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Midnight Ryder - Indeed Brewing Company

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89
very good

316 Ratings
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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 23
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Sammy, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

zestar, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

nmann08, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.14/5  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

brentk56, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

emerge077, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

zeff80, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

MasterSki, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +1.3%

XmnwildX12, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

oline73, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

feloniousmonk, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

mendvicdog, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

duceswild, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

tempest, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +1.3%

LXIXME, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

mothman, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

brandoman63, Feb 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

KAF, May 07, 2014
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

iL0VEbeer, May 07, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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

dirtylou, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Duff27, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of AgentZero
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

AgentZero, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of ZAP
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

ZAP, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

eawolff99, Sep 02, 2012
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Midnight Ryder from Indeed Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.