Misery Bay IPA - Erie Brewing Co.

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Misery Bay IPAMisery Bay IPA

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278 Ratings

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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 12-01-2007

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Misery Bay Ipa... 6.5% Alcohol content.

A- Pours a nice murky light burnt orange hazed liquid with nice sediments floating around in it. The hazed look most likly comes from dry-hopping and its unfiltered nature, this is a plus. Small head but has decent lacing that sticks to the top of the glass for the remainder of the beer.

S- Mostly a light floral scent almost similar to a summer afternoon when you catch the smell of nearby flowers... not overpowering just there. Small hints of sweetness also noted.

T- Very simple at first with mild malts and hop forwardness followed by a creeping hop bitternes at the end, leaving a nice after taste.

M-D- Mouthfeel is light to mild with a small tartness that maybe is a little rough. Drinkable to an extent but not a favorite.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Bright sunrise golden color shows off its clarity, nice solid two fingers of white frothy head with an excellent retention. Medium body, smooth all the way through. Toasted biscuit aroma is surrounded by a mellow herbal minty hop. Bitterness is assertive right from the start with a drawn-out sharpness which the taste buds can't shake off. Hop flavor starts off with a thick dry herb, ash-like resin and earthy flavor then it moves toward bitter citric and vague mint in the finish. Clean other than a kiss of fruitiness and a small amount of warming alcohol. There is a dry malt character present with a grainy biscuity flavor middle to end, very little sweetness comes through. Finishes dry and bitter.

Wow, this is one bitter beer. Great for the hopheads and certainly a good beer to test what your threshold is for bitterness. Unique and without a doubt worth a try.

Photo of Billolick
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info to be had.

Pours a lighter shade of amber, with an orange huse, solid light tan cap, stays a good while. More then average bubbles rising to the top. Goes slowly to a 1/4 inch head, loose collar, ample low sheeting and thicker strands of lacing.

Moderate nose of American smelling hops.

I get some bittering hops but the flavor is pretty hop free, malty sweetness really carries the freight here.

Doesn't reach the better then middle of the road level. Just not enough going on here to hold my interest.

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-amber color with a white head. The aroma is caramel malt with some piney hops. The flavor is toffee and earthy hops with a nice malt backbone. The piney hops from the aroma are not really present in the taste. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A dark amber beer, darker than your average ipa. nose was toasty with a decent hop nose, a little woody.

Taste, solid, a rare occasion when you get a 'chewy' ipa. This is a darker, I guess more Uk style of ipa, but it has a denser mouthfeel, color and viscosity to it. I associate toffee with what is going on here. Some flavors in minutae, you know, mint, tobacco. A little different, light brown ale mixed with a pale ale and I dunno, something else. Had worse.

This one was somewhat cheap (41.5$ @ John's in Portland). . . good filler beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appears a clear pale copper tone with a nice sized off white head dwindles slow forms even lacing patterns with each sip. Aroma is very floral with some metallic accents a touch of caramel biscuit malt and mineral water creeps through as well. Hop nose is really a muted hop pellet with some soft bread and yeast notes blended. Flavor is a bit off the mark as most hoppy offerings that Erie has attempted in the past. As it warms a cereal caramel flavor really carries the overall flavor a touch of floral and pine hop notes but bitterness really sticks around. Really tastes like some homebrew with the pelletized hop accents flowing so heavy. So many better tasting more intriguing versions of the style are out there this one is just okay. Again that metallic astringency flows throughout as well, sorry not a go to for me. Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation a bit of a tickle noted toward the back of the throat, medium bodied not many hop oils flowing. Drinkability mediocre not the IPA I'm going for sorry I will still drink their other offerings but this one misses the mark, if your gonna do hops get it right.

Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz undated bottle in pint glass. Trace of sediment at bottom of bottle added mid-taste.

Pours a clear amber with a very thin but lasting head. Carbonation looks moderate.

Aroma is surprisingly malty and subtle for style. Lower score reflects this lack of hoppiness, but the aroma is appealing.

Taste follows aroma to a limited extent. This is a flavorful brew, but quite malty and the bitterness (IBU = 75, says brewer) is subdued for an IPA. Plenty of nice toasted grain flavor in the finish but limited hop flavor; certainly no hop "bite" or "slam".

Smooth and decent body, but feels slightly under carbonated.

Despite the detractions and departures from style noted above, I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and would be happy to have it again.
If you like pale ales but find IPAs too bitter or hoppy, this is the IPA for you.

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Gus's in Auburn, AL.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells mostly of pale malts however hints of grainy caramel malts come out a bit more. Citrus hops - lemon and grapefruit - linger in the background with hints of leafiness.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Pale and caramel malt flavors up front with mild amounts of citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip hints of herbal hops enter into things before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished the bottle without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was a decent beer but just didn't have enough of anything - malts or hops - to be considered all that great.

