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James Squire Stow Away India Pale Ale - Malt Shovel Brewery

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James Squire Stow Away India Pale AleJames Squire Stow Away India Pale Ale

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 83
Avg: 3.3
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: dwarbi on 02-18-2002

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Photo of Rumrunner
1.83/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

11.65oz. bottle

Sorry James but I really did not like your IPA. It really does not taste like an IPA. More of an unbalanced Lager with the wrong hop direction.

The appearance is a very nice clear amber. Big bubbles at first which settle right down. A great head and lacing throughout. This is about it for the good part of the review.

The smell starts off with an extreme tang skunkiness. As the IPA is consumed the scent turns to cardboard. Very unusual. At least the tang is gone.

There is a flavor of hops but not much hop bite like I am used to. There is a dry stale doughy quality to this IPA. Way too much malt and a dry dirt finish.
As it warmed the flavor got a little better but not much. What were they thinking?

It starts with a crispness and then it kind of takes on an expanding feel in the mouth. Not impressed with anything but the appearance. Very inviting looking. Damn deception.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
1.99/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Comes in a 345ml, 11.65 fl.oz brown glass bottle and listed as 5.6%ABV. It has the usual generic James Squire label that has the normal explanatory long essay on it.

Appearance: Very clear light golden amber color that has a reasonable looking 1” collar head sitting atop. “Mr. Frothy” looks give the beer a quaffing appearance.

Nose: Quite simply, sickly. A mix between sweet malts, and a regurgitated pavement Pizza (with lumpy bits).

Taste: Oh this is awful, totally wrong, unbalanced, sickly, cloying, sticky-sweet and damn near undrinkable. I opened a second bottle to make sure- same “tastes”. Oh dear, what a let down after the excellent Amber Ale.

Mouthfeel: No comment, it did not stay in long enough before it was discharged in a polite manner.

Drinkability: I did not even finish the bottle! Nuff Said.

Overall: If this was shipped all the way from England to India, and it arrived tasting like this – the British Troops would have all gone AWOL, and Curries would not be the best selling food in the UK.

I hate to be negative, so…. well it does look good…..
…and erm, well, er, that’s it really. VERY poor otherwise.

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Photo of Kulrak
2.12/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.21/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of warmstorage
2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap in 20 ounce imperial pint at James Squire brewpub in Melbourne, on the restaurant side. AU$8, which may or may not have been slightly jacked up during the Commonwealth Games (as many of the prices in town were.)

Appearance is slightly cloudy, light orange with moderate head retention. Aroma is light to middling citrus hop nose, or maybe I'm just hoping for that: I'm honestly not sure.

Taste: well, my notes indicate that it tastes like a low-hopped, slightly malty, unimpressive APA style. It's certainly not a beer which will compete in the American IPA style, or even really in the English IPA style. It's better than their Amber, but freakishly, less hoppy than their Golden. (See my review of the Golden.) Really, relatively little taste in any way that I can discern. So it's not bad tasting like some Australian beers, but has relatively little to recommend it.

Finishes clean, wway too clean, really, with a VERY mild hop taste when I go looking for it. Blah! Boring! I get that the taxes are high on alcohol: they must be twice as high on hops. Wouldn't bother again, especially at that price.

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Photo of Raebies
2.64/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of RBorsato
2.69/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear Light Copper color was nice but this beer was very overcarbonated and took me about 5 minutes to pour. As a result the head the thick and clumpy and lasted fairly long. The best part of this beer was the nice grassy hop aroma (dry hopped with Fuggles). Beer was too light bodied for an IPA and there was really no malt balance present. Had a spicy hop character and finished very crisp and bitter (around 50 IBU according to Michael Jackson Beer club).

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Photo of Stew41
2.74/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep copper tending to tan - very attractive. Pours a fairly weak head that breaks down quickly. Big nose, a bit funky, with almost sherry like notes. Some noticable fizz but seems well balanced. Plenty of flavour lurking and good bitterness at the end to drive the mouthfeel.

