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

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627 Ratings
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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 30
Gots: 85 | 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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Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

jondeelee, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

kaelingirl, Jun 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

verdict603, Jun 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

HEADYdb, Jun 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

vbiliyar, May 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

BrewCaveDweller, May 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

phaley87, May 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

voidrunner, May 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

jbertsch, May 20, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Rekrule, May 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

smi, May 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

paulmcm, May 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

AJD1201, May 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

shaps, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of mdurkee11
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

This beer is crisp, simple and balanced. Love the hops in this brew as they are not overpowering but effective. Appearance is a bit too clear for an IPA in my opinion, bunonverbal it's not a major problem. Great citrus smell that is simple and smooth. You don't get the impression that this is a big IPA, which makes this an inviting session beer. Love that this beer is served from a can and feel this adds a lot to the experience. Overall, a great beer to drink while watching a game or on a hot summer day.

mdurkee11, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of dasenebler
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."

dasenebler, Apr 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Larrydoherty, Apr 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

calmstock, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of u2carew
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%

12oz can
A) pours with a finger thick head, then settles to a thin lacing on top. Hazy bronze colored body. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Orange. Grassy.
T) Hop bite upfront. Subtle nutty-ness and malty sweetness. The hops are the definitely the dominate feature of this brew.
M) Crisp. Medium body. Dry in the finish. The alcohol gives off some warmth in the aftertaste.
O) A decent beer. I'd have another one.

u2carew, Apr 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

de322, Apr 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

rderedin, Apr 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

deanhead, Apr 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

rondufresne, Apr 05, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

teenwolfmansbro, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%

Pours light copper with a generous amount of off-white foam.

Smells of bready malts along with some citrus hops.

Some sweet toffee/bready malt stands out the most. Not a whole lot of hop flavor up front. Finishes with a grassy piney bitterness and a touch astringent.

Normal mouthfeel and carb levels.

Not horrible, but nothing especially stands out about it either. The finish is a bit harsh, but decent beer in a can is always good.

jmarsh123, Apr 03, 2012
Stowaway I.P.A. from Baxter Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.