Thursday, July 12th 2012
Kodiak Brown Ale
(Midnight Sun Brewing Company)
Last summer Alaska's Midnight Sun Brewing released their Sockeye Red IPA in cans. This summer they added their Kodiak Brown Ale and Snowshoe White Ale to their canned lineup. A big thank you goes out to Jim up in Anchorage for getting some super fresh Midnight Sun cans in our hands. Cheers!
From the Midnight Sun site:
"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.
Inspired by the adventurous spirit readily found in Alaska, Kodiak Brown Ale invites you to take the road less traveled. Kodiak has remained one of our most popular beers since we first fired up the brew kettle in 1995, proving that Alaskans are not afraid of the dark"
Here we go...
Pour - dark brown in appearance with some flashes of red and orange in the light. A coffee-colored head forms about a half inch above the liquid line. Things are looking good!
Aroma - big whiffs of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, chocolate milk and some nuttiness. Nice and aromatic which leads one to assume that some of those smells will translate well in the taste department.
Taste - like a good cup of coffee, the first sip of Kodiak Brown Ale comforts you and tells you that you're in for something good. Loads of roasted malty flavors meld with espresso and rich cocoa. There are hints of citrus from the hops which might be a sign of how fresh these cans are. All the components are there making one excellent beer.
Overall - in a world where most craft breweries brew a brown ale we can honestly say that this is one of the better ones. Full-bodied and flavorful this one stands out among the masses. For now cans are only available in Alaska - lucky Alaskans - but hopefully wider distribution will happen in the future.
Note - the Kodiak brown bear is the largest of the brown bear species. They live on the chain of islands that make up the Kodiak Archipelago in southwestern Alaska. Kodiak bears have been genetically isolated for at least 10,000 years and there is very little genetic diversity within the population. The largest Kodiak on record weighed close to 1,700 lbs and died in a Colorado zoo in the 1950's. In the bear family, only the polar bear can grow to be bigger than a Kodiak brown bear.
Posted by Russ
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