Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Kodiak Brown AleKodiak Brown Ale

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 217
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
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: 123 | Hads: 217
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of LarryKemp
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From their website
Rugged and complex, Kodiak Brown Ale combines a distinctive roast malt character with the sweetness of pale and caramel malts. A sumptuous balance of Perle and Willamette hops complements the flavor. With less bitterness than an American brown and more character than an English brown, Kodiak Brown Ale is carving out a niche of its own.

This beer is brewed and bottled by the Uinta Brewing Co. Salt Lake City Utah for Midnight Sun Brewing Company, Anchorage, Alaska

I started to review this beer as an American Brown Ale and thought it was NOT to style but I was wrong. After looking on their website, I saw this was an English Brown Ale.

It poured a deep, deep amber almost brown with a quick fading thin tan head.

The aroma was right on for the style. No hops. All malt of the caramel variety. Going back and smelling in again and again, I really enjoy the complexity it brings to the nose.

The taste was a little weak, but was all nutty malt. It was sweet and no real detectable hops or other impurities. It should have more fruitiness for it to be a truly great beer.

The mouthfeel is just a little less than medium. There is a fullness that clings to the tongue. The creaminess of this beer is remarkable.

To bad the taste is not more complex because that would make this one of the best beers I have ever drank. Instead, it is just a very good beer. I look forward to drinking more of these. (1,442 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.22/5  rDev -11%
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! (1,016 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of moulefrite
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like the apearance of this beer. It pours a very clean looking deep copper color. The head is modest as is the lace, providing a struggle of stick throughout. Aromas are sweet, malty and somewhat burnt. The mouthfeel is crisp, while at the same time somewhat cloying. Flavors are somewhat un-focused with burnt grain and a sticky caramel sweetness that again brings on a cloying nature to the beer. This ain't a bad beer by any means, but it needs more balance and snap to rate a higher score. (495 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of ark57
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
3.04/5  rDev -16%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of mschofield
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red-brown, with a two finger creamy tan head.
Nutty, malty aroma, can't detect any hops here.
Buttery and biscuity taste, some grassy hops, caramel, coffee and toasted malt. A little tart.
Medium feel. Very good but not great, nothing I could identify as being wrong with it however, malt forward but thats fine for a very good brown ale. (346 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
2.03/5  rDev -43.9%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of Mustard
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm, Someone didn't tighten the cap on the 2-liter RC Cola when they put it back in the fridge. It pours a cola color with a small, fast fading beige head. The aroma is of malt grain with a bit of hay and faint hops. The malt is biscuity and a tad mealy. A light sweetness appears and mingles with a mild lime-like and slightly metallic bitterness. Lightly smoky and just a trace of nutty taste. This Nut Brown is a bit of a disappointment. (441 characters)

Photo of paceyourself
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red brown color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty, nutty and sweet. A medium bodied nut brown ale. Nice mild sweet malts, mildly hopped with a slight toffee flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is smooth, no bitterness. (254 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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 (255 characters)

Photo of marburg
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of marc77
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
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. (1,157 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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 (1,084 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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!!! (1,516 characters)

Photo of jtw5877
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Afraid I wasn't overly impressed with this one (other than the label and the appearance!). Nice dark brown-amber color, with a thin, fine head and some lace. Nose gave off some malt notes, but I also picked up a metallic smell. Decent mouthfeel, overall. Flavor was average; some bitter roasty malt, a hint of hops at the end, and the metallic flavor to boot. Needs more ooomph!

overall: 3.4
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3

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Photo of beernut7
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (324 characters)

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Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.