Misery Bay IPA
Erie Brewing Co.

Misery Bay IPAMisery Bay IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #7,082
Ranked #47,904
3.4 | pDev: 15%
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Misery Bay IPAMisery Bay IPA
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Bito24 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As an Erie area resident and a frequent visitor to the actually Misery Bay, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this brew. Flavor subtle with hints of grapefruit peel. A good starter beer, If you’re new to the IPA world.

Oct 18, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From undated notes; poured from a bottle.

Murky dark orange color.

White head; decent lace.

Caramel & orange citrus nose; hints of pine & burnt sugar.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Pine is WAY more assertive in the flavor than in the nose. A fresh soap note is detectable but isn't offensive.

Sessionable; decent.

May 17, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly decent IPA with some nice bitter hop notes and a crisp, refreshing feel. Pours an amber-copper color with a little white foaming head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of some lighter piney hop notes, weaker floral and grapefruit fruity hops, malt and some caramel. Taste follows the nose, and there’s a fairly pronounced hoppy bitter bite at the end that’s quite pleasant. Smooth, mild, thin mouthfeel and good carbonation. Not too bad at all, easy to drink and enjoy. Just not particularly memorable.

Apr 07, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a mild glossy copper color with a fair transparency about it. Mild carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. Just a wisp of a little white semi-foamy head. Not much lace, just seemed messy and not much there.
The aroma had some sharp crisp piney hops hitting upon some caramel/toffee malts.
The flavor yields to the sweet maltiness of it all to play with the sweet side of the hops. Mild aftertaste of malts with a slight sweet hoppiness about it.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Mild finish of the piney bitterness but with a sly dirtiness.
Overall, not sure what to say here - there's so many IPA's on the market these days.....yeah, hmmmmmm.....

Aug 12, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased during a recent visit to Erie.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Not much going on here. Doesn’t taste bad, but a pretty boring beer. Looks pretty good, tastes kind of piney. Not very aromatic. Would not buy again.

Jul 26, 2018
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mthomp081 from Delaware

4.19/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

They HAD to have changed this IPA recently. Pours a light orange with a two finger head. Nose is bursting with hops - citrus, tropical fruits, oranges. These are followed up right on to the taste. A refreshing, light, citrus IPA. I really enjoyed this. I have a few others and I will drink them to make sure this wasn't just one-off. Overall, an excellent IPA.

Jul 13, 2017
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soccrgump from Pennsylvania

2.32/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Copper, 1/2 finger head, very little lacing
S: Mango, toast, earthy
T: Stone fruit, less than nose; bitter back, malt notes
M: Thin
O: Odd IPA. Not impressed.

Jun 07, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Odd beer. Looks great

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden, amber body with a big, rocky head; leaves large strands of lace.

Smell: Hops have a decaying, fall garden floor, vegetal character with some bitterness. Odd and different.

Taste: Follows the odd decaying smell, and then finishes that way (a bit of cardboard and decaying compost, but not in a bad way). Biscuity, up front, but dominated by the earthy, vegetal hops; after the swallow, the hops finally take over, and continue to be stinky and odd. Good cheese beer?

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation, aspiriny finish.

Oddest IPA I've tasted out of 1000 beers. Must try but too odd for another. Try 1.

Oct 21, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darker than your average ipa, this one clocks in at auburn. Aroma was interestingly toasty Burton yeast/brown malt earthy thing going for it instead of hoppy.

The malt ride stayed front and center, was a sandwich kind of toffee tobacco experience.

Somewhere approaching a hoppy amber and brown ale kind of finish to it. Would not repeat.

Apr 02, 2016
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Jon_Hendricks from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a light amber color.

Overall: This beer has a light to medium maltiness with an explosive blast of hop flavor. This is a smooth IPA which is light on bitterness. There is nothing overwhelming about this IPA. Not Impressed.

Oct 27, 2015
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice appearence and decent smell but lacking in terms of balance, being bitterness-heavy. A little more maltiness would have made this one an instant favorite. Quite nice overall though...

