Kodiak Brown Ale | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Kodiak Brown AleKodiak Brown Ale
BA SCORE
3.67/5
239 Ratings
Kodiak Brown AleKodiak Brown Ale
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
Ranking:
#31,256
Reviews:
130
Ratings:
239
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
20
Trade:
3
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 239 |  Reviews: 130
Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Offa
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

 606 characters

Photo of Vylo
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMBSH
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Omnium
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
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 BarrytheBear
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of rye726
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

 275 characters

Photo of Spikester
3.65/5  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.

 460 characters

Photo of inlimbo77
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

 619 characters

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

 251 characters

Photo of Act25
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I realize this mediocre brown ale (which brown isnt?) traveled all the way from Alaska to NJ, I down grade this beer further and say - Please stay in Alaska with Sarah Palin!

A:typical with nothing special in terms of head, color or lace. slightly hazed cola body with low carb.
S: typical good. Rootbeer grass on top of nutella on malty toast. best part. Tiny bit of char.
T: Ditto on taste. earthy, toasted nuts with caramel sweetness. not much hop, bland and warm root beer.
F: medium to thin, low bubbles body.

For average - save the climate and please stay in Alaska!

 584 characters

Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of marc77
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

 1,157 characters

Photo of NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

 675 characters

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of benloho
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of NJB145
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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 DoubleMalt
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SHODriver
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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.

 543 characters

Photo of Sixpoint
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
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

62 characters

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjanega08
4.57/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

 1,475 characters

Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 239 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.