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Outta Kilter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 195
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.99%
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: 89 | Hads: 195
Reviews by mentor:
Photo of mentor
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,050 characters)

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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. (463 characters)

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. (2,003 characters)

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. (656 characters)

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Mugenlude
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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. (588 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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. (1,184 characters)

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. (916 characters)

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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. (357 characters)

Photo of reaganrvltn
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (356 characters)

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! (502 characters)

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. (467 characters)

Photo of blknikon
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of wroywel
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 (594 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of leinie13
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Jordanmtate
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DougT
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Outta Kilter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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