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Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Kodiak Brown AleKodiak Brown Ale

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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
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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:
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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hopdog

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled from Bottle.

Poured a medium brown in color with a small sized off white head. Sweet smell, nutty, and brown sugar. Malty flavor with a sourish after taste. I liked the aromas a bit more than the tastes. Fizzy body that detracted from the overall.

Notes from 5/28/04

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 02:57:34 | More by hopdog
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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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tpd975

Florida

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice brown hue with hints of red showing thru. Two finger head builds in the tulip before dying to a solid collar.

S: Rather light aromas. Toasted malt leads the way with hints of brown sugar. Touches of nuts come thru as does a hint of dark fruit.

T: Very similar to the aroma. Nice toasty malt dominates. Hints of caramel malt and brown sugar come next. Just a touch of hazelnut rounds things out.

M: Medium in body with an abundance of carbonation.

D: Middle of the road, like most brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 19:07:02 | More by tpd975
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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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Stoneman78

California

3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased online from Bottletrek, poured into a Duvel tulip

Appearance is a dark rich brown with amber highlights, frothy tan head mostly sustains, thick lacing on the glass

Smell is roasty sweet malts with a dominating tone of nuttiness, some hints of cocoa/coffee, dark fruits, molasses, alcohol

Taste is good for the style, caramel and roast malts complimented by the nutty overtones, some sourness and light cocoa creep in towards the middle, finishes with the nuts and malts

Mouthfeel is light/medium-bodied, creamy smooth texture borders on watered down and thin, low carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, a fairly pedestrian example of the style, no major flaws but nothing tantalizing to warrant a repeat tasting, there are better Browns out there for the money

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 04:50:07 | More by Stoneman78
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 19:53:59 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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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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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Wasatch

Utah

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 01:13:03 | More by Wasatch
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irishevans

Alaska

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 03:25:34 | More by irishevans
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Floydster

California

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

22 ounce bomber purchased from Liquid Solutions in Oregon for about five dollars plus shipping costs

Poured into a mug and split with a friend, color was in between a medium to dark brown, but looked fairly light when held up to the light, there was a 1/2 off white head that settled fast, did not leave much lacing

Smell was full of nuttiness, smell was similar to cashews, lots of roasted and sweet malt, a tiny bit of coffee in the aroma but barely able to tell it is there

Taste was decent, definitely a nut brown ale, lots of roastiness, a little bit of caramel and honey, starts out smooth and finishes with a chewy aftertaste, got a little sour as it warmed, but nothing to worry about, reminded me of the brown ale at BJ's restaurants, could have used a little more sweetness, a little too dry for my taste in this beer style, smooth and creamy overall

Full body and not much carbonation, taste did not last too long unfortunately, average mouthfeel

Could not drink too much of this, another bottle maximum, it is pretty heavy stuff but I think the alcohol percentage is pretty low, around five percent I believe, taste gets old after a while

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 09:28:09 | More by Floydster
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Westsidethreat

California

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Healthy carbonation, creating a pillowy butter colored head. Body is a clean, amber chestnut color.

S: Little bit of sour grape, powdered cocoa and mixed roasted nuts.

T: Starts with some really minor sourness around the front of the tongue. Buttery cashews come next with some simple dried cocoa. Finishes with a medium roastedness and slightly cloying maltiness. A hint of hops lurks under the surface after the swallow.

M: Medium body, soft.

D: There’s not a lot going on with this beer. Really is lacking in the flavor department, but overall quite quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 03:07:09 | More by Westsidethreat
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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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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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mhaws000

Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 07:18:10 | More by mhaws000
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Durge

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish-brown with a medium head that settles to a nice lace. The aroma quickly brings chocolate, maybe a little coffee. First taste delivers what the nose expected, with nutty highlights plus a certain licorice flavor at the back of the mouth. It is a little thin, highly carbonated, and I got some tangy notes at times. Pretty good but not up there with the very best of this variety.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 00:16:32 | More by Durge
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ccrida

Oregon

2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 08:21:59 | More by ccrida
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 03:07:39 | More by Georgiabeer
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jabocu

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 00:22:38 | More by jabocu
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umfskibum

Maine

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 03:34:00 | More by umfskibum
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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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Reidrover

Oregon

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

Lovelly looking ale, a nice dark brown with a fantastiuc thick and frothy tan head.
Good malty /nutty aromas, faint scent of chocoalte and some whiffs of hop.
Smooth and malty flavours dominate but after a while hazelnut and a slight fruitiness appear and a small hop "kick" at the end.
Very nice indeed on the palate, very smooth and satisfying.
A good rendition of this style and very drinkable. A recommended brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 04:11:56 | More by Reidrover
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

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

Kodiak Brown
22 oz brown bottle
Bottled 3rd week of September
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a thick deep brown with a fluffy 1/2 inch head. Light chestnut colored highlights on the bottom. Nice patterns of sticky lace.

Nutty aroma with hints of black olives.

Mouthfeel is very chewy, creamy and soft. Nutty dryness and sugary sweetness with a pleasant caramel malt sweetness. Light chocolate flavors too. Nice pinch of hops on the finish. Overall, a rather solid brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 01:44:03 | More by Hibernator
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Mitchster

Michigan

2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brewed with pale and caramel malts, hopped with Perle and Willamette.

Actually, this bottle is hilarious. Sara brought it back with her from Alaska...come to find out it's brewed by Uinta BC in Salt Lake City, Utah for Midnight Sun Brewing Company. Notched as bottled in the 3rd week of April, and now is December. Pours out to a hazy very dark amber with red accents, forming a modest light tan head with average retention and sparse lacing. Bottle conditioned. There is a small amount of sediment flittering in the mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is very nice...chocolate, toast, pecans and walnuts, roasted grains, distantly green hops. The mouthfeel is brisk and zippy with a medium-light body...lighter than expected from the nose. The first thing that strikes me about this brew is the sour note, which is likely unintentional...but hey, those guys at Uinta never impressed me with quality anyways. The sourness overwhelms the toast and nuts that I'm trying so desperately to taste. The bitterness is mild and has a woody/grassy finish. The belches are of dilute aluminum in vinegar.

This brew has alot of promise, and I'm sure that it's a better beer when fresh, on tap, at the actual source. As it stands in the bottle, I'd like to give Uinta the middle finger.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 02:38:00 | More by Mitchster
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 15:22:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.