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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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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 19:16:44 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

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...

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 00:57:17 | More by ATPete
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2008 21:29:25 | More by doubleipa
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 20:57:31 | More by alexgash
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 23:37:49 | More by Traquairlover
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 06:03:14 | More by ElGordo
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

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 13:52:56 | More by mhewes
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 23:27:22 | More by woodychandler
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 21:02:46 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of riversider76

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 23:30:31 | More by riversider76
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 19:17:27 | More by tgbljb
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 19:57:26 | More by brucepia
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 19:52:12 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of ziggy13


2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a sample bottle of this and cracked it right open.

A - Pours a copper color with a bone white head with minimal lacing around the glass after the first couple sips.

S - Not too much there. Slight hop aroma, but with a little funk present. Really nothing going on.

T - Starts out a little hoppy. Ends dry and bland with a the same funky aftertaste that was in the nose. Not one of the best IPAs by far.

M - Very, very thin when it hits the palate. Gets a lttle syrupy on the way down.

D - Obviously could have a few if I really enjoyed the beer. The alcohol really isn't present so its not overpowering.

Overall this beer was simply average. Like many other run of the mill IPAs but probably not as enjoyable as most. I really wouldn't recommend it! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 19:20:56 | More by ziggy13
Photo of beerphan


3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-ta p -> pint

Pours more orange than amber, with some light golden highlights. A nice fluffy white head sits atop and recedes relatively quickly. Some nice rings of lace.

Nose: Earthy hops, some pine. Slight caramel malt

Clean semi-full mouth. A huge malt base that kind of shadows the mellow hoppiness. Sweet at first, a bit floral with some earthy spicinesses.

A decent ipa offering that is close to being awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2008 05:53:38 | More by beerphan
Photo of Morey


3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out brassy-gold in color and had a nice 1 inch head. Lots of bubbles rushing up towards the top. The head sticks to the glass nicely with each sip. Good clarity....maybe too good for the style.

Aroma is rather mild for an Ipa, although the hops are definitely present.

Taste is mostly hops all the way through with a malt backbone that just kind of hangs out behind the sticky hop flavor for most of the ride. The acids from the hops coupled with the malts seems just a little off flavor wise....at least for me.

Mouthfeel is a on the thin-medium side.
I could drink a few of these, but there are better Ipa's for the taking.

Morey's Bottom Line : This is a drinkable IPA, but nothing jumps out and grabs your attention. I probably wouldn't purchase a sixer of this beer unless choices are fairly limited. I would like to see EBC step outside the box a little more with this one. Good but not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 20:35:50 | More by Morey
Photo of letsgopens


3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I snagged up a bottle of this IPA from 3 Sons in Wexford on my way home from CBW. It pours a semi-translucent orange amber with some attractive golden highlights. The sizable, frothy white head displays decent retention and leaves a few thin wisps of lacing just about the surface of the brew.

Very floral and somewhat herbal hops approach the nose initially. Lots of citrus is thrown in along with some dim, yeasty, caramel malt and a hint of vanilla. Fairly sweet and fruity once you get past the respectable amount or flowery hops. Pretty nice.

Predominately malty in flavor. I was hoping for more of those nice floral/herbal hops but they seemed only prevalent in small doses. A bit more citrus and a distinct metallic quality in the middle. The end sweetens up a bit and leaves a juicy but dull finish. Just a hint of booze can be detected. Pretty middle-of-the-road I suppose.

Crisp and clean on the palate with a semidry finish and moderate carbonation throughout. The flavor doesn't linger much but the metallic character sticks around a bit longer than I'd like. Moderate drinkability due to an average abv but it would be better with some more hops and nix the slight penny flavor. You could do a lot worse but fairly average.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 20:06:06 | More by letsgopens
Photo of DomErie


4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This new IPA poured a nice golden amber with a nice half inch head. As others have indicated it doesn't have an overwhelmingly potent nose. However, the first taste of that creamy head is sublime. This is a real IPA in every sense of the description! I can't say that I can identify each of the included hops but it is hoppy-licious. As I sipped the beer it left a very nice lace on the glass just like it;s supposed to. As it warmed there was a slight sweetness, which I like. Mouthfeel was creamy as mentioned earlier. Is this a mark of a great beer, or what?
Needless to say, Erie has a hit on its hands and a new go-to beer for me. Yahhoo!

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2007 23:09:54 | More by DomErie
Photo of jhicks12


4.33/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale gold color with a nice finger and a half of white head. Aroma was nice could be a bit bigger hop aroma but nice nose of both hops and malts. very nice initial malt back with a nice tingly floral and citrus hop finish. Nice crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable IPA. Needs a little more nose but nice balance with malts complimenting the hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 01:10:19 | More by jhicks12
Photo of WVbeergeek

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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Misery Bay IPA from Erie Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.