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

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730 Ratings
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Ratings: 730
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 33
Gots: 122 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Photo of hmph
3.85/5  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

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Momar42
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Gatch
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Homebrew35
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of K7online
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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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3.08/5  rDev -20%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of eod81
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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