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Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Kodiak Brown AleKodiak Brown Ale

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126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 226
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 16.21%
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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Reviews: 126 | Hads: 226
Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gockets (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a fizzy slight fluffy 1/2 finger slightly darker colored head that fades at a med to slower pace with some decent lacing, over semi clear semi hazy mahogany toasty brown with a touch of a cranberry colored hue.

Nose starts quite sweet smelling, sweet molasses and brown sugar galore, plenty of caramel and nutty aromas, brown malts toasty and sweet, candi sugar and candy syrup, a light marshmallow, and plenty of caramelized toffee.

Taste starts with malt, brown malts and plenty of them, a nice toasty brown malt, tons of caramel, toffee, syrupy flavors, brown sugar and molasses out the wazoo, and some nutty malts, like toffee with nuts around them. Smooth and rich, with a little syrupy flavor, fairly sweet but not too sweet. On the back end is some hops, bringing a decent bitterness with a light earthy and herbal hop, little biscuit like malt brings a nice toasty brown malty caramel candy cookie like flavor. Quite nice. Finish lingers with a bit more bitterness, coats the mouth with caramel and toffee, brown sugar, caramelized toffee, etc, and just a bit of earthy hops, and mostly dry without being too syrupy.

mouth is med to fuller bodied, a bit rich, just a bit syrupy, good carb.

overall I'm digging it quite a bit. Lots of great brown malt flavors, syrupy additions, sweeteners, etc. With just a bit of hops and bitterness to balance, nice full bodied without being too syrupy. Quite tasty, it's like a dessert for me. i quite enjoyed it and wish I could get this regularly.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a clean deep amber/brown, 1" of tan head which quickly diminished.. excellent retention.
a very sweet toasty smell of chocolate, tobacco, toasted oats, caramel, coffee.
taste is just like the smell. very sweet, very tasty. roasted bitterness balances it out perfectly.

medium body with high carbonation.. slightly creamy.
a great brown ale. very tasty flavors alongside high carbonation make this very drinkable :)

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Deep brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is a hair below average and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Big toastiness with almond nuttiness close behind. The result smells a good bit like dog kibble, which I sort of like. Caramel after that. Semi-dry. Not overly complex, but powerful and pleasant.

3.5 T: Tastes even more like how dog kibble smells. Toasty and nutty. On the drier side, but still well balanced. Light caramel. Big, bold flavors that work well.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Excellently creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: A bit strange tasting, but I like it and the mouthfeel is awesome. Solid beer.

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Photo of u2carew
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber
A) pours with a finger thick head then settles quickly leaving a thin lacing on top. Clear mahogany color. No lacing on the drink down.
S) Doughy. Roasted malts. Hints of chocolate.
T) Toasted malts. Caramel. Astringent bitterness in the finish.
M) Fizzy. Dry. Body is medium light - a bit light for a brown ale.
O) Not a great brown ale. The aftertaste is a turnoff. I think this beer has gone south, which is a bit sad since I'm drinking it 3 hours from the brewery. No "born on" date either.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

consumed on 7/8, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally. enjoyed from my midnight sun tulip.

a - brew poured a deep brown with amber highlights. Two fingers plus of frothy head that dissolved leaving chunky lacing on one side of the glass.

s - amber malts. nutty, a hint of pot pouri. some nutmeg sweetness.

t - really nice rich thick flavoring. cherries and nuts. nutty and caramel amber malts. some cocoa powder on the finish.

m - great feel. thick and lush. full bodied with vibrant carbonation. leaves a tingle in my mouth. ends a bit dry for all that lushness.

o - overall, i've been digging on browns a lot lately and this one is a must try. really lush and rich. the flavors dance through the spectrum. really refreshing and bold.


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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark garnet red in color and has a very slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left a large collar around the edge of the glass along with a patch of bubbles in the center on the surface.
S: There are nutty aromas of malts in the nose along with some hints of roasted malts. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is malty and is dominated by flavors of nuts along with some hints of caramel and roasted malts. There is a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a good brown ale if you like nutty flavors. It is very easy to drink and would make a good pairing with a meal.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium brown in color with hints of dark amber and garnet red when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall light tan head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts and some roasted malts. There are light to moderate notes of nuts.

T: Moderate flavors of roasted and caramel malts with very light amounts of sweetness. Pretty significant notes of nuttiness and light lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink with some real pleasant nutty flavors. Definitely one to get again.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from the brewery on my girlfriends recent trip to Alaska. No other freshness dating.

