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

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Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Casey10 on 02-01-2011

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Photo of CNoj012
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a crystal clear orange amber color with a small, loose off white head that fades quickly to a ring around the edge with some large bubbles as well. Lots of thin webbed lacing. Smell is sweet and bready malts, as well as earthy, citrus and floral hops. Taste is similar. Starts of malty and finishes bitter. Bitterness kind of muddled the hop flavors. Feel is medium (more like a DIPA), slick and smooth. Overall not a bad beer, but I'm glad I only grabbed a single.

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In pint glass at bar.
Clear copper color with small white head. Nice lacing as I drank the pint.
Smell of bitter hops, grapefruit.
Taste a bit too bitter for me. Clean bitter IPA.
Feel smooth and drinkable in my mouth
Overall a solid IPA, but not up to Foundation, Bissell Brothers or Maine Beer Company standards.

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Photo of cmq103
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my Belgian Tulip style glass. 1/4" beige head with sticky lacing. Malty aroma, slightly boozy pine finish. Taste is very similar but reversed. Initial piney hops taste, with a kiss of alcohol, finishing malty sweet. Moderate bitterness sneaks in at the end of the swallow. Very good IPA.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours amber, a dark deep orange or a sweet orange brown if you will. thick white head as well.

smells like caramel malt. hops are not hugely expressive. some nice sweetness but nothing crazy.

taste is full of malt yet is not a thick beer. some sweetness to this as well. maybe grapefruit and some pineapple tones. not overtop but very solid. good balance on this beer, if leaning toward malt. finishes dry and bitter, with some sweetness as well.

overall this is a pretty good beer. nothing over the top but a good IPA. malt forward but still achieves balance.

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Photo of DTyler94
1.56/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Got this from my brother at a dinner party.

As far as look I can't give an accurate rating, had directly out of the can.

Smell is ok, similar to many IPAs minus the typical subtle citrus scent.

Taste for me is awful. A harsh upfront bitterness, I drink lots of dark beer so bitter isn't an issue for me but this one isn't refined, it just doesn't feel right, almost like drinking medicine. It finishes dry but has a very odd aftertaste, the only way I can find to describe it is dirty, tastes like how I smell after the gym.

My brother left these in my fridge as is our tradition when we visit, bring beer and leave it. I don't think I'll be drinking the last few, I'll probably let them sit there for a few months and finally toss them when I clean it out. I wish I could give this IPA a better rating but it just doesn't compare to Oskar's Pinner or Blues in my opinion. I'll stick to Sip.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours orange with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and caramel malt. Body is medium and smooth. Herbal hops, bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry, and herbal. Delicious brew.

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

Had on tap at Great Lost Bear during Beer Safari in Portland, Maine. Good everyday IPA. Nice resiny hop profile combined with a syrupy malt base. ABV and malt push it a bit close to a bigger almost DIPA. Though remains a more sessionable (if high octane) sipper.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber-red with an off-white head. Smells malty and hoppy. The taste has a bit of caramel malt, with a fruity, bitter, herbal hoppiness to cut through. Slightly thin body with high carbonation. Overall a pretty good IPA. It isn't too bitter or too sweet. It is fairly balanced with a caramel-like sweetness and a fruity, bitter hop quality to even it out. First heard of and tried this on tap at a bar in Maine. Got the canned Baxter variety pack just a few months ago to revisit it.

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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
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | 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 when in Maine. Many a 6-pack has been enjoyed on a college football afternoon. This is a VERY good IPA that remains very much under-the-radar (the exact opposite of the 'Heady Topper' phenomenon...), and there aren't many brewed in New England I know of that challenge it.

Head is modest and fleeting. Pours clear and slightly orange.
Hop aroma is more earthy, less citrusy.
Taste is clean, slightly bitter, but not overpoweringly so. IBUs clock in at 69.
No astringency or resiny aftertaste.
A very nice sample of the style, and a pleasurable beverage. This one should be a top beer on your list when in Maine.

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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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Stowaway I.P.A. from Baxter Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.