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Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
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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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +8.8%

Not sure where everyone is getting the "can" I got the 22oz bomber from halftime beverage for 7 bucks.

A - Off to a great start full 1/2 inch of mocha head with excellent lacing, Color is a deep brown hue far from pitch but very clear.
S - Sweet malts, some brown malts, a touch of chocolate and a bit of bittering hops.
T - Warmed up this beer is excellent the hops and malts meet pretty well with little metallic twang. Chocolate malts and brown malts are apparent sweet but light. I like it.
M - Medium bodied, somewhat chewy as expected for the style.

Overall to pull the trigger again I would rather get something more local but this is a nice introduction to Midnight Sun. Maybe someday I will pull the trigger on there 12+ dollar pumpkin stout. It's been a personal tick for a while but I don't usually spend that much regardless of where it's coming from...

06-29-2013 05:24:37 | More by DrDemento456
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JamLand

Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-28-2013 00:21:58 | More by JamLand
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jarrgal

North Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

06-10-2013 02:53:31 | More by jarrgal
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Kuaff

Alaska

3.74/5  rDev +2.7%

I poured this can into a tumbler... because I just felt like it, okay?

Kodiak Brown has a two-finger head of dirty-white foam and looks a dark, murky reddish-brown. Kind of a burly, bear-like appearance, I'd say.

The scent is very faint, but I catch nutty vanilla, a tiny bit of caramel, and some dank hops.

At first, the taste has mild brown sugar and is a little sour. If it ended here, I wouldn't be too impressed. But then it gets better in the finish with some toasted malts, breadiness, and a little bitterness of the hops variety.

It has surprizingly spritzy carbonation and a creamy feel, which goes pretty nicely with the taste.

This beer isn't anything mind-blowing, but it's still pretty solid. I don't think it's meant to be guzzled. Take a sip, and then sit back and enjoy the toasty aftertaste.

06-04-2013 07:08:05 | More by Kuaff
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Steezballs

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

05-31-2013 04:56:23 | More by Steezballs
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NJB145

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.9%

05-20-2013 00:51:48 | More by NJB145
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3%

05-18-2013 18:20:24 | More by spycow
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

05-02-2013 06:35:26 | More by Kelp
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InfernoBoss

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-21-2013 05:08:53 | More by InfernoBoss
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Sparky44

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3%

03-24-2013 02:58:40 | More by Sparky44
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Agentveba

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-24-2013 21:48:42 | More by Agentveba
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casapy

Idaho

3/5  rDev -17.6%

02-17-2013 03:36:11 | More by casapy
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DmanGTR

Florida

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-29-2013 18:12:29 | More by DmanGTR
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mactrail

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours an attractive brownish red in the tall Stella glass. The scent is a little musty. Somewhat coarse carbonation but makes for a big sudsy mouthful.

Rather malty with a fair amount of sweetness. Hints of apple pie and butter along with chalk and an oxidized wineyness. Woody with some old walnuts. A mineral aftertaste along with some dankish bitterness.

A pleasant malty quaff that doesn't stray far from the standard category. From the 12 oz can bought at Bine and Vine in San Diego.

01-23-2013 00:55:23 | More by mactrail
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

Got this can in a trade. Poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice clear (but not when its in a glass) dark brown with a half finger head that fades quickly to leave a thin halo and light brown wisps.

S - Nice roasty brown malts and light sweetness. More toastiness than sweetness here.

T - Taste is pretty solid. Nice light roasted/toasted malt qualities, faint bread, light malty sweetness. Nicely balanced here across the board.

M - Good carbonation here, almost a little too much carbonation. Not quite distracting but borders on the edge of it.

O - Overall, this was a tasty beer from Midnight Sun. So far I've enjoyed the can offerings I've had from them. Glad I got to try it.

01-13-2013 01:23:03 | More by rudzud
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ravot

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-10-2013 02:04:38 | More by ravot
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/13/2012. Pours lightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, molasses, toffee, earth, herbal, and a light metallic note. Nice and pleasant aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, molasses, and light earthiness. Hardly any bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, molasses, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and robustness; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. A light metallic off note was present; but it was only noticed after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good brown ale. Nicely robust and balanced in flavor; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

01-02-2013 07:59:34 | More by superspak
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

11-22-2012 03:07:58 | More by t0rin0
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +14%

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.

11-15-2012 00:10:58 | More by jlindros
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ShakaShakaShaka

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

10-18-2012 20:51:21 | More by ShakaShakaShaka
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

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 :)

10-17-2012 23:36:35 | More by facundoCNB
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thorncp


4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

10-07-2012 04:02:03 | More by thorncp
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

08-16-2012 04:54:30 | More by DavoleBomb
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.9%

08-15-2012 02:09:21 | More by RoryOMoore
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u2carew

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -23.1%

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.

08-01-2012 04:28:22 | More by u2carew
Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.