The Red MacGregor | Orkney Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Orkney Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom
orkneybrewery.co.uk

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Red Macgregor is a unique beer: delicate and sophisticated yet the robust cask conditioned version of this beer was the first Scottish beer to win the BIIA World Cask Beer Gold Medal.

On the nose, this ruby-red beer is delicate, floral and fruity, with notes of violets, cherries, toffee and caramel.

On the palate, the fruits combine with a juicy malt character and hints of toasted malt, with a biscuit malt and spicy hop finish.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
233
Reviews:
142
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The brewers of Skullsplitter. I'd never seen it until recently. I guess there's not much of a US market for a low-ABV Scotch ale.

Pours clear and tawny with a large white head. Smells rich and toasty, with caramel and toffee along with some poppy frutiness; much closer to my conception of a British pale than a Scotch, but that's just my ignorance shining through.

The malt is bitter up front and the body is very firm and fizzy, and these two factors force me to drink it in a slow, contemplative manner. It gets brighter and fruitier as the sip progresses, finishing sharp and yeasty without much alcohol, and an aftertaste of toffee, hops, and cherries. A stupendous amount of complexity for a beer of its size.

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Photo of FBarber
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear ruddy red color. Beer is peppered with yeast floaters and sediment. Frothy tan head dissipates leaving a thin layer of foam along the top of the beer.

Smell is a light floral aroma with notes of red wine, cranberries, cherries, toffee, and caramel.

Taste follows the nose with some dry oak, red wine, dried cherries, giving way to a very bitter finish. Strong biscuit malt backbone take a complimentary role.

Feel is light and very dry. Medium carbonation.

Overall a solid take on the scotch ale style.

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Photo of bitterandtwisted
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dasotelo50
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of clarknova
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shelby415
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueShepard19
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Squire123
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mwckiltedsavage
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", my review and possible re-rating comes after I Have this again.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz. ale glass. Very rich clear caramel color. Smell is a pleasant fruity/floral smell. Just the right amount of hops. One of the more enjoyable Scottish ales I've had.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of npendres
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mlkluther
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jborg
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drmeto
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a clear ruby-copper with a big,creamy,offwhite head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-grapefruit,pine,caramel,toffee,bready,coffee,strawberry,cherry
T:
-Follows the nose
-high bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-light,watery body
O:
Lacks a bit of Body otherwise a really nice Red Ale.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

coppery Amber pour, Aromas of bitter notes, floral, caramel and toffee. Tastes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, biscuit, toasty notes. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appears a deep, tea-like, coppery amber with an off-white head. In the aroma is lots of toffee, a little cocoa, grape, and a touch of butter. The flavor is dominated by crisp, herbal hop bitterness; also reminiscent of Dutch cocoa with a little pale graininess. The feel is quite crisp but medium bodied.

Tastes as though it was made with hard water, contributing to the crispness of the bitterness and flavor. The aroma is very appetizing but a little buttery. The hops are most apparent in the flavor, with some rounding from the very backgrounded malt. Satisfyingly crisp and flavorful.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not sure of the availability of this in the US, but my father-in-law brought me back a 4pk from his trip to Scotland. This is pretty much an average Scottish ale, but with the distinction of possibly being the real deal: theonly one I've had that's actually from Scotland. I mean, I see Innis & Gunn on the shelves all the time, but it looks disgusting, so I've never tried a bottle.

Dark mahogany pour, looking nice, with a medium cap of off-white head. Toasty aroma, bready with a touch of smoke. In the taste, toasted grains, mild peaty smokiness, hints of candied fruit, dry grassy hop appearance in the finish. Body was about medium, with a pretty good drinkability for the style. An interesting beer to try.

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Photo of shigg85
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, almost completely opaque, deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with reddish highlights and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, toasted malt, caramel and brown sugar, and some floral, grassy, piney hops. Very nice.

Taste: Pretty good. Malty and bready and slightly sweet with flavors of caramel and a touch of toffee. There are also flavors of black pepper and coriander. Finally, the beer finishes with a touch of floral, grassy, piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and subtly carbonated. With an ABV of 4.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a decent beer, but nothing to write home about. Nice flavors and enjoyable as you drink it, but once drunk, its easily forgotten. In sum, its pleasant but forgettable.

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Photo of Cjet1
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Full bodied great beer. Overall one of my favorites from Scotland..

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. pours dark red with fading head. rich malty aroma and flavor - no detectable hop flavor. medium body, higher carbonation. a nice solid Scottish ale.

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Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml brow bottle purchased and consumed near St. Andrews, Scotland.
BB date stamp of May 2016 -- 1 year from now.

Clear red-brown body with a fine bone-colored head.
As hoppy as an Amer. Pale ale, but with a darker malt mix. Excellent hop/malt and bitter/sweet balance.

O: another solid and recommended offering from Orkney.

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The Red MacGregor from Orkney Brewery
3.79 out of 5 based on 233 ratings.
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