Outta Kilter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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Reviews by BuckeyeSlim:
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass a lighter than expected copper/bronze with a thinner but nice creamy-like 1/2 finger off white head.Big juicy fruitiness in the nose,it really stands out nicely with a mix of caramel and sweetish alcohol.The big fruitiness is not quite as big on the palate,its quite sweet, the caramel and that fruitiness being predominanat,not enough balance to keep it real drinkable.Its good but not great,to one sided in its sweetness in my opinion.

Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle pours a chill hazed, copper hued body with a medium sized beige head. Average patchy laciing is left on the glass.

Aroma has a nice malty toffee and caramel tone. Hints of spicy rye lurk underneath.

Mouthfeel has a slight chewiness, medium body and carbonation.

Taste has a malty dominance, as expected. Waves of toffee and caramel carry the flavor. A hint of pine hops adds a balancing bitterness. Spicy and earthy rye is very noticeable. Alcohol is hidden well. No sign of smokiness.

I love rye malt in beers, but it seems out of place in such a malt driven style as this. Still, a very tasty Scotch ale that is pleasantly drinakble.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours hazy amber under a dense thick 2” white foam cap with ultra fine bubbles that reduces to a thick film.
S: Sweet malt and caramel with a dose of DMS (canned corn) interwoven with rye spice.
T: Fresh baked bread crust, spicy, a touch cardamom to faint cola, some fruit, a hint of cherry, and a slight touch of tart or sour – almost lemony at the end. Finishes dry with long lingering malt flavors.
F: Low to medium low carbonation, medium full body
O: This is probably better as a beer than as a wee heavy. It is worth drinking but not worthy of an astronomical price tag.

Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Groucho75
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber stamped 365 A2 07:09 on the bottom, served slightly chilled into a tulip.

First time trying Hoppin' Frog. Stopped off at a package store I hadn't been to in four or five years. They had several others including their Manalishi, which I think will be next on the list.

Nice chestnut-ruby-gold hue on this one; good pour. Plenty of sediment in the bottom. Some slight lacing and any carbonation evaporated quickly.

Nice smokey hints of rye, some toffee and alcohol on the nose. Could nose this as soon as I popped the cap, which is always a good sign in my book.

Taste-wise, very much a scotch ale profile. Nice tangy finish that lingers without too much sharpness.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Despite it's relatively high ABV this is easy to drink, but I think ultimately I wouldn't crack a second bomber.

Not bad and I hope this bodes well for the Manalishi and their B.O.R.I.S. if I can find it.

Photo of Retroman40
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 Ounce Bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Brown/reddish with a scant head and little lacing.

S - Caramel malt with some fruitiness.

T - Caramel malt with raisins and currents, no noticeable bitterness.

M - Smooth with very delicate mouthfeel. Very neutral finish.

O - Worth a try, but there are better wee heavy's out there if you enjoy this style.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

Photo of cjgator3
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish red color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is very malty with lots o toasted grains and caramel along with some alcohol as well.

T- The taste like the aroma is rich and definitely on the malty side. The sweet malty aroma is complimented with caramel and dark fruits with a warming finish from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this isn't a bad scotch ale. Definitely a sipper. Recommended!

Photo of McNealc31
4.15/5  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.

Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review based on notes, picked this up at Goebel's in Wichita...

Pours an effervescent auburn with 1 finger of rocky tan head. Average lacing, some head retention & a few floaties

S: Dark fruit notes & caramel

T: Follows the nose with some dryness & leafy hops, plus some boozey notes up front. Cherry & figgy notes as this warms, along with more caramel sweetness & more dryness. Finishes with more cherry & fig notes, kind of off-style, plus more caramel & dryness

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, chewy & slightly sticky

Drinks very easy, a nice take on the style, but over priced IMO

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Ahhh---my native Ohio brews another goodie! This wee heavy pours a rich orange tinged red
with a VERY thin head and light clinging soapy lacing. Nose of caramel malts, medium roasted
grains, toffee,, a bit of raisin, a hint of alcohol, and bready goodness. Flavors have a sweet
characteristic up front, roasted peat malts, brown sugar, lots of malts and even more malt.
Smooth drinking with a light bite at the end from the hops, yet non bitter and in line with the
style. Medium carbonation on the mouthfeel. Very drinkable yet deceptive on the alcohol.
A fantastic brewery that makes solid styles. A true blessing to the state of Ohio.


Photo of Bung
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Amber pour, not real dark. Nearly no head to speak of, some whitish bubbles. Smell has some sweetness, malt, raisin, peat. Taste is not nearly as sweet as I was expecting. Some malt, toffee, but some sour/bittersweet fruit like green apple. Gets slightly better as it warms, with some peat and char adding to more malt sweetness. Lack of carbonation hurt the mouthfeel a bit, but it was not non-existent. Alcohol is not noticeable. Overall a bit disappointed, not as good as their darker brews I've had. Nearly makes me wonder if I got a bad bottle.

Photo of aepb1
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Hazy reddish-brown body with an off-white head

S- Malty caramel and some sweet darker fruits.

