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Misery Bay IPA - Erie Brewing Co.

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Misery Bay IPAMisery Bay IPA

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245 Ratings

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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.54%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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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1/5  rDev -70.3%

08-30-2012 07:59:49 | More by Ryandey
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1.25/5  rDev -62.9%

08-28-2012 00:18:21 | More by soupieman
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1.68/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Fizzy, clear, tan with a large-bubble white head. Terrible retention, OK lacing.

S: Grapefruit, decent amount of hops, brown sugar.

T: Way way way too bready and alkaline. Tastes like blood it's so alkaline. Too alcoholic and it shows in the flavor. This is a terrible taste.

M: Watery and really astringent. Undercarbonated.

D: Undrinkable. Maybe a bad batch?

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 02:15:21 | More by ralree
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2/5  rDev -40.7%

11-21-2011 23:06:26 | More by shuggy
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2/5  rDev -40.7%

05-17-2013 02:23:28 | More by dan027
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2.38/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a really cloudy copper or orange-brown color. Super thin head that disappeared almost immediately with the exception of a thin ring around the glass.

S: Somewhat weak orange flavor I assume are the hops. Smell is dominated by the malts - plenty of caramal and other bready flavors. Smells more like a light weigh amber than an IPA.

T: Taste is full of caramel and buttery-rich malt flavors. A touch of hop bitterness, mostly orange or citrus, but it is muted and kind of dies off. I really don't get much bitterness in the finish, like I would expect with an IPA.

M: Medium to heavy for a regular IPA. Low to moderate carbonation. Nothing remarkable.

D: Struggles to make average for an IPA. Will not purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 00:23:29 | More by oregonskibum
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

01-12-2012 15:51:38 | More by UfosBigRigsnBBQ
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

03-02-2014 23:19:20 | More by mobrockman
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

01-04-2012 02:00:36 | More by IdrinkGas
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

08-03-2012 02:34:32 | More by flyingmick
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2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've been impressed with some of the Erie beers before, but this was not one of them. When it's hot out and muggy out, I want an IPA that's going to cool me off with bright, citrusy flavors and a clean, refreshing bitter note. The aroma of Erie's stab at the IPA was more malty than it was hoppy, fairly single-note. A bit of honey comes through in the aroma, which is nice, but the hop aroma is distinctly absent, being more on the level of a pale ale than an IPA. The flavors profiles here are the most disappointing element of the beer. The malts taste a little watered down, and my suspicion is that Erie got some bargain hops and boiled the hell out of them in order to bitter the beer and bump up the IBU, leaving little to no hops left over for adding aroma. Even the character of the hops flavor is bland--it's bitter without being spicy or interesting, more chemical than anything else. The hop element of the beer tastes like dissolving an aspirin on your tongue. I will not buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 05:02:35 | More by TheNapkin
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West Virginia

2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 17:49:25 | More by WVbeergeek
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2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Misery Bay, what a perfect name for this beer; I was in misery from the pour until I struggled through the last sip... 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The best part about this beer is the label so if you do venture down this path enjoy the scenery... Pours an ugly murky peach with a weak light tan head. The head is a watery mess, a few sparse bubbles, not even a hint of lace... The aroma is way to sweet, grape juice with malt, no hop presence at all... The taste is equally sweet and boring with a bit of alcohol on the finish. Easy to drink but so boring, its not worth the effort.

Skip this atrocity.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:14:01 | More by jrallen34
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2.65/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: dirty orange sharp body, 2 finger off-white fluffy head,
mighty spiderweb lacing

S: mint, grassy, HUGE YEAST/bready nose

T: sweet lemon grass/pine, big yeast middle,
slow chalky/floral bitter finish

M: med/light body, plenty of carbonation
semi-dry mouth

O: 1st Erie offering, not great. Don't know
if got bad batch, but tastes like stinky yeast
would be willing to try a few more of their beers.
Won't buy this again.


Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 16:55:14 | More by BeerLover99
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2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean yellow/ orange-ish color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, hoppy, yet saaz hops, very pilsner like, and a sweet malt. In the taste, hoppy, yet again, very pilsner like, a nice malty presence. A dry bitterness and lighter bodied mouthfeel, and a dry, hoppy, small sweetness in the aftertaste. Kind of light for an IPA, and very pilsner like.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 19:52:12 | More by OWSLEY069
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New York

2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a coppery orange color with a fingers width head slight retention and minimal lacing.

S-smells like a belgian ipa a little funky spicy like cloves and banana. picking up a wheat smell too.

T- Banana and bubblegum and wheat a little caramel no real hop notes.

M- slightly thin for my idea of an ipa.

D- I finiished the six pack over 3 days probably as an attempt to figure out what was wrong with this beer not something i will get again.


Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 01:07:59 | More by drinkiusmaximus
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

04-12-2014 11:16:54 | More by Noelito76
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

12-06-2013 07:27:26 | More by NonicPanic
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

03-31-2013 05:04:34 | More by artoolemomo
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

07-13-2012 02:19:10 | More by DonFrap
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with no freshness information drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a deep amber to copper colored body with a small eggshell colored head on top. the head lasts for a minute before becoming little more than a skin on top of my glass. solid rings of lacing are left behind.

S- semi sweet caramel and toffee malts upfront. a little bit of toasted bread. the hops come through faintly, as if this one might be getting old. whats left come across as earthy/spicy/herbal.

T- the toffee i could smell comes through very strong. the sweet caramel is here also. unfortunately, the hops in this one taste faded. a little bit of spicy and earthy hops are all that remain.

M- medium bodied and highly carbonated.

D- too bad this one seems old. thats another reason more (all) breweries should date the bottles on beers that will go down hill quickly. this is my first beer from erie brewing, and my first impression isnt a good one. theres a cool picture on the bottle though...

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 02:59:34 | More by jwinship83
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper/amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin lasting ring.

Slightly earthy citrus hop aroma win a bit of diaceytl. There is a strong caramel malt backbone with hints of biscuit and butter. I was expecting a bit more hops in the nose.

Medium body with a lot of buttery diaceytl and not much hops. Very strong caramel biscuit backbone that overpowers the slightly earthy piny hops. Pretty drinkable but not hoppy enough for my liking. Not very well balanced with a lot of buttery maltiness. Kind of messy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2010 07:32:03 | More by corby112
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New York

2.81/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Fresh Bottle poured into a pint glass. Very small amount of mostly white head that did not last very long in the glass. Very heavy malt scent and no real hop smell at all. Flavor from the drink is also very malty with a little bit of citrus in the aftertaste, but nothing up front and the citrus did not last the entire glass. It is a very clear orange color, nothing special. Very light and fairly smooth, just does not have a lot that I look for in an IPA. I would not turn one of these down, but I will not be buying it for myself any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 01:07:50 | More by timmy2b
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South Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz. bottle as pictured. No freshness date found.

A: Clear dark orange amber with a 1 finger light tan head. Moderate lacing.

S: Heavy malts and grains with hardly any hop aromas.

T&M: Hop bitterness. Slightly roasted malts. Grains. Medium bodied. Nice dry finish with a mild oily feel.

Very disappointing. This is more like a cross between a hoppy brown ale and maybe a bit of an English IPA, but on the bad end of the spectrum. Decent brew, but not much of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 22:05:23 | More by cdizinno
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2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this brew into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a cloudy mess that looked like pee, but with a tan head. The beer actually did not taste like a IPA which is good for me. It was not too bad, very light and kinda fruity. Not my fav beer in the world for sure and I'd have to say I most likely would not buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 17:39:57 | More by Minkybut
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Misery Bay IPA from Erie Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.