Palate Shifter Imperial IPA | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

1,449 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 mdvatab
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received 16.9 oz bottle in recent trade w/ a NY BA. (Cheers!)
Poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Some sweet pineapple, tropical fruit, and honey. Simple, pleasant aroma profile. Was hoping for a bit more of a hoppy punch for an IIPA.

A: Beautiful golden body w/ a very slight haze. Dense 3 finger off-white collar of foam, which left nice lacing.

F: Very light and subdued for an IIPA. Pineapple, apple, graham cracker, grass, some peppery booze, and relatively mild bitterness for the style. Not bad--just not as great as I'd hoped for.

M: Crisp, medium-high carbonation. Medium body. Alcohol warmth felt in the throat and nostrils.

O: Not a bad beer at all. I'm wondering, though, if the bottle I received might have had a little bit of age on it. The hop profile was definitely lower than other reviews would suggest. Nonetheless, would definitely like to try this one again.

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Photo of GehenHerzog
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a golden light amber with a half finger of fluffy white head. The head fades to a layer with some very mild lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt in the background with some citrus peel hops. There is some tangerine and pineapple in there as well.

Taste: Citrus peel hop bitterness with enough sweet background to balance out the bitterness. The alcohol is just a bit harsh. The sweetness has some pineapple in it, just like the smell.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: If the alcohol was a bit smoother it would help this beer, but it's quite good as it. I would probably have another.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Bellerose Beverage.

Burnished gold with dense white head that leaves trailers and rings. Grapefruit and apricot Italian cookie nose.
Pink grapefruit segments, light cookie dough and some tropical fruit mix with grapefruit rind and slight lemongrass hops.
Honey melon and lemon sherbet end and astringent linger. Crisp, soft, slight chew, no burn.

Solid and well-structured. Pale and light for a DIPA, but citrus is in the right place. Summery DIPA.

(4.1; 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.50 4.00)
Pours clear gold with tight pure white head that craters and leaves clingy lace.
Nose is grapefruit and tropical flower honey.
Honey cake malts, small burn in the middle, huge juicy citrus hops, and aspirin-like astringency to finish.
Light to medium body, chewy.
Big, both in sweet malts and juicy hops. Balanced but aggressive, unique and worthy.

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Photo of jsilva
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BeerHunter76
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of RandyKemka
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

On tap at The Drafting Room on New Year's Day 2012. Served in a tulip FREE of charge!

A - Slightly hazy golden tangerine-tinged liquid with a frothy white head that retained well and decorated the tulip with plenty of thick lacing.

S - Fruity, citrusy hops paired with sweet malt. Aroma isn't quite as bold as I remember it.

T - Fresh tropical fruit akin to pineapple, mango and grapefruit takes center stage, giving the flavor of this DIPA a boldly hoppy yet sweet character. Sweet caramel and bready malt keeps the flavor balanced throughout while not compromising the bitterness. Finishes with a citrusy tang. Delicious.

M - Medium bodied with a slightly oily texture and moderate carbonation, giving the mouthfeel a hint of bristle while remaining slick on the palate. Finishes bittersweet.

D - This is definitely much better on tap, as the tropical fruit character really shines due to the freshness of the keg. Captain's Reserve is easily one of the finest East Coast DIPAs I've had.

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Photo of HopsHopenstein
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of smutty33
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Shilt
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of ehammond1
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Perfect appearance: clear, golden orange, light amber, with a pillowy, tight off-white head that leaves messy, crooked lines of lace all the way down the glass.

Somewhat bready aroma initially punctuated by some citrus elements--seems simple, though nice and appropriately hoppy. Though as this beer nears room temperature, the citrus pineapple, orange, and grapefruit elements shine through nicely.

Moderate bitterness initially, with some stinging, strong pineapple and grapefruit citrus notes. Big and flavorful, though simple and straightforward, all at once. Complete. Very nice.

Medium to full mouthfeel with high carbonation.

A terrific DIPA. My first experience with Captain Lawrence is a good one. The whole of this beer is better than it's individual elements. It's fantastically drinkable, and just gets better and better.

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

Poured from tap at (very) local bar, into pint glass...yes the wrong glass but I'm not complaining, not with this beer.
Its an absolute must try for hopheads. Full of hop flavor, some citrus and pine, and refreshing yet slightly bitter finish.
Its strong and absolutely great. Seek it out!
Not much more to say about it...

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to CooperEllis for this one from the Secret Santa BIF. Excited to try my first CL beer.

A - Lightly haxed golden yellow with a thick cap of off-white foam. Head has excellent retention and as it does slowly fade it leaves thick chunks of foam on the glass.

S - At first pour the aroma was rather mild including just a hint of pine and some flroal notes. Within a few minutes of pouring though the nose comes to life. Lots of floral and citrus notes with an underlying aroma of pine throughout. A faint biscuity sweetness lingers in the background as well but this nose is almost all hop juice.

T - Very fruity hops on first sip but a surprsing lack of bitterness. There is a faint sweetness in the mid-palate that balances the little bit of bitterness that is present. A bit of biscuit and maybe even a touch of caramel sneaking in. As the beer warms the hop tastes begin to become more floral and a touch of bitterness does begin to sneak in.

M - Medium bodied with a velvety smooth feel. A light lingering bitterness is present as well.

O - An interesting DIPA. All of the hop flavor of your big DIPA's but not near as much of the palate mrecking bitterness. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap and was served in a pint-glass.
Slightly hazy straw/golden orange color with a fingers worth of head that dissipates pretty quickly.
Aroma was just heavenly. So much going on here, floral hops evident upfront with hints of pine coming through, only to be completely drowned by loads of tropical fruit. Peach, mangoes, grapefruit with slight hints of vanilla coming through. The aroma is a rich heavenly bouquet of fragrances that are so alluring.
Taste compliments the aroma. There is hop bitterness upfront on the tongue, with the malts and fruity ester sweetness in the middle. The finish has just that right amount of hop bitterness, which doesn't linger. Perfectly, perfectly balance DIPA.
There was no way I would have known this beer had 9% ABV.
Very good mouthfeel and drinkability. Not a lot of lace around the insides of the glass.
Absolutely fantastic ale, a 'must-try' for every hop-head and those who crave for a perfect balance in this style of beer.
Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of hdelavega
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a Saint Somewhere wine glass.
Pours a golden straw color with an inch of white head that leaves great lacing all the way down.
Aroma is citrusy with a bit of pine and a tiny bit of malt in the back ground. The nose overall is lacking, it's making me question the freshness which I can't seem to find on the bottle.
Taste is better than the nose. Lots of citrus, some bitter fruit in there, pretty dry. I like.
Medium light mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. Bitter hops resonate on the palate.
Overall a nice IPA, I wish I knew the date. I feel like the nose was just to weak for the intensity of the taste. I will seek this out again.

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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,449 ratings.
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