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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Half liter bottle poured into a tulip glass. Nice extra from a trade. Beer pours a clear golden orange with three fingers of off white foam consisting of small bubbles. Head retention is pretty decent, a couple of minutes before slowly dissipating leaving plenty of sticky lacing. Good amount of tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is light grapefruit and orange peel, fruity esters, and a good amount of caramel malt sweetness. A little alcohol as well.

Bitter up front, citrus peel primarily, mellowing to sweeter orange and grapefruit flavors, pineapple, caramel malt. Dry finish, lingering citrus bitterness.

Light to medium body, refreshing carbonation, easy to drink. Pretty good DIPA.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Really got a strong, foamy head on this one. Was able to pour out the entire bottle into an imperial pint glass, and the head was tough enough to just keep piling higher without spilling over. Took a whiff, and got some strong apricot notes. From there, though, it went downhill for me. It had a bit of a malty edge which I didn't expect for something less than a 10% imperial IPA. I just didn't get a flavor profile that I could identify with. It wasn't piney or citrus-laden, but just had some bread-style malts with some bittering to it. I'm a CL fan, but not of this one.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

awesome brew, my first from captain Lawrence, courtesy of a trade with thebrewo. I kind of rushed through the first bottle of this, but am taking my time with this here second one. the pour is as clear as any beer ive ever seen, absolute glass, sunshine colored, way light for a big ipa, boasting a fluffy and resilient snow white head. the nose is major floral hops, juicy and ripe, but there is a weird malt profile for an imperial ipa. there is Czech pils malts in here and a lighter yeast than the conventional California ale yeast. the flavor is big on hops, super bright and lingering all the way through, again with a pilsener malt profile and maybe even a lager yeast, although that seems unlikely, the flavor is there, and it is crisp like cold fermentation. like walking through a hop grove, if there was a hop/tangerine hybrid that grew on a tree. I absolutely love how light, refreshing, and drinkable this is, sort of defies the style in that way. there is a bit of an alcohol burn in there, no doubt about it. you know its big, but its still deceiving. like many beers, this feature gets more intense as it warms. overall I love the floral hops and the unique lighter malt bill, an expertly made beer, and one that's inspired me to seek out more captain Lawrence beers.

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A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that slowly redues to a large medium thick patch of larger bubbles, some very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, floral, and earthy hops. Light amounts of malty sweetness as the beer warms.

T: Upfront there are some light flavors of sweet grainy malts but that is quickly overtaken by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit, floral, and earthy hops. Light amounts of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderat amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a fairly enjoyable DIPA and the alcohol is extremely well hidden within it. Very easy to drink and a bit lighter than some others in the style but still with nice but not overly aggressive hops flavors/aromas.

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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 1,456 ratings
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