Photo of Brenden
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A fluffy yellow-tinted head rises to somewhere around a finger and a half in height and settles there, falling slowly and remaining tight, gaining density as it compacts without falling to much less than a finger. As it falls, chunky lacing sticks nicely to the glass, quite heavy in both volume and density. The brew itself is a clear brassy orange color with activity continuing throughout the session.
The smell is a range of mineral, grains, toast, biscuit, and herb. For an IPA, it doesn't have the hoppy backbone it should, but it's okay overall. Some earth and a minty note reminiscent of Amarillo sneaks in, though I don't think it's anything but C hops.
The flavor has more hops bitterness, albeit somewhat unrefined and pithy. Something reminds me of cottonwood. Grains linger underneath, and the mineral and toasty notes remain.
The body is medium and this beer is smooth, but crispness is soft to the point of almost going flat. It doesn't quite, and it fortunately keeps up for the duration, though the body seems to soften partway through.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Cheers to Buy Rite for making this available as a single.

A-Filtered amber with a creamy white head with very nice retention and lacing.

S-Slightly underwhelming nose, but mostly orange citrus with some caramel malts present as well. Nice.

T-Surprisingly bitter throughout the palate. Under the bitterness is a dry malty richness that finishes astringently in a bit of grapefruit rind. There is also an earthy biscuit taste to this one. The best I can describe is chewing a Bayer aspirin while eating an orange flavored dinner roll, but not as horrible as it sounds.

M-Mouthfeel is medium light

D-Interesting beer and one of the better ones from a rather lackluster brewery. I'd try again, but in a highly competitive field, who needs another ho-hum IPA?

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in a pint glass at The Ale House in Vestal.

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper color. Decent white head and retention and lacing sheets.

Smell: Slightly fruity and citrus with some hop twang and grapefruit, along with some caramel and toffee.

Taste: A good balance of doughy and caramel and toffee malt flavors, and slightly sweeter and fruitier and citrus hops. Solid.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full-bodied and creamy overall.

Drinkability: A solid and tasty IPA. Highly drinkable and full of flavor. It won't make any best-of lists, but I could easily make this a new session beer. Another winner from EBC.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent IPA, thanks Radek. Hoppy aroma, a nice bitterness, though a little acidic and a little grapefruit citrus taste. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Lacey appearance. IBU is there and well malted, leading to a decent quaffability.One of their best beers.

Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent copper with a thin layer of soft, foamy, white head that sits on top for a while. There is obvious carbonation rising to the top. The nose has a musty, sweet, floral, vague citrusy aroma. The flavor is mildly bready up front with a powerful piny, earthy hop bitterness that quickly takes over any malt presence and dominates the flavor. The bitterness lingers on the palate well after the swallow is over. As the beer warms a little balance becomes noticeable in the flavors. The malt reclaims a little focus and the hops calm down a bit. This is a medium bodied beer with a good deal of carbonation.

This is a powerful IPA. Upon my first sip, I was ready to declare it a hop bomb, but after a few sips and a little warmth, it mellowed and the flavors really came together. Ultimately, it's still quite hoppy and the malt could be a little more intense. The bitterness detracts from drinking too many of these, but this one was enjoyable.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Loads of thick and heavy foam. Great lacing at thick, heavy carbonation that seems to rise. Kind of a rosy color. A very nice look. Foam even looks a bit like cotton.

Smell: Decent pine hops. Pretty faint. I wish there were a bit more.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Heavily hopped. Mostly pine. A very rustic taste. I like this part of the beer. The mouthfeel is clean but a bit watery. Definitely some alcohol present.

Drinkability: An easy-drinking IPA.

Overall: A pretty tame IPA. It's easy to drink and provides some nostalgia for a good fall campout.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Misery Bay pours a slightly hazy deep orange-amber body beneath a frothy head of off-white that holds well and leaves some nice lacing about the glass.

The aroma is clearly malty and caramelish, backed by floral hops.

In the mouth it's surprisingly full-bodied (which is quite welcome); and a very fine, seemingly natural carbonation lends a gentle bristle to the tongue.

Rich malt greets you in the flavor with notes of golden caramel, buttery biscuit cookies, cereal grain, and honey. Spicy, citrusy, piney, grassy and floral hops immediately back it up at mid-palate; and it finishes dry with a quick, brash bitterness. Some mild, lingering sweet malt readily passes, and then leafy, herbal, and spicy hops swirl for seemingly forever until you take another sip. A dollop of sweet nectar lingers on the front of your tongue with notes of orange, grapefruit, and honey.

Unless the alcohol is contributing to the spiciness of it, it's very well hidden - although you can feel the strength mid-way through the glass. The round, doughy sweet malt is perfectly offset by the bold bitterness and solid hop flavors, and it's really nicely balanced. Quite a flavorful and enjoyable I.P.A.!

