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

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Stowaway I.P.A.Stowaway I.P.A.

Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Casey10 on 02-01-2011

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Photo of DTyler94
1.56/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Got this from my brother at a dinner party.

As far as look I can't give an accurate rating, had directly out of the can.

Smell is ok, similar to many IPAs minus the typical subtle citrus scent.

Taste for me is awful. A harsh upfront bitterness, I drink lots of dark beer so bitter isn't an issue for me but this one isn't refined, it just doesn't feel right, almost like drinking medicine. It finishes dry but has a very odd aftertaste, the only way I can find to describe it is dirty, tastes like how I smell after the gym.

My brother left these in my fridge as is our tradition when we visit, bring beer and leave it. I don't think I'll be drinking the last few, I'll probably let them sit there for a few months and finally toss them when I clean it out. I wish I could give this IPA a better rating but it just doesn't compare to Oskar's Pinner or Blues in my opinion. I'll stick to Sip.

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Photo of dasenebler
2.1/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz, canned 4/13/12. Very fresh.

Pours a hazy medium amber with a small off-white head. Retention and lacing are average.

The aroma is muffled for an IPA, with some piney, grassy hops. A bit off, but alright.

The flavor is messed-up. Either this beer is infected or has some strange yeast autolysis flavors. Exceedingly vegetal and bitter, with a weird, salty character. Toffeeish malts come through, adding to the mess. "Clean" is not a word I would use to describe this IPA, but at least there's some piney hop flavor in there. A touch astringent, with a drying, medium-bodied mouthfeel.

If the flavor weren't so bad, this would be a palatable beer. Baxter Brewing is all over the goddamn place. "We do what we can, we can what we do, and we CAN'T brew consistent beer."

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Photo of cherche
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not sure if the line was dirty or what but had one of these at a Portland Sea Dogs game and it was one of the worst beers I have had in a very long time. Tasted like a stale, yeasty mess. You couldn't pay me to drink another one.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for this one. 12oz. can into a Heady Topper pint glass.

Pours a .5 finger powdery and sticky white head with decent retention. Beer is a clear, dark amber. Lacing is stringy and spotty with moderate stick. Average.

Nose is tea leaves, resin, and bitter caramel. Moerately aromatic but really lacking that tropical and citrus fruit scent that I crave here.

Opens dried tea leaves, resin bitterness, amber hop profile. Malt backbone is present but its deep instead of light and crisp. Caramel and coarse, almost bitter brown sugar at the end with more amber and resin hop bitterness. Finishes more dried leaves with a similar aftertaste. I understand what is going on here and what the brewer is going after. It's not bad but I'm not a fan.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Bubbly and abrasive in the mouth and spritzy going down. Slightly dry and filmy finish with a long, lingering aftertaste. Fits the style of IPA.

This is neither east coast, nor west coast, nor midwest style IPA. There's near no tropical flavor and what is present instead is a amber-ale/mild tea leaf bitterness. But again, there's very little citrus or any other fruit profile. Not a bad beer but not at all my style.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5


Can given to me by UncleJimbo at Pizza Port Strong Ale 2011, thanks! It's always nice to try something from a brewery I've never heard of, and I greatly appreciate the gift. Split with my fiancé, who wasn't ecstatic to be told we were drinking an IPA right when she was about to go to bed, but in the end she did her duty.

A: Dark orange and opaque with a finger of beige sea foam. Retention is good and lacing is scattered.

S: Well, this is very, very malty. Bread and biscuit notes are dominant, with a pervasive malty sweetness. There's a little sweet citrus hiding behind the monolithic malt foundation. There are light candied notes in there. This is not only malt dominant but the hops are also very feeble. Still, the malt smells pretty good. On the whole, it doesn't smell bad, it's just that it's definitely below average.

T: Sweet bready malt with biscuit and toasted notes. There's a touch of alcohol and diffident citrus. This is definitely an East Coast style IPA, though I can't say it's really IPAish. The finish is malty and sweet. Again, nothing particularly bad in the flavor, but it's below average on the IPA spectrum.

M: Medium body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky.

Overall: A lackluster malty IPA. I appreciate the chance to try it, but it's not at all what I'm looking for in the style.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
2.82/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I think the born on date on the can is 8-12-12, but that could be a 9-12-12. Nonetheless, it has been refrigerated since then, so should be fine.

Poured into a Lawsons glass, this amber colored beer has a vibrant orange hue and is topped by a two-finger thick off-white head that sticks all over the glass. Also, nice lively carbonation dances around in the glass, yet also lifts the little particles of yeasty floaters around. This beer does have some considerable haze to it.

Great IPA aroma! It is aggressive, bold, and definitely hoppy. After the pour I easily smell tropical fruits (mango, pineapple) and pine-like aroma hops. Once the head settles and the beer warms a bit, these sort of leave and are replaced with aromas of caramel and tangerine.

