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Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Kodiak Brown AleKodiak Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Rugged yet smooth, Kodiak Brown Ale balances caramel and roasted malts with enticing Northwest hops. Perle and Willamette hops accent without overpowering this American brown ale's intrepid maltiness. The result is uniquely delicious.

24 IBU

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-28-2002)
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Reviews by Westsidethreat:
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Westsidethreat

California

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%

A: Healthy carbonation, creating a pillowy butter colored head. Body is a clean, amber chestnut color.

S: Little bit of sour grape, powdered cocoa and mixed roasted nuts.

T: Starts with some really minor sourness around the front of the tongue. Buttery cashews come next with some simple dried cocoa. Finishes with a medium roastedness and slightly cloying maltiness. A hint of hops lurks under the surface after the swallow.

M: Medium body, soft.

D: There’s not a lot going on with this beer. Really is lacking in the flavor department, but overall quite quaffable.

11-16-2007 03:07:09 | More by Westsidethreat
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RoyalT

Ohio

2/5  rDev -45.1%

Appearance – Ruby brown in color with a nonexistent head.

Smell – This smells like my glass with a little bit of toasted malt. There’s almost no aroma to this one.

Taste – What the hell is this? The toasted malt is there and there’s a decent hop balance, but there’s some nasty funk going on in this bottle. I don’t know what it is, maybe grapefruit meets the Costco spice rack? Whatever it is, it’s nasty.

Mouthfeel – Way too carbonated for my tastes and thinner than Allie McBeal on the Atkins diet.

Sinkability – I couldn’t down this bomber if my life depended on it.

12-20-2003 04:27:26 | More by RoyalT
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.61/5  rDev -0.8%

In a pint glass, the beer was dark brown with some red highlights. There was a thick tan head that lasted forever, leaving a good deal of lace.

Mild caramel aroma. Some nuts.

Caramel taste. Hazelnuts. Rather muted.

Decent mouthfeel.

A nice brown ale.

03-12-2014 19:54:27 | More by lordofthewiens
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.9%

07-03-2014 08:09:48 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%

Pours a beautiful, clear, garnet brown body, with a two finger, tan head that is tightly knit and lasting. Massive patch and sheet lacing down the glass.

Nutty toffee aroma, with some pine hops are barely picked up in a very subdued nose.

Mouthfeel is fully carbonated but rather thin.

Taste is subdued, as well, with some malty chocolate and caramel, and some nutty bitterness. Some fruity notes of pear are picked up midway through.

I'm not a fan of brown ales, and this one disappoints, as well. Most brown ales taste like Pete's Wicked Ale, to me. I love Midnight Sun's other offerings, but this brown ale leaves a lot to be desired. Too thin in body, as others have noted, and just not much going on.

05-31-2004 12:49:33 | More by merlin48
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Mora2000

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +14%

Pours dark brown with a huge, light tan head. The smell is roasted malt with some caramel as well. Not much of an aroma. The flavor is malty sweetness with some nuttyness mixed in. The finish is where the hop bitterness comes in. The beer is highly carbonated and very drinkable. I really like English Brown Ales and this is one of the better ones I have tried.

12-28-2009 20:31:48 | More by Mora2000
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -16.8%

12oz. squat amber bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Poured a...well....brown in color with an initially-strong tan lace that fades quickly and doesn't really try to lace the glass. Soft aromas of cocoa and caramel. Flavor is there...nothing mind-blowing. Starts off sweet and ends with a roasted nut/toffee finish. Only token bitterness from the hops. Average mouthfeel and drinkability. Not one I'd seek out again.

08-01-2004 16:22:26 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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InfernoBoss

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-21-2013 05:08:53 | More by InfernoBoss
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nkersten

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -27.2%

Poured from a bottle, this brown ale hits the glass with just enough head and a medium brown opaque color. Smell is somewhat awful... Cheap sweet rum mixed with cola. Little or no hops to the aroma. Taste is thankfully not anything like the Bacardi that the smell hinted at. Some roasted malts and caramel come through with little to no hop balance, but thankfully no rum... I would definitley like to taste a little more hop presence. Mouthfeel is just as a brown ale should be, not too thick but present and very consistent with its appearance. Drinkability would be higher if I didn't get the smell of rum and coke every time I go to take a sip. My aversion to rum would keep me from buying this again, but it is by no means a terrible example of a brown ale.

