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 StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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 metter98
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is somewhat hazy orange amber in color and has lots of small and large sized particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and starts out with piney flavors from the hops along with notes of caramel malts and hints of grapefruit. There is a moderate amount of bitterness. The pine lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and surprisingly a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The pine in the finish lends some dryness to the mouthfeel.
O: Despite all of the piney hops, this beer has a pleasant smoothness in the mouthfeel that coats your mouth a little. It has rather bold hop flavors for an IPA, similar to what you would expect from a Double IPA.

Serving type: can

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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 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 mothman
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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 jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fluffy head fades semi slowly with tons of sticky lacing, over mostly clear nectar orange color beer.

Nose of light fruity and citrus hops, touch of tropical fruit, light grassy hops too, some sweet malts under that as well balancing it well.

Taste brings fresh hops, slightly resinous, tropical fruits, citrus, a slight pine, fairly bitter, light malty sweetness bringing a good malty backbone for balance, juicy hop flavors. Finishes slightly resinous again, fresh hops resonate through my mouth, a bit of citrus and hint of freshening spearmint, semi dry but a light sweetness.

Mouth is medium bodied, lower but decent enough carbonation.

Overall pretty good, a nice canned IPA, nice fresh hops, malty balance, not too bitter, drinkable.

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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 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 TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from svosie, so a big “Thank You” goes out to her. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of piney hops bitterness followed by a citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big props to Papollo for sending me this can out of the blue. Been wanting to try it since Baxter opened.

A: Pours a medium orange color with a very large head upon pouring, about 2.5 fingers in height at first. This reduces to about 1/2 finger of foam relatively quickly and then much slower to a thin layer on top. Nice sticky lacing.

S: A good bit of pine and some floral/grassy hops. Slightly buttery with some biscuity malt.

T: Orange and orange rind, some pine and good bit of biscuity malt. Slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky/dry finish.

O: A solid IPA, easy drinking and canned, all pluses in my book.

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Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Liumpily rocky head that leaves wide spotty lace. Orange amber color with a large dollop of fogginess.

Plenty of floral hop smell, no harshness. Light paler malt in the background.

A well balanced IPA with the notable malt (dry) up front. The hop is peppery and is strongest in the swallow. The body is rich but this may be because of the lower carbonation. Classic flavors.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Amy for this can.

A: The beer pours a light amber color with a fizzy off-white head to go with it.

S: Quite a nice aroma. Lots of pine and citrus peel, some grapefruit character and a mild malt sweetness. There is also some other fruitiness to the nose and some floral notes.

T: Not quite as good on the tongue, but decent. Fairly grassy with some nice grapefruit and grapefruit peel flavors. Toffee and bread sweetness, with a moderate level of bitterness.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: Significantly better than the pale. The nose was great, it would have been a pretty solid beer if that translated to the flavor.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

From 09/18/14 notes. On tap at Stoddard's Pub in Boston, MA. 16oz. pour in a pint glass.

Pours an amber-dark golden color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident. Lots of pine hops, some floral hops, fruity malts, bready malts, and light caramel. Easy to drink, no bitterness. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall a solid IPA. Not a hop bomb but some nice pine to it and no bitterness at all, making it easy to drink. Worth checking out.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to IndiaPaleAle for making sure that my end of The CANQuest (TM) gets a chance to try some Mainerd beer. I spent the best summer of my life in Portland, ME in 1990 and a high school friend owns an art framing studio up there, plus I have visited a few times since then. I loved Maine, but the unemployment rate is less than enticing in terms of a relocation. Oh well.

From the CAN: "Draught Beer Taste, Fit For the Camp-Lake-BBQ-Mountain-Hike-Picnic-Beach-Cooler-Backpack-Fridge-Golf Course."; "Thirsty For Adventure? Set sail With Our Crew!"; "Craft-Brewed In Maine"; "Bold, complex flavors with a solid malt backbone and assertive hop profile, along with cold conditioning give this beer its crisp, clean finish." I also liked the skull & crossbones/piratical/nautical graphics as a retired US Navy sailor. Stowaway? Arrgh! Yer goin' into the locker - Davy Jones' Locker, boyo!

