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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Adam fro this growler.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Light orange, almost crystal clear with one finger of white head.

S - Fresh citrus aroma full of grapefruit and orange zest. A touch of malt sweetness in the background.

T - Bitter up front with fresh grapefruit, orange and some pine. Only the slightest semblance of malt sweetness in the background. Definitely a hob bomb.

M - Medium body; full of sticky hop oils. Light carbonation. Dry throughout.

O - This one could have used a little more balance, but still drank well.

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Photo of Newport_beerguy
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, pale gold with a white foamy head - good retention and lacing.

Nice citrus punch, lemon, grapefruit, orange, some caramel, floral, pine, earth - big nose.

Bitter pine and lemon up front backed by sweet orange. It rolls around the mouth with a chewy malt middle - some caramel notes - then disappears into bitter herb pine notes. It has that powerful slick malt backbone reminiscent of scotch. Very nice and very complex.

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

From notes, 5/14/11. Thanks to mikeyv35. The beer pours a perfectly transparent gold with a medium white head. Decent lacing for the style. Nice aroma of grapefruit pith and pine resin. It’s pretty much all hops with just a touch of sugary malt in the background. It doesn’t have the complexity of some DIPAs, but it’s a good, clear and fairly assertive hoppiness. Not much maltiness in the taste. It’s mildly dry and fairly bitter. Good hop flavor in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, and the bitter hoppiness coats the mouth well. Good stuff and one of the better DIPAs that I’ve tried from the East coast (update: I've tried many more excellent East Coast DIPAs, since this review).

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Donnelly's Pub in Fairport NY

Poured crystal clear goldenrod with a big, foamy head that quickly diminished into a few trails, leaving a few streaks of lace on the glass. Big aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, pears, and honey. Fainter bits of lightly toasted malt. The sweetness is pleasant in the forefront, leading to juicy fruits of the citrus origin and some tropical flavors as well in the mid palate. Bitterness is long and drawn out in the finish and lasts until the next sip. A little less carbonated than I prefer for this beer for the body is fairly big since it is a DIPA. Overall, nicely done. A solid DIPA.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received from zipper8650 - Thanks!

A: Initial appearance is awesome. Completely translucent with a great 3-4 finger fluffy, pillow-like, white head that sticks around for a good amount of time and leaves a great lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is hop forward, floral, and little bit piney. Smells of citrus - like grapefruit and lemon peel. Also some mango and even hints of pineapple. Likely from the variation of 5 different hops, but this one has an extremely complex woft.

T: A little bitter, but not overly bittered. Definitely hoppy - dominates the flavor. Floral and very citrus flavored - mango.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Wet and sticky. It works.

O: Wow, what a surprise. My first CL experience, and I was not disappointed. The complexity of the nose and how it balanced in the taste was really awesome. I love when something unexpected blows me away like this. I'll likely try to trade for another one of these.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.91/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible Beer. The citrus, hops and tobacco flavors are so distinct. Clean after taste, clear straw like color in glass... sweet citrus aroma. I am definitly pleased with this beer. A new favorite!! The silk like markings on the glass, the abv at 9... what else could you want from a delicious IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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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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3/5  rDev -27%

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