Palate Shifter Imperial IPA | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

1,444 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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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with an inch of white head, decent retention and lacing.

S- Big piney and fruity bitterness, lots of citrus and some sweet malt, a hint of alcohol lends some more sweet fruitiness.

T- Very bitter, lots of pine and grass, fruit is more subdued. There's some light bready malt as well. Seems a bit thin compared to the nose. Alcohol is also noticeable and lends a candied orange / solvent flavor.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and crisp, alcohol heat on the end.

O- A pretty average DIPA, it's drinkable and isn't bad overall, it's just a bit lacking.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Captain Lawrence, Elmsford, NY

Poured into a Cpt. Lawrence signature plastic cup, a clearish golden-yellow color with a half-finger or so of foamy white head that receded a bit...some short-lived lacing, if you can call it that on plastic. Nice blast of fresh hops in the nose, citrus, pine, mostly. Taste was expectedly hop-dominant, Northwestern in nature, citrus, grass, pine, with a solid bready malt base. Medium body, crisp, well-hidden alcohol, and a pleasant non-palate-wrecker, despite its otherwise typical IIPA characteristics. One of the best from this brewery, I'd say.

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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,444 ratings.
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