The Crack revealed yet one more brimful CAN o' beer and now I am coming to expect it as the norm. The Glug began to create a force o' nature head and I had to back down, lest overflow procedures come into effect. I was faced with two fingers' worth of tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with just a hint of haze. Nose was both orange-citrusy and caramel malty. This combination always reminds me of the Orange Brach's caramels that were in a jar at my maternal grandmother's house when I was a kid. Mmmm. My mmmmouth was watering in anticipation. The mmmoooose on the CAN seemed to be winking at me. Mmmmouthfeel was mmmediummm with a very pleasant intermingling of the orange and caramel flavors noted on the nose. Mmmmm. Mmman, I was really starting to suck this down until I looked at the time and the ABV. This was too easy-drinkin' for this hour! Finish was more bitter than sweet, which in my mind, is a good thing. I might not want this for the beach, but it definitely gets a spot in my cooler for Hula in the Coola Day!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New IPA in a can, yes please!
Pours a crystal clear deep copper color with a huge fluffy white head that takes forever to recede and leaves lots of sticky lace on the edges of the glass. Smells of citrus hops up front, grapefruit and a hint of lemon with some pine and resin thrown in for good measure. There's a solid malt backbone there, bready, caramel, honey malts. Taste is a bit maltier than I expected. Lots of bread and caramel sweetness. Kind of light on the hop flavor, although the punch of hop bitterness is evident. Medium body and level of carbonation, sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. Decent IPA but a bit heavy on the malt for my liking. There's a lot of harsh hop bitterness in here, maybe more later hop additions and a bit fewer bittering would work a little better.

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

Poured from the can into a small pilsner style glass.

Amber orange hued and slightly cloudy, giving off a very nice solid creamy two finger off white head. Some good lacing while finishing the drink. It does look a little frozen but still alright.

Smell is dry malt and powdery pine sensations. Small hint of orange like citrus and hop wanting to poke out. Pretty good hop bent going on.

Taste matches well with a good texture. Solid hop body and bitter pine with a dry palate on the finish. Taste dry hopped but not sure (wild guess). Dryness is a little chalky in texture but not so intolerable. Good bittering hop and pine, chalky citrus with a good density.

Overall pretty good, this is much better than their Pamola Extra beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Greg (Reagan1984) for this one. Served in a Chicago Craft Beer Week pint glass.

A - A finger-plus of creamy off-white foam slowly dissipates, leaving behind stray splotches of lace. Somewhat hazy dark orange body - can conditioned?

S - Lots of ripe orange, touch of pineapple, bready malts, perhaps some grass and herbs in the periphery. Pretty nice example of an East Coast IPA.

T - The taste is disappointing, with mostly caramel and doughy bread malts, some yeast, and only mild citrus in the finish. Bitterness is moderate. Nothing offensive, just not much of interest here.

M - Prickly, zesty carbonation, resinous and oily finish, some decent dryness, touch of alcohol warmth. Viscous medium body has a nice heft to it, but the bubbles are too much.

D - A decent beer that might do in a pinch if you didn't have access to Maine Brewing Co. offerings (or wanted to take cans on a camping trip). Not much else to report here.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass, the beer is a slightly hazy, bright orange-copper coloring with a thick, chunky, big bubbled, airy, off-white head of about an inch and a half. Nose is heavy cedar green, with a dry-hopped feel to it, and some peppery spicing. Smells amazing! The beer is smooth, with a rich, sweet caramel background and a tart grapefruit highlight balancing out the ton of hops flavor that is rich, dark, green, and resinous. The aftertaste is bitter and dry, with a hint of the grapefruit but mostly hops spicing. The finish is slick, with a few of the flavors lingering longer, although lightly, on the palate. Great beer!

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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 Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather nice IPA found at the Great Lost Bear in Portland.
Burnt orange pour, medium head. Looks good just sitting there ready to be gulped

And that's what happened. It's aroma is more of pine than citrus, but the flavor is more citrus than pine. Random spice and some green flower along the way. Light caramel malt backbone steps aside. Bite is efficient. Nothing over the top here, just a solid IPA

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Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another beer courtesy of the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a brown/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of citrus, mainly grapefruit. Taste is bitter, citrus, lots of hops, a touch of pine, just a bit unbalanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

Pours a very nice slightly hazy golden amber color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is pretty hoppy, with some malts thrown in, citrus, slight pineyness. The taste is hoppy, with a nice little sweetness, citrus note, slight pines. Medium body, with a nice bitter/dry finish. This one surprised me, very nice 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 puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Marked "Canned: 04:06-No Bunnies." Sampled on May 6, 2011. The pour is a cloudy amber-copper with a huge, foamy head and decent carbonation. Floral hops penetrate the nose with a pleasant dose of citrus and grapefruit as well. The body is about average medium. I like how the malts come on strong at first with the milder hoppiness taking up the rear. Not too pungent of an IPA with a likeable malty character mixed in.

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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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