Stowaway I.P.A. - Baxter Brewing Co.
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2.03/5 rDev -47.3%
12oz, canned 4/13/12. Very fresh.
Pours a hazy medium amber with a small off-white head. Retention and lacing are average.
The aroma is muffled for an IPA, with some piney, grassy hops. A bit off, but alright.
The flavor is messed-up. Either this beer is infected or has some strange yeast autolysis flavors. Exceedingly vegetal and bitter, with a weird, salty character. Toffeeish malts come through, adding to the mess. "Clean" is not a word I would use to describe this IPA, but at least there's some piney hop flavor in there. A touch astringent, with a drying, medium-bodied mouthfeel.
If the flavor weren't so bad, this would be a palatable beer. Baxter Brewing is all over the goddamn place. "We do what we can, we can what we do, and we CAN'T brew consistent beer."
04-25-2012 21:11:40 | More by dasenebler
2.68/5 rDev -30.4%
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.
11-02-2011 23:21:58 | More by SpeedwayJim
2.73/5 rDev -29.1%
Can given to me by UncleJimbo at Pizza Port Strong Ale 2011, thanks! It's always nice to try something from a brewery I've never heard of, and I greatly appreciate the gift. Split with my fiancé, who wasn't ecstatic to be told we were drinking an IPA right when she was about to go to bed, but in the end she did her duty.
A: Dark orange and opaque with a finger of beige sea foam. Retention is good and lacing is scattered.
S: Well, this is very, very malty. Bread and biscuit notes are dominant, with a pervasive malty sweetness. There's a little sweet citrus hiding behind the monolithic malt foundation. There are light candied notes in there. This is not only malt dominant but the hops are also very feeble. Still, the malt smells pretty good. On the whole, it doesn't smell bad, it's just that it's definitely below average.
T: Sweet bready malt with biscuit and toasted notes. There's a touch of alcohol and diffident citrus. This is definitely an East Coast style IPA, though I can't say it's really IPAish. The finish is malty and sweet. Again, nothing particularly bad in the flavor, but it's below average on the IPA spectrum.
M: Medium body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky.
Overall: A lackluster malty IPA. I appreciate the chance to try it, but it's not at all what I'm looking for in the style.
12-12-2011 05:18:02 | More by HopHead84
2.75/5 rDev -28.6%
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.
12-13-2012 03:50:38 | More by MusicaleMike
2.9/5 rDev -24.7%
Poured out a deep orange almost golden color. About a fingers worth of head with a large amount of it clinging to the glass. Aroma is a lot of grapefruit and tangerine. I barely get anything form the malts. The flavor is fruity, sweet and smooth upfront but it gives way to a astringent medicinal middle (almost a weak robitussin). The hop variety gives a great aroma but the flavors seem out of whack. The finish is extremely dry and biting. The medicinal flavors linger with the dry bitterness.
06-06-2011 23:18:19 | More by DrinkingDrake
3/5 rDev -22.1%
Poured from can. Amber body with an off white head. Citrus and fruity smells. the taste is a mix of pine pitch, citrus and course grain. Medium mouthfeel and well carbonated. Okay beer but nothing really spectacular here. I would drink again if given limited choices.
01-31-2012 03:19:00 | More by jneiswender
3/5 rDev -22.1%
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.
08-27-2014 00:57:29 | More by TangTKE402
Stowaway I.P.A. from Baxter Brewing Co.
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