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

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86
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197 Reviews
Stowaway I.P.A.Stowaway I.P.A.
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
baxterbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
197
Ratings:
998
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
27.56%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
284
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 197 | Ratings: 998
Photo of Skrumpy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +4.2%
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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Photo of Gmann
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber color with a soapy beige head the left some chunk lacing on the glass.

The aroma is hoppy with tropical fruit notes. Pineapple, mango go with a peppery hop blend.

The taste is hoppy sweet with pineapple, apricot and mango. Some onion notes provide some dank. The malt is bready and sweet, some light toffee notes.

The feel is moderate with semi soft carbonation. Sweet at first but transitions into some dank bitterness. A bit dry and boozy in the finish.

A well made IPA but just not my cup of tea. Too savory, needs more brightness.

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Photo of Beric
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served: August 2016
Serving: From the can

Had this one from the can, so I can't comment too much on the appearance. The can art is abysmal though. Seriously? As far as the beer within goes, I was quite pleased. Much more of a traditional IPA than the popular ones now- nice citrus and pine hop notes, a pinch of herbal spiciness and earthiness. Good malt backbone. A serviceable IPA.

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Photo of hgw605
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

canned 8/31/16.
L: Transparent reddish amber. 1 inch white head. No lacing. Medium retention.
S: Sweet caramel malt. Almost no hop character. Maybe a tiny bit of citrus if anything.
T: Definitely sweet caramel malt. Bitter.
F: pretty full bodied. Medium carbonation.
O: Maybe just not my style IPA. I typically expect some degree of hop aroma and flavor in an IPA and not just bitterness.

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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 dsa7783
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can copped at Bonds Tavern. Amber, copper hue with moderate head. Strong hop presence in both the nose and tongue. Easily drinkable, thirst quenching at the same time. Piney, dank flavors with noticeable citrus notes as well. Recommended.

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Photo of daudelin2000
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very amber in color with an off white head. Aroma is caramel malt with a little earthiness and a little pine. Smells more malty than hoppy. Taste is pretty malty for an IPA. There is some pine and bitterness on the finish. I didn't really care much for the flavor at first, but as I kept drinking, I liked it more. It's actually quite balanced, but I prefer my IPA's with more hops.

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Photo of Garypuffer
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on draft while on vacation in Wells, Maine and I'm glad I did. It paired great with my fried scallops and fries and when I got home to N.H. I bought a 6-pack at Market Basket and had a few with a grilled steak...yum! One of the tastiest IPAs I've tried (there have been so many) and I really liked the dry finish. Will definetly introduce my friends to this one.

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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 MattyTibbs
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L - Great amber color, good lacing w/ thin head

S - Sweet malt aroma, lacking hops

T - Nice, sweet malt backbone. Again, lacking hops (for me)

F - Smooth finish w/ a slight bitter end

O - Not a bad offering from those boys in Lewiston. Keep it up

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can marked 51001B1BE at 42o into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma a little piney, weak
Head large (Maximum 4.8 cm, aggressive pour), frothy, off white,
Lacing – curtains, many large openings, bubbles tiny to large
Body orange, clear
Flavor piney with a large malt backbone; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, oily, soft carbonation

Not bad, but a little malty for my taste in IPAs. One and done.

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.5, Overall

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Baxter Brewing Co. "Stowaway I.P.A."
12 fl. oz. can "03.30.16" on 06.14.16
$1.67 @ Trader Joe's, South Burlington, VT

Stowaway is a solid, fairly straightforward, sweetish and caramelish IPA with an orange-like citrus component, a hint of grapefruit, some pine, and a touch of resin. It's what I like to think of as "Old Skool IPA". Its malt character is very east coast in nature, and a bit English as well (although the caramel is a touch overdone), but the hops add a little west coast into the mix. The sweetish caramel malt remains its main component however, threaded through with hop flavor and bitterness (which is listed at 69 but seems a little less in the mix until you get through the sweetish malt to the dry and bitter finish). It's decidedly medium bodied with a dextrinous side, and crisp-then-smooth with a standard carbonation that softens as it warms. This style of IPA seems to have fallen out of favor recently but I still enjoy it and I'll tip my hat to Baxter for continuing to make it! Ahhh... I love that balance of sweet and bitter.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a crystal clear orange amber color with a small, loose off white head that fades quickly to a ring around the edge with some large bubbles as well. Lots of thin webbed lacing. Smell is sweet and bready malts, as well as earthy, citrus and floral hops. Taste is similar. Starts of malty and finishes bitter. Bitterness kind of muddled the hop flavors. Feel is medium (more like a DIPA), slick and smooth. Overall not a bad beer, but I'm glad I only grabbed a single.

