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Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 225
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
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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Photo of necoadam
1.98/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This has to be one of the worst beers I've sampled yet. Don't know
if this was past it's prime or what, but man was this bad.

Pours out a amber/brownish color with some lacing on top. So far so good. Looks somewhat decent

Smell consisted of some caramel, slight hint of nuts and a strong hop background. Malts mingle inbetween everything.

Taste. Was that toffee? Or was that caramel. No, perhaps some nut flavors. Don't know what it was because the carbonation was way overboard. It was like a tidal wave taking out Tokyo. Can't taste a damn thing. But then I'm burping up some chemical cleaners that was just plain disgusting. And on top of that, the hops blended in with some chemical cleaners. Wow was this bad. If the local beer guy recommends this to you in a store, tell him that the bear on the label looks too scary. Don't buy this shit brown ale.

Kodiak Brown, meet the sink, sink meet Kodiak Brown.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.03/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of nkersten
2.62/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of hopdog
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled from Bottle.

Poured a medium brown in color with a small sized off white head. Sweet smell, nutty, and brown sugar. Malty flavor with a sourish after taste. I liked the aromas a bit more than the tastes. Fizzy body that detracted from the overall.

Notes from 5/28/04

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Photo of Mitchster
2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brewed with pale and caramel malts, hopped with Perle and Willamette.

Actually, this bottle is hilarious. Sara brought it back with her from Alaska...come to find out it's brewed by Uinta BC in Salt Lake City, Utah for Midnight Sun Brewing Company. Notched as bottled in the 3rd week of April, and now is December. Pours out to a hazy very dark amber with red accents, forming a modest light tan head with average retention and sparse lacing. Bottle conditioned. There is a small amount of sediment flittering in the mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is very nice...chocolate, toast, pecans and walnuts, roasted grains, distantly green hops. The mouthfeel is brisk and zippy with a medium-light body...lighter than expected from the nose. The first thing that strikes me about this brew is the sour note, which is likely unintentional...but hey, those guys at Uinta never impressed me with quality anyways. The sourness overwhelms the toast and nuts that I'm trying so desperately to taste. The bitterness is mild and has a woody/grassy finish. The belches are of dilute aluminum in vinegar.

This brew has alot of promise, and I'm sure that it's a better beer when fresh, on tap, at the actual source. As it stands in the bottle, I'd like to give Uinta the middle finger.

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Photo of u2carew
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown with maroon highlights with a very thin khaki colored head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the overall aroma of the beer was pretty faint but i was able to detect very slight nuttines, caramel malt, toffee, and faint hops as well.

T/M: I was able to taste a little maple, some hops and maybe nutty notes but that is about it. A let down so far. The brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a very slight nutty, sweet, and very mild hop finish.

D: it drank good but was very dissapointed on the overall experience of this beer. It had hardly any smell and taste which to be perfectly honest I would have rather drank a newk as far as brown ales goes.

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Photo of marc77
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ruddy chestnut hue with a slight haze. Uniformily thick, fluffed tan head ebbs slowly into a tight persistent layer that leaves isolated foam aggregates, but no lace. The aroma is dominated by dark caramel malt sweetness and biscuit. Understated diacetyl adds a buttery toffee note. Subtle guava like esters adds an out of place juicy fruit component. Unique, yet only a notch above insipid aromawise. Quick snap of roasted grain bitterness is ceded by date like, fructose laden sweetness which persists a tad too long until partially offset by the mild hop presence. Malt character becomes briefly breadlike mid palate, then lightly toasted, then fades abruptly, leaving an odd void in flavor filled only by token, non descript residual sweetness. Trace woody hop flavor emerges late lending a slight, sweet tobacco impression late. Lightly bodied, with a passably dextrinous mouthfeel. Finishes expectedly sweet, with fleeting notes of cola like caramel. An unremarkable brown at best. Kodiac lacked both balance and complexity leaving it prosaic and simply sweet in overall character. Clean, decent and utterly forgettable. Bomber was bottled Sept. 2002.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle Bottled the fourth week of January, Sampled September 2005
I would swear that a note of cinnamon is wafting from my glass as I pour this beer. The beer is an opaque, perhaps lightly hazy, amber brown color. The head is a light brown color, but is not all that persistent. The aroma is quite fruity, and in fact does have a sweet spice note to it. As I smell deeply I get a note of roasted coffee, though the typical maltiness seems to be covered up by the spice and fruit notes. The taste is light, and perhaps lightly acidic. This is quite fruity with notes of cherry. This beer is definitely a bit disappointing, it seems a bit thin and is lacking all that malt depth that one hopes to find in a Nut Brown. Instead this is dominated by the cherry notes and a dry acidity as well.

