Kodiak Brown Ale | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
midnightsunbrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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

Added by Bierman9 on 04-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
239
Reviews:
130
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
11.78%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
20
For Trade:
3
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/13/2012. Pours lightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, molasses, toffee, earth, herbal, and a light metallic note. Nice and pleasant aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, molasses, and light earthiness. Hardly any bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, molasses, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and robustness; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. A light metallic off note was present; but it was only noticed after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good brown ale. Nicely robust and balanced in flavor; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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

Thanks to gockets (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a fizzy slight fluffy 1/2 finger slightly darker colored head that fades at a med to slower pace with some decent lacing, over semi clear semi hazy mahogany toasty brown with a touch of a cranberry colored hue.

Nose starts quite sweet smelling, sweet molasses and brown sugar galore, plenty of caramel and nutty aromas, brown malts toasty and sweet, candi sugar and candy syrup, a light marshmallow, and plenty of caramelized toffee.

Taste starts with malt, brown malts and plenty of them, a nice toasty brown malt, tons of caramel, toffee, syrupy flavors, brown sugar and molasses out the wazoo, and some nutty malts, like toffee with nuts around them. Smooth and rich, with a little syrupy flavor, fairly sweet but not too sweet. On the back end is some hops, bringing a decent bitterness with a light earthy and herbal hop, little biscuit like malt brings a nice toasty brown malty caramel candy cookie like flavor. Quite nice. Finish lingers with a bit more bitterness, coats the mouth with caramel and toffee, brown sugar, caramelized toffee, etc, and just a bit of earthy hops, and mostly dry without being too syrupy.

mouth is med to fuller bodied, a bit rich, just a bit syrupy, good carb.

overall I'm digging it quite a bit. Lots of great brown malt flavors, syrupy additions, sweeteners, etc. With just a bit of hops and bitterness to balance, nice full bodied without being too syrupy. Quite tasty, it's like a dessert for me. i quite enjoyed it and wish I could get this regularly.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an attractive brownish red in the tall Stella glass. The scent is a little musty. Somewhat coarse carbonation but makes for a big sudsy mouthful.

Rather malty with a fair amount of sweetness. Hints of apple pie and butter along with chalk and an oxidized wineyness. Woody with some old walnuts. A mineral aftertaste along with some dankish bitterness.

A pleasant malty quaff that doesn't stray far from the standard category. From the 12 oz can bought at Bine and Vine in San Diego.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Exceedingly dark bronze with bright orange trim... unless backlit. When injected with brilliant morning sun, the beer becomes deep, blood red leavened by coppery orange. The beige cap is lightly creamy. Unfortunately, it's nearly featureless as it deflates and doesn't leave even the slightest lacy residual on the glass.

Kodiak Brown smells like an average brown ale that has spent the majority of its life in a metal drum rather than in an inert glass bottle. By the whiff of things, this won't be an exceptionally tasty experience, although I've been fooled before. Let's see... scorched caramel malt, toasted nuts and metal shavings.

The beer tastes much better than it smells. Thankfully, there's no hint of metal on the palate. Even though it's decently malted for the style, more would be better. It's still brown malty and walnut nutty with hints of caramel and fruity hops. Browns ale aren't among my favorite styles, but for what it is, this one isn't bad.

Kodiak is just cohesive enough on the palate to be considered better than average, no more than that. Sweet and bitter are roughly equally balanced, although each is on the subdued side. The body lacks... well... body. I know beer of this style isn't brewed to be mouthfilling and viscous, but I need a little more to chew on.

I like Midnight Sun beer. In fact, I've loved three of the four that I tried prior to this one. Kodiak Brown, though, needs to be taken back to the drawing board. If the brewers would instill the same amount of wild exuberance into this offering that they've instilled into most of the rest of their lineup, then the Kodiak brown bear on the label would truly have something to roar about.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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

deep dark hazelnut brown. Almost completly opaque save for a few hints of light that were wondering around on the side of the glass, giving it some tiny little hints of a reddish hue,

chocolate of all things. Very welcome and very suprising to say the least. A nice rich milk chocolate sweetness was coming through and really sweetining it up. There was then some hints of caramel malts in the back coming up and really letting you know this was a sweet little brown ale. Lots of sweet notes not coming through as well, sugary caramel and some light chcocolate notes are predominant here, with a nice touch of earthy grains making up the backround very nicely. Somel ight hints of wood and vanilla come through as it warms up and really deepen the profile,

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of SadMachine
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Psssht! This bomber opens with a bang and never quits fizzling out, spilling out of the lip of the bottle and onto the hardwood floor...i'm mopping it up, and it still hasn't quit...
dark, hazy, chestnut brown in color, smallish head, disappears immediately, departs into nothingness...
Aroma, coca-cola , at first, then, some caramel, a touch of toffee, just the slightest bit nutty, very sweet stuff, almost bourbon-like, no, Southern comfort, that's what I'm thinking of...
Taste: smooth, easy, light, very simple, not too much in the body, and nothing left in the finish. Fruit is tasted in the flavor, cherry and berry, and a touch of grape, backed up by the still-huge carbonation, it tastes like a cherry coke!
Really, the other bottles I'd had from these guys were so impressive, I expected more, but perhaps every brewery needs something innocuous, something bland and carefree for the less-demanding who dwell among us.
so be it.
Not my cuppa, though.
Thanks, still, to weefisheads for this bottle!

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 239 ratings.
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