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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

204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2002

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Photo of redleg411
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Foley67
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an almost opaque super dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, cardboard, chemical and spicy herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with watery cardboard, chemical, and spicy herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with an mix of chemical and spicy herbal hop characteristics that make this one a bit difficult to drink much of.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.56/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of BBelch
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Jmamay22
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a nice clear ruby red with a tan colored head. Smells fruity and malty. Some caramel and toasted bread notes. Very clean scent.

Taste is similar. Initially bland, but turns to the caramel and toasted flavor. Finishes with a mild bitterness and lingers with a general fruitiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly lingering sweetness. Nicely done if not spectacular. Enjoyable.

Photo of Marvicsin
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Phocion
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review. 500 ml bottle poured into an imperial nonic. Dark thick copper color with a finger of very resilient beige/light-brown head. Excellent retention and thick splotches of lacing.

Aroma is definitely malt forward. Caramel, biscuit, and toffee are dominant along with roasted malts. Floral hops and dark fruits are also noticable. Slight earthy hoppiness. Overall, fairly heavily hopped for a Scottish ale.

Flavor is sweet toffee and biscuit along with floral hops. Black cherry and toast. Slightly musty, earthy yeastiness. Slight spicy hoppy finish.

Light-medium bodied, but relatively substantial for a 4% beer. Low carbonation and a very soft mouthfeel. Perfect for the style.

Fairly highly hopped for a Scottish ale, though most American palates would find this quite boring. This is a perfect example of what good British beer is. Smooth mouthfeel, low and sessionable ABV, perfectly balanced, and complex but subtle flavors. This one is a definite winner.

Photo of doktorhops
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm looking forward to this - Orkney are the brewers of the divine and tasty Skull Splitter (one of the Doktor Hops all-time favourites), and even though I am decidedly not a big fan of lower than full-strength beers I have a feeling this one might win me over with its wily Scottish charms.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Red and beautifully flowing like the hair of a wee Scots maiden, with bits of yeast sediment (which Dok finds yummy) floating around and a beige half centimetre head.

S: An aroma of sweet toffee malt mixes well with bread yeast and currant. Hints of earthy hops provide a solid backing as well. There is perhaps a bit more of a slant towards the sweet but the nose can sometimes be misleading.

T: Nope - the balance between sweet and bitter is spot on. Palate starts with a broad toffee malt and bread yeast base with currant (and even a sour cherry hint), then finishes with earthy hops. A good clean tasting ale here. Noted is a tiny metallic tang, it's a minor distraction though and no cause for alarm.

M: Mid to light bodied, borderline watery, with a nice light Scottish pub carbonation.

D: Overall a decent effort, but pricey (cost me $8 for one 500ml bottle!). The flavour is a little more diluted than I would like it to be - then again I am trending towards heavier beers as my palate changes - so it likely would have fared better with the me of 4 years ago. Other than that I think Orkney did well, not as good as Skull Splitter but I never expected it to be.

Food match: The label suggested casseroles but I would imagine a casserole overpowering this brew somewhat. I think it would better suit a soup like a Vichyssoise, pea & ham or a potato leek kinda deal... with a decent artisan crusty bread (it's all about the bread baby!).

Photo of ryanmcd
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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The Red MacGregor from Orkney Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.