highlandlad (1413) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The best of the Macs I’ve had to date and the first that I’d happily revisit. For a bitter, this has enough crystal malt and tropical fruitiness to carry it close to APA territory. But who cares. It’s flavoursome and refreshing. Unsure why they’ve called it "Red" when it’s a copper-coloured bitter with just a hint of garnet. Perhaps "red" is a green-flag word for some drinkers, whereas I’m instantly wary of a thin, sweet Irish red. Head retention was no better than fair. Fresh and inviting aroma of tropical fruits - lychee, passionfruit and a hint of bubblegum. More like an APA or golden ale under the nose than a standard bitter, but very promising. A soft, fruity flavour profile based on some nice toffee malts. Strong lychee notes, with a squeeze of tart kiwifruit and some McCowans Highland Toffee malts. Dry in the finish, with a pronounced bitterness. Moderate carbonation. Tasty. (330ml bottle from Vintage Cellars, Clovelly. BB 25/7/7)
sunevdj (3134) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear red amber with a nice off-white, yellowis head. Slight sourness. Good full and fresh hops aromas. Nice dry finish. Nice bitter with a high hopsprophile... The name made me expect a fruit beer.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looks good with a deep copper red hue and a generous though short lived beige head. Initial mixed fruit hop aroma followed by some smooth chewy malts. On tasting it is dry and fresh in the mouth, then a bit of a sweet burst during the swallow, then followed by a long dry bitter finish. Interesting the first couple of times but a bit of a jumble after. Nice depth of body and pleasant drinking made easy with a good level of carbonation. It seems like a bit of a dogs breakfast, but it is interesting and more-ish.
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint @ Honest Lawyer - Nelso,. Rich bronze, thickish head but thins later. Malty, caramel & toffee. Big on hops, nice drop
bluevegie (3052) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Lovely red colour with a big beaded and lasting head. Dry aroma of Saaz hops. Taste is light and simple, more hops to this bitter than you would expect but without them this would really disappoint.
ALLOVATE (2356) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I like the new label. It has a kind of ’Blair witch’ meets ’Summer of Sam’ feel about it visually. Possibly the best thing it has going for it. A shimmering fiery copper it produced with intermittent, fine carbonation rising up to that magnificent crown of crowns - a two inch thick, sloppy bed of cream that held form and drabbed a very messy lace down the glass. It pours so attractive, so seductive (I’ve already lied on its qualities!) that if it could just sit there in the glass the world would be a good place, but the world is not and this baby needed to be consumed.
Aroma has damp lawn clippings festering in the sun. The smell of Summer and that corner of the yard you’ve been meaning to weed yet keep watering. A strange under-waft of cola joins in, doesn’t go unnoticed. Heavily woody, heavily grassy and musty in the mouth. Very dry, pasty in feel like starchy unconverted grains. Pine, freshly sanded with the dust settling on the tongue. Some feint cocoa and treebark. There is a raspy and sharp bitter bite in back that follows into the long, dry, hay and grass swallow. A light hint of bitter fruit comes in. No sweetness shows even once warm. Have they changed the recipe along with the label. It wasn’t distasteful, but for me it just didn’t quite work. Aggressive hopping with no thought involved. Different, but not a winner. (33cL, 27/06/07, The Beer Store Morley)
Jimthechap (1572) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2011 I was a little bit harsh on this beer last time. In addition to the lovely coppery colour and white head, there’s a distinctive hoppy grassy nose on top of a bold, brassy malt. The flavours follow that similar run with a lovely lingering bitterness. Easily in my top two mainstream beers along with Hoprocker. Not a bad drop at all.
pickled (47) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy and malty. Not a complex beer but tasty and good value. I like this as a session beer.
markas101 (1826) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle, Wellington. Pours a deep amber colour, thin head, very hoppy aroma that does not follow through to the flavor. A good beer, but perhaps not as good as the Mac’s Copperhop for hops lovers.
omhper (19239) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Smuggler’s, Nelson. Clear brownish amber. Light mangolike hop aroma. Medium sweet with fairly light body and clean mouthfeel. Vague notes of paper. Grassy hops and licorice dominate the finish.