Kodiak Brown Ale - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Kodiak Brown AleKodiak Brown Ale

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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 Offa
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent brown ale, balanced, characterful.

Deep reddish brown, almost black, it has a medium tan head that soon thins to a foamy ring.

Aroma is caramelised toasted barley, some dark bread, hints of wine, coffee/mocha, dark fruit. It's gentle but very nice and has some good complexity.

Taste ts as above, gentle and restrained but very well-balanced with firm character and a little complexity. It has faint hints of licorice and ginger bread, some caramelised brown bread, prune hints, dry toasted crust and light earthy-woodiness. It is lightly on the sweetish side before a dryer finish.

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 jsprain1
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Can't tell the actually date from the notches, but appears like 08/11. This has been in my fridge way too long, so probably not doing it justice. Poured into a Russian River goblet.

A: Pours a dark ruby reddish brown. Off white thin head. Basically forms a ring around the edges of the glass. Carbonation has faded.

S: Smells of oxidation and roasted malts. Some nuttiness. No hops currently, but that has to do with the age I assume.

T: Wish it was newer. No hop character. Totally dead. Malt but no roast. Some strange metallic flavors coming through, which is my fault.

M: Medium bodied. But a thin.

Photo of marc77
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ruddy chestnut hue with a slight haze. Uniformily thick, fluffed tan head ebbs slowly into a tight persistent layer that leaves isolated foam aggregates, but no lace. The aroma is dominated by dark caramel malt sweetness and biscuit. Understated diacetyl adds a buttery toffee note. Subtle guava like esters adds an out of place juicy fruit component. Unique, yet only a notch above insipid aromawise. Quick snap of roasted grain bitterness is ceded by date like, fructose laden sweetness which persists a tad too long until partially offset by the mild hop presence. Malt character becomes briefly breadlike mid palate, then lightly toasted, then fades abruptly, leaving an odd void in flavor filled only by token, non descript residual sweetness. Trace woody hop flavor emerges late lending a slight, sweet tobacco impression late. Lightly bodied, with a passably dextrinous mouthfeel. Finishes expectedly sweet, with fleeting notes of cola like caramel. An unremarkable brown at best. Kodiac lacked both balance and complexity leaving it prosaic and simply sweet in overall character. Clean, decent and utterly forgettable. Bomber was bottled Sept. 2002.

Photo of NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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 :)

Photo of Omnium
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark brown with a muddy auburn tinge. The light tan head peaks at a finger's width and dissipates rather quickly, leaving behind a broken layer of surface suds and a thin ring around the edge. Small, spotty lacing with little stick.

Smell - Milk chocolate and grain with touches of caramel and earth.

Taste - Follows the nose. Chocolatey flavor that is quickly met by a strong grainy character. Unfortunately it dies off about there, with very little development.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Slightly watery finish.

Overall - Not very good. Too grainy and with weak flavor development. Tastes more akin to an amateur's attempt at making a brown moreso than a big brewery's year-round release. Will avoid in the future.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up a few weeks back at Top Hops in New York City. I hadn't had a beer from Midnight Sun in quite some time and since I'm a sucker for bears and beers from afar, I decided to give it a go. While brown in hue and balanced like a good Brown Ale should be, this wasn't terribly strong, sticky, or memorable when it came to the flavor profile and went down just a bit easier than I would have liked.

Good pour to this as the rugged brown hue had quite a bit of sediment floating around in it while letting in a fair amount of light around the edges. Nice head that stuck around for a while and coated the inside of my pint glass quite nicely as I worked my way through this. With all of that in mind, the smell and mouthfeel to this were just a bit of a letdown. They were thin and after the brown sugary sweetness and molasses kicked in, there was quite a drop-off. Some dark fruits like plum and black cherry were here but this almost felt like a soda at times and the slightly creamy mouthfeel didn't seem to fit in with what a Brown Ale should taste like. The caramel and roasted malts were tough to discern, even after swishing it around and letting it settle down.

