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Midnight Ryder - Indeed Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

231 Ratings
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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%


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:
80 IBU

(Beer added by: sacrelicio on 08-14-2012)
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2013 03:47:01 | More by jsprain1
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PieOhMy

Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. Black. Thick brown head. Slow fading.

S. Pine resin. Floral/weedy. Roasted malts. Caremel. Even a little smokiness. Pretty nice.

T. Roasted, burnt even, malts. Some caramel and toffee. A light citrus tang. But the main flavor here is the blistering hoppy bitterness. Chalky almost. Bitterness lingers. And lingers.

M. Medium. Has a backbone but not super rich. Feels lke a well balanced IPA.

O. This is unique brew. It's more bitter, not hoppier, but bitter than most IPAs yet it has a nice porter-like smoke to it. All in all, I enjoy this. Don't love it and can't have much more than one at a time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2013 01:44:13 | More by PieOhMy
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the taproom. Dark brown and clear with good looks in every way. The hops are fresh, Indeed: smells almost like hop pellets with roast lurking in the background. Hard to decipher hop flavor in the taste though, but there's ample bitterness and roast. Medium mouthfeel, relatively clean finish and good drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2012 08:25:30 | More by tewaris
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ahalloin

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2012 20:07:05 | More by ahalloin
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2012 19:55:13 | More by Dreadnaught33
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the 2012 ABR, from notes. Pour was black but not viscous kicking up a half finger of tan foam. The nose and flavor were very roasty, and the taste smokey. Underlying this was citric and resin hop flavor, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Mildly bitter. Medium body. The smoke tended to overpower the flavors in the samples we tried at the festival. Will try it again at some point no doubt.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 03:04:06 | More by JackieTH
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black appearance, under a lush and lovely cocoa/tan head, leaving lace. Looking good.

Aroma: Chocolate and coffee enter first, then swiftly surrounded by grassy hops, but it's a fine blend, and none sticks out over the other (which is the error in many entries in this field, I think.) Malty, nutty, slightly sweet, with citrus fruit and pine rounding it out. A masterful tango of competing flavor notes.

Taste: More of that in the mouth, a big blast of malt at the top, with hops creeping up from below, with neither side in charge, a happy cohabitation. Tasty stuff, the bitter hops keep giving flavor, and the malt holds firm, releasing it's own deliciousness.
I just keep liking this the more I drink it. In this Black Ale, the promise of the style feels fulfilled. I don't miss the heavier malt profile of a porter or stout, and the higher hopping doesn't clash with the darker flavors, as in the versions I've given the down thumb to.

To reiterate: Tasty stuff. I like it. Rewarding, satisfying, and one to return to again and again, with many pleasures to return on each new trip. I'll be doing this one again and again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 07:41:54 | More by feloniousmonk
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the Indeed tap room. Solid black, dark khaki head and fair lacing. Smell of chocolate, coffee, light roasted malts and light citrus hops. The taste is more of the dark than the hops, but still tasty. Coffee and chocolate go all the way into the finish and aftertaste. The citrus hops are more underlying. Silky smooth feel with a medium full body. Overall a terrific example of the style. Can't wait for this to come out in cans as I will drink it pretty regularly.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2012 03:44:47 | More by jera1350
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, Indeed's tap room is great, & if you're a native & haven't been there yet, hie thy ass hither forthright. Stopped by on a Saturday evening & the place was pretty busy for a new brewery. 10 oz. pour on tap.

Pour is dark brown with a strong shadow of red. Nose is sweet, malty, roasty, with only a passing tang of hops. Nice.

Midnight Ryder has brought me to a realization on black ales - they must be drunk as fresh as humanly possible, because this is good. Big roast on the move, sweet malts, & an almost herbal hop note flickering in right at the end. Nice & creamy (the cask version even more so, my wife tried that). Lovely to drink - 10 ounces didn't feel like enough, but with two little girls in the car, well, it was.

Only the second black ale or whatever you'd call it that I'd drink again. This is an excellent brew, & if it's any indication of what's going to be flowing out of Indeed, I'll be back. Bock. Yeah.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2012 01:22:02 | More by maximum12
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JamesMN

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 03:03:30 | More by JamesMN
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The second flagship of this newest of Minneapolis breweries, this beer was enjoyed both in its natural form, but also on cask with two versions, one dry hopped with CTZ and another with Cascade. Lighter than most American Black Ales, this beer strives for balance and drinkability, rather than heavily roasted or bracing citrus hop flavors. Black in color, but not deep, with brownish edges and a beige cap of foam. Above average.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 03:48:27 | More by sacrelicio
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: can

04-02-2014 02:01:26 | More by Jparker37
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Kevin-Wieken

Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
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.


