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Misery Bay IPA - Erie Brewing Co.

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Misery Bay IPAMisery Bay IPA

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148 Reviews

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Reviews: 148
Hads: 289
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 21.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | 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 fragilemacabre
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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?

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Bright sunrise golden color shows off its clarity, nice solid two fingers of white frothy head with an excellent retention. Medium body, smooth all the way through. Toasted biscuit aroma is surrounded by a mellow herbal minty hop. Bitterness is assertive right from the start with a drawn-out sharpness which the taste buds can't shake off. Hop flavor starts off with a thick dry herb, ash-like resin and earthy flavor then it moves toward bitter citric and vague mint in the finish. Clean other than a kiss of fruitiness and a small amount of warming alcohol. There is a dry malt character present with a grainy biscuity flavor middle to end, very little sweetness comes through. Finishes dry and bitter.

Wow, this is one bitter beer. Great for the hopheads and certainly a good beer to test what your threshold is for bitterness. Unique and without a doubt worth a try.

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Photo of cdizinno
2.86/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz. bottle as pictured. No freshness date found.

A: Clear dark orange amber with a 1 finger light tan head. Moderate lacing.

S: Heavy malts and grains with hardly any hop aromas.

T&M: Hop bitterness. Slightly roasted malts. Grains. Medium bodied. Nice dry finish with a mild oily feel.

Very disappointing. This is more like a cross between a hoppy brown ale and maybe a bit of an English IPA, but on the bad end of the spectrum. Decent brew, but not much of an IPA.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-amber color with a white head. The aroma is caramel malt with some piney hops. The flavor is toffee and earthy hops with a nice malt backbone. The piney hops from the aroma are not really present in the taste. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been seeing stuff from this brewery on the shelves lately and hadn't noticed such before. This is my first go.
Initial impact of this beer is that it strikes me as more of an English style IPA than an American one. There is a lot of balance to the brew, it even leans toward the maltier end of the spectrum. Sweetened black tea and biscuits are there in the flavor with a decent seasoning of hop bitterness outlining everything. It has a nice, smooth quality that I find I'm enjoying.
Frankly, when I set out to get some beer today I was looking for a hop bomb of some sort. My owning a smartphone and a beer advocate account leaves for no excuse in my not returning home with such a thing. As it stands, I'm glad I picked this beer up. While I would not go for this if I was in the mood for an IPA this definitely has a place on the beer list. Think Brooklyn and/or Boston Lager with a higher hop concentration. Pretty nice.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: dark for an IPA. really nice lacing

smell: bready malts cover the hop aroma which leads to a balanced IPA

taste: as I smelled. balance and maybe more to the malt side. Not my style, but it seemed fresh and a decent IPA for what it is. but way to much malt masking.

mouthfeel: medium bodied to full for an IPA

drinkability: decent selection. would not try again.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with no freshness information drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a deep amber to copper colored body with a small eggshell colored head on top. the head lasts for a minute before becoming little more than a skin on top of my glass. solid rings of lacing are left behind.

S- semi sweet caramel and toffee malts upfront. a little bit of toasted bread. the hops come through faintly, as if this one might be getting old. whats left come across as earthy/spicy/herbal.

T- the toffee i could smell comes through very strong. the sweet caramel is here also. unfortunately, the hops in this one taste faded. a little bit of spicy and earthy hops are all that remain.

M- medium bodied and highly carbonated.

D- too bad this one seems old. thats another reason more (all) breweries should date the bottles on beers that will go down hill quickly. this is my first beer from erie brewing, and my first impression isnt a good one. theres a cool picture on the bottle though...

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Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a nice amber body with a decent sized, white head...the head showed some retention and settled into a spotty cap...nice lacing

S - A very balanced nose highlighting both toasted, sweet, caramel malts and bright, citrus hops

T - The malts stand out at first...they are nicely toasted and give that sweet caramel/toffee flavor...the sweetness really takes over as you get to the bottom of the glass...it takes away from the great bitterness that was present at first sip...the citrus hops add to the sweetness and they end with a pine flavor that provides a strong bitterness

M - Medium bodied...crisp...the malts overpower the hops as the beer warms and takes away from the nice, lingering bite

D - This was just your standard IPA...pretty balanced at first but leans more towards the malty side as it warms up

