Midnight Ryder - Indeed Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

354 Ratings
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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 25
Gots: 50 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Indeed Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sacrelicio on 08-14-2012

80 IBU
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Ratings: 354 | Reviews: 67
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant deep dark brown under a very finely bubbled 3” tan foam collar that clings to the side of the glass.
S: Light roast, herbal hop and traces of chocolate aromas waft from the glass.
T: A slightly sweet start quickly gives way to grains, light roast and hop bitterness and then dries out on the finish leading to a dry bitter chocolate aftertaste.
F: Very creamy with medium to medium high carbonation and a medium body.
O: Backing off slightly on the malt and chocolate of a porter or stout, this beer gives an ale take on a german schwartzbier.

Photo of Mongo_only_pawn
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at crooked pint in Rochester, good flavor, great mouth feel, good Black lager

Photo of ksvikesrule
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks like a Guinness with less head. Smooth first pull but a bitter linger after bite. Smooth yet has a bite. Good for one for sure.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served on nitro at Republic at Seven Corners in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It arrived in a generic pint glass, showing a rich mahogany coloring, with beautifully cascading waves of bubbles and suds delivered by the nitro. It simmered like this for the first two minutes it sat in front of us. A one finger head of characteristic nitro foam sat atop the brew, wiggling the color of eggnog. This, as is typical, lasted for the entire tasting. As the liquid level dropped, thick mountains of lacing were left clinging in the head’s wake. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be tight. The aroma offered up sweet nectary and grassy hops waves on top of black pepper and nutmeg spice, cripsy black and chocolate malts, powdery oat, light plastic phenols, Graham Crackers, hot honey, chalky fruitiness of Sweetarts, warm gingerbread, Jelly Belly candies, pineapple and peach syrup, and sweet ethanol. The following flavor suggested a blend of bitter raw black maltiness, chocolate and coffee malts, paper clips, creamy black espresso, charred rye tones, faintest herbal and piney hoppiness, mineral and slate, blueberry cobbler, milk chocolate and raw dark cacao, clay, and plastic phenols. At a full room temperature, the hops thicken, becoming sweeter, and more nectary, with some tropical fruitiness of pineapple to back it up. The body was rendered silky soft and smooth from the nitro, but would otherwise classify as a solid medium. Carbonation was medium as well. Although slurp and smack were a bit thinner off the top of the sip, the beer came across as heavily creamy and frothy. A puckered coating was appreciated all around the mouth. The abv was appropriate, and drinkability was on the slower side.

Overall, we would be hard pressed to call this one a “black IPA”. Judging by the nose alone you would be more apt to think this was a clean stout, or even the darkest of brown ales. Actually, it’s quite nice. The taste comes across like the most bitter coffee stout, but again, with almost no hop component whatsoever. Regardless, we were very happy to find Indeed’s beers on tap here. This brewing company was on “must visit” lists of several of our locals, but since we couldn’t fit it in, this worked well in absentia. According to the bartender at Republic, this was the only place in the city we could actually find this beer on nitro. While we feel it didn’t necessarily do the beer justice in the hop department, it was tasty and exciting nonetheless.

Photo of larryi86
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thank you Stillyman11 for this
12 oz can, dated 11/17/14, poured into a tulip

A- Black with the four finger mocha head.

S- Citrus and piney hops mixed with some cocoa and roasted coffee.

T- Some citrus, piney finish, roasted coffee, faint chocolate.

M- Smooth, medium body, fairly creamy.

O- This beer lives up to how awesome the can is. A solid black ale with no flaws. Would love to try other beers from Indeed.

Photo of CraigP83
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like a Guinness, smells like an ipa. Malty and dry. Not a big fan of this style

Photo of Arrowhead_MN
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The beer is pleasant and not too heavy. I like this beer and buy it occasionally, but I have to say, the resin/piney character gets to be a bit much for me.

Photo of stratusjeans
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into pilsner glass. dark, almost black. 1/2 inch head looks nice and foamy from the top. The side view shows large bubbles.

