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Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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82
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190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | FT: 3
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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5/5  rDev +37.4%

lakersfan16, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Ragingbull
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Ragingbull, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of Wando52
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Wando52, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of jjanega08
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from the brewery on my girlfriends recent trip to Alaska. No other freshness dating.

A= Pours a nice brown color that appears a black in the thickest parts of the glass with a nice half finger of slightly tan head on top that holds some decent retention and lacing on the glass.

S= For a style I find usually pretty boring this smells nice. It has a nice toasty caramel malt aroma that I usually think of when I think brown ale. It goes beyond that basic sweetness however. It has hints of roasted malt and chocolaty malt that sort of makes whisps in the aroma. It isn't enough to call it a porter or stout but it's enough to be different.

T= The taste is no different. It is classic brown ale with the sweetness and doughy character from the caramel malts with beautiful whisps of roast. I think I actually may be able to take away a little hop bitterness from it as well unless it's just roasty malt character. A small step out of the box from a traditional brown ale without being a totally different style.

M= This is maybe a little too "smooth" for me in the mouth. It actually feels a little watery. I don't expect too much weight from the style but this is a little weak. The flavor is nice and long though with a lasting finish.

O= This is an impressive brown I would say. Likely even the best I've ever had. It keeps you interested without being something out of style. Worth checking out and if you can find it drinking often on a fall or spring day.

jjanega08, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of MrNuggets
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is great! Deep Brown colour with a thick little head. Aroma is nutty. The bear on the bottle looks intimidating, wonder if thats the same one who has been disturbing the dumber at work. This first gulp gives me a healthy helping of malt. Don't noticed the hops which I think is a good thing. They stop the sweetness before it gets out of hand. Light mouthfeel but I wouldn't want it any other way. Why haven't I drinking this all summer long.

MrNuggets, Sep 01, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

wrightst, Sep 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

thorncp, Oct 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

buddyvelt, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of jtw5877
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, after reading other peoples ratings for this I am surprised. This beer was hand delivered fresh from Alaska, and it kicks ass. The most solid Brown Ale I have ever tried. A healthy dose of roasted malt makes this a full bodied brown ale. I love this stuff. Hands down my favorite Brown to date.

jtw5877, Jan 03, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz - Clear dark ruby tinted brown with a massive cap of sandy brown frothyness. Patchy thick rings of sheeting lace.

Aroma is roasted, nutty, coffee, caramel, and cocoa with nice touches of clean maple syrup and brown sugar.

Taste is of toasted caramel and breads with inlays of peanuts and very light coffeeish hints. A bit of sweetness interludes the front and middle with a bit of red apple and malt laden starchyness. Light dry finish is kept well with very interesting little nuances of brown sugar, maple, and airy toasted stuff. Nice subtle play between the sweeter caramel and airy toastyness.

Feel is about medium with a solid carbonation for a brown. Nice airy frothyness and malty creamyness to it. Finish is great. Airy, dry, complexingly subtle, and fun to behold.

A pretty good brown. I'd have more if I had it. But alas it was a gift from a friend who recently visited AK and brought me back a small supply of local AK brews. Thanks much J!

tavernjef, Aug 15, 2005
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4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Almost black in this dimly lit room, but when held to the light, a perfectly clear, mahogany color with a couple fingers of head that lasts very well. Minimal lacing.

S- Toffee, toasted almonds, a bit of caramel, and some slight piney hops in the background. Probably the best smelling brown ale I've experienced yet.

T- Almost porter-like at first, with up-front dark malt, lots of nuttiness, a bit of dark roasted grain, and a slightly metallic finish. The pine in the hops balance decently, but the roastiness is the predominant finish.

M- Medium carbonation, thick and chewy, full-bodied, and slightly dry finish.

D- Hands-down the best brown ale I've had. Better than Samuel Smith's. Yum.

khiasmus, Aug 27, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Presto82, Feb 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

ChaseBeer, Apr 08, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Healthy off-white head over a dark brown beer. Nice sticky lacing, too.
Malty aroma with some raisins and sugar but no hop smells.
Good flavors of roast malts, dark fruit, and quite a bit of residual sweetness. Tiny bit of hops to balance.

Good body and aftertaste but really low carbonation.
I find this to be very drinkable. Listed on the bottle at 5.0% ABV and could be a session beer. Reminds me a lot of Midnight Sun's Scottish Ale (Full Curl).

joedon, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Dec 28, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gockets (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a fizzy slight fluffy 1/2 finger slightly darker colored head that fades at a med to slower pace with some decent lacing, over semi clear semi hazy mahogany toasty brown with a touch of a cranberry colored hue.

