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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

187 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 187
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 13
Gots: 7 | 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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Crosseye


1/5  rDev -73.5%

11-06-2012 02:10:20 | More by Crosseye
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Lee_Hancock

Maryland

2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

07-19-2012 23:42:02 | More by Lee_Hancock
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bobhits

Kentucky

2.53/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice looking red ale color, good carbonation, a bit of a lack of bubbles in the body, clarity could be better considering it’s 4% abv.

Not much to speak of. Amber malt and a hint of earthy hops.

Toasty bread and caramel malt, spicy hops. I know this is low abv, I know it should be refreshing and not over powering in flavor. But really this is it?

Extremely drinkable, even ding would approve calling this a session beer.

I was hoping for something else something more. I’ve had this beer many times only done a good bit better.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 00:06:33 | More by bobhits
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PorterLambic

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice reddish brown with a fluffy head. Leaves good lace.
Smell is where it breaks down. Took forever to find any smell at all and then only some malt and light hops. Even after drinking 1/2 the glass I couldn't get more than that.
Taste was decent with hops, a fruity malt taste and a little winey character to it.
Mouthfeel was smooth with light carbonation, a medium body and a light finish.
Drinkability: drinks easily but not much aftertaste (or flavor or smell). This brew looks good but doesn't really deliver on its promise.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2005 02:42:14 | More by PorterLambic
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 01:40:07 | More by RoyalT
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Brent

Kentucky

2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Overall, a pretty underwhelming beer. Poured a nice ruddy brown. For some reason, I expected this to be more of a red ale (I guess the power of suggestion of the name). Lackluster for a pale ale, and not beefy enough for a red. Mouthfeel was average, while the flavor was rather thin. A touch of sour lactic acidity lurking in the background with a hint of medicinal flavor. Finish was a touch sweet with some caramel malt.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2004 13:53:46 | More by Brent
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pinotboy007

Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Auburn with a decent cap that descends quickly and leaves some spotty lace. No visible carbonation.

S - Peat, tea, leather.

T/M - Peat, leather, raw honey, a touch of bitter hops. Very light carbonation but it comes across as diluted.

D - Nothing worth seeking out - perhaps it's better from the cask in the UK but I think it suffers on the trip across the drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 00:18:53 | More by pinotboy007
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caustin90


3/5  rDev -20.6%

05-13-2014 22:23:10 | More by caustin90
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -20.6%

08-27-2013 22:04:46 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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ckollias

Maryland

3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy ruby reddish brown hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Interesting aroma – hard to say exactly what it smells like – but it really doesn’t smell all that great. It has a musty sort of spicy fruity aroma with hints of toasted malts.

T: Similar to the smell the beer tastes of toasted malts, caramel, spices, and fruits (mostly cherries).

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Not my favorite beer by Orkney Brewery. The flavor and aroma were a little different and slightly off.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 00:57:14 | More by ckollias
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NorthernSoul

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.6%

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

Maine

3/5  rDev -20.6%

02-08-2012 23:00:38 | More by erlenmeyer
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petluo

Finland

3/5  rDev -20.6%

04-19-2012 12:41:13 | More by petluo
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Anvilfarm

Missouri

3/5  rDev -20.6%

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

Sweden

3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is clear, deep red-brown; the two finger thick foam is semi-compact, beige and quite firm.

The smell is sweet, with a balanced blend of hops and burned malt. There are some totes of paperhanger's paste and bitter almonds.

The carbonation is medium strong (stronger than the average ale) with big bubbles.

The taste is quite complex with lots of burned malt and an almost chemical flavour of almonds (both sweet and bitter). I found it hard to describe this taste in full, but words like “glue stick” and “artificially flavoured cherry candies” came to my mind.

I suspected that they had put candy sugar in the brew making it ferment a second time (like many of the Belgian ales), but the label said “brewed from malted barley, hops and water”.

Anyway, the aftertaste is long with a soft bitterness and a taste of almonds and burned, sweet malt.

I found the beer surprisingly easy to drink, considering the odd almost chemical flavour. Not one of my favourites.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 23:13:12 | More by bark
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Guinness4me

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not as impressive as I expected from my beloved Orkney brewery, but a good beer. It poured a near crimson-orange with a slight head that left a minimal ring of lace.

The nose denotes the hoppiness of a pale ale with slight haunts of fruit and malt.

The taste was neither spectacular nor awful, but a pleasant brew that went from mildly hoppy, to a tart fruit to bitterness on the back of my tongue. I would have like to have tasted a little more malt. The aftertaste was sweet and minimal.

The mouthfeel was pleasant as well with quick, mild carbonation at the tip of my tongue.

