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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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musinj6 (506) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Pours an opaque black with small head and moderate lacing. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt up front with some subtle grapefruit hop in the background. Moderately bitter throughout. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation. Long, full bitter finish. this is well crafted. I like this a lot. It starts off almost as if it’s going to be more like a porter, but the hops catch you to remind you what you’re really drinking. Bravo to this.

4
thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Tap/can. (From notes) Pours a deep brown to black. Aroma is roasted coffee/chocolate and a thick dankish hop. Taste is the best Black IPA i’ve pretty much ever had. Hoppy, bitter, dry, chocolate, light roast coffee.

4
kathouse (1893) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - OCT 24, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2014 On tap at Crooked Pint. Deep mahogany with a light brown foam. Nice citrus hop aroma. Medium body. Nice mix of pine hop bitterness and chocolate. Well balanced and very enjoyable.

4
mnurda (1285) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 23, 2015
Canned sample from Whole Foods in Minneapolis. Pours very dark with minimal head. Absolutely delicious blend of malt and hops. Cant wait to have this one again.

4
commonmac (1246) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Tap at the brewery. Pint glass. Black with tan head that sticks around for drinking enjoyment. Roasted malt and some citrus hops on the nose. Some smoke. Taste is pretty standard black IPA but it’s above average. Lots of hop with a roasted malt backbone. Little chocolate and coffee. Really enjoyable hop-centric effort that is a good flagship for the brewery. I’d purchase with my one last silver dollar.

4
Travlr (24875) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Draft at GTMW. Thank you Louis for the recommendation! Pretty much black, brown head. Aroma of floral chocolate with light pine. Taste is bitter chocolate, burnt espresso. Very tasty.

4
gopherfan99 (1829) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2016
Tap; pours nearly black with a brown head; aroma of roasted malt, citrus, pine, and some floral hints; taste is light bitter with chocolate, roasted malt, citrus, and hints of caramel and pine; finish is dry with some roasty bitterness; very nice

3.9
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Pours a nice dark cola color with a tall brown head, has some decent lacing as well. Has some subtle coffee roast and chocolate scents, taste is similar with the nice pine bitterness coming in. Similar to their day tripper with some nice roast, prefer this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
burgy (456) - 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

3.9
pantanap (3366) - 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.


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