Mount Desert Island Ginger - Atlantic Brewing Company

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Mount Desert Island GingerMount Desert Island Ginger

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 11-04-2002

A refreshing wheat beer spiced with fresh ginger root. The process of making this wheat beer has been nicknamed "special ginger tea", due to the fact that we add over 20 lbs. of fresh ground ginger root into the boil.

We use pale malt, and wheat, as well as Target and Whitbread Goldings Variation hops to flavor this light, summer ale.

Island Ginger is particularly popular during the warmer summer months, though thanks to the ginger kick it has, it would also be warming in the cold winter months.
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Photo of CoSMoSYS
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden amber color with a thin head that disappears a few minutes with no visible lacing. At first glance I thought carbonation bubbles were rising but upon closer inspection I realized it was probably ginger.

For some reason I couldn't get a scent from this beer for a while. When I finally did, I detected some citrus, ginger and a little bit of hops.

Taste was very familiar. Tasted very much like a hoppy Corona. Perfect mixture of ingredients. The ginger was not overpowering nor was it hiding. The citrus was in full effect as well as I noted tasting a bit of lemon and at times, lime; hence my Corona observation.

Carbonation was happening as you as you took a swig which kind of made my tongue numb. Didn't notice the sediment in the drink at all. Light to medium bodied.

This was a very interesting drink. I never had a ginger beer before and this one did a good job to perk my interest but it didn't give me that unique taste I was hoping for either.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty decent beer. It was a hazy orange color with a medium head and some nice carbonation. It had a sweet, spicy aroma. It tasted malty, with some spiciness (ginger), which was nicely warming. Fairly assertive, a fun beer to drink, not something to drink a lot of.

Photo of merlin48
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this and Coal Porter at the Leaf and Ale store, in Knoxville, Tennessee, earlier this week.
Pours a hazed, amber body with a tightknit, offwhite, head that rises to fingers tall, then quickly falls into collar and film lace.
Aroma has a buttery component suggestive of ringwood yeast, some herbal hops, and a hint of ginger.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Taste is buttery, with herbal hops, and pale malt sweetness. Ginger is barely picked up in the taste, but there is a disinct spice presence.
Worth a try, and the muted ginger melds well with the hops.

Photo of fdrich29
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My parents brought a six pack of this brew back from their recent vacation to Bar Harbor. Thank you!!

Mount Desert Island Ginger, Proudly Brewing in Maine. Hand crafted in small batches. The bottle goes on to say this is a Wheat Ale Brewed wtih Fresh Ginger.

This is a tastey brew. I love the taste of fresh ginger, but it can be overpowering. This is not. The color is very interesting, a light maple, appears much heavier than it is. Surprisingly refreshing as well.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery

Appearance: minimal head, gold in color, hazy, low carbonation

Smell: smells strongly of ginger

Taste: ginger, pale malt, light toasted malt

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, medium bodied, sweet with herbal spiciness, dry

Overall: I like the taste of ginger and this beer features the spice in all its glory. If you do not like ginger, stay away. The ginger mixes well with the base of a pale malt. I could have several of these and find it to be one of Atlantic's better small bottle beers.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into an Atlantic Brewing Company glass I got with the beers.

Appearance: Nice clear amber color with about three fingers of white head that lasted about two to three minutes. Not a lot of carbonation, but enough to keep a little bit of head on the top for most of the beer. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Smell: Toasted grains and some hints of spices. I could smell a little of the ginger. Not overpowering on the smells.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth and i want to say light bodied, but I feel like this is supposed to be a medium bodied beer. Up front I had toasted malts and hops with a little ginger snap at the end, but not so much that it was overpowering. Spices (and citrus? maybe)on the aftertaste that lingered for some time.

Overall: Quite the enjoyable brew. Certainly will be having this one again. I see this being paired well with seafood or asian inspired foods.

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.11/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass,a 1/2 inch slightly off white head.A cloudy,chill hazed reddish-orange color.
Not much aroma a little bisqiuty,yeasty,and a smell of ginger,not overpowering though.
Tastes bready.slightly sweet,a taste of ginger.A medium mouthfeel,with a slight bitterness and sourness at the finish.This beer just didn't do anything for me.It was a little on the bland side.The ginger flavor was not overpowering,but it was there.It was better than the last ginger beer I tasted.Nothing to get excited about here.

