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Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
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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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearnce of this brew was very inviting...a nice chocolate amber incolor, it formed a nice head that lasted. Lacing is very good also. As the style suggests, the smell has a malty presence with some fruity/nutty qualities. There is a malt sweetness, but it is not overpowering and quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is light with a faint tartness in the finish. Very easy on the drinkability scale...can easily drink more than one. This could be a good session beer. A nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 14:20:41 | More by edchicma
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marburg

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 19:36:59 | More by marburg
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 16:22:26 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Kodiak Brown came into the glass in a mean clear dark brown color with a sudsy 1-2 finger foam head and some tight bubble formation. Good looking brown.

The aroma was malty, caramel and nuts. The taste was real good and had a nice sweetness to it. It had a real creaminess to it and gave a good nutty finish. It had low to moderate carbonation and was a real enjoyable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 20:27:20 | More by cswhitehorse
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Agentveba

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-24-2013 21:48:42 | More by Agentveba
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jarrgal

North Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

06-10-2013 02:53:31 | More by jarrgal
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a bronze-ruby color with a light off-white head. The aroma is of caramel malts, toasted malts, and it is also a bit nutty. The flavor is nutty, toasty, and malty, and it finishes semi-dry. Not very memberable, but it is tasty light-medium bodied brew.

Sampled 5/30/04

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 00:11:10 | More by BeerBuilder
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Agold

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 23:51:54 | More by Agold
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everetends

Alabama

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.:)

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 05:44:00 | More by everetends
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lakersfan16

Alaska

5/5  rDev +37.7%

11-18-2011 23:07:42 | More by lakersfan16
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

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

A- Nice rich dark brown ale. Poured into pint glass that left little head that dissipated quickly.

S- Sweet and malty, a nice wonderful brown ale smell.

T- Excellent sweet malty taste kicks you right in the sweet spot. A coffee flavor is slightly sneaking in. A nice taste of dates or raisins is present. The aftertaste is nutty and earthy.

M- Good mouthfeel easy on the palate, the aftertaste does tend to get a bit bitter later on. I suppose I just have to keep drinking it to keep up the sweetness.

D- Easy to drink, over all not too bad a brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 01:43:49 | More by Wetpaperbag
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SargeC

Japan

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown with a frothy tan head.

Smell: Malt and minerals with a light touch of smoke.

Taste: Solid malt flavor with a hint of hard water. A slight citrus acidity flows into a crisp touch of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a very satisfying consistency.

Drinkablity: A well-crafted and tasty brew. Easy to put away.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 05:10:53 | More by SargeC
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mzwolinski

California

3.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 04:19:05 | More by mzwolinski
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beergod1

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown body with a small, light beige head. Smells of roasted Malt and toasted nuts, but with light notes of caramel and chocolate. The roasted malts brings out a flavor of earthy, toasted nuts with a subtle caramel sweetness. Slight hint of dark fruit.There’s not much hopiness going on beyond a little light bitterness. Makes for a decent balance, and a somewhat dry Mouthfeel. Medium Bodied and Carbonation. Somewhere between an American Brown, and an English.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 19:00:44 | More by beergod1
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jcalabre

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 04:06:45 | More by jcalabre
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Nage37

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-01-2014 03:18:14 | More by Nage37
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 17:27:56 | More by megahurts4
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SHODriver

Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown with minimal tan head with poor retention
S: Smells slightly belgian with notes of dark fruit but overall caramelly sweet
T: taste is slightly roasty with a decent amount of caramel sweetness. Aftertaste is clean with lingering bits of lightly roast malt
M: light carbonation is slightly prickly at times but the beer is overall medium bodied and sits well on the palate
O: Not the best brown ale I've ever had but certainly not the worst. this drinks pretty easy and is generally inoffensive. It's no moose drool though.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 04:09:16 | More by SHODriver
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unclekeith

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

11-29-2013 16:19:57 | More by unclekeith
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Almost black in this dimly lit room, but when held to the light, a perfectly clear, mahogany color with a couple fingers of head that lasts very well. Minimal lacing.

S- Toffee, toasted almonds, a bit of caramel, and some slight piney hops in the background. Probably the best smelling brown ale I've experienced yet.

T- Almost porter-like at first, with up-front dark malt, lots of nuttiness, a bit of dark roasted grain, and a slightly metallic finish. The pine in the hops balance decently, but the roastiness is the predominant finish.

M- Medium carbonation, thick and chewy, full-bodied, and slightly dry finish.

D- Hands-down the best brown ale I've had. Better than Samuel Smith's. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 02:20:17 | More by khiasmus
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benloho

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

01-29-2014 16:35:11 | More by benloho
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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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chumba526

Oregon

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 21:58:32 | More by chumba526
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necoadam

Connecticut

1.9/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This has to be one of the worst beers I've sampled yet. Don't know
if this was past it's prime or what, but man was this bad.

Pours out a amber/brownish color with some lacing on top. So far so good. Looks somewhat decent

Smell consisted of some caramel, slight hint of nuts and a strong hop background. Malts mingle inbetween everything.

Taste. Was that toffee? Or was that caramel. No, perhaps some nut flavors. Don't know what it was because the carbonation was way overboard. It was like a tidal wave taking out Tokyo. Can't taste a damn thing. But then I'm burping up some chemical cleaners that was just plain disgusting. And on top of that, the hops blended in with some chemical cleaners. Wow was this bad. If the local beer guy recommends this to you in a store, tell him that the bear on the label looks too scary. Don't buy this shit brown ale.

Kodiak Brown, meet the sink, sink meet Kodiak Brown.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 20:34:15 | More by necoadam
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J_Dub

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-29-2014 21:26:16 | More by J_Dub
Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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