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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
78
okay

264 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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 akorsak
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of kkosmoski
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, orangish-amber pour in the glass with a large, creamy (almost nitro looking), domed head on top. Very impressive thick and sturdy head. Herbal and minty hop in the nose with some light bready malt. Nice big shot of citrusy American hop flavor to start out. Semi sweet orange peel flavor leads into a big citrusy bitter finish along with a bit of bread. Feel is a nice creamy smooth medium-full with an excellent soft tickling carbonation. Ease of drink on this would be better with a bit less abv, slightly lower bitterness and a more sturdy malt presence.

This IPA is all about a big, citrusy American hop bitterness and flavor. The bitterness really hangs on for quite a while in the aftertaste, which I do not mind. I would have enjoyed a little more malt presence to balance the bittering some more. What I really liked the best about this beer was the mouthfeel. Exceptionally creamy and smooth with an amazingly soft and docile carbonation - awesome!

Photo of ppoitras
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via trade with imstillthegman. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a scant 1/4" white head above the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with lasting filmy lace. Aroma is pale malt sweetness with a somewhat vegetal hoppy character. Taste starts sweet, gets generically bitter in the middle, and has a similar but somewhat chalky aftertaste. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is alright. Nothing much exciting me here.

Photo of jraycee
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rageagainst123 for this bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy Longhorn burnt orange color. Small head that fades to a small layer.
Smell is malty with orange peels and toffee.
Taste certainly reflects the east coast heritage. Strong sweet malts rival the hops who fight bitterly from the middle through the aftertaste. Wet grass and captains wafers come to mind.
Mouthfeel is very good for the style, but I'm looking for more from IPAs these days. If it was local, it could be sessionable.

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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 nick76
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is hoppy with mostly grass and citrus. There is also a slightly toasted caramel malt. The appearance amber with a small but nice head. The flavor is bitter and grassy with malt up front but a grain husk and hop finish. The palate is average for the style but smooth. Overall I like it but its too astringent to really enjoy.

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, some citrus and slight pine. The taste is slightly sweet, very nice balance of malts/hops, slight hop win, nice touch of citrus/pines. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty IPA.

Photo of Lepley
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of HopDerek
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Spinnerstown Hotel

Poured a clear golden amber with thin off-white head. OK retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus, pine, earth, and caramel. Tastes of floral hops mixed with a touch of citrus from the start, then earth, straw, and caramel, with some pine and dried grass in the finish. Medium to medium light in body with average carbonation. Semi-chewy with a good bitterness, but overall falls short and isn't very aggressive or balanced. Somewhat syrupy but also thin in places. Just an OK IPA in my book, not really something to appease the hopheads, but a little too much for those who like a more malty IPA with just a little bit of hop kick.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a crudely sanitized hotel rocks glass. An interesting earthy-bronze color with a short-lived white head. Lots of bubbles.

Aroma is light citrusy hops, with a little alcohol burn and some sweet malty goodness. Taste is grapefruit and alcohol. Surprisingly warm for 6.5%. I get some sweet malt but not a lot. Not much lingering bitterness from the hops, but the alcohol warms on and on. Fairly thin in the mouth.

Not real impressive and nowhere near what I would expect for the style.

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
4.22/5  rDev +24.9%
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 Bitterbill
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

Nice slightly hazy golen amber in colour with a 1 finger head of foam. Good lacing.

The smell has a lot of different hoppy characteristics with fruity-citrus, grassy, and floral notes. There's some malt there as well but it's really faint to my nose.

The taste is bitterly harsh. Grapefruit, grass, spice, a faint bready malt presence just before the finsh, err...this one is tres bitter and it actually puts some heat on the back of my throat.

It's light bodied and the carbonation is medium. It finishes with big bitterness and a slightish fruity tartness the latter of which I favour.
Btw, head retention is pretty good.

Overall, this is a decidedly difficult brew for me. I don't get any balance at all and the flavours go into territory that my palate doesn't like. Oh well, I'm still glad I got a chance to try it.

Photo of Riggsy
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. draft poured at Ten Stone in Philadelphia, PA.

