Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 217
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | FT: 4
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (1,695 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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, (758 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (1,546 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  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. (491 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 3rd week of September, pours caramel with 3+ fingers of tan head. No lacing or head retention

S: Toasty malt& leafy hops & coffee

T: Toasty malt, dryness & coffee up front. More toasty malt & some grainy astringency & sourness as this warms. Finishes dry with more grainy notes, dry & with roasty malt

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, a brown that reminds me of porter. I expected more from these guys. Least impressive beer I've had from these guys, by a mile (503 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 superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,152 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium brown in color with hints of dark amber and garnet red when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall light tan head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts and some roasted malts. There are light to moderate notes of nuts.

T: Moderate flavors of roasted and caramel malts with very light amounts of sweetness. Pretty significant notes of nuttiness and light lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink with some real pleasant nutty flavors. Definitely one to get again. (793 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (361 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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. (1,159 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.94/5  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. (530 characters)

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

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, which left alot of nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight burnt scent, and some caramel. The taste is malty, slightly bitter, toffee, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, I was expecting more from this brewery, this is a so so brew. (335 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 LiquidAmber
3.69/5  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. (569 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After it’s disembarking from the 12-ounce brown bottle it sets in the glass deep amber to brown color with a portly light tan and somewhat creamy head, the lace forms a nice surrounding sheet upon the glass. Nose is nutty sweet, caramel, crisp and fresh to the senses, start is sweet and has a fair to middling malt presence, and the top is medium in its feel. Finish has a modest acidity, the hops delectable and the aftertaste dry, a drinkable beer, not the best brown, but not the worst either, and I thank my old truck driving buddy Bill for the case of great Alaskan beers, talk about being in "Hog Heaven"! (613 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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... (867 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of ccrida
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (1,047 characters)

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Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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