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Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Kodiak Brown AleKodiak Brown Ale

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172 Ratings
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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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Kuaff

Alaska

3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

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

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper brown and has a 2 finger head that hangs around and falls to sticky lacing. Aroma has caramel, nutty, and earthy malt mixed with some cinnamon and raisins..reminiscent of a belgian beer. Flavor had an very smooth maltiness and some fruity esters. This beer was well balanced and had a slightly earthy finish. Hops were nicely hanging out in the back, but not making a huge impact. Medium body, medium carb, and slighly dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 00:22:38 | More by jabocu
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up during my trip to Alaska. 22oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: appears a deep dark brown with some clarity, nice foamy brown head, great retention and lots of lacing

S: notes of roasted malts on the front with a considerable amount of hop bitterness which makes for an earthy quality

T: roast and coffee notes, less prominent than what you would get in a stout, but melds nicely with an assertive hop profile. Like the nose, the taste has a lingering earthiness from the hop bitterness which is a bit spicy.

MF: creamy and smooth body

D: not a bad English brown, lots of bold and interesting flavors which are balanced quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 19:59:22 | More by homebrew311
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metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark garnet red in color and has a very slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left a large collar around the edge of the glass along with a patch of bubbles in the center on the surface.
S: There are nutty aromas of malts in the nose along with some hints of roasted malts. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is malty and is dominated by flavors of nuts along with some hints of caramel and roasted malts. There is a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a good brown ale if you like nutty flavors. It is very easy to drink and would make a good pairing with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 01:33:28 | More by metter98
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marburg

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had to pour this beer hard to get any real head on it; it just didn't want to go if I poured it slowly at all. Very clear, with reddish tones amidst an obviously brown beer. Aromas of nuts and butterscotch -- perhaps caramel? The flavor is almost like a veggie stew -- definite buttery flavor with butternut squash whacking my tastebuds around a little bit before a very slight hazelnut flavor at the finish. Very slight hop presence. An odd collection of sensations to be sure, but it's pretty tasty, and it's definitely an easy beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 19:36:59 | More by marburg
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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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madvermin

California

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 06:05:30 | More by madvermin
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights and a half finger light tan head that dissipates to a thin patchy film and ring around the glass, leaving light slippery lacing. Light aroma of bready and caramel malt, nuts and a hint of cocoa. Flavor of mildly toasted biscuit malt, nuts, hints of cocoa and grassy hops. Medium bodied. A mild, unassuming brown ale that hits all the right flavor notes, but is perhaps a bit low key in flavor. Finish is lighter than expected. Good and sessionable, but not too memorable.

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 01:25:38 | More by LiquidAmber
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ark57

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2004 13:43:10 | More by ark57
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umfskibum

Maine

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 03:34:00 | More by umfskibum
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Spikester

Oregon

3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

10-09-2013 05:41:31 | More by Spikester
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 20:57:08 | More by GCBrewingCo
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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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SHODriver

California

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 04:09:16 | More by SHODriver
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2003 07:58:16 | More by RBorsato
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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
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-12-2014 19:54:27 | More by lordofthewiens
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 20:07:11 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: can

04-01-2014 03:00:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BrewerB

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 04:38:56 | More by BrewerB
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jcalabre

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 04:06:45 | More by jcalabre
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Gusler

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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"!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 19:40:08 | More by Gusler
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foamy 1" off white head with decent retention. Some condensed and spotted lacing with okay strength. Slightly cloudy hazlenut in color with some sediment floating around.

Very mild almond, hazlenut, and even toffee aromatics.

Coffee and mild milk chocolate maltiness at first that leads to a more prevalent nuttiness. Besides this, a bit bland. There's a very minor bitterness that leads to a dry finish. The aftertaste is a touch of coffee and almonds.

Medium bodied; very dry and somewhat grainy on the palate.

Mild, light, and a little too boring for me. Pretty easy drinking for the style, but there's nothing about this ale that'll have me going back to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2005 21:56:58 | More by NEhophead
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beerguy101

California

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red brown color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty, nutty and sweet. A medium bodied nut brown ale. Nice mild sweet malts, mildly hopped with a slight toffee flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is smooth, no bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 02:01:58 | More by beerguy101
Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.