Stowaway I.P.A.
Baxter Brewing Co.

Stowaway I.P.A.Stowaway I.P.A.
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American IPA
Ranked #3,637
Ranked #18,156
3.85 | pDev: 12.21%
Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Very Good
Stowaway I.P.A.Stowaway I.P.A.
Notes: Bold, complex flavors with a solid malt backbone and assertive hop profile, along with cold conditioning, give this beer its crisp, clean, hoppy finish. Deep amber-to-orangish in color, Stowaway pours with a nice, creamy head; a huge hop aroma of citrus, pine and grapefruit notes; and a big, complex, and intense hop flavor from the 5 different hop varieties and double-dry-hopping procedure used in making this beer. The malt flavor up-front turns dry and crisp; Stowaway is full-bodied but with a dry finish and pleasant, long-lasting, hop aftertaste. This I.P.A. definitely leaves you wanting more.

69 IBU
Reviews: 221 | Ratings: 1,091 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of RaulMondesi
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad. I’ve defiantly tasted worse things in my limited existence. Thing is hella east coast, cuz it was like brewed on the east coast. But as I sip this here in SoCal, I can still respect it for what it is. It kind of took a magelin voyage to get here in the west side, but that’s ok. It still tastes good enough. Copper red like a penny left in the sun, and malty like this girl from Boston i dated that won’t stop texting me. That’s ok. Life is beautiful.


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Photo of Blakbelt
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure what naysayers have against this beer. True, it's not typical of what's "envogue" these days. But, it's a really good tasting ipa. Great mouthfeel and nice finish. A good ipa does NOT need to be "juicy". (A term that's overused and overrated) Try it and let your tastebuds determine your rating and not the other reviewers.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

To say that Baxter's flagship IPA is *bad* would be wrong and misleading--it's just that it's a well-made, middle-of-the-road everything-to-everyone IPA that's been passed by in the beer world. Big and malty, moderately dark in colour, with a bracing bitterness--lots of pine--and just a hint of biting grapefruit citrus. Again, an all-rounder IPA that's not too shabby; there's just so much out there (especially in New England) that it really feels inessential.

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Photo of arizcards
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint at Pat's Pizza with lunch today 8-25-19 for $4.50.

Beer was served orange with a decent white head initially.

Nose had hints of orange and grapefruit.

Taste was pale and caramel malts infused with orange and grapefruit finishing with a mild hop bitterness; 5/10 on my bitterness scale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly refreshing.

Overall a pretty nice ipa, paired well with the pizza today!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours up a clear copper body, short head off the tap, some lacing. Nice. The smell is quiet, primarily malts and quiet floral hops. The taste is lemon and tea hop elements, a strong malt core delivering sweetness which in the context is reading honey. The feel is dry, and there is some resin build. Decent, but not spectacular, old school IPA.

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Photo of CoralKong
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Meh. Looks pretty unappealing, to be honest. Smell is OK. A little fragrant, but not overwhelming, nor bad. Taste is about average, maybe slightly above. Hits pretty good, like a 6.9% IPA should. Overall, though.....not real impressed. It's not a bad beer, but not exceptional in any way. 3/5. I wouldn't buy it again if I had a competent alternative.

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Photo of usernamenotinuse
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap.
Copper, clear in appearance with soft, off-white, lasting suds.
Smells of sweet wood, floral/perfume, caramel, citrus-pine.
Taste follows smell. Very well balanced.
Soft feel, medium bodied.
Overall, a wonderfully balanced, soft IPA.

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Photo of nhdjinn
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

almost amber ipa w/o haze
excellent head retention
slight piney hop nose
Piney bitterness almost English
caramel and carapil malt finish slightly sweet
decent IPA but it mask 6.9% well
more ESB than IPA despite ABV
not that that's a bad thing
Decent IPA

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Side Street Cafe in Bar Harbor, ME.

This one pours a disappointingly dark amber color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells extremely malty for an IPA, with a very up front maltiness that just feels out of place. The only hop aroma I can detect is just piney hops.

This is definitely old-fashioned, which I can appreciate. It's just not that well done for being an old-fashioned IPA. It's just way too malty, with very little hop character beyond astringency. Even though this is likely a newer keg, it just tastes old from the outset.

This is medium bodied, with an astringency on the finish that makes it not all that drinkable.

This is really nothing to write home about, unfortunately.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a plastic hotel room cup
A: Burnt orange with a 1/2-finger head
S: Orange/orange peel, malt, mango
T: Matches the nose. Malt-forward but healthy citrus & tropical fruit towards the finish
M: Medium-bodied
O: Solid IPA. Again malt-forward but balanced enough that's not a detractor

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Photo of shaunterhune
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This IPA has more of a darker character than many.. almost has some amber character and flavor. In fact that's almost exactly what it is: some kind of hybrid between an amber and a standard IPA. Great-tasting all-around good-drinking beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We're staying in a creepy cabin in the woods in maine for a couple days (it's only creepy because we are horror fans and tomorrow we are going to see Stephen Kings house). So before it got too dark to find our way back we stopped at a grocery store to get a few things. I got a sixer of this. Luckily, this turned out to be an excellent choice.