This would make for a great session beer though as I never felt the alcohol in this. The bomber I had was relatively easy to polish off solo. Some of the molasses lingered as a light coating on my mouth but otherwise, there wasn't a whole lot to take away from this. Not a bad beer but I was hoping for a more aggressive version of this style from Midnight Sun. I suppose it suffices for dealing with the months of darkness that descend upon Alaska each year.

Photo of jjanega08
4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from the brewery on my girlfriends recent trip to Alaska. No other freshness dating.

A= Pours a nice brown color that appears a black in the thickest parts of the glass with a nice half finger of slightly tan head on top that holds some decent retention and lacing on the glass.

S= For a style I find usually pretty boring this smells nice. It has a nice toasty caramel malt aroma that I usually think of when I think brown ale. It goes beyond that basic sweetness however. It has hints of roasted malt and chocolaty malt that sort of makes whisps in the aroma. It isn't enough to call it a porter or stout but it's enough to be different.

T= The taste is no different. It is classic brown ale with the sweetness and doughy character from the caramel malts with beautiful whisps of roast. I think I actually may be able to take away a little hop bitterness from it as well unless it's just roasty malt character. A small step out of the box from a traditional brown ale without being a totally different style.

M= This is maybe a little too "smooth" for me in the mouth. It actually feels a little watery. I don't expect too much weight from the style but this is a little weak. The flavor is nice and long though with a lasting finish.

O= This is an impressive brown I would say. Likely even the best I've ever had. It keeps you interested without being something out of style. Worth checking out and if you can find it drinking often on a fall or spring day.

Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm, Someone didn't tighten the cap on the 2-liter RC Cola when they put it back in the fridge. It pours a cola color with a small, fast fading beige head. The aroma is of malt grain with a bit of hay and faint hops. The malt is biscuity and a tad mealy. A light sweetness appears and mingles with a mild lime-like and slightly metallic bitterness. Lightly smoky and just a trace of nutty taste. This Nut Brown is a bit of a disappointment.

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours brown with foamy beige head. Aroma is of bready malt and dark fruit. Body is medium, creamy and slightly crisp. Taste is of bready, nutty malt, herbal hops, brown sugar and dark fruit. Finish is medium lasting, semi-dry. Delicious Brown.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Healthy carbonation, creating a pillowy butter colored head. Body is a clean, amber chestnut color.

S: Little bit of sour grape, powdered cocoa and mixed roasted nuts.

T: Starts with some really minor sourness around the front of the tongue. Buttery cashews come next with some simple dried cocoa. Finishes with a medium roastedness and slightly cloying maltiness. A hint of hops lurks under the surface after the swallow.

M: Medium body, soft.

D: There’s not a lot going on with this beer. Really is lacking in the flavor department, but overall quite quaffable.

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 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 Spikester
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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 Shaw
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a nice brown with a creamy head that quickly settles down to a thin, yet dense, layer in my glass. It smells of toasted malt and nuts. No hop aroma, but I wasn't expecting any considering the style.

This taste is quite creamy and nutty. There is hardly any bitterness in this beer. Instead it's sweet but not cloying. The flavor is quite good.

The body is smooth and has a decent weight to it, if that makes sense. This isn't as heavy as a stout but it's not light, either.

This is a good brown ale. In fact, it's one of the best I've had in a while.

Photo of rowew
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First I would like to note my dissapointment on the contract brewing of this beer. I am from CO and picked up this bottle while in Alaska, only to find out it had come from next door (Utah!). I understand the benefit of contract brewing for the brewer, but when I found out I was a bit let down.

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle with the bottled date on the right side. Brewed and bottle by Uinta.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a head that fades to a thin lacing across the top.

Smell: Sweet malt with a bit of yeast showing through.

Taste: Very sweet, just a hint of hops. The yeast profile shows through here too. A bit thin.

Overall impression: All in all a mediocre brown. I didn't hate it, but I won't be searching it out again.

Photo of mschofield
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of Sixpoint
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

one of my favorite beers from them...absolute delish 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 beernut7
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good brown ale. Had it from bottle and brewery tap. Only downside of the beer is the level of sweetness. Most brown ales these days are not on the dry side and this one is now exception. Kodiak has a distinct malt characteristic compared to some of the other local brown ales which sets it apart. Pretty good.

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