You'll have to excuse me for another late post. My sister got married over the weekend, so computer time was nonexistant. However, given that the Tigers swept the Indians on the weekend that I WASN'T in Cleveland (and exorcised the Zubaz-gate demons), maybe I should just give up. However, I just like beer too much.
Obviously, the Tigers just rolled through the 216 and played some great baseball, but are still far from the juggernaut that started the season off 27-12 before a 13-20 airplane snafu fueled nosedive. Now, if they can just get to the All-Star break without the surging Royals or someone else being annoying and taking the lead, that would be great.
About an hour south of Cleveland, Hoppin' Frog Brewery is known for its small batch, fine ingredient, high gravity ales. This series profiles the Barrel Aged Outta Kilter.
The Outta Kilter is a Wee Heavy Red Scotch Ale noted for its subtle rye character and amber malt. When it is aged in oak barrels, a little liquid evaporates into the wood (the "Angel's share") that makes the flavors sharper. A deep chestnut red color and oatmeal-colored head greets the drinker, and the strong toasted aroma is a fantastic salutation. The beer is strong up front, but a crisp hoppiness prevents the beer from being too aggressive. The beer also conveys a bit of oakiness at the end and cuts the sweetness with some citrus hop flavor at the end. At 8.2% ABV and only 23 IBUs, a bomber a game will be more than pleasant with some caramel corn and a fan blowing to cool you off after the first weekend of summer burns up your house.
Hoppin Frog Brewery is located in Akron, OH.