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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Added by WVbeergeek on 12-01-2007

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Ratings: 308 |  Reviews: 152
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent IPA, thanks Radek. Hoppy aroma, a nice bitterness, though a little acidic and a little grapefruit citrus taste. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Lacey appearance. IBU is there and well malted, leading to a decent quaffability.One of their best beers.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GRG1313
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
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 Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a golden yellow color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer reminded me of a Beligain IPA a little more than an American one. The floral aroma blended with a little bit of yeast on the nose. The taste was also a bit floral but not really as hoppy as I was hoping for. It also had a little bit of a bready taste to it. The mouthfeel of the beer was on the lighter side. Overall it was a mediocre IPA to me. Wouldn't have to have it again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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 brentk56
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a big, rocky head; nice strands of lace

Smell: The best I can say is that the hops have a vegetal character; recognizable bitterness, but just different

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with a developing caramel malt flavor that eventually is joined by the earthy, vegetal hops; after the swallow, the hops finally take over, but they just have a different taste about them

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Drinkable, for sure, but far from the best examples of the style; maybe they were shooting for something different - if so, mission accomplished

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
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 chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of nickfl
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, orange body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - Fruity citrus hops with some background pine and gym-sock notes. Some caramel and toasted grain notes to balance. A classic IPA aroma.

T - Bitter, floral hops up front balanced by light caramel and a good dose of toasted malt. The flavors darken towards the finish with some toffee and a hint of tobacco and strong, slightly astringent bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish with some astringency.

D - A nice IPA. The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but it is well balanced and doesn't lack in hop character, though most of it is spent on bitterness rather than flavor. Good, but not worth going out of your way to find.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got a finger's worth of rocky, bone-white head with low retention from the pour. The color was a deep copper with a slight haze evident when held up to the light. The nose gave off a scent of very grassy hops. I am not sure what type(s) of hops they used in this, but it was unusual. The mouthfeel was medium with that same grassy-hops flavor very evident on the tongue. The finish evidenced some malty sweetness, but since it was not an overpowering hops presence to begin with, it kind of ruined the effect. Not a bad beer, but I have others from Erie BC that I swear by and this would not take their place.

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Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +23.4%
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 WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Misery Bay is a sharp, slightly bitter, IPA. My boss brought a bottle back from PA over the Holiday Season. The beer pours a nice clear copper with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The smell includes bitter citrus with floral tones and a hint of pine. The taste starts very shapr and bitter with a grapefruit punch that lingers. There are subtle pine and floral tinges, but grapefruit dominates. The mouthfeel is a medium body with good carbonation. Overall it is not a bad IPA. A bit more malt balance to ease the sharpness would help.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Misery loves company, but company does not reciprocate."

--Addison Mizner

Ripe apricot with an appealing swirl of yeast that makes the beer look like a just shaken snow globe. The pale orange cap is nice and sticky, which means, hopefully, that there are plenty of hop resins in the house. An impressive amount of lace sticks as well.

The aroma is appropriately orange citrusy, but it's underpowered for an IPA. An above average score might be possible if it opens up with warming (and once the foam melts). Tough call on the hops, although one or more of the 4-Cs have to be present.

The good news is that Misery Bay IPA is the best Erie Brewing beer that I've ever had. The bad news is that it isn't anywhere near an exceptional version of the style. That's okay, there are enough other outstanding Midwestern IPAs in circulation.

Like many less-than-great hoppy brews, bitterness exceeds good, clean, pure hop flavor by a considerable margin. However, white grapefruit pith and orange peel are beginning to assert themselves more and more as the middle of the bottle nears. Thankfully, malt is plentiful and there isn't too much earthy caramel to get in the way of the hops.

All that malt provides silky smoothness and all those hops provide contrasting tongue texture of the kind that all hopheads crave. This is an impressive mouthfeel in all ways that matter.

If Erie Brewing Company hasn't yet designated a flagship beer, this IPA is as good a choice as any. It would be great if this single of Misery Bay had company, but I only bought the one. Bottom line: if you're jonesin' for hops, dive right into Misery Bay.

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Photo of 22Blue
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
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 rab53
3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -11.2%

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Misery Bay IPA from Erie Brewing Co.
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