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Outta Kilter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009)
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Photo of Brenden


3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Besides a little nit of burnt red-orange deeper in the body, this beer is just beyond medium orange in color. The head is small, spritzy and sparse, and retention just above average, though lacing is good.
There's lots of malt and sweetness in the aroma. It's got something like candied orange peel, doughy sugared breads, and caramel along with a whiff of alcohol. It's got a bit of juiciness and even a touch of hop leaf just noticeable.
The flavor takes all those things and brings them out more fully for a nice, complex and well-rounded character. The sweetness comes close to cloying but is balanced out by breadier aspects of the malts, even as some toasty, mildly smoky brown sugar comes in. The hops are used to good effect; a lot wouldn't work well in this beer, but the touch of leaf and the slight bitterness it adds really keep things on level. The hint of warming alcohol actually adds another dimension rather than just heat. The rye is also used well, earthiness another aspect of the balance and spiciness another of the depth.
The carbonation is even, making for a consistent, strong crispness in a medium body. It also manages a good smoothness all the way through.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 15:39:33 | More by Brenden
Photo of buschbeer


3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - This beer is rust colored with orange highlights. It has one inch of tan head.

S - I smell toffee with hints of vanilla. I get some whiffs of alcohol, too.

T - The taste is caramel malt and some alcohol.

M - Full

O - This is a tasty wee heavy. The alcohol becomes apparent as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 04:20:23 | More by buschbeer
Photo of beergoot


3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange-brown body with a quickly receding, big-bubbled head. Big caramel and cola scent; brown sugar and molasses. Chewy caramel dances with a bold alcohol presence and decent hop bit hop bitterness at the finish. Thick, vinous, chewy mouthfeel.

A tad disappointing with the head retention, but the toasted, chewy malt flavors readily offset this minor fault. A respectable sipper...

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 02:19:42 | More by beergoot
Photo of ONUMello


3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Tan/light brown color with a 1/2-finger head that slowly settles
S: A touch muted but there's some sweet malt, caramel & toffee notes
T: Cloyingly sweet. Caramel, toffee, tropical fruits. Just a hint of hops at the very end
M: Medium-bodied, sweet
O: Like drinking caramelized simple syrup. I know this is supposed to be a sweeter style of beer but for my palate the amount of sugar here covers up any other complexities this may have

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 04:16:27 | More by ONUMello
Photo of thegodfather1076


3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Awesome bottle and label that is very eye-catching. All graphics and print are painted on. Label gives ABV info, IBU info, small desc of beer, web info, a bit of brewery info.

Appearance: I allowed this to warm for 10min before a semi aggressive pour from its 22oz bomber into a 16oz snifter. Pours a cloudy reddish caramel tan color with a dense 2 finger light tan foam head. Head retention was 2min 50sec before fading to a thin coating and ring.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of caramel and toffee with a sweet brown sugar aroma. Also detectable is a bit of sweet fruitiness almost fruitcake like.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of butterscotch, caramel, and sweet brown sugar with slight fruity sweetness. Has a bit of floral smokey essence on the palette. Very sweet.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the full side of medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and an above average carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: Very different from any other scotch ale that I've had. I enjoyed this but thought it was a bit overly sweet. Very well balanced with the alcohol masked very well. Classified as a Wee Heavy/Scotch Ale @ 8.2% ABV. Consumed 5/2/2013.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 19:28:03 | More by thegodfather1076
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Muddy brown appearance with minimal head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is caramel, toffee and bready malt.

Taste is sweet malt with caramel, toffee and hints of ripe fruits. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Light carbonation.

Overall good. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 02:47:25 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Photo of teromous


3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy medium brown and a tint of orange. Soft white low-foam head. Tiny bubbles line the glass but no lacing.

S: Not much on the nose, but there is some light caramel scents, and some metal strangely comes through. Not a pleasant scent with the iron.

T: Caramel sweetness, toasted crust, slightly nutty, some alcohol esters. This beer is supposed to have rye in it but I get no rye character at all. No real bitterness on this beer as expected. The esters really overpower the taste, but the smooth grain aftertaste is quite nice. I noticed a cider-like flavor as well.

