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Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Kodiak Brown AleKodiak Brown Ale

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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
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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RBorsato

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting #2
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Nice brown color with a low tan head. Light roasty aroma at first gives way to a sweet caramel nose. Moderately roasty flavor with a decent amount of sweetness. Light-medium bodied.

Not as robust as I normally like but not bad as a session beer and considering my first tasting a few months ago (see below). Raised my ratings from 4,2,2,3,2 the first time.

Bottled: 4th Week March ("03" embossed on bottom of bottle)
Tasted: 09/11/03


Tasting #1
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Dark brown (deep amber to light source) with a low light brown head. Sweet buttery aroma and taste (diacatyl?). Could not detect any roasty character in any way. Light-medium bodied (leans light).

Just cannot get past the sweet and buttery character. Hopefully this was a bad bottle - I have 3 and just tried this one first. Will re-review if any of the others held up. This has happened to me a few times with beers shipped thru one of the MJ clubs.

Per M.J. notes: Pale and Caramel malts, Perle and Willamette hops.

Bottled: 4th Week March ("03" embossed on bottom of bottle)
Tasted: 04/28/03

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2003 07:58:16 | More by RBorsato
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights and a tan head. Smell is yeasty and winey with hops underlying it all. The taste is fairly dry and there are fairly balanced malt and hops. Fairly typical brown ale profile. Nothing that exciting here, but moderately pleasant. The mouthfeel is fairly light, but a little astringency in the finish makes it a little more interesting and refreshing to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 03:07:39 | More by Georgiabeer
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

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

California

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The upright roar of a large Kodiak Brown Bear be-fronts the 22 fluid ounce bottle of Kodiak Brown from the Midnight Sun Brewing Company, Anchorage, Alaska.

Inherent carbonation is very high and adds to a turbulent pour, the dissolved gases race about in all directions as they evolve out of the dark brown solution in a hectic manner. The head forms quickly and is at least 2” when first poured. Settles down very quickly to about ¼” deep, the lace quickly runs down the side of the glass back into the beer, it can’t “bear” to parted it from the main body of the beer seems. A clear brown body that reflects a red hue when held to the light. Appearance of this Brown Ale is very good.

Aromas are malty, as you would expect but only average in strength. Not much else is evident, as the beer warms some roast and biscuit odors are detectable in the background.

Tastes start with a decent malty introduction, some sweetness is evident in the middle and the beer finishes with a slightly dry roast malt twang. Average mouthfeel, but if anything, the only draw-back with this beer is the fact that it is slightly light in body I feel. I would go so far as to say that if I was blind-folded, I would find it hard to differentiate this beer from a British Dark Mild.

But this is a minor quibble really, as the light body ensures that this is easily drinkable and goes down well. A good quaffing Beer.

A good attempt at a Brown Ale, from a quite surprising source.

Overall, a nice offering this!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 20:07:11 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Poured and consumed at cellar temps and up. Big thanks to Dev (buckeyesox) for this far-traveling beer!

Pours clear dark copper bordering on brown, with a huge, pillowy tan head that literally exploded in the glass. Took four pours to manage to top the glass off. Eventually settles into a pillowy one-finger cap. Decent stickage leaving some strings of lacing on the walls of the glass. Nice looking beer.

Nose is fruity, hops come through dry and leafy, caramel malt, bit of underlying toastiness.

Taste isn't bad - lightly roasty caramel up front, fruity and toasty, chalky dryness on the back end that lingers a bit. Trace of leafy hops towards the finish. Not bad at all. After reading the reviews, I was expecting a horrible abomination of a beer. This isn't the best brown I've had, but I'm certainly enjoying it. The chalkiness does ten dto wear on you a bit.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light, almost fluffy, which is excellent, but the chalky dryness brings it down a bit. Still, nice.

Drinkability would be better without the chalky, minerally dryness - it tends to build up as you drink in an unpleasant manner.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 16:48:33 | More by JohnQVegas
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, biscuit, caramel, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with toasted nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice combination of toast and nut qualities.

Serving type: can

04-01-2014 03:00:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BrewerB

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Maple syrupy brown/amber with a thin crop of dense, light tan foam. Good clarity.

S - Roasted nuts and a malty-sweetness come to the front. Lighter caramel and a toasty aroma linger in the back. Hops hard to detect but traces of citrus seem to be present.

T - Toasty malt, slightly nutty and a dose of cocoa. Moderately/moderately-low bitter. Slightly sweet finish.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate-high level of carbonation. Smooth.

D - Decent example of the style though I likely wouldn't order a second.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 04:38:56 | More by BrewerB
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wrentmore

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-28-2013 00:21:58 | More by JamLand
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itracy63

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After it’s disembarking from the 12-ounce brown bottle it sets in the glass deep amber to brown color with a portly light tan and somewhat creamy head, the lace forms a nice surrounding sheet upon the glass. Nose is nutty sweet, caramel, crisp and fresh to the senses, start is sweet and has a fair to middling malt presence, and the top is medium in its feel. Finish has a modest acidity, the hops delectable and the aftertaste dry, a drinkable beer, not the best brown, but not the worst either, and I thank my old truck driving buddy Bill for the case of great Alaskan beers, talk about being in "Hog Heaven"!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 19:40:08 | More by Gusler
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kerry4porters

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-23-2014 17:48:06 | More by kerry4porters
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jcalabre

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I originally sampled this beer on 23 January 2003. I am writing this review from my notes
This is a medium bodied reddish brown colored brew w/ a nice malty nose & roasty/malty flavors. I liked this one. I could see sitting down and having a few of these

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 04:06:45 | More by jcalabre
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-07-2012 13:27:01 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Elprico

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-05-2014 19:17:45 | More by Elprico
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-23-2012 03:49:23 | More by sprucetip
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foamy 1" off white head with decent retention. Some condensed and spotted lacing with okay strength. Slightly cloudy hazlenut in color with some sediment floating around.

Very mild almond, hazlenut, and even toffee aromatics.

Coffee and mild milk chocolate maltiness at first that leads to a more prevalent nuttiness. Besides this, a bit bland. There's a very minor bitterness that leads to a dry finish. The aftertaste is a touch of coffee and almonds.

Medium bodied; very dry and somewhat grainy on the palate.

Mild, light, and a little too boring for me. Pretty easy drinking for the style, but there's nothing about this ale that'll have me going back to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2005 21:56:58 | More by NEhophead
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-03-2014 08:55:40 | More by zestar
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-02-2013 06:35:26 | More by Kelp
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shelby415

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-17-2013 07:12:22 | More by shelby415
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-15-2011 01:14:16 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Agentveba

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-24-2013 21:48:42 | More by Agentveba
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-30-2011 17:55:53 | More by djrn2
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-22-2012 03:07:58 | More by t0rin0
Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.