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Photo of gmfessen
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Misery Bay IPA is a clear, copper-apricot color with a two-finger creamy head that leaves thin lines of lacing frosted on the glass as the head recedes. The nose has a strong lightly toasted backdrop, probably victory malt with the citrus of what I imagine to be west coast C hops. A little light in the hops department though for an AIPA. The taste confirms the nose; solid toasty, bready malt base complimented by a light but well balanced citrusy hop bitterness. Definitely not an over the top AIPA but very smooth and well balanced. Mouthfeel is a light medium body with a light but creamy carbonation and slightly dry finish. Overall a very drinkable beer and while some hopheads would be disappointed, I find this to be a very quaffable beer that feeds that need for hops but doesn't leave the mouth bitter for hours afterwards. Worth trying if you have the chance.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. This is the last of the 3 Erie Brewing Co beers I have. Lets hope this one is better than the other two.

A - Clear orange with a hint of red, a small circle of white had rests on the top

S - not incredibly fragrant but I can pick up a hint of pale malts with a citrusy hop flavor blended in.

T - Pretty standard take on the IPA style. On the balanced side. The citrusy hops blend with the pale malts at the start and it finishes with a hint of piney bitterness. Not much complexity but it is solid.

M - medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Basic IPA mouthfeel.

D - Pretty easy drinker for an IPA. This isn't awful but I don't see much point in picking this one up again when I can find plenty of other better IPA's. Not bad but not great.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A local offering that I haven't gotten around to trying until today.

A- This is a great looking IPA. Pours with a 1-2 finger soapy white head which fades to 1/4 finger and has great retention from there. Plenty of lacing left behind in the glass. Body is a nearly transparent rusty amber hue with a minimal dynamic fogginess throughout. Bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top.

S-The nose is moderate in strength. It offers some of earthy,herbal, and a shade of floral hop tones with the faint pine resin. Pale malt can be detected in the background.

T-Flavor is mild initially but and earthy hop bitterness creeps its way forward until its actually pretty big. Malt backbone is very faint. A moderate dose of pine accents bigger earthy and herbal hop tones for the finish with a touch of added sweetness. A moderate residual hop bitterness lingers.

M-Medium to high prickly carbonation and a somewhat thin, yet smooth and oily medium weight body.

D- This is a decent IPA overall. I'm actually surprised by the bitterness that it offers. Certainly not the best IPA out there-but it definitely fits the style. Its a bit too resiny for me but still has good drinkability and an all-around decent beer.

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Photo of oregonskibum
2.35/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a really cloudy copper or orange-brown color. Super thin head that disappeared almost immediately with the exception of a thin ring around the glass.

S: Somewhat weak orange flavor I assume are the hops. Smell is dominated by the malts - plenty of caramal and other bready flavors. Smells more like a light weigh amber than an IPA.

T: Taste is full of caramel and buttery-rich malt flavors. A touch of hop bitterness, mostly orange or citrus, but it is muted and kind of dies off. I really don't get much bitterness in the finish, like I would expect with an IPA.

M: Medium to heavy for a regular IPA. Low to moderate carbonation. Nothing remarkable.

D: Struggles to make average for an IPA. Will not purchase again.

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Photo of teovaldi
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a big white head leaving nice lacing.

Smells mostly of malt and a tiny whiff of hops. Pretty lackluster for an IPA.

Starts out with sweet malts going into citrusy hops and finishes bitter and lingers.

Medium bodied with great carbonation.

Went down easy, is pretty tasty and at 6.5%, fairly sessionable.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper/amber color with a large off-white head that leaves a ton of lacing around the glass and very nice retention as well.

S- The aroma is almost shockingly faint for an IPA. There is some buttery malts, caramel, and citrusy hops. Wish the aroma was more prevalent, it is just weak for an IPA.

T- The taste starts off with a pretty solid buttery caramel malt base with some bitter citric hops in the finish leaving a nice lingering bitterness. The taste is much better than the aroma.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty good American IPA. The aroma brings the overall score down a little, but everything else is pretty solid. This one is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of garuda
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, gets a one-finger thick, creamy head with good retention and respectable lacing. Color is a slightly hazy copper.

S - Big sweet, buttery malt aroma. I have to search a bit for some herbal hop notes.

T - Starts off with a taste of big, caramelly malts, ten some butter. Hops don't appear until the aftertaste and are mostly herbal and floral, with some pine, and aren't strong enough to balance out the malt base. Buttery flavors still persist through the hops.