S: Hops, mostly the herby piney variety. No citrus. Some vanilla or caramel undertones.

T: Hops too but the dark flavors come through more in taste than smell. Coffee and leather. Not much that's sweet.

M: pretty light on the tongue. Lasts just long enough and than dissipates quickly to a slight lingering hoppiness.. Strong carbonation.

O: aggressively hopped black ale. Would make a great transition from summer to fall. A friend sent this my way and I'm glad he did.

Photo of ThickNStout
4/5  rDev +1.5%

12oz can from Justdoit1234 (thank you!). Canned 8/5/14. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours dark chocolate brown with two and a half fingers tan head. The foam lingers before settling to a thin layer that laces fairly well.

Smells of pine, light citrus, roasty malts and cocoa.


Tastes like an American black ale should- coffee, roast, pine, citrus rind, cocoa and toast. Unlike many other black ales, all of the hoppy and roasty flavors mesh quite well.

Smooth, light body with supple carbonation. Pleasantly bitter roasted pine and orange peel finish.

Midnight Ryder is a very approachable take on the style and incredibly easy to drink.

Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with ruby highlights; a nice bubble show layers a tan head three inches thick; plenty of lacing action

Smell: Burnt toast, licorice and pine

Taste: Not nearly as burnt as the aroma, as the piney hops immediately temper the roasted elements; a bit of citrus and licorice fill out the profile in the mid-palate; the finish is nicely balanced among all of the elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I find ABAs to be hit or miss; this one is a hit as the flavors complement rather than clash

Thanks, DaftPatrick, for the opportunity

Photo of mwilbur
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz can into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a nice dark black with no light emerging with backlighting. 1 inch dark tan head with good retention and lacing.
S: Pine and soft citrus hops, light caramel malt. Much more hop-forward than I was expecting here (guess I should have read the can).
T: Pine hops hit first, then comes the chocolate and dark caramel malt notes. Hint of bitter coffee.
M: Light-medium body. Sharp hops up front, then smooth sweet malt hits in the mid-palate. Finish is more dry and bitter hops (hint of burnt chocolate).
D: This black IPA drinks more like an IPA mixed with a black ale. The two parts seem to remain apart...not melding as much as one would like.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Many pint glasses consumed at the Indeed tap room in NE Minneapolis.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black slightly cloudy with a nice one finger tan foam head that fades quickly and leaves nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Hops, dark roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate on the nose.

Taste: Some good hops bitterness up front, with a great dark roasted malt smoothness after. Some hints of coffee, black licorice and dark chocolates in the mix. A really satisfying dark ale flavor that's not overpowering in any aspect.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation with a crisp and smooth finish.

Overall: I have tried many of the Indeed beers on tap or in cans, and this remains one of my favorites. I love that perfect mix of hops and dark roasted malts and could drink this one all day long...and I have! Another winner from Indeed.

Photo of TheFizzinator
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with some highlights. The smell is chocolate roasted malt, coffee beans, a little bit of darker jellybeans and some dark licorice. The taste is the nose but turned up to a thousand. The coffee is so delicious and the chocolate comes to the front in a burst of very well balanced flavors. Maybe a touch of over carbonation in the mouth, but still very drinkable.

Indeed are making some very excellent brews. This is a surprising year round offering as well.

Photo of GilGarp
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 9/23/2013.

12 oz can served chilled into a shaker pint glass.

Midnight Ryder is a very dark brown color with thick tan colored head. It has good head retention and lots of great lace is left behind as it settles.

Aroma is initially hoppy but, as the hops start to fade, a robust roasty malt comes forward with chocolate notes.

Flavor is bold but balanced with many nuanced layers. Bitterness comes from both roasted malt and ample hop additions. Flavor leans towards the stout rather than the IPA in this example.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated for the style. Balanced for a black IPA but obviously more bitter than sweet.