Serving type: can

01-21-2014 17:55:28 | More by Kevin-Wieken
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: can

01-14-2014 01:25:08 | More by StonedTrippin
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: can

09-02-2013 16:12:03 | More by Powderhornphil
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magictacosinus

California

3.84/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-22-2013 21:21:50 | More by magictacosinus
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: can

08-17-2013 03:15:22 | More by TheQuietMan22
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: can

08-06-2013 02:44:50 | More by alexgash
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mhksuccess

California

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Serving type: can

07-29-2013 15:12:01 | More by mhksuccess
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argock

Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: can

07-21-2013 19:22:35 | More by argock
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jhawth

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pint glass. Pours a solid black with a finger of tan, creamy-looking head.

Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, some hops.

Taste: Plenty of hop bitterness, pleasantly balanced with roasted malt flavors. Sweet chocolate and roasted flavors in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium carbonation. Easy to drink.

Overall: Really enjoyable beer, I really like the American Black Ale style. I'm worried that the six pack I bought was not terribly fresh; hop flavors seemed a bit muted from I was expecting. Will try to find another, definitely fresh six pack and revisit my review at that time.

Serving type: can

07-01-2013 23:42:10 | More by jhawth
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Black with a huge, frothy, steady, bread-loaf-looking head; pretty nice lacing; this beer looks fantastic

S: Piney, resinous hops mingle well with chocolate; slightly roasted malts; a touch of toffee and perhaps caramel

T: Pine and citrus hops up front followed by chalky chocolate with some slight roasted malt flavors; it finishes fairly balanced but dry and a bit of some coffee flavors

F: Medium body and fairly sticky; a touch thin on the back end

O: A nice beer from a new-to-me brewery; it doesn't quite come together but it works out pretty well

Serving type: can

06-13-2013 18:25:10 | More by dbossman
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Lawl3ss

Texas

4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Chilled 12 oz. can into a 12 oz shaker. No visible canning date.

Look- Wow, this stuff is impressively dark for a relatively thin-bodied beer. Near black with orange-brown glints around the edges of the glass. Three fingers of frothy beige head leaves a sheet of lace on the glass. Settles slowly.

Smell- Unexpected once again. Assertively hoppy, fruity, resinous. Vague char undertones, but well buried. Sweet, tropical - lots of grapefruit, starfruit, mango. Brings to mind Nugget Nectar. More pine comes out as it warms.

Taste- Bracing. Unique twist of cocoa and grapefruit; somehow pulls it off. Acidic fruity character builds and then fades, leaving charred biscuit, milk chocolate, and resin. More and more nondescript grassy bitterness and pine as it warms and the glass empties, but not too shabby.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, full for the style, slick. Moderate carbonation. Mild astringency, almost metallic twang. So far the only failing of this brew, the rich, roasty finish suffers for the sharpness.

Overall- Pretty darn good. A sixer would last me a while, but it'd be a treat when I broke one out. More assertive than your typical black ale, and does it well. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: can

05-29-2013 02:02:16 | More by Lawl3ss
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jimmah120

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, very fresh stuff

glugs out black like oil. taste is pine tart, husky/musty bitter hop flowers with a slight metallic tinge. smells like an old cellar where you spilled some hop pellets once.

like licking below mike piazza's eyelid, in a good way.

Serving type: can

04-29-2013 04:11:52 | More by jimmah120
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to hopazoid for this extra!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 2 fingers of tan head. Sticky lace and great staying power.

Smell: Concentrated pine needles. Citrusy hops mostly grapefruit rinds. A hint of malty sweetness. Little bit of char from the malts as well.

Taste: Big resinous piney hops with moderate bitterness that just ripps through everything and dominates this beers flavor profile. The pine transitions into a light char note, but the resinous pine never really goes away. Then a hint of semisweet chocolate and some roasty notes starting to build from the malt profile. The beer finishes with more pine hops and remains moderately bitter just as bitter as its started off. Would like a little bit more balance between the hops and malts.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Just a touch thin on the mouthfeel. I think this beer would really benefit from a think and creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish that builds the bitterness of the aftertaste.

Overall: This is a really really solid local beer. I still give the nod to New Glarus Blacktop because it has a better mouthfeel and is much more balanced than Midnight Ryder. I did enjoy the art on the can. It looks like Teddy Roosevelt riding a bear drinking coffee from a mug. Classic! Some minor teaks to this beer and it would be world class. Better than average example for this beer style. If you love resinous pine hops this is a must try beer, but I prefer balance and complexity for a beer in this beer style.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 05:11:14 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Midnight Ryder from Indeed Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.