James Squire Stow Away India Pale Ale - Malt Shovel Brewery
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Reviews by joecast:
3.9/5 rDev +18.5%
-still a brew i pick up occasionally. more an english ipa than american based on the hops used and a bit more balanced. as far as i can tell, not much has changed with the ipa since i first tried it. still a high quality brew and one im happy to throw back.
first, let me say im not an expert on what an IPA "should" taste like. the appearance was an amber to copper color and very clear. a nice head formed and held together until about a third of the way down the glass and left traces of lacing across the top.
not as much aroma as i expected, however while drinking (ie nose in the glass) there was a slight sweet/bitter smell.
taste was very nice, and full. not sure if it was the fuggles or the malt but it was deffinitely noticeable. this also contributed to a good but not overpowering mouthfeel and good drinkability.
the only downside was the smallish (345ml) bottle compared with most other australian stubbies that weigh in at 375ml. for $3 a pop i want the full size, especially when they go so fast!
10-02-2003 23:35:30 | More by joecast
More User Reviews:
3.45/5 rDev +4.9%
Pours a great head, looks quite nice, the smell is very Floral and a bit Malty.
Taste is quite average, quite crisp, and bitter, but in my opinion it suffers from a lack of Hops. It's quite average on my drinkability scale. It's not a bad beer, but compared to other Malt Shovels brews it quite poor. I'll drink it again.
And i'd just like to add that i let my macro drinking father try one, and he complained it tasted like "dishwashing water".
02-06-2003 07:57:38 | More by Anonmatel
3.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured into hotel glass best by 1/11/08
Appearance: pours a rather lifeless clear copper-amber with a very minimal bubbly beige head and no lacing meh
Smell: biting hops sweet caramel malts, syrupy
Taste: a little metallic copper up front, syrupy caramel malts, floral citrus hops light booze, bold flavours but a little astringent
Mouthfeel: a touch metallic, syrupy
07-01-2007 00:03:36 | More by dirtylou
3.98/5 rDev +21%
This beer pours a clear amber color with a large rocky off-white head. The mouthfeel is firm. The smell is heavily malty with herbal hints. The taste is like the smell malty with crisp herbal bitterness all the way through. A fairly well balance beer that is more reminiscent of and English IPA.
03-30-2003 12:41:14 | More by fattyre
3.53/5 rDev +7.3%
Amber pour with a small persistent head.
Definitely English aroma, with great caramel malt and some toffee as well. Not too much in the way of hop aroma, there's just a hint of earthy and resinous notes.
Similar flavours (caramel), but here is where the hops come into play with some grassy resin and earthy notes, finishing with a prominent sharp bitterness.
Carbonation is on the high side.
Need more aroma/flavouring hop additions, rather than just bittering.
10-10-2009 02:06:01 | More by CrazyDavros
3.15/5 rDev -4.3%
Pretty mellow IPA. Small head over copper. Sticky film remains and leaves a good lace. Good Fuggles profile, but bitterness is a bit tame. Interesting malts they use down under. Seems like a bit too much of an effort to ship this beer halfway around the world though.
09-11-2002 06:30:50 | More by pbrian
3.53/5 rDev +7.3%
My bottle was labelled James Squire Stow Away IPA but has the same ABV as this listing so I think it's the same. This beer is an IPA in name only. Where are the hops?
A: Clear orange color and a decent 1 cm head that lasts ok. 4
S: Grainy and a little sour. No strong hop aroma. Disapointing smell for an IPA. 3
T: Strongly malty with some toasty nutty notes. Some slight bitterness and a crisp finish. Not unpleasant, but where are the hops? This doesn't taste like an IPA. 3.5
M: Foamy. 4.5
12-18-2011 12:24:34 | More by vandemonian
4.03/5 rDev +22.5%
Pretty sure this beer is now called James Squire Stow Away IPA from the picture of the bottle I took. Bottle poured into a nonic glass, reviewed from notes. Beer pours clear copper color with two fingers of uniform off white foamy head. Plenty of sticky lacing as the head recedes to a half a finger thickness, fed by a very active and vigorous carbonation.
Nose is pretty typical for an English style IPA, strong floral and some lighter herbal and grassy hops with some pale biscuit malt for a touch of sweetness.
Taste followed the nose, floral hop bitterness with lighter earthy herbal flavors (thyme from my notes). Middle of the tongue is biscuit and pale malts sweetness. Finish is dry, with lingering floral hops flavors.
Light body and highly carbonated, but not too aggressive on the tongue. Refreshing after a morning of sightseeing.
11-17-2011 06:40:49 | More by nataku00
2.08/5 rDev -36.8%
Pours a deep copper color with tall light tan lumpy head that sticks around for a while. I'm hard pressed to smell anything from this beer. Very very faint yeasty smell, that's about it. The taste is very bitter and a lot coppery. I know IPAs are supposed to be bitter, but I've never had one come off coppery before. There's also a bit of maltiness there, but it's almost completely overshadowed by the coppery bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy and heavy. All in all, I probably won't be getting this again, even though I like other James Squire beers a lot and am fond of IPA.
10-26-2006 12:10:41 | More by Kulrak
3.45/5 rDev +4.9%
The pour is brilliantly clear and deep amber to copper color with a magnanimous head that is frothy in texture and as it desiccates leaves a nice sheet of lace to coat the glass. Malt aroma dominates with a nice light floral spiciness to accompany the yeast tones, which add a nice touch to the nose. Start is sweet with a middling top that leads to the penetrating hop bitter bite and the modest acidity all sealed by the dry aftertaste. Once again the style is not overly hopped, just right, clean and fresh.
