Ticket To Rye IPA - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ticket To Rye IPATicket To Rye IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

378 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 8
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tone77 on 01-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ticket to Rye is a Rye IPA that offers the imbiber an opening act of rye spice, nicely woven into a hearty, bitter backup from an entire band of Nugget hops. The harmony created by these ingredients is just what any epic show calls for.
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Photo of Jason
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Cloudy amber color, two fingers of head. Hoppy aroma of grapefruit, lime pith, minty, pineapple, fresh grass, and nutty yeast. Very smooth, mildly spicy rye, orangey hoppiness, semi-agressive bitterness, peppery, warming alcohol, pineapple pulp, grapefruit rind, faint diacetyl, vegtal, cherry skin. Long hoppy finish.

Subtle on the rye or at least compared to other rye beers that have been a bit heavy handed. Very much an IPA, perhaps one of the best brews Magic Hat has come out with in a while.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Active, lush, off white head of foam. Copper brown in color with active carbonation bubbles. Well balanced aroma of rye and hops on the nose. The interplay of rye and hops continue in the taste. I think the rye wins out a bit. Very light, smooth mouthfeel. You could easily enjoy a few of these over an evening.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pokal in respect of the hybrid style. Dimly translucent orange-brown with a moderate white head that fades slowly leaving fine lacing in dense rings.
Smell is toasted grain, rye, piney hops.
Taste starts out nicely; delicately bitter piney hops dance with spicy rye grain and clean malt, before it all washes down leaving a nutty aftertaste that is a bit disconcertingly sweet, but the lingering hop bitterness balances it enough to be ok. Aftertaste is surprisingly clean with how much is going on in the flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium and creamy, nicely carbonated, easy drinking.
Overall, the rye grain really shines in this one, although whatever that sweet bit of the aftertaste is is a little odd. But I guess it wouldn't be Magic Hat without something a bit off. I jest though...#9 may be crap but this one's not half-bad.

Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from IPA mix pack (thanks BH).

Pour is lightly hazy, deep reddish-brown in color, and covered with a large and very durable tan head. The glass remains coated with sticky lacing long after the beer is gone.

Smells as expected -- like rye + IPA -- but with a better and more appetizing aroma, probably due in part to a proper dose of sweet malts.

Very nice flavor with spicy rye, sweet and toasted malts, and hops in good proportioned.
I see some rather low ratings for this beer which I suspect are due mainly to a less aggressive hop profile than some prefer.

Medium body and medium+ carbonation with a lively feel and a unusually dry finish.

O: One of the best I've had from Magic Hat. Recommended, and highly recommended at this price point.

Photo of LXIXME
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light tan head that is smallish about an inch on a pint glass which settles to a nice lacing above a cloudy honey copper colored beer.

Heavy rye grain and earthy aroma with just a bit of citrus hops along for the ride.

Heavy rye taste with its drying effects in full force along with a lighter other grains and even to a lesser degree some hops tagging along.

A big drying aftertaste with a bit of the rye tastes sticking around on this medium bodied beer.

It seems rye is the new hops, what I mean by that is it seems that rye has a lot of the same characteristics as a lot of popular American hops for its big bold flavor additions and drying attributes and the way they make beers not boring like we were pretty much forced to endure with the big companies out there.

Photo of Brenden
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sitting thick and cloudy, this brew is somewhere between copper and bronze on the color spectrum, sort of a heavy orange-brown. A soft, creamy orange-tinted tan head rests at one finger almost the entire time there's beer in the glass. Lacing starts with a ring and is left in a thin, tattered sheet through the middle, then the thin foam that does remain continues to leave behind some patching.
Rye spiciness and earth pour out of the bottle upon opening along with raw, floral hops that also give a hint of a slightly herbal bitterness. A smidgen of caramel and breads make their way out, but the focus is mainly on green, leafy hops, and rightly so.
The bitterness is pithier on the palate, and the character changes a little from the nose in translation to the tongue. It's almost what I'd expect if a baker was going for pumpernickel and (somehow) accidentally got more of a sourdough. It reminds me of bitters used for mixed drinks. It's still hoppy, leafy and raw, but it goes off a little.
Fluffy and creamy with a strong crisp bite all the way into the finish, the mouthfeel never lets up much. It flows like silk for awhile, supported by a strong but not overly strong carbonationin a solid medium body.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled Jan 07 2013.

A: Pours an opaque ruby orangish amber with a 1 finger off white head. Can barely make out any visible carbonation, quite a hazy brew. Lacing is pretty good on the glass.

S: Aroma is almost like being in a brewery. Heavy wet grain sort of aroma with a touch of sweetness. Also a citrusy hops bring up the tail end

T: Rye comes through with a bold assertion. Not as hoppy as most IPA, perhaps due to its age. Reminds me of a west coast amber ale with loads of rye. The hops that are present are citrusy and earthy with a touch of spiciness.

