Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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3.25/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
09-29-2005 15:22:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.95/5 rDev -19%
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.
09-26-2005 05:38:37 | More by Gueuzedude
3/5 rDev -17.6%
First I would like to note my dissapointment on the contract brewing of this beer. I am from CO and picked up this bottle while in Alaska, only to find out it had come from next door (Utah!). I understand the benefit of contract brewing for the brewer, but when I found out I was a bit let down.
Presentation: 12 oz short bottle with the bottled date on the right side. Brewed and bottle by Uinta.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a head that fades to a thin lacing across the top.
Smell: Sweet malt with a bit of yeast showing through.
Taste: Very sweet, just a hint of hops. The yeast profile shows through here too. A bit thin.
Overall impression: All in all a mediocre brown. I didn't hate it, but I won't be searching it out again.
08-17-2005 22:15:34 | More by rowew
4.35/5 rDev +19.5%
22oz - Clear dark ruby tinted brown with a massive cap of sandy brown frothyness. Patchy thick rings of sheeting lace.
Aroma is roasted, nutty, coffee, caramel, and cocoa with nice touches of clean maple syrup and brown sugar.
Taste is of toasted caramel and breads with inlays of peanuts and very light coffeeish hints. A bit of sweetness interludes the front and middle with a bit of red apple and malt laden starchyness. Light dry finish is kept well with very interesting little nuances of brown sugar, maple, and airy toasted stuff. Nice subtle play between the sweeter caramel and airy toastyness.
Feel is about medium with a solid carbonation for a brown. Nice airy frothyness and malty creamyness to it. Finish is great. Airy, dry, complexingly subtle, and fun to behold.
A pretty good brown. I'd have more if I had it. But alas it was a gift from a friend who recently visited AK and brought me back a small supply of local AK brews. Thanks much J!
08-15-2005 00:57:48 | More by tavernjef
3/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
03-20-2005 19:40:35 | More by Kookiekwan
3.5/5 rDev -3.8%
Foamy 1" off white head with decent retention. Some condensed and spotted lacing with okay strength. Slightly cloudy hazlenut in color with some sediment floating around.
Very mild almond, hazlenut, and even toffee aromatics.
Coffee and mild milk chocolate maltiness at first that leads to a more prevalent nuttiness. Besides this, a bit bland. There's a very minor bitterness that leads to a dry finish. The aftertaste is a touch of coffee and almonds.
Medium bodied; very dry and somewhat grainy on the palate.
Mild, light, and a little too boring for me. Pretty easy drinking for the style, but there's nothing about this ale that'll have me going back to it.
02-27-2005 21:56:58 | More by NEhophead
3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
11-21-2004 00:11:10 | More by BeerBuilder
1.9/5 rDev -47.8%
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.
10-08-2004 20:34:15 | More by necoadam
4.53/5 rDev +24.5%
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.
09-01-2004 03:33:11 | More by MrNuggets
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
This beer is a nice brown with a creamy head that quickly settles down to a thin, yet dense, layer in my glass. It smells of toasted malt and nuts. No hop aroma, but I wasn't expecting any considering the style.
This taste is quite creamy and nutty. There is hardly any bitterness in this beer. Instead it's sweet but not cloying. The flavor is quite good.
The body is smooth and has a decent weight to it, if that makes sense. This isn't as heavy as a stout but it's not light, either.
This is a good brown ale. In fact, it's one of the best I've had in a while.
08-22-2004 03:43:31 | More by Shaw
4.03/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
08-17-2004 14:20:41 | More by edchicma
3.5/5 rDev -3.8%
After its 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"!
08-05-2004 19:40:08 | More by Gusler
3.03/5 rDev -16.8%
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.
08-01-2004 16:22:26 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
06-11-2004 23:50:31 | More by LarryKemp
3.2/5 rDev -12.1%
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!
06-08-2004 07:55:24 | More by feloniousmonk
3.18/5 rDev -12.6%
Pours a beautiful, clear, garnet brown body, with a two finger, tan head that is tightly knit and lasting. Massive patch and sheet lacing down the glass.
Nutty toffee aroma, with some pine hops are barely picked up in a very subdued nose.
Mouthfeel is fully carbonated but rather thin.
Taste is subdued, as well, with some malty chocolate and caramel, and some nutty bitterness. Some fruity notes of pear are picked up midway through.
I'm not a fan of brown ales, and this one disappoints, as well. Most brown ales taste like Pete's Wicked Ale, to me. I love Midnight Sun's other offerings, but this brown ale leaves a lot to be desired. Too thin in body, as others have noted, and just not much going on.
05-31-2004 12:49:33 | More by merlin48
3.38/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
04-28-2004 01:25:46 | More by moulefrite
3.65/5 rDev +0.3%
The beer poured deep amber brown. The head was off-white and fell quickly, but laced the glass.
The aroma was chocolate and nutty. Slight wine aroma. The aroma was such that I could pick it up while it was sitting on the table before I took the first swallow. The aroma was very nice.
The flavor was chocolate and very vinous. The flavors were very muted, but a nutty flavor was also present. The flavors was a bit sweet, but not overyly so.
The finish was just off dry and chocolate with a pleasant nuttiness lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium light.
22 ounce bottle. Bottled second week of December.
04-18-2004 20:57:08 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
It is dark borwn with some ruby highlights and a big tan head. The aroma is nutty and has some grassy hop notes. It tastes slight chocolatey and has a roasted nuttiness to the sweet malty body. It is a little too sweet, but it is not a bad beer. It finishes with a floral bitterness and a slight dryness.
03-16-2004 13:43:10 | More by ark57
3.05/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
02-16-2004 22:13:31 | More by ppoitras
3.05/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
02-15-2004 04:19:05 | More by mzwolinski
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
Dark red-brown, with a two finger creamy tan head.
Nutty, malty aroma, can't detect any hops here.
Buttery and biscuity taste, some grassy hops, caramel, coffee and toasted malt. A little tart.
Medium feel. Very good but not great, nothing I could identify as being wrong with it however, malt forward but thats fine for a very good brown ale.
01-16-2004 19:11:40 | More by mschofield
2/5 rDev -45.1%
Appearance Ruby brown in color with a nonexistent head.
Smell This smells like my glass with a little bit of toasted malt. Theres almost no aroma to this one.
Taste What the hell is this? The toasted malt is there and theres a decent hop balance, but theres some nasty funk going on in this bottle. I dont know what it is, maybe grapefruit meets the Costco spice rack? Whatever it is, its nasty.
Mouthfeel Way too carbonated for my tastes and thinner than Allie McBeal on the Atkins diet.
Sinkability I couldnt down this bomber if my life depended on it.
12-20-2003 04:27:26 | More by RoyalT
District of Columbia
3.05/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
10-24-2003 05:19:08 | More by Mustard
3.35/5 rDev -8%
Hmmm, Someone didn't tighten the cap on the 2-liter RC Cola when they put it back in the fridge. It pours a cola color with a small, fast fading beige head. The aroma is of malt grain with a bit of hay and faint hops. The malt is biscuity and a tad mealy. A light sweetness appears and mingles with a mild lime-like and slightly metallic bitterness. Lightly smoky and just a trace of nutty taste. This Nut Brown is a bit of a disappointment.
09-18-2003 00:50:10 | More by BeerResearcher
Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.