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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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 Cylinsier
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Pours a mostly clear amber to light copper color, medium white head retains as a lacing.

Smells of piney hops and orange zest, maybe some honey sweetness.

Taste is strongly floral and pine hoppy with a bit of malt sweetness like honey or mild maple following. Some herbal and spiced elements as well.

Feels moderate with mild carbonation throughout.

Pretty decent IPA, very bitter so it will appeal to hop heads, but nothing sets it ahead of other decent IPAs. Just a good brew, worth trying and enjoyable, but not going to jump out at me again in the future.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -7%
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 tjsmith910
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thus far, the most enjoyable IPA I have had. Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A - Burnt Orange in color with a 2 finger off white head. about a 1 finger head remained after 3 to 4 minutes and 2 to 3 gulps. Lacing was even and plentiful

S - I rate all beers a 3 due to the fact that I have no sense of smell

T - Starts a little bitter but quickly becomes smooth and is full of flavor. Hops are strong here but not over powering.

M - Smooth feeling as the alc. content definitely hits you immediately

O - Best IPA on the market that I have experienced thus far.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A steady and even paced effervesce rises within a autumn orange body that showcased a good visual clarity. The head was bready in structure, of 2 fingers high, pearl white, and retained nicely even 4-5 minutes in. Concentric circles line the glass of close proximity providing good visual coverage with few open windows of visibility.

S: Pine, dried orange citrus and a bit of tart grapefruit comes on the open. A nice level of herbal hopping and stalky notes with a finish of fresh floral scents.

T: The flavor seemed a bit thin substance wise on the first sip, but thankfully appears to feel fuller there-after. A nice level of hopping, pine, dried oranges with a bit of herbal and floral notes. Woodsy pine and some sweet toasted speciality grains provide a nice dryness and toasted flavor. The body seems to thicken up a bit as well the hops appear to gain strength deeper into the drink with each passing sip. Lingering soft citrus hop fade.

M: The body was creamy, with dry pine and floral notes warming the inner cheeks. Toasted grain with a spicy bite of citrus and dry oranges are offered on the swallow with a fair offering of carbonation.

D/O: Perfect level of hops for the casual ipa drinker that will thirst the palate for more. Not overwhelming, but a good balance for drinkability sake and a modestly hid 6.5%abv that you hardly feel all says keep drinking me. Overall a respectable amount of hoppiness, balance and easy to down ipa by the six-pack.

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Photo of Billolick
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -7%
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 tone77
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, a hint of sweetness. Taste is a good balance of hops and malts, not as bitter as most in this style. Seems to be lacking much citrus flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid pick.

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Photo of Brent
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little mystified why a brewery give a beer a downer name like this, but I'm sure there is a reason . . .

Poured a copper-tinged caramel. Bright carbonation. A bit bitey at the front wiht hops, then slightly roasted caramel malt ramps up. Perhaps a bit more caramel malt-forward than average for the style. A rather sharp edge to the finish.

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Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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 avaccani
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy copped. Very loose thin white head that didn't lace at all. Seems to be a pattern with their beers.

S - Not a whole lot going on. A little malt sweetness, not much in the way of hops.

T - Strong grapefruit, citrus, some malt sweetness. The overall hop presence was lacking. Especially in aroma. The grapefruit flavor faded to an earthy musty flavor that lingered until next sip.

M - Body and carbonation was spot on.

O - This was average as best. Nothing to write home about. If you were to drink one of Erie Brewing's beers, I'd recommend Railbender or Drake's Crude

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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 BlackBearForge
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Misery Bay pours a crystal clear copper amber with very little head formation and next to no lacing.

The aroma exhibits bready malts and a general grassy hoppiness as well as a slight metallic tang.

The flavor has malt aplenty with a general hop bitterness without much in the way of hop flavor other than a grassy nature. The bitterness does not overpower and polishes the malt nicely on the finish. The metallic aftertaste is present slightly as well as a yeasty spiciness.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth and just a tad shy on carbonation but what is present is adequate.

With no discernable dating on the bottle it's hard to tell if I'm missing out on hop flavors that should be present. Not a bad beer by any shot but probably won't become one of my go to IPAs.

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Photo of smcolw
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 2" head. Thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: bread and some woody tones come through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, bready malt, some fruit sweetness, and a moderate earthy bitterness creates a decent IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish with a bit of dryness late.

Drinkability: easy drinking IPA. Worthy of a try.

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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 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 DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice golden copper with an inch of fluffy head.

S - Well I get mostly grassy hops, somewhat earthy with slight grains smell almost pale ale like...

T - Bitter hops first that get kind of smooth with malts but really finish kind of sweet. Still I could use more hops.

M - Light to medium, pretty easy drinking.

D - This IPA is OK but really not that balanced. Sorry guys better luck next batch!

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Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange color that is lightly tinted brown, minimal white head, some sticky lacing at the top of the glass. Scent is grassy and earthy with some piney hops, a lightly toasted quality to the malt. Taste begins with a moderatley bitter touch of piney hops, but the grassy and earthyness takes over the taste, again a light toast profile on the back end. Lighter side of medium bodied, very dry, moderate carbonation. A beer that doesnt pack the punch of many IPAs with the hops or malt but drinkable none the less.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- a light orange color with a one and half finger head. A sticky lacing left on my pint. Somewhat clear but can appear opaque. there is some mahogany color in the beer as well.

S- faint pine hops with some hints of caramel malts. An earthy smell to it.

T- a dry piney hope flavor. Feels more grassy and piney. Nothing to great here but alright.

M- too dry and could use some more flavor from the malt to complement it.

D- a decent brew to be had for some wings but i wouldnt go purchasing a sixer anytime soon. Maybe a good variety pack purchase.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Looks like a Julian date code is stamped under the front label..

Pours a brownish-orange. Thin, off-white head. Looks remarkably similar to the Railbender Ale that I tried a day ago. Smell is pungent, earthy yeast, and grapefruit hops. Kind of peaty. Taste is also dank and murky hops. A spiciness and peaty-malt base. Finishes wet and bitter. An odd and wild-tasting beer.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes

A - dark golden coppery apperiance. Dense off white head. Tons of lacing.

S - sweetness of caramel malts pulls through the thick citrusy hop bitterness. Simple but tasty aroma.

T - follows the nose. Sweet caramel malt base in the front of the tounge, in the middle is a strong bitterness with a citrusy finish.

M - medium bodied. Carb is very high.

D - a big flavorful IPA. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Loads of thick and heavy foam. Great lacing at thick, heavy carbonation that seems to rise. Kind of a rosy color. A very nice look. Foam even looks a bit like cotton.

Smell: Decent pine hops. Pretty faint. I wish there were a bit more.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Heavily hopped. Mostly pine. A very rustic taste. I like this part of the beer. The mouthfeel is clean but a bit watery. Definitely some alcohol present.

Drinkability: An easy-drinking IPA.

Overall: A pretty tame IPA. It's easy to drink and provides some nostalgia for a good fall campout.

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Photo of Cresant
3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this one into a Samuel Adams glass. No date listed. The body was a rich clear golden color. The creamy tan head remained a healthy cap throughout.

The smell was airy, earthy hops. Understated, rather plain.

The taste was faded hops. A bit like bread crust. Spicy with a sweet fruity aftertaste. There was a long linger. The flavor improved as it warmed.

The mouthfeel was medium in body and adequately carbonated.

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Misery Bay IPA from Erie Brewing Co.
3.42 out of 5 based on 299 ratings.
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