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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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4.15/5
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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:
#1,498
Reviews:
564
Ratings:
1,453
pDev:
10.6%
Bros Score:
4.6
 
 
Wants:
226
Gots:
277
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,453 |  Reviews: 564
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much on the nose but a little bit of hops that come across as floral in nature. Maybe a bit of sweetness on the back-end.

Appearance is a bit light for an IPA, but it's a beautiful looking beer. Perfectly clear other than the condensation haze on the glass. It's a straw-like color topped with a persistent foamy white head that leaves a nice lacing in it's wake.

On the palate the hops shine through as a wonderful floral and light citrus (lemon?) flavor. It's not too bitter, actually it's well balanced. It's very hoppy due to many late addition flavor/aroma hops, rather than bittering hops. Finishes with a bit of a sweet candy (toffee?) like flavor.

Feels right on in the mouth, it's a bit more of a full-medium bodied ale, and well carbonated.

Highly drinkable due to the ABV, which until you're half way done with it, you don't even feel. This is quite a nice beer.

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3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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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4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

bottle
(4.1; 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.50 4.00)
27/12/2009
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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 1,453 ratings
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