It is dark golden with smallish bubbles. The aroma is faint but clean and appetizing. The taste is a good balance of malty and hoppy with a slightly bitter finish.


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Photo of keith40
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz can undated. Nice copper/caramel color with a malty/citrusy nose. Fairly bold flavors of Grapefruit and other citrus, along with some malt in a well-balanced and refreshing manner. Hoppy bitterness remains on the finish. Purchased at Town Center.

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can to pint glass. Pours deep amber with plenty of head retention. Looks great. Some sweet malt in nose with some pine. Dry taste, heavy pine with some vanilla or licorice sweetness, malt complexity, very bitter, with somewhat of a burnt tobacco finish. Not my favorite flavorng for IPA. Slick, full mouthfeel. Overall an ok IPA.

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Photo of clarkclarkclark
1.7/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I've had worse IPAs, but this represents the epitome of everything I hate in an IPA. I made an account just to denounce this beer. This is IPA done wrong. This is IPA made by people who think the point of buying something other than miller lite is not for it to taste good or complex, but only really for it to be more difficult to drink, thereby proving what good taste they have. Initial impression: soap. Taste: sickly sweet, like drinking malt syrup. Aftertaste: sour soap. I love Sierra Nevada Torpedo and Hop Devil, which I see Beeradvocate lists as other examples of the "American" IPA style, but I HATE this beer.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with creamy head. Aroma is of malt sweetness with floral hops. Taste is very malt forward. Maybe I'm just geared to DIPAs, but the hop flavor was very subdued. Full mouthfeel. While this isn't the IPA I'm looking for, I did enjoy it based on its own merits.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a stiff burnt orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Some messy lace.
The aroma had a blend of some caramel/toffee malts to a light citrusy hoppiness. Some biscuit/cracker smells came out decently.
The flavor was mostly sweet all of the way through guiding a stiff bitterness in, somewhat absorbent to the malts while allowing a malty aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, pretty good AIPA, somewhat like a West coast styled one, I'd have again.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4/23/17...pours copper gold, small layer of fluffy white foam. Citrus nose, very light. Crisp taste, heavy wave of bitter that pounds through. Rich toffee malt taste amidst the wall of bitter. Chewy. Very tasty with a bold powerful bitter.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can served in a tulip. 3/27/17 and "puke tank" seem to be stamped on the bottom. This is a gift from @mr-jj.

Pours a dark amber, a little head, lots of fine, slow carbonation. Smell is gorgeous. Resin, fresh hops. Just smells like hops, hops hops.

Taste is similar to smell, with all the bitterness associated with eating hop cones straight. If that's what you want, this is a good beer for it.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth and resinous. Overall, I'm really happy with it right now.

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Photo of Treb0R
1.6/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Description should read:

Assertive & muddled hop flavors with a humungous malt backbone and hard acrid bitterness, along with cold conditioning, give this beer its crisp, vomit-inducing, hoppy finish. Deep amber-to-orangish in color, Stowaway pours with a nice, creamy head; average hop aroma of citrus, pine and grapefruit notes; and a big, muddled, and intense hop flavor from the 5 different hop varieties and double-dry-hopping procedure used in making this beer. The malt flavor up-front is too malty for an IPA. Stowaway is full-bodied but with a dry, thick finish and hugely bitter, long-lasting, hop aftertaste, and a bit of yeast sediment at the bottom as a gift. This I.P.A. definitely leaves you wishing you never bought it.

69 IBU (feels like 5000 IBUs on the back of the tongue and lasts forever)

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Photo of JamFuel
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Nice, clear amber color, with quite a bit of fluffy head.

The smell is pretty old school, some sweet malt augmented with some grass and floral notes.

The taste is buoyed by a solid maltbase that provides some sweetness. On top of that I get lots of floral hops, with a nice level of bitterness. Not extreme in any way, but solid.

Medium bodied, and nicely carbonated. Easy to drink.

Overall, a solid, if unspectacular IPA, somewhere in between the English and American styles. Easy to drink and well balanced.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper; light yellow head. Some lacing. Aroma is a somewhat muted pine/citrus/floral. Taste is citrus and floral with a complimenting malt backbone. Feel is medium and relatively soft; medium carbonation. Overall, a good IPA - reminds me of Harpoon IPA.

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Photo of Act25
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Baxter variety 12 pack at WFM. Try 12.
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed amber body with two fingers of head that lasts and laces well.
Smell: Citrus and pine hop aromas on biscuit malt base. Ample, almost medicine, cedar chest.
Taste: The citrus and pine dominate the malt, all hops here, cedar medicine cabinet again with some aspirin.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation, dry cleansing finish, a bit bready in the end.

Overall: pretty fine IPA at a great price.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coppery orange in color with an orange cream head. Aroma was herbal and toasted malt blended with orange and pine. The flavor had a mix of earthy and citrus notes, smoothed out by the malt. Fairly well balanced and flavorful. Dry finish with an herbal hops bitterness to the end. A very good beer overall.

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Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a 1" head that falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: citrus and earthy tones rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, pine, grapefruit, orange, and some light earthy tones are most detectable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with a dry finish.

Overall: an easy drinking IPA that is a bit mild overall but refreshing.

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Stowaway I.P.A. from Baxter Brewing Co.
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