08-23-2009 03:51:53 | More by nkersten
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.93/5  rDev +8%

This is one of my favorite brews to drink in session. On tap at O'Bradys. Pours dark brown with good light head. Smells a little nutty, but mostly roasty. Taste follows the nose with some good brown yorkshire type maltiness, but smooth and some roasted flavors with a little nuttiness. Slight hop bitterness on the end but overall very very smooth brown ale. Mouthfeel is good, but a little thin and the drinkability is incredibly high. When I want a good session ale this is where i go. This or the mooses tooth midtown brown. Both really good session beers.

01-30-2008 01:25:10 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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nickd717

California

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Bomber from K&L Redwood City. Hell yeah, Midnight Sun in the Bay Area! This one is a little underrated IMO, as I thought it was just excellent for the style.

The appearance is really phenomenal. The beer pours a clear, deep, dark mahogany brown color with a one-finger light tan head that lasts and leaves great lace.

The aroma is extremely nutty, about as nutty as I've ever experienced. Chocolate and roast come through to a lesser extent.

Flavor is excellent with roasted nuts - almond, pecan, cashew, and Brazil nut - as well as a hint of milk chocolate and caramel. Not very sweet at all.

The palate is very dry with medium-body and a long finish.

Overall, this is great for the style. It's not quite on par with some of the brown ales that Cigar City does, but it's better than probably 90% of the brown ales I've had. Midnight Sun does it again.

05-09-2010 02:28:17 | More by nickd717
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%

Bottled 3rd week of September, pours caramel with 3+ fingers of tan head. No lacing or head retention

S: Toasty malt& leafy hops & coffee

T: Toasty malt, dryness & coffee up front. More toasty malt & some grainy astringency & sourness as this warms. Finishes dry with more grainy notes, dry & with roasty malt

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, a brown that reminds me of porter. I expected more from these guys. Least impressive beer I've had from these guys, by a mile

12-28-2008 22:02:57 | More by russpowell
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wrentmore

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-20-2014 14:34:51 | More by wrentmore
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Nage37

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-01-2014 03:18:14 | More by Nage37
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morimech

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a reddish brown color with a slow forming tan head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy spotty lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is toasty, nutty, and slightly fruity. The flavor starts out with some toasted malt. More subtle flavors of nuts, Milk Duds, and some grass. Bitterness is low and finishes neutral. The body seems a bit thin but this beer has fantastic carbonation lending a nice texture. I am a bit surprised by the low scores of this beer. Not the best brown ale I have ever had but it is still enjoyable and very drinkable. The 5% ABV aids in drinkability.

08-19-2009 21:04:14 | More by morimech
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CapitalGains

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

Poured and tasted 7/18/11
22 oz. bottle poured into a Deschutes Imperial Pint glass

Pours a very deep, mahogany brown body with a faint tan head that dissipates in under half a minute. Limited transparency, no residual lacing as consumed.
Aroma is chocolate malt and roasted barley, with notes of caramel and perhaps a bit of butterscotch.
Initial taste comes at your with a big malt profile that is followed by, well, more malt. Notes of chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar. Hop presence is difficult to recognize in this one.
Feels slightly under-carbonated with a relatively balanced mouthfeel (not too thick or thin).
An easy drinking, flavorful brown ale. I think it could stand a slightly increased hop presence (or less malt domination), and this is coming from someone who usually prefers less hops. Picked up a bomber for a little under $5 - that would translate into about $16 for a six pack. I don't think I'd ever see myself paying that much for a six-pack of this. Overall, a decent brown ale with a dominant barley/malt profile.

