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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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 212
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 zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with small, khaki, bubbles of carbonation. They were short-lived and left minimal lace.

S - It smelled scotchy with notes of moss, earthy grass and sweet biscuity malt.

T - It tasted of biscuity malt and quite sweet. It had an earthy character that added a mild touch of bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a good scotch ale. There are better out there but this one is certainly worth picking up.

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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 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 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 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 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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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 russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review based on notes, picked this up at Goebel's in Wichita...

Pours an effervescent auburn with 1 finger of rocky tan head. Average lacing, some head retention & a few floaties

S: Dark fruit notes & caramel

T: Follows the nose with some dryness & leafy hops, plus some boozey notes up front. Cherry & figgy notes as this warms, along with more caramel sweetness & more dryness. Finishes with more cherry & fig notes, kind of off-style, plus more caramel & dryness

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, chewy & slightly sticky

Drinks very easy, a nice take on the style, but over priced IMO

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of BARFLYB
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Capone's. Glad to see HF coming with new brews. Let's see how this one fares.

A Outta kilter looked a bit on the copper side but had some brighter burnt orange colors depending on the light around. A decent off white head left light stick on the glass while the cap looked creamy.

S- A huge focus is on the toasted malt scents leading to some graininess. A nice scotch ale aroma consistent with other's i've had in the style. An apparent sweetness.

T- The taste is two times what the smell was with an overall sweet appeal. Did not catch the ABV on this brew but it only shows a mild touch. More graininess and a nice caramel taste overall. Pretty much what I expected.

M- A touch above medium bodied and the carbonation is off the chain in this fresh version. I'm liking that i'm not getting a slight metallic aftertaste like others in the style. The sweetness may take it's toll on you after a pint.

D- Not sure of the ABV but one was good enough for me. This is not really my style but i'm glad that Hoppin frog is experimenting, they do good work.

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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 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 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 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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Outta Kilter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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