Overall a really good example of the style and worth getting again.

Photo of ZAP
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not one of my favorite styles but a top-notch example loaded with flavor.

Great combination of java, roasted malts, and piney hops....both on the aroma and the taste....includes some light notes of vanilla creamer, and citrus hop as well.

Body is medium with a creamy smooth texture. Drinks almost like a lighter version of an imperial stout with a smoother finish than some.

I prefer their pale ale personally for their regular beers but this is every bit as good per style.

Photo of Jparker37
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a nonic pint. Canned on 2/7/14

A - Opaque black with a creamy brown head. Strong on lacing.

S - Prickly pine hops. Very wet/bright smell. Gentle sweet chocolate, plenty of malt. More roasty as it warmed.

T - Initial flavor is from the citrus hops. The hops stick around but then the caramel malts start to meld-in toward the back half. Finishes with some pleasant pine hops and solid bitterness.

M - Medium to medium-light body, light carbonation, semi-dry.

O - There is a unique relationship between hops and malt. Instead of showing some hop flavor and aroma at one time and malt flavor and aroma at another, they seemed to all be at once and hard to decipher them separately. Body seemed to be deceiving to its ABV. Smell favored malt and taste favored hops.

Recommendation - Since the brewery was so packed I couldn't get in, I was glad to bring this home and recommend you do as well.

Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Midnight Ryder
Indeed Brewing Company, Minnesota
---from can to pint glass---

Appearance
Totally black – no light is allowed through, huge fluffy head – 2 fingers worth, lots of floating sediment, great head retention with great lacing… this beer is just about perfect. No, wait, it’s perfect.

Smell
Dark roasted malts and pine. Little chocolate aroma comes through

Taste
Dark chocolate and fresh coffee, piney aftertaste

Mouth-feel
Borders on heavy body, great lingering bitter chocolate, just sweet enough.

Overall
Whoa! I underestimated this beer! The hops and malt dance in perfect harmony here. Try this beer, please.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is how i like my black ales. big, bold, and hopped to high heaven. the can pours a matte dark brown color with a robust inch of tan head and leaves glorious ring lacing as it drinks, never losing its layer of froth. the nose is bitter hops and darkly roasted barley, a double dose of bitter that transfers well to the taste. layers of chocolate malt weave with layers of piney hops, an enjoyable back and forth as i sip. clean finishing with just bitterness left behind. it drinks full bodied and smooth like a big american porter, and is carbonated just right for it to be both lively and smooth at the same time. a very enjoyable beverage, my first from indeed.

Photo of jsprain1
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Deep brown, not quite black. Head is two fingers, cocoa color. Retention is decent, some lacing.
S- Smell is coffee, smoke, dark caramel. There is just a hint of pine hops here. Good balance, and well orchestrated.
T- More of the same here. Somewhat sweet for the style, but I like the flavors. Dark caramel, coffee, smoke, and a decent bit of pine hops. It leans malty and sweet but not overly so.
M- Medium body, maybe just a touch light for the style. Smooth carbonation, long finish.
O- A good beer. Well balanced and flavorful. Doesn't strike me as hoppy as some may be looking for in the style, but very good.

Photo of Powderhornphil
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours ink black but light bodied. Creamy tan head that lasts for quite some time. Really nice looking. The appearance is probably the most notable thing about the beer for me.

Smells of citrus and perhaps some light roast notes. Pine appears as well.

Tastes of roasted malt and sticky pine. Perhaps more suble there is also bitter chocoalte. Nice enough.

Really nice coating mouthfeel without being too heavy.

A nice, well crafted beer.

Photo of magictacosinus
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz can into a pint glass. Consumed right after trying the Day Tripper beer - and considering that black IPAs are one of my favorite styles (when done right), I was excited to see what these guys were going to do with it.

Pours a blackened color, only with several streaks of brown and red circling the glass's edges when held against the light. Produces an off-brown head that rises quite well to the top of the glass, receding only somewhat and leaving behind lines worth of lacing in its path. It's a bit higher in alcohol this time around compared to their last beer, but it's pretty much just as bready and juicy looking.

