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Outta Kilter | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 205
Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a ruby color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a thin amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A nice, if strong aroma of caramel, malt, and a sharp alcohol tinge.

T: A bigger flavor than I imagined. Caramel, malt, rye dominate this one. A pretty high ABV%, but this is not really noticable.

M: An OK amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable beer.

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Photo of stcules
2.58/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beautiful, intense red color. With a good cream colored foam, not too much.
Absolutely malty smell, full, with caramel, hazelnut, and also some fruitiness, like plum.
Again a lot of maltines and caramel in the taste. Too sweet for our taste. Even a good amount of ripe and sweet fruitiness.
Not bad, but unbalanced, too sweet and sugary.
Full body, with a sweet aftertaste, caramel, with some hop in the back.

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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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gordon's Highland thistle goblet.

Yay, another occasion for my seldom-used thistle goblet! This guy pours a clear burnt amber with a half-finger of white mini-foam on top, which dissipates rather quickly. The nose comprises caramel, cinnamon, cashews, and that awesomely vague sense of wheat that pervades many a beer. The taste holds notes of molasses, cloves, maple syrup, red apple skin, lemongrass, and that hot cinnamon you'd find in tasty, breath-freshening gums (y'know, the kind with flavor crystals and whatnot). The body is medium, with a semi-active carbonation and a light oral coating. Overall, a decently solid brew, but nothing all that impressive. A good introduction to the brewery for me, though.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 5/29/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber color with a little bit of off white head.

s - Smells of smooth caramel malts, scotch, and a little bit of fruit.

t - Tastes of oak, scotch, caramel and roasted malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - I thought this was a really good Scotch ale. Lots of smooth malts, I found it very enjoyable. Would try again.

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Photo of Pencible
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, dark copper with a bit of light tan head. It smelled like caramel malt and bready yeast, with nutty malt and biscuit and a bit of orange zest. It tasted like caramel and orange and milk chocolate, with some dark fruit and honey wheat. It was thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this had a good scent and a great taste and body. It was very sweet and malty from the scotch ale style, but it was also very juicy from the red ale style, which was a great blend. The alcohol was undetectable and the beer had a super smooth finish, so this was dangerously easy to drink. It wasn't the most bold scotch ale ever, but it was unique and very rewarding, and crazy drinkable. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the bottle a nice, warm, clear cinnamon brown with a decent off-white head that does not stick around too long. Aroma is mainly malty with a sweet, fruity overtone. Flavor is mainly fruity, apple and banana, rather sweet but not cloying, with a nice malty undertone and just a whisper of hops. Texture is pleasantly smooth and has a little fizz to it.

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Photo of Domingo
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm a big Hoppin' Frog fan, but this one didn't really do it for me.
Poured a deep rusty red color with a little bit of head that settles/disappears pretty quickly.
A definite malty boozy monster. Sugary gingerbread sweetness hits up front with a wave of pretty harsh alcohol following. Hops are there in the finish, but they're really mild and probably only there to keep the sweetness from being out of hand.
It's a little sticky and lacking in carbonation, but not terrible.
I split this bottle and even my ½ wasn't easy to finish.
It honestly reminded me a little of a rough homebrew. Normally that's not that big of a deal, but Hoppin' Frog is one of my favorite newer brewers and they're typically beyond that level.
I'm a fan of big malty sweet beers, but this beer just wasn't for me. The first sip was pretty good and then it went downhill from there.
Oh well, you can't win 'em all!

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Photo of adamette
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken last night while I enjoyed this on tap last night at Ray's Place in Kent for $4.95. The menu listed it as "Hoppin' Frog Red Scotch Ale" and I asked if this was, indeed, Outa Kilter. Our waiter, Jason, said, "No, it is Red Scotch Ale." Now I know, of course, that it is Outa Kilter. Whatever, it is a reasonable price from a brewer that consistently over prices its products. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A Hazy, brown orange body under a brief, creamy head. Head retention likely not that good due to the 8.2% ABV (learned that from Bill!). 4.0

S Nice malt sweetness with a near absence of hops presence. 4.0

T Nice sweet malt with medium roast "red" ale tastes with a "scotch" like taste that even bordered on butterscotch. I really like big, sweet beers like this so it will score pretty high with me. ABV is hidden pretty well in this one which could easily sneak up on the unsuspecting. 4.5

M Big, syrupy smooth. Goes down very easy. 4.0

D Very good, delicious! 4.5

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz into Chouffe tulip.

