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 Act25
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a .5l Spaten glass.

LOOK: Fuzzy, unfiltered brown penny copper. Ivory head, good lace, not long lasting.

AROMA: Best part. Much going on! Earthy, forest floor, woodsy, hoppy, floral, citrus. Original, and close an English style (it's from new england!)

TASTE: Spicy combined with citrus hop sting. Enjoyable, chewy, graininess. Mildly sweet malty with a background bitterness. Rye and caramel balance late but strong presence of hops. Again, alot going on, want to try another evening, and original. Not a so-so rye ipa. Esters and heady nose late.

FEEL: Medium, well carbonated, drinks easily. Alcohol sting late. Asks for cheese and sausages!

OVERALL: An original, not derivative Rye IPA. Shows the rye off well. I'd drink this again here and there. Eager in fact to try it with different foods. The best from Magic Hat I have had.

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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 Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

LOOK: Clear copper. Soapy head, some lace.

AROMA: Earthy, woodsy hops, floral, grapefruit.

TASTE: Spicy rye and citrus hops. Clean graininess. Mildly sweet with a faint bitterness. Rye and caramel play nicely off the hops.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, drinks easy. Slightly thin but not overly so.

OVERALL: Mainstream Rye IPA. Good for what it is, shows the rye off well. I'd drink this again in quantity.

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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 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 srhoadsy
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served chilled into a tulip.

Pours a burnt orange with amber highlights. An inch of foamy, light tan head that slowly recedes leaving a heavy surface layer and lacing.

Aromas caramelized sugar and tropical fruit.

Flavors are more complex than the nose would suggest. Caramelized sugar, tropical and citrus fruits with a hint of peppery spice from the rye.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and mild aftertaste.

Overall a nice example of the style and reasonably priced.

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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 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 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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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 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 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 Hopswagger
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: Hazed brown orange tinted body with micro bubble tan head.

S: Spicy rye, bready malt, dark fruits and toffee.

T/M: Roasted caramel, heavy rye, spiced rum, toffee candy, caramel apples, dark fruit and pine resin. Medium full spices body that Coates the palate with pine and fruit. Leaves of film on the top if the throat like sharp cheddar does.

O: By far the best Magic Hat beer I have had. This has great robust flavors and a dialed in spice profile to please.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 DrewsBrews450
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: dark dark red almost brown, pours a nice white head that stays aroud the whole time an leaves good lacing.

A: a sweet spice/pepper, some hops but not many for a ipa, a stale funk smell.

t: sweet malt rye, pepper spice like the aroma the hops come in the back and leave a bitterness down the back of the throat. the rye really wins in this beer though.

m: i really enjoy the body of this beer, medium body, really smooth, no bite.

o: didnt think much of this one at first but after the last one from the spring pack i have really started to enjoy it. i think it gets better as it warms. thers not ALOT of flavor or hops needs more hop but it is really easy to drink and a nice beer to have on a chilly/warm early spring afternoon.

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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 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 CloudStrife
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled Jan 07 2013.

A: Pours an opaque ruby orangish amber with a 1 finger off white head. Can barely make out any visible carbonation, quite a hazy brew. Lacing is pretty good on the glass.

S: Aroma is almost like being in a brewery. Heavy wet grain sort of aroma with a touch of sweetness. Also a citrusy hops bring up the tail end

T: Rye comes through with a bold assertion. Not as hoppy as most IPA, perhaps due to its age. Reminds me of a west coast amber ale with loads of rye. The hops that are present are citrusy and earthy with a touch of spiciness.

M: Medium to full body with decent carbonation. A bit sticky on the finish but nothing too bad.

Overall wouldnt mind trying a fresher one next year but isnt something to go on a hunt for. I've always been partial to Rye beers and this is a nice example.

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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 AndyP612
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into Leyereth tulip.

A- Dark copper color with fluffy off white head. Slightly hazy and pretty inviting.

S- I am quite underwhelmed on the nose of this ale. Nothing really stand out as there is a slight hops aroma and some rye.

T- The rye takes over right off the bat with a sweet malt finish and hops present throughout yet not overpowering the other layers of flavor. There is a certain richness to this ale I really like.

M- Medium bodied with a slight dry finish.

O- Overall I actually really like this ale. I am not sure why I am not detecting much of a nose on it as the flavors are quite nice and balanced. A good incorporation of rye into an IPA. Cheers.

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