Outta Kilter | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
212
Reviews:
94
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.33%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 212 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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 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 olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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 Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 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 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 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 paulish
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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