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The Red MacGregor - Orkney Brewery

The Red MacGregorThe Red MacGregor

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BA SCORE
85
very good

175 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%


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 melitameister:
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melitameister

New York

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Rich ruby with a thick full head that retreats quickly to leave fine lace.

S- Modest aroma of leechee, bread and maybe olives; not very much there

T- Some dry malt breadniness, gentle tartness, ash and solid spicy hop balancing it out nicely.

M- Light texture and smooth.

D- This is not watery, but rather a mild brew resulting in a highly drinkable brew with plenty going on. The Scots are getting nicely into the micro revolution.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 00:06:58 | More by melitameister
More User Reviews:
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MightyMonk

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark red with a nice 2 finger head that laces all the way till empty, with lacing still on the glass.
Not a strong aroma, traces of fruit and malt.
Creamy complex malty taste, very nice.
Carbonated nicely, feels creamy and full bodied.
This is a great Scottish session ale. @ 4 ABV I coud drink a few...well, quite a few!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 22:23:59 | More by MightyMonk
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NorthernSoul

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.4%

03-14-2014 21:39:02 | More by NorthernSoul
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zenithberwyn

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

03-05-2014 07:26:45 | More by zenithberwyn
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-01-2014 16:25:09 | More by dmorgan310
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tillmac62

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark ruby, almost brown, with a massive head and tremendous lacing. On the second pour from the bottle, flocculants were predominate and totally hazed what was a perfect appearance making it opaque. Light nose of caramel malt over a slight floral component. The body is almost medium with normal carbonation. The flavor is a mixed bag of citrus, biscuit, cherry and earthy hops. Finishes with a bit of tartness.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 21:08:55 | More by tillmac62
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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer certainly is red, a beautiful ruby colored beer. A good finger's width of creamy head.

S: Malty and fruity. A smell almost like candied orange peel.

T: After the look and the aroma, the taste is a bit of a let-down. Toasted malts, quite bready and yeast. The finish is bitter and dry.

M: Moderate carbonation and body.

O: A good beer, not a great one. Seems a little overpriced at $6 a pint. Very drinkable and pleasant, just nothing stellar.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 21:54:44 | More by DaveBlack
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

02-26-2014 15:09:42 | More by harpus
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

02-08-2014 05:04:37 | More by DrunkinYogi
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lesdemonsamaporte

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-03-2014 18:34:00 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

01-26-2014 17:51:17 | More by williamjbauer
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Pog-Mo-Thoin

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

01-12-2014 03:54:23 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
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Schmoog

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-11-2014 10:35:51 | More by Schmoog
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seyton

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

12-31-2013 01:54:13 | More by seyton
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Red-brown in color, and hovering farther into the darker side of the spectrum. Great clarity. A massive rocky head towers atop the beer for the duration of the session. It creates persistent, sticky lacing that clings everywhere. A very good-looking beer.

S: Very hoppy and floral. Sort of a rose petal and lilac sort of aroma comes out of the glass with force. Backing malt scents are bready with hints of grain, caramel, and toast. Earthy too.

T: Toffee, bread crust, woody and nutty tastes, hints of chewing tobacco and brown molasses. Floral and pithy hops balance nicely. Mildly spicy, lavender, and even hints of marmalade and orange peel. Caramel and grain on the finish with lingering spicy hop oils.

M: Medium bodied with a fat and chewy texture. Coating. Low carbonation scrubs a little. A little gripping on the tooth enamel due to the hefty hop dose.

O: Truthfully I was not expecting much when I cracked this beer, but it's a very pleasant surprise. There's loads of hop character that you just don't typically see in these sorts of beers and in this part of the world. Floral, bold, and even aggressive in nature, the hops play the foil perfectly to the expectantly fat and rich malt body. A wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 21:35:49 | More by ryan1788a5
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dcmchew

Romania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

11-07-2013 17:42:25 | More by dcmchew
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DonDonLongJohn

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

10-20-2013 00:39:34 | More by DonDonLongJohn
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Gaby_Grajales

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

10-19-2013 19:56:46 | More by Gaby_Grajales
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tadmuchowski

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

10-12-2013 21:56:14 | More by tadmuchowski
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

10-10-2013 15:43:57 | More by Ciocanelu
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FLima

Brazil

4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First Scottish beer to win the BIIA world cask beer gold medal.
Dark copper reddish color with a two finger head with short retention but leaving a curtain of laces.
What a superb aroma, explosion of red fruits, I could swear they were added to the recipe. Then followed by some nice lychees and grapefruit citrusy with English earthy hops notes and caramels.
Fruity flavor with a Cascade hop citrusy. Notes of grapefruits, plums, floral and earthy hops, guaraná, lychees, nuts, caramel and toasted malts. Dry aftertaste with an elegant bitterness.
Body of a Session beer with good carbonation.
A light Scottish Ale. Very good beer, refreshing, tasty and still complex. I would love to see a version with higher alcohol and body (don’t recall well how this compares to their robust Skull Splitter).

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 18:14:19 | More by FLima
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.1%

10-03-2013 08:02:47 | More by abeeronthebeach
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Anvilfarm

Missouri

3/5  rDev -20.4%

09-23-2013 23:24:18 | More by Anvilfarm
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jucifer1818

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-21-2013 08:10:11 | More by jucifer1818
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Los1324

New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-07-2013 22:56:59 | More by Los1324
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The Red MacGregor from Orkney Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.