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The Red MacGregor | Orkney Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.78/5
Very Good
236 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:
#18,615
Reviews:
143
Ratings:
236
pDev:
12.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
22
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 236 |  Reviews: 143
Photo of Wobbly
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Phocion
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review. 500 ml bottle poured into an imperial nonic. Dark thick copper color with a finger of very resilient beige/light-brown head. Excellent retention and thick splotches of lacing.

Aroma is definitely malt forward. Caramel, biscuit, and toffee are dominant along with roasted malts. Floral hops and dark fruits are also noticable. Slight earthy hoppiness. Overall, fairly heavily hopped for a Scottish ale.

Flavor is sweet toffee and biscuit along with floral hops. Black cherry and toast. Slightly musty, earthy yeastiness. Slight spicy hoppy finish.

Light-medium bodied, but relatively substantial for a 4% beer. Low carbonation and a very soft mouthfeel. Perfect for the style.

Fairly highly hopped for a Scottish ale, though most American palates would find this quite boring. This is a perfect example of what good British beer is. Smooth mouthfeel, low and sessionable ABV, perfectly balanced, and complex but subtle flavors. This one is a definite winner.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm looking forward to this - Orkney are the brewers of the divine and tasty Skull Splitter (one of the Doktor Hops all-time favourites), and even though I am decidedly not a big fan of lower than full-strength beers I have a feeling this one might win me over with its wily Scottish charms.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Red and beautifully flowing like the hair of a wee Scots maiden, with bits of yeast sediment (which Dok finds yummy) floating around and a beige half centimetre head.

S: An aroma of sweet toffee malt mixes well with bread yeast and currant. Hints of earthy hops provide a solid backing as well. There is perhaps a bit more of a slant towards the sweet but the nose can sometimes be misleading.

T: Nope - the balance between sweet and bitter is spot on. Palate starts with a broad toffee malt and bread yeast base with currant (and even a sour cherry hint), then finishes with earthy hops. A good clean tasting ale here. Noted is a tiny metallic tang, it's a minor distraction though and no cause for alarm.

M: Mid to light bodied, borderline watery, with a nice light Scottish pub carbonation.

D: Overall a decent effort, but pricey (cost me $8 for one 500ml bottle!). The flavour is a little more diluted than I would like it to be - then again I am trending towards heavier beers as my palate changes - so it likely would have fared better with the me of 4 years ago. Other than that I think Orkney did well, not as good as Skull Splitter but I never expected it to be.

Food match: The label suggested casseroles but I would imagine a casserole overpowering this brew somewhat. I think it would better suit a soup like a Vichyssoise, pea & ham or a potato leek kinda deal... with a decent artisan crusty bread (it's all about the bread baby!).

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/1/2012. Pours fairly cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, light roast, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, light roast, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy/peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, light roast, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and slightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4%. Overall this is a very nice Scottish ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of MightyMonk
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark red with a nice 2 finger head that laces all the way till empty, with lacing still on the glass.
Not a strong aroma, traces of fruit and malt.
Creamy complex malty taste, very nice.
Carbonated nicely, feels creamy and full bodied.
This is a great Scottish session ale. @ 4 ABV I coud drink a few...well, quite a few!

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tillmac62
3.44/5  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.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of seyton
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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The Red MacGregor from Orkney Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 236 ratings
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