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Stowaway I.P.A. - Baxter Brewing Co.

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176 Reviews

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Reviews: 176
Hads: 890
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 27.75%
Wants: 38
Gots: 223 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Casey10 on 02-01-2011

Bold, complex flavors with a solid malt backbone and assertive hop profile, along with cold conditioning, give this beer its crisp, clean, hoppy finish. Deep amber-to-orangish in color, Stowaway pours with a nice, creamy head; a huge hop aroma of citrus, pine and grapefruit notes; and a big, complex, and intense hop flavor from the 5 different hop varieties and double-dry-hopping procedure used in making this beer. The malt flavor up-front turns dry and crisp; Stowaway is full-bodied but with a dry finish and pleasant, long-lasting, hop aftertaste. This I.P.A. definitely leaves you wanting more.

69 IBU
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Photo of clake
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz undated can poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance is a clear, deep amber color with about a finger of creamy head that dissipates slowly to a tiny ring of head with decent lacing.

Smell is a bit on the weak side with a hint of citrus dominated by the malts.

The taste is a bit better than what the nose would leave you believe. It definitely stays true to the description; malty up front with a fairly present hop finish.

Not quite as effervescent as I would like and a bit of an oily finish.

Overall this is a little above average IPA. Worth picking up if you knew it just hit the shelves but even then it's a gamble with the lack of dating.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp can poured into a pint glass. A beautiful clean clear copper hue enters the glass. Several streams of carbonation rise to the surface and a spongey eggshell white head foams up 3 cm and fades slowly after the pour. There is some windowpane lattice on the glass and a pockmarked surface develops as the head recedes.
The aroma is heavy with pine sap and some rindy grapefruit. A bit of husky grain is in the background and also hints of nutty aroma. Quite an interesting nose and not a typical hop bomb mix.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine and fairly soft, gentle carbonation.
Flavor is briefly sweet with caramel and a bit of grain hit and then rolls to a fairly astringent finish. Finish is also a little dry and the bitterness lingers long after each sip.
The beer is very drinkable and the 6.9% is no where to be hinted at during the sampling.
This is a well made, interesting, and sneaky IPA. I would pick up a 6er of this for a trip to the beach or pool.
Very nice beer.

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Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Caramel/crystal malts dominate look - red ale appearance. Smell is malt heavy, hops don't shine through. Taste similar to smell, all malt with a slight bitter backbone. Little flavor from hops. This doesn't drink like American ipa. Very malt heavy and the hops offer no support. Overall flavor isn't great. Not a fan.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

6-pack cans bought in Damariscotta, ME at the Rising Tide Co-Op. A shout out for a great little craft beer section!

My favorite beer, let alone IPA, when in Maine. Many a 6-pack has been enjoyed on a college football afternoon. Now, full disclosure, that usually puts me in a very good drinking frame of mind, so I might be biased....but this is a VERY good IPA that remains very much under-the-radar of the general public (sort of the anti-'Heady Topper', if you will....), and there aren't many brewed in New England that can challenge it.

Citrusy hops in the aroma, the taste, even the belches afterwards. A very nice sample of the style, and a pleasurable beverage. This one should be on your list.

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Photo of crotharagain
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice orange color with about a 1/4 inch head and minor lacing. The smell had the citrus notes that others have picked up on but I didn't pick it up when tasting. The malt character is evident and finishes nicely. Having gone to high school and college in Maine (go Black Bears), it's nice to see a few good breweries in the state.
Good session IPA, will go back to it again.

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Photo of TheDonster
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've tried it on tap and out of a can. Both were similar experiences. It's a slightly malty and mostly bitter IPA. Didn't really get much of the citrus that others have noted. Good beer.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can from Steve000 (thanks!). Canned 2/23/15. Served in a Heady Topper stemless tulip.

Pours a deep garnet orange with two and a quarter finger off-white head. A thick haze remains with a defined halo that deposits lots of lace on its way down.

Smells of citrus zest, mild oranges, faint pine and vaguely floral with just a hint of caramel.

Flavors of bitter citrus peel, marmalade, piney, fruitcake and caramel. There is no booze but the bitterness seems distractingly unbalanced for my tastes.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bitter finish of citrus rinds, that fruitcakey note and a little caramel.

Perhaps this was past its prime but I walk away unimpressed with Stowaway IPA. There are plenty of other options that I'll reach for when I need an IPA.

