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Midnight Ryder - Indeed Brewing Company

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 380
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 24.57%
Wants: 28
Gots: 55 | 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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Photo of sonata2008
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Midnight Ryder was the cask offering at Groveland Tap in St. Paul last night. It's always nice to try a cask, and Midnight Ryder is fabulous.
Appearance: About 2 fingers' width of tan foam, and the head stays around for awhile. Very dark brown in color, almost black. Lots of lacing.
Smell: Grapefruit hops up front along with beautiful roasted aromas in the background. A wonderful combination.
Taste: Very nice dark roasted flavors--some coffee, a bit of chocolate and cocoa. Also a citrus, floral hops taste with a dry finish. A gentle bitterness at the end. An exquisite taste experience.
Mouthfeel: Almost creamy, so nice.
Overall: A delicious beer. It's an amazingly drinkable beer considering the rich taste. Hats off to the brewer!

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Photo of jjanega08
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating on the single can. It's new so it should be fresh.

A= Pours a beautiful deep black color with a nice finger of a nice khaki head on it that holds some pretty nice retention and lacing.

S= The smell is a nice pungent hop aroma with a dark roasty malt that follows behind it. The balance is nice with both the dark roast and the piney hops playing equal but separate roles.

T= The taste follows a huge hop punch up front with tons of pine before being swallowed by a nice sweetness that slowly evolves into a bug roast character. The roast is lasting in the finish with a little bit of a pine bitterness that plays a supporting role. No doubt this is a nice mixture of both components. Again the sort of mixture that really works with each being seperate but equal and the finish is a nice blend of the two.

M= The mouth is nice and dry.

O= This baby is beautiful. I have high hopes for this brewery now. Two beers that are awesome this this one being world class. Keep an eye out for Indeed brewing because they are gonna be doing big things.

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Photo of bsp77
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving glass: Poured from can into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Near black with thick, foamy tan head.

Smell: Grapefruit, chocolate and light coffee. Milder and simpler than expected but quite pleasing.

Taste: Strong roasted backbone of chocolate, coffee and molasses. The grapefruit hops go along for the ride and balance perfectly. Somewhat bitter on the spicy and pine-like finish. Near perfection.

Feel: Creamy full body with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: Other than some of the insane Imperial ones, this nails the American Black Ale style better than anything I have had. Between this and Day Tripper, Indeed is the most promising new brewery I have tried in years. I really want to see what they do next.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Town Hall Tap. This beer arrives a black color. The head is one inch of dense tan foam that doesn't really recede, but leaves a nice coating of lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is quite malty with a ton of roasted malt, some chocolate, hints of maple syrup, and grapefruity hops. The taste is similar to the aroma. It leans toward the maltier side for an American Black Ale, but the hops are still an integral component of the flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky texture, and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a really good beer that I will surely drink again.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at happy gnome in Saint Paul MN. An excellent beer from an upcoming brewery, very strong effort!

The beer pours a nice full on black color with some tan lacing left on the glass from a foamy ring of head. The smell isn't huge but has savory fire tinged malts and citrus soaked hops that are very nice. Also a slight anise edge to the aroma.

The flavor is outstanding, a perfect balance of smoky malts, grassy grapefruit hops, and a hearty barley malt. What a tasty brew! Being a scotch fan, it really reminds me of the smoke you get from a medium peaty islay almost and paired with the hop and malt bill it is just fantastic. Feel is medium and oily, leaves a nice lingering smoky finish.

A awesome beer, I've been sampling some local stuff all day for darkness eve and this takes it so far.

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Photo of ahalloin
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Happy Gnome in St. Paul. Pours a dark black, almost pitch, fluid with thick dark tan head that sticks to the glass long into the imbibing of it.

Graham cracker malt body props up notes of coffee, pine, citrus, and a slight alcohol note.

The taste is an almost perfect balance of coffee roasty notes with pine sap and citric fruity hops. It would seem that they eliminated the mid range malts altogether to have the roast shine on one end and the hops shine on the other. These flavors are separated but compliment each other well. Firm bitterness and dry finish.

Medium carbonation and low astringency make for a great mouthfeel.

Overall this is one of the best Black IPAs I've had.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Canned on 10/10/2012.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with only a little amber at the bottom of the glass. Lots of rising bubbles and a big five finger tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big hop aroma upfront with a strong dark malt backing. A mixture of hops including earthy grass, spicy pine resin, and some hints of citrus including grapefruit and orange. A quite noticeable roasty presence. Dark malts with hints of toast, chocolate, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a little coffee. Even picking up a little milk. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a strong mixture of hops with a good kick of dark roast. A big combination of hops upfront with some spicy resinous pine, earthy hops , grass, and some hints of citrus grapefruit and orange. Solid taste of dark roast with some roasted malts and notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, toasted bread, cream, coffee, and a little chocolate milk. Also a little smoke that lingers. A really good complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and pretty smooth. Very drying.

Overall: A very good Black Ale. Big hops and bitterness but it manages to be fairly balanced with a pretty good dark roast presence. Very nicely done.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque black with a thin tan head.

Aroma: Roasty malts with a piney hop profile.

Taste: Very malty! Resinous hop flavor but not crazy on the bitterness. Nice roasted aftertaste. Overall a very bright flavor for a dark beer.

Mouthfeel: So smooth. Above average drinkability and robust.

