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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Reviews: 198 | Ratings: 1,015
Photo of newaquarius
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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 +13.1%
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 -7.1%
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 -2.1%
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 +31.2%
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 -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 SawDog505
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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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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 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 Omnium
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can > Pint Glass

A - Pours hazed orange gold with two fingers of big fluffy marshmallow off white head, thick wall of lacing.
S - Mango, pear, peach, slight bread and caramel malt scents, a little hop resin and pine dankness
T - Taste is excellent, lots of bright lush tropical flavors, some light lemon grass, a touch of pine, biscuit and lighter caramel malt.
M - A tad chewy, but not overly bitter, very nice.
O - Im shocked this is only at 87 right now, this is a solid west coast, with a good balance of malt. Excellent brew!

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Photo of justintcoons
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Good retention with yeast sediment suspended throughout the glass.

Papaya, tangerine, sugar cookies and pine.

Papaya, navel orange, tangerine and clementine and pine sap. Sugar cookies and candy sugar. Finishes with notes of lemon and grapefruit zest.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean and dry.

A fine example of an American IPA.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper color, this pours with a big clumpy off-white head. There’s certainly a rich toffee and caramel malt backbone to this with sharp resinous hops as well as some notes of pine. The finish is dry and bitter. It’s a bit too malty and gritty for my liking but is hopped accordingly and is overall a solid beer.

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Photo of mrz200
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've become a big fan of this cans-only Maine brewer, and they have yet to disappoint. Their XPA isnt a favorite of mine, but I appreciate the hoppiness they shoot for. Stowaway is a very different beer, and is an excellent classic IPA. I wouldn't call this "west coast" as the citrus and floral are distant 2nd tier flavors to the big bitter hops that are all over this one. It's not especially complex and gets more bitter than flavorful as it warms up.

Compared to the other Portland area breweries of Geary's, Gritty's, Sebago, & Shipyard; Baxter is the IPA champ by a landslide. And if you are a pure hop head, you would probably prefer this one to even Lunch.

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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 SpasmWaiter
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a fresh 12 oz. can into a 6oz. tasting glass.

A - Beautiful golden russet color. Lots of bubbles from carbonation. Thin head, decent lacing.

S - My least favorite part of the beer. Very malty smell for an IPA. Not surprising, given the description on the can. Just missing that awesome strong hop aroma.

T - Liked this part much better than the smell. The hops that were missing from the nose are definitely present in the taste. Nice use of bittering hops. Certainly has a strong malt backbone.

M - Very nice. Best part of the beer for me.

O - I liked this beer. The cans make it an appealing option for outdoor recreation. Would very much like to try this beer unfiltered.

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Photo of Thads324
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A : pours a deep and beautiful orange color with lots of loose bubbled off white head. Dissipates slowly. Great color and clarity.

S: the second you pop the can you can smell the hops. Big whiffs of fruit zest, lemon, lime, pineapple, grass, pine sap and mossy earth aromas. The tiniest husky grain background. Really nice.

T : not quite in line with the flavor. Starts very thin, transitions to sweet and subtle caramel and mild toffee malt flavor. The hops aren't over powering like in the nose. Midway through there is some solid fruity hops. Flavor hops are bold, with lots of citrus juice, guava and pineapple. Finishes sweet yet dry. Only bitterness is on the tail end, with a hint of earth.

M : thinner than expected, especially for the abv. Smooth and easy drinking with a nice finish.

A very nice ipa. Lots of hop aromas and flavors, not overly bitter which invites multiples. I really enjoy this beer and will probably have a few more.

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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 yesyouam
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Baxter Stowaway IPA is a cloudy ale that straddles golden and amber, topped with a thin, off white foam that leaves attractive lacing on the glass. It has a solid, fresh pine aroma with notes of grapefruit peel and black pepper. It's pretty light bodied. It's smooth and maybe a bit watery. It has a chalky finish. Ample bitterness of pine resin lasts throughout the sip and past the swallow. It's peppery and dry. This seems like something you'd be able to get in a brewpub on the West Coast in the late '90s; a throwback of sorts. Quite solid.

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Photo of JohnQVD
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium bronze color with a finger-thick foamy head that leaves a thin lacing on the glass. Smell is grapefruity and floral. Taste is bitter melon, with light notes of tropical fruit and citrus and a lingering bitter finish. Feel is medium-thick and creamy, which I didn't expect with this style, but it works. Overall this is quite good and just that little bit different than others of the style.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a medium amber with several streams of carbonation rising from the bottom. Two finger froathy foam head that slowly diminished with just a hint of side cling/lacing. Aroma was a bit of floral sweet with a bit of acid citrus hiding in the backend. Taste was very bitter up front. Not a complex bitter, with not much else noticable. Felt reasonable in the mouth. A bit of coat, with a solid amount of tingle on the tongue from the carbonation/head. Overall not bad, but the flavor was a bit of a let down based on the aroma.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: It is sinful to pour out of a can, but for the sake of this review I did it. It pours out an amber color with just the slightest haze. A bountiful 3 fingers of fluffy off white head. Great retention and sticky lacing.

S: Resiny pine, a solid malt backbone, and some citrus.

T: Very similar to the nose with a nice bitter hop bite and good balance.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Nothing mind blowing but just a very solid IPA. I tend to favor canned IPAs and this one panned out well.

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Photo of cleeze
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of Maine's finest IPA's. Slowly becoming one of my favorites. Everybody raves about Lunch IPA from ME Beer Co, but Stowaway is right up there.

Appearance is a nice amberish, orange hue with a nice frothy and creamy head.

Smells of citrusy, grapefruity and piney resin goodness.

Citrus right up front, major grapefruit which makes this puppy a super drinkable IPA. It doesn't lack a malt backbone. Great balance between the hoppy assertiviness and malt backbone. Pleasantly crisp and clean finish.

Mouthfeel is so great I want this in and around my mouth.

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Photo of mltobin
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of Pinknuggets
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned (11/20/2012) to HFS sniffer

A: Very orangey with an hint of brown, but a more white then tan head. it is so cloudy it is almost completely opaque

S: I am surprised that I can detect the malt flavors better then normal for an IPA there is definitely some hops in there but I cannot tell what they smell like. There is also an almost barnyard smell to it which is kinda weird.

T:Im gonna go ahead and quote the can here because i think its pretty much dead on "complex flavors with a solid malt backbone and assertive hop profile" its a little malty for me but its pretty well balanced with some bitterness in the finish

M: Oily and thin with a light carbonation fairly drinkable but not superb

O: This is a decent beer but its not my favorite by any means and definitely too malty for my taste. Its not hoppy enough for my taste and the feel isn't great i'd prefer it be more smooth. If you are using it to take on the road for anything that it recommends around the can then this is definitely a good beer for those activities but it won't be my go to IPA anytime soon.

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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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Stowaway I.P.A. from Baxter Brewing Co.
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,015 ratings.
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