Outta Kilter | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Outta KilterOutta Kilter

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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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!!

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Photo of stimulus
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle.

A: Pours a deep ruby red with light beige lacing that dissipates in about 5 minutes.
S: Lusciously sweet caramel with ripe red fruits.
T: Sweet with a strong malty backbone, followed by a fruity finish and distinctively scotch aftertaste.
M: Despite the fact that the head disappeared, the beer retained its carbonation at an almost perfect level, and it is quite light bodied for the style.
D: Goes down quite nicely and the bomber was not too difficult to finish.

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Photo of imaguitargod
4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Tulip glass and it developed a decent 1/16 inch head (could have been a bit bigger but it stuck around for a while). Blood red in color, smooth and very easy to drink. Slightly sweet and a little dry on the front end mixing with a nice caramel/CaraRed malt taste. The bittering hops show up in the middle with a nice slightly clean slightly sweet finish. Would definitely recommend!

~Jonathan Passow

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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 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!

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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 neenerzig
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes as I drank this a few weeks ago. I split a bomber of this with my friend Jon passow (iamaguitargod). Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a blood red/copper color with a head 1/3 inch thick when poured. Settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Decent lace. Aromas of sweet roasted caramel malt and not much else. Has a nice, sweet caramel malt taste rounded out with some slight bittering hops and not much else. Has a crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbontion. Easy to drink in a good way. Nothing too special here, but just damn good and enjoyable!


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Photo of dspoonrt
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Outta Kilter pours a beautiful red-amber color with a thin layer of white head that leisurely dissipates.

Smell: Nose contains malt, alcohol, and a faint aroma of hops. It's very pleasant.

Taste: The flavor is a combination of several sweet malts, a thick alcohol taste, and a balancing bitterness. Overall, this beer is delicious and wholly appealing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, it's smooth for a strong beer. There is good carbonation and kind of syrupy quality to the beer, probably from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Delicious and smooth, I could drink this beer all night. The style doesn't have tremendous drinkability due to the strength, but this is too good an example not to have a few.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish orange brown. No head or very much lacing.

Smell - Plenty of malt, citrus hops, sugars, some mild scotch whiskey, rye and carmal.

Taste - Starts out malt heavy with scotch and spices. Strong, sweet and plenty of hops. Rye mixes well with the citrus. Carmel adds more sweetness. The alcohol is present and warms mouth slighty.

Mouthfeel - Its thick and full of flavors. Mouth is coated with malts and rye. Really works mouth over with all the flavor and leaves tounge coated and palette covered. After taste though isnt long lasting and a little dry.

Overall - Its tasty and really represents the wee heavy scotttish ales quite well. Its a real flavor bomb and might be a little over the top for most but this is what i expected from hoppin frog beers.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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Photo of klewis
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy rust color with a small bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: Caramel and toffee with a light peat smell.

T: Like the aroma. Well-balanced with just a mild sweetness. Toffee flavor with a slightly more pronounced yet still subtle peat and smoke character. A very smooth taste overall.

M: Medium-bodied with light-medium carbonation.

D: Solid all-around, and lacking the pronounced sweetness of many Scotch ales, this one is highly drinkable. Get some.

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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 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.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a hazy ochre, with hints of pomegranate. A thin ring of head clings to the edge of the glass.

Has a boozy smell, with plenty of malt, hints of darker fruits and wood.

Tastes of sweet malt, grapes, currants, and oak. Some alcohol notes, with faint smoke and peat flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium, leaving no real residual bitterness.

Fairly drinkable, if not slightly weak in flavor. Still, I'd gladly have this beer again.

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Photo of Portertime
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a ruby brown color with off-white head.

Smells of roasted caramel malts.

Taste is just okay for me... not great. Seems to be lacking that deep, complex wee heavy taste.

Wouldn't recommend this really.

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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.

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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.


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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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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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