Photo of Brenden
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An off-white head grows to just over one finger in height, hanging around for a couple minutes or so before dissipating over a thickly hazed orange brew. A strong foam manages to drop pretty thick leggy lacing behind.
Ginger does pop out of an aroma that's otherwise a bit light but does offer some grainy wheat and a mix of dryer and perhaps caramel malts.
Ginger remains a kery element in taste, though not as strongly ad in the aroma. Still, the gentle heat and flavor particular to ginger are evident. There's an unfortunately bland flavor almost of spent grains, though malts add some heft. A light phenolic flavor lingers in the finish. There's a very light but present doeing of leafy hops that helps for awhile before going slightly sour.
The mouthfeel is fortunately not watery and, while by no mean strong or heavy, could easily be lighter. It tends toward spritziness but doesn't fall too far.

Photo of ggaughan
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Beer poured a hazy orange color with a thick white head into a tulip glass. The aroma gives you some ginger hints but is dominated by the malt tones and a bit of hops. The taste is like the aroma, mainly malt tones but you get a bit more ginger on the tongue. Overall the body is rather light and the taste does not linger for very long.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Atlantic Brewing's ginger beer pours a cloudy orange-amber beneath a short head of creamy off-white foam. The head retention, however, is limited; and it leaves very little, if any, lacing about the glass. The nose expresses exactly what you'll find in the flavor: wheat malt and ginger. It's not complex, but enjoyable; and it's nicely balanced by a firm bitterness beneath the zesty ginger. It's medium bodied and crisp, which adds to its refreshing nature. Nicely done!

Photo of ElGordo
3.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-orange hue topped by a creamy, bright white one-finger head. Aroma of light floral hops, light sweet malt, orange peel, ginger, and honey. Palate is sweet up front, with notes of honey and sticky buns. Ginger comes out mid-palate, bringing a touch of spice. Finish is stronger ginger with a bit of citrus. Body is nice - light and slightly creamy. Tasty, yes, and probably much better suited for a summer day than a cold night in December. Nonetheless, I'm still not a huge fan of ginger-spiced beers in general.

Photo of RickS95
2.81/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours thin white head that is gone quickly. Golden in color, slightly cloudy.

There is ginger present in the nose, but it's very subtle. It's the dominant smell, but it's not overpowering.

A little strong in the mouth, you'll want to swallow quickly. The ginger in stronger in the taste than in the smell.

I normally like wheat beers, but I'm not sure about this. Wheat normally sweetens a beer, but the ginger was just too much. I could never drink more than one of these in a night.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.2/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer a lot. When I first saw it, I thought "ginger"? But it was a great addition. It did not overpower the beer, nay, ti enhanced it. It did not leave that stinging taste sensation in your mouth, like ginger soda. I hope this is available in the summer, because it is fantastic. By the way, it's a wheat beer.

Photo of hammer09
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend gave me one of these to try last week.

A - Beer poured a cloudy, light amber with a very foamy head. Color and clarity is typical to other wheat beers.

S - Exhibited a mild giner aroma, but also a stale, musty odor.

T - There's a definite ginger presence up front; strong, but not overly cloying. The ginger and carbonation lend this beer's character to that of a ginger ale soda. Some citrus notes also.

M - Well carbonated, but smooth. Soda-like.

D - Overall, this is a damn good beer. Not a session beer, but one could definitely enjoy a couple of these at a time. One note of caution, however. While the ginger flavor isn't overly strong, the taste will remain on the palate for several hours, even after consuming another style/brand of beer.

Photo of negroobserver
2.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden color with a nice head. Reminds me of a filtered hefeweizen.

Ginger definitely co es through on the nose. There is a slight hoppy scent. Nothing else stands out.

The ginger again comes through in the taste. It's interesting, but it doesn't dominate the flavors as it should. The middle falls completely flat with respect to flavors. Finishes ith a moderate bitterness, which lingers in the mouth, an aftertaste. Not a very clean finish.

The beer has decent body and offers a bit of a sting on the tongue, probably from the ginger. The body is thinner than a lager but more dense than a pilsner.

Overall, this is an easy to drink beer, which doesn't challenge the palate. I think people who are interested in good beer, will find this one lacking in almost every category.


Photo of profzoom
3.82/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a fan of ginger ale and ginger beer since I was a kid, my eyes were immediately drawn to this offering as I perused the cooler of my local beer store, excited to go home and try it out.

It pours a hazy bronzish pumpkin color with a healthy head and very visible carbonation. The smell is bittersweet, with only the tiniest hint of ginger.

The ginger is definitely more apparent in the flavor, which also has a relatively strong wheat taste. It is a wheat ale, after all.

