Outta Kilter | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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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 Thorpe429
2.57/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up this bottle at City Wide in South Bend, IN. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a light copper color with a reddish hue. Short white head sits for a moment before fading into a thin collar. The nose provides a touch of caramel malt and some slight breadiness. A bit of alcohol there as well. The taste is quite plain. There's a slight burn from the alcohol and a bit of bread. None of the deep sugary notes I would expect from a scotch ale. Completely off for the style. Medium body with a slightly dry finish. Just okay.

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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 adman08
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of teromous
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy medium brown and a tint of orange. Soft white low-foam head. Tiny bubbles line the glass but no lacing.

S: Not much on the nose, but there is some light caramel scents, and some metal strangely comes through. Not a pleasant scent with the iron.

T: Caramel sweetness, toasted crust, slightly nutty, some alcohol esters. This beer is supposed to have rye in it but I get no rye character at all. No real bitterness on this beer as expected. The esters really overpower the taste, but the smooth grain aftertaste is quite nice. I noticed a cider-like flavor as well.

M: It's medium bodied but filling. Very smooth and slick.

O: Overall it was a good malty beer, but I felt a bit cheated on the rye. I would probably not get it again, because it is overwhelmed by alcohol esters above all else. I would try it again if I could get it from a cask or keg, but it just seems fairly bland.

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Photo of mactrail
2.99/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sweet, heavy, amber ale.

Nice amber color but head flattens out. Not much in the mouth feel. It's all in the sugar and heavy-weight flavor. Hint of dirty, earthy flavor that doesn't go well with the malt. If only this were a barley wine, you could give it another shot of hops. "Dude, did we forget the hops?" Which give me an idea. There's a cold bottle of Yakima Glory in the frig. This is a one-note low-fi strike down the middle. Only Scotch in this is Butterscotch.

This one is a lumbering bear of a hot, sweet drink. I'm a big malt fan but maybe this needs some crazy oriental flavors to go with it, or some seriously hot spice to cool down.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Tan/light brown color with a 1/2-finger head that slowly settles
S: A touch muted but there's some sweet malt, caramel & toffee notes
T: Cloyingly sweet. Caramel, toffee, tropical fruits. Just a hint of hops at the very end
M: Medium-bodied, sweet
O: Like drinking caramelized simple syrup. I know this is supposed to be a sweeter style of beer but for my palate the amount of sugar here covers up any other complexities this may have

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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 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 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.


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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.

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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.

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

Not bad, not especially great, but not bad. Poured with a small to medium ligh tan head that shortly disappeared and no lace. Color is a clear orange copper amber. Aroma is malt, bananas, circus peanuts, caramel. Flavor's pretty much the same, with some malty sweetness coming to the fore. Body's ok and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of about medium length. Meh.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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

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Photo of ksimons
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle with no freshness information poured into an over sized snifter. served just under cellar temperature.

A- this one comes out a ruby red colored body with a very small off white head. the head vanishes almost immediately and leaves behind no lacing while i drink it.

S- wow, this is going to be a sweet one. overly sweet toffee and caramel malt is the first thing i detect. after that a small amount of peat and earth. not much else, mostly sweetness.

T- as in the nose, this one is very sweet tasting. lots of caramel and toffee malts. lots of brown sugar. a slight earthy thing going on too.

M- medium bodied bordering on thick. a very low level of carbonation.

D- it was OK. not the best american attempt at this style. probably wont be buying this one again. i guess i didnt really lke it overall.

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Photo of Myotus
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured at 45°F from a 22oz bottle (no date) into a thistle. Consumed on 28Sep16.
SMELL: Mild aromas of red cherries, black cherries, figs, and plums commingle with subtle bitter cough syrup, campfire, and caramel aromas.
3 out of 5
TASTE: A mild fruitiness of red cherry, black cherry, fig, and plum begins to unravel the taste profile. Mild flavors of caramel and subtle flavors of bitter cough syrup quickly trail as both of the cherry flavors intensify. Subtle campfire and black tea flavors next enter to provide the expected smokiness and bitterness of this style. The display of flavors concludes with subtle tree nut flavors and whispers of alcohol and spicy rye as all previous flavors persist.
3.25 out of 5
NOTE: I find it difficult to comprehend my experience with this beer. I do not understand how a brewery, with which I have only had great encounters, can make one of my favorite styles so poorly. I am unsure as to what caused it, but the perception of cough medicine is not something I desire in a beer. It was not easy to overlook despite the subtle amounts that were perceived.

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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 sholland119
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear reddish amber with a thin white head. No real lacing to speak of.

S-Sweet caramel malt, and a lot of it.

T-Very, very sweet, almost cloyingly so. Toffee and a candy apple flavor are all I get. No real balance here.

M-Medium bodied, carbonation on the light to medium side.

D-I was not really a fan of this one.


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

A reddish amber color with a decent off-white head and similar lacing. It’s a bit hazy with particulate. The aroma is full of cinnamon apple and mild cherry malt alcohol. Very odd and not exactly thrilling me. Certainly not what I expected. The flavor brings more of the cherry-apple sweetness along with wheat wine ideas. Some grassy rhubarb bitterness hidden in there. It’s medium bodied but with a fairly aggressive carbonation that tempers a bit of a wine-like feel. This is good enough but not as good as most of my previous Hoppin’ Frog experiences, and certainly nothing approaching the label’s promising descriptions. But still worth a try, especially if your a fan of wheat wines.

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Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a medium to deeper amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, grainy, and some woodiness. Tastes of caramel, toffee, light wood, and toasted nuts. I also wote down I was getting some berries in there (hmm). Light lacing left on the glass.

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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 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.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Muddy brown appearance with minimal head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is caramel, toffee and bready malt.

Taste is sweet malt with caramel, toffee and hints of ripe fruits. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Light carbonation.

Overall good. Worth a try.

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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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