Ticket To Rye IPA | Magic Hat Brewing Company

383 Ratings
Ticket To Rye IPATicket To Rye IPA

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by tone77 on 01-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 383
Photo of garymuchow
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bit past best by date and got this at a very handsome price with little to no wear that I can tell.
Consume. Recycle. Repeat.
Maybe the aroma has faded a bit. There is as much malt as hops with some spiciness in there too. More of a herbal and earthy hop aroma - probably mixes better with the rye, I'd assume. Does well by me.
Nice darker and dense head with ample lacing. Somewhat cloudy with classic amber color.
Really a well balanced rye flavor. Nice shots of sweetness in the grain and really fine bittering mixed with hop flavors. Takes on a tasty nutty quality as it warms. This is quite nicely done.
Enjoyable creaminess and heavy enough feel. Enough gas to add a tingle to the take.
This is a well done beer. Enjoyable through and through.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy rusty red color and a nice collar of fluffy bone head. Retention on this sucker is everlasting. Sick lacing. Hell of a look.

Ripe aroma! Herbal and floral sweetness, lilac, orange citrus hops, Irish Spring, light pine, and some toasty rye grain. Excellent nose for a Rye IPA.

A show of floral hops without the bitterness. Attached is an herbal sweetness that pairs marvelously with the lightly spicy rye malts. Notes of toffee and citrus also very much present. It's easy, sure, but it is damn tasty.

Drinks smooth, but ruffled from the carbonation. Insanely sluggable.

My favorite Magic Hat IPA to-date. What a pleasant surprise!

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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 mynie
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a hazy reddish brown, inch of pillowy white head dissipates slowly.

Smells of mildly fruity hops, hemp and rye.

Bready malts, some mild hop bitterness and rye in the flavor.

Medium body with a sting of carbonation on the roof of the mouth and the back of the tongue.

A pretty good rye ale, good pronounced rye flavor without being overbearing, one of the better rye beers I've had to be honest. Would definitely have this again.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured this American style IPA from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy amber color, produced an average white head, average retention and left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma of this IPA consisted of malted grain, spicy rye, caramel and piney hops. Moderate body, a foundation of rye malt, caramel and piney hops. Overall, very nice example of a craft brewed American IPA- The use of rye in this brew was especially enjoyable. Great session beer- Worthy! Prost!

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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 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 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 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 KTCamm
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Orange/brown in color, with three fingers of a creamy, sand colored head. Lacing's quite nice on this one as well.

Smell: Really a lot like an IPA with a burst of floral sorts of hops, but there's certainly a rye aroma, which should be expected (given the name), as well as some sweet smelling malts. A very nice smelling beer. All's good so far.

Taste/feel: I haven't had many ryes, so I'll throw that out there right away... but it's quite an intriguing beer. I get a lot of sweetness on the front, with a lot of rye bitterness on the finish. There's a very nice balance here though, which really makes this beer quite drinkable. The finish is not for the faint of heart, but Ticket to Rye is tasty. It smells and drinks like a sweet-ish IPA, but the rye makes things interesting. After having their #9 as my first beer by them, things have really only gone up from there. I like Ticket to Rye more than I thought I would.

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Photo of raznug
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It pours a hazy light brown color and it topped with ½” of off white colored head.
Smell: The aroma is very subtle in this beer has a little hops but not much but no malt that I can smell.
Taste: The taste of this is rather good it has a good blend of hops a rye malt that make it just what I expected probably even hoppier than I was hoping.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer that goes down easy and yet still allows the flavor free range.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber/copper color with 2 fingers worth of fluffy head that leaves some nice lacing and retains for quite a while

S: Get a bit of spicy rye that gets swallowed up by the citrusy and piney hops. Also get some fruity and buttery yeast notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts out with a little spiciness from the rye with a nice hop presence that lends citrus and pine notes. Balanced nicely by the malts. Finishes bitter and slightly spicy

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice new addition to the IPA on Tour series. Not sure if I like this or the newly retired Demo (their black IPA) more. Regardless, a solid brew that's worthy of a purchase

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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.

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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 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 patpbr
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a off white head.
S - Malty and rye up front, hops are subtle
T - malty up front, hops are muted but present. Taste has a rye finish at every drink
M - Medium body and a bitter rye finish. carbination seems a bit high.
O - A good rye ipa, very worth trying a pint. Its also not over the top like some in this style can be.

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Photo of MickeyD
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a clean pint glass

A: Dark golden brown, plenty of carbonation, one finger width foam.

S: Light smell of piney hops with a hint of spice

T: Again slight pine from hops but a definite spice from the rye.

M: Not thin but not heavy. Still very smooth and a crisp finish

O: I have had a couple of these rye/IPA and I got to tell you I really like them and this one is no different. Crisp enough for a hot summer day but spicy enough for a chilly fall day at a football game.

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Photo of Foyle
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Regular pint
A - Pours a nice light brown/amber color, less than head that goes away instantly, thin lacing.
S - Bitter and dark malts, decent rye aroma here, pine hops.
T - This is actually pretty darn good, bitter flavor, you really get the rye in this, dank biterness and the hops pack a good bite to them, earthy quality to it as well.
M - Good carbonization, well bodied, crisp
O - I'm actually really surprised by how good this is. Not the best Rye-flavored IPA, but definitely a good go to if this is a flavor you're searching for.

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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 wingman14
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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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 SylviaFaye
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Ticket To Rye IPA from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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