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Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Kodiak Brown AleKodiak Brown Ale

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172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%


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:
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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mikeg67

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours brown with foamy beige head. Aroma is of bready malt and dark fruit. Body is medium, creamy and slightly crisp. Taste is of bready, nutty malt, herbal hops, brown sugar and dark fruit. Finish is medium lasting, semi-dry. Delicious Brown.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 22:23:46 | More by mikeg67
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep mahogany, garnet on edges, thin tannish head settles and leaves some lacing.
S- Smell is nutty (chestnut and brazil nut variety), a bit of toast and a slight hint of chocolate.
T- A hint of sweetness followed by a dry roasted nut flavor that lasts through the finish. Slight bit of mineral notes in finish.
M- Medium body, slightly dry.
D- A good brown ale. Not in the upper eschelon but good nevertheless.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 22:44:00 | More by jsprain1
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popery

California

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft, City Beer Store. This beer pours light brown to auburn with a tight beige cap. It has some mild piney hops and light caramel malt, but it's mostly spicy walnuts in the aroma. It's a very nutty beer, but it lacks the caramel malt necessary to back up this note for me. It's more pronounced in the taste probably because the beer is quite dry for a brown ale. I bet Midnight Sun went this route intentionally - they seem to love making dry beers - but it just doesn't work for me. This flavor profile isn't what I'm looking for in a brown ale, and the nutty notes, though good and strong, just can't shine without more sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit rough and thin for the style. I appreciate the effort, but I won't be revisiting this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2010 05:37:56 | More by popery
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite brews to drink in session. On tap at O'Bradys. Pours dark brown with good light head. Smells a little nutty, but mostly roasty. Taste follows the nose with some good brown yorkshire type maltiness, but smooth and some roasted flavors with a little nuttiness. Slight hop bitterness on the end but overall very very smooth brown ale. Mouthfeel is good, but a little thin and the drinkability is incredibly high. When I want a good session ale this is where i go. This or the mooses tooth midtown brown. Both really good session beers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2008 01:25:10 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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roblowther

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap from Lynx pizza just outside Denali national park. The color is deep reddish black with a thin rocky head and some nice lacing. The smell is sharp and acidic with a dusty dryness. There are notes of citrus. Mostly, it smells like a new t-shirt. honest. The taste is nicely malty. It tastes of hazlenuts and has a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is nice & tingly, but with enough substance to hold up to the bubbles. The drinkability would be better if the finish weren't quite so bitter. All in all, a nice beer, and one that is more assertive than I would associate with the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2007 00:19:13 | More by roblowther
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the Turtle Club in Fox Alaska. Draft brought out by the waitress.

A-as usual with waittress/er service head was nearly non-existant when it arrived at the table. Dark ruby brown. thin coat of light tan head left some lacing on the glass.

S-very light nose, sweet malt that is it.

T-mild hop bite (herbal) malt, and carmel

M-nice carbination, a little watery

D-okay, I did not order another, I went to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale next

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2006 21:09:08 | More by jackorain
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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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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 01:25:38 | More by LiquidAmber
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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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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Amber brown two fingers of tan foamy head with medium lacing.
S - toasted grains, caramel malts, some roasted hazelnut, light earthy hop tones.
T - Sweeter on the malt, but you get a decent nutty quality, definitely some mild earthy hop notes that help balance it out.
M - Creamy, yet semi-dry.
O - A good drinkable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 04:06:58 | More by Omnium
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DoubleJ

California

3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 01:22:37 | More by DoubleJ
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Spikester

Oregon

3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

10-09-2013 05:41:31 | More by Spikester
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brown body with some dark red edges around the lower half of the body, one finger foamy off white head that leaves some speckled lacing that slides around in a spider web sort of way

S: nutty, malty, and a little bit of chocolate coming through in an earthy sort of way, really not as hoppy as the label suggests, but there is some entering as the beer warms

T: nutty, slightly malty and a little bit of caramel there as well; nutty malty aftertaste, dry finish

M: light to medium, somewhat sessionable, the carbonation is definitely felt, one of the harsher mouthfeels I've noticed in an American Brown Ale

O: good American Brown Ale that I'm pretty sure I'd have again

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 03:40:01 | More by BeerKangaroo
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, ruby-tinged chestnut coloring with a low profile, dense, light, tan head that settles into a filmy surface coating. Aromas of roasty nut sweetness, hints of Kahlua, and an earthy character. Flavors are very sweet forward, but remain light on a crisp body. Nutty sweet, hints of caramel, roasted notes, and an earthy highlights. Tangy sweet aftertaste with roasty linger, the beer has a slick, clean finish. Very easy to drink, but rich and robust throughout.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 22:57:14 | More by GarthDanielson
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argock

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date. Purchased at Oliver's Beverage (Albany, NY).

