Midnight Ryder
Indeed Brewing Company - Minneapolis

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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
3.97 | pDev: 10.58%
Indeed Brewing Company - Minneapolis
Minnesota, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Midnight RyderMidnight Ryder
Notes: 80 IBU
Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 428 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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mhksuccess from California

4.17/5  rDev +5%
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

Jul 29, 2013
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jera1350 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +2%
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.

Sep 09, 2012
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BeardedAllen from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Oct 11, 2013
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ahalloin from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Oct 26, 2012
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drewfull from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Sep 11, 2013
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Jan 05, 2014
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AnalogErik from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Sep 04, 2013
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hardy008 from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Dec 20, 2012
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Joe_Grizzly from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Nov 25, 2014
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Sep 05, 2012
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DB31 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Jul 27, 2013
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jsprain1 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Dec 01, 2013
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jwerner23 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Mar 11, 2014
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Best before August 24th 2016.

Rich filling dark walnut brown body, sightly reddish black in a very odd colored way, almost hypnotic strangely. Big frothing head, light espresso tan coming up with easy four fingers on a controlled pour, light swiss cheese bubbles, and long staying power. Excellent retention, puck and island top up front, thick clingy lace and just not giving in. Great looking classic Black Ale.

Very impressive nose. Excellent mix of char and porter like ash roast qualities. Earth to pine like hop angles mixing with minimal sweetness. Burnt wood, but not quite in the charcoal like sense for the aroma. Pleasant mix of hop and roast qualities, and a very impressive take on the balance. Very good solid aroma going on here.

Excellent palate with lots of surprises. A very classic light bodied porter sense of character in feel, but with quickening cream and sweetness and oils matched with hop and roast respectively. Fills with lots of char and spruce warmth in the mid palate, and then finishes with a big hop creeping blast that continues on the swallow. Oily and roast all in one big final punch, with ash and pine mixing with roast wood getting into an almost camp fire quality.

This is a real solid impressive take on a Black hopped up ale. Really memorable and well done.

Jul 07, 2016
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MJSawyer from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

May 07, 2014
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spycow from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Jan 13, 2013
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Rilesmiles from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apr 11, 2017
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Mar 19, 2013
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mmulebarn from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Nov 13, 2013
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billab914 from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 16, 2016
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plsmanx from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Jan 18, 2014
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bsp77 from Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Oct 12, 2012
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Catlin from Iowa

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Jan 12, 2014
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dizztracted from North Dakota

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Feb 18, 2013
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MykeJ from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Aug 13, 2014
Midnight Ryder from Indeed Brewing Company - Minneapolis
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 428 ratings