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The Red MacGregor - Orkney Brewery

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The Red MacGregorThe Red MacGregor

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BA SCORE
86
very good

139 Reviews
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Reviews: 139
Hads: 218
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 14
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Orkney Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2002

Red Macgregor is a unique beer: delicate and sophisticated yet the robust cask conditioned version of this beer was the first Scottish beer to win the BIIA World Cask Beer Gold Medal.

On the nose, this ruby-red beer is delicate, floral and fruity, with notes of violets, cherries, toffee and caramel.

On the palate, the fruits combine with a juicy malt character and hints of toasted malt, with a biscuit malt and spicy hop finish.
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Reviews: 139 | Hads: 218
Reviews by Kinsman:
Photo of Kinsman
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Makes a nice looking pint in the glass with a bright and clear ruby color capped by a creamy tan head. Initial aroma greets you with welcoming notes of fruit and caramel. Just hint of hops on the nose with a nice floral character to them.

Tastefully well-balanced on the palate with a fine malt presence giving you plenty of slightly sweet biscuity goodness. Some toffee/caramel notes mix in as well before the kick of the hops comes in with some earthy spicy notes. Finishes with a bit of a fruity flavor that rounds it out well.

Mouthfeel is light and thin but goes down smooth. Would love to see how this beer is served on cask, but I'll just have to dream for now. (672 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich amber color with a creamy looking head that settles nicely leaving some nice lace behind,aromas of caramel and dried fruit (cherries) and a nice subtle nuttiness.Taste is right on in my opinion nutty and deeply fruity with some caramel tones even a little vanilla flavor in the finish.A tad watery but that adds to the drinkability,a very well done Scottish ale wich it should be coming from Scotland,nice job. (428 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
2.89/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Clear and red in the body with a foaming head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – The malt base is complimented by some rather offbeat fruits. I’m finding grapefruit, grapes, some orange, and a few others that I can’t quite pin down. There’s also a bit of table sugar and a small citrus hop balance.

Taste – What too light at the taste, IMO. The rather sharp nose wimped out in a big way here. The malt turned our thin, almost grainy, with no fruit. Also, the hops skipped the party as well. Very disappointing.

Mouthfeel – Light in the body and flat with a very thin mouthfeel.

Drinkability – I won’t buy this again. (654 characters)

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red MacGregor Scottish Ale 4.0% alcohol. Poured 16.9 ounce bottle into a dogfish goblet.

A- Pours a deep red amber colored fluid with an active tight bubbled quarter inch off white head that falls to a thin froth leaving mild lacing on glass.

S- Floral hops with a mix of musky malts dominate the nose. Very inviting.

T-M- Buttery upfront flavor with notes of slightly bitter citrus hops followed by rich semi sweet malts and toasted barley. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with nothing to offensive on the tongue.

Overall a good beer to session. (549 characters)

Photo of shapudding
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a nice, creamy, egg-shell/khaki head that is sooo nice and milkshakey thick and stayed as a good heavy layer. Nice, sharp, tart, dark fruit scents. Good amount of carbination in here. Very smooth flavor. Decent basic red, with a bit more carbination than usual. Smells much better than the taste, much more going on in the aroma than in the flavors. It does develop a bit more flavor as it warms. (412 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown, stubby, bottle here. Pours a clear, reddish copper colour with a healthy, well mannered beige head. Good retention and attractive lacing. Aroma is a weak point, with subdued toffee, floral hops, and a smoky peat background. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, creamy, and moderately carbonated. Taste is initially some heavy caramel malt, followed up by nice hop bittering, smokiness, and finishing with a burst of molasses. Very well balanced, overall, and an excellent Scotch red ale that I found very likeable. (526 characters)

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brilliant mahogany with a persistent, clingy 1” rocky fwhite oam collar – beautiful, very creamy, smooth and fluffy. Drinks clean and smooth with kettle sugars aromas and flavors. (189 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml brow bottle purchased and consumed near St. Andrews, Scotland.
BB date stamp of May 2016 -- 1 year from now.

Clear red-brown body with a fine bone-colored head.
As hoppy as an Amer. Pale ale, but with a darker malt mix. Excellent hop/malt and bitter/sweet balance.

O: another solid and recommended offering from Orkney. (333 characters)

Photo of Shovelbum
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin quickly dissipating white head over a red-hued copper body. Aromas of straight up caramel malt. More of the same in the flavor department with a notable yet mild earthy hop presence. Apart from the flavor contribution, the hops are not major players with little bitterness. Lean to medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

The scales are definitely tipped to the malty side with little balance-- in true Scottish fashion. A tasty malt lover’s delight. (484 characters)

Photo of Schlafly33
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of FleeVT
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby center with amber edges and a white cap.
S: As advertised on the bottle, violet and cherry with hints of caramel. Nice hint of citrus hops.
T: Fantastic malt to hop balance. Malts come through in a nice buttery roasted profile followed by a crisp slightly bitter finish. Almost have a California hops feel to it.

