Palate Shifter Imperial IPA | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

1,450 Ratings
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.")

Added by John on 02-13-2006

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Photo of hdelavega
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a Saint Somewhere wine glass.
Pours a golden straw color with an inch of white head that leaves great lacing all the way down.
Aroma is citrusy with a bit of pine and a tiny bit of malt in the back ground. The nose overall is lacking, it's making me question the freshness which I can't seem to find on the bottle.
Taste is better than the nose. Lots of citrus, some bitter fruit in there, pretty dry. I like.
Medium light mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. Bitter hops resonate on the palate.
Overall a nice IPA, I wish I knew the date. I feel like the nose was just to weak for the intensity of the taste. I will seek this out again.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of ThoreauLikeAGirl
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a pale golden yellow with a pretty big foamy 3 finger head. lots of carbonation bubbles up the side of the glass. looks more like a pale ale than an imperial ipa.
big bursts of floral on a nose. a bit of lemon peel and pine.
taste is dry to start with lighter bitterness than i expected. i pick up a lot of pine and grass and less citrus than the nose. the malt comes through on the finish, with a lot more dryness. though, a bit abrasive on the finish.
mouthfeel is medium bodied. carbonation is fine. nothing to write home about.
overall, a pretty solid DIPA, if you prefer yours with more pine and hops, than citrus. nothing wrong with it, but also nothing that made me go wow.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

pours a clear golden, slightly orange color and a white head. Smell is hoppy, with slight citrus notes. Hints of pine as well. Bitterness is tempered and flavor leans more toward a tropical fruit. Malt backbone is subdued but so are the hops. It's surprisingly balanced but has more of an IPA feel than a DIPA feel. Reminds of when the really strong hop bombs with light malt backbones get a little older. Still, it's actually quite nice.

Perhaps it's an older bottle, but it's a solid DIPA. If this wasn't a fresh bottle, one that is might have gotten a higher score.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Thanks for this one, codewarrior.

A: Pour a cloudy glowing tangerine color with a huge, thick, billowing, and oily looking light cream colored head that took forever and a day to fade into a rocky layer of foam while leaving a sticky network of dense lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet tropical fruits and citrus hops fill my nose. I get notes of pineapples, tangerines, fruit nectar, and ruby red grapefruit. Very juicy and inviting. There is a hint of sweet caramel and volatile alcohol vapor as well.
T: Juicy flavors of tropical fruits and fruit nectar. Pineapple and tangerines are easy to pick out, but there is a good dose of pine resin in there as well. The finish is full of caramel and candied sugar, and the aftertaste is very bitter and full of viscous alcohol and citrus pith.
M: The alcohol is definitely noticeable in a bad way. Luckily it’s not too distracting. The body is just a tad shy of full, and the mouthfeel is on the thin side and a bit rough. The carbonation is a bit too spritzy as well. While the flavors are good, this isn’t the most pleasant beer to drink.
O: Not a bad beer but I was disappointed. The flavors were pretty good, a bit straightforward but still very bright, but the mouthfeel was pretty rough. Sits beautifully in the glass though. Thanks again.

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3/5  rDev -27%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Palate Shifter Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,450 ratings.
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