07-19-2011 03:35:23 | More by CapitalGains
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

The appearnce of this brew was very inviting...a nice chocolate amber incolor, it formed a nice head that lasted. Lacing is very good also. As the style suggests, the smell has a malty presence with some fruity/nutty qualities. There is a malt sweetness, but it is not overpowering and quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is light with a faint tartness in the finish. Very easy on the drinkability scale...can easily drink more than one. This could be a good session beer. A nice surprise.

08-17-2004 14:20:41 | More by edchicma
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JamLand

Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-28-2013 00:21:58 | More by JamLand
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Spikester

Oregon

3.66/5  rDev +0.5%

Dark brown with some ruby tones also. Tan head is small and fades quickly leaving some minor lace.
Smell is mild caramel.
Taste is toasted malt sweetness with just enough hop bitterness to suit the style.
Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is fairly low. which makes this an easy drinker.
Overall a tasty beer with no bad qualities. Relatively low abv. helps make more than one an easy choice. If you enjoy Brown Ales you should give this a whirl. Quite tasty.

10-09-2013 05:41:31 | More by Spikester
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itracy63

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-30-2013 08:58:29 | More by itracy63
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u2carew

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -23.1%

22oz bomber
A) pours with a finger thick head then settles quickly leaving a thin lacing on top. Clear mahogany color. No lacing on the drink down.
S) Doughy. Roasted malts. Hints of chocolate.
T) Toasted malts. Caramel. Astringent bitterness in the finish.
M) Fizzy. Dry. Body is medium light - a bit light for a brown ale.
O) Not a great brown ale. The aftertaste is a turnoff. I think this beer has gone south, which is a bit sad since I'm drinking it 3 hours from the brewery. No "born on" date either.

08-01-2012 04:28:22 | More by u2carew
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights and a half finger light tan head that dissipates to a thin patchy film and ring around the glass, leaving light slippery lacing. Light aroma of bready and caramel malt, nuts and a hint of cocoa. Flavor of mildly toasted biscuit malt, nuts, hints of cocoa and grassy hops. Medium bodied. A mild, unassuming brown ale that hits all the right flavor notes, but is perhaps a bit low key in flavor. Finish is lighter than expected. Good and sessionable, but not too memorable.

03-29-2014 01:25:38 | More by LiquidAmber
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.9%

deep dark hazelnut brown. Almost completly opaque save for a few hints of light that were wondering around on the side of the glass, giving it some tiny little hints of a reddish hue,

chocolate of all things. Very welcome and very suprising to say the least. A nice rich milk chocolate sweetness was coming through and really sweetining it up. There was then some hints of caramel malts in the back coming up and really letting you know this was a sweet little brown ale. Lots of sweet notes not coming through as well, sugary caramel and some light chcocolate notes are predominant here, with a nice touch of earthy grains making up the backround very nicely. Somel ight hints of wood and vanilla come through as it warms up and really deepen the profile,

07-15-2011 01:34:05 | More by mikesgroove
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Ragingbull

California

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

The bottle that my father brought back for me from Alaska said "nut brown ale" on it I swear. I took notes, but don't have the bottle. I did write down that it was a "nut brown" though this site doesn't show that. Anyway, here is the review. . .

Brown in color with light beige head. Sweet malt nose in the smooth sense of sweet. Very nice nose. Fresh and smooth attack. Clean malt flavor with hints of caramel. The nust presents itself in the finish and is more pronounced in the aftertaste. Very smooth beer. High quality beer that is well crafted. Just a slight touch of hops is detectable, but the balance is wonderful.

One of my favorite beers, I hope it shows on my "rankings" as such.

08-21-2009 16:59:47 | More by Ragingbull
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metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

A: The beer is clear dark garnet red in color and has a very slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left a large collar around the edge of the glass along with a patch of bubbles in the center on the surface.
S: There are nutty aromas of malts in the nose along with some hints of roasted malts. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is malty and is dominated by flavors of nuts along with some hints of caramel and roasted malts. There is a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a good brown ale if you like nutty flavors. It is very easy to drink and would make a good pairing with a meal.

07-31-2012 01:33:28 | More by metter98
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Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.