M: Medium to full body with decent carbonation. A bit sticky on the finish but nothing too bad.

Overall wouldnt mind trying a fresher one next year but isnt something to go on a hunt for. I've always been partial to Rye beers and this is a nice example.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magic Hat's "Ticket To Rye IPA" is a decent enough rye beer, and it's an IPA to boot!

Firstly, the rye flavor clearly comes through without being overwhelmingly spicy, and it's part of a nice dark malt base that exhibits some dark cocoa notes. It's not quite chocolatey, but almost; and that's balanced by a nice bit of yeasty fruitiness (mainly apples, but there are also some mild berries - and possibly some citrus from hops as well). It's fairly malty (particularly for a Magic Hat beer), and it's definitely bitter (I'd guess in the very high 70's to low 80's).

The hops are kept in check in both the aroma and flavor, allowing for the rye-accented malt to shine; and I have to give them credit for that as I've seen many other brewers try to combine too much hop flavor with the rye and it just falls apart, losing all balance as it becomes much more "jagged" than "rounded", and certainly not in focus at all as the two compete.

I really like this beer. I wish there was just a slight dollop more of sweet golden malt at its center, which I think would help balance it and round it out more, but it's certainly full of flavor and enjoyable as it is.

Photo of tempest
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a single from Euro Market in Astoria. This is an IPA? It makes a decent amber rye ale, but that's all I'll give it. There's a tasty caramel and spicy bread crust flavor with an earthy, peppery finish. The aroma has a hint of hops, but it's heavy on the malts again. The body is medium, lighter than most 7% American ales, so it goes down quickly. Worth a try if you like rye. I do appreciate that you can taste the rye malts.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a hazy dark straw colored body.
The aroma is rye, musty lemon (in the best way) and earth.
The taste is mild rye at first, moderate lemon bitterness, then it ambles towards a muddled bitter finish.
The texture is crisp with soft edges.
An enjoyable IPA. The taste finish could have been a little more structured though.

Photo of KTCamm
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours hazy dark copper with a late layer of white foam. Sweet rye nose. Fruity. Taste is a light fruity rye, malty. Some caramel too. The bitter rye hangs around following the finish. Interesting blend, nicely made.

Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12oz. bottle. Has a dark bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, some citrus and rye notes. Taste is bitter, lots of hops, a bit of rye, just a hint of citrus, no malts to speak of. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Foamy one inch tan head sits atop a dark orangish-burgundy colored body. Thick foamy, lace band with a slow rise of effervesce. Head longtivity is very good.

S: Aroma is dry orange grind, dry rye bread with some peppery-cola.

T: Peppery flavor, dry lemon grind, rye bread that was spicy with some peppercorns. Bitter, flowery hops with some dry burbon, toasted grain. The rye flavoring seems very prominent here, with some dry citrus, anise and a lingering peppery fade.

M: Spicy dry burbon mouthful on the hold, medium body.

O: Overall decent, the rye aspect seems very strong and prominent here, much more so then your typical offering. Lots of dry burbon citrus. A big bold rye beer that doesnt hold back. Not a big fan of magic hat, but this is definitly one of thier better beers and the rye is definitly huge and stands out. More rye then ipa, if you go in for the rye experience you wont be disappointed. The ipa is very secondary in nature. Still a good beer.

Photo of wingman14
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orangish brown with very little off white head. The rye and hops dominate the smell with some malt and sweet notes in there as well. Starts with a subtle sweet that moves into the rye and the hops come in towards the end of the sip, and a slight bitter stays throughout the aftertaste. I am surprised that this one isn't more bitter, but it still has a pretty big flavor. The rye is the most prominent, and the hops are as strong as I would have thought. The sweetness is the only part that suggests a higher ABV, but you still cannot tell. The malty sweet in the beginning of the sip is unique, and is a nice flavor. A smooth medium mouthfeel, not harsh for having rye and hops, good flavors. Overall a good beer, good flavors, not as powerful as others that use rye, but still a tasty brew.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%

On tap at L&M Lanes in Rochester, NY.

Pours a russet caramel brown, fairly hazy, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like rye and caramel, with a small amount of pine.

The taste is similar. It just seems slightly muted, with some annoyingly sweet caramel malt flavors. It just seems faded. I suspect it's a combination of the beer being old and the beer being not particularly bright to begin with. The rye is there, but I wish it was a bit stronger.

There's a medium amount of carbonation supporting a medium strength body. Not all that drinkable because it doesn't taste that good.

Magic Hat continues to unimpress.

Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is quite hazy caramel copper in color and has lots of particulates visible floating in suspension. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of spicy rye are present in the nose along with some hints of caramel malts and pine resin hops.
T: Much like the smell, the spicy flavors of the rye are the dominant flavors in this beer, which has underlying notes of caramel hops and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops and rye add a little crispness and bite to the mouthfeel.
O: This seems to be more of a Rye Beer than an IPA as the spicy aromas and flavors of rye overpower the hops.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new beer to me from these guys; acquired this bottle as part of the Magic Hat spring variety pack. Expectations are moderate based on the style and the brewery.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a very dark coppery ruby color with lots of large and smell chunks of sediment floating in the glass. One finger of creamy off-white head that leaves behind good lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is okay. Bready and malty, but I'm not picking up on much rye. Fruity and yeasty. Melon. Bubblegum. Soapiness. Some mild alcohol fumes. Lightly floral.

T - Taste follows the nose. Sticky caramel malt, orange, melon, grapefruit hop bitterness, maybe even some strawberry, but it mostly tastes like a regular American IPA. Mild rye character / peppery spicing is noticeable as the beer warms a bit.

M - Feel is sticky, bitter, and dry. Lots of piney / grapefruit hop bitterness clinging to the palate. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, an okay IPA, but hardly a rye IPA at all in comparison to other beers like Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA. Moderately high 7.10% abv is well hidden, but perhaps just a bit too high. There are much better Magic Hat offerings to be had, but this one fares nicely when it comes down to it. It wouldn't be my first choice, and the abv is a tad too high to be sessionable, but I would have it again I suppose.

Magic Hat Ticket To Rye IPA ---3.5/5

Photo of rlee1390
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy red/amber, two finger head nicely carbonated

S-Some rye, dirt, grass and pine, something is a tad off, bread like note

T-Does not have much spice from the rye, bread and too much of it. Too malty in general. Dirt and grass. Slight bitterness. no balance, malt dominated. Gets worse as it warms.

M-Tad watery, not much carbonation.

O-A bland not that good beer. No reason to try it again.

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark amber hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and excellent sticky lacing.

The smell featured a moderate caramel, spicy rye and light piney hop.

The taste consisted of a chewy earthy caramel malt, spirited rye malt with a lingering piney hop spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty full bodied IPA.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A touch hazy for an IPA. Seems like a chestnut brown with a full inch of sticky roamy head.
S - I get some mild pine, maybe citrus, and spicy rye notes. Smell is good.
T - Not too much rye which is appreciated but I am not getting much bittering hops. Some sweeter malts and maybe citrus hops it seems adverage.
M - Mildly dry and light to medium body.
Overall it's a pretty good IPA, very dry with the rye and semi bitter. Easy drinking IPA but far from great.

Photo of Zorro
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark amber colored beer, it could be called red or light brown. Small off-white colored head. Clear with no haze present.

Smells hoppy with a clear scent of pine. Spicy and slightly sour rye malt. Toasted grain and caramel. Smells a little woody but it isn't super aromatic.

Starts out malty with a sharp hit bite in the after taste. Tastes a bit spicy and the rye certainly isn't hidden. Little bit sweet caramel flavor is bold. Tasty rye beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good rye beer. Better than I expected from this brewery.

Photo of shand
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer reminds me a lot of Harpoon's Rich and Dan's Rye IPA. They each have a banana taste to me that must come from something they're doing with the rye. The hops are a little more forward in this one, along with a lot of rye spiciness in the nose. The taste has a decent amount of hops, but they're quickly washed away by a huge wave of rye that has a bit of that banana character I mentioned earlier. The mouthfeel is on the full side for an IPA and satisfying, and the drinkability is solid. Overall, a good rye IPA. Not the best in the world, and I'm not sure I see any reason to go out of your way to get a sixer of this when Ruthless Rye is out, but it's a solid add-in to the mix pack.

Photo of slader
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Interesting beer that tastes like an IPA- Porter hybrid. Also smacks a bit of an Old Ale style. Not a classic IPA by any stretch. Nor is it a classic Rye IPA. This is a problem if you lay out $12 for a six pack of Rye IPA, and get a coffee flavored fusion you really weren't in the mood for. I enjoyed the adventure of drinking it. However, I feel brewers need to label their beers responsibly. "Ticket to Rye IPA' is an awesome name. But thats not whats in the bottle. Cheers.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized rye malts, some spice, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a decent hops bitterness that is quickly followed by mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then some spice comes in along with a hearty but not too heavy rye malt character. The hops presence is on the weak side for the style but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are several other Rye IPA’s that I would choose first.

Photo of jwc215
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark copper with a thin off-white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of mild citrus and pine with caramel and minty rye.

The taste is of burnt caramel and rye, with a touch of resin. The minty rye shows itself strongly. Some alcohol warmth shows, especially as it progresses, but is not raw. Dry finish.

The feel is medium-bodied with ample, but not too strong, carbonation.

The pieces are here, though hops are rather mild, for a rye IPA. The rye certainly shows. But, there is a burnt touch, it becomes sour as it progresses, and the pieces don't mesh well enough to make this one more than average-ish. Still, not bad.

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Ticket To Rye IPA from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.