Ticket To Rye IPA
Magic Hat Brewing Company

Ticket To Rye IPATicket To Rye IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #6,751
Ranked #43,507
3.59 | pDev: 12.26%
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
Ticket To Rye IPATicket To Rye IPA
Notes: 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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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.54/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ticket to Rye has a thin, beige head, a murky, light brown, bubbly appearance, with lots of powdery sediment and some glass lacing. Aroma is of twangy, rye bread crust, strong malt, and odd, but not unpleasant funk. Taste is of all that, with strong rye spice, heavy medium & dark malts, and building hop bitterness (but, this sample is almost seven months old). Mouthfeel is high medium, and Ticket to Rye finishes medium dry.


Dec 07, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Pittsburgh. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of pine and malt. The taste was nicely balanced and easy with enough pine bitterness to make it interesting. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

Sep 26, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle imperial pint glass

A deep amber with light red highlights. A very full, creamy and bubbly, dirty white foam cover. 2" high. Big lace leftovers.

Rye malt and herbal but fruity hops pop out of the nose. Creamy caramel, earthy-dried out leaves and a slight alcohol heat tingle. A rather potent aroma.

Dry, earthy, grassy hops and spicy rye dominates the flavor. The Rye malt and slightly bitter, dry and earthy hop flavor is spot on for this style ( Ryepa) The malt is rather toasty and void of any of the sweetness displayed in the nose. The malt comes over very much like an old-school English IPA with a big rye kick.

The mouthfeel is straight medium, dry, bitter pucker but a bit light in the middle (watery) with a very dry finish.

Overall, the flavor is good but certainly not hugr. The rye malt and barley are such a nice compliment to the high alpha, earthy, bitter and tangy hops.

Aug 22, 2017
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from the mix a six at Hannaford.
Deep amber light copper in color with a good sized long lasting frothy off white head. Malty bready caramel on the nose with bits of earth and spice. Fruity earthy bready caramel malty flavor. Not much spice or hops in the flavor. Middle of the road at best like just about everything else from this brewery.

Aug 18, 2017
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Winzlow from Florida

1.56/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

Not spicey, not hoppy, not an IPA.
What else is this "beer" not?
Drinkable. Down the sink after two sips.
This sucks. Save your money. Horrible and sickly sweet...shut this place down now - either that or at least write them a citation for impersonating a brewery and put them on brewing probation!
Bought their Mix2 12 pack - with this and three other beers and they all are horrible.
Blind Faith - yuck!
Electric Peel - barf!
Low Key - the only one I could finish...the least offensive brew out of this cocaphany of horrible brewing. Proceed at your own peril.

Aug 11, 2017
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Kendo from New York

3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle (single purchase at Price Chopper) into a Palm tulip. Body is coppery-amber with a 1-finger ecru-colored head on top that leaves a bit of lacing behind.

S: Definitely a bit of rye spiciness over spent brewer's grains and some earthiness. Hops not really noted.

T: Toasted multigrain bread foundation, then rye spice. "Grainy" keeps coming to mind. Finishes with lingering spice and a touch of bitterness.

M: A bit creamy in feel. Medium in heft.

O: OK. Better than expected, to be honest, but far from impressive.

Jul 22, 2017
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Ob512316 from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into glass.
Look: cloudy amber with a medium white head.
Smell: floral, pepper, and caramel.
Taste: floral, black pepper, and citrus first, then the caramel and roasted barely.
Feel: easy to drink, considering the abv.
Overall: I had this beer before, and will have it again.

Jul 10, 2017
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy deep chocolate-colored body, solid light tan head with plenty of lace, moderate sediment and fine streams of carbonation rise. Nose offers warm malt and raisin, a bit of sweet spice, mild hop bitterness. The flavor is predominantly malty, like caramel and toasty malt, with a bit of spice and tea-like bitterness on the finish. Body is medium-full, fine and assertive carbonation, great weight, and slightly astringent, letting me know that this is in fact an IPA
This is not a bold, spicy, bitter beer; rather it is like an English IPA performed with rye. Wonderful balance, although I think the emphasis (malt) was on the wrong side of the equation. Although the label/style was misleading, this was still a tasty, satisfying brew.

May 16, 2017
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque amber with a fine head of off-white suds. Solid wall of lace.

Aroma: Grains and malts over hops. Maybe an older bottle with muted hops?

Taste: Sharp grains/rye up front, with a kick of bitterness that ramps up near the finish. Overall, a solid rye-PA easy enough to drink.

May 04, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky deep amber or pale brown producing 2 fingers of tan, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a wash of splotchy lacing. Aroma is an earthy maltiness of caramel, cocoa, musty rye spice & dried figs with floral, pine & a faint hint of citrus hops. Taste is variously bitter, dry & astringent across the tongue, front to back, with a toasted brown bread, malty rye spice, dried fig & raisin start that soon mixes with earth, grapefruit, pine resin & pepper balancing by mid-sip where a shortlived malty sweetness develops only to be swallowed up by a clean, grapefruit & pepper finish that soon becomes an increasingly bitter & drawing pine aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with low-moderate carbonation, clean, somewhat smooth for the style & dry with astringency on the back & center of the tongue. The bitterness lingers long in the dry aftertaste. There is something about the flavor that puts me in mind of Uerige Dopplesticke.

