Palate Shifter Imperial IPA | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
1,445 Ratings
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
Ratings:
1,445
Reviews:
560
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.71%
 
 
Wants:
227
Gots:
273
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of ccryder
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BAsbill
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GregSemenza
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Mongrel
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeA21
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NastyNorseman
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Solid

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sanitarium16
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WanderingFool
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheHip-HopMobBarley
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of djbrown13
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sherwinbrian
3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

So this is the old Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA (even though there is still a duplicate listing for said beer).

Found it to be very yellow with a nice big 4/5" white head on it. Aroma lacked hops.

Taste was super bitter, hid the alcohol decently though. Despite a 5 hop claim, none really stand out beyond the normal non descript grapefruit bitterness. Light toasted pale malts.

I don't see how this beer gets the ratings it does.

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Photo of jweis
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prost76
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cycle69
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of renaveg
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Served on tap at Hand and Foot in Corning in a pint tumbler.
Comes in a clear copper color with a soapy off white head that leaves sheets of lacing.
The aroma offers pine needles, juicy grapefruit, orange peel, peach, and biscuity malt sweetness.
The palate brings lots of juicy grapefruit and orange juice, peaches, and biscuit in the middle. Some orange peel bitterness. Finishes with some alcohol warmth, and lingering pine, orange peel, and apricot. Medium bitterness.
The mouthfeel is medium-plus, well-carbonated. Finishes dry and piney with lingering hop oils.

This is a solid DIPA for 9%. Tasty and very drinkable.

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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,445 ratings.
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