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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

191 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 191
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

kvnstfrd, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

jamisonspitzer, Apr 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

mdagnew, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

NickThePyro, Jan 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

BILF, Jan 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

mcsquint, Dec 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

cjac, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

cliff1066, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of CookstLiquor
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Pours a burnt reddish brown with a decent tan head. There are lots of noble hops in the nose along with a little caramel malt. The palate offers ripe dark fruits: plum/prune. There's a good finish of earthy bitterness along with citrus rind.

CookstLiquor, Nov 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

dmcclurejr, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Crosseye
1/5  rDev -73.5%

Crosseye, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of ckollias
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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.

ckollias, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Pillowburn
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Pillowburn, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%

500ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear, very dark ruby amber hue, with two fingers of bubbly, foamy dirty white head, which leaves some semi-consistent honeycombed lace around the glass as it duly abates.

It smells of mild, thin caramel and toffee malt notes, a soft pitted fruitiness, and bitter, musty noble hops. The taste is somewhat biscuity caramel malt, mild toffee undertones, acidic dark fruit - black cherries, mostly - a subtle metallic flintiness, and soft earthy, floral hops.

The bubbles are here, there, but not quite everywhere in their weak edginess, the body an adequate medium weight, and grudgingly smooth. It finishes just a wee bit off-dry, the biscuit malt holding fast, with the hops taking on a heretofore unnoticed tame spiciness, which goes a long way towards the encouragement of further indulgence.

A decent enough UK ale, but I can't forgive the stony edginess, as inoffensive as it is - taste-wise - at least, it still affects the whole mouthfeel, and general perception of the whole offering - a sour, kind of unappealing 'fruitiness', where I'm expecting big (sort of) treacly malt sweetness. Sorry to say, an Orkney concern has finally failed me, in the general, keeping up with the Joneses sense.

biboergosum, Oct 14, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a nonic at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A two finger head that is frothy and creamy, it has great retention. The head left lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is medium brown with dark brown hues. The clarity of the beer is near opaque with some cloudiness. Some carbonation bubbles are visible on the side of the glass.

Nose: A medium malty sweet aroma that is bready, caramel, and roasted cook notes. A fruitiness, with alcoholic aroma, and low hops. A subtle peaty aroma with a smoky earthiness.

Taste: This is a light Scottish ale. A medium light malt that is bready, kettle cooked, caramel, and roasted notes. A fruitiness, with alcoholic and low hop aroma. The hop aroma has citrus and wood. Other notes is peaty, smoky, and earthiness.

The mouth feel of the beer is warm, carbonated, and coating.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium too. This beer is good with lots of flavor packed into this beer. I would have like to seen more complex flavor in this beer to give it a better body. It is a good beer, but Orkney makes a better Scottish Ale.

colts9016, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a deep reddish orange with a thin off-white head and lacing. Light sweet and toasted malt aroma. Flavor follows, with light sweet and toasted malts and caramel. Fairly subdued. Slightly sour and crisp finish. Hops kick in a little late to be well integrated. Pleasant, but not exceptional, probably largely due to the low ABV.

LiquidAmber, Aug 03, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

Lee_Hancock, Jul 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Bryfind, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Purchased from Plonk in Canberra.

Pours a very pleasant ruby-brown colour, perfectly clear and pleasantly still. Head is a firm but minimal froth of off-white, giving a yellow tinge to the crown of the beer. Decent mild English-style lacing. Body looks pretty solid. Good looking beer.

Mmm. Nose is a pleasant mix of smooth, sweet malt, and mild roasted characters—it has a firm roundness like sweet coffee, mingled with some dark fruity overtones like overripe raspberries. Refined and extremely pleasant.

Taste is a lot lighter, although there are some pleasant toffee overtones, and a rich fruit loaf character towards the back, giving some buttery notes. The feel and depth are what let it down a little—although this comes at the quite considerable advantage of being quite fully flavoured while remaining at only 4% ABV. In fact, although the depth and fullness isn't enough to linger on the palate with a residing sweetness, the fruit and bread notes do stick around, giving a sort of faux-length to the beer as a whole.

Overall, this is impressive stuff. It's not really that remarkable on its own, and I wouldn't be so compelled by it if I was served it blind, perhaps—but I don't recall having a richer, more flavoursome beer at below 5% ABV before. This does a really good job for what it is.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 09, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

A: This poured a clear dark mahogany with moderate off-white head.
S: It smelled like sweet honey and fresh hay, with some roasted barley and dried cherries.
T: It tasted like sweet wild honey and earthy roasted barley and bitter metallic hops, with a little bit of dried cherries. It had a clean and metallic aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a decent light red ale. Very traditional, but nothing special otherwise. The scent and taste weren't my preference, and the body was kind of weak. The finish had a lingering flavor I didn't much care for either. Not worth trying more than once.

Pencible, May 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

ggourde, Apr 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

500ml bottle. Pint glass. Enjoyed on agt´11. Brigth medium ruby. Off-white froth. Creamy crown & spooty lacing. Floral fragancy, mildy toasted malts ,hops & subtle toffee to the nose. Malty flavor, sweet touch, smooth hoppiness & spices. Slightly watery in the middle. Medium body, soft carbonation. Gentle resiny hops on the aftertaste. Refreshing. Very nice drinkability.

GONZALOYANNA, Apr 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

petluo, Apr 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

My local Wetherspoons (like most) was having a ‘Scottish Week’ around the ‘Burns Night’ date and on 26th Jan 2012 I popped in and had a couple of pints: the second one being this fine beer.

First had Red MacGregor at a CAMRA festival (GBBF) many years ago: not had one since becoming a BA though, hence no review before.

Hand-pulled pint into a UK sleeve, the beer is a clear ruby red colour: on top a full head of foam, cream-coloured. Good lacing hung to the glass side as the beer level sank, the beer was in a good condition and you could tell.

The nose is a real mixed bag: malts and hops vying for attention, each coming to the fore and reducing again as the beer goes through the warming process in the glass.

The taste is also a fine blend of flavours: sweet malts and fruit/citric hop notes joined at the hip by a mini yeast presence that gives the beer that fresh and natural feel to it.

Easy drinking beer, the alcohol just about apparent although the mouth feel and body carry it nicely.

BlackHaddock, Mar 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

OldTime, Mar 11, 2012
The Red MacGregor from Orkney Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.