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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 Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Wasatch, Nov 30, 2008
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 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 HopDerek
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

HopDerek, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3/5  rDev -11%
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.

ZimZamZoom, Oct 05, 2008
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 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 Bitterbill
3.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

Bitterbill, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of Riggsy
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Riggsy, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.1/5  rDev -8%
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.

cswhitehorse, Aug 23, 2008
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 BeerTruth
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

BeerTruth, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Stinkypuss, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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...

ATPete, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of doubleipa
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

doubleipa, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of alexgash
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

alexgash, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Traquairlover, May 31, 2008
Photo of ElGordo
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

ElGordo, May 26, 2008
Photo of mhewes
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a clear copper with about a 1/4 inch white head

S : Lots of citrusy hops. Not much else

T : About the same as the smell. Well balanced so that hops don't overpower

M : Smooth with medium carbonation

D : Easy drinking. Could session this beer

mhewes, May 09, 2008
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 brewandbbq
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper, with a quarter-inch head of white. Retention is minimal and a few errant dots of lacework.

Aromatics are meek and lacking. Traces of cracked garlic, pine, and malt. A bit earthy. Quite sub-par for an IPA.

Crisp and tacky mouthfeel. Lively enough to keep the brew quaffable.

Malt-forward on the pallet, with hopping rates in line with an English version.
A light mix of garlic, pine, and grapefruit. Columbus?
Bitterness is frim and smooth, and minerally crispness is spot on for style.
Finishes with a lingering, drying bitterness, malt-laden fruit, and a tinge of warming alcohol.

No bottle date apparent, but I suspect this brew has seen better days. I picked it up two weeks ago at Stateline Beverage in Maryland.

brewandbbq, May 03, 2008
Photo of riversider76
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with a thin white head. Decent retention,and nice lacing. Aroma is of grassy,piney hops. Body is medium with light carbonation. Taste is of grapefruit,with a bit of a malty undertone. Nice hoppy finish. I would recommend this beer.

riversider76, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a crystal clear nedium amber color with miniscule white creamy head that quickly falls to a thin ring. Some even lacing as the level falls.

Smell has strong tones of citrusy hops that seem to dominate any other taste sensation.

Taste is also dominated by hops, with a srtong astringent character present. Malt is too well hidden to present any type of balance.

Finishes with more dryness and not much else.

A very one-dimensional offering.

tgbljb, Mar 30, 2008
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 OWSLEY069
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
Misery Bay IPA from Erie Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.