Nose starts quite sweet smelling, sweet molasses and brown sugar galore, plenty of caramel and nutty aromas, brown malts toasty and sweet, candi sugar and candy syrup, a light marshmallow, and plenty of caramelized toffee.

Taste starts with malt, brown malts and plenty of them, a nice toasty brown malt, tons of caramel, toffee, syrupy flavors, brown sugar and molasses out the wazoo, and some nutty malts, like toffee with nuts around them. Smooth and rich, with a little syrupy flavor, fairly sweet but not too sweet. On the back end is some hops, bringing a decent bitterness with a light earthy and herbal hop, little biscuit like malt brings a nice toasty brown malty caramel candy cookie like flavor. Quite nice. Finish lingers with a bit more bitterness, coats the mouth with caramel and toffee, brown sugar, caramelized toffee, etc, and just a bit of earthy hops, and mostly dry without being too syrupy.

mouth is med to fuller bodied, a bit rich, just a bit syrupy, good carb.

overall I'm digging it quite a bit. Lots of great brown malt flavors, syrupy additions, sweeteners, etc. With just a bit of hops and bitterness to balance, nice full bodied without being too syrupy. Quite tasty, it's like a dessert for me. i quite enjoyed it and wish I could get this regularly.

jlindros, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Offa
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent brown ale, balanced, characterful.

Deep reddish brown, almost black, it has a medium tan head that soon thins to a foamy ring.

Aroma is caramelised toasted barley, some dark bread, hints of wine, coffee/mocha, dark fruit. It's gentle but very nice and has some good complexity.

Taste ts as above, gentle and restrained but very well-balanced with firm character and a little complexity. It has faint hints of licorice and ginger bread, some caramelised brown bread, prune hints, dry toasted crust and light earthy-woodiness. It is lightly on the sweetish side before a dryer finish.

Offa, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

consumed on 7/8, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally. enjoyed from my midnight sun tulip.

a - brew poured a deep brown with amber highlights. Two fingers plus of frothy head that dissolved leaving chunky lacing on one side of the glass.

s - amber malts. nutty, a hint of pot pouri. some nutmeg sweetness.

t - really nice rich thick flavoring. cherries and nuts. nutty and caramel amber malts. some cocoa powder on the finish.

m - great feel. thick and lush. full bodied with vibrant carbonation. leaves a tingle in my mouth. ends a bit dry for all that lushness.

o - overall, i've been digging on browns a lot lately and this one is a must try. really lush and rich. the flavors dance through the spectrum. really refreshing and bold.

bottle

cosmicevan, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Shaw
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a nice brown with a creamy head that quickly settles down to a thin, yet dense, layer in my glass. It smells of toasted malt and nuts. No hop aroma, but I wasn't expecting any considering the style.

This taste is quite creamy and nutty. There is hardly any bitterness in this beer. Instead it's sweet but not cloying. The flavor is quite good.

The body is smooth and has a decent weight to it, if that makes sense. This isn't as heavy as a stout but it's not light, either.

This is a good brown ale. In fact, it's one of the best I've had in a while.

Shaw, Aug 22, 2004
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4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

Mickeyp2814, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of beernut7
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good brown ale. Had it from bottle and brewery tap. Only downside of the beer is the level of sweetness. Most brown ales these days are not on the dry side and this one is now exception. Kodiak has a distinct malt characteristic compared to some of the other local brown ales which sets it apart. Pretty good.

beernut7, Apr 28, 2002
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4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

nickd717, May 09, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a deep reddish brown, with a thin cream colored head. smell has somekind of nut to it, though i can't place it. the taste is very carbonaited, and has the same wlanut(maybe) flavour, and a breif mildly hoppy finish. a pretty good brew. however if you were to ask my girlfriend she would tell you it's hands down the best american brown ever. if you see it check it out

irishevans, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish-brown with a medium head that settles to a nice lace. The aroma quickly brings chocolate, maybe a little coffee. First taste delivers what the nose expected, with nutty highlights plus a certain licorice flavor at the back of the mouth. It is a little thin, highly carbonated, and I got some tangy notes at times. Pretty good but not up there with the very best of this variety.

Durge, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

edchicma, Aug 17, 2004
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Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.