12-10-2002 16:51:22 | More by Gusler
3.78/5 rDev +14.9%
Pours a orangey copper colour with basically no head. Not much aroma for an IPA. Powerfuly bitter, with a sharp hop presence on the palate. hints of pepper and other fruits i cant quite work out. A touch of pine in the mix - says american hops to me. The alcohol is not hidden.
Nice beer and i'll have it again.
08-30-2008 11:38:23 | More by foles
3.63/5 rDev +10.3%
Drank from my Duvel Tulip
A - Pours a nice IPA amber colour with an off white head that retains OK.
S - Lots of piney aromas here and a little earthy too.
T - Definitely not busting with hops like some IPA's but there are sufficient amounts that are followed by a malt note, and finishes with the classic bitterness that will quench any thirst.
M - Nice carbonation in the English tradition not too much and has a medium body.
D - A pretty good demonstration of an IPA
06-03-2010 14:58:02 | More by eric5bellies
2.63/5 rDev -20.1%
I don't know if the recipe has changed since they relabelled the James Squire beers.. I cracked open an ice cold Stow Away IPA. A little smoke came out the top. It pours a nice dark orange-yellow with lots of carbonation. Smells of malty floral hops. Crisp and clean flavour, not super hoppy or bitter for an IPA. The aftertaste reminds me of Victoria Bitter.
11-24-2011 20:11:28 | More by Raebies
2.2/5 rDev -33.1%
Appearance: pours clear golden with a tightly bubbled white head. It actually looks like a pilsener
Aroma: almost cellar-like. It had No hoppiness in the nose.
Flavor: This doesn't taste like an IPA. In fact it tastes more like a pilsener. I'm pretty disappointed.
06-15-2003 16:05:23 | More by jcalabre
3.35/5 rDev +1.8%
A- Pours a semi-transparent copper colour with a head that stays around for a little while until finally dissipating into a thin, creamy film. Nothing exceptional but not bad.
S- Honestly, there's not a whole lot on the nose. All it really consists of is a fairly subdued hop aroma. Maybe there is a slight presence of malts on the end but these are afterthoughts more than anything. A little average from the Malt Shovel Brewery.
T- Hops definitely dominate the palate, which is a good sign. Upfront, there is a hit of malty sweetness followed by hops which carry all the way through until the disappointing lingering grain finish. While I will say that for the most part this is a nice flavour, there certainly needs to be more of basically everything in this beer. The hops are not pronounced enough.
M- Mouthfeel is pretty decent. Goes down easily without being watery. The carbonation is also good and provides a sufficient sizzle on the tongue while not being abrasive.
O- This would make a good choice for a session beer. Unfortunately, it isn't good enough on its own merits- which to me an IPA should definitely be. A decent beer but a little meh.
08-11-2011 09:25:42 | More by aeolianshredhead
3.45/5 rDev +4.9%
Review based on notes take during a recent trip to Sydney.
Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear brilliant reddish amber or light copper color with a ½" head that recedes slowly leaving some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell: The aromas dominated by the malt but show a light presence of some floral, spicy hops.
Taste: The flavors are weak but dominated by the sweet malt with traces of the floral spicy hops mixed in with the light caramel.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish is medium long, begins in the malt sweetness which then gives way to some bitter hop character and ends in dryness.
Drinkability: A simple IPA that is clearly an English style with a restrained hop presence. I found this one reasonably drinkable but I'll also not be seeking this one out in the future. There are others I prefer. I think it would benefit from a bit more hop character in the mix.
12-28-2010 22:38:18 | More by drtth
3.35/5 rDev +1.8%
Pours a very pretty amber/copper with a persisting light tan head.
Smell is fairly nonexistent/slightly metallic.
Taste is bitter all the way through with floral hops, fairly balanced with maltiness. Very slight metallic flavor.
Good carbonation, but bitter all over the palate makes the beer less smooth... bitterness isn't quite counterbalanced with a floral hoppiness I was hoping for.
07-18-2009 08:52:19 | More by istarilord
3.78/5 rDev +14.9%
James Squire Portland 2005-08-18
Pint sampled at James Squire Prewpub in Melbourne for $7.60AU Served in a nice pint glass, the beer pours a dark copper colour. A decent white head tops the beer. Smell is not too impressive for an IPA. Little hoppy bite permeates the nose. Upon tasting, a clean hop bite is noticeable, but blends nicely into the sweetness of the malt. The balancing of these features makes for a drinkable beer. I wouldnt exactly call this an IPA at least not the American version of an IPA that I know and love. It has that hop bite, bit not as much as I would expect. I would put it more in the dark-coloured pale ale category. Does that make sense?!?
08-18-2005 10:20:51 | More by DaveFL1976
3.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured with less than a finger of head (though I believe someone tainted my glass with detergent). Head faded a little bit quick but the lacing was thick enough and lasted til the end. Nice transparent copper liquid.
Smell was immediate hops with a touch of hops at the end. A non-complex floral smell and some spiciness. Perhaps a very slight metallic scent.
Taste was an immediate bitter spicy hops. Malt flavour was more prominent in the taste than smell, and it did its job (which was primarily to balance the spicy bitter hops with a touch of bready sweetness). There was quite a pleasing bready aftertaste which I liked. The spicy hops which starts things off ends things too with a lingering bitterness.
Was fairly heavily carbonated though it probably suits the hops spiciness. Fairly smooth and with a medium body. Left my mouth feeling slick and wet, which I don't necessarily have a problem with but personally I'd rather something dry and crisp when hops is the main player (especially when carbonation is robust).
Overall a nice beer to have on a hot day with some spicy food. Had it with a spicy curry and the spicy hops kept up.
05-28-2009 03:38:47 | More by Stavage
James Squire Stow Away India Pale Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.