M: It's medium bodied but filling. Very smooth and slick.

O: Overall it was a good malty beer, but I felt a bit cheated on the rye. I would probably not get it again, because it is overwhelmed by alcohol esters above all else. I would try it again if I could get it from a cask or keg, but it just seems fairly bland.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 04:25:13 | More by teromous
Photo of BrownAleMale


3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Sprecher snifter glass

Appearance- Ruby red with a little bit of haziness. Less then a half finger of head that quickly dissipates.

Smell- Some bread malt, a bitter hop and a touch of rubbing alcohol.

Taste- A sweetness with a nice bready malt and a bitter hop finish that balances well.

Mouthfeel- Nice medium body that could use some more carbonation, but overall pretty easy drinking.

Overall- This is more of the actual Wee Heavy foriegn style rather then the Scotch ale american style that I prefer. Void of the carmel and peat flavors that Ive come acustom to.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 22:00:30 | More by BrownAleMale
Photo of BuckeyeSlim


4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a light caramel brown, producing a thick two-finger head of eggnog-white foam that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving a sheet of very tight bubbles over the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is amber-orange in color and a cloudy, pushing opaque with a constant stream of bubbles rising up the center from the bottom.

S - Aroma pours into the air from the pour. Toffee, butterscotch, caramels, apricots and other dried fruits. And that's before I even explore the nose. Wow. Caramelized, toasted malts; dense, fresh, whole-grain fruit-bread. Brown sugars mixed with a touch of pine and wildflower hops. Even pulled some peach out as it warmed in the glass.

T - Light and medium toasted malts mixed with a variety of sugars - quiet similar to the initial aroma. Almost as much butterscotch as caramel. Touches of dried apricot, a wee bit of cherry, maybe some orange rind. The tastes of the sugars dominate the malt, which serves as a transport for them, but it's not sweet. Hops are there to dampen and balance the sweetness, but it's very difficult to identify them on their own. ABV is very-well disguised - not at all hot or boozy. The bottle says there's also some rye in this brew, but it must be used to knock down all the sugars and keep the beer from becoming candy.

M - Fully carbonated, but a bit creamy in the mouth. Soft structure. Nicely integrated. Not much of a linger to the finish - just echos of the dry fruit and light caramels without being cloying or sweet. Well-balanced. Quality ingredients.

O - Delicious! I like this caramel-butterscotch and toasted malt bomb. One bottle is enough, to be sure, but it's quite enjoyable, like a decadent dessert. An interesting take on the style, it leans decisively toward the sugar end of this style's spectrum, and lacks the peaty smokiness and malt-dominant expressions most try to achieve. Keeping that in mind, I definitely recommend this as a nitecap to be savored.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 01:59:31 | More by BuckeyeSlim
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with an inch or two of foam; neither the retention nor the lacing was particularly remarkable

Smell: A lot of brown sugar and caramel with a vague apricot and cherry fruit character underneath

Taste: Caramel corn, up front, with apricot and cherry flavors developing in the middle; the tartness from the apricot lingers into the finish, though the sweet caramel flavors dominate throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: There is a lot of confusion about this beer and, I must admit, that I was confused, too; then I realized that this is not a classic Wee Heavy but a Wee Heavy Scotch style RED ale; so maybe this is a Scottish twist on an Irish Red but, even so, I cannot say that it is something I would return to anytime soon

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 00:51:48 | More by brentk56
Photo of Durge


3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A reddish amber color with a decent off-white head and similar lacing. It’s a bit hazy with particulate. The aroma is full of cinnamon apple and mild cherry malt alcohol. Very odd and not exactly thrilling me. Certainly not what I expected. The flavor brings more of the cherry-apple sweetness along with wheat wine ideas. Some grassy rhubarb bitterness hidden in there. It’s medium bodied but with a fairly aggressive carbonation that tempers a bit of a wine-like feel. This is good enough but not as good as most of my previous Hoppin’ Frog experiences, and certainly nothing approaching the label’s promising descriptions. But still worth a try, especially if your a fan of wheat wines.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 17:47:49 | More by Durge
Photo of maximum12


3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

And Hoppin' Frog comes to WI & settles in just across the river. Must the options be expanding so rapidly? I guess that's OK. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

Pours is a deep, dark red. Pretty. Nose is rife with sweet caramel malts.

