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

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608 Ratings
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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 29
Gots: 78 | 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 Bilco


4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-28-2011 23:09:00 | More by Bilco
Photo of horshack7


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance: On top is a chunky rocky head. Underneath is a hazy copper colored beer. The head retention is good.

Aroma: Sweet tropical fruits, grapefriut, citrus hops all over. Some simple syrup aroma from the malt end of it.

Taste: Quite a bite from the start and a nice smooth mouthfeel. Grapefruit, sweet fruits a caramel sweetness comes from the malts.

Notes: This one is a very solid i.p.a very drinkable a tasty offering. Cheers.

11-21-2011 03:22:59 | More by horshack7
Photo of PEIhop


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

11-21-2011 01:22:36 | More by PEIhop
Photo of jenray


3/5  rDev -22.1%

11-20-2011 03:58:51 | More by jenray
Photo of halfshell


4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-18-2011 21:02:12 | More by halfshell
Photo of jlordi12


4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

11-17-2011 19:50:40 | More by jlordi12
Photo of portia99


4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-14-2011 16:13:30 | More by portia99
Photo of Orangeman


4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-14-2011 15:02:12 | More by Orangeman
Photo of OtherShoe2


4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

Medium amber with a full cream colored head. Some sticky lace and a few rings to boot.

Floral hoppiness here; kept going back and getting orange blossom. Citric and resinous aromas, with toasted malt and fruit.

Loved this one. Citric and piney hoppiness, caramel, fruit, toasted malt, leading to another level of bitterness -- almost tea-like. Great balance of malt depth and sweetness and the hops. Good hop and malt finish, in balance.

Sticky and medium-full in body. Good carbonation out of the tap.

Very good IPA. Nice complexity, not overdone, drinkable.

11-14-2011 13:40:23 | More by OtherShoe2
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

11-14-2011 07:30:22 | More by Jspriest
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3.85/5  rDev 0%

Pours into a pint a nice honey amber with a thick, fluffy egg white head that laces nicely and deflates slowly.

Nose is nice and established - resiny pine and a touch of citrus.

Good body, creamy - maybe a little low on the carbonation. Malt base is caramel and light biscuit. Hops really punch in toward the end with a pithy bitterness and alcohol warmth.

I had Lunch yesterday and I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this one. There's still something keeping it from a higher rating, but I'm not sure what. I suppose I'll crack another.

11-11-2011 00:58:59 | More by OldIronLungs
Photo of pigc


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanks to Adam for this extra from the Pine tree state!

A - Pours a dark orange hazy color with one finger foamy head.

S - Citrus, pine, grapefruit.

T - Citrus followed by strong pine followed by a solid dry malt backbone.

M - Light to medium, sticky.

O - This IPA seems pretty middle of the pack in complexity and bitterness. Glad I got a chance to try my first Maine beer.

11-06-2011 19:58:14 | More by pigc
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New York

2.68/5  rDev -30.4%

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for this one. 12oz. can into a Heady Topper pint glass.

Pours a .5 finger powdery and sticky white head with decent retention. Beer is a clear, dark amber. Lacing is stringy and spotty with moderate stick. Average.

Nose is tea leaves, resin, and bitter caramel. Moerately aromatic but really lacking that tropical and citrus fruit scent that I crave here.

Opens dried tea leaves, resin bitterness, amber hop profile. Malt backbone is present but its deep instead of light and crisp. Caramel and coarse, almost bitter brown sugar at the end with more amber and resin hop bitterness. Finishes more dried leaves with a similar aftertaste. I understand what is going on here and what the brewer is going after. It's not bad but I'm not a fan.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Bubbly and abrasive in the mouth and spritzy going down. Slightly dry and filmy finish with a long, lingering aftertaste. Fits the style of IPA.

This is neither east coast, nor west coast, nor midwest style IPA. There's near no tropical flavor and what is present instead is a amber-ale/mild tea leaf bitterness. But again, there's very little citrus or any other fruit profile. Not a bad beer but not at all my style.

