Name: Kodiak Brown Ale
Brewery: Midnight Sun Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Anchorage, Alaska
Style: American Brown Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.00%
First Brewed: 1995
With an apt, deep brown color, Kodiak Brown Ale also boasts a thick tan head. The nose is malty with nutty, toffee aromas. It’s smooth, with a clean mouthfeel. the flavors are complex with a predominately malty sweet character, nutty notes, and a linger hoppy finish.
I don’t typically like brown ales. Of course, I say that drunk. I had a horrible day at work, and came home to chug some whiskey and a big can of Four Loko. People laugh when I drink that stuff… But it’s legit. It gets the job done for cheap! I asked Sheryl what we were drinking tonight… And we decided on this. I have been watching a lot of Outdoor Man on Netflix. I am sure there are bears involved with that show somewhere along the line.
Like I said, this isn’t my favorite style. But I landed this bottle in a trade, and I hope it is good. If not, oh well… It’s still on “the list.” Bottoms up, people!
In the Glass: The head on this is massive. I poured this, and spilt some at first… But the head on the second glass (my glass) is insane. It just sticks there and isn’t going anywhere. It is forming an almost mountainous shape. I don’t like this style, so hopefully this Alaskan brewing company can change my mind. I do like the label… So there’s that!
Nose: It smells like a brown ale. I had a bad day at work, so leave me alone. I am not in the mood for a crappy beer. I had a double shot of whiskey and a Four Loko when I got home. it’s not even 8:30 and I am ready to pass out. After I finish this review, that is what I am doing.
On a second sniff, I am not getting much. No hope… Only the same malt aroma that I get from a New Castle. I don’t like it and hope this doesn’t taste like New Castle. New Castle IS on our list… But this came a long way and I hope is better than that crap.
Flavor: That is much better than a New Castle. But still, not offering much in the way of unique flavor. It is easy to drink, and goes down smooth… But I wouldn’t order this if I was out with friends. I wouldn’t seek this out at the liquor store, either. This seems like a good gateway beer for people. I have never liked this style, and while I like big chewy malty beers, this just doesn’t cut it. I want more mouthfeel, a bigger flavor a better finish.The BA score on this is 82 and the bros have not yet rated it… But I doubt they would give this beer a very good rating .
Mouthfeel: Boring. That’s all there is to it. It’s boring. The older I get and the more beers I drink, the more I start to drink and think like Tim Weable. He is always drinking big beers that come from all corners of the world. This one came from up north… But just doesn’t deliver. Maybe WE should write a list of our 1001 Bottles. Now that’s an idea.
Aftertaste: What aftertaste? There isn’t much going on here. I am going to finish it, but only because I had a bad day and I need to pass out before too long. I hope I have a better day tomorrow… Surely I will have a better day tomorrow! At least I plan on drinking better beer tomorrow.
Kodiak Brown Ale – The bottle says: “Rugged yet smooth, Kodiak Brown Ale balances caramel and roasted malts with enticing Northwest hops. Inspired by the adventurous spirit readily found in AK, Kodiak Brown Ale invites you to take the road less traveled. Like true Alaskans, we are not afraid of the dark.”
“Beer for Alaska… and beyond.”
“From our extreme Northwest locale, Midnight Sun produces bold, distinctive beers using quality ingredients and a creative spirit. We hope you compete enjoy this beer and seek out additional offerings from Midnight Sun Brewing Company.”
Ricky asked me to pick a beer from the fridge to review tonight. I picked one. He said it was too “big” (high ABV – 16%). I picked another one. He’s like “the Christmas beer?” Sigh. So I gave up and refused, so he ended up picking this beer himself.
It’s a brown, which is funny since I just edited and posted the review for the Picacho Pecan Pie Brown from Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company. So here with go with another brown. Somehow I doubt this one is as good as that one. Let’s see.
You know, honestly this one kind of reminds me of the Picacho, the way it looks in the glass. It’s darker and thicker than a normal brown. (As if you can say there’s a “normal” version of a style. I guess it’s what I typically expect a brown to look like, anyway.) You can’t see anything through the glass, it’s so thick. If it was just a hint darker, I’d think it was a stout. It also had a LOT of head when poured into the glass. So much so that it overflowed and Ricky had to clean it up. It smells good… sweeter and maltier than most browns, same as the Picacho. (I really should probably stop comparing the two.) Well, I can only hope it’s as good. Time to find out.
Well, the first thing that hits me is the carbonation. There are definitely some bubbles floating around in there. It’s got a hint of maltiness to it, and almost reminds me of a porter in some ways. But it’s definitely still got the nuttiness from a brown in it, too. But neither one pops out at you. The only thing that really does is the carbonation. The beer is good, and I like it, but it’s a bit too carbonated, in my opinion. I’m curious what it would taste like on nitro. If I was in a bar and this was on tap (which would probably make it taste better anyway), I might potentially order it, depending on what else was available. Heck, if nothing else, I’d order it just to see what it was like on tap. But my recommendation to make it better would be to tone down the carbonation and up the flavor.