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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

171 Reviews
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Reviews: 171
Hads: 858
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 38
Gots: 200 | 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:
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 NedShakeshaft
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ RiRa, Portland ME.

A - Might be the prettiest beer I've ever seen. Brilliant goden orange. Fluffy, white head retained well. I'm reading that the canned product loses its head quickly, but the draft version kept half its head after 5 minutes.

S - Mild bready malt with big citrus hop aroma and some spice notes (fennel?)

T - Big but balanced. Sweetness on the tip of the tongue balanced by dry but not overpowering hops. Hops are piney, reminiscent of a west-coast IPA. Malts give way to a bittery finish. Delicious.

M - Very drinkable. Velvety feel with moderate carbonation. Could drink this all night but for the ABV.

O - Wish it was more widely available, it would be a go-to for me. Very well done. (721 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned 7-19-12, reviewed from notes last week.

Pours a bright copperish orange, a white head retains well as a good cap leaving spots of lace.

Smell is pretty malt forward - caramel, bread and butter along with light herbal+grapefruit hops.

Taste brings a little more hops to the table but it's still mostly malt forward. Caramel and some bready malts and a tame hop bill of earthiness, citrus and grapefruit.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation, easy drinking.

Those looking for a hop bomb will surely want to search elsewhere, it's on the simple and malty side but a pretty enjoyable East Coast IPA. (614 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 07/17/12, Consumed 07/23/12

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a half-fingers worth of head

S: Nice citrus and piney hops along with a solid malt backbone provide most of the aroma. Fruity

T: Follows the nose, with the hops coming out first and then the malts. Fairly well balanced, but the bitterness lingers on throughout. Alcohol almost not present at all

M: Moderate-full bodied with plenty of carbonation to wash away the hop oils

O: One of the better canned IPAs, it's great that you can take it with you pretty much anywhere with ease. Good price point, too. Definitely worth a try (618 characters)

Photo of hmph
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Graciously received in a trade with Robtobfest , thanks!

A - this pours a very transparent amber/orange with a quickly dissipating fluffed 1 finger head of white

S - a good citrus smell with some sweeter notes coming through

T - sweet upfront followed by the citrus hop in the middle and a balanced malt sweet hop bitter finish

O - really enjoyed this IPA, had it while tasting a few other IPA's and it definitely held its own, nice little surprise with a clean finish well done brew (487 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can bought at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA as part of a 6-pack.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Frothy head lasts well, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is earthy citrus.

Taste starts sweet, citrus power in the middle, a bit more than balancing bitterness through the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Approachable rep of the style. (429 characters)

Photo of Momar42
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into my Delirium tulip. Thanks Rob at Rips in Bowie, MD for the unexpected gift!

A - deep, hazy orange colored. Frothy head the fades quickly but leaves a small ring of lace on the glass.

S - fresh, citrusy hop aroma greet immediately. Really inviting and suprising from a can (my first quality IPA from a can). A faint malt presence is detected but subtle.

T - creamy and smooth. Hops are subdued but lend a tasty, bitter kick to this beer. Bitterness lingers for alittle bit. This is one easy drinking IPA that doesnt try to destroy your palate or put you under the table.

M - creamy and smooth. Great easy finish.

O - for a totally unexpected gift, this one really impressed me. This is a solid IPA (in a can no less) and one that I would drink as often as I could. Sadly, I doubt I will ever see this one again. I will certainly seek out more from Baxter whenever I can get my hands on them. (910 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ The Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME.

A: Golden-orange with a big, fluffy, white head that leaves behind a bunch of lacing but little retention.

S: Huuuuge fruity, piney hops. Resiny, floral. Awesome.

T: Hop-head's dreams but not overly bitter. Super smooth and balanced. Fruity and floral. Just delicious.

M: Perfect carbonation and balance. Great flavor. Insanely drinkable.

O: Huge fan of this beer. Completely surpassed my expectations. Can compete with most West Coast IPA's. (493 characters)

Photo of Homebrew35
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours one fingers worth of an off white foamy head. Hazy copper colored body. Some lacing and a small cap remains.

Smells of grapefruit, pine, carmel sweet malts and some bready yeast.

Tastes of pine and grapefruit, light sweet carmel, grainy and toasty malts with a kick of tobacco on the finish. Some what dank and oily may be another way to describe it. Mineraly and kind of salty on the finish.

Medium thin bodied, medium carbonation. Somewhat coating and oily on the finish.

Overall a tasty ipa. A nice take on the style and quite drinkable.
Good aroma, firm bitterness with a good malty character.
$2 a can (618 characters)

Photo of K7online
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer might come in a can but is meant to be enjoyed in a glass. I think this is true for most IPAs, they need their space to reveal the bold hoppy aromas that they hide within.

After opening the can I waited for a few seconds for the carbonation to equilibrate and then had a smell and a taste. The smell of the beer is pleasant with strong citrus notes. The taste of this beer has an extra hoppy character but not as pleasant as the smell.

I then proceeded to pour the beer in a glass and then repeated the smell and taste test as well as a visual inspection. The color is a beautiful light copper evident of the big malt character. Now that my whole nose had access I got to smell the rest of the hops. There are some earthy hops in there that are also evident in the taste. The bitterness seems more balanced because of additional aromas. It leaves a lingering bitterness but it is not unpleasant anymore.

