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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5208) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2012
On draught at the Indeed Brewing Company’s taproom in Minneapolis, MN. Pours an opaque dark brown (near black) colored brew with an average sized beige head that has some nice retention and lacing. Aroma of mostly citrus hops, a hint of grapefruit, toasted dark malt, a hint of coffee and some light licorice. Taste is medium bodied, character closer to a dry stout with toasted dark malt, some dry leafy mild hops, a touch of sage and a touch of Bakers chocolate. Finish is semi-dry, more of the roasted dark malt in the finish, short-lived, then a mild bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho (2206) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Draft at taproom. Faint roasted malt and hop in the nose. Black body with thin tan head. One of the better black IPAs I’ve had in awhile. Moderate hop profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
portableparty (1911) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2012
12 oz. can to glass. Pours brown black with a tight foamy (almost creamy) khaki head that settles to a foamy film a shows signs of lacing. Aroma has a well mixed scent of piny grapefruit hops and roasted malt and subtle bakers chocolate. Taste is bitter hops and then the roasted chocolate malt comes out and blends in well and has a nice spice finish. Palate is full and a little creamy with a dry finish. Really nice black IPA! Awesome to see some more amazing beer being made right here in Minneapolis!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2012
On tap at the source... Pours just a barely transparent deeper cola hue, lesser intense edges, and topped a frothy off-white head... Citrusy hop aroma and a mild cocoa and roasted malt profile. More of an emphasis on the former... Flavors are more of the same. Hoppy green fresh citrus with a balancing roasted chocolatey malt presence. Less than medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2012
750ml bottle from Atom, thanks Adam! Bottled on Sept 12, 2012. Pours a black body with finger-width, creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big, dry, resiny pines with a solid chocolate backing. A light burnt roast, some citruses, and a touch of coffee. Flavor is similar. Lots of pine resins up front with a moderate citrus. Nice cocoa backing with a light roast and coffee coming out towards the end. Finishes dry, resiny, moderately bitter, lightly roasted, and piney with a nice chocolate and light citrus element. Lengthy aftertaste following a smooth, medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid black IPA. Well hopped, lightly roasted, resiny, and moderately bitter with a nice, smooth, lightly sweetened cocoa malt backing. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmikolich (1446) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2012
on tap at Indeed, looks great, smells burnt and tastes like a burnt IPA, really solid black IPA... not a home run, but if I had this locally i’d enjoy it quite often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2012
750 ml bottle (bottled 9/12/12) via trade with mattyb83 and it’s only 18 days old. Hell Yeah! Pours a dark brown color with a 3/4 finger thick tan head. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma is pungent resin and pine hops. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate with some pine and a touch of citrus. The roast and bitterness really lingers. Finish is also a bit dry. A pretty nice balance at this point in this beers life. Medium body. Well done! No MN bias here. Thanks Matt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1167) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2012
(on tap) Pours jet black with a tan head that settles to a thin cap with good lacing. This beer smells quite a bit like NG Black Top, as it displays that unique balance between the piney hops and the roasted malt. Scents of burnt toast, chocolate pudding, Sumatra coffee, that’s paired with piney hops and some wet leaf. The flavors are roastier than the NG Black Top, with flavors of roasted malt, light piney hops, and orange rind. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is soft. Even though I don’t particularly care for the style, this is a very solid Black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2012 Aromatics were deep and malty. Pours a deep jet black with brown head. Taste is deep and caramel tones. Palate is nice and full. Overall great brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atom (1342) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2012
From Bottle pours a dark black/brown with a medium tan head. Aroma reminds me of a malt chocolate push up with hops. Taste is very dry hops, with malted chocolate, and dry roasted nutty earthy coffee. A pretty tasty BIPA. I will also give it props as I had it on Nitro at the Brewery and it was amazing, its like a very hopped up creamy Dry Stout. I could drink it on Nitro all day.

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