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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Photo of garuda
3.21/5  rDev -5%
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 -16.9%
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 +1.5%
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 +14.8%
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 +18.3%
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 +6.2%
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 +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 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 Seanibus
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of bamadog
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerman207 for cracking this at a recent tasting. Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a slightly lighter shade of copper and starts with a huge 2 and 1/2 finger head with decent retention and becomes pockmarked and leaves a fair wash of dry/foamy lacing on teh sides of the glass; body is clear and shows light carbonation.

Smell: Mildly bitter hops that are slightly floral in nature; slight pine and citrus scents as well, but I feel it's more floral than anything else; slight scents of a candied sugar and mild bready wheatiness as well.

Taste: Much like the smell, solid floral hoppiness that's not overpowering like I might expect in an IPA; there is a malty sweetness but it's also kind of candy-like and deviates from the more standard caramel-based sweetness I'm accustomed to for balance in this style; slightly wheaty and bready in the far back.

Mouthfeel: Not bad; body is a little thinner than I'd like; carbonation is soft and smooth and could be a tad stronger; also pretty light feeling overall; it's a little sticky on the roof of the mouth, but not offering a lot beyond that.

Drinkability: Not too bad overall, pretty average and has a moderate ABV. I don't think I'd go out of my way to pick some up, but I don't think I'd pass it up if someone offered it to me.

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Photo of tattooedtolley
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid east coast IPA. 6.5%, malt and hops in the nose, nice bitterness level, a bit of heat from the alcohol but its well contained. Nicely balanced. I'm normally not hot on east coast IPAs but this one brought enough bitterness for me while maintaining the balance you expect from a supposed traditional ipa

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Photo of maximum12
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light, orangish on the pour. Smell is very grainy, almost an adjunct of sort, corn pone, runs over the hops that are present.

Taste of Misery Bay runs in a thankfully different direction. The hops & grains are in equal abundance, but the grains are less harsh & more in balance with the hops. Speaking of, the hops are primarily bitter & not of any particular flavor.

Pretty good brew. This is an IPA that I'd reach for if I were going to have two or three while slinging smack with buddies. Good, but nothing to make it standout from the pack.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Initial appearance is a nice golden brown/amber color with a slightly off white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Aroma is initially of piney hops with slight malty hint trickling in. Good bitterness and piney hops flavors and a medium body in the mouth lead to a good, drinkable IPA.

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Photo of BeerMark
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 dmamiano
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 glid02
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Gus's in Auburn, AL.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells mostly of pale malts however hints of grainy caramel malts come out a bit more. Citrus hops - lemon and grapefruit - linger in the background with hints of leafiness.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Pale and caramel malt flavors up front with mild amounts of citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip hints of herbal hops enter into things before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished the bottle without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was a decent beer but just didn't have enough of anything - malts or hops - to be considered all that great.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium bronze color into my Sam Adams beer glass. Aggressive pour produces about a finger of thick foamy head. The head layered pretty quickly and provided some nice lace.

Smells is faintly citrus hops with some bready malt hints. Not what I'm expecting from an IPA.

Taste's a lot like it smells. Solid malt background with the hops coming through on the finish.

Medium body and medium carbonation. Nice creamy feeling on the tongue.

Very drinkable brew. This could a nice session brew.

I very much enjoyed drinking this beer, but it really didn't deliver as an IPA. It smells and tastes more like an APA, no that it's a bad thing, it's a tasty beer, but not what I expected from the label.

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Photo of blackie
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: the beer is a hazy medium copper-amber in color, a roughish pour into the glass gives only a slight, fizzy head that soon burns away, leaving only a sad island of bubbles on the surface

s: grainy caramel malt body, on the sweet side with some dark syrupy fruits, supporting a muddled - as in the opposite of "vivid" or "crisp", earthy pine hop aroma, raw and tealike, some grapefruit pulp as well, not bad at all, just lacking the juicy, fresh hop aromas that really make the style

m: carbonation on the lighter side of medium, with a pleasantly hefty medium body

t: grainy caramel provides plenty of flavor but at the same time comes across distant - this is probably for the best as the sugars and hops are in good balance, hops give flavors of pine needle tea and grapefruit, providing a pleasant moderate-high bitterness in the finish, decent set of flavors here - probably closer to the origins of the style than most of what we see these days

d: no issues, I'd be happy with a couple

single bottle from State Line, Elkton, MD

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 RblWthACoz
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange amber with a nice creme head. Looks good. Citrus and pine nose, but not powerfully so. Flavor brings the same with a leafy almost bitter bite. A bit wrapped up and tight on the flavor, but still nice enough to be able to enjoy. Feel is thicker and bodied. Nice to drink. The nit-pickers would probably slam it in comparison to more popular IPAs, but I don't think there is anything wrong with it.

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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 goblue3509
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orange copper color with a one finger head to it. The aroma is of citrus hops over top of malt. The smell isn't overpowering of hops like most ipa's. The taste has a good malt backbone, with a taste of hops over the top. The hops are of citrus notes. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated. Overall its a drinkable beer, not as hoppy as some ipa's but is very smooth with a nice malt backbone.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange body with a touch of haze. Big puffy bubbly four finger white head. good lacing.

Enticing big citrusy nose, with a yeasty finish.

Solid sweet malt foundation. However, when the hops arrive they are neither as big or juicy as the nose teased. There is a pleasant hop note in the aftertaste.

Satisfactory mouthfeel.Solidly drinkable. Maybe a little too easy.

A pleasant ale whose IPA label raises expectations beyond what it delivers. More APA and IPA (and Erie's APA seems more like an English Pale Ale).

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear copper color with a thin head. The smell is mostly hops with a bit of biscuity malt in the background. The taste starts off with some sweet malt that gives way to some citrusy and slightly piney hops. The mouthfeel is a bit watery with some moderate carbonation. A fairly drinkable beer, I'd call this one right now the middle as far as IPAs go.

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Photo of TheNapkin
2.57/5  rDev -24%
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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Misery Bay IPA from Erie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 307 ratings