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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

658 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 30
Gots: 94 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Casey10 on 02-01-2011)
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

t0rin0, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

djrn2, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

spycow, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of McGrupp612. Served in a mug.

Pours a moderate copper color with a good off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries quite a bit of bready malt and some faint hoppy notes. Not strong enough to really be discernible as to type, but a good combo. Flavor is not up to par. It's far too malty and too far in the style of an East Coast "IPA." Quotation marks for emphasis. Medium body with a slight bitterness. Decent, but nothing special.

Thorpe429, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

acurtis, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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

brentk56, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

ygtbsm94, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Amy for this can.

A: The beer pours a light amber color with a fizzy off-white head to go with it.

S: Quite a nice aroma. Lots of pine and citrus peel, some grapefruit character and a mild malt sweetness. There is also some other fruitiness to the nose and some floral notes.

T: Not quite as good on the tongue, but decent. Fairly grassy with some nice grapefruit and grapefruit peel flavors. Toffee and bread sweetness, with a moderate level of bitterness.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: Significantly better than the pale. The nose was great, it would have been a pretty solid beer if that translated to the flavor.

womencantsail, May 23, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Knapp85, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

StonedTrippin, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +3.9%

nickfl, Thursday at 03:32 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Jason, May 10, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from svosie, so a big “Thank You” goes out to her. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of piney hops bitterness followed by a citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice solid IPA to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 14, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Kegatron, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Greg (Reagan1984) for this one. Served in a Chicago Craft Beer Week pint glass.

A - A finger-plus of creamy off-white foam slowly dissipates, leaving behind stray splotches of lace. Somewhat hazy dark orange body - can conditioned?

S - Lots of ripe orange, touch of pineapple, bready malts, perhaps some grass and herbs in the periphery. Pretty nice example of an East Coast IPA.

T - The taste is disappointing, with mostly caramel and doughy bread malts, some yeast, and only mild citrus in the finish. Bitterness is moderate. Nothing offensive, just not much of interest here.

M - Prickly, zesty carbonation, resinous and oily finish, some decent dryness, touch of alcohol warmth. Viscous medium body has a nice heft to it, but the bubbles are too much.

D - A decent beer that might do in a pinch if you didn't have access to Maine Brewing Co. offerings (or wanted to take cans on a camping trip). Not much else to report here.

MasterSki, Mar 28, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fluffy head fades semi slowly with tons of sticky lacing, over mostly clear nectar orange color beer.

Nose of light fruity and citrus hops, touch of tropical fruit, light grassy hops too, some sweet malts under that as well balancing it well.

Taste brings fresh hops, slightly resinous, tropical fruits, citrus, a slight pine, fairly bitter, light malty sweetness bringing a good malty backbone for balance, juicy hop flavors. Finishes slightly resinous again, fresh hops resonate through my mouth, a bit of citrus and hint of freshening spearmint, semi dry but a light sweetness.

Mouth is medium bodied, lower but decent enough carbonation.

Overall pretty good, a nice canned IPA, nice fresh hops, malty balance, not too bitter, drinkable.

jlindros, May 02, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

From 09/18/14 notes. On tap at Stoddard's Pub in Boston, MA. 16oz. pour in a pint glass.

Pours an amber-dark golden color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident. Lots of pine hops, some floral hops, fruity malts, bready malts, and light caramel. Easy to drink, no bitterness. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall a solid IPA. Not a hop bomb but some nice pine to it and no bitterness at all, making it easy to drink. Worth checking out.

mdfb79, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Liumpily rocky head that leaves wide spotty lace. Orange amber color with a large dollop of fogginess.

Plenty of floral hop smell, no harshness. Light paler malt in the background.

A well balanced IPA with the notable malt (dry) up front. The hop is peppery and is strongest in the swallow. The body is rich but this may be because of the lower carbonation. Classic flavors.

smcolw, Dec 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to IndiaPaleAle for making sure that my end of The CANQuest (TM) gets a chance to try some Mainerd beer. I spent the best summer of my life in Portland, ME in 1990 and a high school friend owns an art framing studio up there, plus I have visited a few times since then. I loved Maine, but the unemployment rate is less than enticing in terms of a relocation. Oh well.

From the CAN: "Draught Beer Taste, Fit For the Camp-Lake-BBQ-Mountain-Hike-Picnic-Beach-Cooler-Backpack-Fridge-Golf Course."; "Thirsty For Adventure? Set sail With Our Crew!"; "Craft-Brewed In Maine"; "Bold, complex flavors with a solid malt backbone and assertive hop profile, along with cold conditioning give this beer its crisp, clean finish." I also liked the skull & crossbones/piratical/nautical graphics as a retired US Navy sailor. Stowaway? Arrgh! Yer goin' into the locker - Davy Jones' Locker, boyo!

The Crack revealed yet one more brimful CAN o' beer and now I am coming to expect it as the norm. The Glug began to create a force o' nature head and I had to back down, lest overflow procedures come into effect. I was faced with two fingers' worth of tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with just a hint of haze. Nose was both orange-citrusy and caramel malty. This combination always reminds me of the Orange Brach's caramels that were in a jar at my maternal grandmother's house when I was a kid. Mmmm. My mmmmouth was watering in anticipation. The mmmoooose on the CAN seemed to be winking at me. Mmmmouthfeel was mmmediummm with a very pleasant intermingling of the orange and caramel flavors noted on the nose. Mmmmm. Mmman, I was really starting to suck this down until I looked at the time and the ABV. This was too easy-drinkin' for this hour! Finish was more bitter than sweet, which in my mind, is a good thing. I might not want this for the beach, but it definitely gets a spot in my cooler for Hula in the Coola Day!

woodychandler, Apr 14, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Hollie for sending this out!

Poured into NB Globe Glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of rocky khaki head. Good retention with lace rings. Color is a dark rustic orange.

Aroma: Pretty fresh and hoppy. Weedy and piney. A little bit of union flavor. A bit of citrus. Kind of dank hoppy.

Taste: Kind of different from the nose. It is a lot grassier. A bit weedy. Sticky hops. Has the similar onion hints. Hardly and citrus fruits here. Some bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sticky.Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a hop resin feel.

Overall, a decent ipa. Very bitter. It lacked the tropical citrus fruit that I normally enjoy in ipas, however. Decent drinkability.

mothman, Mar 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Gonzoillini, May 04, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather nice IPA found at the Great Lost Bear in Portland.
Burnt orange pour, medium head. Looks good just sitting there ready to be gulped

And that's what happened. It's aroma is more of pine than citrus, but the flavor is more citrus than pine. Random spice and some green flower along the way. Light caramel malt backbone steps aside. Bite is efficient. Nothing over the top here, just a solid IPA

Mebuzzard, Aug 19, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

Pours a very nice slightly hazy golden amber color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is pretty hoppy, with some malts thrown in, citrus, slight pineyness. The taste is hoppy, with a nice little sweetness, citrus note, slight pines. Medium body, with a nice bitter/dry finish. This one surprised me, very nice brew.

Wasatch, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

mdaschaf, Jul 26, 2011
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Stowaway I.P.A. from Baxter Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.