T- Sweet malts again, not as fruity as the nose and an almost crisp, bitter finish

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and decent carbonation

D- If it were up to the nose, I'd drink a bunch... the high ABV is tough and just above average taste, it's meh...

Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a ripe apple coloring with dull orange hues along with a thin, foamy beige head that initially was 1 finger high, but quickly dispersed within the first minute of pour. There was a light haziness as well a steady show of carbonation of light-medium strength.

S: The nose was filled with a boozy caramel presence along with ripe apples and a toasted bready backing. The booziness was dominant and overshadowed the maltiness.

T: The flavor was boozy as with the nose, producing spicy alcohol tones of cinnamon, dried apple slices, and toasted caramel. Dried fruit of pears is also evident as the beer finishes up with a dry alcohol spiciness. Overall I didn't find it particularly malty, nor smoky, with any peat character though the rye did impart a dry scotch taste. There was an underlying dried syrup sweetness though it was the boozy nature that overtook this beer. Overall appeared a bit thin at first but becomes much more appreciable as it warms up to near room temperature (60-65F), which is what I would recommend. Even it the late 40-50 range it was to cold killing off any malty character. I decided if this beer would have been consumed wholly at the warmer temperature I would of taken to it a bit more kindly and therefore think it is deserving of a good rating here.

M: The mouthful was medium bodied, rich and creamy once warm, with a smooth texture. Very light carbonation presence.

D: Drinkability was decent, fairing much better as it warmed to near room temperature. Boozy, even at 8.2% it came off dry and toasty with an alcohol warming making this a moderate sipper.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a reddish/copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is toasted malt, caramel, and some toffee. Taste is sweet and malty. It's similar to the aroma, it tastes like toasted malt, caramel, tea, and a little bit of spice, likely from the rye in this beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit chewy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink at all. I think this is a decent enough beer, but this isn't one of the better Scotch Ales I've had. With that being said, it's worth a try.

Photo of philbe311
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A fingers worth of tan head quickly fades away leaving only a slight ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass... Slow to moderate paced carbonation rise through a syrupy liquid... Deep red in color that turns an orangish amber when held up to the light...

S - An absolutely outstanding aroma... Candy apple... Sickeningly sweet caramel... Toffee... Warm spiced wine... A hint of nutmeg... Slightly medicinal cough syrup... Mild citrus... Gelatin mixed with water...

T - Candy apple... Caramel... Sweet tropical fruit... Perhaps a hint of rye... Nutmeg... Cinnamon...

M - Extremely minor carbonated bite quickly fades and turns thick and syrupy... Medium bodied... Turns slightly thin towards the end of each sip... Smooth, intricate, and quite enjoyable all the way around... Slight alcohol burn at the finish...

D - An interesting and solid take on my favorite style... It's sweet as expected, but in a slightly non traditional way with less caramel and more sweet fruit... A sipper, that I would gladly revisit again time and time again...

Photo of smakawhat
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass from the bottle. Taken from notes drunken July 7th 2011.

A gorgeous glowing orange amber slightly cloudy but a head that can stick around past dinner on the collar. Light tan but hard to say gone in a flash leaving a very small collar.

Sweet smelling malt, but even a very unexpected sweet cherry lambic like smell without the sourness. Neat.. but weird not expecting this at all from this style. Maybe even some sweet orange citrus.

Taste is bizarre. Malt mild lightness and sweet cherry, it’s much like they stuck fruit lambic and big caramelized malt. Orange juice palate and feels seems to come out a bit.

Overall what the heck? This is not what I was expecting so I can not rate it very high for a Scotch Ale. A wild hybrid it seems that’s for sure.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a clearish copper color. Not much retention or foam, just a few spots of lace cling to the glass.

Nose is nutty and fruity yeast, like Banana Nut Crunch cereal. Not much smokiness or peat, the malt is pretty understated.

Nice nutty malts with a light buttery aspect. Cleaner than it smells and is surprisingly smooth. ABV is well hidden. Little bit of earthiness, but the typical peat and smoke is missing from this one. That said, I am astonished by how much I like this beer. The whole is much greater than the sum of it's parts on this one. It really comes together nicely, just a fun, smooth and easy beer to drink.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.83/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a 22oz bomber to an imperial pint glass.

A - Copper in color, thick tan billowy head, that dissapates quickly to form a nice lace.

S - caramel malt, very clean, nothing "off"

T - first taste- MALT!! sweet and toasty. very little hop presence, as expected. No alcohol bite at all, despite 8.2%

M - mouthfilling, slick, "oily?", malty, sweet, this beer needs a cigar.

D - exceptional, flawless, give me more.

This flips my kilt!!

Photo of JayS2629
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium bodied, reddish/amberish in color with only a light white lacing around the rim of my snifter. It smells very sweet. The aromas consist of grains, caramel malts, pale malts, caramel, candied fruit, and brown sugar. The flavors are a mix of grains, caramel malts, candied fruit and soda syrup. It's heavy on the grains and it's a little sweet. I'd almost say it has cherry influences as well. It drinks very smoothly, especially for the style. Overall this is a decent brew, just not exceptional. I got this one for 4.99 so it was well worth the price.

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Outta Kilter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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