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

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a mellow golden-amber hue, topped by a smallish creamy white head without much staying power. Fresh aroma of biscuity malt and mild fruity hops, without a whole lot of nuance. Palate is rather mellow and akin to an English-style IPA - biscuit malt flavor up front yields to fruity hops that pack a fairly powerful bitterness. Finish is mostly a nice lingering bitterness from the hops, offset by just a splash of biscuit sweetness. The medium body has a good bit of creaminess, again a feature that I look for in an English IPA. While I'm partial to west coast hop monsters, this is a decent IPA from a heretofore unknown brewery. Decent stuff.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Misery Bay is a sharp, slightly bitter, IPA. My boss brought a bottle back from PA over the Holiday Season. The beer pours a nice clear copper with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The smell includes bitter citrus with floral tones and a hint of pine. The taste starts very shapr and bitter with a grapefruit punch that lingers. There are subtle pine and floral tinges, but grapefruit dominates. The mouthfeel is a medium body with good carbonation. Overall it is not a bad IPA. A bit more malt balance to ease the sharpness would help.

Photo of cjgator3
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper/amber color with a large off-white head that leaves a ton of lacing around the glass and very nice retention as well.

S- The aroma is almost shockingly faint for an IPA. There is some buttery malts, caramel, and citrusy hops. Wish the aroma was more prevalent, it is just weak for an IPA.

T- The taste starts off with a pretty solid buttery caramel malt base with some bitter citric hops in the finish leaving a nice lingering bitterness. The taste is much better than the aroma.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty good American IPA. The aroma brings the overall score down a little, but everything else is pretty solid. This one is definitely worth a try.

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from The Party Source in Syracuse. This beer is surpringly dark, a red-amber, but it also leaves thick lacing from the off-white head.

There are tasty pine and pepper hops notes, but the flavors aren't big enough. This comes off more like a hoppy amber ale for all te caramel malt flavor. The body is also on the thick side, making it a bit much for a session beer. Still, this is overall a tasty beer and makes a fine pairing for spicy food.

Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to melbatoast93 for this one, thanks Hart!
Review based on notes

Pours a semi-effervescent apricot with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Insane lacing & very good head retention

S: Bready with leafy & lemony hops up front. Some pineapple & apricot show as this warms, along with earthy, piney & grapefruitty hops. Finishes with more earthy & citrus hops, plus tropical fruit

MF: Chewy & sticky with low carbonation & great balance

Drank really easy, hides the ABV well, one of the better AIPAs I've had in a while!

Photo of drcarver
2.87/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Somewhere between light brown and orange a small haed limped up. What did form lasted for most of the beer. A little lacing hung to the side.

S - Malty than an IPA should be. Caramel smells within the floral hops

T - The bitter hop flavor is there. Appears that they just used the flavoring and bittering hops, but not the aromatic hops at the end of the brew. A long lasting aftertaste. Not bad.

M - a little syrupy. Biting flavors.

D - Meh. I could take it or leave it. The flavor doesn't lead me to want more and the bite slows you down.

Photo of woodske1
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the best beer I have ever had from Erie Brewing. It's the only on that really stands by itself and has some real taste. Their "risk" pays off here.

It has a nice aroma and nice taste but nothing to write home about. Very average beer but worth a try if you don't like their other beers.

Photo of GRG1313
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very pleasant surprise was this one! This a throw in on a trade and I have to thank whoever sent it. I forgot! A winner, however.

Pours a dark orange amber with a light faded yellow head.

Nose is light pineapple and a bit of citrus pie filling.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and pretty creamy. Drinks much "more" than the 6.5% abv. Tastes and feels stronger.

Tastes of quality and richness. Flavors are big, bold and tasty. Hits you with some very quick hint of sweet citrus and then quickly goes to toast, yeast and a full pine and grapefruit skin quality. Good flavors and rich grapefruit skin oil finish with undertones of pine.

Very nice and extremely consumer friendly and drinkable.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, a hint of sweetness. Taste is a good balance of hops and malts, not as bitter as most in this style. Seems to be lacking much citrus flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid pick.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A steady and even paced effervesce rises within a autumn orange body that showcased a good visual clarity. The head was bready in structure, of 2 fingers high, pearl white, and retained nicely even 4-5 minutes in. Concentric circles line the glass of close proximity providing good visual coverage with few open windows of visibility.

S: Pine, dried orange citrus and a bit of tart grapefruit comes on the open. A nice level of herbal hopping and stalky notes with a finish of fresh floral scents.

T: The flavor seemed a bit thin substance wise on the first sip, but thankfully appears to feel fuller there-after. A nice level of hopping, pine, dried oranges with a bit of herbal and floral notes. Woodsy pine and some sweet toasted speciality grains provide a nice dryness and toasted flavor. The body seems to thicken up a bit as well the hops appear to gain strength deeper into the drink with each passing sip. Lingering soft citrus hop fade.

M: The body was creamy, with dry pine and floral notes warming the inner cheeks. Toasted grain with a spicy bite of citrus and dry oranges are offered on the swallow with a fair offering of carbonation.

D/O: Perfect level of hops for the casual ipa drinker that will thirst the palate for more. Not overwhelming, but a good balance for drinkability sake and a modestly hid 6.5%abv that you hardly feel all says keep drinking me. Overall a respectable amount of hoppiness, balance and easy to down ipa by the six-pack.

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Misery Bay IPA from Erie Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.