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Outta Kilter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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 MacQ32
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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

Photo of hardy008
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of adman08
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Photo of JayS2629
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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 Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of PthPndr
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of bluesplit63
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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 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 captainbearcat
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of mentor
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ksimons
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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 McNealc31
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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 scottfrie
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of beer2day
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of CuttDeez
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Tulip

A - A dark amber crimson body with a cream color head that is creamy in texture and about half a finger thick with a good amount of lace.

S - Scotchy and boozy with some bisucty malt sugars and some notes of dark fruits. Not a large hop profile in the nose.

T & M & D - The taste is big and malty and in my opinion overly sweet for the style which should have some smoked notes to mellow it. It is too sugary. The Mouth is medium to heavy bodied with creamy texture. The alchohol is decently hidden but noticable.

O - A decent beer that is not hard to drink but not consistent with the style.


Photo of smakawhat
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
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 Portertime
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon inspection of the label of Hoppin’ Frog “Outta Kilter Wee Heavy Scotch-Style Red Ale” (that’s a mouthful!), I find that it is 8.2% ABV.

Appearance – Pours an iced tea color with a quick fizzing one-finger head...and now it is gone. Holding it to the light I see an orange color eerily similar to the Triaminic cold and allergy medicine I used to take as a kid.

Smell – With a deep whiff, I get burnt caramel, raisons, cinnamon, and a hint of gingerbread.

Taste – The first sip is nice. I do detect the hint of rye that is stated on the bottle. They claim it is “Scotch-like”, but I get little to no smokiness or peatiness. The second sip invokes a pleasant raison-y caramel taste. This is very drinkable for its high alcohol content. As I continue to imbibe, the bite of the rye and the caramel malts dominate.

Outta Kilter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.