James Squire Stow Away India Pale Ale | Malt Shovel Brewery

James Squire Stow Away India Pale AleJames Squire Stow Away India Pale Ale
89 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by dwarbi on 02-18-2002

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Photo of dgilks
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper colour with a minimal off white head. Poor head retention and lacing.

Plenty of caramel and butter in the aroma. Some earthy, herbal hops.

A nice balance between bitterness and malt has been found here with a good bitter attack up front and hints of buttery caramel throughout. Herbal hops are present in the mid-palate but overall that part of the flavour profile is lacking depth and character. Some more late hop additions would be appreciated.

Lighter than average body and above average carbonation seem a little bit out of place here creating quite a gassy beer. On the other hand is doesn't come across as bad by any means.

JS IPA is tasty enough but lacks the mid-palate depth and the mouthfeel to make it a great IPA.

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Photo of istarilord
3.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pretty amber/copper with a persisting light tan head.

Smell is fairly nonexistent/slightly metallic.

Taste is bitter all the way through with floral hops, fairly balanced with maltiness. Very slight metallic flavor.

Good carbonation, but bitter all over the palate makes the beer less smooth... bitterness isn't quite counterbalanced with a floral hoppiness I was hoping for.

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Photo of Stavage
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with less than a finger of head (though I believe someone tainted my glass with detergent). Head faded a little bit quick but the lacing was thick enough and lasted til the end. Nice transparent copper liquid.

Smell was immediate hops with a touch of hops at the end. A non-complex floral smell and some spiciness. Perhaps a very slight metallic scent.

Taste was an immediate bitter spicy hops. Malt flavour was more prominent in the taste than smell, and it did its job (which was primarily to balance the spicy bitter hops with a touch of bready sweetness). There was quite a pleasing bready aftertaste which I liked. The spicy hops which starts things off ends things too with a lingering bitterness.

Was fairly heavily carbonated though it probably suits the hops spiciness. Fairly smooth and with a medium body. Left my mouth feeling slick and wet, which I don't necessarily have a problem with but personally I'd rather something dry and crisp when hops is the main player (especially when carbonation is robust).

Overall a nice beer to have on a hot day with some spicy food. Had it with a spicy curry and the spicy hops kept up.

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Photo of juju7
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
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 laituegonflable
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a burnished copper kind of colour, with a decent amount of white head, very strong carbonation. Has a clear, filtered look to it. Not sure about filtering this but otherwise looks good.

Nose is very nice and fruity, but where are the hops? I expect hops from an IPA. Has elements of pear, cinnamon and vanilla, all very nice but this needs hops. Silly beer.

Taste is where the hops lie but yeah, with that gritty, English fuggles flavour. Intense, though. Doesn't have very much fruit, it's got a very grassy hop flavour. Quite earthy and in that gritty way I don't much like. Flavour is intense, but not breathtaking. Like a disgruntled English gentleman, it's bitter and unpleasant but still very polite and subdued. I may just be too obsessed with American hop varieties, but really I just think the yanks do a better IPA. Mouthfeel of this is good though, full and quite smooth with a slightly sharp edge.

This is drinkable enough, I guess...

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Photo of foles
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
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 Cs1987
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
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 willjansen
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
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 LittleCreature
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
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 vancurly
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
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 dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into hotel glass…best by 1/11/08

Appearance: pours a rather lifeless clear copper-amber with a very minimal bubbly beige head and no lacing…meh

Smell: biting hops…sweet caramel malts, syrupy

Taste: a little metallic copper up front, syrupy caramel malts, floral citrus hops…light booze, bold flavours but a little astringent

Mouthfeel: a touch metallic, syrupy

Drinkability: ok

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Photo of brendan13
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber colour with a couple of centimetres of head.
S - Some vauge sweet caramel malts backed up by some light fruity hop notes.
T - Pretty much along the same lines as the smell but some earthy flavours come through as well.
M - Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation.
D - Nice enough and non-offensive. Good beer for summer BBQ's but I had this at the Portland Hotel Brewhouse in Mid-Winter and it was lackluster. But I like my beers either highly hoppy or highly malty. Preferably both:)

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Photo of Kulrak
2.12/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a deep copper color with tall light tan lumpy head that sticks around for a while. I'm hard pressed to smell anything from this beer. Very very faint yeasty smell, that's about it. The taste is very bitter and a lot coppery. I know IPAs are supposed to be bitter, but I've never had one come off coppery before. There's also a bit of maltiness there, but it's almost completely overshadowed by the coppery bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy and heavy. All in all, I probably won't be getting this again, even though I like other James Squire beers a lot and am fond of IPA.

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Photo of joedon
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty dark gold-amber color with thin off-white head.
Subtle aroma, just a bit of spice and malt with slight hoppiness.

Taste very different from an American "IPA". Starts with English hop flavor and bitterness from Fuggles hops. Next, a bit of burnt sugar and some spicy-clove notes. Finishes with more of the Fuggles bitterness. To me, this tasted pretty much like an ESB; not what I'd consider an IPA. The label claims it was dry-hopped but you'd sure never guess that from the aroma or hop flavors.

Good body and nice mouthfeel for an IPA.