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Photo of sprat1960
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Amber to orange in color; translucent - slight haze from the small bubbles of carbonation. Pours with a 1-2 finger creamy white head; dies down gradually leaving remnants of foam of the surface of the beer and lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Acidic, citrusy smell with a mild hoppy scent;

Taste: Tastes similar to how it smells. Starts off with a mild malt flavor, progresses to an acidic, citrus taste and ends with a mild delicious hoppy taste. Very nice.

Feel: Medium body, mild fizz from the carbonation, ends with a slightly dry finsih.

Overall: A very nice IPA. I have had this IPA several times; while there are better beers this is a great, decent quality inexpensive "go to" IPA.

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Photo of cherche
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not sure if the line was dirty or what but had one of these at a Portland Sea Dogs game and it was one of the worst beers I have had in a very long time. Tasted like a stale, yeasty mess. You couldn't pay me to drink another one.

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Photo of CoffeePorter
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured it into a glass
A: Clear, light copper like tint with a nice foamy white head that doesn't dissipate.
S: Smells citrusy, I could detect some tropical notes along with some malty sweetness.
T: Reminds me of a Nugget Nectar a few months past its bottling date. Very malty with perhaps a hint of hop bitterness. It definitely tastes sweet with maybe some caramel like sweetness.
M: Mild to medium carbonation, dry mouthfeel.
O: Overall, it reminds me of an amber ale and not so much of a classic IPA. It is good, but not something i'd have everyday.

Side Note: It tastes better in a can than pouring into a glass..you can detect more of the hop profile and less of the malty sweetness.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint.

a: Finger and a half of white semi-rocky, bubbly head. Clear amber body.

s: Resin, pine, grapefruit, hoppy finish.

t: Slight malt. Big hops. Doughy bread, citrus, pine. Hoppy aftertaste.

mf: Crisp. Dry.

o: I am not always a huge fan of IPAs but this beer is nicely balanced and smooth.

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Photo of Pouland77
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent IPA and living in Maine I'm kinda spoiled by the local selection here (try Lunch by Maine Beer Company). I picked this up because it advertised a malt backbone which I did not find. The look, the smell and feel are great. Just kinda done with IPAs right now. If I want something citrusy, I'll buy a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin, uneven cap; thick rings of long lasting lacing;

S: earthy, floral, herbal; some malt sweetness; a little tropical fruit in the background; as it warms, the tropical fruit becomes more noticeable;

T: earthy for moment, the predominantly herbal; moderate bitterness build from mid-palate;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: the hop combination isn't my favorite, but this is a well made IPA;

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is somewhat hazy orange amber in color and has lots of small and large sized particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and starts out with piney flavors from the hops along with notes of caramel malts and hints of grapefruit. There is a moderate amount of bitterness. The pine lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and surprisingly a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The pine in the finish lends some dryness to the mouthfeel.
O: Despite all of the piney hops, this beer has a pleasant smoothness in the mouthfeel that coats your mouth a little. It has rather bold hop flavors for an IPA, similar to what you would expect from a Double IPA.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Jwale73
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served in a SA Perfect Pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy burnished copper with a loose, quarter inch, white head. Nose is quite malty with a hint of piney resin. Taste expresses caramel malt, a candied quality and an earthy/herbal/piney hops profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a crisp carbonation and just a hint of viscosity. Overall, not bad but a bit too malty for my sensibilities and the hops aren't really in my wheelhouse either.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

The color is a deep orange with a fingers of foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a grassy aroma that is lined with earthy hops in the nose. There is a slight damp aroma here that is a bit fruity but flowery as well.

The taste is a bit spicy with some bitterness that starts slow with a tart fruit flavor. There is a dankness that comes out toward the back end. There is a tease if grapefruit with a lip smacking grassy flavor.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied with a smooth body that goes down easy. There is a nice bitter aftertaste that leaves a slight piney flavor takes its time settling down.

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Photo of Roguer
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really solid classic single IPA

Great clear copper color, topped with a flat white head. Good retention, great lacing.

Fairly subtle aroma, centered on pine, citrus, wildflower honey, and caramel and pale malts.

Flavor follows. Pretty bitter, with citrus peel and pine, and a smooth malt profile.

Lively and slick mouthfeel with slight sting and dry finish.