Smells of a well balanced combination of roasted malts and citrus focused hops. Notes of orange peel, light pine, mint, and lemon, and then notes of dark chocolate, light coffee, and toasted biscuits. A little bit of peppery spices linger, although not so much in your face as you'd expect. There's a sharp roasted flavor that lingers about after finishing each consecutive whiff. Very robust and fresh tasting, with a solid citrus backbone that keeps things interesting.

The flavor continues the balanced combo of roasted malts and citrus notes, this time around making this resemble orange peel filled dark chocolate. Very roasted, often resembling ground espresso bean notes, as well as slightly charred caramel. The pine here is very light, and other than the fantastic orange peel flavor, the hop profile feels a bit too one dimensional... But for what it is, it turns out to be very tasty and successful overall. Well carbonated, and definitely creamy in spite of its extra bitterness and astringent roasted feel. Delightfully refreshing, even though it is very dry on all accounts. A very easy drinking black IPA.

I really enjoyed this one as well, and it seems this brewery's beers are best consumed fresh to get to the core of their nicely developed hoppy profiles. This one is a simple one indeed, but where it excels it is very flavorful. Not nearly as decadent or boozy as other good black IPAs available out there. If this was present where I lived I'd definitely get some again.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce can. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is a sexy black, though there is a lot of congealed protein floating around. Two fingers of luscious, dense, tan head dissipates slowly and unevenly, leaving lacing along the glass, a ring around the edge, and a thin skim.

Smell: The aroma is somewhat faint and distant, but I can detect is a harmonious blend of dark, roasted malt flavor and citrus. A hints of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Each whiff is tinged with playful tangerine and a touch of pine.

Taste: The roasted malts are upfront and momentarily trick the taste buds into thinking it is a stout. The mouthfeel is lightly creamy as well. Then the bitterness and citrus kick in; tangerine throws them for an unexpected loop. The tail coats the tongue and tickles the uvula with a syrupy pine resin aftertaste.

Drinkability: Pretty good stuff. Very well-crafted and flavorful. I bet this can is on the older side, so I wonder what a fresher edition would taste like.

Photo of alexgash
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can.

Dark inky brown body. Thick finger of dense, creamy, peanut shell brown head. Great lacing and retention. Roasted malt and coffee mix nicely with sweetish dark fruit malts, toasted marshmallows, and lots of piny, resinous hops.

Roasted barley and moderate coffee bitterness up front. Some charred, cindery notes. Piny, resinous bitterness increases through the palate. Slight dark fruit malt sweetness mid-palate. Great mix of roasted malt, coffee, and piny hops into the finish. Medium-full body with a creamy feel. Very nicely made black IPA.

Photo of mhksuccess
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a bruery snifter glass
pretty dark with about 1/2 inch of head
smell is of toffee and hops
taste is not quite sure after first sip although after a few more
it has a nice hops flavor
can't quite put my nose or taste on it but very similar to a lot of black ipa's
it might be my taste buds are overwhelmed from the night's drinking but
this is a smooth very solid brew and i would get again
very nice offering

Photo of argock
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a glass mug. Gifted to me by my brother Greg. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pitch black with 1-finger of cappuccino colored head with decent retention and a nice cap of lacing.

S: Very roasty with grapefruit and pine hoppiness -- the malt and hops don't work together that well.

T: The flavor is a little better, but still the overly roasty nature of the dark malt and the highly resinous, pine and grapefruit hop flavors clash and leave a very weird, lightly astringent aftertaste.

M: Medium body, a little chalky with a little too much carbonation.

O: Midnight Ryder is far cry from Day Tripper which blew me away. This black IPA is too roasty which to my palate clashes with the resinous hoppiness. I qualify this review by saying I am not the biggest black IPA fan.

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Midnight Ryder from Indeed Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.