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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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Midnight Ryder – a hat tip to Bischoff’s son, Elliott Ryder – is cloaked in mystery and full of surprises. A style of disputed origins and merit, American Black Ale puts a distinctly American twist on the India Pale Ale with five varieties of malt that give this dark beer a medium body and a complex array of flavors including caramel, chocolate and a smidgen of roast. Sealing the deal are six varieties of American-grownhops added throughout the 90-minute boil. This beer offers a resinous and piney character with just enough citrus to bring balance at the finish line.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5262) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Courtesy of khoffman

Can: The aroma is moderate-heavy roast, lighter coffee, chocolate, and faint pine. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a one finger beige head that quickly diminishes to a thin film. There is some nice webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of dark chocolate. The finish turns to heavy coffee, burnt notes, roast, and pine. It’s medium bodied with light-mild carbonation. Overall, I would say this definitely fits into the hoppy Porter category.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1915) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Can via khoffman43. Pours deep amber capped by a tan head. Nose of pine, chocolate, and roast. Taste begins with pine and roast that mellows to chocolate. Bitterness is ample and strong. Body is solid, alcohol warms at times.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
crajun (1023) - , Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2013
can from Atom for winning his free beer contest; only have had a few bipa’s and not a fan of any - including this one - by looking at all the other ratings; skip mine - just didn’t like the flavor esp. back end - some hops but nothing very weird ending - dry hops??

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Nose of pine and roasted malt. Hoppy with chocolate , resin and slightly burnt flavors. Dry finish but also very smooth. Would like to try again , maybe on tap

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (910) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Can thanks to Santa. Dark brown pour with a fluffy beige head. Aroma was full piney citrusy hops mixed with a nice toasty dark malt kick. Nice balance. Flavors were hop forward with notes of chocolate and roasted malt. Nice velvety mouthfeel, light to standard carbonation. Really excellent stuff. Paired nicely with a Papas Fritas.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7791) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2013
12 oz. can, sent from khoffman43 (thanks Kyle), pours black with a fairly small tan / light brown head. Aroma is super roasted, with dark roasted malt and burnt espresso, atop some harsh citrus hops - lovely nose. Flavour brings out bitter, dry cocoa, dark roasted malt and slightly burnt espresso, with some fairly potent sprucey, piney hops to balance, leaving a super dry and highly roasted, slightly bitter finish. Delicious black IPA - this is how you do them right.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (3346) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Poured from a 12 ounce can thanks to khoffman. Thanks! Pours a dark brown, near black with a khaki colored head of thin foam. The aroma has some chocolate, but it is dominated by earthy hop character. Taste is bitter and the chocolate really comes through as I sip. Sweet on the backend and has a nice chocolatey finish. Really nice Black IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
islay (1320) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2012
12 oz. can (the second from a six-pack), consumed on 12-18-12. Resin-y aroma features chocolate, pine, char, and coffee scents. Pours a dark brown with a large amount of thick, dark type, long-lasting head. Produces good lacing. Tasty, enjoyable, hoppy flavor features coffee, tar, and pine elements. Good balance of stout and IPA aspects. Medium body. Soft and lively in the palate. Refreshing. Overall, Indeed Midnight Ryder is a good example of the style. It’s a solid 3.7 beer if I’ve ever had one. 7/4/7/4/15=>3.7

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3684) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Can from khoffman43. Thanks again Kyle! This one pours a very dark brown color with a lasting frothy tan head. The aroma is wonderful with lots of piney and citrusy hops accented by chocolaty malts. Potent and complex. The flavor is extremely bitter with strong spicy and piney hops, hints of grapefruit and coffee. The finish is bitter with a good dose of roasted malt. this is one of those beers that reminds me how good this style can be when done correctly. I’m really digging this new brewery!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4534) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Black color with a small head. Strong piney hop aroma. Very strong bitterness. Piney and dank. Light roasted malt. Very dry. I personally loathe Black IPAs... and this one sold me.


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