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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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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Australia

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 spycow
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.42/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Gusler
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Drinkability: ok

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of dgilks
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper colour with a minimal off white head. Poor head retention and lacing.

Plenty of caramel and butter in the aroma. Some earthy, herbal hops.

A nice balance between bitterness and malt has been found here with a good bitter attack up front and hints of buttery caramel throughout. Herbal hops are present in the mid-palate but overall that part of the flavour profile is lacking depth and character. Some more late hop additions would be appreciated.

Lighter than average body and above average carbonation seem a little bit out of place here creating quite a gassy beer. On the other hand is doesn't come across as bad by any means.

JS IPA is tasty enough but lacks the mid-palate depth and the mouthfeel to make it a great IPA.

Photo of RBorsato
2.69/5  rDev -17.7%
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).

Photo of tbeckett
2.81/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of laituegonflable
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
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...

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
1.99/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ADZA
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is now called Stowaway IPA with a new revamp of labels & naming and it pours a golden see through light copper hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head with sporadic lacing,the smell is quite sweet for EIPA with aromas of strawberry jam,sweet plums,light candy and fruity hops,it has a dissapointing light bodied mouthfeel with tastes of light boiled candy,fruity stonefruit hops and light tinges of honey tinged toffee and overall its alright if you dont want a full on hoppy IPA and for me it borderlines a Pale Ale even though it clearly states it is an IPA cheers.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.08/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well I found this beer in a bottle shop in St Kilda. I am sampling a cold bottle in a tumbler. The beer pours a rich clear amber color with a small fluffy beige head fading to a nice edge layer leaving nice tight latticework as it fades.
Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel up front and some earthy and grassy hops. This is the hoppiest smell I have found down under!
First sip reveals an average body and average carbonation.

Flavor starts sweet caramel with some bread and husky grain toothe hops come back for the finish with some grass and a bit of drying bitterness as well. This is a crisp beer and quite tasty. It is a little mild as an American IPA standards but pretty good for Australian hop presentation.

Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange Amber color, medium head. Aroma is malty with a slight floral spiciness. Malty and not very hoppy for an IPA. The hops and bitterness are there they just aren't over the top. Hops are spicy and more floral than bitter. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice, not very hoppy IPA.

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of rastaman
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable, but lacks everything i like in a pale ale, bit edgy and thin in taste, drink it, by all means, coz its pleasant and well made.

Photo of soju6
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Portland Brewhouse.

A: Served a nice copper color with a decent head and some lacing.

S: Mild aroma of some citrus, malt sweetness and hint of fresh grain.

T: Starts with a crisp nip, taste of mild malt sweetness with some fresh grain and a mild bitterness to a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp and smooth. Decent balance.

O: Easy drinker, good for a few.

Photo of heygeebee
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of pin
1.5/5  rDev -54.1%

Photo of brendan13
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
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:)

Photo of braican
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Agentveba
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of eric5bellies
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of drtth
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of SmashPants
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: 345mL brown bottle - I prefer the old labels better...

Appearance: a deep orange amber with a solid, thick head. Good retention, and some solid lacing.

Aroma: a fantastic mix of caramelised fruits - orange peel, peaches, mango, apricots.

Taste: not much in the taste - some of the nose carries across, but fairly muted. Definitely more metallic and not terribly refined.

Aftertaste: a touch of the aroma flavours come through at the end - just a touch though.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, reasonably high carbonation for the style. Does assist the somewhat muted flavours.

Overall: not a bad IPA to be sure, but there are better ones out there. To be honest though, it is going to be difficult to find one for a better price.

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James Squire Stow Away India Pale Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
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