Misery Bay IPA - Erie Brewing Co.

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Misery Bay IPAMisery Bay IPA

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BA SCORE
79
okay

145 Reviews
THE BROS
84
good

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 282
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of Billolick
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of drinkiusmaximus
2.69/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a coppery orange color with a fingers width head slight retention and minimal lacing.

S-smells like a belgian ipa a little funky spicy like cloves and banana. picking up a wheat smell too.

T- Banana and bubblegum and wheat a little caramel no real hop notes.

M- slightly thin for my idea of an ipa.

D- I finiished the six pack over 3 days probably as an attempt to figure out what was wrong with this beer not something i will get again.

Prost!!! (460 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, a hint of sweetness. Taste is a good balance of hops and malts, not as bitter as most in this style. Seems to be lacking much citrus flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid pick. (301 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little mystified why a brewery give a beer a downer name like this, but I'm sure there is a reason . . .

Poured a copper-tinged caramel. Bright carbonation. A bit bitey at the front wiht hops, then slightly roasted caramel malt ramps up. Perhaps a bit more caramel malt-forward than average for the style. A rather sharp edge to the finish. (343 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz undated bottle in pint glass. Trace of sediment at bottom of bottle added mid-taste.

Pours a clear amber with a very thin but lasting head. Carbonation looks moderate.

Aroma is surprisingly malty and subtle for style. Lower score reflects this lack of hoppiness, but the aroma is appealing.

Taste follows aroma to a limited extent. This is a flavorful brew, but quite malty and the bitterness (IBU = 75, says brewer) is subdued for an IPA. Plenty of nice toasted grain flavor in the finish but limited hop flavor; certainly no hop "bite" or "slam".

Smooth and decent body, but feels slightly under carbonated.

Despite the detractions and departures from style noted above, I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and would be happy to have it again.
If you like pale ales but find IPAs too bitter or hoppy, this is the IPA for you. (839 characters)

Photo of avaccani
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy copped. Very loose thin white head that didn't lace at all. Seems to be a pattern with their beers.

S - Not a whole lot going on. A little malt sweetness, not much in the way of hops.

T - Strong grapefruit, citrus, some malt sweetness. The overall hop presence was lacking. Especially in aroma. The grapefruit flavor faded to an earthy musty flavor that lingered until next sip.

M - Body and carbonation was spot on.

O - This was average as best. Nothing to write home about. If you were to drink one of Erie Brewing's beers, I'd recommend Railbender or Drake's Crude (589 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.64/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Misery Bay, what a perfect name for this beer; I was in misery from the pour until I struggled through the last sip... 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The best part about this beer is the label so if you do venture down this path enjoy the scenery... Pours an ugly murky peach with a weak light tan head. The head is a watery mess, a few sparse bubbles, not even a hint of lace... The aroma is way to sweet, grape juice with malt, no hop presence at all... The taste is equally sweet and boring with a bit of alcohol on the finish. Easy to drink but so boring, its not worth the effort.

Skip this atrocity. (614 characters)

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Misery Bay pours a crystal clear copper amber with very little head formation and next to no lacing.

The aroma exhibits bready malts and a general grassy hoppiness as well as a slight metallic tang.

The flavor has malt aplenty with a general hop bitterness without much in the way of hop flavor other than a grassy nature. The bitterness does not overpower and polishes the malt nicely on the finish. The metallic aftertaste is present slightly as well as a yeasty spiciness.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth and just a tad shy on carbonation but what is present is adequate.

With no discernable dating on the bottle it's hard to tell if I'm missing out on hop flavors that should be present. Not a bad beer by any shot but probably won't become one of my go to IPAs. (770 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of boudreaux
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/reddish, with brown notes; decent, finger head that leaves ok lacing

Smells weak and kinda brown sugar/syrupy; not what i expected from an IPA

Tastes a bit hoppy, but mostly tastes like an amber ale?

Mouthtaste is terrible; metallic and oily

Drinkable for sure (279 characters)

Photo of stewart124
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with a centimeter of tan head. Leave a nice lace along the glass.

Light citrus with some floral notes and just a bit of grapefruit.

Medium bodied with plenty of hop resin and a nice biscuity character. Plenty of light caramel notes and a bold citrus hop bitterness. Lingering pine bitterness comes through to the finish and leaves a nice dry pine on the tongue.

Very slight alcohol with plenty of hop bitterness. This is a nice IPA with a delicious bready/biscuity malt character and lots of bitterness. (520 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice golden copper with an inch of fluffy head.

S - Well I get mostly grassy hops, somewhat earthy with slight grains smell almost pale ale like...

T - Bitter hops first that get kind of smooth with malts but really finish kind of sweet. Still I could use more hops.

M - Light to medium, pretty easy drinking.

