Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Kodiak Brown AleKodiak Brown Ale

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 217
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
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: 123 | Hads: 217
Photo of flexabull
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of mschofield
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red-brown, with a two finger creamy tan head.
Nutty, malty aroma, can't detect any hops here.
Buttery and biscuity taste, some grassy hops, caramel, coffee and toasted malt. A little tart.
Medium feel. Very good but not great, nothing I could identify as being wrong with it however, malt forward but thats fine for a very good brown ale. (346 characters)

Photo of JohnnyP3
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (692 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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 :) (415 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, ruby-tinged chestnut coloring with a low profile, dense, light, tan head that settles into a filmy surface coating. Aromas of roasty nut sweetness, hints of Kahlua, and an earthy character. Flavors are very sweet forward, but remain light on a crisp body. Nutty sweet, hints of caramel, roasted notes, and an earthy highlights. Tangy sweet aftertaste with roasty linger, the beer has a slick, clean finish. Very easy to drink, but rich and robust throughout. (530 characters)

Photo of LarryKemp
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From their website
Rugged and complex, Kodiak Brown Ale combines a distinctive roast malt character with the sweetness of pale and caramel malts. A sumptuous balance of Perle and Willamette hops complements the flavor. With less bitterness than an American brown and more character than an English brown, Kodiak Brown Ale is carving out a niche of its own.

This beer is brewed and bottled by the Uinta Brewing Co. Salt Lake City Utah for Midnight Sun Brewing Company, Anchorage, Alaska

I started to review this beer as an American Brown Ale and thought it was NOT to style but I was wrong. After looking on their website, I saw this was an English Brown Ale.

It poured a deep, deep amber almost brown with a quick fading thin tan head.

The aroma was right on for the style. No hops. All malt of the caramel variety. Going back and smelling in again and again, I really enjoy the complexity it brings to the nose.

The taste was a little weak, but was all nutty malt. It was sweet and no real detectable hops or other impurities. It should have more fruitiness for it to be a truly great beer.

The mouthfeel is just a little less than medium. There is a fullness that clings to the tongue. The creaminess of this beer is remarkable.

To bad the taste is not more complex because that would make this one of the best beers I have ever drank. Instead, it is just a very good beer. I look forward to drinking more of these. (1,442 characters)

Photo of everetends
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.:) (1,974 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of psiweaver
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of beergod1
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of darklordlager
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of mjenkins5
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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). (896 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Amber brown two fingers of tan foamy head with medium lacing.
S - toasted grains, caramel malts, some roasted hazelnut, light earthy hop tones.
T - Sweeter on the malt, but you get a decent nutty quality, definitely some mild earthy hop notes that help balance it out.
M - Creamy, yet semi-dry.
O - A good drinkable brown ale. (354 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a bronze-ruby color with a light off-white head. The aroma is of caramel malts, toasted malts, and it is also a bit nutty. The flavor is nutty, toasty, and malty, and it finishes semi-dry. Not very memberable, but it is tasty light-medium bodied brew.

Sampled 5/30/04 (279 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kodiak Brown
22 oz brown bottle
Bottled 3rd week of September
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a thick deep brown with a fluffy 1/2 inch head. Light chestnut colored highlights on the bottom. Nice patterns of sticky lace.

Nutty aroma with hints of black olives.

Mouthfeel is very chewy, creamy and soft. Nutty dryness and sugary sweetness with a pleasant caramel malt sweetness. Light chocolate flavors too. Nice pinch of hops on the finish. Overall, a rather solid brown ale. (497 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (793 characters)

Photo of argock
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date. Purchased at Oliver's Beverage (Albany, NY).

A: Dusky brown with short 1/2-finger light beige head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Smells of fresh dark caramel malts and chocolate rye bread greet the nostrils followed by herbal, honeysuckle, and light citrus and piney hops. No yeast character discernible. A fairly hop-forward brown ale.

T: The flavor is not quite as nice as the aroma, although there's nothing really wrong with it and a lot right with it. The bready caramel maltiness carrries this along nicely with a very prominent chocolate note. The hops are more subdued than in the aroma, but they still contribute mainly piney and light citrus notes to an otherwise malty beer. Bitterness is light-to-medium. Faint cocoa in the aftertaste along with some caramel.

M: Fairly light in body with fine carbonation that layer this beer on the palate nicely. I wish this had a bit more body without any additional sweetness.

O: A fine example of the American brown ale style with a nice hoppy twist on a chocolate laced brew. (1,122 characters)

Photo of Agold
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

Overall:
This has some good flavor but it is slightly watery. (276 characters)

Photo of paceyourself
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bomber produced no head and the light brown color was almost transparent on the brim. The dried grain and roasty aromas are almost strong enough to hide a weak cola scent. A spicy and grassy taste take a back seat to the sweet bread flavors. The carbonation seems a little low but just enough to give some life in my mouth. I wish i bought more than one bottle because i could easily drink another. (403 characters)

Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.