First impression: BITTER! 69 IBUs may not sound like a lot, but they somehow got all 69 units to be intensified! Really bitter up front...hard to call this beer well-balanced in any way. It is sharp and just overly bitter for an IPA. Good flavor of hops. There is some flavor of malt, but it is almost entirely masked by the bracing bitterness which starts up front and is carried all the way through till the aftertaste. Spicy hops, notes of bitter orange pith. As it warms, that bitterness becomes a little more tamed (as your palate has already been wrecked and not can't tell the difference) and notes of biscuit malt and toast seem to come through more.

Decent amount of carbonation. Medium to full bodied IPA, that is sharp and almost astringent from the sheer amount of bitter alpha acids...certainly what you could consider a "palate coating bitterness.

This is not my favorite IPA. I find it to be overly aggressive with those alpha acids. Towards the end, the malt profile reminded me of Victory HopDevil, but the hops are just so much more in line with HopDevil. Not a bad IPA at all, but I will not be purchasing again.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Red amber, large, frothy tan head, immense lace.

Caramel, malt, and an abundance of pine sting the nose.

Taste is toffee, nut, biscuit, with that relative wallop of bitter, spicy pine.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out a deep orange almost golden color. About a fingers worth of head with a large amount of it clinging to the glass. Aroma is a lot of grapefruit and tangerine. I barely get anything form the malts. The flavor is fruity, sweet and smooth upfront but it gives way to a astringent medicinal middle (almost a weak robitussin). The hop variety gives a great aroma but the flavors seem out of whack. The finish is extremely dry and biting. The medicinal flavors linger with the dry bitterness.

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Photo of jneiswender
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from can. Amber body with an off white head. Citrus and fruity smells. the taste is a mix of pine pitch, citrus and course grain. Medium mouthfeel and well carbonated. Okay beer but nothing really spectacular here. I would drink again if given limited choices.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Woody-brown in color, with a 1-finger ecru head. Minimal lacing. Slightly hazy in texture. Aromas of earth, pine and floral hops, and a touch of malt. Inviting, if down-played aromas. Flavors of hops and alcohol esters are largely prevalent, with a toasted malt spine. Notes of lavender, pine cones, a touch of soap, earth and alcohol. A chewy, gritty feel mostly throughout with a touch of hotness and a definitive robustness. Overall it's a decent IPA, but better exist and there should not be this much alcohol present in the flavors at just under 7% abv in my opinion.

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Photo of maximum12
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to mjg0725 for this beer, one amongst a small flotilla that landed on my stoop recently. I'm already suspicious, though. Any IPA that advertises it's "malt backbone", well, that's not why I drink IPAs. Keep the mind open, max. 12 oz. can.

The pour is always a bit of a mystery coming out of a solid container; this one proves to be a clear orange. Even after allowing it to warm a bit, there's little coming off the beer's surface. Little citrus & little sweetness.

Stowaway IPA is true to its packaging as a malty IPA. Caramel licks the forelock up front, though there are some citrus & pine backing it up, with a medium chop of bitterness in the mid-palate. Floral to the point of cheap perfume on the back end, an odd counterpoint. Almost soapy. Mouthfeel might be the apex of this brew, a nice resin feel to it. I could drink plenty of this, but why?

If this beer were a movie it would be Legally Blonde. Decent enough, mildly amusing, but nothing you'd want to grab more than once.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off, I will say this beer is wildly inconsistent. I've had it several times on draft and went through a 6-pack of cans - really a different beer each time.

That said, I'll judge the beer on average when I've had it on tap.

Pours dark copper with little head. Settles down pretty quickly. Nose is similar to the ubiquitous Harpoon IPA in my opinion.

First taste sometimes is a bit rough. A bit dirty and muddled upon first sip, but a strong hop presence comes to wipe everything up at the end. A bit of citrus, semi-hot alcohol, and depending on which time I've had it, can be pretty enjoyable. Can be grassy and a tad smokey sometimes too. Every time I've had it, the beer has a strong malt backbone.

This beer is an enigma to me. Way too inconsistent from each time I've had it.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can served in a pint glass.

pours a cloudy, dull golden tone while yielding a creamy 2" beige head. solid retention and a lot of lacing. good nose, jumping with citric / tropical hoppiness... secondary notes of pine and malt. nothing mind-blowing but very solid.

flavor more or less follows the aroma, and yet... it's somewhat disappointing. the parts don't quite fit together the way i'd hoped... the malt backbone is stronger than i personally like in my IPAs. medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

an average IPA overall, in a style bursting at the seems with superlative examples, i have to say this one, while quaffable, is nothing to write home about. wouldn't turn on down but won't be seeking it out, either.

(originally reviewed: 09-28-2011)

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can served in a pint glass.

pours a cloudy, dull golden tone while yielding a creamy 2" beige head. solid retention and a lot of lacing.

good nose, jumping with citric / tropical hoppiness... secondary notes of pine and malt. very good, though nothing mind-blowing.

flavor more or less follows the aroma, and yet... it's somewhat disappointing. the parts don't quite fit together the way i'd hoped... the malt backbone is stronger than i personally like in my IPAs. medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

an average IPA overall, in a style bursting at the seems with superlative examples, i have to say this one, while quaffable, is nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass. I drank this within a month of being canned.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of off-white head. This retains with a big creamy dollop of froth in the middle of glass that just coats the sides of the glass with sticky foamy lacing. The aroma smells more herbal than floral to me, with notes of earthy spice and zesty grapefruit character that pairs up decently enough with a sweeter mix of ripe fruit and tight grains across the back of the nose. Fruit, herbal tones, and pine end up dominating this as things warm up.