Sep 12, 2015
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lwillitz from Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 1 finger off-white head over a cloudy body of golden orange,

S - light scent of citrus and grain

T - citrus (primarily grapefruit), pine, touch of caramel, biscuity malt flavor, touch of tropical fruit, pepper, earthy notes

M - smooth medium body, moderate carbonation

O - This one is high in bitterness, but the malt still puts up a fight. Try one if you enjoy a ton of flavor.

Aug 17, 2015
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DrCDPriest from Florida

4.29/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful color and flvor, not as bitter as many craft IPAs which s probably why I enoy it, it still has enough of a malty finish to satisfy the traditional dark ale lover in me.

May 28, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma of citrus flowers, very weak
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to 1 cm frothy ring and irregular thin frothy layer
Lacing good - partial frothy rings and curtains
Body light orange, clear
Flavor begins bitter with initial flowery hop flavor which quickly fades leaving only the bitterness; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light end of medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.25, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

Apr 27, 2015
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M_C_Hampton from Georgia

3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, darker for the style, almost copper colored with a foamy white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: not much, green and grassy, slight grain

T: grapefruit bitterness up front fades to a piney finish, there's a little sweet malt in the middle for balance, peppery earthy hop flavors

M: medium to lighter bodied with lower carbonation

O: more akin to an English IPA

Feb 08, 2015
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a pale amber with an off white head. Little retention.

Smells of citrus, resinous pine, and a slight bready malt aroma. It also has a floral bouquet and a slight earthiness.

Taste of sweet citrus bitter pine with a sweet malt middle - sweet bread. Finishes dry with bitter grapefruit. This one is not in you face hoppy, but it has some really nice balanced flavor and subtle complexity.

Sep 21, 2014
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Johnbenco34 from Florida

3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Erie,Pennsylvania is home to Erie Brewing company! At 6.5% abv not a high number of ibu's.
A- Deep gold. An srm of about 6. Tiny bit off white bright foam that last only for a couple seconds showing its low does of carbonation. Great lacing on the glass showing a good presentative beer.
S- Malty caramel nose. Use of possible pale malt and a little bit of crystal malt. Aromas of caramel fruit, a slight note of diacetyl, aromas of tropical citrus pine and resinous pine.
T- Up front (fungi form papillae) expect a smooth taste of sweet malt and a zesty spark of bitterness followed by (foliate papillae) a fruity and still malty coat overlapping the bitter character,. On the finish (circumvallete papillae) the malt fades away to make room for the lingering bitterness but still the bitterness dose not throw you back to you seat it's a very acceptable bitterness.
M- medium bodied, lightly carbonated, a low count of I I for an IPA making it easier to drink I the sun over the summer when you dangling your feet in the water of your swimming pool.fruity, malty and hoppy character makes it feel good on the palate and a great sessionability ( you can actually drink a six pack and be good or have about 3 and enjoy it)
O- overall it's not the best of the best (it's not Ccb jai Alia) but it's fruity and malty characters makes for great sessionability. The malty , fruity and hoppy characters play well on the diamond and play well all nine innings( baseball season is on people lets playyy ball!!!)
Food pairing- I paired this sucker with a pulled pork barbecue sandwich with coleslaw in it . It's was amazing as the bitterness went well with the smokiness and sweetness of the BBQ. As a side dish I had pork and BBQ baked Beens mixed and servedomg franking orgasm!
Cheers my friends don't forget to visit you home brew store to be part of the town brewers guild there is a lot of volunteer opertunities and chances to learn a bunch. Thanks guys

Apr 12, 2014
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Brenden from Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A fluffy yellow-tinted head rises to somewhere around a finger and a half in height and settles there, falling slowly and remaining tight, gaining density as it compacts without falling to much less than a finger. As it falls, chunky lacing sticks nicely to the glass, quite heavy in both volume and density. The brew itself is a clear brassy orange color with activity continuing throughout the session.
The smell is a range of mineral, grains, toast, biscuit, and herb. For an IPA, it doesn't have the hoppy backbone it should, but it's okay overall. Some earth and a minty note reminiscent of Amarillo sneaks in, though I don't think it's anything but C hops.
The flavor has more hops bitterness, albeit somewhat unrefined and pithy. Something reminds me of cottonwood. Grains linger underneath, and the mineral and toasty notes remain.
The body is medium and this beer is smooth, but crispness is soft to the point of almost going flat. It doesn't quite, and it fortunately keeps up for the duration, though the body seems to soften partway through.

