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Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Stromness, Scotland
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 404   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available filtered in 500ml bottles.
"A mid gravity beer which has a generous hoppy nose and a flowery hop flavour with a smooth malty finish."


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EyeAmBaldman (229) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Found this in a craft beer store in Gatlinburg, TN. Was just looking for a Scottish beer. Pours ruby red. Aroma was fruity and floral. Notes of caramel in the taste. Was not too overbearing in bitterness. Fell in love with this beer and started me on the path for the ultimate beer taste. This beer is so smooth. Iím sure if I ever get an chance to sample it again I will be disappointed.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
The Red MacGregor is a delicious, malty, mild tasting Scottish ale, with lots of flavor and character. The draught form of this beer is only 4% abv, making it a great session beer. They have boosted the abv up to 5% for the bottled product, and that is the sample I am reviewing here. The Red MacGregor Ale pours to a beautiful, bright, deep, ruby red color with a tight off white head, and a soft to moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderful, with lots of sweet malty, slightly peat smoky aroma, and some flowery hop aroma. The palate is soft, with some nice chewy malt texture. Flavors of sweet malt, toffee, a hint of raisin, and a touch of peat coat the tongue. Red MacGregor finishes with more good malty flavors up front, then ends with a mild flowery hop bitterness that takes the cloying edge off this beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 12, 2003
Peaty, Malty and downright heavenly. Great deep amber color like a fresh died Tartan. Many of my buddies don't like their beers smoky but then again, what do they know? Not as thick as I would like, can tend be mildly watery on the palate.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
orourke (17) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Velvety smooth balanced ale. Malty on the front, slight hoppy on the finish. Wish it came in 6-pack 12oz bottles...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (11812) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Deep copper color with a medium tan head that settles slowly and leaves shockingly good lacing. Aroma of peat, oak and smoke. Flavors start with sweet malts and progress quickly to wood, smoke, dark fruit and light spices. Very drinkable, complex and interesting.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen2 (904) - NORWAY - MAY 20, 2014
Clear amber. Impressive off-white head and lacing. Superb aroma of British hops, hay, grass and berries. Well balanced and refreshing taste. Taste and aftertaste is coherent with aroma, with plum jam in taste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2003 A standout beer, like the others from the Orkney Brewery. Everything they make is good, and this Red MacGregor is my favorite of the entire lot! Clear bottle, filled with cloudy brown, malty nectar. Hints of smoke, even! Terrific!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5741) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2007
The color of cherry wood, with a big, boiling sticky, sticky head. It has a very nice, crisp woodsy hoppy sting in the aroma. Iíd hoped for more of that in the drink, but itís a bit more subdued. But itís still a very nice easy drinker with an overtly citrusy body for a British beer. I really like this exceptionally drinkable brew. (#3201, 11/13/2007)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2003
Almost sweet beginning followed by a hoppy middle and good malty finish. Nice hoppy nose. Amber color with little lacey head. Very good beer, nice to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2004
This is a very nice brew. Dark copper color hearty flavor. Very Nice. Look forward to sampling the rest of Orkneys line.


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