Outta Kilter isn't your dictionary.com scotch ale. The caramel malts really shine nicely, but there a touch of spice in there that adds class. Big sweet fruitiness arches over the middle of the beer. More sweetness crashes the end. Creamy & smoother than Mr. Big. All that sugar makes me yearn for insulin, but damn, I'm slugging this like Nyquil.

Enough saccharine to be called Pop Love Song in a Bottle. Doesn't really hew to the scotch ale line, but I'll take it. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:37:31 | More by maximum12
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazed copper color with about a half a finger off white head, fair retention, pretty nice lacing

S - Toasty and rich caramel malts and toffee flavors, mild herbal hop presence. Some sweet/sourish fruity type aromas, mild alcohol presence

T - Nice rich caramel, toastyness, sweet/sourish boozy flavor and a milder hop presence. The sour/sweet combination almost reminds me of a wine type characteristic.

M - Probably just a little bit more than medium bodied, appropriate carbonation.

O - Not bad at all but the boozy qualities kind of dominate the other flavors I was looking forward to in the nose

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 21:48:31 | More by MacQ32
Photo of hardy008


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with a one finger off white head which quickly fades and leaves no lacing. The aroma has plenty of caramel malt, and some toasted bread.

The taste has caramel malt, toasted bread, and apples. A nice sweet malty flavor, Not as complex as other Wee Heavy's I have had, but it still has a nice flavor.

Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, with a sweet aftertaste, and the alcohol is well hidden. A nice tasting beer, but not very complex, and not as good as the best Wee Heavy's, but worth trying, and worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 00:36:47 | More by hardy008
Photo of adman08


2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a light copper/amber color, slightly cloudy with a small amount of white foam.
S-Very sweet caramel malt aroma with a hint of brown sugar. A slight peat smoke aroma with some herbal hops and some alcohol, sort of a riesling smell.
T-Sort of watered down flavor. Sweet, light caramel flavor with a hint of peat and a very faint amount of herbal hops. Slightly winey tasting.
M-Medium to light body, too light for the style. Sweet overall, little carbonation.
Overall, not so good for a scotch ale. The color is too light but I could get past that of the other elements were better. The flavor is slightly watered down and winey, the body is too thin. The sweetness is good and the peat flavor but it needs some roasted malt which would add some thickness to the body, complexity to the flavor and a darker color.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 23:22:20 | More by adman08
Photo of JayS2629


4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a rich, dark red with a thin white head that left nlice lacing. Nlice clarity.

The aroma has a touch of spicy scotch and black pepper on a background of rich, malty, caramel and toffee. Hints of vanilla, dark cherries, fig, and cocoa.

Dominated with sweet toffee, caramel with a nice boozy kick in the finish. Spicy rye notes, hints of cocoa and dark fruit. Quite delicious.

Rich, smooth, a wee bit heavy like a wee heavy should be.

Overall, an enjoyable, complex, rich, delicious sipper, but not the most outstanding example of this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 15:54:34 | More by JayS2629
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was recently converted to becoming a fan of Hoppin Frog by a friend of mine. I picked up this scotch style without any research or fanfare.

I poured into a snifter to maximize the sipping opportunity. This was red with just a tint of orange at the edges and minimal head.

You get the trademark scotch smell off the top. It was also sweet/sour and some fruitiness.

The flavor itself was not very well balanced. You need to let the beer warm to get in more of the scotch flavor. I would suggest letting the bomber sit for a little while (20-30 minutes) for best drinking.

