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James Squire Stow Away India Pale AleJames Squire Stow Away India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Malt Shovel Brewery

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by dwarbi on 02-18-2002

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 88
Photo of JamesLao
4.44/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass

Looks: Nice clear copper colour with creamy head, nice lacing to the bottom of the glass

Smells: Malty, earthy, citrusy

Tastes: Malty up front with nice balance of earthy / citrusy hops

Feels: Fulfilling and refreshing.

Overall: Like a beer should taste, nice balance of malt and hops, with decent refreshing bitterness. Malty but not too sweet. Refreshing and Citrusy without tasting like you just drank lemon peel. 5.8%ABV, good bang for buck especially in the Land of Oz

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.08/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well I found this beer in a bottle shop in St Kilda. I am sampling a cold bottle in a tumbler. The beer pours a rich clear amber color with a small fluffy beige head fading to a nice edge layer leaving nice tight latticework as it fades.
Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel up front and some earthy and grassy hops. This is the hoppiest smell I have found down under!
First sip reveals an average body and average carbonation.

Flavor starts sweet caramel with some bread and husky grain toothe hops come back for the finish with some grass and a bit of drying bitterness as well. This is a crisp beer and quite tasty. It is a little mild as an American IPA standards but pretty good for Australian hop presentation.

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Photo of nataku00
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty sure this beer is now called James Squire Stow Away IPA from the picture of the bottle I took. Bottle poured into a nonic glass, reviewed from notes. Beer pours clear copper color with two fingers of uniform off white foamy head. Plenty of sticky lacing as the head recedes to a half a finger thickness, fed by a very active and vigorous carbonation.

Nose is pretty typical for an English style IPA, strong floral and some lighter herbal and grassy hops with some pale biscuit malt for a touch of sweetness.

Taste followed the nose, floral hop bitterness with lighter earthy herbal flavors (thyme from my notes). Middle of the tongue is biscuit and pale malts sweetness. Finish is dry, with lingering floral hops flavors.

Light body and highly carbonated, but not too aggressive on the tongue. Refreshing after a morning of sightseeing.

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Photo of lewwjr
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying that I am a big fan of maltshovel brews. However, I wonder if there is some loss in translation from the original Austrailian crafted product versus the import brew brought over to the U.S. The brew hits the glass with a nice amber copper color and a frothy head rises from the interior. The malt smell is combined with a bothersome Euro-familial aroma of something. It may be the dry hoppng of fuggels but my nose is too young. It does have merit but not what I expect from an IPA. The hop character is too subtle for my liking but it does balance with the munich and pale malts.

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Photo of fattyre
3.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber color with a large rocky off-white head. The mouthfeel is firm. The smell is heavily malty with herbal hints. The taste is like the smell malty with crisp herbal bitterness all the way through. A fairly well balance beer that is more reminiscent of and English IPA.

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Photo of vancurly
3.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: Clear, burnt orange, little effervescence, but a well-set off-white head.
s: Iron, dried apricot, cereal & toffee
f: Metallic, strong hop, earthy, dried leaves, slight caramel
m: Medium palate, long bitterness
d: Good beer, but not for the uninitiated. Better on tap.

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Photo of joecast
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

re-review 30/11/05
-still a brew i pick up occasionally. more an english ipa than american based on the hops used and a bit more balanced. as far as i can tell, not much has changed with the ipa since i first tried it. still a high quality brew and one im happy to throw back.
first, let me say im not an expert on what an IPA "should" taste like. the appearance was an amber to copper color and very clear. a nice head formed and held together until about a third of the way down the glass and left traces of lacing across the top.

not as much aroma as i expected, however while drinking (ie nose in the glass) there was a slight sweet/bitter smell.

taste was very nice, and full. not sure if it was the fuggles or the malt but it was deffinitely noticeable. this also contributed to a good but not overpowering mouthfeel and good drinkability.

the only downside was the smallish (345ml) bottle compared with most other australian stubbies that weigh in at 375ml. for $3 a pop i want the full size, especially when they go so fast!

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Photo of Bunnyhop
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, amber IPA with a large, rocky, off-white head. The smell is nutty and herbal. The taste is smooth with a slight sweet nuttiness, followed by malt, and then a herbal bitterness. The body was firm in my mouth. Overall, a smooth IPA that I enjoyed.

Per the label, James Squire India Pale Ale is made with only Munich and pale malt and dry-hopped with English Fuggles hops. There is also some interesting history, on the label, as to the beginnings of the IPA style.