Overall a great beer and one I could buy over and over. I just need a cup or glass nearby. (1,008 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can served in a pint glass.

pours a cloudy, dull golden tone while yielding a creamy 2" beige head. solid retention and a lot of lacing. good nose, jumping with citric / tropical hoppiness... secondary notes of pine and malt. nothing mind-blowing but very solid.

flavor more or less follows the aroma, and yet... it's somewhat disappointing. the parts don't quite fit together the way i'd hoped... the malt backbone is stronger than i personally like in my IPAs. medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

an average IPA overall, in a style bursting at the seems with superlative examples, i have to say this one, while quaffable, is nothing to write home about. wouldn't turn on down but won't be seeking it out, either.

(originally reviewed: 09-28-2011) (771 characters)

Photo of eod81
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I received a 6-pack as a gift from visiting friends, I had never heard of Baxter before and had no idea what to expect.

A- A nice reddish IPA, on the darker side. Big 2 inch head popped up, lacing hung on to the side of the glass. Nothing special about the appearance, except for the richness of color.

S- I want to go swimming in this beer. Every time I pass the glass under my nose, I want to cry and call my loved ones. Very enticing hops, some noticeable sweetness, and no shortness of herbal intrigue. A king among IPAs for the smell.

T- The taste is great, but it's a bit of a let down after the smell. It's forceful, as you might imagine from the style. There's some alcohol on the tongue, which other IPA's at 6.9% manage to hide a little better. Serious citrus with a focus on the grapefruit. Really fantastic variety of flavor, from hop to acid with some malt coming through on the after taste (albeit a bit grassy). The flavor really comes in waves throughout the sip, which I consider to be a favorable trait, though some might disagree.

M- Nice, some alcohol as I mentioned, and a bit syrupy as it warms, but definitely nothing sticky about this one.

O- Big winner in my book. I'd take this over most of the IPA's I have good access to with only a few exceptions. A nice summer IPA, as the citrus overpowers the spice. I'm excited to try more from Baxter. (1,377 characters)

Photo of greenmonstah
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into shaker pint

A - Two finger off-white head on a copper-orange body with medium carbonation.

S - Lightly floral with caramel malt sweetness. Bit of tropical fruit as well.

T - Follows the nose, lightly sweet with balanced bitterness and both tropical fruit and floral flavors.

M - Medium body and smoooth. Doesn't linger.

O - Overall a fine IPA. A worthy beer for any advocate. (395 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (2,019 characters)

Photo of mdurkee11
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (509 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
2.1/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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." (777 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (424 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (438 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Libbey stout glass. Sent to me by Valdieu2.

A: Pours a dark murky orange with a nice, spongy off-white head. Sticky, sticky lacing. Nice looking IPA.

S: Juicy citrus rind and flesh. Sweet papaya, grapefruit, orange. Some caramel malt underneath.

T: Pretty scaled back compared to the aroma. Mellow citrus, grassy, lemony hop builds up to a brief flash of bitterness. A bit of grainy malt in the clean finish.

M: Medium-bodied, tingly carbonation.

O: Looks great, smells nice, but the taste doesn't deliver. A bit too weak to be a full-on IPA. (577 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can courtesy of valdieu2. tulip glass.

a - pours a hazy, glowing amber color with a finger's worth of dense, creamy, off white head. leaves some interesting lacing patterns in the glass too.

s - biscuity with faint grassy hops and a faint astringency.

t - biscuity malt with a faint toffee like sweetness, faint grapefruit and maybe a hint of something darker like raisin. has an earthy hop character and ample piney bitterness but avoids being a bitter hop bomb. nicely balanced.

m - medium in body with adequate carbonation. co2 profile is on the coarser side.

o - enjoyable a definitely a better than average ipa, but nothing really makes it memorable to me. worth a try if you come across it. (706 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (944 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up so I could send some out in trade. Finally getting to try my first after mailing out 4 of the 6 cans. Canned on 12.16.11 (too old? Well it’s a touch older than I thought, but not too bad..)

Finger and ½ of creamy tight off white head settles to a tighter cap of foam. A slightly hazy orange color. Thick sticky lace.

Aroma is a bit muted and sweet. A touch of pineapple. Hinting of an east coast ipa.

East coast it is. Pineapple, orange, tangerine and some other fruit up front and then a bracing pine bitterness along with some grapefruit pith. There is some sweetness here. Some resinous pine towards the end.

Fairly bold body but not sticky. A touch oily…

It’s ok, but I was frankly expecting more from the overall scores I’ve seen. Oh well. (773 characters)

Photo of billybob
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very cloudy orange/amber color one finger head and large amounts of lace that just glues itself to the glass long after the beer is gone. your normal aromas of pine resin and grapefruit rind. biscuit malty taste slightly oily resin and rind smooth medium mouthfeel that has a slightly sweet taste maybe hint of honey. overall the taste is complex and balanced which makes this beer one of the better i p a's. out there. (427 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a hazy red/orange color with a foamy two inch white head. Retention is great, rings of lacing cling to the glass.

S: Tangerine, blood orange, sweet grapefruit, green, oily hop scents, and fruit punch.

T: Green, oily hop tastes up front. Dank, weed like, and leafy. Pine resin bitterness builds in intensity and reaches modest levels. Bitter grapefruit with fruit punch and a hint of tangerine in the background. Sweet malt base (Crystal malt?) also divulges faint tastes of grain and biscuit. Fairly sweet overall, though it does dry out toward the finish. Sugary malt and oily hop tastes in the relatively quick, clean finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Creamy and full with semi-sharp carbonation.

O: This is a nice IPA. I can picture taking it tailgating or camping. It might pair well with some barbecue chicken. (887 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (1,385 characters)

Stowaway I.P.A. from Baxter Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.