Great for the style and a session beer if you can afford it... (385 characters)

Photo of SetarconeX
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a perfectly clear red color, leaving a decent, well lingering head. Rather pretty, really. The nose, however, brings in a harsh metallic scent which is rather unpleasent, though it's the sort of thing that's possibly more indicative of a bad batch.

Luckily, the metallic scent doesn't carry over too much into the flavor, which is actually quite enjoyable. The brew's a bit more weighty than the light red hue might have you think, and malty to the core. It starts off smooth and sweet, the malts taking center stage, but somewhere near the end, the hops, not to be forgotten, make their appearence.

Nowhere near as bitter as many other red ales that come to mind, this one is quite drinkable. Orkney rarely seems to dissapoint. (745 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, almost completely opaque, deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with reddish highlights and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, toasted malt, caramel and brown sugar, and some floral, grassy, piney hops. Very nice.

Taste: Pretty good. Malty and bready and slightly sweet with flavors of caramel and a touch of toffee. There are also flavors of black pepper and coriander. Finally, the beer finishes with a touch of floral, grassy, piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and subtly carbonated. With an ABV of 4.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a decent beer, but nothing to write home about. Nice flavors and enjoyable as you drink it, but once drunk, its easily forgotten. In sum, its pleasant but forgettable. (954 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear, very dark ruby amber hue, with two fingers of bubbly, foamy dirty white head, which leaves some semi-consistent honeycombed lace around the glass as it duly abates.

It smells of mild, thin caramel and toffee malt notes, a soft pitted fruitiness, and bitter, musty noble hops. The taste is somewhat biscuity caramel malt, mild toffee undertones, acidic dark fruit - black cherries, mostly - a subtle metallic flintiness, and soft earthy, floral hops.

The bubbles are here, there, but not quite everywhere in their weak edginess, the body an adequate medium weight, and grudgingly smooth. It finishes just a wee bit off-dry, the biscuit malt holding fast, with the hops taking on a heretofore unnoticed tame spiciness, which goes a long way towards the encouragement of further indulgence.

A decent enough UK ale, but I can't forgive the stony edginess, as inoffensive as it is, taste-wise - as it still affects the whole mouthfeel, and general perception of the whole offering - a sour, kind of unappealing 'fruitiness', where I'm expecting big (sort of) treacly malt sweetness. Sorry to say, an Orkney concern has finally failed me, in the general, keeping up with the Joneses sense. (1,226 characters)

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Infamous7100
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

-Poured a copper to dark red into my pint glass. A nice two finger head as well.
-Sweet malts on the nose right away. You can smell the slight bitterness of the hops too, giving off a bit of a floral/citrusy aroma.
-Very sweet and malty up front. The hops come through a little toward the back. There is a tad of a bitter aftertaste which sours the finish a bit. Other than that, outstanding.
-Nothing too exciting here. Rather light bodied and mild carbonation.
-Considering the ABV and the taste, you could have a couple of these and come back for more. If you can get over the mild bitterness, you are good to go.

Considering the rather cheap price, $4.50 for the bomber, this was a great buy and a pleasant surprise. (721 characters)

Photo of PCaravan
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a deep copper color and pours a thin but dense cream colored head.

Aroma is of deep malty notes of caramel and nuts with nice earthy English hops in the background. A bit of apply esters there as well.

Taste is more of the same deep malty notes of carmel, nuts, and earthy hops with maybe a touch of roastiness that adds to a smooth bitterness that only slightly lingers. Very complex and nicely balanced. Nice graininess too... everytime a take a sip I notice something else.

It has a nice level of carbonation and nice chewy mouthfeel I like in beers with good malt presence.

I have to rate the drinkability pretty high here. It's a substantially rich beer that's not so heavy to keep you from drinking more. (726 characters)

Photo of output01x
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 mL. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger tan-colored head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thin coating and moderate foam ring. The body is a clear mahogany red with a small number of rising carbonation bubbles and some small floaties. Some decent lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

Dark, sweet malts blend well with spicy hops in the nose. Notes of caramel, toffee, and cherry meet a slightly medicinal alcohol aroma. This is rather odd as the beer is only 4% ABV.

Sweet and toasty malts hit the palate first along with dark fruit flavors of cherry and raisin. Upon swallowing, the dark fruit flavors become muted and grainy malt flavors come out. This quickly fades to a rather unsatisfying watery finish. A floral hops bitterness then fades in and persists on the tongue between sips.

Medium bodied with good carbonation, the mouthfeel of this beer is just what one would expect from the style. The body is just dense enough to coat the mouth and allow the flavors to pop while never becoming sticky. The carbonation is a little fizzy and seems just right with the body. (1,151 characters)

Photo of caustin90
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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The Red MacGregor from Orkney Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.