11-02-2011 23:21:58 | More by SpeedwayJim
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3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured out of a can, almost no head. This beer is delightfully hopy in the nose, a little bit malty as well. Taste is wet hops, not overly powerful or biting tho, nicely balanced. A solid IPA, nothing overly distinctive though to really push it over the top.

10-30-2011 21:11:10 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%

New IPA in a can, yes please!
Pours a crystal clear deep copper color with a huge fluffy white head that takes forever to recede and leaves lots of sticky lace on the edges of the glass. Smells of citrus hops up front, grapefruit and a hint of lemon with some pine and resin thrown in for good measure. There's a solid malt backbone there, bready, caramel, honey malts. Taste is a bit maltier than I expected. Lots of bread and caramel sweetness. Kind of light on the hop flavor, although the punch of hop bitterness is evident. Medium body and level of carbonation, sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. Decent IPA but a bit heavy on the malt for my liking. There's a lot of harsh hop bitterness in here, maybe more later hop additions and a bit fewer bittering would work a little better.

10-30-2011 00:59:37 | More by johnnnniee
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

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

10-28-2011 23:41:07 | More by brentk56
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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a reddish copper with a 1 finger head. Plenty of carbonation rising to the top. The smell is pine with a slight fruit undertone. With the first sip you get a full flavor. There is a great hop and malt balance with this beer. The pine and resin bitterness is the first to set in and stays steady throughout the sip. It finishes very clean and dry with a lingering bitterness that is not unpleasant. It is just enough to make you want to take a another drink right away. This is a great beer for grilled meat or watching the game. Very drinkable. This has become my go to beer for golf, camping, tailgating, or anything else that requires cans. Its also in the regular rotation at the house.

10-15-2011 00:34:46 | More by Jesse14
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

L: Pours a nice cloudy copper color with a medium sized thick off white colored head that laces the glass a lot and fades slowly down the glass.
S: Smells of piney, citrus, and earthy hops. This one has a lot of citrus in the aroma.
T: Tastes of a tiny bit of sweet malt and then a big citrus, piney, and earthy hop flavor. It ends a bit bitter.
M: Crisp, fresh, refreshing, a bit bitter, perfect amount of carbonation, lighter bodied than it looks.
D: Overall a nice mix of hops on this. Well worth it, and good beer in a can is always nice!

10-14-2011 23:53:21 | More by erosier
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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

Stowaway I.P.A
12 oz can
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

I picked up a single of this beer at Supreme Liquors a couple of weeks ago and I've been meaning to review it. I never heard of Baxter Brewing Company and I'm interested to check it out. Glad it's Friday night.

Pours a burnt and hazy orange with lighter highlights toward the bottom of the glass. The head is impressive with this beer, with a fluffy and frothy head on top and great sustain.

The nose is kinda what I was expecting, big citrus hop whiffs. Think oranges and lemons.

The malt backbone reminds of a biscuit or bread with some caramel sweetness. The hop profile that finishes off this beer is aggressive with hints of grapefruit, lime and black pepper.

10-14-2011 22:53:18 | More by Hibernator
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4.45/5  rDev +15.6%

Pirates + IPA in a can = I'm sold. What could be better? Pirate beer in a tallboy!

Amber with a marrow colored head. Lacey stowaways stuck like barnacles to my glass. Yar!

Smells like bright tropical fruit and pine. I'm torn between a good and very good rating. Wish I could rate it 4.25.

Thick and gooey sweet malt features some bready highlights and lays the backbone for sharp, vivacious tropical fruit and pine hops. So opposite the nonchalance of Baxter's Pamola APA that it's hard to believe it's the same brewery. A fine IPA.

Shared a couple cans with my dad while hiking Mt. Wachusett on Columbus day. It was a touching father son moment, made all the more special by canned pirate beer.

Update: The reason for the name is two-fold: you can "stowaway" a can of SIPA in your backpack/purse whatever, and the owner is just a big, big fan of pirates. Bravo sir, bravo.

