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Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Kodiak Brown AleKodiak Brown Ale

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126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 226
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 16.21%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-28-2002

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
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Reviews: 126 | Hads: 226
Photo of megahurts4
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Midnight Sun Kodiak Brown

Appearance: dark brown, medium-small head, and some lacing.

Smell: nutty, malty, and faint grainy hop.

Taste: nutty grain with lots of malt and a hint of cocoa.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This has some good flavor but it is slightly watery.

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Photo of paceyourself
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bomber produced no head and the light brown color was almost transparent on the brim. The dried grain and roasty aromas are almost strong enough to hide a weak cola scent. A spicy and grassy taste take a back seat to the sweet bread flavors. The carbonation seems a little low but just enough to give some life in my mouth. I wish i bought more than one bottle because i could easily drink another.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/13/2012. Pours lightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, molasses, toffee, earth, herbal, and a light metallic note. Nice and pleasant aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, molasses, and light earthiness. Hardly any bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, molasses, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and robustness; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. A light metallic off note was present; but it was only noticed after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good brown ale. Nicely robust and balanced in flavor; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light brown copper color with a thin head.
Aroma of cocoa, lots of nuts, caramels and licorice.
Flavor with smoked, roasted and nutty malts, biscuit, hazelnut, cocoa, cola and caramels. It has a controlled sweetness. Dry aftertaste with a relatively mild bitterness when compared to its American peers and a long nutty feeling.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
A rounded Brown Ale with no sharp edges and a clear nutty profile. Pleasant beer to drink.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up a few weeks back at Top Hops in New York City. I hadn't had a beer from Midnight Sun in quite some time and since I'm a sucker for bears and beers from afar, I decided to give it a go. While brown in hue and balanced like a good Brown Ale should be, this wasn't terribly strong, sticky, or memorable when it came to the flavor profile and went down just a bit easier than I would have liked.

Good pour to this as the rugged brown hue had quite a bit of sediment floating around in it while letting in a fair amount of light around the edges. Nice head that stuck around for a while and coated the inside of my pint glass quite nicely as I worked my way through this. With all of that in mind, the smell and mouthfeel to this were just a bit of a letdown. They were thin and after the brown sugary sweetness and molasses kicked in, there was quite a drop-off. Some dark fruits like plum and black cherry were here but this almost felt like a soda at times and the slightly creamy mouthfeel didn't seem to fit in with what a Brown Ale should taste like. The caramel and roasted malts were tough to discern, even after swishing it around and letting it settle down.

This would make for a great session beer though as I never felt the alcohol in this. The bomber I had was relatively easy to polish off solo. Some of the molasses lingered as a light coating on my mouth but otherwise, there wasn't a whole lot to take away from this. Not a bad beer but I was hoping for a more aggressive version of this style from Midnight Sun. I suppose it suffices for dealing with the months of darkness that descend upon Alaska each year.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No canned on date

Look - Pours a very dark brown with cappuccino head. The color at the extremes of the glass is of molasses, no light penetrates the middle. Head dissipates to classic foam film of a brown ale. 4.25 paws.

Smell - Slightly metallic hop character with a definite scent of dark chewy fruit. Figs dates and raisins mingle with a bit of chocolate. Not very robust. 3.25 paws.

Taste - Definite dried fruit of varieties mentioned above, with a dusting of baker's chocolate. Bits of treacle and caramel. Starts very dry but finishes sweet. 4 paws.

Feel - Mild tingle, velvety smooth and seems to lay across the tongue. The taste of baker's chocolate does give it a dusty feel. 4 paws.

Overall - A good brown ale. The metallic scent is slightly off-putting, and detracts from the more agreeable parts of the aroma. Enjoyable, but not extraordinary. 3.5 paws.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up during my trip to Alaska. 22oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: appears a deep dark brown with some clarity, nice foamy brown head, great retention and lots of lacing

S: notes of roasted malts on the front with a considerable amount of hop bitterness which makes for an earthy quality

T: roast and coffee notes, less prominent than what you would get in a stout, but melds nicely with an assertive hop profile. Like the nose, the taste has a lingering earthiness from the hop bitterness which is a bit spicy.

MF: creamy and smooth body

D: not a bad English brown, lots of bold and interesting flavors which are balanced quite nicely.

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Photo of Kuaff
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this can into a tumbler... because I just felt like it, okay?

Kodiak Brown has a two-finger head of dirty-white foam and looks a dark, murky reddish-brown. Kind of a burly, bear-like appearance, I'd say.

The scent is very faint, but I catch nutty vanilla, a tiny bit of caramel, and some dank hops.

At first, the taste has mild brown sugar and is a little sour. If it ended here, I wouldn't be too impressed. But then it gets better in the finish with some toasted malts, breadiness, and a little bitterness of the hops variety.

It has surprizingly spritzy carbonation and a creamy feel, which goes pretty nicely with the taste.

This beer isn't anything mind-blowing, but it's still pretty solid. I don't think it's meant to be guzzled. Take a sip, and then sit back and enjoy the toasty aftertaste.

