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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WVbeergeek on 12-01-2007

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Photo of ralree
1.81/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Fizzy, clear, tan with a large-bubble white head. Terrible retention, OK lacing.

S: Grapefruit, decent amount of hops, brown sugar.

T: Way way way too bready and alkaline. Tastes like blood it's so alkaline. Too alcoholic and it shows in the flavor. This is a terrible taste.

M: Watery and really astringent. Undercarbonated.

D: Undrinkable. Maybe a bad batch?

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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 TheNapkin
2.57/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've been impressed with some of the Erie beers before, but this was not one of them. When it's hot out and muggy out, I want an IPA that's going to cool me off with bright, citrusy flavors and a clean, refreshing bitter note. The aroma of Erie's stab at the IPA was more malty than it was hoppy, fairly single-note. A bit of honey comes through in the aroma, which is nice, but the hop aroma is distinctly absent, being more on the level of a pale ale than an IPA. The flavors profiles here are the most disappointing element of the beer. The malts taste a little watered down, and my suspicion is that Erie got some bargain hops and boiled the hell out of them in order to bitter the beer and bump up the IBU, leaving little to no hops left over for adding aroma. Even the character of the hops flavor is bland--it's bitter without being spicy or interesting, more chemical than anything else. The hop element of the beer tastes like dissolving an aspirin on your tongue. I will not buy this beer again.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.64/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
2.66/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: dirty orange sharp body, 2 finger off-white fluffy head,
mighty spiderweb lacing

S: mint, grassy, HUGE YEAST/bready nose

T: sweet lemon grass/pine, big yeast middle,
slow chalky/floral bitter finish

M: med/light body, plenty of carbonation
semi-dry mouth

O: 1st Erie offering, not great. Don't know
if got bad batch, but tastes like stinky yeast
would be willing to try a few more of their beers.
Won't buy this again.


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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appears a clear pale copper tone with a nice sized off white head dwindles slow forms even lacing patterns with each sip. Aroma is very floral with some metallic accents a touch of caramel biscuit malt and mineral water creeps through as well. Hop nose is really a muted hop pellet with some soft bread and yeast notes blended. Flavor is a bit off the mark as most hoppy offerings that Erie has attempted in the past. As it warms a cereal caramel flavor really carries the overall flavor a touch of floral and pine hop notes but bitterness really sticks around. Really tastes like some homebrew with the pelletized hop accents flowing so heavy. So many better tasting more intriguing versions of the style are out there this one is just okay. Again that metallic astringency flows throughout as well, sorry not a go to for me. Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation a bit of a tickle noted toward the back of the throat, medium bodied not many hop oils flowing. Drinkability mediocre not the IPA I'm going for sorry I will still drink their other offerings but this one misses the mark, if your gonna do hops get it right.

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
2.69/5  rDev -21.3%
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.


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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.71/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean yellow/ orange-ish color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, hoppy, yet saaz hops, very pilsner like, and a sweet malt. In the taste, hoppy, yet again, very pilsner like, a nice malty presence. A dry bitterness and lighter bodied mouthfeel, and a dry, hoppy, small sweetness in the aftertaste. Kind of light for an IPA, and very pilsner like.

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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 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 timmy2b
2.82/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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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 drcarver
2.87/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Somewhere between light brown and orange a small haed limped up. What did form lasted for most of the beer. A little lacing hung to the side.

S - Malty than an IPA should be. Caramel smells within the floral hops

T - The bitter hop flavor is there. Appears that they just used the flavoring and bittering hops, but not the aromatic hops at the end of the brew. A long lasting aftertaste. Not bad.

M - a little syrupy. Biting flavors.

D - Meh. I could take it or leave it. The flavor doesn't lead me to want more and the bite slows you down.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of ziggy13
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a sample bottle of this and cracked it right open.

A - Pours a copper color with a bone white head with minimal lacing around the glass after the first couple sips.

S - Not too much there. Slight hop aroma, but with a little funk present. Really nothing going on.

T - Starts out a little hoppy. Ends dry and bland with a the same funky aftertaste that was in the nose. Not one of the best IPAs by far.

M - Very, very thin when it hits the palate. Gets a lttle syrupy on the way down.

D - Obviously could have a few if I really enjoyed the beer. The alcohol really isn't present so its not overpowering.

Overall this beer was simply average. Like many other run of the mill IPAs but probably not as enjoyable as most. I really wouldn't recommend it! Cheers!

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.94/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.94/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of WrathsU
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Copper body with a slight amber tint. Poured a thin white head that didn't last long at all. No lacing apparent.

S - Not much of an aroma. Hints of pine and citrus hops with a faint underlying malt backbone.

T - Starts with a sweet caramel flavored malt flavor intertwined with faint pine resin. Bread and baked good flavor starts to come in near the end. Bitterness level is nice throughout, get a pretty clean finish at the end.

M - Medium bodied with a lack in carbonation and no detectable alcohol burn. Bitterness can be a tad sharp on the tongue but not super crazy or anything.

O - Not such a good tasting. The beer is lacking flavor and aroma for an IPA big time. Without that it's kind of hard to say it's a good beer.

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Photo of Riggsy
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of boudreaux
2.96/5  rDev -13.5%
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

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Photo of deereless
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: A slightly cloudy peach to copper color, very little head and carbonation - 3.00, S: Lots of biscuit, some earthiness, eucalyptus, not much that I discern in terms of hops, lackluster aroma for an IPA - 2.50, T: The hops that I couldn't find on the nose are making a showing on the palate, grapefruit rind, earthy and grassy, solid base of malt though the sweetness is limited, quite dry - 3.75, M: The limited carbonation detracts from the mouthfeel, seems thin and loose - 2.00, D: Too many elements of this beer are missing to make it a great IPA, very average and not one I'd necessary scout out - 3.00

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of Johnbenco34
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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

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Photo of doubleipa
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this at the Harrisburg brewfest. Quite a yellow color, not much off-white head. Aroma was mostly pine resin, not much citrus. Very long finish. Was very dry and crisp mouthfeel. Overall a decent IPA, but not outstanding - wouldn't go out of my way to have.

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Misery Bay IPA from Erie Brewing Co.
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