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Misery Bay IPA - Erie Brewing Co.

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Misery Bay IPAMisery Bay IPA

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258 Ratings

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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 12-01-2007)
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Photo of Sprinkles
5/5  rDev +48.4%

Sprinkles, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of brucepia
4.83/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is what an IPA should be. Great color with a good nose. This IPA is very well balanced with a great hop flavor. You can drink more than one with out messing up your pallet. I wish more brewery's made there products more drinkable like Erie Brewing does.

brucepia, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of wilfonzo
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

wilfonzo, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of TheBeerNation
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

TheBeerNation, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of jhicks12
4.33/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale gold color with a nice finger and a half of white head. Aroma was nice could be a bit bigger hop aroma but nice nose of both hops and malts. very nice initial malt back with a nice tingly floral and citrus hop finish. Nice crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable IPA. Needs a little more nose but nice balance with malts complimenting the hops.

jhicks12, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

GRG1313, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of DomErie
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This new IPA poured a nice golden amber with a nice half inch head. As others have indicated it doesn't have an overwhelmingly potent nose. However, the first taste of that creamy head is sublime. This is a real IPA in every sense of the description! I can't say that I can identify each of the included hops but it is hoppy-licious. As I sipped the beer it left a very nice lace on the glass just like it;s supposed to. As it warmed there was a slight sweetness, which I like. Mouthfeel was creamy as mentioned earlier. Is this a mark of a great beer, or what?
Needless to say, Erie has a hit on its hands and a new go-to beer for me. Yahhoo!

DomErie, Dec 08, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Dapperticus, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
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!

russpowell, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of Brencr
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having tried Railbender on tap, I asked the local store to see if they could obtain some. They got the Railbender and Misery Bay. Being an IPA lover, I had to try it.

The color and aroma are nothing out of the ordinary, but the extra fruity flavor of the hops was a very pleasant supprise. Most definatly a repeat buy.

Brencr, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of gmfessen
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Misery Bay IPA is a clear, copper-apricot color with a two-finger creamy head that leaves thin lines of lacing frosted on the glass as the head recedes. The nose has a strong lightly toasted backdrop, probably victory malt with the citrus of what I imagine to be west coast C hops. A little light in the hops department though for an AIPA. The taste confirms the nose; solid toasty, bready malt base complimented by a light but well balanced citrusy hop bitterness. Definitely not an over the top AIPA but very smooth and well balanced. Mouthfeel is a light medium body with a light but creamy carbonation and slightly dry finish. Overall a very drinkable beer and while some hopheads would be disappointed, I find this to be a very quaffable beer that feeds that need for hops but doesn't leave the mouth bitter for hours afterwards. Worth trying if you have the chance.

gmfessen, Apr 22, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, time to go to the beer store. Why on earth should a beer have "misery" in the name. And in this case, it's a pretty good beer. And if it is named after the beautiful bay at Erie PA, more of a mystery - that's a wonderful place. Presque Isle and all.

I've tried the Railbender and was not impressed. This one has a bit of a misplaced bitterness to it that is asking for a little something for character, balance - dare I say fruit? Or maybe wood. This should go well with flavorful foods. Or bland foods. In my case, in place of foods.

This is misery I can appreciate.

schoolboy, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of Lepley
4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy orange with very little head.
S: Hoppy, piney, citrus, fruity like oranges.
T: Sweet, fresh, fruity, lemons, oranges, piney, finishes hoppy and bitter.
M: Smooth with good tingling carbonation.
D: This is a solid IPA. Its not amazing, but I would definitely buy it again.

Lepley, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
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.!

NeroFiddled, Apr 14, 2009
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4/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

asabreed, Aug 20, 2009
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

cpac22, Sep 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

tclapper, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Chip Shop, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderate citrus hop.

The taste was well balanced with a mild citrus hop and soft round malt.

The mouthfeel was typical with a dry, herbal finish.

Overall a good IPA.

plaid75, Feb 08, 2010
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

ercjr1101, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

ericwilson54, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

Buggies, Feb 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

dsnyder61, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of BeerMark
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Misery Bay IPA from Erie Brewing Co pours a copper color with an off white and well lacing head. Malts and hops are well represented here along with a surprising earthy flavor. I'm not tasting the citrus that other reviewers are. Of course I judge all IPA's by my favorite beer: Sweetwater IPA. Yes, I do believe that the earthy-bready flavor mixed with the hops is a distinguishing characteristic not seen in many beers. Good job, Erie Brewing. This is a nice beer with good drinkability.

BeerMark, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of RHWeir
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really like this IPA. Very smooth, so many IPAs have that afterburner effect but not Misery Bay. Wonderful mouth feel and as I said, smooth as silk for an IPA. Decent amount of alcohol at 6.5% boosts the flavor but the alcohol content isn't over the top. A good beer, glad I found it.

RHWeir, Dec 06, 2013
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Misery Bay IPA from Erie Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.