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Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | FT: 3
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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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of megahurts4
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

Overall:
This has some good flavor but it is slightly watery.

megahurts4, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of JohnnyP3
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

22oz bottle -- bottled first week of April according to the label. Poured into a pint glass. Dark brown with about one finger of head. Not a great deal of lacing. And does not appear to be a heavily carbonated beer.

The nose is quite nice with roasted and caramel malts coming through and a trace of chocolate and roasted nuts.

The taste is heavy on the roasted/caramel malts. Some of the chocolate comes through as well. Very malt-heavy brown ale. Maybe a little fruit in there in the form of figs.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. About right for the style I would say as far as far as the viscosity of the beer.

Overall, a very pleasing brown ale. Perfect accompaniment to the cooler autumn days. Provides a nice rich malt taste that is not as heavy as your winter stouts.

JohnnyP3, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of mjenkins5
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

22 oz bottle from the "takeout" fridge at The Loft. Served in a Midnight Sun pint glass.

A: Poured very dark brown, no turbidity. A relatively aggressive pour gave a 1 1/2 finger light-brown head that settled quickly, leaving some light lacing on the glass.

S: Immediate roasted malt aroma, followed by light caramel and chocolate notes. Relatively straightforward with little complexity.

T: Again, roasted malts. The caramel is much more noticeable here than in the aroma, accentuated by a light chocolate presence. Some hop bitterness, not much, serves to balance the heavy malt.

M: Medium body with lower carbonation made this a ridiculously smooth brew.

D: Not an amazing English Brown, but definitely a great example of the style. Easily drinkable, this is one of my favorite Midnight Sun offerings, and one I would drink again and again (had I access to it on a more consistent basis).

mjenkins5, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of CapitalGains
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

Poured and tasted 7/18/11
22 oz. bottle poured into a Deschutes Imperial Pint glass

Pours a very deep, mahogany brown body with a faint tan head that dissipates in under half a minute. Limited transparency, no residual lacing as consumed.
Aroma is chocolate malt and roasted barley, with notes of caramel and perhaps a bit of butterscotch.
Initial taste comes at your with a big malt profile that is followed by, well, more malt. Notes of chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar. Hop presence is difficult to recognize in this one.
Feels slightly under-carbonated with a relatively balanced mouthfeel (not too thick or thin).
An easy drinking, flavorful brown ale. I think it could stand a slightly increased hop presence (or less malt domination), and this is coming from someone who usually prefers less hops. Picked up a bomber for a little under $5 - that would translate into about $16 for a six pack. I don't think I'd ever see myself paying that much for a six-pack of this. Overall, a decent brown ale with a dominant barley/malt profile.

CapitalGains, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.9%

deep dark hazelnut brown. Almost completly opaque save for a few hints of light that were wondering around on the side of the glass, giving it some tiny little hints of a reddish hue,

chocolate of all things. Very welcome and very suprising to say the least. A nice rich milk chocolate sweetness was coming through and really sweetining it up. There was then some hints of caramel malts in the back coming up and really letting you know this was a sweet little brown ale. Lots of sweet notes not coming through as well, sugary caramel and some light chcocolate notes are predominant here, with a nice touch of earthy grains making up the backround very nicely. Somel ight hints of wood and vanilla come through as it warms up and really deepen the profile,

mikesgroove, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of Agold
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Got this in a trade with Pixieskid. Really happy to get a chance to try this. It pours very dark, bordering on porter dark, with some ruby hints around the edges. There is about a quarter inch of just off white head which recedes to a film after a minute or 2. The aroma is very subtle. Its really hard for me to pick out much aside from a little bit of chocolate malt and toastyness. Not that impressive. The beer more than makes up for it in the flavor department though. Great toasty roasted malt character with a great balance of a mild hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice and light with a good amount of carbonation. Enjoyable beer. Really happy I got to try this one.

Agold, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of madvermin
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

madvermin, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.93/5  rDev +8%

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.

jsprain1, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of Offa
4.15/5  rDev +14%

This is an excellent brown ale, balanced, characterful.

