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

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635 Ratings
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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 30
Gots: 87 | 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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5/5  rDev +29.9%

bdoggboston, Jan 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

InebriatedJoker, Jan 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

kevgod, Jan 14, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74%

BiffMcgriff, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

N8DAGR8, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

splendidsplinter, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Faina
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Faina, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of ms11781
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 12/09/2011 printed on bottom of can. 12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy amberish orange. When held up to the light the beer is more orange than anything else. A finger or so of off white foam develops and falls fairly quickly, leaving a thin foamy cap. Decent lacing is left on the glass.

The nose is pretty balanced. Nice juicy hops, grapefruit and other citrus are backed by some sweet malt character. Not really much else going on. It's really just straightforward and it works.

The taste follows along with the nose. Really hoppy up front. Grapefruit, some juicy hops, maybe leaning towards tropical fruit. The hops are balanced by a nice sweetness, caramel malt comes through. There is a nice pleasant bitterness at the semi-dry finish, not too bitter but enough to let you know it's there.

The mouthfeel was a bit off for me. It seems to be on the higher side of medium with carbonation to match. The higher carbonation seems to be the only thing keeping it from being syrupy, which is odd because nothing in the taste really leads it that way. Plus the finish is somewhat dry. Perhaps something outside of the beer itself is having an affect on it.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer, aside from the thicker mouthfeel. It really doesn't detract from or get in the way of the aroma and flavor but just feels a bit big, relative to the style. Probably a beer that I'll come back to and re-review down the road to see.

ms11781, Jan 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, Duvel tulip, the bottom says "CANNED 10." which seems to be an incomplete printing of the date.

Deep orange coloring and a creamy yellowed paper head give this a classic American IPA look. Lacing is very good.

Citric hops (orange), sweet biscuit malt, and a perfume of alcohol. A hint of diacetyl.

Orange pith and peel, gummy bear, bitter alcohol, and salty biscuit.

Creamy and slippery feel at the same time. Solid medium body on a refreshing higher carbonation.

This one is kind of all over the place. Even though it's got to be fresher than the Ghandi-Bot I had earlier today, the hops are still not vibrant. Stowaway definitely has a solid malt body, but it has a good bitterness to counter and I suspect when fresh a nice hoppiness.

brewerburgundy, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never heard of this, big thanks to Ray TBG for snagging me a can!

A- Slightly hazy orangey amber with a slightly off-white sticky head that has left copious but thin lacing.

S- Very juicy citrus- tangerines. Nice.

T- Hops are aggressive. Grapefruit and tangerine. Nice malt sweetness to compliment; well put-together. Bitterness lingers but fades back to the fruity notes.

M- Decent body, a bit of heft, good carbonation.

O- I like this stuff. Hope I can score it locally at some point. A good IPA.

ShogoKawada, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

1Adam12, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Liumpily rocky head that leaves wide spotty lace. Orange amber color with a large dollop of fogginess.

Plenty of floral hop smell, no harshness. Light paler malt in the background.

A well balanced IPA with the notable malt (dry) up front. The hop is peppery and is strongest in the swallow. The body is rich but this may be because of the lower carbonation. Classic flavors.

smcolw, Dec 23, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you DrewShal9 for this
12 oz can poured into a snifter

A- A slightly hazy reddish-orange with a three finger off white head.

S- Was getting a lot of citrus hops at first, sweet beardy malts, some pine, and a wet grass smell.

T- Getting citrus hops up front and piney hops in the finish with a hint of wet grass, big bready malt taste that overpowers the hops at times instead of giving balance to the beer.

T- Medium body, smooth.

O- I feel that it is almost more like an over hopped Pale Ale than an IPA, but it is not bad bad. I am glad that I was able to try this. If it was offered to me again I would drink it and enjoy it but I would not take the time to seek it out.

larryi86, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

beerman999999, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a can-shaped Baxter Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: orange, opaque, white frothy head with excellent lacing and good retention.

S: can small the hops at arms length. Piny, earthy, very aromatic, fantastic nose.

T: citrusy hops up front, lots of aromatic orange zest, bittery hops.

M: crisp, medium bodied, overall good mouthfeel.

O: I see this beer all over the place and I'm a bit mad I've never had it before. Exceptional.

beerbiatchMD, Dec 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

MaineMike, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of BigCheese
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint on tap, grumpy doyles in Reading,

A:Poured a dark orange, cloudy, darker than typical ipa. Minimal head, some webbing not a ton of lacing, could have been the pour.

S: A bit underwhelming, some citrusy hops some molasses based maltiness. Sweeter smell.

T: Definitely on the citrus side of hops, more lemon orange. Lotta grapefruit. Solid ammount of brown sugar malts. Somewhere between east coast and west coast ipa.

M: Pretty syrupys, quite a dry finish. Not a total pallete wrecker but a serious brew. Alcohol is not necessarily well hidden

O: I suspect this keg wasnt the freshest, poor lacing/fresh hopness. Had a significant malt sweetness, I suspect fresh this is similar to smutty/good EC ipa's. Quite dry.

BigCheese, Dec 16, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

andylipp, Dec 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

ale207, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from svosie, so a big “Thank You” goes out to her. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of piney hops bitterness followed by a citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice solid IPA to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of FrankLloydMike
5/5  rDev +29.9%

FrankLloydMike, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5


Can given to me by UncleJimbo at Pizza Port Strong Ale 2011, thanks! It's always nice to try something from a brewery I've never heard of, and I greatly appreciate the gift. Split with my fiancé, who wasn't ecstatic to be told we were drinking an IPA right when she was about to go to bed, but in the end she did her duty.

A: Dark orange and opaque with a finger of beige sea foam. Retention is good and lacing is scattered.

S: Well, this is very, very malty. Bread and biscuit notes are dominant, with a pervasive malty sweetness. There's a little sweet citrus hiding behind the monolithic malt foundation. There are light candied notes in there. This is not only malt dominant but the hops are also very feeble. Still, the malt smells pretty good. On the whole, it doesn't smell bad, it's just that it's definitely below average.

T: Sweet bready malt with biscuit and toasted notes. There's a touch of alcohol and diffident citrus. This is definitely an East Coast style IPA, though I can't say it's really IPAish. The finish is malty and sweet. Again, nothing particularly bad in the flavor, but it's below average on the IPA spectrum.

M: Medium body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky.

Overall: A lackluster malty IPA. I appreciate the chance to try it, but it's not at all what I'm looking for in the style.

HopHead84, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off, I will say this beer is wildly inconsistent. I've had it several times on draft and went through a 6-pack of cans - really a different beer each time.

That said, I'll judge the beer on average when I've had it on tap.

Pours dark copper with little head. Settles down pretty quickly. Nose is similar to the ubiquitous Harpoon IPA in my opinion.

First taste sometimes is a bit rough. A bit dirty and muddled upon first sip, but a strong hop presence comes to wipe everything up at the end. A bit of citrus, semi-hot alcohol, and depending on which time I've had it, can be pretty enjoyable. Can be grassy and a tad smokey sometimes too. Every time I've had it, the beer has a strong malt backbone.

This beer is an enigma to me. Way too inconsistent from each time I've had it.

SunDevilBeer, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

DearthVader, Dec 09, 2011
Stowaway I.P.A. from Baxter Brewing Co.
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