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

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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 37
Gots: 190 | 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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Ratings: 846 | Reviews: 187
Reviews by greenengineer:
Photo of greenengineer
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into my Opa Opa pint glass
A - Big foamy head, nice orange (amber) color. Optically transparent - not cloudy. What beer is "supposed" to look like.
S - hoppy aroma
T - hop bitterness out front. A little watery.
M - crisp. cuts nicely through some spice food
O - Nice American IPA, but undistinguishable from many other brews. Extra points for local and can.

I love a local IPA in a can. Will buy this over and over.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Photo of argock
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of J-Dub_Maine
4.76/5  rDev +24%
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!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stowaway I.P.A. opens with a full, hop-driven grapefruit aroma, being a mixture of both pink grapefruit flesh and white grapefruit rind. Pine resin adds a secondary layer of bitterness here, being almost as potent as the grapefruit. Touches of lemon, mint, anise, and dandelion stem round out the hop aromas, altogether speaking of a nicely balanced hop profile that plays to multiple layers and strengths. Malts are somewhat more difficult to locate here due to the strength of the hop aromas, but some hints of cracker and toast crust are still present, as are brown sugar, and a good orange and apricot fruit ester counter. As a whole, the nose is very nice, making it immediately apparent that the beer has been brewed lovingly and with quality ingredients. A touch more sugars would have been nice, but there’s still enough in here to please.

On the tongue, the beer starts off with an expected hop slam, but here the hops are almost entirely bitter and plant-like, with grapefruit rind, pine resin, and dandelion stem fighting for dominance, and touches of lemon, eucalyptus, and mint lingering only slightly below the surface. The beer only has 69 IBUs, but it feels like more, so potent is this hop-based bitterness. Malts are, again, more difficult to locate against the hop blast, but toast crust and cracker do come through, as do brown sugar and some orange, fig, and apricot notes. Towards the end of the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the bitter rind, resin, and plant stem hop notes take over a larger and larger portion of the flavor profile, until by the aftertaste, they are virtually all that is left, and linger on the tongue for a long time, joined by a slight alcohol vapor. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a solid IPA, definitely showcasing the bitter side of the hop experience, but nicely so. Again, a few more sugars in the main body would have helped a bit, especially a stronger orange and apricot presence. But this is still a beer to please hopheads.

Photo of far333
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey copper colored with a half inch head of tightly bubbled foam that slowly fades as large bubbles rise up and create pop, creating pockmarks and craters. Fresh and inviting aroma of citrusy and floral hops.

Flavors initially of doughey malt, followed quickly by citrusy hops, lots of tangerine and orange peel, some pine and grapefruit rind, pithy and malty at the same time, well balanced. Moderate to aggressive bitterness, firm but not overpowering.

Even and full mouthfeel, creamy and satisfying. Nice beer.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another canned IPA..hooray....Poured into a pint glass.

Cool looking black can with skull and crossbones. IPA's seem to be a rather scarce breed on the English-style oriented coast of Maine.

A-Coppery orange veiled pour with a rather thin head. May also be slightly over chilled.

S-Pungent citrus and floral hops with a caramel backbone in the rear and a hint of biscuit.

T-Nose carries over to the palate, but this is clearly a hophead brew. Astringent bitterness and citrus rind give slight way to some semi sweet caramel malts which are overpowered by the hops in the neverending astringent finish. This can is less than 20 days old and the level of hopping makes that very evident. This is not a terribly complex or balaced IPA and the profile is a bit of a one trick pony...but its a damn tasty trick, and a great way to get that hop fix on.

M-Well balanced carbonation and mouthfeel. Slightly oily and slick.

O-On this visit to Maine, this has been my go-to brew. Come on Maine brewers, step up and get off the pale ales....bring on some great IPAs....and oh, by the way, bring them out in cans!!!

Photo of Amgarnier
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A Clear light orange hue. One finger head.

S lemon and some orange aroma. Hints of spice.

T: Hop forward a lot of lemons. Light craker malt character. Flavor ends slightly buttery.

M: medium carbonation and body, ends dry.

O: Hoppy ipa with a background of cracker malts.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big props to Papollo for sending me this can out of the blue. Been wanting to try it since Baxter opened.

A: Pours a medium orange color with a very large head upon pouring, about 2.5 fingers in height at first. This reduces to about 1/2 finger of foam relatively quickly and then much slower to a thin layer on top. Nice sticky lacing.