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Photo of marburg
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had to pour this beer hard to get any real head on it; it just didn't want to go if I poured it slowly at all. Very clear, with reddish tones amidst an obviously brown beer. Aromas of nuts and butterscotch -- perhaps caramel? The flavor is almost like a veggie stew -- definite buttery flavor with butternut squash whacking my tastebuds around a little bit before a very slight hazelnut flavor at the finish. Very slight hop presence. An odd collection of sensations to be sure, but it's pretty tasty, and it's definitely an easy beer to drink.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark chestnut brown body with a small, light beige head.

Smell: Malty aroma predominately of toasted nuts, but with lesser notes of caramel and chocolate.

Taste: Brown maltiness brings out a flavor of earthy, toasted nuts with a subtle caramel sweetness. Splash of chocolate water. Slight hint of fruit. Again, there's not much hopwise going on beyond a little light bitterness. Quick finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant, mild, and quite drinkable brown ale.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jabocu
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper brown and has a 2 finger head that hangs around and falls to sticky lacing. Aroma has caramel, nutty, and earthy malt mixed with some cinnamon and raisins..reminiscent of a belgian beer. Flavor had an very smooth maltiness and some fruity esters. This beer was well balanced and had a slightly earthy finish. Hops were nicely hanging out in the back, but not making a huge impact. Medium body, medium carb, and slighly dry finish.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured deep amber brown. The head was off-white and fell quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was chocolate and nutty. Slight wine aroma. The aroma was such that I could pick it up while it was sitting on the table before I took the first swallow. The aroma was very nice.

The flavor was chocolate and very vinous. The flavors were very muted, but a nutty flavor was also present. The flavors was a bit sweet, but not overyly so.

The finish was just off dry and chocolate with a pleasant nuttiness lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium light.

22 ounce bottle. Bottled second week of December.

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Photo of ark57
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is dark borwn with some ruby highlights and a big tan head. The aroma is nutty and has some grassy hop notes. It tastes slight chocolatey and has a roasted nuttiness to the sweet malty body. It is a little too sweet, but it is not a bad beer. It finishes with a floral bitterness and a slight dryness.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown with minimal tan head with poor retention
S: Smells slightly belgian with notes of dark fruit but overall caramelly sweet
T: taste is slightly roasty with a decent amount of caramel sweetness. Aftertaste is clean with lingering bits of lightly roast malt
M: light carbonation is slightly prickly at times but the beer is overall medium bodied and sits well on the palate
O: Not the best brown ale I've ever had but certainly not the worst. this drinks pretty easy and is generally inoffensive. It's no moose drool though.

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Photo of Spikester
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown leaving some light amber edges, has a two finger white foamy head, moderate sticky lacing spider webs after a good minute, aroma is rugged roasty nutty maltiness, light caramel displays a decently strong presence, lightly hopped; the flavor is extremely roasty, perhaps one of the roastiest brown ales I’ve ever had - wow, dry finish, its fairly easy on the palate despite some harsh (rugged more or less) carbonation; overall, I say this is a pretty good brown ale that I would have again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of mhaws000
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly cloudy dark brownish-red with a small amount of head that quickly fades into thin lacing.

S-Typical sweet nutty malt scents remind me of slightly burnt biscuits.

T-Heavy malt notes, caramel with a bit of black coffee bitterness. A slight root beer/anise like sweetness to the finish, no distinct hop flavors come to the front, just enough to balance out the malts.

M-I actually found this to be very nice for the style. Not overly carbonated and it had a bit of thickness to the body that I really enjoyed.

D-With the inobtrusive malt and minimal hoppiness, this beer is a good session drink. I feel that this is very typical of brown ales. This is an above-average representation of that style. I have nothing bad to say about this beer except it doesn't have any particularily defining characteristics, it is well-balanced and has a good flavor profile, much like many other English Brown Ales out there, but nothing makes this stick out over a Newcastle or a Sam Smith.

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Photo of umfskibum
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very attractive ruby red color. About a half-inch off-white head that fizzled off fairly quickly. Nice lacing.

S: Roasted malt, coffee and nuts. A little bit of spicyness too, although the whole aroma is fairly weak.

T: Malt flavors of roasted coffee, cocoa, and nuts. Some bready, buttery taste too.

M: Creamy, medium mouthfeel. Fits the buttery taste well.

D: Pretty drinkable. Although this beer isn't a benchmark for the style, it is a fantastic example.

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Photo of veinless
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very, very dark brown, with reddish tinges at the edges. Head was large and foamy, with not as much lacing as I was expecting for the fluffiness.

Smell is of nuts and a little bit of chocolate, and also a weird wet towel smell I haven't had from a beer before.

Taste thankfully has none of that, with nuts and a little bit of hop bitterness to start, a roasted semi-sweet bready middle, and a balanced chocolate finish that is intoxicating. Really, really solid taste for how strange the aroma was.

Mouthfeel is good, with the texture pretty smooth and silky. Drinkability is decent, as it's only a 5% abv brew, but I could see the very strong malts getting a little much after a while.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting #2
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
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

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy rich brown with a thin tan head that settles and disappears.

S: Sweet dark toffee and brown sugar, dried and dark fruit, a little roasted malt.

T: Dried fruit, fig and raisin, a little plumb, roasted malt but also a bit grainy, earthy and floral hop notes, and deep toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Can't say I was impressed by this one, but for all I know this might not be the freshest can. Will attempt to retry.

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Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.