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

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182 Reviews

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Reviews: 182
Hads: 928
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 28.01%
Wants: 40
Gots: 251 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States | website

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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Photo of gonzo000
3.59/5  rDev -6%

This beer has pine and honey on the nose. Taste of a dry hopped beer. Pine, sweet, honey, good taste. Bitter pine on the back, but not overwhelmingly so. A: Color is orange with a cone of cloudy dark orange in the middle, making a cylinder. Good beer overall.

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Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Pours a golden yellow with no head. Smell isn't overpowering. Not super floral. Taste is nice and smooth. Tastes more malty than anything. Could easily drink several without complaint. Not bitter at all.

Wife's review: "Pleasantly surprised. Smooth and tasty. Even the aftertaste is nice."

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Photo of UnionMade
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Grabbed a 12mixer of Baxter on my first trip across the VT border.
I really like the can design, first of all. Great packaging. Pours darker than what I'm used to, fresh out of the car from Denver. The hops don't present so much forwardness in the nose. I'm getting more of a forest feel with some wet earth and mushrooms, which I haven't smelled in a long time. The bitterness is there, just in a different form. I'm used to an onslaught of west coast citrus, but this one has similar bitterness that creeps in with subtler forest flavors. Dense earth and pine flavors like a real forest not tuned up to 11. Honestly, I like the insidious bitter creepage of the hops that just lingers in a way that palate cleansing west coast IPA doesn't have. An adjustment from west coast IPA, but very, very good.

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Photo of TangTKE402
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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.

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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 illpass78
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz. can poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with pretty good carbonation and a nice one-finger creamy head. Lacing moderate.

Aroma: Grapefruit, lemon, apricot, and pine are all present along with a solid malty backbone.

Taste: This is a nice, mid-range IPA that brings the hops and malt forward in nearly equal parts. Taste follows the nose, with grapefruit dominating.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty drinkable for a fairly sturdy IPA.

Overall: Nice IPA from this can-loving brewer. The alcohol and hops are a touch beyond sessionable depth for most folks, but it's very approachable. Should please the IPA crowd.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz can. Pours a semi translucent copper orange color with a half inch of head. Moderate amount of lacing. The aroma is a mix of citrus and piney hops. Resinous. The taste is much of the same. Piney and resinous with not much of the citrus from the aroma. Bread, caramel, nuts and some light grapefruit notes. Finishes with more of the bitter pine and caramel. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side. Overall, pretty decent IPA I'd grab again.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

A: Nice deep amber with a sizeable creamy head. Long lasting retention and noticeable lacing.

S: Pine, caramel, nuts, bitter grapefruit, toffee and spices. This definitely leans towards a bold malt-hop aroma with a musky element.

T: Similar to aroma with caramel, wood, herbal/floral qualities, grapefruit pulp, and spices. An immense bitter finish with a huge presence of both malt and hops.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily with lots of resin. Wonderful stuff.

D: This was a well crafted IPA and l can see this being a regular go-to IPA but I would still place this in the very good not outstanding category.

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Photo of Huffs
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured to a nice, full, off white head with good retention and lacing. Color was a copper / amber and clear. Aroma was floral and hoppy with sime slight ctrus and caramel notes. Tasted hoppy, floral and spicy up front with caramel notes on the back and a spice finish. Mouthfeel was creamy and full with a dry, clean aftertaste.

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Photo of newaquarius
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the one out of the "backpack" that I was most eager to try, and I was NOT disappointed. A really good IPA definitely somewhere in the top 5 of IPA's i've tried. Smell is very hoppy/piney, with a little fruit thrown in. Taste is similar, hitting you with good fresh pine hops upfront, finishing with some grapefruit or orangey flavors. The mouthfeel is great, with moderate carbonation that fits the brew and ends dry. Overall a really good IPA and my favorite brew from Baxter so far.

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Photo of dugmar
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my go-to IPA. Looks nice, smells nice, tastes like an IPA should. I don't get into specific flavors and mouth feel stuff, I just don't, but I like this IPA and I like beers in cans. Best price I have found in the area is Cigarette City in Seabrook, NH, under $9 for a 6'er.

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Photo of Florida9
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden yellow in color. Forms a very large fluffy white head that fills the glass. Head slowly falls to a thick, stiff, rocky head. Lots of lacing.

S: Aroma is potent, but not overly exciting. There is fairly nondescript "bitterness" to the aroma. Sort of like a combination between the smell of carbonation and biscuit malt. Maybe some citrus rind.

T: Taste has that same quality. There is a fairly sturdy pale malt backbone along with a little caramel malts. Then there is that plain bitterness. Like grapefruit pith. Very little actual flavor.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Appreciable bitterness. Moderate carbonation.

O: A decent beer. Drinkable, but lacking any appreciable character.

