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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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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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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 WunderLlama
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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 .

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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 BurgeoningBrewhead
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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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 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 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 Franziskaner
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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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 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 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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