M - Medium body, good carbonation level. Makes for a decent, smooth mouthfeel.

D - Hurt a bit by the lingering buttery tastes, but I could definitely drink a couple of these.

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Photo of corby112
2.81/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper/amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin lasting ring.

Slightly earthy citrus hop aroma win a bit of diaceytl. There is a strong caramel malt backbone with hints of biscuit and butter. I was expecting a bit more hops in the nose.

Medium body with a lot of buttery diaceytl and not much hops. Very strong caramel biscuit backbone that overpowers the slightly earthy piny hops. Pretty drinkable but not hoppy enough for my liking. Not very well balanced with a lot of buttery maltiness. Kind of messy.

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Photo of mwa423
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark red color, very clear and the ruby red hits the light right and is a great looking beer. Two fingers of head slowly die off and leave a stick lacing down the glass.

S - Rich malt smell with a solid nose of hops and some spice.

T - Heavy bitter but floral hop flavor that meets slightly semi-sweet malt.

M/D - Mouthfeel is solid, but nothing to write home about. Drinkability is a bit lower due to the bitter aftertaste that makes you almost want to chase it with a sweeter beer.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with a good sized head and lacing that fades quickly.
The aroma of light,floral hops with light citrus and grapefruit hints.

The tastes starts off with a bitter sting then it follows on the tongue with a pine and citrus hint. I felt it was a well rounded beer with a good back up of malts.
The feel is medium carbonation with a clean,smooth and very dry finish.

Notes: The balance was good and overall it was a good beer to try. I liked this,was not crazy about it,but I will try it again.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Chip Shop, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderate citrus hop.

The taste was well balanced with a mild citrus hop and soft round malt.

The mouthfeel was typical with a dry, herbal finish.

Overall a good IPA.

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Photo of u2carew
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz long neck. Consumed 1/31/10

A) Pours with an off-white head. Two fingers thick. Great head retention. Creamy and foamy. Body is fairly transparent. Copper in color. Lacing is crazy sticky leaving traces throughout the entire glass - top to bottom.
S) Not overly aromatic. Light orange and grapefruit notes.
T) Caramel and grapefruit up front. Nice balance of bitter sweet. Then the malty sweetness fades while the hop bite carries on into the finish. In the aftertaste - grapefruit and citrus tones.
M) Creamy. Smooth. Medium body. Lingering tannin feel.
D) A decent IPA, lots of hop bite.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very pleasant surprise was this one! This a throw in on a trade and I have to thank whoever sent it. I forgot! A winner, however.

Pours a dark orange amber with a light faded yellow head.

Nose is light pineapple and a bit of citrus pie filling.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and pretty creamy. Drinks much "more" than the 6.5% abv. Tastes and feels stronger.

Tastes of quality and richness. Flavors are big, bold and tasty. Hits you with some very quick hint of sweet citrus and then quickly goes to toast, yeast and a full pine and grapefruit skin quality. Good flavors and rich grapefruit skin oil finish with undertones of pine.

Very nice and extremely consumer friendly and drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Misery Bay is a pretty standard IPA found in brewpubs and microbreweries around the country. It's pleasant, fresh, and tasty enough but misses those finite intangibles that makes a good beer a great one.

Like the Mad Anthony's APA, this IPA has a crystal clean graham cracker maltiness with a super refreshing caramel and fresh bread taste. Toffee notes also give good flavor to the beer.

But with all IPA's the malts don't make the beer- the hops do. With the added alcohol, body, maltiness, and overall flavor increase; the bitey hops that I notice in the Mad Anthony's isn't as much a deterant here as it is in the lighter APA.

Still, the hops bite a bit while giving a sharp grapefruit and orange rind taste. Bitterness is high but without the pang of grassy, piney, or metallic off-elements.

The beer shows off a bright golden-amber color that hinges on orange. While the head forms and fades quickly, it reduces to a trace then holds. Stark white foam leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Though a nice beer, it is easily forgettable.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't fond of this at first, but it grew on me a little. But only a little.

Pours rich copper with dense head. The aroma is tropical, pineapple and banana. The flavor follows with strong fruitiness, banana, pineapple and lime, fresh cut grass on the back, with some acidic bitterness, woody, on the end. Mouthfeel is fairly robust. Too fruity for me, but worthy.

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Misery Bay IPA from Erie Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.