D - This IPA is OK but really not that balanced. Sorry guys better luck next batch! (401 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange color that is lightly tinted brown, minimal white head, some sticky lacing at the top of the glass. Scent is grassy and earthy with some piney hops, a lightly toasted quality to the malt. Taste begins with a moderatley bitter touch of piney hops, but the grassy and earthyness takes over the taste, again a light toast profile on the back end. Lighter side of medium bodied, very dry, moderate carbonation. A beer that doesnt pack the punch of many IPAs with the hops or malt but drinkable none the less. (520 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- a light orange color with a one and half finger head. A sticky lacing left on my pint. Somewhat clear but can appear opaque. there is some mahogany color in the beer as well.

S- faint pine hops with some hints of caramel malts. An earthy smell to it.

T- a dry piney hope flavor. Feels more grassy and piney. Nothing to great here but alright.

M- too dry and could use some more flavor from the malt to complement it.

D- a decent brew to be had for some wings but i wouldnt go purchasing a sixer anytime soon. Maybe a good variety pack purchase. (551 characters)

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Looks like a Julian date code is stamped under the front label..

Pours a brownish-orange. Thin, off-white head. Looks remarkably similar to the Railbender Ale that I tried a day ago. Smell is pungent, earthy yeast, and grapefruit hops. Kind of peaty. Taste is also dank and murky hops. A spiciness and peaty-malt base. Finishes wet and bitter. An odd and wild-tasting beer. (388 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes

A - dark golden coppery apperiance. Dense off white head. Tons of lacing.

S - sweetness of caramel malts pulls through the thick citrusy hop bitterness. Simple but tasty aroma.

T - follows the nose. Sweet caramel malt base in the front of the tounge, in the middle is a strong bitterness with a citrusy finish.

M - medium bodied. Carb is very high.

D - a big flavorful IPA. Definitely worth checking out. (421 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Loads of thick and heavy foam. Great lacing at thick, heavy carbonation that seems to rise. Kind of a rosy color. A very nice look. Foam even looks a bit like cotton.

Smell: Decent pine hops. Pretty faint. I wish there were a bit more.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Heavily hopped. Mostly pine. A very rustic taste. I like this part of the beer. The mouthfeel is clean but a bit watery. Definitely some alcohol present.

Drinkability: An easy-drinking IPA.

Overall: A pretty tame IPA. It's easy to drink and provides some nostalgia for a good fall campout. (558 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this one into a Samuel Adams glass. No date listed. The body was a rich clear golden color. The creamy tan head remained a healthy cap throughout.

The smell was airy, earthy hops. Understated, rather plain.

The taste was faded hops. A bit like bread crust. Spicy with a sweet fruity aftertaste. There was a long linger. The flavor improved as it warmed.

The mouthfeel was medium in body and adequately carbonated. (424 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear orange/amber color with a creamy white head that hung around and left good lacing.

S - piney hops which are not overpowering by any means with faint earthy undertones.

T - taste is more like a pale ale, toasted malt with lingering bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a tart feel.

D - it was ok but I wouldn't go out of my way to get more of this. (419 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A dark amber beer, darker than your average ipa. nose was toasty with a decent hop nose, a little woody.

Taste, solid, a rare occasion when you get a 'chewy' ipa. This is a darker, I guess more Uk style of ipa, but it has a denser mouthfeel, color and viscosity to it. I associate toffee with what is going on here. Some flavors in minutae, you know, mint, tobacco. A little different, light brown ale mixed with a pale ale and I dunno, something else. Had worse.

This one was somewhat cheap (41.5$ @ John's in Portland). . . good filler beer. (546 characters)

Photo of fragilemacabre
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

It's not awesome-looking, kind of a rusty amber with little head retention, and smells far maltier than I'd expect from an American IPA. It doesn't taste bad (citrusy, less malt than it smells like, some hoppy goodness but nothing bombastic), but there isn't much to write home about besides its drinkability; it's so smooth on the palate and leaves me feeling pleasantly thirst-quenched. I'd have it again, but I don't see myself craving it. (469 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orangish-amber color with a tan head. Fairly good-sized bubbles. Not so surprisingly, the retention was not so great.
Smell is malt, citrus, grape, grass, hops with hints of pepper and vanilla.
Taste is a lot of hops, grapefruit, light malt and pepper.
A sharp tang on the tongue's tip. Dry with a high-medium effervesence, medium body with some slight warming. A solid hops aftertaste. All told, pretty good. (431 characters)

Photo of caddybuyer
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Cheers to Buy Rite for making this available as a single.

A-Filtered amber with a creamy white head with very nice retention and lacing.

S-Slightly underwhelming nose, but mostly orange citrus with some caramel malts present as well. Nice.

T-Surprisingly bitter throughout the palate. Under the bitterness is a dry malty richness that finishes astringently in a bit of grapefruit rind. There is also an earthy biscuit taste to this one. The best I can describe is chewing a Bayer aspirin while eating an orange flavored dinner roll, but not as horrible as it sounds.

M-Mouthfeel is medium light

D-Interesting beer and one of the better ones from a rather lackluster brewery. I'd try again, but in a highly competitive field, who needs another ho-hum IPA? (807 characters)

Misery Bay IPA from Erie Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.