Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | FT: 3
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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Photo of khiasmus
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of roblowther
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of mhaws000
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Durge
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of ccrida
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of jabocu
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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 umfskibum
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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 jackorain
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Mitchster
2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.95/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of rowew
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Kookiekwan
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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 NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Photo of necoadam
1.9/5  rDev -47.8%
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.

Photo of MrNuggets
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
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 Shaw
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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"!

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.