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Midnight Ryder - Indeed Brewing Company

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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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hardy008

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: can

12-20-2012 03:23:22 | More by hardy008
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TCMike

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 01:55:13 | More by TCMike
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dirtylou

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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

Serving type: can

11-28-2012 22:43:26 | More by dirtylou
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +5%
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

Serving type: can

11-28-2012 04:35:53 | More by Sammy
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: can

11-24-2012 03:20:40 | More by tempest
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-19-2012 20:36:01 | More by inlimbo77
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zeledonia

Minnesota

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

Finally tasting something from Indeed, one of the Twin Cities' new kids on the block. Love the can art - a monocled dandy riding a bear with a telescopic eye? Tasted 13 November 2012, reviewed from notes.

Looks like a stout. Dark, and thinner than a stout, as it should be. Dark brown, nearly black in the glass. Two fingers of thick medium-tan head, mid-way between light and dark. Good lacing. Doesn't get better than this.

Smell starts out hoppy, light and citrusy, but drifts into the roasty realm pretty quick. Really nice balance - hits the black IPA sweet spot.

Taste is pleasantly rich, with a hefty dose of bitter. Right there in the sweet spot again, like a hoppy stout. Yum. Coffee and a bit of char as it fades into the hop bite.

Feels light and fluffy. Carbonation is right where it should be. Works.

This has that great combination of dark roast and hops, light body and dark flavor. Very nice. One of the better black IPAs I've had. It's simultaneously light, dark, rich, and hoppy. The bitter characters of the dark roasted malts and the hops blend together really nicely, and the aromatic hops lighten things up. Really tasty. An impressive first brew from Indeed; looking forward to trying more of their stuff.

Serving type: can

11-18-2012 20:32:27 | More by zeledonia
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into SA pint glass.

Thick tan-brown head a top opaque, thin elixir. Copious lacing throughout.

Wonderful complex aroma of chocolate, burnt malt, and piney hops.

Bitter char and hops predominate. Some chocolate and light coffee undertones.

Slick, a bit too carbonated.

Overall a very nice black ale.

Serving type: can

11-17-2012 22:57:34 | More by CaptCleveland
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: can

11-05-2012 05:23:43 | More by MasterSki
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: can

11-03-2012 06:27:59 | More by MattyG85
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.73/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating on the single can. It's new so it should be fresh.

A= Pours a beautiful deep black color with a nice finger of a nice khaki head on it that holds some pretty nice retention and lacing.

S= The smell is a nice pungent hop aroma with a dark roasty malt that follows behind it. The balance is nice with both the dark roast and the piney hops playing equal but separate roles.

T= The taste follows a huge hop punch up front with tons of pine before being swallowed by a nice sweetness that slowly evolves into a bug roast character. The roast is lasting in the finish with a little bit of a pine bitterness that plays a supporting role. No doubt this is a nice mixture of both components. Again the sort of mixture that really works with each being seperate but equal and the finish is a nice blend of the two.

M= The mouth is nice and dry.

O= This baby is beautiful. I have high hopes for this brewery now. Two beers that are awesome this this one being world class. Keep an eye out for Indeed brewing because they are gonna be doing big things.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 03:58:56 | More by jjanega08
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can thanks to yamar68, poured into a tulip.

Pour: Pitch black, with some deep brown glass edges. Nice two finger khaki head, that leaves lacing as thick as the head itself.

Smell: Nice floral, grassy hoppiness up front, followed by a deep roasted maltiness. Get some coffee in there.

Taste: Wow. Really nice floral and citrus hop flavors up front, that nearly immediately mingle with roasted coffee beans. Some char rounds out the mouth.

Mouthfeel: On my. This is so smooth for a Black Ale. I was about to have this as a night cap, and it was gone in minute. Really smooth and creamy, but very light and drinkable. Really nice.

Overall: This beer was awesome, and I went in with no idea what to expect. Definitely get this if you can. Haha, can. Punny.

Serving type: can

10-31-2012 01:41:56 | More by cfrances33
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a large, wet sand colored head. Looked great, but the head could have been much smaller.

S: Strong citrusy resin hops with a solid crisp toast/roast behind it. Interesting, clean, but not amazing. It could blend a little better to me, maybe some crystal sweetness would be good?

T: Very dry, maybe a little too acrid. Maybe a little more of a piney hop would work better here.

M: Thin and sharp, as I would expect from the style, nice carbonation without being gassy.

O: Pretty good, but room for improvement to me.

Serving type: can

10-30-2012 01:50:06 | More by mdwalsh
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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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morimech

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: can

10-21-2012 16:42:25 | More by morimech
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yamar68

Minnesota

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

The beer truly is black... barely an edge of copper clarity and a dense dark khaki head that laces well.

Ooh, that's nice. Burnt coffee grounds melded to a vibrant and fresh hop profile. Could certainly pass as a "black IPA" as far as the nose is concerned. Milk chocolate, faint citrus, fresh cream.

Nice bitter coffee notes, cocoa beans... the hops that shine on the nose struggle to show themselves through the dark malts and burnt chocolate. I'm not all that well acquainted with the black ale genre but this beer is tasty.

Will buy again.

Serving type: can

10-16-2012 01:08:30 | More by yamar68
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caskstrength

Minnesota

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

I don't like black ales, or black IPAs or Cascadian dark ales, or whatever we're calling hopped up roasted malt beers these days.

But I like this beer. Pours dark. Smells roasty, some coffee, smoke, and herbal notes.

Tastes are roasty crispness with some resinous bitterness on the back end. The hops don't clash, they just accent the beer, and add to the mouthfeel and aftertaste.

Medium bodied and smooth. As quenching as a darker roasty beer can be.

I don't know what this would taste like after sitting around for a while, I had the first canning. But I'll probably buy this again if it's fresh, or at least have it on tap. I bet the cask versions are great, but I do wonder if the extra dry hopping they do will upset the balance this beer has. Research should figure it out.

A pleasant surprise overall, and combined with Day Tripper, quite a start for a young brewery.

Serving type: can

10-13-2012 00:10:57 | More by caskstrength
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.73/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving glass: Poured from can into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Near black with thick, foamy tan head.

Smell: Grapefruit, chocolate and light coffee. Milder and simpler than expected but quite pleasing.

Taste: Strong roasted backbone of chocolate, coffee and molasses. The grapefruit hops go along for the ride and balance perfectly. Somewhat bitter on the spicy and pine-like finish. Near perfection.

Feel: Creamy full body with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: Other than some of the insane Imperial ones, this nails the American Black Ale style better than anything I have had. Between this and Day Tripper, Indeed is the most promising new brewery I have tried in years. I really want to see what they do next.

Serving type: can

10-12-2012 22:28:47 | More by bsp77
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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
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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
Midnight Ryder from Indeed Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.