(source: RealBeer Tour)

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was deep golden and not completely transparent as promised on the comprehensive label.
Whilst the lively bead persisted the head quickly disappeared
The smell was reminescent of turmeric
The taste was hop dominated and a thought thee was a Basmati rice flavour in the background.(The Indian of the style had not swayed me tobelieve this)
It was sharp and dry in the mouth with afruity hint on the after taste
I could drink this any season and be reasonably happy

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Photo of juju7
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copperish with a thin, weak head. Plenty of hop action on the nose with caramel and biscuity notes. Robust and bitter on the palate then sweetens out a little nicely. Unfortunately there just aren't enough good Aussie IPAs floating around. However this is one of them. Good booze.

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Photo of foles
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orangey copper colour with basically no head. Not much aroma for an IPA. Powerfuly bitter, with a sharp hop presence on the palate. hints of pepper and other fruits i cant quite work out. A touch of pine in the mix - says american hops to me. The alcohol is not hidden.

Nice beer and i'll have it again.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

James Squire – Portland 2005-08-18
Pint sampled at James Squire Prewpub in Melbourne for $7.60AU – Served in a nice pint glass, the beer pours a dark copper colour. A decent white head tops the beer. Smell is not too impressive for an IPA. Little hoppy bite permeates the nose. Upon tasting, a clean hop bite is noticeable, but blends nicely into the sweetness of the malt. The balancing of these features makes for a drinkable beer. I wouldn’t exactly call this an IPA…at least not the American version of an IPA that I know and love. It has that hop bite, bit not as much as I would expect. I would put it more in the dark-coloured pale ale category. Does that make sense?!?

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Photo of willjansen
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Big, frothy off-white head that slowly recedes to thick globs of froth, and a nice covering layer of foam remains throughout. Deep amber, almost copper color with no cloudiness at all. Very appealing...

Smell - Strong floral hop presence immediately, dominated by the fuggles dry-hopping. Slightly piney/woody aromas. Hints of balancing sweetness come through in the nose. There is also an element to the nose that encases all of the other components and presents them as a nice package. Well done.

Taste - Bitter hops coming through from the start, but more of a balancing malty backbone than the smell lets on. Dominated by the bittering and aromatic hops with a crisp, bitter finish (just as advertised). Hop bitterness stays with you for a while, though not quite as "in-your-face" hoppy as many other American IPAs (would this perhaps fit more in the style of an English IPA?)...

Mouthfeel - Ideal carbonation, medium body, with a slightly oily, slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Great drinking beer, but unsure as to the approriateness of its BA classification... might rate a bit higher as an English IPA. Could possibly use a bit more hop "bang" towards the front and linger a bit longer at the back, but I think it's another good beer from James Squire.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange Amber color, medium head. Aroma is malty with a slight floral spiciness. Malty and not very hoppy for an IPA. The hops and bitterness are there they just aren't over the top. Hops are spicy and more floral than bitter. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice, not very hoppy IPA.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a nice IPA amber colour with an off white head that retains OK.

S - Lots of piney aromas here and a little earthy too.

T - Definitely not busting with hops like some IPA's but there are sufficient amounts that are followed by a malt note, and finishes with the classic bitterness that will quench any thirst.

M - Nice carbonation in the English tradition not too much and has a medium body.

D - A pretty good demonstration of an IPA

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Photo of SmashPants
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: 345mL brown bottle - I prefer the old labels better...

Appearance: a deep orange amber with a solid, thick head. Good retention, and some solid lacing.

Aroma: a fantastic mix of caramelised fruits - orange peel, peaches, mango, apricots.

Taste: not much in the taste - some of the nose carries across, but fairly muted. Definitely more metallic and not terribly refined.

Aftertaste: a touch of the aroma flavours come through at the end - just a touch though.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, reasonably high carbonation for the style. Does assist the somewhat muted flavours.

Overall: not a bad IPA to be sure, but there are better ones out there. To be honest though, it is going to be difficult to find one for a better price.

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Photo of Finite
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice a nice gold/amber. Pours a decent head which has decent retention. Definite fruity beginnings but my room mate agrees it snaps to the hop bitterness to fast and really doesn’t give you much time to embrace those sweet tastes. However the sweet taste is smooth and sits well in the brew. The feeling on the tongue was course and very dry.

Not bad

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Photo of soju6
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Portland Brewhouse.

A: Served a nice copper color with a decent head and some lacing.

S: Mild aroma of some citrus, malt sweetness and hint of fresh grain.

T: Starts with a crisp nip, taste of mild malt sweetness with some fresh grain and a mild bitterness to a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp and smooth. Decent balance.

O: Easy drinker, good for a few.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Reddish with high carbonation. 1 finger of head, which was retained right until the glass was finished.

Smell - Strong and pleasant.

Taste - The hops stand out a little too much. Passionfruit is the main flavour.

Mouthfeel - The bitterness spoils the aftertaste. The carbonation level is very good though.

Drinkability - I wouldn't normally have more than one, due to the bitterness.

