Kodiak Brown Ale | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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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
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 FLima
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light brown copper color with a thin head.
Aroma of cocoa, lots of nuts, caramels and licorice.
Flavor with smoked, roasted and nutty malts, biscuit, hazelnut, cocoa, cola and caramels. It has a controlled sweetness. Dry aftertaste with a relatively mild bitterness when compared to its American peers and a long nutty feeling.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
A rounded Brown Ale with no sharp edges and a clear nutty profile. Pleasant beer to drink.

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Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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"!

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Photo of ccrida
2.99/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Midnight Sun cervoise, the Kodiak is more garnet then dark brown, with an initially very thick frothy head, that slowly subsides to a thick collar, light skim and scattered lace. Very appealing, though, darker then I expected.

Aroma is sweeter and initially smacks of brownies, behind which lies a biscuit malty smell. Pretty rich, but more then I'd like.

The taste is much richer, very malty, on the sweeter side, not quite amaretto-like almond, but closer to that end then,say, walnut. There are also notes of sweet cream, and the finish is only slightly bitter and cleaner then the strength of the initial taste. Not my favorite, but not bad, and I appreciate this as a beer that gos for it with the taste rather then play it safe.

The mouthfeel is moderate for a brown ale, although lighter then it looks. It's not as carbonated as the pour, but mildly creamy.

The drinkability is not so high for me, primarily as it's not really what I look for with a good nut brown, a bit to robust and rich.

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Photo of grahuba
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish-brown with a medium head that settles to a nice lace. The aroma quickly brings chocolate, maybe a little coffee. First taste delivers what the nose expected, with nutty highlights plus a certain licorice flavor at the back of the mouth. It is a little thin, highly carbonated, and I got some tangy notes at times. Pretty good but not up there with the very best of this variety.

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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 bsuedekum
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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

Pours a reddish brown color with a slow forming tan head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy spotty lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is toasty, nutty, and slightly fruity. The flavor starts out with some toasted malt. More subtle flavors of nuts, Milk Duds, and some grass. Bitterness is low and finishes neutral. The body seems a bit thin but this beer has fantastic carbonation lending a nice texture. I am a bit surprised by the low scores of this beer. Not the best brown ale I have ever had but it is still enjoyable and very drinkable. The 5% ABV aids in drinkability.

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

Photo of popery
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft, City Beer Store. This beer pours light brown to auburn with a tight beige cap. It has some mild piney hops and light caramel malt, but it's mostly spicy walnuts in the aroma. It's a very nutty beer, but it lacks the caramel malt necessary to back up this note for me. It's more pronounced in the taste probably because the beer is quite dry for a brown ale. I bet Midnight Sun went this route intentionally - they seem to love making dry beers - but it just doesn't work for me. This flavor profile isn't what I'm looking for in a brown ale, and the nutty notes, though good and strong, just can't shine without more sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit rough and thin for the style. I appreciate the effort, but I won't be revisiting this beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz - Clear dark ruby tinted brown with a massive cap of sandy brown frothyness. Patchy thick rings of sheeting lace.

Aroma is roasted, nutty, coffee, caramel, and cocoa with nice touches of clean maple syrup and brown sugar.

Taste is of toasted caramel and breads with inlays of peanuts and very light coffeeish hints. A bit of sweetness interludes the front and middle with a bit of red apple and malt laden starchyness. Light dry finish is kept well with very interesting little nuances of brown sugar, maple, and airy toasted stuff. Nice subtle play between the sweeter caramel and airy toastyness.

Feel is about medium with a solid carbonation for a brown. Nice airy frothyness and malty creamyness to it. Finish is great. Airy, dry, complexingly subtle, and fun to behold.

A pretty good brown. I'd have more if I had it. But alas it was a gift from a friend who recently visited AK and brought me back a small supply of local AK brews. Thanks much J!

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Photo of argock
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date. Purchased at Oliver's Beverage (Albany, NY).

A: Dusky brown with short 1/2-finger light beige head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Smells of fresh dark caramel malts and chocolate rye bread greet the nostrils followed by herbal, honeysuckle, and light citrus and piney hops. No yeast character discernible. A fairly hop-forward brown ale.

T: The flavor is not quite as nice as the aroma, although there's nothing really wrong with it and a lot right with it. The bready caramel maltiness carrries this along nicely with a very prominent chocolate note. The hops are more subdued than in the aroma, but they still contribute mainly piney and light citrus notes to an otherwise malty beer. Bitterness is light-to-medium. Faint cocoa in the aftertaste along with some caramel.

M: Fairly light in body with fine carbonation that layer this beer on the palate nicely. I wish this had a bit more body without any additional sweetness.

O: A fine example of the American brown ale style with a nice hoppy twist on a chocolate laced brew.

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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 RoyalT
2.03/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Ruby brown in color with a nonexistent head.

Smell – This smells like my glass with a little bit of toasted malt. There’s almost no aroma to this one.

Taste – What the hell is this? The toasted malt is there and there’s a decent hop balance, but there’s some nasty funk going on in this bottle. I don’t know what it is, maybe grapefruit meets the Costco spice rack? Whatever it is, it’s nasty.

Mouthfeel – Way too carbonated for my tastes and thinner than Allie McBeal on the Atkins diet.

Sinkability – I couldn’t down this bomber if my life depended on it.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of gford217
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.

Pours a deep, opaque brown with almost no light showing through. The head is absolutely massive and very rocky with lots of big bubbles and leaves a huge thick clump of head on top for the duration. The lacing is very impressive as well.

The aroma is pretty subtle and unimpressive honestly with the roasted malts and caramel coming through the most. There aren't any hops that I could get.
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The taste is slightly better with the sweetness from the caramel malts coming out a little more with a very slight bitterness in the finish, more from the roasted character than hops.

The mouthfeel is very carbonation, probably over-carbonated in fact and pretty light on the palate.

A decent brown but a little too light and not nearly complex or tasty enough to be considered a great beer. One of the few times I've not been impressed with an MSBC beer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Deep brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is a hair below average and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Big toastiness with almond nuttiness close behind. The result smells a good bit like dog kibble, which I sort of like. Caramel after that. Semi-dry. Not overly complex, but powerful and pleasant.

3.5 T: Tastes even more like how dog kibble smells. Toasty and nutty. On the drier side, but still well balanced. Light caramel. Big, bold flavors that work well.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Excellently creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: A bit strange tasting, but I like it and the mouthfeel is awesome. Solid beer.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Afraid I wasn't overly impressed with this one (other than the label and the appearance!). Nice dark brown-amber color, with a thin, fine head and some lace. Nose gave off some malt notes, but I also picked up a metallic smell. Decent mouthfeel, overall. Flavor was average; some bitter roasty malt, a hint of hops at the end, and the metallic flavor to boot. Needs more ooomph!

overall: 3.4
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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!!!

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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 DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovelly looking ale, a nice dark brown with a fantastiuc thick and frothy tan head.
Good malty /nutty aromas, faint scent of chocoalte and some whiffs of hop.
Smooth and malty flavours dominate but after a while hazelnut and a slight fruitiness appear and a small hop "kick" at the end.
Very nice indeed on the palate, very smooth and satisfying.
A good rendition of this style and very drinkable. A recommended brown ale.

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