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 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 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 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 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 mentor
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Pours a thin layer of light brown head over a brilliant reddened copper liquid. Smells caramel malt, smoke, iron, pears, apple peel, honey, light clean alcohol.

Tastes light-colored caramel with juicy light-colored fruits. Malt has a chalky graininess despite being quite wet in the mouth. Caramel, honeyed toast, mild chocolate, and a light husk astringency. Esters bounce between red apple, pear, and fig for a pretty complex ester profile. Cloying thick in the mouth, but dries a bit in the finish (not enough, though, IMO). Mild hop grassiness and some earthy hop flavor. Despite the lack of much head, this beer is heavily carbonated. I swirled to release some CO2 so I could get a getter handle on the flavors. I expect more alcohol zing in the taste for this style, especially with such a thick beer--it needs some alcohol to clean a bit of the stickiness from finish.

I'm a huge fan of sweet dessert-style beers, but this is a bit much even for me.

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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 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 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 scottfrie
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Delirium Tremens snifter.

A: Pours a dark amber red with a thick dark khaki head that slowly faded into a thin fuzzy film that left a great network of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: I get sweet notes of red grapes, bananas, raisins, and sweet malt. There is some alcohol vapors and spice as well.
T: Follows the nose, fruity and sweet. Flavors of grapes, apples, banana, malt, and a touch of spicy, herbal hops in the finish. There is also a good dose of bread, toffee, and syrupy sugar.
M: Medium body, chewy slick mouthfeel, fizzy carbonation made up of tiny bubbles. Goes down smooth and easy.
O: Not half bad but nothing mind blowing. I probably won’t seek this out again but I enjoyed the bottle.

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Photo of beer2day
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours more red than orange with a faint hint at a tan cream head. No retention and no lace. Very light carbonation.

Nose is all strawberry licorice and peat. Slight alcohol burn. About what I expected but very sweet.

The sweet nose carries over to the tongue. Very sweet caramel malt with big strawberry licorice flavor. I think the peat is under there somewhere, but the licorice is just too strong.

Feel is very oily and creamy. Definitely a wee heavy.

Overall, glad I tried it but not one I'm likely to get again.

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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 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 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 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 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 Groucho75
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber stamped 365 A2 07:09 on the bottom, served slightly chilled into a tulip.

First time trying Hoppin' Frog. Stopped off at a package store I hadn't been to in four or five years. They had several others including their Manalishi, which I think will be next on the list.

Nice chestnut-ruby-gold hue on this one; good pour. Plenty of sediment in the bottom. Some slight lacing and any carbonation evaporated quickly.

Nice smokey hints of rye, some toffee and alcohol on the nose. Could nose this as soon as I popped the cap, which is always a good sign in my book.

Taste-wise, very much a scotch ale profile. Nice tangy finish that lingers without too much sharpness.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Despite it's relatively high ABV this is easy to drink, but I think ultimately I wouldn't crack a second bomber.

Not bad and I hope this bodes well for the Manalishi and their B.O.R.I.S. if I can find it.

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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 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 aepb1
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Hazy reddish-brown body with an off-white head

S- Malty caramel and some sweet darker fruits.

T- Sweet malts again, not as fruity as the nose and an almost crisp, bitter finish

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and decent carbonation

D- If it were up to the nose, I'd drink a bunch... the high ABV is tough and just above average taste, it's meh...

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This one pours a medium shade of amber with some beautiful, deep ruby colored, highlights. It has a small head (less than one finger) of tan colored foam which dissipates fairly quickly. It leaves some pretty sticky lacing, even if it's just a bunch of little dots, basically.

This presents itself as big and malty, which is expected from the style. Nice notes of vanilla, butter toffees, and almonds come out. Light trace of earthy hops.

More earthy than sweet, overall, but still very tasty. Solid earthy maltiness. Light notes of malt sweetness. Hints of sweet almonds and toffee. Very mild hop kiss, in the finish.

Medium, almost full, bodied. A mild-to-light level of carbonation. Very smooth and mellow. I'd personally expect this to be a touch more full and creamy.

At 8.20%abv, this one is pretty big. It's tasty enough, but you wouldn't be advised to down more than a couple in a session.

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