Midnight Ryder - Indeed Brewing Company

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very good

363 Ratings
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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 mhksuccess
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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

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 jhawth
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of PieOhMy
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of dbossman
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
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

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of jimmah120
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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 NorthWoodCommons
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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 match1112
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

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 Mdog
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of dasmusik
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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!!

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 Scotchboy
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tewaris
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

Photo of TCMike
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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 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 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 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 zeledonia
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Midnight Ryder from Indeed Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.