The Red MacGregor | Orkney Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.78/5
Very Good
237 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#20,668
Reviews:
143
Ratings:
237
pDev:
12.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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12
Gots:
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Ratings: 237 |  Reviews: 143
Photo of Jeffreysan
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
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 +21.4%
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 +5.3%
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 +0.8%
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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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brilliant mahogany with a persistent, clingy 1” rocky fwhite oam collar – beautiful, very creamy, smooth and fluffy. Drinks clean and smooth with kettle sugars aromas and flavors.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BYOFB
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of redleg411
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VitorDamasceno
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Proclarush
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Foley67
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an almost opaque super dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, cardboard, chemical and spicy herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with watery cardboard, chemical, and spicy herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with an mix of chemical and spicy herbal hop characteristics that make this one a bit difficult to drink much of.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of UBrew1984
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Viaduck
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of WestHam973
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of matt_duthie
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of parintele
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Jason_the_Argonaut
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of BBelch
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Jmamay22
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a nice clear ruby red with a tan colored head. Smells fruity and malty. Some caramel and toasted bread notes. Very clean scent.

Taste is similar. Initially bland, but turns to the caramel and toasted flavor. Finishes with a mild bitterness and lingers with a general fruitiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly lingering sweetness. Nicely done if not spectacular. Enjoyable.

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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Kacollins7
4/5  rDev +5.8%

The Red MacGregor from Orkney Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 237 ratings