A: Dusky brown with short 1/2-finger light beige head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Smells of fresh dark caramel malts and chocolate rye bread greet the nostrils followed by herbal, honeysuckle, and light citrus and piney hops. No yeast character discernible. A fairly hop-forward brown ale.

T: The flavor is not quite as nice as the aroma, although there's nothing really wrong with it and a lot right with it. The bready caramel maltiness carrries this along nicely with a very prominent chocolate note. The hops are more subdued than in the aroma, but they still contribute mainly piney and light citrus notes to an otherwise malty beer. Bitterness is light-to-medium. Faint cocoa in the aftertaste along with some caramel.

M: Fairly light in body with fine carbonation that layer this beer on the palate nicely. I wish this had a bit more body without any additional sweetness.

O: A fine example of the American brown ale style with a nice hoppy twist on a chocolate laced brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 01:41:03 | More by argock
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not sure where everyone is getting the "can" I got the 22oz bomber from halftime beverage for 7 bucks.

A - Off to a great start full 1/2 inch of mocha head with excellent lacing, Color is a deep brown hue far from pitch but very clear.
S - Sweet malts, some brown malts, a touch of chocolate and a bit of bittering hops.
T - Warmed up this beer is excellent the hops and malts meet pretty well with little metallic twang. Chocolate malts and brown malts are apparent sweet but light. I like it.
M - Medium bodied, somewhat chewy as expected for the style.

Overall to pull the trigger again I would rather get something more local but this is a nice introduction to Midnight Sun. Maybe someday I will pull the trigger on there 12+ dollar pumpkin stout. It's been a personal tick for a while but I don't usually spend that much regardless of where it's coming from...

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 05:24:37 | More by DrDemento456
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Kuaff

Alaska

3.74/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: can

06-04-2013 07:08:05 | More by Kuaff
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mactrail

California

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an attractive brownish red in the tall Stella glass. The scent is a little musty. Somewhat coarse carbonation but makes for a big sudsy mouthful.

Rather malty with a fair amount of sweetness. Hints of apple pie and butter along with chalk and an oxidized wineyness. Woody with some old walnuts. A mineral aftertaste along with some dankish bitterness.

A pleasant malty quaff that doesn't stray far from the standard category. From the 12 oz can bought at Bine and Vine in San Diego.

Serving type: can

01-23-2013 00:55:23 | More by mactrail
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this can in a trade. Poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice clear (but not when its in a glass) dark brown with a half finger head that fades quickly to leave a thin halo and light brown wisps.

S - Nice roasty brown malts and light sweetness. More toastiness than sweetness here.

T - Taste is pretty solid. Nice light roasted/toasted malt qualities, faint bread, light malty sweetness. Nicely balanced here across the board.

M - Good carbonation here, almost a little too much carbonation. Not quite distracting but borders on the edge of it.

O - Overall, this was a tasty beer from Midnight Sun. So far I've enjoyed the can offerings I've had from them. Glad I got to try it.

Serving type: can

01-13-2013 01:23:03 | More by rudzud
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 07:59:34 | More by superspak
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 00:10:58 | More by jlindros
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a clean deep amber/brown, 1" of tan head which quickly diminished.. excellent retention.
a very sweet toasty smell of chocolate, tobacco, toasted oats, caramel, coffee.
taste is just like the smell. very sweet, very tasty. roasted bitterness balances it out perfectly.

medium body with high carbonation.. slightly creamy.
a great brown ale. very tasty flavors alongside high carbonation make this very drinkable :)

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 23:36:35 | More by facundoCNB
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Deep brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is a hair below average and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Big toastiness with almond nuttiness close behind. The result smells a good bit like dog kibble, which I sort of like. Caramel after that. Semi-dry. Not overly complex, but powerful and pleasant.

3.5 T: Tastes even more like how dog kibble smells. Toasty and nutty. On the drier side, but still well balanced. Light caramel. Big, bold flavors that work well.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Excellently creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: A bit strange tasting, but I like it and the mouthfeel is awesome. Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 04:54:30 | More by DavoleBomb
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u2carew

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 04:28:22 | More by u2carew
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cosmicevan

New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 01:38:34 | More by cosmicevan
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Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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