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Photo of Boto
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draught: This one pours a darker hazy orangish color. There was very little head on it. Nice aroma. Big whiff of pine hops. Some grapefruit and orange in the background. The taste is good. A nice hop bite. Mainly pine hops to the taste. There is a decent malt body behind it. Some earthiness. Nice

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Photo of Clemtunes
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Baxter makes some of of the best beer out there, not sure what it is about is Maine (ie: Peak Organic.Shipyard,Gearys)..may be the water,,this IPA is even better on draft and is my first choice these days when i can find it...if Baxter does it its done right..if they make a style you like ,you will love theirs

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Photo of maximum12
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to mjg0725 for this beer, one amongst a small flotilla that landed on my stoop recently. I'm already suspicious, though. Any IPA that advertises it's "malt backbone", well, that's not why I drink IPAs. Keep the mind open, max. 12 oz. can.

The pour is always a bit of a mystery coming out of a solid container; this one proves to be a clear orange. Even after allowing it to warm a bit, there's little coming off the beer's surface. Little citrus & little sweetness.

Stowaway IPA is true to its packaging as a malty IPA. Caramel licks the forelock up front, though there are some citrus & pine backing it up, with a medium chop of bitterness in the mid-palate. Floral to the point of cheap perfume on the back end, an odd counterpoint. Almost soapy. Mouthfeel might be the apex of this brew, a nice resin feel to it. I could drink plenty of this, but why?

If this beer were a movie it would be Legally Blonde. Decent enough, mildly amusing, but nothing you'd want to grab more than once.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my 13 tulip glass, on 11/19/13. Pours a bright orange, with a sticky to inch off white, that coats the glass with lace. Smell is tangerine, pine, graipfruit, and mango. Taste follows the nose, but the grapefruit really stands out in a good way. Body medium, plenty of life, not overly dry, and goes easy. Wow this nice and man did they make the most of the 69 IBUs, really some excellent bitterness, but tropical also.

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Photo of Amgarnier
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another beer courtesy of the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a brown/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of citrus, mainly grapefruit. Taste is bitter, citrus, lots of hops, a touch of pine, just a bit unbalanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Omnium
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can > Pint Glass

A - Pours hazed orange gold with two fingers of big fluffy marshmallow off white head, thick wall of lacing.
S - Mango, pear, peach, slight bread and caramel malt scents, a little hop resin and pine dankness
T - Taste is excellent, lots of bright lush tropical flavors, some light lemon grass, a touch of pine, biscuit and lighter caramel malt.
M - A tad chewy, but not overly bitter, very nice.
O - Im shocked this is only at 87 right now, this is a solid west coast, with a good balance of malt. Excellent brew!

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Photo of justintcoons
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Good retention with yeast sediment suspended throughout the glass.

Papaya, tangerine, sugar cookies and pine.

Papaya, navel orange, tangerine and clementine and pine sap. Sugar cookies and candy sugar. Finishes with notes of lemon and grapefruit zest.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean and dry.

A fine example of an American IPA.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper color, this pours with a big clumpy off-white head. There’s certainly a rich toffee and caramel malt backbone to this with sharp resinous hops as well as some notes of pine. The finish is dry and bitter. It’s a bit too malty and gritty for my liking but is hopped accordingly and is overall a solid beer.

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Photo of mrz200
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've become a big fan of this cans-only Maine brewer, and they have yet to disappoint. Their XPA isnt a favorite of mine, but I appreciate the hoppiness they shoot for. Stowaway is a very different beer, and is an excellent classic IPA. I wouldn't call this "west coast" as the citrus and floral are distant 2nd tier flavors to the big bitter hops that are all over this one. It's not especially complex and gets more bitter than flavorful as it warms up.

Compared to the other Portland area breweries of Geary's, Gritty's, Sebago, & Shipyard; Baxter is the IPA champ by a landslide. And if you are a pure hop head, you would probably prefer this one to even Lunch.

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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 SpasmWaiter
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a fresh 12 oz. can into a 6oz. tasting glass.

A - Beautiful golden russet color. Lots of bubbles from carbonation. Thin head, decent lacing.

S - My least favorite part of the beer. Very malty smell for an IPA. Not surprising, given the description on the can. Just missing that awesome strong hop aroma.

T - Liked this part much better than the smell. The hops that were missing from the nose are definitely present in the taste. Nice use of bittering hops. Certainly has a strong malt backbone.

M - Very nice. Best part of the beer for me.

O - I liked this beer. The cans make it an appealing option for outdoor recreation. Would very much like to try this beer unfiltered.

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Photo of Thads324
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A : pours a deep and beautiful orange color with lots of loose bubbled off white head. Dissipates slowly. Great color and clarity.

S: the second you pop the can you can smell the hops. Big whiffs of fruit zest, lemon, lime, pineapple, grass, pine sap and mossy earth aromas. The tiniest husky grain background. Really nice.

T : not quite in line with the flavor. Starts very thin, transitions to sweet and subtle caramel and mild toffee malt flavor. The hops aren't over powering like in the nose. Midway through there is some solid fruity hops. Flavor hops are bold, with lots of citrus juice, guava and pineapple. Finishes sweet yet dry. Only bitterness is on the tail end, with a hint of earth.

M : thinner than expected, especially for the abv. Smooth and easy drinking with a nice finish.

A very nice ipa. Lots of hop aromas and flavors, not overly bitter which invites multiples. I really enjoy this beer and will probably have a few more.

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Stowaway I.P.A. from Baxter Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.