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Misery Bay IPA - Erie Brewing Co.

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Misery Bay IPAMisery Bay IPA

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BA SCORE
77
okay

257 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 2
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 Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Sammy, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a big, rocky head; nice strands of lace

Smell: The best I can say is that the hops have a vegetal character; recognizable bitterness, but just different

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with a developing caramel malt flavor that eventually is joined by the earthy, vegetal hops; after the swallow, the hops finally take over, but they just have a different taste about them

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Drinkable, for sure, but far from the best examples of the style; maybe they were shooting for something different - if so, mission accomplished

brentk56, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Misery loves company, but company does not reciprocate."

--Addison Mizner

Ripe apricot with an appealing swirl of yeast that makes the beer look like a just shaken snow globe. The pale orange cap is nice and sticky, which means, hopefully, that there are plenty of hop resins in the house. An impressive amount of lace sticks as well.

The aroma is appropriately orange citrusy, but it's underpowered for an IPA. An above average score might be possible if it opens up with warming (and once the foam melts). Tough call on the hops, although one or more of the 4-Cs have to be present.

The good news is that Misery Bay IPA is the best Erie Brewing beer that I've ever had. The bad news is that it isn't anywhere near an exceptional version of the style. That's okay, there are enough other outstanding Midwestern IPAs in circulation.

Like many less-than-great hoppy brews, bitterness exceeds good, clean, pure hop flavor by a considerable margin. However, white grapefruit pith and orange peel are beginning to assert themselves more and more as the middle of the bottle nears. Thankfully, malt is plentiful and there isn't too much earthy caramel to get in the way of the hops.

All that malt provides silky smoothness and all those hops provide contrasting tongue texture of the kind that all hopheads crave. This is an impressive mouthfeel in all ways that matter.

If Erie Brewing Company hasn't yet designated a flagship beer, this IPA is as good a choice as any. It would be great if this single of Misery Bay had company, but I only bought the one. Bottom line: if you're jonesin' for hops, dive right into Misery Bay.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Misery Bay is a pretty standard IPA found in brewpubs and microbreweries around the country. It's pleasant, fresh, and tasty enough but misses those finite intangibles that makes a good beer a great one.

Like the Mad Anthony's APA, this IPA has a crystal clean graham cracker maltiness with a super refreshing caramel and fresh bread taste. Toffee notes also give good flavor to the beer.

But with all IPA's the malts don't make the beer- the hops do. With the added alcohol, body, maltiness, and overall flavor increase; the bitey hops that I notice in the Mad Anthony's isn't as much a deterant here as it is in the lighter APA.

Still, the hops bite a bit while giving a sharp grapefruit and orange rind taste. Bitterness is high but without the pang of grassy, piney, or metallic off-elements.

The beer shows off a bright golden-amber color that hinges on orange. While the head forms and fades quickly, it reduces to a trace then holds. Stark white foam leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Though a nice beer, it is easily forgettable.

BEERchitect, Jan 19, 2010
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 jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a golden yellow color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer reminded me of a Beligain IPA a little more than an American one. The floral aroma blended with a little bit of yeast on the nose. The taste was also a bit floral but not really as hoppy as I was hoping for. It also had a little bit of a bready taste to it. The mouthfeel of the beer was on the lighter side. Overall it was a mediocre IPA to me. Wouldn't have to have it again.

Knapp85, Jul 23, 2011
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
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, some hops, some citrus and some bananas.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of citrus, bananas and caramel. Then a very mild hops presence for the style comes in along with a hearty but not too heavy malt character creating an odd balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, there are definitely several other IPA’s I would choose before this one.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 26, 2011
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
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange amber with a nice creme head. Looks good. Citrus and pine nose, but not powerfully so. Flavor brings the same with a leafy almost bitter bite. A bit wrapped up and tight on the flavor, but still nice enough to be able to enjoy. Feel is thicker and bodied. Nice to drink. The nit-pickers would probably slam it in comparison to more popular IPAs, but I don't think there is anything wrong with it.

RblWthACoz, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, orange body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - Fruity citrus hops with some background pine and gym-sock notes. Some caramel and toasted grain notes to balance. A classic IPA aroma.

T - Bitter, floral hops up front balanced by light caramel and a good dose of toasted malt. The flavors darken towards the finish with some toffee and a hint of tobacco and strong, slightly astringent bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish with some astringency.

D - A nice IPA. The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but it is well balanced and doesn't lack in hop character, though most of it is spent on bitterness rather than flavor. Good, but not worth going out of your way to find.

nickfl, Aug 17, 2009
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 Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Slatetank, May 27, 2013
Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark orange/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent malt character that boasts of pale, Carapils, and bisquit malts. The hops are there, but they're a bit reserved. The taste is decent as well. It has a very mild bitterness wrapped around a stiff malt flavor. It's rich and bisquity with some burnt toffee notes as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey beer, but it's not really true to style. Also, the maltiness is a bit much for me.

WesWes, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Mora2000, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this!

Pours hazed amber with a creamy off-white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is citric, piney, floral, spiced tea-leaf with some biscuity malt in the back. Not strong, but very nice.

The taste drops off, in my opinion. Something herbal/medicinal/aspirin-like mixes in with the subtle citrus/pine and biscuity malt. Bitterish, soft finish.

The body is medium and fairly creamy.

Despite the aspirin-like quality, which, thankfully, is not overwhelming and recedes as it progresses, and odd-ish hop character, this is pretty well-balanced and quite drinkable. Alcohol well-hidden. Pretty smooth, all things considered.

jwc215, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wonderful frothy and domed head. The liquid is solid copper and perfectly clear. Lots of spider web lace on the glass.

Smell: Quite earthy for the style. Some beef stew to the nose. No notable hop. In a word, disappointing.

More malty than most IPA's, but the hop is present in the swallow. Full bodied with a low level of carbonation. Bitter ending but without interest or complexity.

smcolw, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -11%

beernads, May 31, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 2" head. Thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: bread and some woody tones come through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, bready malt, some fruit sweetness, and a moderate earthy bitterness creates a decent IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish with a bit of dryness late.

Drinkability: easy drinking IPA. Worthy of a try.

Gavage, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got a finger's worth of rocky, bone-white head with low retention from the pour. The color was a deep copper with a slight haze evident when held up to the light. The nose gave off a scent of very grassy hops. I am not sure what type(s) of hops they used in this, but it was unusual. The mouthfeel was medium with that same grassy-hops flavor very evident on the tongue. The finish evidenced some malty sweetness, but since it was not an overpowering hops presence to begin with, it kind of ruined the effect. Not a bad beer, but I have others from Erie BC that I swear by and this would not take their place.

woodychandler, May 06, 2008
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

tempest, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Billolick, May 10, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle.

A: The IPA is a tang-hued amber color, more orange than not. A mild haze obscures the ale, lending darker notes to the body. A finger and a half of head has laced all around the mouth.

S: Not much of an aroma wafts out of this one. What is there is very grainy with a green vegetal freshness. Nuthin' hot.

T: Interesting flavor. The first sip reveals a hop presence that is somewhere between bitter and vegetal. It doesn't bite and it doesn't really excite. As it warms, a leafy hop flavor does emerge and add much needed punch. A decent ale but no go-to.

M: The mouthfeel is muddled, weak as it struggles to find its way.

D: There are many other IPAs that I'd take over this one. It's not terrible, just average.

akorsak, Feb 07, 2009
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Misery Bay IPA from Erie Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.