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Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Kodiak Brown AleKodiak Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
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 ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  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 veinless
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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 ark57
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is dark borwn with some ruby highlights and a big tan head. The aroma is nutty and has some grassy hop notes. It tastes slight chocolatey and has a roasted nuttiness to the sweet malty body. It is a little too sweet, but it is not a bad beer. It finishes with a floral bitterness and a slight dryness.

Photo of Spikester
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with some ruby tones also. Tan head is small and fades quickly leaving some minor lace.
Smell is mild caramel.
Taste is toasted malt sweetness with just enough hop bitterness to suit the style.
Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is fairly low. which makes this an easy drinker.
Overall a tasty beer with no bad qualities. Relatively low abv. helps make more than one an easy choice. If you enjoy Brown Ales you should give this a whirl. Quite tasty.

Photo of SHODriver
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured deep amber brown. The head was off-white and fell quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was chocolate and nutty. Slight wine aroma. The aroma was such that I could pick it up while it was sitting on the table before I took the first swallow. The aroma was very nice.

The flavor was chocolate and very vinous. The flavors were very muted, but a nutty flavor was also present. The flavors was a bit sweet, but not overyly so.

The finish was just off dry and chocolate with a pleasant nuttiness lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium light.

22 ounce bottle. Bottled second week of December.

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 RBorsato
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting #2
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Nice brown color with a low tan head. Light roasty aroma at first gives way to a sweet caramel nose. Moderately roasty flavor with a decent amount of sweetness. Light-medium bodied.

Not as robust as I normally like but not bad as a session beer and considering my first tasting a few months ago (see below). Raised my ratings from 4,2,2,3,2 the first time.

Bottled: 4th Week March ("03" embossed on bottom of bottle)
Tasted: 09/11/03


Tasting #1
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Dark brown (deep amber to light source) with a low light brown head. Sweet buttery aroma and taste (diacatyl?). Could not detect any roasty character in any way. Light-medium bodied (leans light).

Just cannot get past the sweet and buttery character. Hopefully this was a bad bottle - I have 3 and just tried this one first. Will re-review if any of the others held up. This has happened to me a few times with beers shipped thru one of the MJ clubs.

Per M.J. notes: Pale and Caramel malts, Perle and Willamette hops.

Bottled: 4th Week March ("03" embossed on bottom of bottle)
Tasted: 04/28/03

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 lordofthewiens
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass, the beer was dark brown with some red highlights. There was a thick tan head that lasted forever, leaving a good deal of lace.

Mild caramel aroma. Some nuts.

Caramel taste. Hazelnuts. Rather muted.

Decent mouthfeel.

A nice brown ale.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The upright roar of a large Kodiak Brown Bear be-fronts the 22 fluid ounce bottle of Kodiak Brown from the Midnight Sun Brewing Company, Anchorage, Alaska.

Inherent carbonation is very high and adds to a turbulent pour, the dissolved gases race about in all directions as they evolve out of the dark brown solution in a hectic manner. The head forms quickly and is at least 2” when first poured. Settles down very quickly to about ¼” deep, the lace quickly runs down the side of the glass back into the beer, it can’t “bear” to parted it from the main body of the beer seems. A clear brown body that reflects a red hue when held to the light. Appearance of this Brown Ale is very good.

Aromas are malty, as you would expect but only average in strength. Not much else is evident, as the beer warms some roast and biscuit odors are detectable in the background.

Tastes start with a decent malty introduction, some sweetness is evident in the middle and the beer finishes with a slightly dry roast malt twang. Average mouthfeel, but if anything, the only draw-back with this beer is the fact that it is slightly light in body I feel. I would go so far as to say that if I was blind-folded, I would find it hard to differentiate this beer from a British Dark Mild.

But this is a minor quibble really, as the light body ensures that this is easily drinkable and goes down well. A good quaffing Beer.

A good attempt at a Brown Ale, from a quite surprising source.

Overall, a nice offering this!!!

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, biscuit, caramel, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with toasted nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice combination of toast and nut qualities.

Photo of BrewerB
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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 Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a finger of head on a brown body.
The aroma is grainy with some caramel and nuts.
The taste has a big chocolate and nutty flavors. Good balance.
The texture is softer.
An enjoyable brown ale.

Photo of grahuba
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of wrentmore
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Nage37
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of itracy63
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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 kerry4porters
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jcalabre
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I originally sampled this beer on 23 January 2003. I am writing this review from my notes
This is a medium bodied reddish brown colored brew w/ a nice malty nose & roasty/malty flavors. I liked this one. I could see sitting down and having a few of these

Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.