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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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4.6
briandwagner (23) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Robust, rich, and hoppy taste with a nice crispness to it. Over all, very good.

4.5
Bestbrew1 (60) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2013
It tastes very similar to a jazzed up Daytripper. Maybe a little more on the bitter side but I still like it.

4.5
drpimento (3638) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2017
This is pretty good stuff. Appearance’s an opaque Brown black with a large frothy head that lasts a long time. Aroma is hops and a little bit of roast. Flavors similar to know is fairly balanced and very easy drinking.

4.4
BeerBeforeH20 (129) - Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2013
Pours a very deep brown, near black with a dark khaki head. Decent head retention with moderate lacing. Aroma is cascades, definitely dry hopped with cascades, and most likely brewed with the pacific northwest big C’s. Taste is a blend of dark roasts, caramel malts, and american hop finish. Really like this BIPA, and will replace my old favorite BIPA back in black as my go to.

4.3
UkrainPubCrawler (121) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2014
A very tasty American Black Ale. Plenty of hops with lots of depth and character. The caramel, chocolate and roasted flavors come through nicely.

4.3
Jkennemer (3) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2015 does not count
Had a can from a 6-pack poured in to a pint glass in Mankato, MN. Very good well rounded black IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
bookman10 (1121) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2013 Pours a dark, dark brown with a fairly thick, lasting, creamy head. Aroma of coffee and roasted grain. Flavor is dominated by the roasted grain and coffee flavors up front, with some nice hop bitterness underneath. Nice smooth mouthfeel and finish. This is one of my favorite BIPAs and the one I most often compare others to.

4.2
Sammy (12204) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2012
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.

4.2
Ericular (1020) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Pours very dark with a thick, lasting almond head and good lacing. Aroma is rich caramel, roasted coffee bean, pine and citrus hops - in that order. Taste is a wave of pine and roasted malts together. Roast is gentle in itself, but the cocoa coffee taste adds to the piney hops to form a lasting bitterness. Nice mild roast in the aftertaste, with the hops hanging on to sustain the bite. Palate is great - medium bodied, rich, and well carbonated. Overall this is a very good take on the style.

4.2
bucs572000 (237) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Poured from a 12oz can. Aroma is pine, caramel, and chocolate roast. Flavors are pine, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Well balanced beer just right amount of hops and malt to make the beer very drinkable. Well done indeed!


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