Jan 22, 2014
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timmy2b from New York

2.82/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Fresh Bottle poured into a pint glass. Very small amount of mostly white head that did not last very long in the glass. Very heavy malt scent and no real hop smell at all. Flavor from the drink is also very malty with a little bit of citrus in the aftertaste, but nothing up front and the citrus did not last the entire glass. It is a very clear orange color, nothing special. Very light and fairly smooth, just does not have a lot that I look for in an IPA. I would not turn one of these down, but I will not be buying it for myself any time soon.

Jan 16, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Copper in color with one finger of off white fizzy head, little lacing
S - Not a whole lot of aroma goin on here, some caramel malt, a little grass, some light hints of dark fruit.
T - Taste is primarily malt, which is a mixture of biscuit, and caramel, there's a light pine bight to it.
M - Just ok, medium feel, but chewy and kinda coating.
O - Bad IPA, very malt focused, and missing the mark by a long shot

Dec 11, 2013
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Minkybut from Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this brew into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a cloudy mess that looked like pee, but with a tan head. The beer actually did not taste like a IPA which is good for me. It was not too bad, very light and kinda fruity. Not my fav beer in the world for sure and I'd have to say I most likely would not buy this again.

Dec 08, 2013
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RHWeir from Florida

4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really like this IPA. Very smooth, so many IPAs have that afterburner effect but not Misery Bay. Wonderful mouth feel and as I said, smooth as silk for an IPA. Decent amount of alcohol at 6.5% boosts the flavor but the alcohol content isn't over the top. A good beer, glad I found it.

Dec 06, 2013
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an amber-copper color with a huge white head that has fantastic retention. Over time the billowy head slowly fades over time to give a nice amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a nice mix of sweet and hoppy. A sweet tropical fruit aroma of tangerine, mango, and papaya mix with some citrus hop aromas as well as a lighter earthy smell.

Taste – The taste starts out quite bready, with less sweetness then would have been anticipated from the nose. With the bready flavor is a lighter citrus flavor as well as a very light caramel taste. As the taste advances further the bready flavor fades some while the citrus hop grows stronger. With the citrus comes some earthy and pine hop flavors as well. In the end these flavors all combined to leave a citrus and earthy flavor in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is slightly below average. Both are quite nice for the hop and bready flavors and make for a good feeling brew.

Overall – A nice drinking IPA with a smooth taste and good feel.

Oct 29, 2012
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DaveBlack from Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Medium pour yields a dark copper beer with a finger's worth of slightly off-white head. The head lasts a nice long time and leaves a fair amount of lacing behind.

S: Not all that hoppy of an aroma for an IPA. Lots of toasty, biscuity malts and a slight spiciness from the hops. I might have pegged this as a rye beer.

T: A lot more bitterness than the nose would suggest. heavy hit of the bitter hops right up front, with a fair amount of malty backbone to hold it up. The aftertaste starts out bitter, but fades into a weak, slightly metallic taste that is not altogether pleasant.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. A slightly oily mouthfeel.

O: A decent beer. Fairly easy to drink, though nothing special. Worth a look.

Mar 20, 2012
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happy4hoppybeer from Pennsylvania

2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful dark copper, with a creamy and bubbly white head, about a finger or so thick. Very nice retention, and thick bubbly white lacing. Very nice.

Falls flat on the nose, however. Can't really detect anything. So I'm not going to bother.

Rather dull. There is a good sharp bitter hoppiness that is detectable, and it seems to be the kind of brutal sharp and bitter hoppiness that hardcore hopheads desire but can't get in a lot of DIPAs, but it's all for nothing as there are stale bread tastes, and a lifelessness I can't put my finger on.

Medium body, with lots of carbonation to carry the tastes through.

Overall, I think this is an IPA that has/had potential, especially for the hophead like me. But it just falls short, and ends up being rather average.

Mar 12, 2012
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