Palate Shifter Imperial IPA | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Palate Shifter Imperial IPAPalate Shifter Imperial IPA
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4.15/5
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Palate Shifter Imperial IPAPalate Shifter Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
captainlawrencebrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,689
Reviews:
565
Ratings:
1,459
pDev:
10.6%
Bros Score:
4.6
 
 
Wants:
225
Gots:
280
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2
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Ratings: 1,459 |  Reviews: 565
Photo of Silva11ha
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacMalt
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unfortunately, I drank this at about 10 months old. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into IPA glass. It pours a clear amber color with one finger of bright white head and lacing with excellent retention. The smell features malt, grapefruit, and floral hops. Despite its bottle age, the hops shine! There is a malt backbone but it's overcome by the pine and hoppy finish that leaves a biting, bitter aftertaste. This ale is medium-bodied, pleasantly carbonated, and you can feel the 9% ABV. Overall, it's a very good DIPA. I only wish I had it fresher.

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Photo of braican
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy head that lasted an above average amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A nice, enticing aroma of a hops, citrus, pine, and a hint of malt.

T: Hard to ignore the biggest factor in the flavor: The hops. There's a heap of them, but they're balanced out with a tinge of malt, some citrus (grapefruit, orange), a decent bit of pine, and a floral quality. While the hops certainly dominate the flavor, they don't overpower it. An aggressive, complex taste.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively, if bitter, finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made, extremely drinkable beer. If you're not a hop fanatic, don't come any closer. Everyone else, give it a try.

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Photo of RBBLASC
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look - lighter than expected with medium head.

Smell - Big floral and citrus

Taste - piney resin, with grapefruit trying to creep in. Clean bittery finish.

Feel - light on the tongue, with a bittery tingle finish.

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

Photo of socon67
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 7/29/16, so a little over 2 months old.

hazy orange/yellow body, decent fluffy white head, very good lacing.

very little on the nose, faint malt/hops, a slight mustiness.

sweet tasty. faint alcohol presence, hops come through a little more at the end. decent balance.

between medium and full on the mouth, slightly sweet/bitter/sour finish.

overall, a tasty enough dipa, just not the hop assault promised on the label.

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Photo of beebs22
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gambit23
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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 j0hnc2468
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ccryder
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BAsbill
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GregSemenza
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sgregory
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mongrel
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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 chuckgietzen
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeA21
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NastyNorseman
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Purdyd
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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