Deep reddish brown, almost black, it has a medium tan head that soon thins to a foamy ring.

Aroma is caramelised toasted barley, some dark bread, hints of wine, coffee/mocha, dark fruit. It's gentle but very nice and has some good complexity.

Taste ts as above, gentle and restrained but very well-balanced with firm character and a little complexity. It has faint hints of licorice and ginger bread, some caramelised brown bread, prune hints, dry toasted crust and light earthy-woodiness. It is lightly on the sweetish side before a dryer finish.

Offa, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%

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.

Gobzilla, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of chumba526
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

Appears medium bodied brown with a large creamy tan head.

It smells nutty and of caramel and brown sugar. There is a slight hint of citrus in the beer as well.

There is a brown sugar like sweetness and a nutty flavor as well as a very slight smokiness. There is also a very mild caramel like flavor as well. It is a very smooth beer and the sweetness is not overwhelming.

The carbonation is moderately low. This is a semi rich and sweet beer so I don't think I would want to drink a bunch of these but the drinkability is probably average for the style.

Overall it is a decent little beer nothing amazing but it is serenity enjoyable.

chumba526, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

homebrew311, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of psiweaver
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a Jolly Pumpkin pint glass.

Pours a deep brown with a nice brownish head.

rich malty coffee type smell, lots of roasted malts come through.

The taste was good especially when it was warmer, I find it deep with lots of malting while having some bitterness, pretty well balanced.

Fairly easy to drink though because of the thick mouthfeel and lots of malts it was a little overwhelming. I would have preferred to have split the bottle up.

psiweaver, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of popery
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

popery, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Bomber from K&L Redwood City. Hell yeah, Midnight Sun in the Bay Area! This one is a little underrated IMO, as I thought it was just excellent for the style.

The appearance is really phenomenal. The beer pours a clear, deep, dark mahogany brown color with a one-finger light tan head that lasts and leaves great lace.

The aroma is extremely nutty, about as nutty as I've ever experienced. Chocolate and roast come through to a lesser extent.

Flavor is excellent with roasted nuts - almond, pecan, cashew, and Brazil nut - as well as a hint of milk chocolate and caramel. Not very sweet at all.

The palate is very dry with medium-body and a long finish.

Overall, this is great for the style. It's not quite on par with some of the brown ales that Cigar City does, but it's better than probably 90% of the brown ales I've had. Midnight Sun does it again.

nickd717, May 09, 2010
Photo of flexabull
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours a dark and slightly cloudy brown color with a smaller off white head.

Bready and spicy nose. Some cream, coffee, and nuts.

Flavors are like the nose, some dark bread, creamy malts, light coffee, and roasted nut flavors. Finish is dry with a mineral hop bite.

Mouthfeel is good, full feeling, not heavy, and well carbonated.

Drinkability is good too. Nice brown ale, reminds me of a nut brown ale. Easy and pleasant drinking, quite sessionable.

flexabull, May 02, 2010
Photo of BrewerB
3.53/5  rDev -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.

BrewerB, Mar 22, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

Two minute warning in the Super Bowl, so I quickly went down to the beer fridge and picked this one out to drink next. As soon as I cracked it it started overflowing from the bottle and I had to run for paper towels. Finally got it to settle down and poured it into the glass.

Pours a very bubbly and frothy brown color. It poured with at least 3 inches of tan head that I had to wait to settle until I took the first drink. Nice head retention and lacing on the glass once it settled down a bit.

Aroma is nutty and malty with with some caramel sweetness to it. There is a slight spicy earthy to it that I presume comes from the hops. Taste is similar to the nose in that it's all about the malty, caramely, nutty flavors. it's moderately sweet with a slight spicy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. The carbonation is too high for me, I almost thought I had an infection but there isn't a hint of sourness to it. As I said it started gushing out as I opened it and didn't get better from there. Drinkability was hurt by the carbonation, the taste is fine but the over carbonation makes this not something I can drink much of.

billab914, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.15/5  rDev +14%

Pours dark brown with a huge, light tan head. The smell is roasted malt with some caramel as well. Not much of an aroma. The flavor is malty sweetness with some nuttyness mixed in. The finish is where the hop bitterness comes in. The beer is highly carbonated and very drinkable. I really like English Brown Ales and this is one of the better ones I have tried.