A- No head, mild creamy ring I guess, but nothing much. Nice amber ale color. 2nd pour produced a bit more head, sany beach in color.

S- Caramel, mild citric hops (fruity, actually).

T- Very good.. a scotch red ale, wow! I'm really liking this. Flavors aren't nearly as bold as I expected but are blended very well with no off-notes. Caramel, rich bready malt, mild hops, scotch, a bit of oak (although I don;t think this is oak-aged)... really tasty. A bit of fruit even comes through in the end, fresh plum skin. Hmm.

M- NO sign of the ABV. Low carbonation, but it works. Drinks with the best of 'em... this is where the beer really shines!

D- High, no sign of the ABV, tasty... really impressed! A great beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a dark burnt orange color with amazing clarity and a thin lightly off-white head.

S: There isn't much going on in terms of aromas here. A light citrus and malty sweetness and that's about it.

T: There are a lot of sweet fruity flavors, most notably pears, citrus, and apple. The alcohol is also very well represented. However, the malt is not very pronounced, nor are the smoke or peat flavors usually associated with the style.

M: The beer is medium bodied with a light carbonation lending a somewhat smooth and creamy feel.

D: This was a really disappointing effort. I enjoy a good wee heavy once in awhile, but this wasn't it.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - reddish amber, thin light cream head with minimal lacing.

Aroma - caramelly, a touch of fruity sweetness and peat/whiskey.

Taste - nice caramel grain base. A touch of warmth as some light peaty notes move in. The fruity side is almost too fruity, but it's tasty. Doesn't come across as serious as I'd like.

Mouthfeel - good weightiness and viscosity. Lighter carbonation but a great body.

Drinkability - pretty darn drinkable for the style. A touch sweet but I ain't complaining.

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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.

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Photo of bamadog
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 12/29/09. Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a standard coppery color and looks a little thick as hits my glass; body is a little cloudy at first and seems to settle to being fairly clear; starts with a 1/2 finger off-white head that fades very quickly to an especially thin and incomplete skim and ring around the surface; body shows no carbonation; an oily residue prevents almost all lacing from holding and that that does is minimal and spotty.

Smell: Straight up carmalized malts and a sweet, mellow fruitiness; very earthy and toasty graininess as well.

Taste: The first thing I really take note of is the strong toasty/grainy presence with the slight hint of rye as mentioned on the label; the next thing is most definitely the super-sweet carmalized malts which balances the grains and really makes for a great tasting beer; as it warms, I notice a faint vapor of alcohol on my breath but I feel the maltiness really masks it quite well.

Mouthfeel: Body is smooth, thick and a little chewy like a good Scotch-style should be; carbonation is nearly non-existent and I do wish there just a little bit to make feel a little more alive; leaves a bit of a stickiness on the roof of the mouth and goes down a little slick; the belly is left a little warm.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this beer and am glad that I finally tried it; great flavors, dig the smell; it's pretty filling, but to polish off a 22 oz. bottle wasn't too much of a problem.

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

S/ roasted malts hint of vanilla alcoholic

T/ sweet alchololic taste like the scottish wee heavys good winterbeer.

M/ leaves a long taste in your mouth a hint of vanilla and alchohol

D/ nice beer for the cold nights its says keep cool but drink it at room tempreture.

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Photo of jwc215
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish amber with a creamy off-white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of light caramel and minty rye. Could be more robust - lacks rich malty aromatics and the touch of peat smoke that I would expect...