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Photo of Symmes
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Just found this Maine brew in my local package store in Northford, CT. I bought it on a whim, ten bucks for a sixer, liked the logos on the can. Aroma and start really are that of a DIPA, lots of citrus and pine. Reminded me of New England's "Ghandi-Bot". That didn't last too long, as it quickly fades to a grassy, wheaty finish. Decent hop and citrus notes linger throughout. Overall a good beer I will buy again. I will be keeping a keen eye on Baxter, they now have my attention. If anyone has any suggestions from this brewer, please post it.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

From 09/18/14 notes. On tap at Stoddard's Pub in Boston, MA. 16oz. pour in a pint glass.

Pours an amber-dark golden color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident. Lots of pine hops, some floral hops, fruity malts, bready malts, and light caramel. Easy to drink, no bitterness. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall a solid IPA. Not a hop bomb but some nice pine to it and no bitterness at all, making it easy to drink. Worth checking out.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.59/5  rDev -6%

This beer has pine and honey on the nose. Taste of a dry hopped beer. Pine, sweet, honey, good taste. Bitter pine on the back, but not overwhelmingly so. A: Color is orange with a cone of cloudy dark orange in the middle, making a cylinder. Good beer overall.

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Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Pours a golden yellow with no head. Smell isn't overpowering. Not super floral. Taste is nice and smooth. Tastes more malty than anything. Could easily drink several without complaint. Not bitter at all.

Wife's review: "Pleasantly surprised. Smooth and tasty. Even the aftertaste is nice."

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Photo of UnionMade
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Grabbed a 12mixer of Baxter on my first trip across the VT border.
I really like the can design, first of all. Great packaging. Pours darker than what I'm used to, fresh out of the car from Denver. The hops don't present so much forwardness in the nose. I'm getting more of a forest feel with some wet earth and mushrooms, which I haven't smelled in a long time. The bitterness is there, just in a different form. I'm used to an onslaught of west coast citrus, but this one has similar bitterness that creeps in with subtler forest flavors. Dense earth and pine flavors like a real forest not tuned up to 11. Honestly, I like the insidious bitter creepage of the hops that just lingers in a way that palate cleansing west coast IPA doesn't have. An adjustment from west coast IPA, but very, very good.

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Photo of TangTKE402
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Woody-brown in color, with a 1-finger ecru head. Minimal lacing. Slightly hazy in texture. Aromas of earth, pine and floral hops, and a touch of malt. Inviting, if down-played aromas. Flavors of hops and alcohol esters are largely prevalent, with a toasted malt spine. Notes of lavender, pine cones, a touch of soap, earth and alcohol. A chewy, gritty feel mostly throughout with a touch of hotness and a definitive robustness. Overall it's a decent IPA, but better exist and there should not be this much alcohol present in the flavors at just under 7% abv in my opinion.

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Photo of argock
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured from a 12 oz can into an oversized wineglass. "Bootleg 06/25/14" on bottom of can. Single purchased at Craft Beer Cellar (Waterbury, VT).

A: Clear as a bell orange-amber with 1-2 finger, off-white head with good retention and a healthy amount of craggy lacing. (4.25)

S: Orange pine soap is the best descriptor, some floral, a bit of light caramel and breadiness. (3.25)

T: The flavor makes a nice comeback with a solid light-to-medium caramel backing not really yielding but sharing with orange, herbal-honeysuckle, tobacco, and floral hops notes. Pine whacks the palate in the finish, with a big resin blast which is welcome after the malty beginning. Bitterness is medium-to-high, especially in the finish and aftertaste. (3.75)

M: Feel is sticky overall with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty dry despite all the maltiness in the flavor and aroma. (3.5)

O: I liked the whole better than the pieces on this IPA -- I like the strong bitter, resiny finish more than the rest of the beer, and it has some weaknesses, but it is worth a try.

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Photo of illpass78
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz. can poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with pretty good carbonation and a nice one-finger creamy head. Lacing moderate.

Aroma: Grapefruit, lemon, apricot, and pine are all present along with a solid malty backbone.

Taste: This is a nice, mid-range IPA that brings the hops and malt forward in nearly equal parts. Taste follows the nose, with grapefruit dominating.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty drinkable for a fairly sturdy IPA.

Overall: Nice IPA from this can-loving brewer. The alcohol and hops are a touch beyond sessionable depth for most folks, but it's very approachable. Should please the IPA crowd.

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Stowaway I.P.A. from Baxter Brewing Co.
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