Stowaway

Maine
United States
Baxter Beer Stowaway IPA
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
95
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Baxter’s flagship Stowaway India Pale Ale put Maine on the IPA map in 2011 and there’s been no looking back. Double-dry-hopped with close to 500 pounds of hops per batch, Stowaway’s bitter character is of course enticing for any veteran hop head. BUT, the solid malt backbone makes this beer approachable enough and drinkable enough for any beer drinker to tackle, even with its don’t-mess-with-me 7% ABV.  To top it all off, after a long, full three weeks in the tanks, this full-bodied beer has a dry, crisp finish virtually unheard of in the style category.  It’s no wonder Stowaway is the best-selling Maine Made IPA in the northeast! Pairs best with: spicy Thai or curry dishes; carrot cake; big, earthy cheeses like Stilton or aged, clothbound cheddar.

Profile

ABV: 
6.9%
IBUs: 
69
Judges Review 
Dan Martich's picture
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer pours dark gold, nearly approaching copper.  It is very clear with a white fluffy head with great retention, but no visible carbonation bubbles.  The aroma comes through as medium citrusy grapefruit, with some floral and grassy hop notes as it warms.  The malt is a very low grainy character and the yeast is putting out some low fruity esters, followed by a fainty degree of resiny hops.  The flavor is malt forward bready, toasted with a pine like citrus hop flavor.  There is some sweetness just before the short semi-dry finish.  Slight dankness from the hops and low caramel round up the flavor, the aftertaste is bitter and long lasting.  Balancing is most definitely toward the hops in both flavor and bitterness.  The medium-full body and medium-low carbonation somehow give this beer a light textured mouth feel, a pleasant IPA experience.  Overall this great tasting IPA has a good balance and flavor profile.  The hop character does not overwhelm the malt notes and both seem in harmony. The beautiful complex hop aroma invites the taster to enjoy it again and again.

Brewery Introduction

Baxter Brewing Co. is a Maine-based craft brewery which is the first of its kind in New England to can all of its beer. Located in Bates Mill in the up-and-coming community of Lewiston/Auburn, ME, Baxter Brewing Co. currently distributes its flavorful and unique craft beers in ME, MA, NH, VT, NY... Read More

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