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Misery Bay IPA - Erie Brewing Co.

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Misery Bay IPAMisery Bay IPA

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271 Ratings

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | 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:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 12-01-2007

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Ratings: 271 | Reviews: 144
Photo of Fish113d
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a finger-thick white seafoamy head that leaves decent amount of lattice on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of fairly mild pine hops. Fairly boring. I really had to work to get this to even hit my nose.

Tasting it, the flavor far outweights the aroma in a pleasing manner. Cascade hops along with a biscuit flavor hits my palate right up front. Hops still remain on my tongue long after the swallow, which is nice.

Prickly carbonation hits my tongue up front and then through the middle with a medium-bodied brew. Nice staying power on the flavor and this one is has a bit more "oomph" than the pale ale (thank God).

Very drinkable brew. Yummy, enjoyable, and the alcohol is decent at 6.5%. I could easily drink a 6er of it.

Photo of brentk56
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
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

Photo of philbe311
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Glowing orange copper color... Two fingers worth of tight crisp creamy white foam... Moderate amount of medium paced carbonation... Dramatically refracts light... Completely translucent... Awesome stickiness...

S - An enticing aroma, but dramatically to weak... Sweet citrus aroma... Faint malt... Vanilla Wafers... Minor hop profile can be detected... Seltzer... Cracker...

T - Malt... Cracker... Orange zest... Lemon...

M - Smooth... Crispy... Creamy... Distinctively chalky... Dry finish... Aftertaste is distinctively hoppy and bitter... More carbonation would add a lot of character to this beer...

D - Decent... Far from top of the class for the category, but enjoyable none the less... Appearance is stellar, but the aroma is too weak and the mouthfeel is missing a certain something...

Note - Great label featuring a historic painting of people on a boat with the commander point to shore and saying "I think the brewery is that way..."

Photo of Risser09
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottler poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2009?

Appearance: Pours a copper orange color with bubbles flowing to the surface. The head rises 1" and has a bunch of sudsy foam. It's off-white, shows great retention and leaves behind lots of lace.

Smell: Rather malty with a caramel aroma. Bland hop aroma is slightly earthy. Nutty almond. Not like a typical IPA.

Taste: Slight bitterness without much intensity. The bitterness is herbal and ends with a pine finish. The nutty almond and earthy malt flavors mimic the nose. Lingering bitterness of pine.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. Sweet. Earthy. Then bitter again. Medium body and smooth. Bitter finish. Slight alcohol finish.

Drinkability: Not a typical fruity, citrusy IPA. This is a different take that's not too bad. I wish there was more complexity. Worth trying.

Photo of Brencr
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having tried Railbender on tap, I asked the local store to see if they could obtain some. They got the Railbender and Misery Bay. Being an IPA lover, I had to try it.

The color and aroma are nothing out of the ordinary, but the extra fruity flavor of the hops was a very pleasant supprise. Most definatly a repeat buy.

Photo of woodske1
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the best beer I have ever had from Erie Brewing. It's the only on that really stands by itself and has some real taste. Their "risk" pays off here.

It has a nice aroma and nice taste but nothing to write home about. Very average beer but worth a try if you don't like their other beers.

Photo of schoolboy
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, time to go to the beer store. Why on earth should a beer have "misery" in the name. And in this case, it's a pretty good beer. And if it is named after the beautiful bay at Erie PA, more of a mystery - that's a wonderful place. Presque Isle and all.

I've tried the Railbender and was not impressed. This one has a bit of a misplaced bitterness to it that is asking for a little something for character, balance - dare I say fruit? Or maybe wood. This should go well with flavorful foods. Or bland foods. In my case, in place of foods.

This is misery I can appreciate.

Photo of akorsak
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
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
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
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
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
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
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
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
3.65/5  rDev +8%
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
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
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
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
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
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
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
4.17/5  rDev +23.4%
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
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
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
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
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
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
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
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Misery Bay IPA from Erie Brewing Co.
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