While not spectacular, it's quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2004 03:50:42 | More by Guinness4me
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Red MacGregor... isn't. It's more a dark orange-brown, tawny some would say. The dark cream colored head is firm with a furiously pitting surface and a stickiness that is proven by thick, broken sheets of pocked lace. The persistent, two finger cap of foam is keeping me from assessing the nose properly, but I'm a patient man.

This beer has an odd aroma and not an especially pleasant one. There's a sort of musty earthiness that reminds me of some sort of vegetable in freshly dug soil. I'm not sure which of the ingredients is responsible (probably the malt), but in the end it isn't powerful enough to be off-putting and is easily ignored. I'm done smelling it anyway.

The flavor contains the same mild unpleasantness, although, again, it doesn't completely ruin the experience. Red Mac is lightly malted and lightly hopped. What's left is a modestly sweet and sour flavor (unripe raspberries?) that I'm having trouble describing adequately.

The bottle is emptying quickly, not because I'm enjoying the beer, but because I'm trying in vain to get a handle on the way it tastes. I give up, let's just say that there's no way that this beer is a pale ale. A red ale comes closer to the mark. (Hell of a review ain't it? I bet you can practically taste the beer as you read the vivid, precise description of each nuance of the flavor profile).

The Red MacGregor is not a beer that I can recommend. Orkney brews some good ones, but this is definitely not one of them. Cool label though.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2004 18:30:36 | More by BuckeyeNation
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jar2574

Missouri

3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle design has changed. It now says "5000 years in the making" and has a picture of cliffs and an ocean rather than a dude with a sword.

Pours with a decent head. Brown, pretty dense but light does get through. The best thing about this beer is the lacing on the way down.

Hardly any smell. Maybe a tiny touch of sweet malts.

This is beer is more malty than hoppy. There is some sweetness, like plums and dark cherries. Dark fruits. A slight syrupyness to the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is much fuller than a BMC beer but carbonation is pretty average and things aren't that exciting.

I have to say - this is my second Scottish Ale of the night and it isn't a terrible beer - but if I'm ever in Scotland I'm drinking the Scotch before the beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 01:02:50 | More by jar2574
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n00tz

Georgia

3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear ruby body, tight cream-colored head, with sparse lacing. Carbonation is a bit slow, but steady.

S - Fruity malts and florals are easily detectable, not much beyond that.

T - Light breadiness imparted by the yeast. Very typical scotch creaminess is quickly gone to the bitterness that follows. Alcohol flavors almost cover the bitter fruit of black cherries, blackberries, and other tart or unripened fruit. Slight hop spiciness. I felt a bit disappointed in the hop balance the rest of the ale. If the initial creamy smoothness and yeasty breadiness had more presence, or if the fruity bitterness at the end wasn't quite so drowned by the alcoholic character, I think this would be in the starting lineup for Scottish Ales.

M - A bitter fruit aftertaste and slight stickiness is no doubt their "intensely hoppy" impart. The ale is a medium body that delivers its flavors well to the palate.

D - Overall, it just leaves some room for improvement on the balance of the character it has. It's a great profile for a Scottish Ale.

AFTERWARDS - Wow, the burp is a wonderful malty cream... Did I drink it too cold (~45F)?

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 03:28:49 | More by n00tz
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wcdoyle

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark caramel leaning toward red. The head is rich and then settles to about ½ inch. Smells of caramel, too. First taste is sweet, but not overly so. It’s mild with a slight bit of hops after the sweetness. The mild sweet, then hoppy aftertaste fades quickly. Not a bad beer, but the price ($3.99 at my retailer) will likely keep me away.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 21:33:04 | More by wcdoyle
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Dark reddish brown with about a fingers worth of off white head. Settles to a thick ring with wonder lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S: I'm getting sweet malt with some floral/piny hops and maybe a little caramel.

T: Quick hit of sweet malt, then the floral hops really takes over... there is a hint of caramel and some nuttiness, but the bitter hops really takes over. Aftertaste is a little on the bitter side.

M: Light to medium bodied, crisp with a modest amount of carbonation.

D: Pretty interesting beer, a little more hoppy than I was expecting. It is a beautiful and interesting brew with a pretty low ABV. One was enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 06:09:42 | More by mralphabet
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -14%

09-04-2013 02:05:03 | More by Schlafly33
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bkonk10

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -14%

06-10-2013 23:57:38 | More by bkonk10
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ggourde

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -14%

04-25-2012 01:36:18 | More by ggourde
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cjac

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -14%

12-22-2012 04:28:50 | More by cjac
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The Red MacGregor from Orkney Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.