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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: 78
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.51%
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 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:)

brendan13, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of Kulrak
2.08/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

Kulrak, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of joedon
3.4/5  rDev +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

joedon, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of warmstorage
2.53/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

warmstorage, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of ohitsbrad
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

9 January 2006, Best Before Jul 06

Golden-amber colour with a small white head which reduced to a white cap and left some lacing. Fresh, fragrant aroma of malt and floral hops. Tastes rich, sweet and honeyish with some earthy, toasty, caramel and buttery flavours and a rather bitter hop finish. Well balanced. Medium bodied and crisp mouthfeel. Decent IPA although not hugely assertive in hop character.

ohitsbrad, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of Finite
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice a nice gold/amber. Pours a decent head which has decent retention. Definite fruity beginnings but my room mate agrees it snaps to the hop bitterness to fast and really doesn’t give you much time to embrace those sweet tastes. However the sweet taste is smooth and sits well in the brew. The feeling on the tongue was course and very dry.

Not bad

Finite, Dec 12, 2005
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.

sulldaddy, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of BeerNutta
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the portland hotel.

A = Poured a dark orange with a thick foam head that quickly dissapated to leave a nice foam lace round the rim.

S = Smell fruity with a slight hopiness.

T = Mellow sweet maltiness with a crisp hop finish. Nice.

M = Moderately carbonated.

D = Good. Easily have a few in a session.

BeerNutta, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of DaveFL1976
3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 wouldn’t 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?!?

DaveFL1976, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of jarmby1711
3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was deep golden and not completely transparent as promised on the comprehensive label.
Whilst the lively bead persisted the head quickly disappeared
The smell was reminescent of turmeric
The taste was hop dominated and a thought thee was a Basmati rice flavour in the background.(The Indian of the style had not swayed me tobelieve this)
It was sharp and dry in the mouth with afruity hint on the after taste
I could drink this any season and be reasonably happy

jarmby1711, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of hefevice
3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

hefevice, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of diablo14
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

diablo14, Dec 11, 2003
Photo of koolk
3.3/5  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.

koolk, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of joecast
3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

re-review 30/11/05
-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!

joecast, Oct 03, 2003
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.

beerguy101, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
1.85/5  rDev -43.4%
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.

Rumrunner, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
1.98/5  rDev -39.4%
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
2.2/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

jcalabre, Jun 15, 2003
Photo of fattyre
3.98/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

fattyre, Mar 30, 2003
Photo of Bunnyhop
3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, amber IPA with a large, rocky, off-white head. The smell is nutty and herbal. The taste is smooth with a slight sweet nuttiness, followed by malt, and then a herbal bitterness. The body was firm in my mouth. Overall, a smooth IPA that I enjoyed.

Per the label, James Squire India Pale Ale is made with only Munich and pale malt and dry-hopped with English Fuggles hops. There is also some interesting history, on the label, as to the beginnings of the IPA style.

(source: RealBeer Tour)

Bunnyhop, Feb 12, 2003
Photo of lewwjr
4.03/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying that I am a big fan of maltshovel brews. However, I wonder if there is some loss in translation from the original Austrailian crafted product versus the import brew brought over to the U.S. The brew hits the glass with a nice amber copper color and a frothy head rises from the interior. The malt smell is combined with a bothersome Euro-familial aroma of something. It may be the dry hoppng of fuggels but my nose is too young. It does have merit but not what I expect from an IPA. The hop character is too subtle for my liking but it does balance with the munich and pale malts.

lewwjr, Feb 10, 2003
Photo of Anonmatel
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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".

Anonmatel, Feb 06, 2003
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.

Gusler, Dec 10, 2002
Photo of RBorsato
2.58/5  rDev -21.1%
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).

RBorsato, Oct 10, 2002
James Squire Stow Away India Pale Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.