Misery Bay IPA | Erie Brewing Co.

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Misery Bay IPAMisery Bay IPA

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 150 | Ratings: 298
Photo of brucepia
4.8/5  rDev +40.4%
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.

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Photo of jhicks12
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

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Photo of DrCDPriest
4.29/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

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Photo of DomErie
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
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!

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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 russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +21.9%
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!

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Photo of schoolboy
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of Brencr
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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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 Lepley
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Misery Bay pours a slightly hazy deep orange-amber body beneath a frothy head of off-white that holds well and leaves some nice lacing about the glass.

The aroma is clearly malty and caramelish, backed by floral hops.

In the mouth it's surprisingly full-bodied (which is quite welcome); and a very fine, seemingly natural carbonation lends a gentle bristle to the tongue.

Rich malt greets you in the flavor with notes of golden caramel, buttery biscuit cookies, cereal grain, and honey. Spicy, citrusy, piney, grassy and floral hops immediately back it up at mid-palate; and it finishes dry with a quick, brash bitterness. Some mild, lingering sweet malt readily passes, and then leafy, herbal, and spicy hops swirl for seemingly forever until you take another sip. A dollop of sweet nectar lingers on the front of your tongue with notes of orange, grapefruit, and honey.

Unless the alcohol is contributing to the spiciness of it, it's very well hidden - although you can feel the strength mid-way through the glass. The round, doughy sweet malt is perfectly offset by the bold bitterness and solid hop flavors, and it's really nicely balanced. Quite a flavorful and enjoyable I.P.A.!

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

On-tap in a pint glass at The Ale House in Vestal.

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper color. Decent white head and retention and lacing sheets.

Smell: Slightly fruity and citrus with some hop twang and grapefruit, along with some caramel and toffee.

Taste: A good balance of doughy and caramel and toffee malt flavors, and slightly sweeter and fruitier and citrus hops. Solid.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full-bodied and creamy overall.

Drinkability: A solid and tasty IPA. Highly drinkable and full of flavor. It won't make any best-of lists, but I could easily make this a new session beer. Another winner from EBC.

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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 BeerMark
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Misery Bay IPA from Erie Brewing Co pours a copper color with an off white and well lacing head. Malts and hops are well represented here along with a surprising earthy flavor. I'm not tasting the citrus that other reviewers are. Of course I judge all IPA's by my favorite beer: Sweetwater IPA. Yes, I do believe that the earthy-bready flavor mixed with the hops is a distinguishing characteristic not seen in many beers. Good job, Erie Brewing. This is a nice beer with good drinkability.

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Photo of RHWeir
4/5  rDev +17%
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.

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

Pours a polished copper and brass color. Small white head that laces nicely.
Hops stick out in the nose, citrus, pine with some caramel sweetness.
Taste is very nice, balanced but on the side of the hops like it should be. Very nice hoppy character with a malty backing that makes this a very nice IPA

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Photo of kkosmoski
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of yuenglings
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This hear is a very good ipa is what i thought as soon as i took the first sip and got the first smell nice golden color with a nice head and laceing. I can smell a strong citrusy hoppyness up front with some sweetness to it tastes kind of the same. Its very smooth and drinkable with good carbonation. If i was looking for a ipa and cant find stone i would go for this brew right here.

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent copper with a thin layer of soft, foamy, white head that sits on top for a while. There is obvious carbonation rising to the top. The nose has a musty, sweet, floral, vague citrusy aroma. The flavor is mildly bready up front with a powerful piny, earthy hop bitterness that quickly takes over any malt presence and dominates the flavor. The bitterness lingers on the palate well after the swallow is over. As the beer warms a little balance becomes noticeable in the flavors. The malt reclaims a little focus and the hops calm down a bit. This is a medium bodied beer with a good deal of carbonation.

This is a powerful IPA. Upon my first sip, I was ready to declare it a hop bomb, but after a few sips and a little warmth, it mellowed and the flavors really came together. Ultimately, it's still quite hoppy and the malt could be a little more intense. The bitterness detracts from drinking too many of these, but this one was enjoyable.

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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 stewart124
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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

Nice looking pour with excellent lacing down the glass. Craggy head with a nice golden, clear color. Sharp hoppy bitterness, preceded by a nice malty sweetness, which subsides as the bitterness takes over. The hops are not overwhelming, although nice. Easy drinking beer and very session-able. Very dry on the palate, making it hard to put down. Not overly thick, a bit medium-thinner body. Another nice offering by Erie!

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

This beer has a nice golden amber color body with a 1"finger head, that lays down slowley to a thin lace around the edge. The smell is earthy of hops with some pine to. The taste is of floarl hops to start off, then i get some sweetness and bitterness on the back of the tongue. Great mouth feel, well carbonated. Overall this is a average IPA, and would drink it again.

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Photo of mhewes
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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

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Misery Bay IPA from Erie Brewing Co.
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