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Ticket To Rye IPA - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ticket To Rye IPATicket To Rye IPA

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70 Reviews
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Reviews: 70
Hads: 379
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | 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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Reviews: 70 | Hads: 379
Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

finally a magic hat release with some alcoholic teeth to it! this rye ipa isn't as good as some of the other ones on tour, but its pretty nice. pours an apparently lightly carbonated honey brown color, crystal clear, with a puffy lace head, bone white with outstanding retention. the nose is heavy rye, not sure the percentage of the grain bill, but its really rye heavy. underwhelming ale yeast as well. the taste has a lot of rye tool, and is spicy as it should be. fuller malt sweetness and body, a little heavy really, and lacking the carbonation to really make this pop. the flavor is a little average honestly, but I like magic hats use of a higher abv, and a new grain. this is a step in the more adventurous direction for them, and I appreciate that, but more carbonation and a more drinkable body would be much preferred for summer. still, a nice beer, good hop presence, and a nice long complex finish. im in.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

It's as though Paul McCartney bit his tongue during a Beatles set back in the day. This stuff pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises lightly-toasted rye bread, caramel, mild greens, and a bit of sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, though the grass is now stronger and there's a touch of light butter in there for the sake of it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a weak little RIPA, one that's too mossy and too muddled for its own good.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love the color of this beer. And the head is a nice accent. Nose is a bit chalky, which strikes me as odd. Flavor is robust, yet minimalized in a way. Almost like it's toned down so as to not be too boisterous, but still bringing some nice hearty character.

The name of this beer is Ticket to Rye. I think that is appropriate. It strikes me as a good gateway beer. It's mild enough for the noobs, but brings a heartier profile that can showcase greater potential for beer.

I wonder if this should be classified as a rye beer.

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Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Photo of WesWes
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a hazy, deep amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a interesting mix of piney hops, crystal and rye malts. It's mildly bitter with a hints of rye spiciness and sweet crystal malts. The taste is decent as well. It has an excellent rye character that melds well with the piney hops and crystal malts. It goes down easy with a touch of spiciness and finishes bitter with some sweet crystal malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty solid offering. It like the rye flavor. It's relatively bold for a Magic Hat beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Here is yet another unexpected beer from my local, in-person trader, tone77, who always keeps me satiated. I anticipate his visits with the same rabidness that I once reserved for Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. Please, please stop by tonight!

From the bottle: "I.P.A. on Tour"; "Magic Hat is presenting our year long 'Tour of I.P.A.s!' Please join us in welcoming to the stage our revolving roster of FOUR features, specially formulated to entertain the palates of hop lovers worldwide. Smell the hops, taste the hops, love the hops ... and stay 'On Tour' with our quarterly cabaret of I.P.As"; "A performance in every bottle".

My pour created a finger of tawny head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy deep-amber. Nose had the distinctive black peppery bite that rye imparts and my mouth was suddenly watering. Mouthfeel was medium and the bite of the rye along with the citrus hops on the tongue was immediately apparent. Finish was bone-dry, peppery and quite satisfactory. This may have been the best Magic Hat offering that I have had in a while!

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Photo of tempest
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

LOOK: Clear copper. Soapy head, some lace.

AROMA: Earthy, woodsy hops, floral, grapefruit.

TASTE: Spicy rye and citrus hops. Clean graininess. Mildly sweet with a faint bitterness. Rye and caramel play nicely off the hops.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, drinks easy. Slightly thin but not overly so.

OVERALL: Mainstream Rye IPA. Good for what it is, shows the rye off well. I'd drink this again in quantity.

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Photo of Zorro
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark copper color. Body is mostly clear. Head is thick and full. Head leaves rings like the innards of a tree.

S-Buttery rye bread combined with some earthy and piney hoppiness. Caramel and hints of chocolate. Rye is spicy and zesty.

T-The rye really jumps here. Good doses of pine and earthen hops. There is some metal. Battery rye bread and some citrus (bright candied orange) with molasses and caramel. Boasts great balance.

M-Creamy and semi-full. Solid, lingering bitterness.

O/D-Pretty nice RIPA. Definitely one of the better rotating Magic Hat IPAs.

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Photo of barczar
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy medium brown with a frothy one inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Doughy caramel malt and rye form the initial aroma. It's fairly nutty, with a hint of citrus underneath, but malt overwhelms.

Flavor reveals resiny hops, fairly bitter, which are accentuated by rye peppery bitterness at the finish. Underpinnings of citrus are fairly subtle. The caramel malt backbone is very nutty and sweet.

Body is slightly watery, with moderate carbonation and a touch of astringency.

Decidedly bitter, but the sweet malt saves this beer for me. Not enough flavoring hops for me to consider this an ipa. Seems kinda watered down, overall.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, a tall, frothy, ivory head tops an amber colored ale with slight haze. Excellent lacing all the way down the glass. Earthy nose with wet grain, rye,spice, caramel. Kind of odd smelling. Tastes are earthy, heavy on the mashed grain, caramel, spicy rye, not much bitterness, more like a rye English Pale Ale rather than a Rye IPA. Fuller body, smooth, extra creamy. Overall, this was kind of all over the place, but aside from that it was still pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Digging in the fridge I found this bottle abandoned, forgotten, lost. Must have picked it up in a mixed sixer & it fell behind something that never moved...until now. 12 oz. bottle that I'd gather is a few months old. Luckily, all that time was spent in an icy cold fridge.

Pour is a dark, filtered amber that looks flawlessly like beer. Nose is pleasingly off-beaten-path, a blend of dark earth, slippery pepper, & a shot of grassy wheats. Interesting.

Ticket to Rye IPA satisfies the urge to rye. Rye is certainly what guides the hand. While I often find rye either earth (generally boring) or spicy (my vast preference), this one manages to land both punches with one hand. The hops are a bit faded, but there's a nice citrus note & a pop of bitterness in the middle. End with touches of caramel, creaminess, & the bitter lingers pleasantly. I could shotgun one of these.

A very drinkable rye that carries a touch of IPA in its heart; not going to break into my favorite category anytime soon, but certainly a worthy, good beer.

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Ticket To Rye IPA from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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