Overall this is not your typical scotch style ale. It is a good, but not great, example.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 00:26:43 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of WoodBrew


4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Trying my first Hoppin Frog....the Wee Heavy Scotch is a big beer that is AMAZING!!! The beer initially pours (22oz bottle) clear amber with very thin white head that is not lacing. The smell includes a dark cherry with slight sweet malt. The taste is very sweet malt with great scotch support. The mouthfeel is full with good carbontation. Overall...NICE!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 01:01:00 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark ruby brown with a huge tan colored head. A great amount of lace was left down the glass, and the settling of the beer was a fantastic site, grat pour, looked perfect. Smell was sweet right away. Lots of sugar and caramel smells, hints of grains and breads and even a light hop presence rounded this put nicely. The taste followed right away, but was alot more hoppy then I had envisioned. Lots of caramel and sugar flavors, and more then a hint of alcohol made up the bulk of it. Big hoppy finish which suprised me in a good way. The taste and feel were both very full, smooth and creamy.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 23:48:31 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of mentor


3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Pours a thin layer of light brown head over a brilliant reddened copper liquid. Smells caramel malt, smoke, iron, pears, apple peel, honey, light clean alcohol.

Tastes light-colored caramel with juicy light-colored fruits. Malt has a chalky graininess despite being quite wet in the mouth. Caramel, honeyed toast, mild chocolate, and a light husk astringency. Esters bounce between red apple, pear, and fig for a pretty complex ester profile. Cloying thick in the mouth, but dries a bit in the finish (not enough, though, IMO). Mild hop grassiness and some earthy hop flavor. Despite the lack of much head, this beer is heavily carbonated. I swirled to release some CO2 so I could get a getter handle on the flavors. I expect more alcohol zing in the taste for this style, especially with such a thick beer--it needs some alcohol to clean a bit of the stickiness from finish.

I'm a huge fan of sweet dessert-style beers, but this is a bit much even for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 06:28:44 | More by mentor
Photo of ksimons

New York

3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-a clear dark ruby amber with a very thin white head

S-smell if rich in malt but not as much as the style would suggest, smell is also full of fruits and caramel.

T-taste is rich in malt, brown sugar and caramel, and plums. Taste is good but doesn't compare to other scotch/wee heavies I've had before.

M-medium body, high carbonation, smooth

Overall an ok beer, not as rich as I would like. A little too syrupy as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 22:56:00 | More by ksimons
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice mellow copper. Slight off white head.
Smell: sweet malt and bright fruit. Very pleasant.
Taste: more of the same. Oh that's tasty.
Mouth fell: full and creamy.
Overall: hoppin frog is new round these parts and this is a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 00:11:52 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of McNealc31


4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an alluring mahogany and the nose is straight up boozy.

That is rather pronounced in the flavor, as well, and there is no attempt to mask the 8.2% ABV. Sweet malt, caramel, vanilla, and whiskey come through. Not much hops character at all, just like this style should be.

I really like what Hoppin’ Frog has done here. Big flavors, true to the style, a very high quality beer. I have had four beers from Hoppin’ Frog, and all have been very good to great.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 03:02:29 | More by McNealc31
Photo of scottfrie


3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Delirium Tremens snifter.

A: Pours a dark amber red with a thick dark khaki head that slowly faded into a thin fuzzy film that left a great network of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: I get sweet notes of red grapes, bananas, raisins, and sweet malt. There is some alcohol vapors and spice as well.
T: Follows the nose, fruity and sweet. Flavors of grapes, apples, banana, malt, and a touch of spicy, herbal hops in the finish. There is also a good dose of bread, toffee, and syrupy sugar.
M: Medium body, chewy slick mouthfeel, fizzy carbonation made up of tiny bubbles. Goes down smooth and easy.
O: Not half bad but nothing mind blowing. I probably won’t seek this out again but I enjoyed the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 02:55:37 | More by scottfrie
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours more red than orange with a faint hint at a tan cream head. No retention and no lace. Very light carbonation.

Nose is all strawberry licorice and peat. Slight alcohol burn. About what I expected but very sweet.

The sweet nose carries over to the tongue. Very sweet caramel malt with big strawberry licorice flavor. I think the peat is under there somewhere, but the licorice is just too strong.

Feel is very oily and creamy. Definitely a wee heavy.

Overall, glad I tried it but not one I'm likely to get again.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 01:36:03 | More by beer2day
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Outta Kilter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.