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Photo of ccrida
2.99/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Midnight Sun cervoise, the Kodiak is more garnet then dark brown, with an initially very thick frothy head, that slowly subsides to a thick collar, light skim and scattered lace. Very appealing, though, darker then I expected.

Aroma is sweeter and initially smacks of brownies, behind which lies a biscuit malty smell. Pretty rich, but more then I'd like.

The taste is much richer, very malty, on the sweeter side, not quite amaretto-like almond, but closer to that end then,say, walnut. There are also notes of sweet cream, and the finish is only slightly bitter and cleaner then the strength of the initial taste. Not my favorite, but not bad, and I appreciate this as a beer that gos for it with the taste rather then play it safe.

The mouthfeel is moderate for a brown ale, although lighter then it looks. It's not as carbonated as the pour, but mildly creamy.

The drinkability is not so high for me, primarily as it's not really what I look for with a good nut brown, a bit to robust and rich.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber

This beer pours dark brown has a 2 finger thick foamy head with good retention and moderate lacing. The aroma was of sweet malt mixed with hazelnut and mocha. The taste was smooth clean and nutty. This beer was well balanced and had a slightly smokey finish.
Reflection: This beer is the perfect example of a nut brown ale, if you know someone who wants to try the style give them one of these. The only problem with this beer is that its completely average, it had no qualities that made me want to buy it over any other beer.

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Photo of rowew
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First I would like to note my dissapointment on the contract brewing of this beer. I am from CO and picked up this bottle while in Alaska, only to find out it had come from next door (Utah!). I understand the benefit of contract brewing for the brewer, but when I found out I was a bit let down.

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle with the bottled date on the right side. Brewed and bottle by Uinta.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a head that fades to a thin lacing across the top.

Smell: Sweet malt with a bit of yeast showing through.

Taste: Very sweet, just a hint of hops. The yeast profile shows through here too. A bit thin.

Overall impression: All in all a mediocre brown. I didn't hate it, but I won't be searching it out again.

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Photo of T-Luv
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium brown tint, but light enough to see through. Very little head, and what is there dissipates rather quickly.

S:Hint of Hazlenut, maybe almond? sort of malty as well.

T: Not as nutty as your usual nut brown, but with a hint of chocolate and a light body, this is a great springtime beer.

M: Light, a little watery, very little fizz.

Nut brown is one of my favorite beer styles, and i'm biased to like this one, as it's made here in Anchorage, and was the first of this style I ever tried. I've had many browns since, and though in comparison there are much better out there, this one is the one i compare the rest to.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Massive light brown, tightly packed head sits atop a clear, light brown beer packed with ample carbonation. The aroma is...where is that aroma? I guess it's a bit malty, but sheesh! Just not much there. The flavor, too, is a bit weak. Moderately malty and nutty. There's a bit of an off, cooked vegetable taste to the finish, though this ends up being not too distracting. Still, the beer as a whole has a somewhat "watery" and insubstantial feel and flavor. Not terribly flawed, and perhaps a nice pair with some barbecue. But not a great beer for the style.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22ozer, purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, tiny and quick-lived head forms, only to leave behind a few bubbles on top of the deeply reddish brown brew. Mild malt/hops aroma, but not much jumps out to the nose. Malt flavors outweigh the hops, which is not a real problem, but the overall feeling is one of being watery. Not a bad beer, but average describes how it represents the style.

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Photo of Mustard
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; "month & week bottled" warning -- in this case "J, 3" -- notched on the rear label's left periphery; no ABV %; purchased as part of a ten beer "Winter Brew" (vel sim.) sampler pack from the Cost Plus on Santa Monica and Westwood for $14.99.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, chestnut brown; smallish, off-white head; head dissipates in a matter of seconds; a light b-cup's worth of lacing.

Aroma: Primarily sweet and roasty with hints of wood and grass.

Taste: Decidedly like its nose; lightly sweet upfront; primary notes are roasty and nutty; faintly bitter in the finish; woody, earthy hop flavors; light to medium bodied; smooth, effervescent mouthfeel.

Notes: Routine brown ale; nothing bad, but a tad banal.

