Palate Shifter Imperial IPA | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

1,451 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear yellow orange, two finger head with some carbonation

S-Lots of hops citrus and floral notes, tad bit of malt in there as well.

T-Grass and pine, some citrus, good deal of bitterness. Great balance in the flavors.

M-Medium bodied, good level of carbonation.

O-One of the better DIPAs out there, not a hop bomb but a good grassy balanced DIPA.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Perfectly clear yellow pour with a ton of bubbles racing to the top. A huge white head builds up initially, but recedes quickly and laces very nicely. A thin ring remains but not much else.

S: Nice malt backbone creates a base for a really grassy aroma. A light citrus is underneath, but not a whole lot else.

T: The malt is back, but this time a bit more caramel-like and paired with a big citrus counterpart. The grassiness is noted again. Really it's a very bitter and malty Imperial IPA, but it works.

MF: Crisp body with only a slight amount of carbonation noted. The malt and bitter characters balance nicely. Typical dry hoppy finish.

O: I really liked it, but it wasn't something I'd get again. Tasty, but not special.

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

popped a bottle and filled a captain Lawrence taster tulip.

a - Transparent straw yellow with a huge head and chunky lacing. This puppy coats the glass like a milkshake.

s - wonderful sweet hop candy. Good amount of grassy ness as well, but the sweetness really balances things out.

t - taste isnlikenthe smell, sweet grassiness with some grapefruit hop undertones. Great malt back bone.

m - soft and easy. Nice carbonation. Fairly balanced, but not a hop bomb.

o - overall, this is a really nice IIPA. Very earthy, but balanced out with sweetness. My impression from this bottle isn't as great as the tap version, but this bottle is pretty fresh. I will definitely continue to have this beer as often as I can since I love supporting the captain and his fine brews. If you are seeking a hop bomb, look elsewhere, if you are seeking an earthy balanced IIPA this is it.

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3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a matching Captain Lawrence tulip/cervoise shaped glass. The brew appears a hazed color of gold with 3 fingers worth of yellowish stained head. The cap slowly fades leaving thick patches of lacework sticking to the glass.

The smell of this brew strikes with an initial sweetness that is somewhat like vanilla that blends into caramel malt. Then it immediately transitions into a strong character of orange jam-like hop inclusion that is very sweet smelling. Quite fruity overall from a combination of alcohol and the hops with a bit of a floral touch rounding it out. This is a very appealing smell emitting from this glass.

The taste carries through with seemingly the same combination of caramel to almost vanilla sweetness. However, the hops are more persistent in the flavor with an oily coating that packs a combination of orange jam-like flavor mixed with bitter pulp/rinds. Towards the back it gets minorly veggy-like with a touch of herbal aspect. The aftertaste is seemingly burnt or almost plastic but not quite with a mild cheesy flavoring that turns solvent with a burn of alcohol.

This is a medium to full boded brew that is oily, chewy and coating on the tongue. It has a very contrasting appeal about it that transitions from sweet to oily and bitter with pulp and rind flavoring. Initially the alcohol was very well reserved however as the experience continues it really draws out. Not a bad brew by any stretch, this is a nice interpretation of the style that is a little different from the norm.

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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,451 ratings.
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