Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Kodiak Brown AleKodiak Brown Ale

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213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
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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Ratings: 213 | Reviews: 125
Photo of nickd717
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from K&L Redwood City. Hell yeah, Midnight Sun in the Bay Area! This one is a little underrated IMO, as I thought it was just excellent for the style.

The appearance is really phenomenal. The beer pours a clear, deep, dark mahogany brown color with a one-finger light tan head that lasts and leaves great lace.

The aroma is extremely nutty, about as nutty as I've ever experienced. Chocolate and roast come through to a lesser extent.

Flavor is excellent with roasted nuts - almond, pecan, cashew, and Brazil nut - as well as a hint of milk chocolate and caramel. Not very sweet at all.

The palate is very dry with medium-body and a long finish.

Overall, this is great for the style. It's not quite on par with some of the brown ales that Cigar City does, but it's better than probably 90% of the brown ales I've had. Midnight Sun does it again.

Photo of flexabull
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and slightly cloudy brown color with a smaller off white head.

Bready and spicy nose. Some cream, coffee, and nuts.

Flavors are like the nose, some dark bread, creamy malts, light coffee, and roasted nut flavors. Finish is dry with a mineral hop bite.

Mouthfeel is good, full feeling, not heavy, and well carbonated.

Drinkability is good too. Nice brown ale, reminds me of a nut brown ale. Easy and pleasant drinking, quite sessionable.

Photo of BrewerB
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Maple syrupy brown/amber with a thin crop of dense, light tan foam. Good clarity.

S - Roasted nuts and a malty-sweetness come to the front. Lighter caramel and a toasty aroma linger in the back. Hops hard to detect but traces of citrus seem to be present.

T - Toasty malt, slightly nutty and a dose of cocoa. Moderately/moderately-low bitter. Slightly sweet finish.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate-high level of carbonation. Smooth.

D - Decent example of the style though I likely wouldn't order a second.

Photo of billab914
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Two minute warning in the Super Bowl, so I quickly went down to the beer fridge and picked this one out to drink next. As soon as I cracked it it started overflowing from the bottle and I had to run for paper towels. Finally got it to settle down and poured it into the glass.

Pours a very bubbly and frothy brown color. It poured with at least 3 inches of tan head that I had to wait to settle until I took the first drink. Nice head retention and lacing on the glass once it settled down a bit.

Aroma is nutty and malty with with some caramel sweetness to it. There is a slight spicy earthy to it that I presume comes from the hops. Taste is similar to the nose in that it's all about the malty, caramely, nutty flavors. it's moderately sweet with a slight spicy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. The carbonation is too high for me, I almost thought I had an infection but there isn't a hint of sourness to it. As I said it started gushing out as I opened it and didn't get better from there. Drinkability was hurt by the carbonation, the taste is fine but the over carbonation makes this not something I can drink much of.

Photo of Mora2000
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a huge, light tan head. The smell is roasted malt with some caramel as well. Not much of an aroma. The flavor is malty sweetness with some nuttyness mixed in. The finish is where the hop bitterness comes in. The beer is highly carbonated and very drinkable. I really like English Brown Ales and this is one of the better ones I have tried.

Photo of darklordlager
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, clear nutty brown colour, with a nice 2" of tan coloured head. The small bubbles hold nicely as it settles a bit. Head hangs around for the duration of the glass.

S: A great nutty scent wafts out towards one's nose. Toasty roasted barley, and a light spicy rye/cocoa note.

T: Toasted nuts are my impression with the first sip. A little roasted malt makes itself known, but only in the presence of light caramel malt and a slight fruitiness from the yeast. Creamed corn. Crisp finish with toasted nuts and spicy rye/roasted malt lingering. Very sweet, perhaps a bit too much so.

M: Very creamy mouthfeel, with a medium-to heavy body for the style. Low to medium carbonation.

D: Very flavourful and full bodied, which may limit consecutive consumption. One bomber will easily be enough, but this is a very tasty brew.

Photo of everetends
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle that arrived at my doorstep thanks to the beautiful Molly. I am forever in her debt. Served up in a Terrapin pint glass (banjo turtle crossing sign one, love this glass).

A: Very dark brown off the pour. The label says they are "not afraid of the dark", and they prove it. Much more dark than I expected, hell I thought it as black at first. Held to the light it has more brown hues coming through. The beer is crystal clear when held to the light with a lazy carbonation activity. Got about a quarter of a finger of off white head off the pour but falls quickly to a thin ring. Touch of stickiness to the glass with some light lace. Not bad at all here.

S: Its all malt here. Lots of caramel coming through. Lots of roast here and almost a woody smell as well. There is also a bit of a smell that I can only describe as slightly burnt chocolate chip cookies. Don't know if its good or bad, but it is interesting. Not much else working here.

T: Malty goodness once again. Yet again, a lot of caramel taking stage center. Other roasted malts working, touch of chocolate on the faintest side. Little bit of bitterness from the hops I imagine that works nicely with a touch of green wood flavor. That chocolate chip cookie flavor (light on the chocolate chips). Thereis a touch of metallic flavor on the back end, but the malt really covers that up.

M: Light side of medium in body. Carbonation is much lower than expected and really want in this beer. Its actually pretty low period. ABV just has smallest amount of comforting warmth on the back of the throat. Aftertaste is mostly sweet malts but that metallic flavor does linger a bit between sips.

D: You know, this might be one of the better session browns I have had. Not crazy complex but keeps you thinking. So easy to drink and actually quite refreshing. If I had this available to me, this would stay in the fridge. Great session beer and another solid offering from Midnight Sun. Damn Alaskans.:)

Photo of gford217
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.

Pours a deep, opaque brown with almost no light showing through. The head is absolutely massive and very rocky with lots of big bubbles and leaves a huge thick clump of head on top for the duration. The lacing is very impressive as well.

The aroma is pretty subtle and unimpressive honestly with the roasted malts and caramel coming through the most. There aren't any hops that I could get.
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The taste is slightly better with the sweetness from the caramel malts coming out a little more with a very slight bitterness in the finish, more from the roasted character than hops.

The mouthfeel is very carbonation, probably over-carbonated in fact and pretty light on the palate.

A decent brown but a little too light and not nearly complex or tasty enough to be considered a great beer. One of the few times I've not been impressed with an MSBC beer.

Photo of joedon
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Healthy off-white head over a dark brown beer. Nice sticky lacing, too.
Malty aroma with some raisins and sugar but no hop smells.
Good flavors of roast malts, dark fruit, and quite a bit of residual sweetness. Tiny bit of hops to balance.

Good body and aftertaste but really low carbonation.
I find this to be very drinkable. Listed on the bottle at 5.0% ABV and could be a session beer. Reminds me a lot of Midnight Sun's Scottish Ale (Full Curl).

Photo of nkersten
2.62/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Photo of Ragingbull
4.72/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of rye726
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of froghop
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
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

Photo of hopdog
2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
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

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of tpd975
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of Stoneman78
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of SargeC
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.