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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: 76
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dwarbi on 02-18-2002)
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Photo of nataku00
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%

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.

nataku00, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.63/5  rDev +10%

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.

soju6, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

aeolianshredhead, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Stew41
2.73/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

Stew41, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of heygeebee
2.93/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

heygeebee, May 26, 2011
Photo of ADZA
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

ADZA, May 17, 2011
Photo of doktorhops
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%

Must be my IPA day! I wanted to do two beers of the same style back to back and IPA is a style I happen to enjoy so continuing on from the Sleeping Giant IPA I have a good old fashioned James Squire IPA.

Poured from a 345ml bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Also "tea" coloured (though not quite as dark as the Sleeping Giant) in the body. The head did much the same and fizzled down to a thin white layer, perhaps 1mm thick.

S: The toasted caramel malts are fairly balanced to the herbal and earthy hops, there's no clear victor from the two. I'm expecting an even match here.

T: Toasty caramel malts blend quickly into a buttery mid-palate which is soon followed by a spicy hop note. The aftertaste (like a nice cup of tea) has an acidic tannin that slakes the thirst, but not for long. Well balanced flavour, nothing extraordinary and it could do with another dry hopping, however it does the job.

M: Creamy in the carbonation although it does have a watery undertone throughout.

D: If it wasn't lacking a bit more hop depth this could be an awesome ale. As it is I give it a similar score to the Sleeping Giant and will be sure to review more IPA's as a basis for comparison. It is drinkable but you might want to branch off towards more adventurous climes soon after.

Food match: Hard to go past what I recommended for the Sleeping Giant; cheese platter, canapes and tapas... plus I could quite imagine this ale with a cottage pie as well.

doktorhops, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of drtth
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

drtth, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of Macca
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

Macca, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of eric5bellies
3.63/5  rDev +10%

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

eric5bellies, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of mulder1010
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%

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!!

mulder1010, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev +7%

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.

CrazyDavros, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of dgilks
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

dgilks, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of istarilord
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

istarilord, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of Stavage
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Stavage, May 28, 2009
Photo of juju7
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%

Copperish with a thin, weak head. Plenty of hop action on the nose with caramel and biscuity notes. Robust and bitter on the palate then sweetens out a little nicely. Unfortunately there just aren't enough good Aussie IPAs floating around. However this is one of them. Good booze.

juju7, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%

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...

laituegonflable, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of foles
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

foles, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of Cs1987
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%

Appearance - Reddish with high carbonation. 1 finger of head, which was retained right until the glass was finished.

Smell - Strong and pleasant.

Taste - The hops stand out a little too much. Passionfruit is the main flavour.

Mouthfeel - The bitterness spoils the aftertaste. The carbonation level is very good though.

Drinkability - I wouldn't normally have more than one, due to the bitterness.

Overall - As suggested in three of the above catergories, this is a very good beer in most ways, except that the bitterness stands out too much above the taste.

Cs1987, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of willjansen
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%

Appearance - Big, frothy off-white head that slowly recedes to thick globs of froth, and a nice covering layer of foam remains throughout. Deep amber, almost copper color with no cloudiness at all. Very appealing...

Smell - Strong floral hop presence immediately, dominated by the fuggles dry-hopping. Slightly piney/woody aromas. Hints of balancing sweetness come through in the nose. There is also an element to the nose that encases all of the other components and presents them as a nice package. Well done.

Taste - Bitter hops coming through from the start, but more of a balancing malty backbone than the smell lets on. Dominated by the bittering and aromatic hops with a crisp, bitter finish (just as advertised). Hop bitterness stays with you for a while, though not quite as "in-your-face" hoppy as many other American IPAs (would this perhaps fit more in the style of an English IPA?)...

Mouthfeel - Ideal carbonation, medium body, with a slightly oily, slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Great drinking beer, but unsure as to the approriateness of its BA classification... might rate a bit higher as an English IPA. Could possibly use a bit more hop "bang" towards the front and linger a bit longer at the back, but I think it's another good beer from James Squire.

willjansen, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of LittleCreature
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%

Appearance - 4.0
Wow, she's definitely a looker! Poured a frothy 2.5 fingers of off-white head, above a still looking, deep amber-coppery body. Very clear, the head took its time reducing, and stayed at a creamy half finger.

Smell - 4.0
Floral and fruity hops dominate, but there is a curious earthy, savoury smell also that has me confused. Some fruity and malt sweetness, but overall not all that strong, and not an exceptional smell for the style.

Taste - 3.5
Pale Ales are generally my favourite style, so it is sometimes hard to be objective. Still, this is clearly a very tasty brew. Smooth and sweet at first, a malty, grainy taste with some citrus fruit and a metallic twang. The finish is very bitter (perhaps excessively so to some tastes) and moderately dry, but leaves a very pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
A little less carbonated than average for the style. Feels quite heavy in the mouth, but also very smooth. In my view, a little more carbonation would be nice.

Drinkability - 3.0
Much as I love a pale ale, this is actually a little too bitter for my liking, and would stop me wanting too many. ABV of 5.6% is also on the high side, but this would be a good session choice for some.

OVERALL - 3.75
This goes really well with a hot curry, especially a Chicken Tikka Marsala. I have not, at this point, tried a lot of India Pale Ales, but this is definitely a good one. Perhaps not as drinkable as an English or American pale ale, but insanely tasty. Like all James Squire beers, this is very good value, and widely available.

LittleCreature, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of vancurly
3.93/5  rDev +19.1%

a: Clear, burnt orange, little effervescence, but a well-set off-white head.
s: Iron, dried apricot, cereal & toffee
f: Metallic, strong hop, earthy, dried leaves, slight caramel
m: Medium palate, long bitterness
d: Good beer, but not for the uninitiated. Better on tap.

vancurly, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

dirtylou, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of brendan13
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%

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:)

brendan13, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of Kulrak
2.08/5  rDev -37%

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.

Kulrak, Oct 26, 2006
James Squire Stow Away India Pale Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.