Stowaway I.P.A. - Baxter Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
2.75/5 rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
I think the born on date on the can is 8-12-12, but that could be a 9-12-12. Nonetheless, it has been refrigerated since then, so should be fine.
Poured into a Lawsons glass, this amber colored beer has a vibrant orange hue and is topped by a two-finger thick off-white head that sticks all over the glass. Also, nice lively carbonation dances around in the glass, yet also lifts the little particles of yeasty floaters around. This beer does have some considerable haze to it.
Great IPA aroma! It is aggressive, bold, and definitely hoppy. After the pour I easily smell tropical fruits (mango, pineapple) and pine-like aroma hops. Once the head settles and the beer warms a bit, these sort of leave and are replaced with aromas of caramel and tangerine.
First impression: BITTER! 69 IBUs may not sound like a lot, but they somehow got all 69 units to be intensified! Really bitter up front...hard to call this beer well-balanced in any way. It is sharp and just overly bitter for an IPA. Good flavor of hops. There is some flavor of malt, but it is almost entirely masked by the bracing bitterness which starts up front and is carried all the way through till the aftertaste. Spicy hops, notes of bitter orange pith. As it warms, that bitterness becomes a little more tamed (as your palate has already been wrecked and not can't tell the difference) and notes of biscuit malt and toast seem to come through more.
Decent amount of carbonation. Medium to full bodied IPA, that is sharp and almost astringent from the sheer amount of bitter alpha acids...certainly what you could consider a "palate coating bitterness.
This is not my favorite IPA. I find it to be overly aggressive with those alpha acids. Towards the end, the malt profile reminded me of Victory HopDevil, but the hops are just so much more in line with HopDevil. Not a bad IPA at all, but I will not be purchasing again.
Serving type: can
12-13-2012 03:50:38 | More by MusicaleMike
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4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured to a nice, full, off white head with good retention and lacing. Color was a copper / amber and clear. Aroma was floral and hoppy with sime slight ctrus and caramel notes. Tasted hoppy, floral and spicy up front with caramel notes on the back and a spice finish. Mouthfeel was creamy and full with a dry, clean aftertaste.
Serving type: can
07-13-2014 22:22:12 | More by Huffs
Stowaway I.P.A. from Baxter Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.