Palate Shifter Imperial IPA | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Palate Shifter Imperial IPAPalate Shifter Imperial IPA
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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.")

Added by John on 02-13-2006

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Perfect appearance: clear, golden orange, light amber, with a pillowy, tight off-white head that leaves messy, crooked lines of lace all the way down the glass.

Somewhat bready aroma initially punctuated by some citrus elements--seems simple, though nice and appropriately hoppy. Though as this beer nears room temperature, the citrus pineapple, orange, and grapefruit elements shine through nicely.

Moderate bitterness initially, with some stinging, strong pineapple and grapefruit citrus notes. Big and flavorful, though simple and straightforward, all at once. Complete. Very nice.

Medium to full mouthfeel with high carbonation.

A terrific DIPA. My first experience with Captain Lawrence is a good one. The whole of this beer is better than it's individual elements. It's fantastically drinkable, and just gets better and better.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at (very) local bar, into pint glass...yes the wrong glass but I'm not complaining, not with this beer.
Its an absolute must try for hopheads. Full of hop flavor, some citrus and pine, and refreshing yet slightly bitter finish.
Its strong and absolutely great. Seek it out!
Not much more to say about it...

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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to CooperEllis for this one from the Secret Santa BIF. Excited to try my first CL beer.

A - Lightly haxed golden yellow with a thick cap of off-white foam. Head has excellent retention and as it does slowly fade it leaves thick chunks of foam on the glass.

S - At first pour the aroma was rather mild including just a hint of pine and some flroal notes. Within a few minutes of pouring though the nose comes to life. Lots of floral and citrus notes with an underlying aroma of pine throughout. A faint biscuity sweetness lingers in the background as well but this nose is almost all hop juice.

T - Very fruity hops on first sip but a surprsing lack of bitterness. There is a faint sweetness in the mid-palate that balances the little bit of bitterness that is present. A bit of biscuit and maybe even a touch of caramel sneaking in. As the beer warms the hop tastes begin to become more floral and a touch of bitterness does begin to sneak in.

M - Medium bodied with a velvety smooth feel. A light lingering bitterness is present as well.

O - An interesting DIPA. All of the hop flavor of your big DIPA's but not near as much of the palate mrecking bitterness. I really enjoyed this one.

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4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap and was served in a pint-glass.
Slightly hazy straw/golden orange color with a fingers worth of head that dissipates pretty quickly.
Aroma was just heavenly. So much going on here, floral hops evident upfront with hints of pine coming through, only to be completely drowned by loads of tropical fruit. Peach, mangoes, grapefruit with slight hints of vanilla coming through. The aroma is a rich heavenly bouquet of fragrances that are so alluring.
Taste compliments the aroma. There is hop bitterness upfront on the tongue, with the malts and fruity ester sweetness in the middle. The finish has just that right amount of hop bitterness, which doesn't linger. Perfectly, perfectly balance DIPA.
There was no way I would have known this beer had 9% ABV.
Very good mouthfeel and drinkability. Not a lot of lace around the insides of the glass.
Absolutely fantastic ale, a 'must-try' for every hop-head and those who crave for a perfect balance in this style of beer.
Highly, highly recommended.

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3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
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 -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
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 +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Palate Shifter Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 1,459 ratings