Quite drinkable in spite of missing the mark as far as BJCP style for IPA

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Photo of warmstorage
2.53/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap in 20 ounce imperial pint at James Squire brewpub in Melbourne, on the restaurant side. AU$8, which may or may not have been slightly jacked up during the Commonwealth Games (as many of the prices in town were.)

Appearance is slightly cloudy, light orange with moderate head retention. Aroma is light to middling citrus hop nose, or maybe I'm just hoping for that: I'm honestly not sure.

Taste: well, my notes indicate that it tastes like a low-hopped, slightly malty, unimpressive APA style. It's certainly not a beer which will compete in the American IPA style, or even really in the English IPA style. It's better than their Amber, but freakishly, less hoppy than their Golden. (See my review of the Golden.) Really, relatively little taste in any way that I can discern. So it's not bad tasting like some Australian beers, but has relatively little to recommend it.

Finishes clean, wway too clean, really, with a VERY mild hop taste when I go looking for it. Blah! Boring! I get that the taxes are high on alcohol: they must be twice as high on hops. Wouldn't bother again, especially at that price.

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Photo of ohitsbrad
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

9 January 2006, Best Before Jul 06

Golden-amber colour with a small white head which reduced to a white cap and left some lacing. Fresh, fragrant aroma of malt and floral hops. Tastes rich, sweet and honeyish with some earthy, toasty, caramel and buttery flavours and a rather bitter hop finish. Well balanced. Medium bodied and crisp mouthfeel. Decent IPA although not hugely assertive in hop character.

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Photo of Finite
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
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 sulldaddy
4.08/5  rDev +24.4%
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 BeerNutta
3.51/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the portland hotel.

A = Poured a dark orange with a thick foam head that quickly dissapated to leave a nice foam lace round the rim.

S = Smell fruity with a slight hopiness.

T = Mellow sweet maltiness with a crisp hop finish. Nice.

M = Moderately carbonated.

D = Good. Easily have a few in a session.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
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 jarmby1711
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
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 hefevice
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours deep clear amber with attenuated (despite being poured hard) but creamy head that left some lacing behind. Not much in the aroma stakes, a slight hint of malt and a little grassiness, but not much else, considering I was expecting to be knocked out by big flowery hops. On the taste, yes folks, it's an IPA and the flowery hop bitterness that was missing in the aroma was there in the taste. Unfortunately there was not much else and it was unfortunately more bitter than flowery and the bitter aftertaste lingered. Having said this, the hopheads will no doubt criticise this for being underdone.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep clear orangey amber with a solid thick head. It stays nicely for a fair while too, leaving some good solid lacing.

Caramelised fruit over a light hint of yeast. Wow this has a wonderful nose. Apricots, peaches, orange peel. It's complex, a little metallic and very solid. Very pleasant.

Well, the taste is quite a disappointment really. It doesn't have a hint of the rounded sweetness that was suggested on the nose. Rather sharp and matellic on the front palate disappearing quickly to a dry yeasty nothingness.

It's not a bad brew overall, but definately not a prime example of the style. It's quite drinkable and quite enjoyable, althougha touch simplistic in taste, and a let down after the wonderful smells.

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Photo of diablo14
2.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

its not a bad beer, ill say that much. but by jingoes, its really not an IPA. i must say here, does anyone really know what an IPA is supposed to be? i dont think so. i can safely say however that this wouldnt resemble the IPA's that were orginially brewed back in the day. dont think theres too much doubt about that. and to think i was ready to rip some people for their classification of this beer. i thought id drink a few more, on tap and from bottle, before i did my review, and on current assessment id have to agree with most others. for what it calls itself, it doesnt cut the mustard. grand ridge gippsland gold is closer to what i think an IPA would be, and that calls itself a pale ale. that sums it up if youre and aussie beer connosieur.

very full on, tho clear golden color with a creamy head that promises much, but belies what lies within.has a very fruity nose, with a good blast of hops and malt which would lead one to believe they in for a good thing. the taste is a let down in this regard. full malt flavor jumps out, but the hop character needed to make this an IPA is nowhere to be seen. there is a crisp element to this fairly full bodied beer, but nowhere near the level of hop bitterness or the drying finish i need from an IPA.in no way does it come as advertised. if they were calling this a straight pale ale id rate it higher. but as an IPA it misses the target by a large distance.

its not total crap by any means, but if youre calling yourself an IPA youve got a fair tag to live up to, and this doesnt get there by a long way. boy i wish i could taste an original IPA just to see what these beers were truly like in thier heyday, as i feel IPA nowadays is merely a tag for excessively hopped lagers.

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Photo of koolk
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean orange-light red with fat creamy head.

Pineapple esters jump out immediately. This is followed by deep floral hops with a touch of minerals.

Smooth and crisp palate with some dryness at the back of the palate. Nowhere close to as bitter or hoppy as I thought it would be, but quite good none-the-less. Still on the herbaceous side, with only traces of malt coming through.

Good to see them making an IPA, which is not a common brew in Australia, even though this is somewhat a 'refined' version of international IPA's. Enjoyed it. Should go well with big meaty dishes.

2011 edit: lol @ old 2003 self for "Good to see them making an IPA, which is not a common brew in Australia". Current version (The stow away) is rubbish. No hops, palate drops off half way in. Garbage. D.

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James Squire Stow Away India Pale Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 89 ratings
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