Jan 14, 2015
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Boto from Connecticut

2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught @ Recovery in Troy: This one pours a murky brown, and was somewhat milky. There was a small white head that left some lacing. It has a lighter aroma. Some rye, grapefruit and pine. The taste is fair: some of the hops come thry (grapefruit and pint) as well as some rye. I probably won’t have this one again.

Oct 11, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.11/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

Aug 17, 2014
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tempest from New York

3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Jul 11, 2014
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Foyle from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a 1” cream colored fluffy head that recedes slowly. Color is a lovely hazy amber/copper. Moderate lacing and carbonation bubbles.
Aroma: aroma is very pleasant combination of bready malts, citrus rind, and piney hops. Mouthfeel: fairly light and a little bit sticky with a very dry finish.
Flavor: Very tasty brew. The same flavors as the aroma, sweet bread dough malts, and tangy citrus and pine hops. However, there is an additional peppery flavor that hits the middle of the sip and roof of my mouth (I assume this is from the Rye). And there is a lingering alcohol warming in the throat.
Overall: This is a most excellent offering from Magic Hat.

Apr 27, 2014
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Apr 25, 2014
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Apr 24, 2014
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bgillespie from New Jersey

3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy amber with a thick off white head that retains well.

Smell: A little faint, but I pick up a little rye, fruits, and yeast.

Tastes: A nice taste, similar to the smell, but stronger. Rye is more evident. Sweet at first then a little a bitter, not as much as other IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. A little carbonation, but mostly smooth.

Overall: Not bad, but not my favorite Magic Hat IPA. A little different from what I am used to in an IPA, a little more sweet, but not bad overall.

Apr 16, 2014
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Apr 14, 2014
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chefhatt from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a ipa glassglass, it has a copper color body with a small thin head.
The aroma is bready/malty with a little grain coming through. The taste is like the smell, bready with a slight alertness. It also a little pepper on the back of the tongue. I dont get a lot of hops.
The mouthfeel is good and overall it is ok, nothing to brag about.

Mar 28, 2014
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mynie from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was trying--trying for ages--to write up one of my patent "high concept" reviews regarding this beer. It was about how Magic Hat was originally a white supremicist brewery called "Magic Hate" and this here beer was meant as a grave celebration of the extent to which the Beatles ripped off black R&B groups. But what place is this for social commentary? Hmm? No place. No place whatsoever.

So... umm... this tastes like a black IPA, kinda, but also like a rye PA. It looks like a regular old IPA.

Rounded rye starts things out, dark barley with very light hints of chocolate. But then the whiteness commences: the rye tang, followed by citrusy American hops. Ends bitter with a little bit of yeast rumbliness.

Mar 25, 2014
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SylviaFaye from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Three inches of fluffy foam cap a marginally opaque reddish brown body. Brown sugar and walnuts with a touch of oats are present in the nose and carry through into the taste but hide behind the bold rye front. It reminds me of 100% Whole Grain Brown Irish Soda Bread, so I almost forgot that I was drinking a beer and broke out the margarine. The nostalgia factor may be biasing my review, but I quite enjoyed this experience and would recommend that the reader pick up a single to try.

Mar 10, 2014
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass: color is copper, slightly opaque, haed is tan and presents near 1 inch thick then dissipates to a good looking top with lacing down the glass.

Smell is pretty good, slight earthy front from the rye, pretty big hop grassy note and a nice biscuit/wheat presence.

Taste is pleasant as it warms, well mixed flavor of biscuit and rye, pretty bitter hops, mostly earth and grass type flavors; large amount of wheat/biscuit presence.

Mouthfeel is also improves as the it warms, good blend of hop bitterness and wheat/rye mouthfeel.

Overall, a very good rye ipa style representative, a little more biscuit/wheat type flavor and presence than expected.

Mar 07, 2014
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

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

Mar 03, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma slightly grainy, not particularly of rye, no hops, no spiceness
Head huge (7 cm), somewhere between creamy and frothy, off white, mostly diminishing
Lacing – one large clot
Body clear, medium orange, rather dull
Flavor begins moderately sweet, no trace of the 80 IBUs, lacks rye spiceness, no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl
Flavor ends sweet, but after about one minute, a light bitterness appears
Palate is light to medium, watery, and has soft carbonation

An unusual rye ale, i.e. no rye characteristics. Not something that I’ll be buying again.

Mar 02, 2014
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into tulip glass

Pours two fingers of taupe foam that settles toa. Gentle layer of dense carbonation with good lacings. Visible carbonation in a translucent orange brown. Looks like a a well steeped tea

Aroma of pine hops with a hint of peppery spice

Smooth sip, gentle carbonation, bitterness on the back of the tongue and aftertaste. Taste a bit of the piney hops. Medium mouthfeel

A different tasting and style of beer. Has a sour bitterness .

Feb 01, 2014
Ticket To Rye IPA from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 408 ratings