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

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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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 216 | Ratings: 1,081
Photo of Pouland77
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent IPA and living in Maine I'm kinda spoiled by the local selection here (try Lunch by Maine Beer Company). I picked this up because it advertised a malt backbone which I did not find. The look, the smell and feel are great. Just kinda done with IPAs right now. If I want something citrusy, I'll buy a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin, uneven cap; thick rings of long lasting lacing;

S: earthy, floral, herbal; some malt sweetness; a little tropical fruit in the background; as it warms, the tropical fruit becomes more noticeable;

T: earthy for moment, the predominantly herbal; moderate bitterness build from mid-palate;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: the hop combination isn't my favorite, but this is a well made IPA;

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Gajo74
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can it pours an amber and sunset orange looking color with a moderate puffy foam head. The carbonation is visible. As the head dissipates, it leaves a gentle swirl of film on the surface and scattered splashed of lace.
Holding the glass up to the nose, it is initially malt forward. Aromas of silky and sweet caramel and toasted biscuit and crackers pervade. However, soon enough a complex hops bouquet develops, starting with a gentle grapefruit and light hint of tropical fruit. A grassy and pine needle, even peppery, aroma becomes even more prominent, evoking fresh herbs and green forests.
The hops dominance extends to the taste, as notes of grass, pine needle, tobacco, and pepper, render a spicy bitterness that lingers in the finish and is dry. A juicy coating of citrus and caramel sweetness add balance. The crackery malt backbone is also everpresent in an important supporting role to the hops.
Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, hops forward, prickly, bitter and yet accessible. A nice combination of juicy and earthy. The dryness of the palate aids the drink ability. Solid and tasty ipa!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served in a SA Perfect Pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy burnished copper with a loose, quarter inch, white head. Nose is quite malty with a hint of piney resin. Taste expresses caramel malt, a candied quality and an earthy/herbal/piney hops profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a crisp carbonation and just a hint of viscosity. Overall, not bad but a bit too malty for my sensibilities and the hops aren't really in my wheelhouse either.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

The color is a deep orange with a fingers of foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a grassy aroma that is lined with earthy hops in the nose. There is a slight damp aroma here that is a bit fruity but flowery as well.

The taste is a bit spicy with some bitterness that starts slow with a tart fruit flavor. There is a dankness that comes out toward the back end. There is a tease if grapefruit with a lip smacking grassy flavor.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied with a smooth body that goes down easy. There is a nice bitter aftertaste that leaves a slight piney flavor takes its time settling down.

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Photo of Roguer
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really solid classic single IPA

Great clear copper color, topped with a flat white head. Good retention, great lacing.

Fairly subtle aroma, centered on pine, citrus, wildflower honey, and caramel and pale malts.

Flavor follows. Pretty bitter, with citrus peel and pine, and a smooth malt profile.

Lively and slick mouthfeel with slight sting and dry finish.

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Photo of Symmes
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Just found this Maine brew in my local package store in Northford, CT. I bought it on a whim, ten bucks for a sixer, liked the logos on the can. Aroma and start really are that of a DIPA, lots of citrus and pine. Reminded me of New England's "Ghandi-Bot". That didn't last too long, as it quickly fades to a grassy, wheaty finish. Decent hop and citrus notes linger throughout. Overall a good beer I will buy again. I will be keeping a keen eye on Baxter, they now have my attention. If anyone has any suggestions from this brewer, please post it.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

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 gonzo000
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%

This beer has pine and honey on the nose. Taste of a dry hopped beer. Pine, sweet, honey, good taste. Bitter pine on the back, but not overwhelmingly so. A: Color is orange with a cone of cloudy dark orange in the middle, making a cylinder. Good beer overall.

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Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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 UnionMade
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Grabbed a 12mixer of Baxter on my first trip across the VT border.
I really like the can design, first of all. Great packaging. Pours darker than what I'm used to, fresh out of the car from Denver. The hops don't present so much forwardness in the nose. I'm getting more of a forest feel with some wet earth and mushrooms, which I haven't smelled in a long time. The bitterness is there, just in a different form. I'm used to an onslaught of west coast citrus, but this one has similar bitterness that creeps in with subtler forest flavors. Dense earth and pine flavors like a real forest not tuned up to 11. Honestly, I like the insidious bitter creepage of the hops that just lingers in a way that palate cleansing west coast IPA doesn't have. An adjustment from west coast IPA, but very, very good.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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 argock
3.6/5  rDev -6%

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 illpass78
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

12 oz. can poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with pretty good carbonation and a nice one-finger creamy head. Lacing moderate.

