Palate Shifter Imperial IPA | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

1,445 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,445 |  Reviews: 560
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev 0%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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2/5  rDev -51.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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2/5  rDev -51.3%

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

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a full dense white head. Average carbonation, fairly small bubbles. Leaves some impressive lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Full bouquet of hops going on here. A nice citrus grapefruit and also earthy. Has some pleasant floral qualities too. Malts come through a bit as it warms as a faint sweetness.

T: A tasty beer indeed. Bold hops are the first flavor to hit your taste buds, bittering at first it blends into an earthy hop blend. Sweet malts bring up the rear and attempt to balance it out. Hops linger on the aftertaste with a pleasant citrusy floral.

M: Has a light body for an imperial IPA which makes it an easy sipper. Average carbonation. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Overall another real tasty imperial IPA. Wish this had some bottle dating as it was a little lackluster. Good blend, very balanced, real easy drinking.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle

A- pours a crystal clear golden yellow/ apple juice color with a 1/4 finger head, with some visible carbonation

S- slight grapefruit citrus, orange juice,pine, resin and sugary malts

T- nice citrus up front, some grapefruit, pine, grassy, alcohol middle of the sip, sharp bitterness on the finish

M- nice balanced body, medium carbonation, finishes bitter and dry

O- decent well rounded dipa, a bit boozy but pairs well with the hops.

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4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle purchased on a trip to CT in late 1/13, no canning date, poured into a 3Fs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 3/19/13 over ~one hour.

A: 4 - golden-yellow color, shocking clarity (probably filtered), minimal vertical bubbles, strong frothy white mostly resolves into subtle glass lacing

S: 3.5 - interesting smoky/tobacco/boozy nose on first smell eventually resolves into a mixture of citrus (tangerine, and lemon especially) with some residual grassiness...very atypical nose for a DIPA on first whiff and still on the fence about it....for an imperial, the Columbus, Chinook or Cascade notes certainly don't dominate

T: 4.75 - nice admixture of bitterness, sweetness and booziness; again, I can't think of another imperial IPA that tastes like this, and I like it...sets a bit of a standard for an east coast DIPA

M: 4.75 - definitely taste the booze at 9+% and, in some beers, that's a good thing! Nice chewiness that lingers for days (still have it kicking around),

O: 4.5 - I dig everything that I've tasted from Captain Lawrence having grown up close by in Hawthorne, NY; their best beers, I think, are their Belgians and sours, but this is a great east coast imperial IPA; I recall it being best on tap but it's real good out of the bottle too; definitely one that I'll come back to, but, to be honest, I prefer my CA/PW hop bombs when I reach for a DIPA

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4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -27%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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