The taste has a moderately robust grapefruit bitterness to it that is softened considerably by a mix of slick herbal textures, light tropical fruit, grainy toasted malt, and a splash of sweeter caramel. The finish is spicy and resinous with a bit of raw pith that sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft oily creaminess on the edges that pulls into more of a crisp prickle on the tongue. Unfortunately, I’m finding a bit too much warmth here in the body, which brings out some unwanted assertiveness from those hops.

I couldn’t get into this one. Tropical fruit, herbal flavors, and warmth just control the profiles too much here, as I was left searching for some kind of crisp or biting character to help crank the drinkability up a bit. I’m glad I just grabbed a single can of this one.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy darker amber color. Very thick off-white head that lasted almost 10 minutes. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: The usual IPA smells. Hops, citrus, pine

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth mostly, slight grittyness to it, medium bodied. Taste was more bitter than I expected. Very piney taste with faint citrus flavors.

Overall: This was an OK beer, glad I tried it, but not really a fan(and I really like IPAs too), kinda disappointed with this one.

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Photo of Amgarnier
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A Clear light orange hue. One finger head.

S lemon and some orange aroma. Hints of spice.

T: Hop forward a lot of lemons. Light craker malt character. Flavor ends slightly buttery.

M: medium carbonation and body, ends dry.

O: Hoppy ipa with a background of cracker malts.

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Photo of u2carew
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can
A) pours with a finger thick head, then settles to a thin lacing on top. Hazy bronze colored body. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Orange. Grassy.
T) Hop bite upfront. Subtle nutty-ness and malty sweetness. The hops are the definitely the dominate feature of this brew.
M) Crisp. Medium body. Dry in the finish. The alcohol gives off some warmth in the aftertaste.
O) A decent beer. I'd have another one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of McGrupp612. Served in a mug.

Pours a moderate copper color with a good off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries quite a bit of bready malt and some faint hoppy notes. Not strong enough to really be discernible as to type, but a good combo. Flavor is not up to par. It's far too malty and too far in the style of an East Coast "IPA." Quotation marks for emphasis. Medium body with a slight bitterness. Decent, but nothing special.

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Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at New World Tavern--served into a pint glass

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, dark golden amber in color, clear

Smell: big time pine and citrus hops and caramel

Taste: big time pine and citrus hops and caramel

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, bitter spike in just about the beginning less bitter end, moderate carbonation

Overall: I was surprised with how bitter this one was for the amount of IBUs. The beginning almost reminded me of Hop Devil by Victory. A bit bitter for my tastes but worth trying for a hop head.

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Photo of TK5150
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a good-looking light orange with a large, sudsy, off-white head. Quite clear, no hop haze.

S- Smells very green and fresh. A decent shot of grapefruit and other non-descript citrus. A hint of malt in the background. Not bad, but would like more complexity with the hops.

T- Hop bitterness, some crystal malt, light grapefruit flavor, but its much more focused on hop bitterness than flavor. Taste basically disappears from the palate after swallowing. Disappointing.

M- Pretty standard for an IPA, medium bodied. Fairly strong carbonation. Finishes dry.

D- One or two cans goes down fine (and by that, I mean that's all I will probably ever have), nothing great here to keep me coming back.

Overall, will not buy in the future. Too boring, and too expensive for what it is.

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Photo of dciBA
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tulip. Hazy orange in color with a thin white head. Plenty of lacing as it goes down.

Smell is mostly bready malt with some hops. Taste is similar but the hops come through more. There's still plenty of maltiness but the hops are pleasant and fairly plentiful without being too bitter. Plenty of carbonation, but not too much. Goes down quickly and finishes dry.

Overall a nice IPA from Baxter. It might be a little on the safe side. Maybe they'll do a DIPA at some point?

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Photo of JRed
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Burnt orange in body with white head that floats as a thin film. Aroma of citrus, tropical fruit nectar, grass, cotton candy. Tastes of citrus, grass, bitterness, tropical fruit nectar, and some booze. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can from Steve000 (thanks!). Canned 2/23/15. Served in a Heady Topper stemless tulip.

Pours a deep garnet orange with two and a quarter finger off-white head. A thick haze remains with a defined halo that deposits lots of lace on its way down.

Smells of citrus zest, mild oranges, faint pine and vaguely floral with just a hint of caramel.

Flavors of bitter citrus peel, marmalade, piney, fruitcake and caramel. There is no booze but the bitterness seems distractingly unbalanced for my tastes.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bitter finish of citrus rinds, that fruitcakey note and a little caramel.

Perhaps this was past its prime but I walk away unimpressed with Stowaway IPA. There are plenty of other options that I'll reach for when I need an IPA.

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Photo of dali27
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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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