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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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550 Reviews
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
Reviews:
550
Ratings:
1,411
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
17.03%
 
 
Wants:
222
Gots:
263
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 550 | Ratings: 1,411
Photo of EdwardK77
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this imperial IPA right after the Single Cut Billy Full Stack and liked it almost as much. This was also a very easy drinking high alcohol IPA. It definitely had the right amount of hops, pine, citrus etc. that you look for in an IPA. I would certainly drink this again.

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Photo of dank203
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours into snifter classic appearance. hazy orange, white head. lacing. aroma is skunky, hoping its just a dank hop. getting some sweet candy aromas too. mouthfeel is great though, so smooth. nice amount of and citrus. bitter aftertaste. not my favorite of this style but I don't hate it

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Photo of mikeg67
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy, piney, spicey hops, ripe fruit and bready malt. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy, piney, herbal hops dominate the palate while bready malt and tropical fruit provide some balance. Finish is long and very dry. Outstanding brew.

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

bottled on 12/31/2013

A: Nice orange Amber color with a nice white lacing head, cloudy

S: Alot of Orange rind and citrus in this IPA with a kick of allspice, clove, pine, corriander all work together for a great smelling beer

T: Hops hit you fist with a pine & spice, then a malty roast flavor takes over, I get a dry grapefruit pine leftover taste, that keeps me going back for more and more

M: medium body, pretty crisp beer with a dry finish the alcohol is hidden very well and makes it easy to drink

O: I really enjoyed this beer, Alot of citrus fruit with a nice malt balance that bends into a very drinkable smooth IPA

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle, dated 12/31/2013, received as an extra from Moyman.

Slightly hazy, straw-yellow elixir poured into DFH chalice. One finger, tight white foamy head. Copious lacing.

Big citrus profile here: mango, pineapple, orange.

Follows the aroma and really explodes on the taste buds. Wonderful!

Medium body, nicely carbonated, sweet.

Really well done IPA and the pint bottle format is a plus.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear gold color with bright white sticky head. Super super piney nose with some hints of tobacco and grapefruit.

Wow this is delectable. Incredibly smooth and velvety for the abv. Sweet hoppy fruitiness, tropical fruit, papaya and mangos, tart grapefruit along the mid palate with citric rind bitterness on the back end. Slick mouthfeel but not syrupy, full bodies with enough carbonation to cling the flavors together. Bitterness is mild, sweet sticky malt counteracts and balances things nicely, lingering fruitiness with hints of pine and tobacco. Just a touch of alcohol heat but otherwise incredibly smooth

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Photo of BeerEngineer
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

General: Found this at a little liquor store in West Covina, CA. It’s a 1 pint 0.9 fl oz bottle. Poured into my New Belgium tulip style glass to taste and review.

Appearance: This is a crystal clear DIPA with a great light golden color. SRM is probably around a 9 or so. Head is light, white and fluffy. It diminished pretty quickly but leaves some slight lacing.

Aroma: It has a slight citrus hint to it but the primary aroma is a grassy hop scent. It’s overpowering for all of the other potential aromas that could come through. Not much maltiness in this, it’s a big in your face DIPA. The hops aren’t my favorite profile but it’s a good example of a west coast IPA with the grassy/piney hit.

Mouthfeel: The feel is a little on the thicker side of the spectrum, still within the style but it seems to really coat your mouth. The carbonation is moderate.

Taste: This is just a grassy/piney explosion. True to a west coast style it’s like drinking a pine forest and fresh cut grass. Pretty good! Reminds me of something, see below…

Overall: This is one of those classic style DIPAs that stays true to its roots. It’s not trying to be a “new age” IPA with mango, citrus and grapefruit. It is very similar to Pliny the Elder in my opinion. It’s not as bright, and that may be because of the age of it for this bottle, but it’s got a similar hop profile. For those Nor’Easters who can’t get Pliny, Captain’s Reserve IIPA is a fair substitute. I bet if you get it fresh it would be even more similar.

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Photo of FLima
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy amber golden color with a thin head.
Nice tropical fruits aroma with fresh notes of papaya, honey, sweet tangerines and pineapples.
Balanced flavor with a biscuit malt backbone and notes of lemon-orange citrusy, pine resin, grass, honey and grapefruit juice.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation and a light acid sensation. It feels much less than its 9% abv.
This was so much nicer on tap than the bottle version. A DIPA that got pardoned on the overly sweet original sin for the style, taking it to its great potential.
Awesome beer, great drinkability for a DIPA.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep golden body, not quite clear; big as you want it head of off-white foam that'll persist nicely

S: lots of golden malty grains and zesty citrus and bright floral notes

T: nice balance struck between the solid malt bill and the crisp hops; lemon-citrus and sweet pale malt; some yeasty brightness and slight chew

M: body has a medium overall feel but light on the tongue, smooth and slick, crisp bitterness up-front fades into a lighter finish

O: a great beer - runs on the lighter-feeling side of the DIPA spectrum, classic DIPA flavors, well-balanced, and easy drinking.