The taste is of caramel with light toast. The roast is more of toast than peat. Sweet, with just a touch of dryness in a rather abrupt finish.

Pretty smooth with a medium body. Just a slight hint of alcohol comes through. Alcohol reasonably well-covered despite a certain thinness.

Not sure that I would have nailed this as a Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy. It does, however, have a malty character, albeit on the lighter side, and a touch of minty rye. Out of style - pretty good - nice enough taste. Pretty easy to drink for abv.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was psyched to see this new (?) offering from Hoppin' Frog. I hadn't seen this one before. I have been impressed with their other beers so, I decided to give this one a try (especially since my favorite style thus far has been Scoth Ale-Wee Heavy).

I poured the contents of the 22 oz. brown bomber into my pint glass to produce a 1" head of off white foam (on the looser side). The color of the beer is amber and quite clear. The head disappeared to a thin cap in a matter of minutes.

The nose is quite pronounced. Fruitier than I expected and a noticable sweetness. Nice smell.

Taste: Matching the smell, this one is a lot sweeter than I anticipated. (Sweeter with respect to my favorite Wee Heavies (eg. Founders Dirty Bastard)). Quite fruity, with a candy-like finish. Don't get me wrong.... it does have a tiny bit of bitterness but it's not that balanced.

MF: Here's where this beer excells. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. One of the smoothest beers I've had. Carbonation is on the lower side. Not as chewey as I'd hoped.

Drinkability: Above average for a wee-heavy. But not as drinkable as my favorite... A bit too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of Gavage
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: cloudy amber in color with a paper thin head that breaks apart immediately. No lacing develops.

Smell: caramel and ripe fruits sweetness is mild.

Taste: big malt base with caramel, ripe plums, red apples, mild hop bitterness, hint of alcohol and a touch of spiciness. Very sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Smooth throughout. Short aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer was a bit too sweet for me and I did not find it very enjoyable. Slow sipping beer here.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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Photo of JamesS
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark red/caramel color with some nice head and almost decent lacing. Deep malty scent with hints of caramel. Deep malty flavor as well, with a little caramel in the taste and a huge warming hit of alcohol in it. Great winter beer, but I would've liked a little less alcohol and a lot more malted peat (of which I got no notice of). Still, a nice deep malty brew.

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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!

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

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a thick/hazy golden red/amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is sweet, malty, slightly toasty, with a good dose of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some toastyness, nice little touch of rye, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice one, recommended.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gilded orange peel with the suggestion of cherry red when morning sunshine is permitted entry. The golden beige colored crown looks whipped creamy and is as sticky as whipped marshmallow. Thick sheets of barely broken lace grace the glass as the foam fades.

The aroma is oddly underpowered. Hops are scarce (naturally), but malt should be making more of an impact. Once the head thins even more, the beer begins to smell like a Scotch ale should: caramel malt mostly. Here's hoping the flavor is bolder and better.

Hoppin' Frog Outta Kilter Wee Heavy Scotch Style Red Ale is a good, though overly simple, version of the wee heavy style. It also tastes less 'dark' and sweeter than most. A lack of smoky peatiness is a slight negative, but it helps if you don't expect an authentic Scottish-like Scotch ale and just concentrate on whether or not it tastes good. Which it does.

The flavor profile includes melted caramel-toffee with a glancing blow of toasted nuttiness, brown sugar syrup, sweetened tea leaves and an orange and apricot fruitiness that sets it apart. This really is enjoyable beer in spite of its deviation from the style guidelines. Hey Fred, if you're listening... I wouldn't change a thing.

The mouthfeel is incredibly silky smooth with no rough edges whatsoever. It isn't the most full 8.2%'er in the craft beer world, but it delivers a light nougat-like chewiness that makes every mouthful pure pleasure.

Forget the smell score because it pulls the total score down too far. Outta Kilter is a solid effort if you like them sweet and malty... and even if you're a hophead. This Hoppin' Frog brew is a pleasant surprise that I'll be sure to look for on my next trip to the Buckeye State.

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Outta Kilter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.