S: A good bit of pine and some floral/grassy hops. Slightly buttery with some biscuity malt.

T: Orange and orange rind, some pine and good bit of biscuity malt. Slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky/dry finish.

O: A solid IPA, easy drinking and canned, all pluses in my book.

Photo of asabreed
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Beautifully hazy and darkly peach-colored, with a lot of bubbles floating swiftly to the top, leaving nice raindrop lacing and a good ring of lacing around the body of the brew.

Smell: Pungent and sweet, with spiky citrus notes dominating, especially grapefruit and lemon, with some tangerine notes too and mild peach. But the sweetness isn't overpowering. A lot going on here.

Taste: Initially the balance happens very well here, with some marijuana-like flavors from the hops, that go very well with the zest-like orange and lemon going on. Lingering grapefruit, and again, the sweet peach notes come in, but they're working well to make this extremely balanced. Also some husk and grain notes linger long after the finish.

Mouthfeel: Not necessarily velvety, but the carbonation works very well in this more medium-bodied brew. Lingering bubbles, not so much champagne-like, but they serve the purpose to make everything smooth sip after sip.

Drinkability: A pretty awesome surprise. Went to Portland a week ago and picked up a 6-pack on a whim for $8 or $9, and it's definitely worth it. Baxter only does two brews thus far, but i hope they continue to do more. Check this out if you can.

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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 can detect more of the hop profile and less of the malty sweetness.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, Duvel tulip, the bottom says "CANNED 10." which seems to be an incomplete printing of the date.

Deep orange coloring and a creamy yellowed paper head give this a classic American IPA look. Lacing is very good.

Citric hops (orange), sweet biscuit malt, and a perfume of alcohol. A hint of diacetyl.

Orange pith and peel, gummy bear, bitter alcohol, and salty biscuit.

Creamy and slippery feel at the same time. Solid medium body on a refreshing higher carbonation.

This one is kind of all over the place. Even though it's got to be fresher than the Ghandi-Bot I had earlier today, the hops are still not vibrant. Stowaway definitely has a solid malt body, but it has a good bitterness to counter and I suspect when fresh a nice hoppiness.

Photo of Roguer
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.7/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for this one. 12oz. can into a Heady Topper pint glass.

Pours a .5 finger powdery and sticky white head with decent retention. Beer is a clear, dark amber. Lacing is stringy and spotty with moderate stick. Average.

Nose is tea leaves, resin, and bitter caramel. Moerately aromatic but really lacking that tropical and citrus fruit scent that I crave here.

Opens dried tea leaves, resin bitterness, amber hop profile. Malt backbone is present but its deep instead of light and crisp. Caramel and coarse, almost bitter brown sugar at the end with more amber and resin hop bitterness. Finishes more dried leaves with a similar aftertaste. I understand what is going on here and what the brewer is going after. It's not bad but I'm not a fan.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Bubbly and abrasive in the mouth and spritzy going down. Slightly dry and filmy finish with a long, lingering aftertaste. Fits the style of IPA.

This is neither east coast, nor west coast, nor midwest style IPA. There's near no tropical flavor and what is present instead is a amber-ale/mild tea leaf bitterness. But again, there's very little citrus or any other fruit profile. Not a bad beer but not at all my style.

Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass. I drank this within a month of being canned.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of off-white head. This retains with a big creamy dollop of froth in the middle of glass that just coats the sides of the glass with sticky foamy lacing. The aroma smells more herbal than floral to me, with notes of earthy spice and zesty grapefruit character that pairs up decently enough with a sweeter mix of ripe fruit and tight grains across the back of the nose. Fruit, herbal tones, and pine end up dominating this as things warm up.

The taste has a moderately robust grapefruit bitterness to it that is softened considerably by a mix of slick herbal textures, light tropical fruit, grainy toasted malt, and a splash of sweeter caramel. The finish is spicy and resinous with a bit of raw pith that sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft oily creaminess on the edges that pulls into more of a crisp prickle on the tongue. Unfortunately, I’m finding a bit too much warmth here in the body, which brings out some unwanted assertiveness from those hops.

I couldn’t get into this one. Tropical fruit, herbal flavors, and warmth just control the profiles too much here, as I was left searching for some kind of crisp or biting character to help crank the drinkability up a bit. I’m glad I just grabbed a single can of this one.

Photo of SkyyNapalm
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid, crushable, tasty IPA from Baxter.

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