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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 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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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy darker amber color. Very thick off-white head that lasted almost 10 minutes. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: The usual IPA smells. Hops, citrus, pine

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth mostly, slight grittyness to it, medium bodied. Taste was more bitter than I expected. Very piney taste with faint citrus flavors.

Overall: This was an OK beer, glad I tried it, but not really a fan(and I really like IPAs too), kinda disappointed with this one.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Baxter Stowaway IPA is a cloudy ale that straddles golden and amber, topped with a thin, off white foam that leaves attractive lacing on the glass. It has a solid, fresh pine aroma with notes of grapefruit peel and black pepper. It's pretty light bodied. It's smooth and maybe a bit watery. It has a chalky finish. Ample bitterness of pine resin lasts throughout the sip and past the swallow. It's peppery and dry. This seems like something you'd be able to get in a brewpub on the West Coast in the late '90s; a throwback of sorts. Quite solid.

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Photo of JohnQVD
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium bronze color with a finger-thick foamy head that leaves a thin lacing on the glass. Smell is grapefruity and floral. Taste is bitter melon, with light notes of tropical fruit and citrus and a lingering bitter finish. Feel is medium-thick and creamy, which I didn't expect with this style, but it works. Overall this is quite good and just that little bit different than others of the style.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a medium amber with several streams of carbonation rising from the bottom. Two finger froathy foam head that slowly diminished with just a hint of side cling/lacing. Aroma was a bit of floral sweet with a bit of acid citrus hiding in the backend. Taste was very bitter up front. Not a complex bitter, with not much else noticable. Felt reasonable in the mouth. A bit of coat, with a solid amount of tingle on the tongue from the carbonation/head. Overall not bad, but the flavor was a bit of a let down based on the aroma.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: It is sinful to pour out of a can, but for the sake of this review I did it. It pours out an amber color with just the slightest haze. A bountiful 3 fingers of fluffy off white head. Great retention and sticky lacing.

S: Resiny pine, a solid malt backbone, and some citrus.

T: Very similar to the nose with a nice bitter hop bite and good balance.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Nothing mind blowing but just a very solid IPA. I tend to favor canned IPAs and this one panned out well.

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Photo of cleeze
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of Maine's finest IPA's. Slowly becoming one of my favorites. Everybody raves about Lunch IPA from ME Beer Co, but Stowaway is right up there.

Appearance is a nice amberish, orange hue with a nice frothy and creamy head.

Smells of citrusy, grapefruity and piney resin goodness.

Citrus right up front, major grapefruit which makes this puppy a super drinkable IPA. It doesn't lack a malt backbone. Great balance between the hoppy assertiviness and malt backbone. Pleasantly crisp and clean finish.

Mouthfeel is so great I want this in and around my mouth.

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

Served on-tap at Dogfish Cafe in Portland, Maine.

The appearance is a rich amber tone with a couple fingers of a white head. The nose comes off with biscuits, pine and citrus hops. Its` taste is rather bitter, some nice sweetness is also present, oranges, fairly balanced. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, bitterness in the aftertaste. All in all it does not drink as easily as some other IPAs imho, but it is still a pretty good beer. And seeing another small brewery come out of Maine is a good thing.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned (11/20/2012) to HFS sniffer

A: Very orangey with an hint of brown, but a more white then tan head. it is so cloudy it is almost completely opaque

S: I am surprised that I can detect the malt flavors better then normal for an IPA there is definitely some hops in there but I cannot tell what they smell like. There is also an almost barnyard smell to it which is kinda weird.

T:Im gonna go ahead and quote the can here because i think its pretty much dead on "complex flavors with a solid malt backbone and assertive hop profile" its a little malty for me but its pretty well balanced with some bitterness in the finish

M: Oily and thin with a light carbonation fairly drinkable but not superb

O: This is a decent beer but its not my favorite by any means and definitely too malty for my taste. Its not hoppy enough for my taste and the feel isn't great i'd prefer it be more smooth. If you are using it to take on the road for anything that it recommends around the can then this is definitely a good beer for those activities but it won't be my go to IPA anytime soon.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
2.82/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I think the born on date on the can is 8-12-12, but that could be a 9-12-12. Nonetheless, it has been refrigerated since then, so should be fine.

Poured into a Lawsons glass, this amber colored beer has a vibrant orange hue and is topped by a two-finger thick off-white head that sticks all over the glass. Also, nice lively carbonation dances around in the glass, yet also lifts the little particles of yeasty floaters around. This beer does have some considerable haze to it.

Great IPA aroma! It is aggressive, bold, and definitely hoppy. After the pour I easily smell tropical fruits (mango, pineapple) and pine-like aroma hops. Once the head settles and the beer warms a bit, these sort of leave and are replaced with aromas of caramel and tangerine.

First impression: BITTER! 69 IBUs may not sound like a lot, but they somehow got all 69 units to be intensified! Really bitter up front...hard to call this beer well-balanced in any way. It is sharp and just overly bitter for an IPA. Good flavor of hops. There is some flavor of malt, but it is almost entirely masked by the bracing bitterness which starts up front and is carried all the way through till the aftertaste. Spicy hops, notes of bitter orange pith. As it warms, that bitterness becomes a little more tamed (as your palate has already been wrecked and not can't tell the difference) and notes of biscuit malt and toast seem to come through more.

Decent amount of carbonation. Medium to full bodied IPA, that is sharp and almost astringent from the sheer amount of bitter alpha acids...certainly what you could consider a "palate coating bitterness.

This is not my favorite IPA. I find it to be overly aggressive with those alpha acids. Towards the end, the malt profile reminded me of Victory HopDevil, but the hops are just so much more in line with HopDevil. Not a bad IPA at all, but I will not be purchasing again.

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Photo of Dools9
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can into tulip pint. Dated 10/11/12.

A: Pours with a thick two finger, frothy beige head. Color is a clear copper and very eye appealing, orange amber. Laces nicely, head retains to the last drop.

S: Combination of a subtle biscuit, bready malt, caramel sweetness, citrus grapefruit, pine and some herbal hop aromas.

T: Grapefruit peel, and pine hop bitterness, theres also some herbal quality as well. Balances well with a caramel, bready malt sweetness, well balanced and isn't overally bitter for 69 IBU's. Nice clean, dry finish.

M: Feels medium in heft, very soft, smooth carbonation on the mouth moves everything along nicely.

O: A real solid IPA here, love the can packaging as well. This one would probably be a good beginner to intermediate IPA as its not mouth puckering bitter, but it would also probably be a good fix for a hop head as well. A crowd pleaser if you will. Recommended

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Photo of KarlosT
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the Amesbury Beer Festival on Sep 22 2012.

Most of the beers were served from bottles into small 3oz plastic dixie cups.

Although I took notes on the 20+ different beers that I tried, it is difficult to remember all of the details associated with each beer. My apologies to readers of these notes. However, I did pay attention to my overall scores, and noted what I thought were unique positives and negatives w/ each beer.

Note that for me:
< 2.5 = probably would not finish the beer
3.0 = drinkable beer, but likely would not buy again or look for
>3.5 = will try to buy again in the future

Alas ... having trouble remembering the details. But given the +++ next to this beer, I really liked it. Will definitely try again, with more detailed review in the future.

Kudos to Baxter.

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Photo of NedShakeshaft
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of hmph
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of ppoitras
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Momar42
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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Photo of K7online
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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)

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Photo of eod81
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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