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Photo of TheBeerTrekker
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dated: 08/26/13
Served on a tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden light color, with 3 fingers of full head.

S: Sweet citrus fruits, pine, hops.

T: Like the nose, a lot of hop flavor, a bit bitter.

M: Moderate carbonation, goes down smoothly, very light on the palate.

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Photo of ianmatth
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber. I could care less about appearance, so unless it's really beautiful or really ugly, it will get the average of the other ratings. Who drinks a beer for appearance anyway?

S - Big pine and citrus aroma. Claims 5 hops varieties, I'm sure Simcoe, Centennial, and CTZ are well represented. Most likely Amarillo, possibly Cascade, maybe Citra.

T - The pine and citra taste actually matches the aroma. Most IPAs and DIPAs smell better than they taste. A little bit of that sweet high ABV taste, but still dry.

M - Great balance of up front bitterness and smoothness.

O - Paid $3.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle. Tastes better if you drink from the bottle.

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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 sweet....in my opinion.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a perfectly clear, bright, pale, yellow color with a sizeable head on it. Retention is tremendous and lacing is pretty darn good. Just a good looking beer in the glass.

S- Very piney and resinous hops bitterness in the scent here. Rather crisp, and not quite as strong as most DIPA's, but very good and an intimidating preview of what's to come for your taste buds.

T- Starts with a bang of hops bitterness that is more fruity than piney, unlike in the scent. Quickly moves towards more of a pine bitterness with the hops, before introducing the slightest touch of the lightest malt base. There is a very, very slight honey-like flavor in there towards the end too. The end of this beer is clean because of the hops, but there is a bit of lingering bitterness, although not strong.

M- Medium to high in carbonation, and medium to thick in body. Not quite smooth, but more of a slick quality to the feel of this beer. Slides across the tongue easily to promote the beer's drinkability, a which is also supported by a well hidden alcohol content.

Overall, this is a pretty darn good DIPA. Not too bitter, but very well balanced. Perfect for the intermediate hop lover like me.

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9-oz bottle to tulip. No born on date. Consumed 9-14-2013.

A: liquid gold appearance, hewing closer to straw than to orange. large white, soapy head leaving good spiderweb lacing.

S: there is an herbaceous spicy aroma here. it is unique, but not unpleasant. tobacco, lemon, acetone with deep inhalation. there is juicy pineapple with warmth, onion too.

T. orange pith, malt sweetness initially, but this moves quickly to metallic bitterness and alcohol burn.

M: well-carbonated, crisp, but the alcohol sting lingers on the palate.

this is a unique approach to an American DIPA. to be sure, this one tasted better as I drank more. this pales in comparison to the fresh OTWOA I drank five days earlier however. the alcohol comes through too much.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i am truly blown away by this ipa. best I've had so far.
appearance; orange/tan, nice, sticky head that last for a decent amount of time and leaves decent lacing and some nice foam in the middl, cloudy.

smell; lovely spices such as cloves, coriander, orange peel and allspice, touch of citrus and some tropical fruit. notes are also not subtle but strong and enticing. the aroma for me is second only to lagunita's lil sumpin sumpin ale.

taste; the hop blend is magnificent. citrus, spices and fruit blended together in perfect harmony complimented by the slightly creamy finish and hint of alcohol.

mouthfeel; carbonation is a lot stronger (in a good way) then it appears, the cloudiness hides the bubbles. the carbonation lingers wonderfully on the tongue along with the creaminess.

as stated, never had a better ipa. the bitterness is far from offensive, but rather is part of a symphony of flavor. will probably buy the next few times i stock up.

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this (along with other dipa's) at a East VS. West Dipa Head to Head Showdown I hosted on 8/27/13

Round 1 East Captain lawrence CRIIPA West Double Jack

Here's the dilema... CRIIPA placed 10th overall and lost this round as well. It wasnt a fair battle because Double Jack is my all time favorite but none the less this brew is excellent. Better looking and smoother... nice sweetness to it with a touch of burn.. good hoppy presence and well balanced. Dont be torn away because its last... it was definitely a very good dipa and better than most..

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Photo of BoardwalkBock
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into Ommegang BPA glass

A: Slightly hazy yellowish-orange with good head retention and a spiderweb-like lacing that hangs all over the glass.

S: Biscuit, grapefruit, citrus and finishes with a nice piney aroma.

T: Citrus upfront, with plenty of grapefruit and biscuity malts to follow. Bitterness lingers long after the sip. Very nice.

