expectedly hop-dominant, Northwestern in nature, citrus, grass, pine, with a solid bready malt base. Medium body, crisp, well-hidden alcohol, and a pleasant non-palate-wrecker, despite its otherwise typical IIPA characteristics. One of the best from this brewery, I'd say.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that slowly redues to a large medium thick patch of larger bubbles, some very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, floral, and earthy hops. Light amounts of malty sweetness as the beer warms.

T: Upfront there are some light flavors of sweet grainy malts but that is quickly overtaken by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit, floral, and earthy hops. Light amounts of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderat amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a fairly enjoyable DIPA and the alcohol is extremely well hidden within it. Very easy to drink and a bit lighter than some others in the style but still with nice but not overly aggressive hops flavors/aromas.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cuzco for this one! Poured this into a Brew Dog pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange/amber color. Chunky one finger head that lasts for a very long time. Lacing covers the glass all the way around.

S: Lots of citrus fruit aroma. Some grapefruit and a good bit of mango. There is a little bit of a caramel malt aroma too. But overall, a little weak for a DIPA.

T: Very fruity, not bitter whatsoever. Has a grassy flavor and more of the citrus fruits from the nose. The caramel malt rounds it out nicely.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall tasty, and I like the citrus fruit flavors, but I found it a little weak for a DIPA.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review based on notes, got this one from HopStoopid120, cheers Tony!

Pours an effervescent apricot with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Nice lacing & outstanding head retention

S: Slight pineyness, plus a ton of citrus

T: Follows the nose, nice tangerine & lemon flavor up front, plus some caramel sweetness. Earthy hops & breadyness as this warms, along with a bit of boozeyness. Finishes with leafy hops & tangerines

MF: Medium bodied, slightly sticky with assertive carbonation & good balance

Drinks easy, a solid DIPA

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brand new bottles and I was able to score one with the quickness. I decided to bust them out last night for everyone to get a quick try. Served cold and poured into a pint glass.

So clear. That was the one thing I really took away from this one. It had an amazing amber color to it and the clarity was really just spot on. I was shocked by the color on this one as it really just shined through beautifully. Nice big head of white on the top settles down nicely over the top of the glass. Aroma is huge citrus hops. Tons of grapefruit and orange flavors are all over the one. Really nicely done I have to admit. Solid malt backbone starts to come into play as it warms, but the pungent hop notes really just dive straight forward here. As I take the first sip I notice the body is fairly light on this one, not bad at all, just a little light. Rich flavor though quickly puts any of those thoughts aside. Wonderful touches of grapefruit and orange peel just tear at the palate, dry as could be you are quickly immersed in this wonderful brew. Smooth with all the ABV more then well hidden, I am easily able to continue down the road and enjoy it time and again.

Overall I had this one tap a while back and I have to say I am enormously impressed once again. After being disappointed in the dubbel, this was a welcomed change.

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Photo of billab914
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Poured a clear golden amber color with a huge 3 finger white fluffy head. Laced exceptionally well on the sides of the glass.

Aroma has a lot of hop presence as expected. Very citrusy with some grapefruit and a little sweetness. Taste also has a strong citrus and grapefruit presence but also has a long lasting bitter and dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, a very good drinking DIPA that came in a very appropriate serving size of a bottle. I enjoyed every bit of it without struggling through the end like some 22oz ones.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large, fluffy head that leaves a tremendous amount of chunky lace. The broth is pale gold and very cloudy.

Very pleasant blend of pale malts and soft, floral hop. This is a refreshing smell with a touch of grapefruit. The alcohol is muted behind the hop, but still present.

Classic DIPA flavor--pale malts upfront, peppery hop in the swallow, a good dose of alcohol that warms the throat. Very rich body with a moderate level of effervescence. Long lasting aftertaste of grapefruity hop.

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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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