Mora2000, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of darklordlager
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

A: Pours a deep, clear nutty brown colour, with a nice 2" of tan coloured head. The small bubbles hold nicely as it settles a bit. Head hangs around for the duration of the glass.

S: A great nutty scent wafts out towards one's nose. Toasty roasted barley, and a light spicy rye/cocoa note.

T: Toasted nuts are my impression with the first sip. A little roasted malt makes itself known, but only in the presence of light caramel malt and a slight fruitiness from the yeast. Creamed corn. Crisp finish with toasted nuts and spicy rye/roasted malt lingering. Very sweet, perhaps a bit too much so.

M: Very creamy mouthfeel, with a medium-to heavy body for the style. Low to medium carbonation.

D: Very flavourful and full bodied, which may limit consecutive consumption. One bomber will easily be enough, but this is a very tasty brew.

darklordlager, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of everetends
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

22 oz bottle that arrived at my doorstep thanks to the beautiful Molly. I am forever in her debt. Served up in a Terrapin pint glass (banjo turtle crossing sign one, love this glass).

A: Very dark brown off the pour. The label says they are "not afraid of the dark", and they prove it. Much more dark than I expected, hell I thought it as black at first. Held to the light it has more brown hues coming through. The beer is crystal clear when held to the light with a lazy carbonation activity. Got about a quarter of a finger of off white head off the pour but falls quickly to a thin ring. Touch of stickiness to the glass with some light lace. Not bad at all here.

S: Its all malt here. Lots of caramel coming through. Lots of roast here and almost a woody smell as well. There is also a bit of a smell that I can only describe as slightly burnt chocolate chip cookies. Don't know if its good or bad, but it is interesting. Not much else working here.

T: Malty goodness once again. Yet again, a lot of caramel taking stage center. Other roasted malts working, touch of chocolate on the faintest side. Little bit of bitterness from the hops I imagine that works nicely with a touch of green wood flavor. That chocolate chip cookie flavor (light on the chocolate chips). Thereis a touch of metallic flavor on the back end, but the malt really covers that up.

M: Light side of medium in body. Carbonation is much lower than expected and really want in this beer. Its actually pretty low period. ABV just has smallest amount of comforting warmth on the back of the throat. Aftertaste is mostly sweet malts but that metallic flavor does linger a bit between sips.

D: You know, this might be one of the better session browns I have had. Not crazy complex but keeps you thinking. So easy to drink and actually quite refreshing. If I had this available to me, this would stay in the fridge. Great session beer and another solid offering from Midnight Sun. Damn Alaskans.:)

everetends, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%

22oz bomber.

Pours a deep, opaque brown with almost no light showing through. The head is absolutely massive and very rocky with lots of big bubbles and leaves a huge thick clump of head on top for the duration. The lacing is very impressive as well.

The aroma is pretty subtle and unimpressive honestly with the roasted malts and caramel coming through the most. There aren't any hops that I could get.
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The taste is slightly better with the sweetness from the caramel malts coming out a little more with a very slight bitterness in the finish, more from the roasted character than hops.

The mouthfeel is very carbonation, probably over-carbonated in fact and pretty light on the palate.

A decent brown but a little too light and not nearly complex or tasty enough to be considered a great beer. One of the few times I've not been impressed with an MSBC beer.

gford217, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of joedon
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%

Healthy off-white head over a dark brown beer. Nice sticky lacing, too.
Malty aroma with some raisins and sugar but no hop smells.
Good flavors of roast malts, dark fruit, and quite a bit of residual sweetness. Tiny bit of hops to balance.

Good body and aftertaste but really low carbonation.
I find this to be very drinkable. Listed on the bottle at 5.0% ABV and could be a session beer. Reminds me a lot of Midnight Sun's Scottish Ale (Full Curl).

joedon, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of nkersten
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%

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.

nkersten, Aug 23, 2009
Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.