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

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190 Reviews
Stowaway I.P.A.Stowaway I.P.A.

Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States | website

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 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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Photo of Dools9
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can into tulip pint. Dated 10/11/12.

A: Pours with a thick two finger, frothy beige head. Color is a clear copper and very eye appealing, orange amber. Laces nicely, head retains to the last drop.

S: Combination of a subtle biscuit, bready malt, caramel sweetness, citrus grapefruit, pine and some herbal hop aromas.

T: Grapefruit peel, and pine hop bitterness, theres also some herbal quality as well. Balances well with a caramel, bready malt sweetness, well balanced and isn't overally bitter for 69 IBU's. Nice clean, dry finish.

M: Feels medium in heft, very soft, smooth carbonation on the mouth moves everything along nicely.

O: A real solid IPA here, love the can packaging as well. This one would probably be a good beginner to intermediate IPA as its not mouth puckering bitter, but it would also probably be a good fix for a hop head as well. A crowd pleaser if you will. Recommended

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Photo of KarlosT
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the Amesbury Beer Festival on Sep 22 2012.

Most of the beers were served from bottles into small 3oz plastic dixie cups.

Although I took notes on the 20+ different beers that I tried, it is difficult to remember all of the details associated with each beer. My apologies to readers of these notes. However, I did pay attention to my overall scores, and noted what I thought were unique positives and negatives w/ each beer.

Note that for me:
< 2.5 = probably would not finish the beer
3.0 = drinkable beer, but likely would not buy again or look for
>3.5 = will try to buy again in the future

Alas ... having trouble remembering the details. But given the +++ next to this beer, I really liked it. Will definitely try again, with more detailed review in the future.

Kudos to Baxter.

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Photo of NedShakeshaft
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ RiRa, Portland ME.

A - Might be the prettiest beer I've ever seen. Brilliant goden orange. Fluffy, white head retained well. I'm reading that the canned product loses its head quickly, but the draft version kept half its head after 5 minutes.

S - Mild bready malt with big citrus hop aroma and some spice notes (fennel?)

T - Big but balanced. Sweetness on the tip of the tongue balanced by dry but not overpowering hops. Hops are piney, reminiscent of a west-coast IPA. Malts give way to a bittery finish. Delicious.

M - Very drinkable. Velvety feel with moderate carbonation. Could drink this all night but for the ABV.

O - Wish it was more widely available, it would be a go-to for me. Very well done.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned 7-19-12, reviewed from notes last week.

Pours a bright copperish orange, a white head retains well as a good cap leaving spots of lace.

Smell is pretty malt forward - caramel, bread and butter along with light herbal+grapefruit hops.

Taste brings a little more hops to the table but it's still mostly malt forward. Caramel and some bready malts and a tame hop bill of earthiness, citrus and grapefruit.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation, easy drinking.

Those looking for a hop bomb will surely want to search elsewhere, it's on the simple and malty side but a pretty enjoyable East Coast IPA.

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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 BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 07/17/12, Consumed 07/23/12

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a half-fingers worth of head

S: Nice citrus and piney hops along with a solid malt backbone provide most of the aroma. Fruity

T: Follows the nose, with the hops coming out first and then the malts. Fairly well balanced, but the bitterness lingers on throughout. Alcohol almost not present at all

M: Moderate-full bodied with plenty of carbonation to wash away the hop oils

O: One of the better canned IPAs, it's great that you can take it with you pretty much anywhere with ease. Good price point, too. Definitely worth a try

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Photo of hmph
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Graciously received in a trade with Robtobfest , thanks!

A - this pours a very transparent amber/orange with a quickly dissipating fluffed 1 finger head of white

S - a good citrus smell with some sweeter notes coming through

T - sweet upfront followed by the citrus hop in the middle and a balanced malt sweet hop bitter finish

O - really enjoyed this IPA, had it while tasting a few other IPA's and it definitely held its own, nice little surprise with a clean finish well done brew

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Photo of ppoitras
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can bought at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA as part of a 6-pack.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Frothy head lasts well, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is earthy citrus.

Taste starts sweet, citrus power in the middle, a bit more than balancing bitterness through the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Approachable rep of the style.

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Stowaway I.P.A. from Baxter Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.
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