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Photo of diablo14
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

its not a bad beer, ill say that much. but by jingoes, its really not an IPA. i must say here, does anyone really know what an IPA is supposed to be? i dont think so. i can safely say however that this wouldnt resemble the IPA's that were orginially brewed back in the day. dont think theres too much doubt about that. and to think i was ready to rip some people for their classification of this beer. i thought id drink a few more, on tap and from bottle, before i did my review, and on current assessment id have to agree with most others. for what it calls itself, it doesnt cut the mustard. grand ridge gippsland gold is closer to what i think an IPA would be, and that calls itself a pale ale. that sums it up if youre and aussie beer connosieur.

very full on, tho clear golden color with a creamy head that promises much, but belies what lies within.has a very fruity nose, with a good blast of hops and malt which would lead one to believe they in for a good thing. the taste is a let down in this regard. full malt flavor jumps out, but the hop character needed to make this an IPA is nowhere to be seen. there is a crisp element to this fairly full bodied beer, but nowhere near the level of hop bitterness or the drying finish i need from an IPA.in no way does it come as advertised. if they were calling this a straight pale ale id rate it higher. but as an IPA it misses the target by a large distance.

its not total crap by any means, but if youre calling yourself an IPA youve got a fair tag to live up to, and this doesnt get there by a long way. boy i wish i could taste an original IPA just to see what these beers were truly like in thier heyday, as i feel IPA nowadays is merely a tag for excessively hopped lagers.

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Photo of tbeckett
2.81/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pint at the Portland Hotel in Melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured medium copper with medium carbonation and one finger of light brown head. Some OK lace and film of retention.

S - Caramel, earthy hop and a little boring.

T - Earthy hop with very light citrus character, richer malt. Flavour got mild fast.

M - Light to medium body seemed a bit odd. Carbonation was OK with a light bitterness.

O/D - An alright English IPA. Seemed fresh and drinikable but nothing too wild. Easily forgettable. Very average and mild.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a burnished copper kind of colour, with a decent amount of white head, very strong carbonation. Has a clear, filtered look to it. Not sure about filtering this but otherwise looks good.

Nose is very nice and fruity, but where are the hops? I expect hops from an IPA. Has elements of pear, cinnamon and vanilla, all very nice but this needs hops. Silly beer.

Taste is where the hops lie but yeah, with that gritty, English fuggles flavour. Intense, though. Doesn't have very much fruit, it's got a very grassy hop flavour. Quite earthy and in that gritty way I don't much like. Flavour is intense, but not breathtaking. Like a disgruntled English gentleman, it's bitter and unpleasant but still very polite and subdued. I may just be too obsessed with American hop varieties, but really I just think the yanks do a better IPA. Mouthfeel of this is good though, full and quite smooth with a slightly sharp edge.

This is drinkable enough, I guess...

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Photo of heygeebee
2.93/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark orange, one finger white head that hangs around

Moderate aromas of hops, not strong at all.

The initial taste is somewhat fleeting as it quickly gets overpowered by a Big Hit of Bitterness. Big. Hmm, not so sure all in all. Having said that, the bottle I had with a curry went down just a treat.

A food beer, not a drinking beer.

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Photo of packetknife
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden pale. Didn't hold a head. Not enough bitter bite. It is by far the most drinkable IPA I remember in recent history but that is mostly because it doesn't have the character I'd expect from a quality IPA. Rather dissapointing.

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Photo of hefevice
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours deep clear amber with attenuated (despite being poured hard) but creamy head that left some lacing behind. Not much in the aroma stakes, a slight hint of malt and a little grassiness, but not much else, considering I was expecting to be knocked out by big flowery hops. On the taste, yes folks, it's an IPA and the flowery hop bitterness that was missing in the aroma was there in the taste. Unfortunately there was not much else and it was unfortunately more bitter than flowery and the bitter aftertaste lingered. Having said this, the hopheads will no doubt criticise this for being underdone.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

345 ML bottle poured into a Great Divide glass

A-- Poured a clear copper color. A quick disappearing off white head that had no real retention and just left a small amount of lacing on the glass. Not a lot of carbonation in the pour. Will see from there.

