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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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4.15/5
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1,454 Ratings
Palate Shifter Imperial IPAPalate Shifter Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
captainlawrencebrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,530
Reviews:
564
Ratings:
1,454
pDev:
10.6%
Bros Score:
4.6
 
 
Wants:
226
Gots:
277
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,454 |  Reviews: 564
Photo of jurbanik
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of oldp0rt
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of alexgash
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle.

Clear, deep golden straw body. Tall, pillowy, bright white head. Great lacing. Big funky nose. lots of resinous, herbal, dank, weedy hops. Some floral notes as well atop sugar cookie malt.

Herbal, vegetal hop bitterness up front. Toasted malt. Hop bitterness becomes more resinous and dank. Some sappy pine as well. malty underbelly is a mix of butterscotch, sugar cookie, and tropical fruit. The finish is especially tropical with lingering pineapple and resin hop bitterness. Medium-full body. Chewy and nice feel. A very good East Coast DIPA.

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Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Meant to share this with Matt, but I dropped it and lost half the bottle. This review is from the half I had to "force down" last night. When life hands you lemons (or half full bottles of fresh IPA)...Now I have to stop at Captain Lawrence again on my way home...shucks.

Anyhow...the beer is golden hued with over an inch of white head. The aroma offers fresh hops and pine. Smells nice. The flavor is certainly fresh, with nice resinous pine and hop notes with a subtle touch of citrus.

A slight alcohol burn / boozy finish, but nothing that really gets in the way.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this beer, and would have it again.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Sarnford
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beautiful clean golden yellow pour with 2 fingers of head which caused for excessive amounts of lacing!

smells piney as all hell! has a malty honey/caramel finish on the nose. reminds me of a cross between pliny and hopslam! fresh scent of hops throughout the pour.

way bitter up front with a wonderful spicy garlic hop profile followed by a burnt caramel taste. a bit sweet in the finish, the malts rise up from the background and it seems like a new taste of floral hops become present!

medium body, slightly carbonated, slightly creamy. very easy going down for the bitterness this beer has it is also quite refreshing.

overall, this is a FANTASTIC imperial ipa. every quality i look for, it has. not sure what the ibu is on this one, but it is damn well thought out - overly bitter yet seems to be balanced out towards the end. great beer from a great brewery!

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Photo of bertram
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of shand
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jeanphony
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DanE
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jsboates
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of morebeergood
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got hooked up with a bottle by a buddy. Poured into an imperial pint glass. First thing I noticed was how light the color was compared to other IPAs - very light yellow and almost translucent in body. A wonderful fluffy head does form, along with good lacing on the glass. Smell was very piney from the hops. Taste was certainly hop-centric. Very light on the mouthfeel in terms of malt. Lingering soapy film from the hops on the palate afterwards. Only figured it was 9% afterwards, when the abv creeps up on you. A perfect sized serving from the 16oz bottle. Enjoyable.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of bspain5
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Flounder57
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle was pourde into a large Duvel snifter glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger head the formed a muffin top at the top of the glass. It is a clear orange yellow color with plenty of carbonation coming up through the glass. Head has reduced and left some super crazy lacing on the glass.

Smell: nice sweet and bready malts, pine and citrus in there too, and the pungent floral bouquet is what a beer should bring to the table.

Taste: The flavor seems a bit off from what I smelled. Very malty upfront, and the hops are nicely there in the rear and the balance is very tastey. Some lingering bitterness too.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little chewy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and easy to drink.

Overall: a pretty solid DIPA. Happy to have stumbled across this breweries once again. Hopefully someday they will make it up here to Boston, but for now I am happy with finding it in NY.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Palate Shifter Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 1,454 ratings
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