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Photo of rye726
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with a thin beige head. Nose has some bready malts and roasted nuts. Taste is a bit mellow even for a brown ale. Nicely balanced malt profile though. Medium body is a bit under carbonated. Nothing special here, but a good beer to wash down some pub fare.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark brown with a muddy auburn tinge. The light tan head peaks at a finger's width and dissipates rather quickly, leaving behind a broken layer of surface suds and a thin ring around the edge. Small, spotty lacing with little stick.

Smell - Milk chocolate and grain with touches of caramel and earth.

Taste - Follows the nose. Chocolatey flavor that is quickly met by a strong grainy character. Unfortunately it dies off about there, with very little development.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Slightly watery finish.

Overall - Not very good. Too grainy and with weak flavor development. Tastes more akin to an amateur's attempt at making a brown moreso than a big brewery's year-round release. Will avoid in the future.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Can't tell the actually date from the notches, but appears like 08/11. This has been in my fridge way too long, so probably not doing it justice. Poured into a Russian River goblet.

A: Pours a dark ruby reddish brown. Off white thin head. Basically forms a ring around the edges of the glass. Carbonation has faded.

S: Smells of oxidation and roasted malts. Some nuttiness. No hops currently, but that has to do with the age I assume.

T: Wish it was newer. No hop character. Totally dead. Malt but no roast. Some strange metallic flavors coming through, which is my fault.

M: Medium bodied. But a thin.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounces of Alaskan brown ale to drink. On to the beer:

A half-inch of creamy head sits on top this dark brown beer. The retention on top is good and some strings of lace work around the glass. The aroma is decent with the potential to be good, as it shows a pleasant nutty yeast and a kiss of toffee. Regarding flavor, the profile is more bittersweet (not literally). There is that brown ale nuttiness and sweetness which I like in my brown ales, but in Kodiak Brown, there's also a dose of offsetting graininess and even a note of cardboard. The potential is there, but is not realized.

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Photo of froghop
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-clear deep brown with a ruby tint, a thin beige head, and some lacing.

smell of corn, sweet malt, and some grain.

taste is dry, malt, roasted nuts, some brown sugar, and some spice, end is dry, and slightly bitter.

overall an average beer, and slightly below average for a brown ale.

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Photo of merlin48
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Exceedingly dark bronze with bright orange trim... unless backlit. When injected with brilliant morning sun, the beer becomes deep, blood red leavened by coppery orange. The beige cap is lightly creamy. Unfortunately, it's nearly featureless as it deflates and doesn't leave even the slightest lacy residual on the glass.

Kodiak Brown smells like an average brown ale that has spent the majority of its life in a metal drum rather than in an inert glass bottle. By the whiff of things, this won't be an exceptionally tasty experience, although I've been fooled before. Let's see... scorched caramel malt, toasted nuts and metal shavings.

The beer tastes much better than it smells. Thankfully, there's no hint of metal on the palate. Even though it's decently malted for the style, more would be better. It's still brown malty and walnut nutty with hints of caramel and fruity hops. Browns ale aren't among my favorite styles, but for what it is, this one isn't bad.

Kodiak is just cohesive enough on the palate to be considered better than average, no more than that. Sweet and bitter are roughly equally balanced, although each is on the subdued side. The body lacks... well... body. I know beer of this style isn't brewed to be mouthfilling and viscous, but I need a little more to chew on.

I like Midnight Sun beer. In fact, I've loved three of the four that I tried prior to this one. Kodiak Brown, though, needs to be taken back to the drawing board. If the brewers would instill the same amount of wild exuberance into this offering that they've instilled into most of the rest of their lineup, then the Kodiak brown bear on the label would truly have something to roar about.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Psssht! This bomber opens with a bang and never quits fizzling out, spilling out of the lip of the bottle and onto the hardwood floor...i'm mopping it up, and it still hasn't quit...
dark, hazy, chestnut brown in color, smallish head, disappears immediately, departs into nothingness...
Aroma, coca-cola , at first, then, some caramel, a touch of toffee, just the slightest bit nutty, very sweet stuff, almost bourbon-like, no, Southern comfort, that's what I'm thinking of...
Taste: smooth, easy, light, very simple, not too much in the body, and nothing left in the finish. Fruit is tasted in the flavor, cherry and berry, and a touch of grape, backed up by the still-huge carbonation, it tastes like a cherry coke!
Really, the other bottles I'd had from these guys were so impressive, I expected more, but perhaps every brewery needs something innocuous, something bland and carefree for the less-demanding who dwell among us.
so be it.
Not my cuppa, though.
Thanks, still, to weefisheads for this bottle!

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Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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