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Misery Bay IPA - Erie Brewing Co.

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Misery Bay IPAMisery Bay IPA

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257 Ratings

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Ratings: 257
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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1/5  rDev -70.3%

Ryandey, Aug 30, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -62.9%

soupieman, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of ralree
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?

ralree, May 13, 2009
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2/5  rDev -40.7%

shuggy, Nov 21, 2011
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2/5  rDev -40.7%

dan027, May 17, 2013
Photo of oregonskibum
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.

oregonskibum, Mar 22, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

UfosBigRigsnBBQ, Jan 12, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

mobrockman, Mar 02, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

flyingmick, Aug 03, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

robertjskelton, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of TheNapkin
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.

TheNapkin, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 01, 2007
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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.

jrallen34, Mar 12, 2011
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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.


BeerLover99, Nov 15, 2011
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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.

OWSLEY069, Mar 03, 2008
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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.


drinkiusmaximus, May 02, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Zonian1, Sep 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Noelito76, Apr 12, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

NonicPanic, Dec 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

artoolemomo, Mar 31, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

skelton00, Aug 11, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

malfunxion, Sep 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

heerboth, Jul 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

DonFrap, Jul 13, 2012
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Misery Bay IPA from Erie Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.