1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Midnight Ryder - Indeed Brewing Company

Midnight RyderMidnight Ryder

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

231 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 231 | Reviews: 52 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of sonata2008
sonata2008

Minnesota

4.98/5  rDev +24.5%
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!

Serving type: cask

09-29-2012 02:16:29 | More by sonata2008
Photo of KarlHungus
KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: cask

08-29-2012 20:09:27 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Jparker37
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
Photo of Kevin-Wieken
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
Photo of StonedTrippin
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
Photo of jsprain1
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
Photo of Powderhornphil
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
Photo of magictacosinus
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
Photo of TheQuietMan22
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
Photo of alexgash
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
Photo of mhksuccess
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
Photo of argock
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
Photo of jhawth
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
Photo of PieOhMy
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
Photo of dbossman
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
Photo of Lawl3ss
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
Photo of jimmah120
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
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
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
Photo of NorthWoodCommons
NorthWoodCommons

North Dakota

4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: can

04-23-2013 02:47:54 | More by NorthWoodCommons
Photo of n2185
n2185

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours black with two fingers of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: Dry roasted malt aromas with notes of char, bitter cocoa, and smoke mixed in. Earthy pine and grapefruit aromas from the hops bring up the finish.

T: Earthy and piney hop flavors dominate here with citrus rind, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and char mixed in. The finish is moderately bitter.

M: Medium body and with carbonation on the lower side of medium, this beer avoids being watery but could use a little more carbonation.

O: A solid ABA overall. It's a little on the bitter/charred side for me, but is still enjoyable and mixes the hop and roasted malt characters well.

Serving type: can

03-19-2013 20:13:33 | More by n2185
Photo of match1112
match1112

Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ungertaker for this!

Pours a near black, slight brown hues around the edges remind me that this is dark, dark brown not black. An inch of brown creamy head quickly settles in to athin crescent moon shape around the glass. Faint spots are left on the glass, just enough to make the glass look dirty instead of reminding me that there should me some sticky lacing left behind.

This one smells sweeter than it tastes. Big malty aromas rise from the glass with a touch of roasted bitterness lingering behind. Piney resin cuts thru the malty sweetness on the nose leaving a dry yet sticky feeling behind.

Mouthfeel is a touch thinner than I would like it to be, but I'm no expert on what should be and what shouldn't be. Sticky resin coats the cheeks while a dry burnt pine needle taste is left behind.

The alochol is hidden behind the bitter notes very well. Finishes cleaner than expected, almost like a lager than a ale. Would recommend and gladly drink again.

Serving type: can

02-03-2013 18:16:55 | More by match1112
Photo of emerge077
emerge077

Illinois

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

Brown-edged black into the glass, plenty of head on top and lots of lasting lacing in the glass. Good coverage, with long lasting head retention.

Roasty coffee aroma, with an undercurrent of green herbal hops. Dry and bitter, not at all sweet. Flavors are similarly dry, roasty, and hoppy. Lasting residual bitterness in the aftertaste. Bitter unsweetened chocolate and dark roast coffee up front, herbal pine in the middle and finish. Dry ashy roast, vague hop oils and bitter orange peel. Light and drinkable with ample hop character. Overall a nice and tightly put together black IPA.

Thanks for this one Eric!

Serving type: can

01-27-2013 21:19:23 | More by emerge077
Photo of Mdog
Mdog

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black, big foamy head.

Smell: Not as much as I thought with a big head, a mostly piney aroma.

Taste: Piney hops and roasted malt before giving way to coffee in the finish.

Overall: I'm not the biggest black IPA fan but got a 6er to support this local brewery. Midnight Ryder is well made and pretty tasty even though it's not my favorite style. I prefer Day Tripper over this one.

Serving type: can

01-27-2013 02:04:14 | More by Mdog
Photo of dasmusik
dasmusik

Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - super black, although thin in appearance, very consistent with the style, small amount of head when poured, but dissipates fairly quickly, decent overall appearance especially for the style.

S - Sweet. I get a very natural beer smell, almost like straight from the beer kegs in Europe. Yeasty and sweet and brown sugar and smooth, not astringent at all and very much the style of old.

T - burnt sugar in the best sense, hoppy yet sweet - think your average black IPA then tune up each end of the senses 3 of 4 times.

M - Average. Very decent, very good carbonation and smoothness, but nothing above average.

O - Great. Tastes fantastic, very drinkable for a solid black IPA, think your ends of the spectrum, basic hoppy v. sweet and amp up each end a dozen times, and you get this beer - it still balances each other but still very taste laden and full of flavor. Great example of the style, something the community should strive for. Out of a can nonetheless! Dispute solved!!

Serving type: can

01-25-2013 07:38:13 | More by dasmusik
Photo of zeff80
zeff80

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It left sticky patches of lace.

S - Smelled of pine. Lots of pine with some roasty character.

T - Good roasted malt flavor up front with a piney bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

O - Third Indeed brew for me and another good beer. Must get more next time I'm in MN.

Serving type: can

01-19-2013 13:56:28 | More by zeff80
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Midnight Ryder from Indeed Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.