10-14-2011 12:50:34 | More by donkeyrunner
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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

Picked this up in Waterville. Poured into tulip.

Pours a crisp, deep amber with a fluffy white head. Healthy lacing. Aroma is citrus, pineapple, sweet malt, sweet earthiness. Flavor is bitter throughout sweet malt, plenty of citrus, grapefruit. Moutfeel is medium. Overall this is a solid IPA. It is rich, crisp and bitter. It is not outstanding for me but right in the style, I would recommend it.

10-12-2011 23:28:15 | More by stickynotes
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Big thanks to Drazzamatazz for hooking me up with a 4 pack of this in the Nice Cans III BIF. 12oz Into a Baxter Brewing "can" glass (this thing is awesome!).

A: Pours a nice, crystal clear, orange color with a cream colored head, that foams up to about an inch and sticks around nicely. Head is nice and dense. Large spots of lacing are left behind as the head starts to fade.

S: Big blast of citrus and pine with a nice amount of hop resins, behind that is a fairly large malt backbone consisting of some graininess and a touch of caramel and honey. Just a touch of booze in there. A few yeast esters find their way into the nose as well. Reminds me a bit of Odell's IPA.

T: Nice amount of hop resins, citrus, and caramel. Really a lot going on right up front the tongue gets pulled in a few directions but leans towards the hop side first. Malt profile is sweet and caramelly. A fair amount of resins linger on the tongue for a long time. A little more bitterness would be alright though, bitterness is a touch soapy. Still a nice IPA.

M: Medium body with the perfect amount of carbonation. Finish is fairly dry, but finishes with a lot of flavors on the mouth. Just about right.

O: A good IPA. Very enjoyable. This would be a great tailgating/game watching/sitting outside and relaxing sort of beer. I could drink a ton of this stuff. Not a lot wrong with it at all, just doesn't have those few characteristics that really set it over the top. Very enjoyable.

10-08-2011 00:09:06 | More by pokesbeerdude
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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper amber orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: pine, resin, citrus, hops, malts

taste: citrus, pine, resin, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice IPA. glad I finally got to try it. Thanks Amy.


10-04-2011 18:14:42 | More by THECPJ
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from a 12-ounce can into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Hazy, orange-tinged, golden yellow with a thin cap of off-white foam that disappears quickly, leaving behind a thin veil of wispy carbonation.

S: Sweet, candied citrus fruit hops with a musty rind and tart quality. Aroma gives off a spicy, juicy essence.

T: Sweet, lush, fruity malts up front with a chewy, almost pulpy quality to the grain. Sticky sweet malts pull along with grapefruit, orange and coriander hop resins at the palate which becomes slick with said residue. Nice, spicy, floral and hopped out aftertaste compliments a bittersweet malt finish.

M: Sticky, full-bodied and a bit prickly with an herbal, slightly hot hop aftertaste.

O: I would've guessed Stowaway to be of greater strength than 6.9% ABV, but its masked in there pretty nicely. A great example of a balanced, malty and juicy hop American IPA out of the can. If only some bottle producing breweries would take some cues and not short-change us on a malty backbone.

10-03-2011 22:22:44 | More by Gambrinus1184
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from a can into a pint glass, the beer is a slightly hazy, bright orange-copper coloring with a thick, chunky, big bubbled, airy, off-white head of about an inch and a half. Nose is heavy cedar green, with a dry-hopped feel to it, and some peppery spicing. Smells amazing! The beer is smooth, with a rich, sweet caramel background and a tart grapefruit highlight balancing out the ton of hops flavor that is rich, dark, green, and resinous. The aftertaste is bitter and dry, with a hint of the grapefruit but mostly hops spicing. The finish is slick, with a few of the flavors lingering longer, although lightly, on the palate. Great beer!

10-01-2011 16:12:39 | More by GarthDanielson
Stowaway I.P.A. from Baxter Brewing Co.
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