S-- Herbal, spicy hop smell with a larger malt backbone. Yep, an English IPA. Makes me want a US hopbomb. Has a bit of carmel and a toffee smell to this as well.

T-- Carmel, butterscotch, followed by the hops. Still on the earthy, spicy side. The malt really hides the hop flavor and character

M-- The earthyness of it helps but the malt is pretty big. Only in the back of the mouth do you get the citrus feel and a little bit of the grapefruit and citrus taste. Carbonation is really good actually.

D-- Decent drinkability. Would go really well with Indian food or something with a kick to it. Would be good with Mexican as well. It is, well, average. Not something I would drink as a stand alone, as it lacks a lot. Paired with food it works OK as spices bring out the rest of the flavors. Lacks boldness that US IPA's have and the character that English IPA's have. Basically a decent watered down version that does work. Go spend $9 and get an Epic and that will change your mind!!

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Photo of brendan13
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber colour with a couple of centimetres of head.
S - Some vauge sweet caramel malts backed up by some light fruity hop notes.
T - Pretty much along the same lines as the smell but some earthy flavours come through as well.
M - Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation.
D - Nice enough and non-offensive. Good beer for summer BBQ's but I had this at the Portland Hotel Brewhouse in Mid-Winter and it was lackluster. But I like my beers either highly hoppy or highly malty. Preferably both:)

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Photo of pbrian
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of istarilord
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of koolk
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean orange-light red with fat creamy head.

Pineapple esters jump out immediately. This is followed by deep floral hops with a touch of minerals.

Smooth and crisp palate with some dryness at the back of the palate. Nowhere close to as bitter or hoppy as I thought it would be, but quite good none-the-less. Still on the herbaceous side, with only traces of malt coming through.

Good to see them making an IPA, which is not a common brew in Australia, even though this is somewhat a 'refined' version of international IPA's. Enjoyed it. Should go well with big meaty dishes.

2011 edit: lol @ old 2003 self for "Good to see them making an IPA, which is not a common brew in Australia". Current version (The stow away) is rubbish. No hops, palate drops off half way in. Garbage. D.

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Photo of joedon
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty dark gold-amber color with thin off-white head.
Subtle aroma, just a bit of spice and malt with slight hoppiness.

Taste very different from an American "IPA". Starts with English hop flavor and bitterness from Fuggles hops. Next, a bit of burnt sugar and some spicy-clove notes. Finishes with more of the Fuggles bitterness. To me, this tasted pretty much like an ESB; not what I'd consider an IPA. The label claims it was dry-hopped but you'd sure never guess that from the aroma or hop flavors.

Good body and nice mouthfeel for an IPA.

Quite drinkable in spite of missing the mark as far as BJCP style for IPA

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Photo of Macca
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark copper colour with an off white head. Crystal clear.

The nose is malty with earthy hop notes. Very English IPA style.

Malts dominate the palate but the sweetness is balanced by some good hop bitterness. I suppose I'd like a bit more hoppiness on the palate but probably not to style.

Quite drying. Medium bodied.

I'm not overly impressed with this but I suspect it might be more me than the beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep clear orangey amber with a solid thick head. It stays nicely for a fair while too, leaving some good solid lacing.

Caramelised fruit over a light hint of yeast. Wow this has a wonderful nose. Apricots, peaches, orange peel. It's complex, a little metallic and very solid. Very pleasant.

Well, the taste is quite a disappointment really. It doesn't have a hint of the rounded sweetness that was suggested on the nose. Rather sharp and matellic on the front palate disappearing quickly to a dry yeasty nothingness.

It's not a bad brew overall, but definately not a prime example of the style. It's quite drinkable and quite enjoyable, althougha touch simplistic in taste, and a let down after the wonderful smells.

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Photo of Gusler
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of drtth
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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James Squire Stow Away India Pale Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
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