Ticket To Rye IPA | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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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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Photo of Ellbert
2.67/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Appearance and mouthfeel are great. A sticky white head siits atop an amber/ brown body.

The taste is hoppy with a good malt backing. there is a bit of a funk in the aroma and flavor at first but it settles down after a bit.

It is only an okay beer for me.

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Photo of Boto
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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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 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 Ozzylizard
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of slader
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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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 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 Utica_Brew_Review
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Amazing blood orange color with great head and mild carbonation. Looks more like a Red IPA. Smells like an IPA. Citrus, very bitter, almost metallic, herbal, complex aroma. Tastes great, really complex but the aftertaste is full of ash. Very bitter. Herbal and hoppy notes. Complex flavor and full bodied.

Great Rye IPA.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The newest introduction to Magic Hat's IPA on tour series, Ticket to Rye replaces the Black IPA "Demo" introduced just two years prior. Ticket to Rye is brewed in the style of an American Rye IPA. Available as part of Magic Hat's Spring Variety Pack. Date on bottle is calculated to be roughly May 06, 2013.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a caramel cream-tone head of a frothy cream consistency. Body tone is a deep orange copper amber with speckled sediment in tow and moderate carbonation. Head retention is quite nice- it maintains thickness and consistency throughout its slow recession. Lacing is light and curtained. Very pleasing appearance. 4.25

(Smell) Traces of grain rye forward, with a mild bready caramel malt base sweetness. Tones of earthy hop and pine resin build a delicate hop backbone. The most dominant part of the aroma is the rye, which is very shallow in itself. The overall aroma is largely muted- warming does little to improve the issue. 3.25

(Taste) Subtle improvements in the flavor, with a further defined bready toasted malt character with a touch of diacetyl buttery character. Specialty rye perks up the bread notes. Finishes faintly dry with a pinch of rye grain and a resinous, mildly herbal hop blend. Very drinkable and light on the palate despite being a Rye IPA. The shallowness may make or break it for some. For me, it has about 3/4 of the flavor and punch it should have. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick smooth with a mild spicy grain finish for a slightly bitter/sweet balance, although by a small margin. Body is just short of medium for the style, medium+ overall. Alcohol presence is low/medium. It's a bit lighter-bodied than some Rye IPAs that I have tried, with a relatively clean, thin finish. 3.5

(Overall) Ticket to Rye may serve well as a gateway IPA for an introduction to the Rye'd side of IPAs. It's relatively light on the rye character, and even the hop character falls shallow. It might seem like cutting corners but on the lighter side of things, it serves as a mild alternative to bold and flavorful Rye IPAs. If you can't stomach the flavor punch of rye-heavy IPAs, this might do well to bridge the gap. 3.5

Magic Hat Brewing Company's
Ticket To Rye IPA

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Photo of Neorebel
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ticket to Rye appears to be a clouded, dark amber with a nice inch-plus of cream colored head. Dense lacing accumulates on the side following the beer down. The aroma felt a little disappointing, as the rye was not very pronounced and there was a bit of a 'wet grass' aspect. The taste is rather light, consisting mostly of maltiness. The hops bitterness and somewhat lackluster rye comes in only towards the finish. Not bad in its own right overall, however, I will say its no Ruthless Rye, and there are many other better choices right there on the shelf as well.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Trader’s Joe. Pours dark amber with thin off-white hea. Aroma is of citrusy hops, some spices and ripe apples. Body is full, creamy and tangy. Taste is of citrusy hops, spicy rye, toffee and ripe fruit. Finish is long and very hoppy. Overall this is nice hoppy brew.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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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 Rizalini
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a clear copper color with 1 finger of tan head. Spotty lacing as I sip.

S - Big rye aroma. Kind of over powers everything else.

T/M - The flavor is a combination of rye, which has a rubber like flavor quality, and alcohol. I don't get the hops in this one, as the rye is over powers it IMO. Medium mouthfeel.

O - As I continue sipping, I find my self searching for the hops in this one. Not good, but not bad. It's meh...

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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 TeamMathis
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Beautiful reddish orange/brown.
Smell: Not much of one.
Taste: Crisp. Rye. Bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Carbonated, thick, and refreshing.

This is an enjoyable IPA. The rye is clearly there, but not overwhelming. The hops are there, but a bit duller than many American IPAs. Its maltiness stands out. It's an interesting drink, with an interesting bitterness to it. I would probably get it again.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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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 rlee1390
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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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 IronLover
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Weathered copper orange in color with a deep haze. Poured with respectable white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy, soapy cap that left light sticky lacing on the glass. Dark bread and rye aromas up front with a strong caramel malt sweetness beneath along with an herbal hoppiness. Medium bodied with rich, assertive carbonation. Herbal and pine hop flavors smother the bready and rye malt flavors up front. A bit of spicy rye through the middle. Finishes with a slightly herbal, mostly pine hop bitterness.

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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 mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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