A= Pours a nice brown color that appears a black in the thickest parts of the glass with a nice half finger of slightly tan head on top that holds some decent retention and lacing on the glass.

S= For a style I find usually pretty boring this smells nice. It has a nice toasty caramel malt aroma that I usually think of when I think brown ale. It goes beyond that basic sweetness however. It has hints of roasted malt and chocolaty malt that sort of makes whisps in the aroma. It isn't enough to call it a porter or stout but it's enough to be different.

T= The taste is no different. It is classic brown ale with the sweetness and doughy character from the caramel malts with beautiful whisps of roast. I think I actually may be able to take away a little hop bitterness from it as well unless it's just roasty malt character. A small step out of the box from a traditional brown ale without being a totally different style.

M= This is maybe a little too "smooth" for me in the mouth. It actually feels a little watery. I don't expect too much weight from the style but this is a little weak. The flavor is nice and long though with a lasting finish.

O= This is an impressive brown I would say. Likely even the best I've ever had. It keeps you interested without being something out of style. Worth checking out and if you can find it drinking often on a fall or spring day.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Can't tell the actually date from the notches, but appears like 08/11. This has been in my fridge way too long, so probably not doing it justice. Poured into a Russian River goblet.

A: Pours a dark ruby reddish brown. Off white thin head. Basically forms a ring around the edges of the glass. Carbonation has faded.

S: Smells of oxidation and roasted malts. Some nuttiness. No hops currently, but that has to do with the age I assume.

T: Wish it was newer. No hop character. Totally dead. Malt but no roast. Some strange metallic flavors coming through, which is my fault.

M: Medium bodied. But a thin.

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Photo of T-Luv
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
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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Photo of SHODriver
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of beergod1
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

This has some good flavor but it is slightly watery.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of mjenkins5
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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).

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Photo of CapitalGains
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep dark hazelnut brown. Almost completly opaque save for a few hints of light that were wondering around on the side of the glass, giving it some tiny little hints of a reddish hue,

chocolate of all things. Very welcome and very suprising to say the least. A nice rich milk chocolate sweetness was coming through and really sweetining it up. There was then some hints of caramel malts in the back coming up and really letting you know this was a sweet little brown ale. Lots of sweet notes not coming through as well, sugary caramel and some light chcocolate notes are predominant here, with a nice touch of earthy grains making up the backround very nicely. Somel ight hints of wood and vanilla come through as it warms up and really deepen the profile,

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Photo of Agold
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of veinless
3.64/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep mahogany, garnet on edges, thin tannish head settles and leaves some lacing.
S- Smell is nutty (chestnut and brazil nut variety), a bit of toast and a slight hint of chocolate.
T- A hint of sweetness followed by a dry roasted nut flavor that lasts through the finish. Slight bit of mineral notes in finish.
M- Medium body, slightly dry.
D- A good brown ale. Not in the upper eschelon but good nevertheless.

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Photo of Offa
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent brown ale, balanced, characterful.

Deep reddish brown, almost black, it has a medium tan head that soon thins to a foamy ring.

Aroma is caramelised toasted barley, some dark bread, hints of wine, coffee/mocha, dark fruit. It's gentle but very nice and has some good complexity.

Taste ts as above, gentle and restrained but very well-balanced with firm character and a little complexity. It has faint hints of licorice and ginger bread, some caramelised brown bread, prune hints, dry toasted crust and light earthy-woodiness. It is lightly on the sweetish side before a dryer finish.

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Photo of Gobzilla
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown with maroon highlights with a very thin khaki colored head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the overall aroma of the beer was pretty faint but i was able to detect very slight nuttines, caramel malt, toffee, and faint hops as well.

T/M: I was able to taste a little maple, some hops and maybe nutty notes but that is about it. A let down so far. The brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a very slight nutty, sweet, and very mild hop finish.

D: it drank good but was very dissapointed on the overall experience of this beer. It had hardly any smell and taste which to be perfectly honest I would have rather drank a newk as far as brown ales goes.

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Photo of chumba526
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up during my trip to Alaska. 22oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: appears a deep dark brown with some clarity, nice foamy brown head, great retention and lots of lacing

S: notes of roasted malts on the front with a considerable amount of hop bitterness which makes for an earthy quality

T: roast and coffee notes, less prominent than what you would get in a stout, but melds nicely with an assertive hop profile. Like the nose, the taste has a lingering earthiness from the hop bitterness which is a bit spicy.

MF: creamy and smooth body

D: not a bad English brown, lots of bold and interesting flavors which are balanced quite nicely.

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Photo of psiweaver
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.