Aroma: Grapefruit, lemon, apricot, and pine are all present along with a solid malty backbone.

Taste: This is a nice, mid-range IPA that brings the hops and malt forward in nearly equal parts. Taste follows the nose, with grapefruit dominating.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty drinkable for a fairly sturdy IPA.

Overall: Nice IPA from this can-loving brewer. The alcohol and hops are a touch beyond sessionable depth for most folks, but it's very approachable. Should please the IPA crowd.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz can. Pours a semi translucent copper orange color with a half inch of head. Moderate amount of lacing. The aroma is a mix of citrus and piney hops. Resinous. The taste is much of the same. Piney and resinous with not much of the citrus from the aroma. Bread, caramel, nuts and some light grapefruit notes. Finishes with more of the bitter pine and caramel. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side. Overall, pretty decent IPA I'd grab again.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Nice deep amber with a sizeable creamy head. Long lasting retention and noticeable lacing.

S: Pine, caramel, nuts, bitter grapefruit, toffee and spices. This definitely leans towards a bold malt-hop aroma with a musky element.

T: Similar to aroma with caramel, wood, herbal/floral qualities, grapefruit pulp, and spices. An immense bitter finish with a huge presence of both malt and hops.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily with lots of resin. Wonderful stuff.

D: This was a well crafted IPA and l can see this being a regular go-to IPA but I would still place this in the very good not outstanding category.

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Photo of Huffs
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured to a nice, full, off white head with good retention and lacing. Color was a copper / amber and clear. Aroma was floral and hoppy with sime slight ctrus and caramel notes. Tasted hoppy, floral and spicy up front with caramel notes on the back and a spice finish. Mouthfeel was creamy and full with a dry, clean aftertaste.

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Photo of newaquarius
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the one out of the "backpack" that I was most eager to try, and I was NOT disappointed. A really good IPA definitely somewhere in the top 5 of IPA's i've tried. Smell is very hoppy/piney, with a little fruit thrown in. Taste is similar, hitting you with good fresh pine hops upfront, finishing with some grapefruit or orangey flavors. The mouthfeel is great, with moderate carbonation that fits the brew and ends dry. Overall a really good IPA and my favorite brew from Baxter so far.

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Photo of dugmar
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my go-to IPA. Looks nice, smells nice, tastes like an IPA should. I don't get into specific flavors and mouth feel stuff, I just don't, but I like this IPA and I like beers in cans. Best price I have found in the area is Cigarette City in Seabrook, NH, under $9 for a 6'er.

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Photo of Florida9
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden yellow in color. Forms a very large fluffy white head that fills the glass. Head slowly falls to a thick, stiff, rocky head. Lots of lacing.

S: Aroma is potent, but not overly exciting. There is fairly nondescript "bitterness" to the aroma. Sort of like a combination between the smell of carbonation and biscuit malt. Maybe some citrus rind.

T: Taste has that same quality. There is a fairly sturdy pale malt backbone along with a little caramel malts. Then there is that plain bitterness. Like grapefruit pith. Very little actual flavor.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Appreciable bitterness. Moderate carbonation.

O: A decent beer. Drinkable, but lacking any appreciable character.

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Photo of Boto
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draught: This one pours a darker hazy orangish color. There was very little head on it. Nice aroma. Big whiff of pine hops. Some grapefruit and orange in the background. The taste is good. A nice hop bite. Mainly pine hops to the taste. There is a decent malt body behind it. Some earthiness. Nice

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Photo of Clemtunes
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Baxter makes some of of the best beer out there, not sure what it is about is Maine (ie: Peak Organic.Shipyard,Gearys)..may be the water,,this IPA is even better on draft and is my first choice these days when i can find it...if Baxter does it its done right..if they make a style you like ,you will love theirs

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Photo of maximum12
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
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 SawDog505
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my 13 tulip glass, on 11/19/13. Pours a bright orange, with a sticky to inch off white, that coats the glass with lace. Smell is tangerine, pine, graipfruit, and mango. Taste follows the nose, but the grapefruit really stands out in a good way. Body medium, plenty of life, not overly dry, and goes easy. Wow this nice and man did they make the most of the 69 IBUs, really some excellent bitterness, but tropical also.

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Stowaway I.P.A. from Baxter Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,081 ratings