Stowaway I.P.A.
Baxter Brewing Co.

Stowaway I.P.A.Stowaway I.P.A.
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American IPA
Ranked #3,615
Ranked #17,860
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
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Reviews: 220 | Ratings: 1,089
Reviews by stickynotes:
Photo of stickynotes
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Waterville. Poured into tulip.

Pours a crisp, deep amber with a fluffy white head. Healthy lacing. Aroma is citrus, pineapple, sweet malt, sweet earthiness. Flavor is bitter throughout sweet malt, plenty of citrus, grapefruit. Moutfeel is medium. Overall this is a solid IPA. It is rich, crisp and bitter. It is not outstanding for me but right in the style, I would recommend it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on cask at Amherst brewing with citra and Chinook hops, a really lovely reincarnation of what I know to already be a great beer. it pours lighter than expected on the color spectrum, not blonde, but not caramel or brass colored either. small head, creamy look, on par with standard cask stuff as appearance goes. the aroma is the best part, the citra hops radiate, really lemon forward and making the beer seem summery and English at the same time, with a touch of sweetness to the lighter malt body. clean and crisp flavor, hop forward, honey and hop resin round it out. less than medium body, not quite enough carbonation. I would really like to try the normal packaged version of this too, but the citra and Chinook cask version was very dynamic. maine has a wonderful beer scene, and baxter is a big part of that, this is a great ipa.

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Photo of clake
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz undated can poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance is a clear, deep amber color with about a finger of creamy head that dissipates slowly to a tiny ring of head with decent lacing.

Smell is a bit on the weak side with a hint of citrus dominated by the malts.

The taste is a bit better than what the nose would leave you believe. It definitely stays true to the description; malty up front with a fairly present hop finish.

Not quite as effervescent as I would like and a bit of an oily finish.

Overall this is a little above average IPA. Worth picking up if you knew it just hit the shelves but even then it's a gamble with the lack of dating.

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Photo of cmq103
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my Belgian Tulip style glass. 1/4" beige head with sticky lacing. Malty aroma, slightly boozy pine finish. Taste is very similar but reversed. Initial piney hops taste, with a kiss of alcohol, finishing malty sweet. Moderate bitterness sneaks in at the end of the swallow. Very good IPA.

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a couple of fingers of foam; leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Citrusy/piney hop aromas waft above the biscuity malt backbone

Taste: The citrus and pine attack from the outset, overwhelming the malt; not a lot of flavor development as it is hoppy from the get-go into the finish; a bit of aspirin in the after-taste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I'm in the minority here, but I really enjoyed the balance of the Pamola APA to this beer; not to denigrate this IPA, but I was less than crazy about the hop character relative to some other IPAs out there

Thanks, bendurgin, for the opportunity

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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 argock
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured from a 12 oz can into an oversized wineglass. "Bootleg 06/25/14" on bottom of can. Single purchased at Craft Beer Cellar (Waterbury, VT).

A: Clear as a bell orange-amber with 1-2 finger, off-white head with good retention and a healthy amount of craggy lacing. (4.25)

S: Orange pine soap is the best descriptor, some floral, a bit of light caramel and breadiness. (3.25)

T: The flavor makes a nice comeback with a solid light-to-medium caramel backing not really yielding but sharing with orange, herbal-honeysuckle, tobacco, and floral hops notes. Pine whacks the palate in the finish, with a big resin blast which is welcome after the malty beginning. Bitterness is medium-to-high, especially in the finish and aftertaste. (3.75)

M: Feel is sticky overall with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty dry despite all the maltiness in the flavor and aroma. (3.5)

O: I liked the whole better than the pieces on this IPA -- I like the strong bitter, resiny finish more than the rest of the beer, and it has some weaknesses, but it is worth a try.

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Photo of mltobin
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Dogfish Cafe in Portland, Maine.

The appearance is a rich amber tone with a couple fingers of a white head. The nose comes off with biscuits, pine and citrus hops. Its` taste is rather bitter, some nice sweetness is also present, oranges, fairly balanced. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, bitterness in the aftertaste. All in all it does not drink as easily as some other IPAs imho, but it is still a pretty good beer. And seeing another small brewery come out of Maine is a good thing.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Pours a golden yellow with no head. Smell isn't overpowering. Not super floral. Taste is nice and smooth. Tastes more malty than anything. Could easily drink several without complaint. Not bitter at all.

Wife's review: "Pleasantly surprised. Smooth and tasty. Even the aftertaste is nice."

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Photo of lou50rp
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of drbenderdo
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaryW
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of bennway
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Urs
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Durge
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cold out of the can this IPA is a hazy rusty amber color with a decent big bubbled off-white froth on top and very nice lacing. The aroma is a solid nutty pine & citrus hop which just makes your throat open up. Very enticing. The flavor brings beautifully drinkable earthy citrus and subtle pine hops. It's bready with caramel sweetness but the accent is tasteful, satisfying hops which coat the tongue from stem to stern. It's medium bodied with a slight resinous quality and plenty of fine carbonation to brighten things up. I love this as one of my new favorite sessionable hop beauties. This will be a staple for Baxter for years to come. Let's hope they bring many more great brews to beef up there new stable in Lewiston, Maine.

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Photo of dali27
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a clear plastic cup.

A: A very nice deep orange amber. Looks thick. Creamy off-white head.

S: A lot of aroma in the nose. Pine and grapefruit. Supremely hoppy.

T: Piney hops dominate the taste. This one is full of flavor. So much hops bitterness, that it choked me up a bit on the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel, that turns heavy by the end of the drink. Really bitter.

O: This was a pretty good representation of what I would consider a West-Coast style IPA. Everything is where it should be from the appearance through the first part of the taste. Then something happened that made it not very drinkable for me. Oh well. Pretty good nonetheless.

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Photo of Lurkerson
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Hollie for sending this out!

Poured into NB Globe Glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of rocky khaki head. Good retention with lace rings. Color is a dark rustic orange.

Aroma: Pretty fresh and hoppy. Weedy and piney. A little bit of union flavor. A bit of citrus. Kind of dank hoppy.

Taste: Kind of different from the nose. It is a lot grassier. A bit weedy. Sticky hops. Has the similar onion hints. Hardly and citrus fruits here. Some bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sticky.Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a hop resin feel.

Overall, a decent ipa. Very bitter. It lacked the tropical citrus fruit that I normally enjoy in ipas, however. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of mikul93
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Pours a dark amber with a healthy white head with good retention. Nice lacing.

S Big tropical notes. Pineapple, citrus, pine and hops.

T Nice malt up front followed by hops with an odd finish. I can't quite put my finger on it, but if I had to describe it, maybe a musty finish?

M Medium body with lots of carbonation. Dry finish with bitter aftertaste.

O Not bad. A pretty good IPA. I got this as an extra but if it were available in my area, I would purchase it myself.

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