Overall - As suggested in three of the above catergories, this is a very good beer in most ways, except that the bitterness stands out too much above the taste.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 4.0
Wow, she's definitely a looker! Poured a frothy 2.5 fingers of off-white head, above a still looking, deep amber-coppery body. Very clear, the head took its time reducing, and stayed at a creamy half finger.

Smell - 4.0
Floral and fruity hops dominate, but there is a curious earthy, savoury smell also that has me confused. Some fruity and malt sweetness, but overall not all that strong, and not an exceptional smell for the style.

Taste - 3.5
Pale Ales are generally my favourite style, so it is sometimes hard to be objective. Still, this is clearly a very tasty brew. Smooth and sweet at first, a malty, grainy taste with some citrus fruit and a metallic twang. The finish is very bitter (perhaps excessively so to some tastes) and moderately dry, but leaves a very pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
A little less carbonated than average for the style. Feels quite heavy in the mouth, but also very smooth. In my view, a little more carbonation would be nice.

Drinkability - 3.0
Much as I love a pale ale, this is actually a little too bitter for my liking, and would stop me wanting too many. ABV of 5.6% is also on the high side, but this would be a good session choice for some.

OVERALL - 3.75
This goes really well with a hot curry, especially a Chicken Tikka Marsala. I have not, at this point, tried a lot of India Pale Ales, but this is definitely a good one. Perhaps not as drinkable as an English or American pale ale, but insanely tasty. Like all James Squire beers, this is very good value, and widely available.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant aroma when poured, mostly malts and something nutty but difficult to place. Pours a lovely dark amber in the glass with a light frothy head that thins but lasts. Some lacing. Feels light in the mouth with good carbonation. Taste is a refreshing bitter flavour with hops being prominent. I could drink this all day in the sun.

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Photo of baumaxx1
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled beer served in a pint glass.

Appearance -
Thick head and plenty of lacing. A dark copper/orange colour. Lots of carbonation and small bubbles. Quite an attractive beer.

Smell -
Mostly hops with floral, spicey and earthy notes. A hint of pine, orange peel and wood.

Taste -
Earthy hop bitterness, grapefruit and a dry, bitter finish. Grapefruit aftertaste and lingering bitterness. Underlying malt sweetness. A bit on the mild side, especially for an IPA.

Mouthfeel -
Mild fizz, bite on the way down, not much froth, a clean dry feel and moderate body.

Overall -
Easy to drink, tastes good and a decent IPA. Lacking a bit of character to stand out from the crowd though and a little bit sedate. I'd pick the Vale every time for the same money.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour with a small persistent head.
Definitely English aroma, with great caramel malt and some toffee as well. Not too much in the way of hop aroma, there's just a hint of earthy and resinous notes.
Similar flavours (caramel), but here is where the hops come into play with some grassy resin and earthy notes, finishing with a prominent sharp bitterness.
Carbonation is on the high side.
Need more aroma/flavouring hop additions, rather than just bittering.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Must be my IPA day! I wanted to do two beers of the same style back to back and IPA is a style I happen to enjoy so continuing on from the Sleeping Giant IPA I have a good old fashioned James Squire IPA.

Poured from a 345ml bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Also "tea" coloured (though not quite as dark as the Sleeping Giant) in the body. The head did much the same and fizzled down to a thin white layer, perhaps 1mm thick.

S: The toasted caramel malts are fairly balanced to the herbal and earthy hops, there's no clear victor from the two. I'm expecting an even match here.

T: Toasty caramel malts blend quickly into a buttery mid-palate which is soon followed by a spicy hop note. The aftertaste (like a nice cup of tea) has an acidic tannin that slakes the thirst, but not for long. Well balanced flavour, nothing extraordinary and it could do with another dry hopping, however it does the job.

M: Creamy in the carbonation although it does have a watery undertone throughout.

D: If it wasn't lacking a bit more hop depth this could be an awesome ale. As it is I give it a similar score to the Sleeping Giant and will be sure to review more IPA's as a basis for comparison. It is drinkable but you might want to branch off towards more adventurous climes soon after.

Food match: Hard to go past what I recommended for the Sleeping Giant; cheese platter, canapes and tapas... plus I could quite imagine this ale with a cottage pie as well.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle was labelled James Squire Stow Away IPA but has the same ABV as this listing so I think it's the same. This beer is an IPA in name only. Where are the hops?

A: Clear orange color and a decent 1 cm head that lasts ok. 4

S: Grainy and a little sour. No strong hop aroma. Disapointing smell for an IPA. 3

T: Strongly malty with some toasty nutty notes. Some slight bitterness and a crisp finish. Not unpleasant, but where are the hops? This doesn't taste like an IPA. 3.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 3.5

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