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Midnight Ryder - Indeed Brewing Company

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279 Ratings
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 25
Gots: 24 | 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 Mdog
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

Mdog, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Revenant
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Revenant, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of dasmusik
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%

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!!

dasmusik, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of DJButters
4/5  rDev +1%

DJButters, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

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 Sender
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Sender, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of TheRookie
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

TheRookie, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of aliving1
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

aliving1, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Scotchboy
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

Scotchboy, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of vande
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

vande, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

tuckerlikesbeer, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of WoodburyMN
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

WoodburyMN, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of derkfromwi
4/5  rDev +1%

derkfromwi, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of tewaris
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

tewaris, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of rfbenavi80
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

rfbenavi80, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

hardy008, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

WYVYRN527, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Steimie
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Steimie, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of ebenicr
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

ebenicr, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

seeswo, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of wardough
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

wardough, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Schlais, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of TCMike
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

TCMike, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%

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
Midnight Ryder from Indeed Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.