Midnight Ryder | Indeed Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Indeed Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
indeedbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
80 IBU

Added by sacrelicio on 08-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
424
Reviews:
72
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
76
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 424 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

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Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of billab914
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -14%

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