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In pint glass at bar.
Clear copper color with small white head. Nice lacing as I drank the pint.
Smell of bitter hops, grapefruit.
Taste a bit too bitter for me. Clean bitter IPA.
Feel smooth and drinkable in my mouth
Overall a solid IPA, but not up to Foundation, Bissell Brothers or Maine Beer Company standards.

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Photo of cmq103
3.77/5  rDev -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 Wiffler27
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours amber, a dark deep orange or a sweet orange brown if you will. thick white head as well.

smells like caramel malt. hops are not hugely expressive. some nice sweetness but nothing crazy.

taste is full of malt yet is not a thick beer. some sweetness to this as well. maybe grapefruit and some pineapple tones. not overtop but very solid. good balance on this beer, if leaning toward malt. finishes dry and bitter, with some sweetness as well.

overall this is a pretty good beer. nothing over the top but a good IPA. malt forward but still achieves balance.

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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 mikeg67
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours orange with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and caramel malt. Body is medium and smooth. Herbal hops, bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry, and herbal. Delicious brew.

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

Had on tap at Great Lost Bear during Beer Safari in Portland, Maine. Good everyday IPA. Nice resiny hop profile combined with a syrupy malt base. ABV and malt push it a bit close to a bigger almost DIPA. Though remains a more sessionable (if high octane) sipper.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber-red with an off-white head. Smells malty and hoppy. The taste has a bit of caramel malt, with a fruity, bitter, herbal hoppiness to cut through. Slightly thin body with high carbonation. Overall a pretty good IPA. It isn't too bitter or too sweet. It is fairly balanced with a caramel-like sweetness and a fruity, bitter hop quality to even it out. First heard of and tried this on tap at a bar in Maine. Got the canned Baxter variety pack just a few months ago to revisit it.

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Photo of clake
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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 sulldaddy
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp can poured into a pint glass. A beautiful clean clear copper hue enters the glass. Several streams of carbonation rise to the surface and a spongey eggshell white head foams up 3 cm and fades slowly after the pour. There is some windowpane lattice on the glass and a pockmarked surface develops as the head recedes.
The aroma is heavy with pine sap and some rindy grapefruit. A bit of husky grain is in the background and also hints of nutty aroma. Quite an interesting nose and not a typical hop bomb mix.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine and fairly soft, gentle carbonation.
Flavor is briefly sweet with caramel and a bit of grain hit and then rolls to a fairly astringent finish. Finish is also a little dry and the bitterness lingers long after each sip.
The beer is very drinkable and the 6.9% is no where to be hinted at during the sampling.
This is a well made, interesting, and sneaky IPA. I would pick up a 6er of this for a trip to the beach or pool.
Very nice beer.

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Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Caramel/crystal malts dominate look - red ale appearance. Smell is malt heavy, hops don't shine through. Taste similar to smell, all malt with a slight bitter backbone. Little flavor from hops. This doesn't drink like American ipa. Very malt heavy and the hops offer no support. Overall flavor isn't great. Not a fan.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6-pack cans bought in Damariscotta, ME at the Rising Tide Co-Op. A shout out for a great little craft beer section!

My favorite beer when in Maine. Many a 6-pack has been enjoyed on a college football afternoon. This is a VERY good IPA that remains very much under-the-radar (the exact opposite of the 'Heady Topper' phenomenon...), and there aren't many brewed in New England I know of that challenge it.

Head is modest and fleeting. Pours clear and slightly orange.
Hop aroma is more earthy, less citrusy.
Taste is clean, slightly bitter, but not overpoweringly so. IBUs clock in at 69.
No astringency or resiny aftertaste.
A very nice sample of the style, and a pleasurable beverage. This one should be a top beer on your list when in Maine.

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