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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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4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ahhh the local nectar! Just got a growler from a batch kegged 2 days ago and put on tap at the brewery 2 hours before the pour. Fresh!

Into a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a clear gold with nice orange hue. Solid 2 finger white foamy head, foamy ring clings to glass as it recedes. Great lacing!!
Smells of pineapple and grapefruit with a creamy like background malt. Nice pine esters too.
Tastes of caramelized malts and grapefruit/orange peel bitter. A tad of tropical fruit mostly overpowered by hop bitterness. A kind of lemon squeezer finish. Nice!
Creamy mouth feel that quickly fades to near puckering bitter with tight focused short lived carbonation that is kind of like the finish of pop rocks! Not a hint of the 9% alcohol content!

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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1640th Review on BA
Bottle to Cervoise

Thanks to Thegerm87 for this one

App- A very glowing orange with a bit of small yellows intermixed down towards the bottom. A very large two finger head that was more of a puck sliding down the beer. Very white and dense and slow to recede. The center of the beer was more like a pillar of orange.

Smell- A very nice hoppy and piney aromatic beer. Started off a bit of a deep citrus and then parlayed over to that piney and hops aroma with a bit of a creaminess to it. More full on the nose and a bit boozy and grainy. Wasnt as layered as I would like but nice all the same.

Taste- I would call this a good beer that reps the style of the west coast well. This had a huge pine and hop flavor but was still really balanced. It did drink like the 9% ABV. It was large and citrusy. The dominant flavor was the hops though. Semi-overshadowed the balancing malts and citrus.

Mouth- A larger medium body with a good dense medium carbonation. The bubbles created a nice creamy flavor and the residual pine stuck around for a while. More citrus was left with a little white pepper.

Drink- This was very good. I had not heard about this beer before it was sent. It did live up to the numbers on here. I would like some more of this one.

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

A: cloudy gold body, finger white head, fine lacing

S: big lemon peel, pine

T: lemon peel, mild grass, firm earthy malt,
mild floral/chalky taste, long oily bitter pine finish

M: med body, big oily/sticky mouth

O: Heard great things about this brewery, excited to try it.
Very good pine/grassy Imp IPA, guess more Double/Imp
IPAs I try, the more I love the citrus ones. Hopheads will love this.


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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: It's definitely light in color for a DIPA, certainly lighter than Captain Lawrence's Freshchester Pale Ale, but don't let it throw you off. Color is consistent batch to batch, and I think that's what's important to me. Poured from a bottle there's a nice sized head, lacing is there and beautiful to look at... depending on how fast you drink it.

S: The aroma from this beer is what makes it one of my "desert island" beers: when it's being poured on tap you can smell it from five or six feet away. Huge aromatic hops in here: traditional American hops give it a ton of pine on the nose and mouth, plus something in there gives me more than just a hint of grapefruit, along with other citrus notes. Seriously, fucking delicious to smell.

T: The hops aren't just for aroma, thank god. For me this beer is incredibly well balanced, not because of the malts used, but because the aromatic hops are played against the bittering hops. For an American Imperial IPA, a delicious beer: well hopped, but i don't feel like I'm eating hop pellets.

M: It's right there in the middle: it tastes like a solid beer. Doesn't feel like water, doesn't feel like a porter. I mean, it's an IPA, if you wanted more than that you're in the wrong aisle.

O: When I drink Imperial IPAs, I expect a literal ton of hops. This one surprised me with balance. I like hops but I know it can be overdone, this beer doesn't overdo it. Great beer from a great brewery!

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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 1,455 ratings
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