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The Red MacGregor - Orkney Brewery

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The Red MacGregorThe Red MacGregor

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BA SCORE
85
very good

195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 13
Gots: 12 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2002)
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
Photo of damndirtyape
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single bottle poured into a nonic glass. No date on bottle that I could decipher.

Appearance: Orange-copper colored beer with a tan foam head. The head starts off really thick (about 1/2") and then slowly dies down to form a film across the top of the liquid. Lacing (mostly big foam islands) seen as the head died down.

Smell: Definitely a beer to let warm up and let all the smells out. Mild coffee, hops, fruit (I hesitate to say cherries...but that may be what it is) and something floral, but the floral starts to go away as the beer warms up. Really very nice and complex.

Taste: Bitter up front, followed by mild malts and then a crisp finish. I do get some biscuit-like aftertaste in the mouth after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation on the tongue, a little bit watery but it quenches the thirst just fine.

Drinkability: Good with a meal and I think it would be good by itself too. Complex enough to make you remember it, and pleasantly satisfying on the way down. I could reach for another if I had one.

damndirtyape, Dec 27, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

oberon, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

RoyalT, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.73/5  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.

wesbrownyeah, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of shapudding
3.58/5  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.

shapudding, Dec 06, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

merlin48, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

williamjbauer, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of jamisonspitzer
4/5  rDev +5.5%

jamisonspitzer, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of Shovelbum
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Shovelbum, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of Schlafly33
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Schlafly33, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of FleeVT
3.98/5  rDev +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...

FleeVT, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of SetarconeX
3.6/5  rDev -5%
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.

SetarconeX, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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 - at least, 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.

biboergosum, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Ciocanelu, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

cliff1066, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Infamous7100
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Infamous7100, May 19, 2009
Photo of PCaravan
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

PCaravan, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of output01x
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

output01x, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of SopwithCamel18
4/5  rDev +5.5%

SopwithCamel18, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Kinsman
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Kinsman, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of caustin90
3/5  rDev -20.8%

caustin90, May 13, 2014
Photo of bkonk10
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

bkonk10, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with ruby highlights and a small head.
Nose shows sweet, spicy fruitcake with extra helpings of all manner of dry fruit. And some added cognac and marmalade for good measure. Intensely fruity. Also some toasted sweet malt pokes it's head out later. Damn that's good.
Similar flavours but with more caramel and dough malt, along with a decent helping of earthy, resinous hops. Finishes slightly watery though.
Body is a little thing, I'd like something more syrup to go with those rich flavours.

CrazyDavros, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of BeerSox
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into 20oz pint glass.

I had just about the perfect pour on this beer. In fact, I think it was perfect. The head lined up perfectly with the top of the glass, nothing spilling over, and no room left. The beer is a deep deep mahogany with a light tan one finger dense head. It slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving a good amount of lacing in its place. As the beer goes down the glass, some relatively solid lacing remains.

The aroma is loaded with a burnt caramel aroma and a little bit of coffee. Some fruity esters are mixed in as well. The smell of this beer is absolutely lovely.

Roasty malt, almost like dark coffee, is the main characteristic of the beer. A slightly smokey hint can be detected here and there. The hop bitterness is low, which is expected. Full bodied with slightly lower carbonation, creating a slick feel. The finish is mostly the smokey malt flavors lingering.

The flavor seems a little tame on this one, which is a shame, because it tastes pretty good. Otherwise, the presentation is great, and the aroma is superb. At 5%ABV, this beer is definitely sessionable. Recommended.

BeerSox, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of Crosseye
1/5  rDev -73.6%

Crosseye, Nov 06, 2012
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The Red MacGregor from Orkney Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.