Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Orkney Brewery Red MacGregor

There is one thing that I really like about beer, is having a pint with a lower ABV percentage. That makes it easy to have a whole pint and not be so cautious about drink that wonderful pint of beer. I find that some pints of beers have an average ABV, while a lot tend to have a higher ABV, and some seven hundred milliliter beers tend to be to high for person to drink all of the liquid contents and not get near drunk. Here is a beer from The Orkney Brewery, which is located in Quoyloo, Stromness. This is their Red MacGregor, a Scottish Ale 4.0% ABV. This is a good ABV for 1 pint 0.9 ounces.  Red MacGregor pours a deep ruby red color with an off white three and a half finger of off white rocky head that’s slow to dissipate. I found low amounts of light coming through with decent carbonation bubbles. The aroma on Red MacGregor is of slight floral and fruity scent, with nice notes of some cherry, faint toffee caramel with slight hints of a hoppy grass notes. The taste is similar to the aroma or nose, with nice juiciness of both toasted and biscuit like malt flavors with a spicy hoppy flavor towards the end. The mouth feel is medium and has a bitter finish that leads you down to a hoppy spicy after taste that has hints of bitter fruit with touches of a faint grassy yet piney after flavor. This is not a bad brew, so I am giving this a B-. The fact that the ABV is 4.0% for 1 pint 0.9 ounces helps Red MacGregor gain a B-. I did not find this beer to overly hoppy/bitter nor did I find it to be over malty. It had just the right balance of each. Red MacGregor has good but interesting flavors and is somewhat easy to drink and enjoyable too. The Orkney Brewer’s Red MacGregor doesn’t need much to make it perfect; just a little less of a hoppy finish and after taste and it’s there. I did enjoy this Red MacGregor Scottish Ale. So go out and try The Orkney Brewer’s Red MacGregor Scottish Ale and see what you think of it! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

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