Midnight Ryder - Indeed Brewing Company

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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 27
Gots: 52 | 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: 363 | Reviews: 69
Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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 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 emerge077
4.02/5  rDev +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!

Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a can at Four Firkins. Tasty, reminds me of the Summit Black IPA they brewed a year or two back. This is a touch more bitter, with a big dry cocoa and grapefruit finish. To back up, the aroma brings an herbal citrus hops hit with dark bread crust. The malts bring an extra-dark chocolate flavor that ties into the bitter citrus hops with a slight burnt edge. This is a great example of the style, go find yourself a can.

Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can

appearance: served in great dane imperial pint - ebony body, nice creamy mocha ring

smell: smoke, char, citrus rind, chocolate

taste: not as rich and decadent as many other CDA's I have sampled - charred bitterness seems to overpower the hops a bit, some bittersweet chocolate. Tasty but nowhere near as good as something like wookey jack in my opinion

mouthfeel: thin, moderate bitterness

overall: OK - dug the APA from these guys more

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 maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.02/5  rDev +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.

Photo of morimech
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of jera1350
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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 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.

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 MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of n2185
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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 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 inlimbo77
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, no date
Deschutes tulip

A: Really pretty looking beer. Dark dark brown with reddish hues towards the bottom. Two and a half fingers of light tan head. Really frothy. Leaving some nice lacing.

S: Even through the head, pulling that rye spice. Roasted malts. Some of that char. Cocoa powder. Maybe some coffee hints underneath. Mingles well with the hops that still stand out.

T: Tip of the tongue, you get some pine hop flavors. Not overly aggressive. Middle of the palate, you start to detect that rye spicy character mingling with the dark roasted malts and chocolate. Sort of falls a little flat in the finish. Still nice and dry with some lingering notes of cocoa and pine.

M: Medium bodied, leading to full with the malt. Good carbonation.

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 hardy008
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Midnight Ryder from Indeed Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.