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

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176 Reviews

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Reviews: 176
Hads: 893
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 28.01%
Wants: 38
Gots: 226 | 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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Reviews by NedShakeshaft:
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4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ RiRa, Portland ME.

A - Might be the prettiest beer I've ever seen. Brilliant goden orange. Fluffy, white head retained well. I'm reading that the canned product loses its head quickly, but the draft version kept half its head after 5 minutes.

S - Mild bready malt with big citrus hop aroma and some spice notes (fennel?)

T - Big but balanced. Sweetness on the tip of the tongue balanced by dry but not overpowering hops. Hops are piney, reminiscent of a west-coast IPA. Malts give way to a bittery finish. Delicious.

M - Very drinkable. Velvety feel with moderate carbonation. Could drink this all night but for the ABV.

O - Wish it was more widely available, it would be a go-to for me. Very well done.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a couple of fingers of foam; leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Citrusy/piney hop aromas waft above the biscuity malt backbone

Taste: The citrus and pine attack from the outset, overwhelming the malt; not a lot of flavor development as it is hoppy from the get-go into the finish; a bit of aspirin in the after-taste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I'm in the minority here, but I really enjoyed the balance of the Pamola APA to this beer; not to denigrate this IPA, but I was less than crazy about the hop character relative to some other IPAs out there

Thanks, bendurgin, for the opportunity

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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 StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on cask at Amherst brewing with citra and Chinook hops, a really lovely reincarnation of what I know to already be a great beer. it pours lighter than expected on the color spectrum, not blonde, but not caramel or brass colored either. small head, creamy look, on par with standard cask stuff as appearance goes. the aroma is the best part, the citra hops radiate, really lemon forward and making the beer seem summery and English at the same time, with a touch of sweetness to the lighter malt body. clean and crisp flavor, hop forward, honey and hop resin round it out. less than medium body, not quite enough carbonation. I would really like to try the normal packaged version of this too, but the citra and Chinook cask version was very dynamic. maine has a wonderful beer scene, and baxter is a big part of that, this is a great ipa.

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Photo of Tiernan
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodchipper
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Hazed amber color is blaming the hops, while the head gives the hops the credit. Semi-thick nose of rind and resin; hop nose of ruby red grapefruit and soft pine, with hints of alcohol and malt in the back. Smooth and creamy medium body. Malt foundation flaunts its stuff a bit with biscuity, nutty and bready flavors before the hops come close to completely cover the palate with a sound bitterness and slowly unfolding flavor of citric rind, tobacco, spear- mint and pine sap. Quick hit of ripe tropical fruit and faint warmth from the alcohol. Hops don’t want to let go and the malt tries to keep up in the semidry finish. East Coasters can hop ... ‘nough said.

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Photo of Marc33
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of J-Dub_Maine
4.76/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow .. excellent brew .. malty, yet still very hoppy .. kinda west coast, kinda not .. very tasty!

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

Canned on 3/21/11.
In a pint glass the beer was a clear amber color. It had a big, fluffy off-white head, with a little bit of lace.
Fresh, floral aroma. Sweet malt. A little bit of citrus.
Piney hops, bready. Some grapefruit. The hops lingered well.
A nice, medium-bodied IPA. Pleasant hops.
Would drink this again.

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Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off, I will say this beer is wildly inconsistent. I've had it several times on draft and went through a 6-pack of cans - really a different beer each time.

That said, I'll judge the beer on average when I've had it on tap.

Pours dark copper with little head. Settles down pretty quickly. Nose is similar to the ubiquitous Harpoon IPA in my opinion.

First taste sometimes is a bit rough. A bit dirty and muddled upon first sip, but a strong hop presence comes to wipe everything up at the end. A bit of citrus, semi-hot alcohol, and depending on which time I've had it, can be pretty enjoyable. Can be grassy and a tad smokey sometimes too. Every time I've had it, the beer has a strong malt backbone.

This beer is an enigma to me. Way too inconsistent from each time I've had it.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Shared with my wife and sister and a little for my cat.

The beer is gold and amber with a big big head. The head is sticky and hangs to the glass. The head floats and remains.

The aroma is hops up front, citrus with some floral notes and a little pine in the back. The malts comes back in the end.

The mouth starts with a smooth malt. Quickly it becomes a pungent hops citrus and earthy with a smooth mouth feel. The malt continues and the hops create a bitterness.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Homebrew35
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours one fingers worth of an off white foamy head. Hazy copper colored body. Some lacing and a small cap remains.

Smells of grapefruit, pine, carmel sweet malts and some bready yeast.

Tastes of pine and grapefruit, light sweet carmel, grainy and toasty malts with a kick of tobacco on the finish. Some what dank and oily may be another way to describe it. Mineraly and kind of salty on the finish.

Medium thin bodied, medium carbonation. Somewhat coating and oily on the finish.

Overall a tasty ipa. A nice take on the style and quite drinkable.
Good aroma, firm bitterness with a good malty character.
$2 a can

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Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at New World Tavern--served into a pint glass

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, dark golden amber in color, clear

Smell: big time pine and citrus hops and caramel

Taste: big time pine and citrus hops and caramel

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, bitter spike in just about the beginning less bitter end, moderate carbonation

Overall: I was surprised with how bitter this one was for the amount of IBUs. The beginning almost reminded me of Hop Devil by Victory. A bit bitter for my tastes but worth trying for a hop head.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of 1Adam12
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy darker amber color. Very thick off-white head that lasted almost 10 minutes. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: The usual IPA smells. Hops, citrus, pine

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth mostly, slight grittyness to it, medium bodied. Taste was more bitter than I expected. Very piney taste with faint citrus flavors.

Overall: This was an OK beer, glad I tried it, but not really a fan(and I really like IPAs too), kinda disappointed with this one.

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Photo of IPAalways
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kingcrowing
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a tumbler.

Pours a hazy amber with a small white sticky head with some light lacing. Nose is sticky and hoppy with sweet backbone.

Taste is quite bitter with a separate nice thick sweet mouthfeel. Very well balanced - there is some nice fruitiness as well. Overall it's quite tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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