Ticket To Rye IPA | Magic Hat Brewing Company

BA SCORE
82
good
384 Ratings
Ticket To Rye IPATicket To Rye IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
384
Reviews:
71
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.12%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
36
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 384 |  Reviews: 71
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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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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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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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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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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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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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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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Ticket To Rye IPA from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 384 ratings.
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