Final Thoughts: Great beer from a new brewery. A flagship American Black Ale is just what this Pale Ale, IPA and Wheat Beer saturated market needs! Will be buying this when it's available at in liquor stores.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Midnight Ryder pours a black color with a small lacing head. There is a very burnt aroma, with smoke, and hints of hops. The taste is very burnt, a little smokey, some coffee flavors, and a nice hoppy bitterness to finish. Good body good flavors. Overall its a very big bold black ale.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can thanks to yamar68, poured into a tulip.

Pour: Pitch black, with some deep brown glass edges. Nice two finger khaki head, that leaves lacing as thick as the head itself.

Smell: Nice floral, grassy hoppiness up front, followed by a deep roasted maltiness. Get some coffee in there.

Taste: Wow. Really nice floral and citrus hop flavors up front, that nearly immediately mingle with roasted coffee beans. Some char rounds out the mouth.

Mouthfeel: On my. This is so smooth for a Black Ale. I was about to have this as a night cap, and it was gone in minute. Really smooth and creamy, but very light and drinkable. Really nice.

Overall: This beer was awesome, and I went in with no idea what to expect. Definitely get this if you can. Haha, can. Punny.

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Photo of morimech
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A black ale with 80 IBUs. A little intimidating. Pour from a 12oz can. One of the complaints of cans is that they are not very attractive. The font is a little busy but this is one of the better looking cans I have seen. Enough about the container how about the important stuff. Pours dark black with over two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is pretty much all hops. Pine resin, citrus, and herbal. Slight notes of roasted malt and caramel.

The flavor is nothing short of impressive. I expected a blistering hop bomb but somehow the brewer pulled off an incredible balance. I can taste the black which is the whole point of this style. Roasted malt with subtle hints of smoke and chocolate. A little caramel sweetness as well. The beer is bitter but does not seem out of control. The hops compliments the malt with notes of pine and herbs.

Medium body with sort of a sticky texture. Nicely carbonated with a little fizziness in the finish.

If the rest of this new breweries portfolio is as impressive as this beer, they are going to be a very big thing. Now I just wish their beer did not sell out so fast so I could try Day Tripper.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into my brand new Rock Island snifter - all courtesy of GraniteSkunk (thanks man!).

A: Porter or stout-like pour yields an opaque brown or even black body. A Light tan cap settles from two solid fingers into a constant ring. Good lacing.

S: Big chocolate malt and almost equally bid piney and spicy/earthy hop notes. Malt and roast, mild caramel. Faint suggestions of citrus rind and possibly grapefruit in the hops.

T: Follows the nose with pungent, roasty balance; piney hops, moderate roasted chocolate malt, resin, faint citrus, light suggestions of espresso bitterness on the finish.

There is a faint spiciness on both the aroma and flavor profile that makes me think 'rye malt', though there is no mention anywhere on the can of it being used in the brewing process.

MF: Medium body with a moderate lingering bitterness. Balances the beer nicely. Adequate carbonation.

O: Really very tasty. Not a style I reach out for very much anymore, but to me this is done to near perfection.

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Photo of hardy008
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with raisin colored highlights, and a two finger tan head with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt, cocoa, citrus, and pine.

There is a good amount of citrus and pine bitterness in the taste, as well as cocoa, dark roasted malt, and some caramel. The cocoa and caramel malt provide some sweetness to balance out the bitterness. Very nice balance.

Medium bodied, smooth, with soft carbonation. Very easy to drink. I could drink this on a regular basis.

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Photo of alexgash
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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.

Dark roasted malts and pine. Little chocolate aroma comes through

Dark chocolate and fresh coffee, piney aftertaste

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

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

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from eawolff99. Served in a CCBW pint glass. Canned 10/10/12.

A - Two fingers of creamy mocha foam settle to a thick cap, leaving splotches of lace behind. Body is a very dark brown with a glint of ruby transparency when held to the light. Considerably darker than most American "Black" Ales.

S - Fantastic mix of roasted malts, cocoa, tropical fruits, and citrus hops, with some lightly catty and piney notes and perhaps a hint of char in the periphery.

T - The taste doesn't have quite the same citrus punch, but it's got a nice mix of cocoa, caramel, dark breads, roast, and earthy hops. Bitterness is restrained, and there isn't any black malt astringency present.

M - Carbonation is a tad high for my tastes. Texture is a bit gritty, but matches the roasty flavor profile. Lightly dry in the finish, with some residual hop oils. No obvious alcohol.

D - Crushed a can no problem and would happily have another. Not quite as easy-drinking as Day Tripper, but a really excellent take on a style I don't always enjoy. If you like Black IPAs I'd highly recommend checking this one out.

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Photo of Jparker37
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good beer, black with generous head. A substantive roast, yet takes an appropriate submissiveness to the hop story. Very smooth drinker, with a roast not a coffee bitterness in the finish. The aroma of roast, chocolate, spruce, pine combs. Thanks John

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Photo of NorthWoodCommons
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a can.
Smell of malt and hops. Has that "warm" smell. Fairly sweet smell.
taste of roasted malt and piney hops. Some chocolate notes. A good bitter finish.

Overall- A great beer as I expected. I really like what I have had from indeed. Plenty of substance to go with the taste.

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Photo of TheFizzinator
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of TCMike
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produced a tan 2 finger head. The beer is a deep brown color.
Aroma was of hops, roasted malts, wood.
Taste was similar, but with a light sweetness. Strong hop taste, and medium bitterness, but it is nicely balanced.
Very good beer, and easy drinking.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Midnight Ryder from Indeed Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.