A: Pours a nice clear orange / copper in color, thin slightly off white head.

S: Piney, grassy & citrus hop aroma dominate.

T: Dissapointing, grassy, stale hop flavor, very bitter no real malt backbone to support the hops. Finishes metallic.

M: Thin mouthfeel, lacks a malt presence. Finishes dry.

D: Hoppy like an AIPA should be, but lacking any attempt at balance. One and done.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Misery Bay IPA pored an orange color with a solid 2-3 finger foam head and some excellent wave like lacing.

The aroma was a nice American smell with cascade hops dominating with pine in the forefront. It had a decent malt back drop with an abrasive hop finish. It had kind of bad after taste and didn't leave much of a mark in the mouth. Average offering in the American IPA field.

Photo of jwc215
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a semi-clear rusty orange hue with a full one finger head that slowly drops to a creamy layer of foam. Thick layers of lacing left on the sides of the glass, just how I like it. Smell is pretty musty with a hint of pine and dirt. Faint citrus hops in the background with a touch of sweet malts. Not a powerful aroma, but very pleasant and balanced. Bitter hops on the tongue up front with some lemongrass and hay underneath. The spruce emerges midway with some earthy hops and crystal malts. The bitter taste lingers all the way through to the dry aftertaste and really takes away enjoyment of this beer. Fluffy medium body with chewy feel and steady carbonation. Not bad, but not a thirst quenching IPA like I was hoping for.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pit glass. Light orange in color with a foamy, slightly off white head. Leaves behind a web of lace.

S. Earthy, slightly piney hops.

T. A piney US bred hop taste, earthy with a lingering bitterness and slight off flavors. Slight caramel malt notes. Fairly balanced. A bit metallic.

M. Medium bodied and smooth.

D. Very good drinkability. A solid IPA. Worth 2$ a bottle.

Overall: Lacking the intense fruit hop flavors of some west coast IPA's. This is about your average IPA, maybe slightly better than that.

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

12 oz bottle

Misery Bay pours a transparent orange brown color with some visible carbonation and a big booming white head. Nose of stale hops and subtle toasted malts. Balanced taste, very nice to see a sturdy malt backbone in IPA's that actually works for the beer. The downside to its taste is the obvious use of too much bittering hops, it leaves a very grassy, cannabis aftertaste that i am not finding all to pleasant (and i love that kind of character in IPA's...) Its got a medium body, slightly sticky to the lips and coating to the tongue. Man, that bitter taste really lingers around. Worth a try if offered one, but i don't know if i'd purchase this brew... Scope your options out fully...

Photo of doubleipa
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this at the Harrisburg brewfest. Quite a yellow color, not much off-white head. Aroma was mostly pine resin, not much citrus. Very long finish. Was very dry and crisp mouthfeel. Overall a decent IPA, but not outstanding - wouldn't go out of my way to have.

Photo of alexgash
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle.

Orange copper with golden edges. Thick finger of creamy, light beige head. Good lacing. Biscuit malt, apples/pears, powdered sugar, backed by resinous, piny, slightly citric hops. Not bad.

Toasted malt and herbal hop bitterness up front. Cookie and apple fruit malt. Some caramel. Lemon mineral water bitterness builds. A bit piny and resinous, but mostly just aspirin bitter. Not my favorite IPA hop flavor. Finish is dry with lots of aspirin bitterness and some residual caramel malts. Medium-bodied with a slightly creamy feel.

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

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to adamharbaugh for the bottle.

A = Medium clear amber with thick foamy yellowish off white head, good retention, heavy lacing.

S = Citrus hops notes first then a sweet syrup underlying it, decent but not too terribly complex.

T = Quite bitter, tastes of pine, fresh cut grass, long bitter finish. Starts bitter and ends bitter, not in complete balance, but it is an American IPA after all. Somewhat simple but tasty.

M = Medium-light body, good mouthcoating though stings a little just from the hops acids, good frothy carbonation.

D = A perfectly fine if not stellar IPA, would definitely drink it again.

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.

Misery Bay IPA from Erie Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.