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The Red MacGregor - Orkney Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

190 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 190
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 13
Gots: 10 | 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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Pog-Mo-Thoin

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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

Romania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Brazil

4.19/5  rDev +10.8%

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).

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Missouri

3/5  rDev -20.6%

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

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

09-07-2013 22:56:59 | More by Los1324
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -14%

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

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -14%

08-22-2013 17:17:20 | More by SGToliver
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-13-2013 03:08:31 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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pkalix

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

I swear it smelled like spearmint gum from the bottle before I poured it....
little head, dissipated to nothing quickly, save for a thin layer. rusty copper color (does copper rust?), kind of like the color of the amber the prehistoric mosquitos got caught in. not brown. not amber, more like a 'gold-brown'...
from the glass I get a candy-malty-toffee with a hint of pine and fruit.
taste is a tad bitter, tastes kind of old. definitely british(?). a little sweet. I want to say it tastes like a burnt wire or a bad residue from some jib... decent malts, but I question the freshness.
overall, it's okay. 4% abv, obviously they are trying to make their 'trademark'. it also may actually be older than expected for drinking due to the place I purchased it.

08-10-2013 01:14:58 | More by pkalix
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-03-2013 18:00:13 | More by schopenhauerale
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WhiteLight68

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-11-2013 22:32:34 | More by WhiteLight68
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

07-09-2013 19:13:39 | More by mrfrancis
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

On cask at Torridon Inn, from notes.
A - a deep red ruby brown, full tan head that sticks around with great lacing. 4
S - hops come through with fragrant grapefruit, delicate roasty malt, hints of rye sour tartness. Very full, interesting and tasty. 4
T - fruity citrus and apples over a strong malty base, nutty and slight sour citrus. Awesome taste, slight caramel coming through and good depth. 4.
M - a full caramel maltiness and light hoppy esters, light session body, smooth carbonation, refreshing. 4.
O - a very tasty and complex beer, very enjoyable. Will have again. 4.25

06-17-2013 21:27:28 | More by mick303
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bkonk10

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -14%

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

Missouri

4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-23-2013 13:22:58 | More by kvnstfrd
The Red MacGregor from Orkney Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.