Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Kodiak Brown AleKodiak Brown Ale

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
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 moulefrite
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of irishevans
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a deep reddish brown, with a thin cream colored head. smell has somekind of nut to it, though i can't place it. the taste is very carbonaited, and has the same wlanut(maybe) flavour, and a breif mildly hoppy finish. a pretty good brew. however if you were to ask my girlfriend she would tell you it's hands down the best american brown ever. if you see it check it out

Photo of darklordlager
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of veinless
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nkersten
2.62/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Photo of LarryKemp
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had it from the can and poured one into a pint glass and the other into a mug.
Both pretty much had the same appearance of a hazy brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that glistened in the light. As the head died off, a nice spotty lacing weaves itself around the glass.
The smell had a big bready nutty malty boldness. Big and superb.
The taste pretty much copied the smell and had a slight roast to add into the previously mentioned flavors to carry over into the aftertaste. A light dry roasty finish.
The mouthfeel was about a medium on the body with a nice light roasty nuttiness rolling over my tongue. Creamy carbonation follows.
Overall, yes, big win here or at least to me. This is a stellar brown ale! Way to go Midnight Sun.

Photo of JohnnyP3
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Kuaff
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of jtw5877
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Photo of joedon
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of mjenkins5
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No canned on date

Look - Pours a very dark brown with cappuccino head. The color at the extremes of the glass is of molasses, no light penetrates the middle. Head dissipates to classic foam film of a brown ale. 4.25 paws.

Smell - Slightly metallic hop character with a definite scent of dark chewy fruit. Figs dates and raisins mingle with a bit of chocolate. Not very robust. 3.25 paws.

Taste - Definite dried fruit of varieties mentioned above, with a dusting of baker's chocolate. Bits of treacle and caramel. Starts very dry but finishes sweet. 4 paws.

Feel - Mild tingle, velvety smooth and seems to lay across the tongue. The taste of baker's chocolate does give it a dusty feel. 4 paws.

Overall - A good brown ale. The metallic scent is slightly off-putting, and detracts from the more agreeable parts of the aroma. Enjoyable, but not extraordinary. 3.5 paws.

Photo of Mustard
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of MrNuggets
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is great! Deep Brown colour with a thick little head. Aroma is nutty. The bear on the bottle looks intimidating, wonder if thats the same one who has been disturbing the dumber at work. This first gulp gives me a healthy helping of malt. Don't noticed the hops which I think is a good thing. They stop the sweetness before it gets out of hand. Light mouthfeel but I wouldn't want it any other way. Why haven't I drinking this all summer long.

Photo of Kookiekwan
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of Ale_Dog
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect balance of rich malt and present, but not dominant, hops

Photo of jabocu
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper brown and has a 2 finger head that hangs around and falls to sticky lacing. Aroma has caramel, nutty, and earthy malt mixed with some cinnamon and raisins..reminiscent of a belgian beer. Flavor had an very smooth maltiness and some fruity esters. This beer was well balanced and had a slightly earthy finish. Hops were nicely hanging out in the back, but not making a huge impact. Medium body, medium carb, and slighly dry finish.

Photo of psiweaver
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of paceyourself
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of umfskibum
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very attractive ruby red color. About a half-inch off-white head that fizzled off fairly quickly. Nice lacing.

S: Roasted malt, coffee and nuts. A little bit of spicyness too, although the whole aroma is fairly weak.

T: Malt flavors of roasted coffee, cocoa, and nuts. Some bready, buttery taste too.

M: Creamy, medium mouthfeel. Fits the buttery taste well.

D: Pretty drinkable. Although this beer isn't a benchmark for the style, it is a fantastic example.

Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Don't be fooled by the BA score, this beer is better than good. Pours brown but with enough light it looks slightly burgundy. The taste is balanced with just enough hops and wheat to where it's smooth and not overpowering. I typically prefer porters and stouts but this beer blew me away. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys great beer.

Photo of CapitalGains
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mhaws000
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly cloudy dark brownish-red with a small amount of head that quickly fades into thin lacing.

S-Typical sweet nutty malt scents remind me of slightly burnt biscuits.

T-Heavy malt notes, caramel with a bit of black coffee bitterness. A slight root beer/anise like sweetness to the finish, no distinct hop flavors come to the front, just enough to balance out the malts.

M-I actually found this to be very nice for the style. Not overly carbonated and it had a bit of thickness to the body that I really enjoyed.

D-With the inobtrusive malt and minimal hoppiness, this beer is a good session drink. I feel that this is very typical of brown ales. This is an above-average representation of that style. I have nothing bad to say about this beer except it doesn't have any particularily defining characteristics, it is well-balanced and has a good flavor profile, much like many other English Brown Ales out there, but nothing makes this stick out over a Newcastle or a Sam Smith.

Photo of T-Luv
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
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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Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.