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Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Kodiak Brown AleKodiak Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

172 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%


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:
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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nkersten

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle, this brown ale hits the glass with just enough head and a medium brown opaque color. Smell is somewhat awful... Cheap sweet rum mixed with cola. Little or no hops to the aroma. Taste is thankfully not anything like the Bacardi that the smell hinted at. Some roasted malts and caramel come through with little to no hop balance, but thankfully no rum... I would definitley like to taste a little more hop presence. Mouthfeel is just as a brown ale should be, not too thick but present and very consistent with its appearance. Drinkability would be higher if I didn't get the smell of rum and coke every time I go to take a sip. My aversion to rum would keep me from buying this again, but it is by no means a terrible example of a brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 03:51:53 | More by nkersten
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Ragingbull

California

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The bottle that my father brought back for me from Alaska said "nut brown ale" on it I swear. I took notes, but don't have the bottle. I did write down that it was a "nut brown" though this site doesn't show that. Anyway, here is the review. . .

Brown in color with light beige head. Sweet malt nose in the smooth sense of sweet. Very nice nose. Fresh and smooth attack. Clean malt flavor with hints of caramel. The nust presents itself in the finish and is more pronounced in the aftertaste. Very smooth beer. High quality beer that is well crafted. Just a slight touch of hops is detectable, but the balance is wonderful.

One of my favorite beers, I hope it shows on my "rankings" as such.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 16:59:47 | More by Ragingbull
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morimech

Minnesota

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

Pours a reddish brown color with a slow forming tan head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy spotty lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is toasty, nutty, and slightly fruity. The flavor starts out with some toasted malt. More subtle flavors of nuts, Milk Duds, and some grass. Bitterness is low and finishes neutral. The body seems a bit thin but this beer has fantastic carbonation lending a nice texture. I am a bit surprised by the low scores of this beer. Not the best brown ale I have ever had but it is still enjoyable and very drinkable. The 5% ABV aids in drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 21:04:14 | More by morimech
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rye726

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with a thin beige head. Nose has some bready malts and roasted nuts. Taste is a bit mellow even for a brown ale. Nicely balanced malt profile though. Medium body is a bit under carbonated. Nothing special here, but a good beer to wash down some pub fare.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 20:42:42 | More by rye726
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Poured and consumed at cellar temps and up. Big thanks to Dev (buckeyesox) for this far-traveling beer!

Pours clear dark copper bordering on brown, with a huge, pillowy tan head that literally exploded in the glass. Took four pours to manage to top the glass off. Eventually settles into a pillowy one-finger cap. Decent stickage leaving some strings of lacing on the walls of the glass. Nice looking beer.

Nose is fruity, hops come through dry and leafy, caramel malt, bit of underlying toastiness.

Taste isn't bad - lightly roasty caramel up front, fruity and toasty, chalky dryness on the back end that lingers a bit. Trace of leafy hops towards the finish. Not bad at all. After reading the reviews, I was expecting a horrible abomination of a beer. This isn't the best brown I've had, but I'm certainly enjoying it. The chalkiness does ten dto wear on you a bit.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light, almost fluffy, which is excellent, but the chalky dryness brings it down a bit. Still, nice.

Drinkability would be better without the chalky, minerally dryness - it tends to build up as you drink in an unpleasant manner.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 16:48:33 | More by JohnQVegas
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froghop

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-clear deep brown with a ruby tint, a thin beige head, and some lacing.

smell of corn, sweet malt, and some grain.

taste is dry, malt, roasted nuts, some brown sugar, and some spice, end is dry, and slightly bitter.

overall an average beer, and slightly below average for a brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 21:35:19 | More by froghop
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 3rd week of September, pours caramel with 3+ fingers of tan head. No lacing or head retention

S: Toasty malt& leafy hops & coffee

T: Toasty malt, dryness & coffee up front. More toasty malt & some grainy astringency & sourness as this warms. Finishes dry with more grainy notes, dry & with roasty malt

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, a brown that reminds me of porter. I expected more from these guys. Least impressive beer I've had from these guys, by a mile

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 22:02:57 | More by russpowell
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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
Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.