M: Medium-bodied and just the perfect amount of bitterness.

O: Very nice DIPA which I've had quite a few times before. Captain Lawrence makes some good beers. Definitely doesn't crack my top 10, maybe top 15 for DIPA's but would def. recommend and have again.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-light golden amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-nice citrus and pine, light malt, herbal

T-bready malt, grapefruit, pine, light herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-a good DIPA, decent flavor and balance

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Photo of jacewg
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Exactly how an IPA should look. Very pale. Straw golden color. Big fluffy white head that hangs around. Really nice head retention.

Aroma: Intensely aromatic. Big citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit. Some pine. Quite resiny with some peppery spice. A joy to smell.

Taste: Very spicy. Lots of pine and resin. Big citrus and citrus rind bitterness. A bit of Columbus-like vegetal notes underneath everything. Fairly dry with some balancing pale and caramel malt notes opening up as it warms. Flavor is really nice, but the Columbus hop notes keeps it from reaching world-class status for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Lots of hop oily slickness. Flavor lingers on the palate but never becomes overwhelming. Bitterness is sharp. Alcohol is well hidden but provides a nice warming note.

Overall: Not really knowing much about this beer, it was a really pleasant surprise. The aroma is incredible and the flavor hits some really great notes as well. Only the (what I perceive as) Columbus keeps this from reaching the pinnacle of my DIPA list. I will be buying this in quantity the next time I see it.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased and drank at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden, russet amber color. One inch head forms quickly and dissipates quickly to a film on top of the beer. Good lacing.

The aroma is dynamite citrus- grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, etc.

The flavor is great. Bitter grapefruit tears your taste buds apart, with some resinous pine as well, along with orange and mango. Not much malt backbone, a little bit of caramelly sweetness.

Light bodied, very crisp, and very refreshing.

A great DIPA, and a bit under the radar.

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Photo of richj1970
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from small growler into nonic pint.

A: Cloudy golden yellow with 1-2 finger white head with lasting retention and leaving lots of lacing.

S: Burst of pine and citrus. Grapefruit and orange peel.

T: Bountiful dark earthy hops, grapefruit, orange zest, and a touch of honey.

M: Medium to full body with average carbonation. Finish has a nice bite of hop bitterness and a little lingering sweetness.

O: Very nice bold in your face DIPA. If I had regular access to this, it would be a staple for me.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky, deep, yellow/ orange with a rambunctious head of soft foam that fell leisurely to some sticky, splotchy lace. The 1/2 inch of foam never left this beer. So pretty in the glass but not really orange. If you can appreciate that, it looks like lemon amber. Nose is scrumptious. Grapefruit, peaches, pineapple very tropical and juicy. A delicious malt character that is deep and full. Biscuit, bread and cracker. I would swear it’s pilsner malt I am smelling. Plenty of hop resin on the nose and some pine but not so much pine that it’s all you can smell. Taste is biscuit and cracker, strong, deep and full. A bitterness that does not exceed your ability to taste it or to want to have more if it. Perfectly balanced. Smooth, rich without heaviness. The hops are full but not out of proportion. Good bitter in the dry finish, with resonant malt and juicy fruity hops with a pine aftertaste rather than a pine sol taste up front.

In my opinion, this beer came right up to Alchemy Hour and said "look at me." It’s not the same as alchemy hour in that it has more cracker and biscuit malt, without as much caramel sweetness, and that’s why I like it so much.

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

Pours a clear golden into a pint glass with an inch head that fades into a lacing throughout the end.
Refreshing citrus (grapefruit) bouquet, very piney and flowery. Very inviting.
Smooth on the palate, with a nice hop kick! Malt sweetness in the background keeping things in check. Very tasty!
Overall, an amazing DIPA, with a very refreshing mouthfeel!
Would recommend!!

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

Hot day so drank this straight from the bottle. Can only comment on smell,taste, and mouthfeel which were good. I noticed quite a bit of floral, citrus and piney smells. The taste was good but not great: medium carbonation, strong bitterness but not dry. Syrupy nectar type of mouth coating almost like a watered down honey.
Overall: I liked it and would probably drink it again but the bitterness was slightly high for my liking

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Photo of RyanCave
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A: Very low SRM, small amount of haze, no particles floating, very yellow
S: Citrus, Orange, Lemon, Pineapple
T: Light fruit, some Pineapple, crisp, some grapefruit, refreshing, pleasingly bitter, no bitter aftertaste-finishes very smooth with a malty sweetness
M: Well carbonated, not overly bubbly
O: I dig this brew, it was a gift from SammyJaxx (awesome dude, buy him rounds if you ever meet him in person) definately a solid IPA for anyone that sees it.

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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,411 ratings.
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