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The Red MacGregor - Orkney Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

196 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 196
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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Photo of tillmac62
3.45/5  rDev -9%
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.

tillmac62, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of DaveBlack
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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.

DaveBlack, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

harpus, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

williamjbauer, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Schmoog
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Schmoog, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of seyton
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

seyton, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

ryan1788a5, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

dcmchew, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of DonDonLongJohn
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

DonDonLongJohn, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Gaby_Grajales
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Gaby_Grajales, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of tadmuchowski
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

tadmuchowski, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Ciocanelu, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of FLima
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
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).

FLima, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of abeeronthebeach
4/5  rDev +5.5%

abeeronthebeach, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Anvilfarm
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Anvilfarm, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of jucifer1818
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jucifer1818, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Los1324
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Los1324, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Schlafly33
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Schlafly33, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of SGToliver
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

SGToliver, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

pkalix, Aug 10, 2013
The Red MacGregor from Orkney Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.