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:
238
Reviews:
129
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
20
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 238 |  Reviews: 129
Photo of Sixpoint
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
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

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of tabhill
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Don't be fooled by the BA score, this beer is better than good. Pours brown but with enough light it looks slightly burgundy. The taste is balanced with just enough hops and wheat to where it's smooth and not overpowering. I typically prefer porters and stouts but this beer blew me away. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys great beer.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy rich brown with a thin tan head that settles and disappears.

S: Sweet dark toffee and brown sugar, dried and dark fruit, a little roasted malt.

T: Dried fruit, fig and raisin, a little plumb, roasted malt but also a bit grainy, earthy and floral hop notes, and deep toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Can't say I was impressed by this one, but for all I know this might not be the freshest can. Will attempt to retry.

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Photo of doom_deluise
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Trentt2
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ale_Dog
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect balance of rich malt and present, but not dominant, hops

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Photo of DanGeo
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shoegueuze
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had it from the can and poured one into a pint glass and the other into a mug.
Both pretty much had the same appearance of a hazy brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that glistened in the light. As the head died off, a nice spotty lacing weaves itself around the glass.
The smell had a big bready nutty malty boldness. Big and superb.
The taste pretty much copied the smell and had a slight roast to add into the previously mentioned flavors to carry over into the aftertaste. A light dry roasty finish.
The mouthfeel was about a medium on the body with a nice light roasty nuttiness rolling over my tongue. Creamy carbonation follows.
Overall, yes, big win here or at least to me. This is a stellar brown ale! Way to go Midnight Sun.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No canned on date

Look - Pours a very dark brown with cappuccino head. The color at the extremes of the glass is of molasses, no light penetrates the middle. Head dissipates to classic foam film of a brown ale. 4.25 paws.

Smell - Slightly metallic hop character with a definite scent of dark chewy fruit. Figs dates and raisins mingle with a bit of chocolate. Not very robust. 3.25 paws.

Taste - Definite dried fruit of varieties mentioned above, with a dusting of baker's chocolate. Bits of treacle and caramel. Starts very dry but finishes sweet. 4 paws.

Feel - Mild tingle, velvety smooth and seems to lay across the tongue. The taste of baker's chocolate does give it a dusty feel. 4 paws.

Overall - A good brown ale. The metallic scent is slightly off-putting, and detracts from the more agreeable parts of the aroma. Enjoyable, but not extraordinary. 3.5 paws.

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Photo of vermilcj
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beefington
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ksolekjr
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of grahuba
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of willjschmidt
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a finger of head on a brown body.
The aroma is grainy with some caramel and nuts.
The taste has a big chocolate and nutty flavors. Good balance.
The texture is softer.
An enjoyable brown ale.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Kodiak Brown Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 238 ratings.
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