Outta Kilter | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Outta KilterOutta Kilter

Brewed by:
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 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 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 Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color with light brown head. Aroma has booze soaked raisins, figs, dates and other dark fruits. Taste is somehow sweet and slightly tart with dried figs and caramel up-front. Body is quite light and effervescent. Really nice dark fruit notes but the alcohol is a bit too present for my taste.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Red-amber with a creamy tan head that settles quickly to a thin blanket leaving sheets of lace.

Smell is apple skin, grape, and nutty bread dough.

Taste is butterscotch, strawberries, fig, and apple skin.

Semi-sweet with a fluffy, full body, and dry. I like it.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a group share, the consensus was that Outta Kilter tasted like watered down whisky. I'm disappointed in this one. It's not a complete miss, but Hoppin' Frog shouldn't charge a premium price for a product that surely is not as good as they intended it to be.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served alongside the barrel-aged version.

Copper / ruby body with a thin to head. Aromas of light spice, malt, a touch of cinnamon. Slightly sweet, fruity, malty, bready. Solid.

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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 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 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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, apple, brown sugar, brown bread, light roast, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, apple, brown sugar, brown bread, light roast, light herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, apple, brown sugar, brown bread, light roast, light herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and solid robustness of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice scotch ale. Good complexity, balance, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. Really needed to be a bit bolder on malt flavors, but still a nicely enjoyable offering.

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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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - This beer is rust colored with orange highlights. It has one inch of tan head.

S - I smell toffee with hints of vanilla. I get some whiffs of alcohol, too.

T - The taste is caramel malt and some alcohol.

M - Full

O - This is a tasty wee heavy. The alcohol becomes apparent as it warms.

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Photo of beergoot
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange-brown body with a quickly receding, big-bubbled head. Big caramel and cola scent; brown sugar and molasses. Chewy caramel dances with a bold alcohol presence and decent hop bit hop bitterness at the finish. Thick, vinous, chewy mouthfeel.

A tad disappointing with the head retention, but the toasted, chewy malt flavors readily offset this minor fault. A respectable sipper...

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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 thegodfather1076
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Awesome bottle and label that is very eye-catching. All graphics and print are painted on. Label gives ABV info, IBU info, small desc of beer, web info, a bit of brewery info.

Appearance: I allowed this to warm for 10min before a semi aggressive pour from its 22oz bomber into a 16oz snifter. Pours a cloudy reddish caramel tan color with a dense 2 finger light tan foam head. Head retention was 2min 50sec before fading to a thin coating and ring.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of caramel and toffee with a sweet brown sugar aroma. Also detectable is a bit of sweet fruitiness almost fruitcake like.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of butterscotch, caramel, and sweet brown sugar with slight fruity sweetness. Has a bit of floral smokey essence on the palette. Very sweet.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the full side of medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and an above average carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: Very different from any other scotch ale that I've had. I enjoyed this but thought it was a bit overly sweet. Very well balanced with the alcohol masked very well. Classified as a Wee Heavy/Scotch Ale @ 8.2% ABV. Consumed 5/2/2013.

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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 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 BrownAleMale
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Sprecher snifter glass

Appearance- Ruby red with a little bit of haziness. Less then a half finger of head that quickly dissipates.

Smell- Some bread malt, a bitter hop and a touch of rubbing alcohol.

Taste- A sweetness with a nice bready malt and a bitter hop finish that balances well.

Mouthfeel- Nice medium body that could use some more carbonation, but overall pretty easy drinking.

Overall- This is more of the actual Wee Heavy foriegn style rather then the Scotch ale american style that I prefer. Void of the carmel and peat flavors that Ive come acustom to.

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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 brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with an inch or two of foam; neither the retention nor the lacing was particularly remarkable

Smell: A lot of brown sugar and caramel with a vague apricot and cherry fruit character underneath

Taste: Caramel corn, up front, with apricot and cherry flavors developing in the middle; the tartness from the apricot lingers into the finish, though the sweet caramel flavors dominate throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: There is a lot of confusion about this beer and, I must admit, that I was confused, too; then I realized that this is not a classic Wee Heavy but a Wee Heavy Scotch style RED ale; so maybe this is a Scottish twist on an Irish Red but, even so, I cannot say that it is something I would return to anytime soon

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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 maximum12
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

And Hoppin' Frog comes to WI & settles in just across the river. Must the options be expanding so rapidly? I guess that's OK. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

Pours is a deep, dark red. Pretty. Nose is rife with sweet caramel malts.

Outta Kilter isn't your dictionary.com scotch ale. The caramel malts really shine nicely, but there a touch of spice in there that adds class. Big sweet fruitiness arches over the middle of the beer. More sweetness crashes the end. Creamy & smoother than Mr. Big. All that sugar makes me yearn for insulin, but damn, I'm slugging this like Nyquil.

Enough saccharine to be called Pop Love Song in a Bottle. Doesn't really hew to the scotch ale line, but I'll take it. Good beer.

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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 hardy008
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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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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Outta Kilter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
3.73 out of 5 based on 212 ratings.
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