Overall, I was slightly disappointed. The kid in me wanted an overpowering ginger sensation, which this does not deliver. Also, I thought the coupling of ginger with a wheat ale rather odd. It seems like it might be more at home brewed in a lager.

Photo of edchicma
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew surprised me. First the appearance was a nice cloudy light copper that a wheat brew should have. Alos, there was an adequate initail head. I expected to be overpowered by ginger, but was not. Instead, I detected a nice wheat aroma and a very light ginger presence. Taste was light, initially sweet then slightly bitter mid-palate. Finish was light with a hint of bitterness. Mouthfeel was fine with light carbonation and smoothness. Drinkability was fine too. Yes, I would have another if offered.

Photo of dexterk1
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a reddish copper with a good couple inches of head.
Odor is not really exceptional. Pretty average in that it smells neutral.
Taste is good. You can taste the ginger, but it is not overpowering. Beer has pleasant aftertaste and mouthfeel is about average. Overall, beer is pretty good and a nice specialty beer.

Photo of CortexBomb
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour. straw yellow with a 1 inch white head on top of it. Smell is spicy with some ginger (as expected.)

Flavour is largely dominated by soft, sweet wheaty malts and is accentuated by the spice from the nose, and the ginger. Finish is mildly hoppy. I don't think this beer is breaking new ground by any means, but this is a nice easy drinker.

Mouth and drinkability, both a shade above average. Some nice top of the mouth hops bite adds to the mouth. Drinkability is good because this is such a smooth drinking beer. Very crisp and refreshing.

I'm surprised to say that an herbed beer is a real smooth drinking summer style beer, but this definitely is. I liked it.

Photo of goochpunch
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber with little carbonation and a thin head that fizzles to nothing. Smells very malty, worty even, with faint ginger. Taste is similar, but rather nutty as well. Ginger could stand out more for my tastes and would help to make this more refreshing, I feel. Finishes a bit dry and yeasty. Mouthfeel is moderate and has kind of weak carbonation. Decent beer all around.

Photo of puboflyons
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 12, 2013.

It doesn't look bad. The pour is copper amber with a head that last briefly and then dissolves into nothingness.

Aroma - the nose is full of ginger. It is a ginger-based brew and that is really the main ester. Deep behind that are pale malts and mild hops.

The body is about medium.

The taste is ginger-forward as to be expected. There is a milder pale malt note and moderate hop bitterness at the end. It does have a slight bite that the 5.2% ABV would not suggest. It is the kind of beer I really have to be in the mood for - not for regular drinking.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.86/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a pale, dirty orange with a frothy linen white colored head that dissipated to a patchy covering within the first minute of pour. There was a turbid nature of tiny speckled yeast matter that was sparse and spaced far between with enough clarity to clearly distinguish objects on the other side.

S: musky and dry with light sweetly toasted grains and dry orange grinds. The ginger was dry, powdery and muddled with no distinguishability. Overall was muddled, flat, and bland.

T: The flavor faired slightly better then the aroma. The spiciness of the ginger comes through with some honey cloves and lightly sweet toasted grains. A fruitiness of melons and pear juice are also noted here. There is a ginger root/flower hopping on the finish. Overall found the malting to be overbearingly sweet at times.

M: alkaline, light bodied and slightly fizzy. The finish is a bit scratchy perhaps from the ginger. Nothing else mentioning here.

D: Hard to imagine drinking this in multiples. Less then average enjoyment and ease of consumption. It is what it is, a ginger beer that comes off overbearingly sweet malt wise limiting multiples or repeatability. If curious try lefthands ginger over this, otherwise cant imagine what I would do with a six pack of this.

Photo of AaronRed
2.54/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The only part of this beer I liked was the aroma. Since I am not much of a fruit-beer drinker, I did not have a huge expectation that I would enjoy this. That being said, I do enjoy spiced beers, so I did think this might be different. It was not. Sort of a flat tasting beer (there was pleanty of carbonation) with little defining character other than a strong taste of ginger. To me it tasted like a weak wheat ale, with some ginger essence dropped in. I will find other beers to drink.

Photo of jmalex
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was just up at a favorite vacation spot of mine, Mount Desert Island, and brought back quite a load of beer from Atlantic Brewing Company. Mount Desert Island Ginger was not my favorite beer of the tasting at the brewery, but this is my first time having a full bottle.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a shaker pint glass a clear ruddy gold. A head forms initially but drops instantaneously leaving barely a trace of itself. Disappointing.

SMELL: The smell is big on, you guessed it, ginger, and some other spice seems (perhaps deceivingly so) present as well. It's mildly fruity with only a slight trace of aroma coming from hops or sweet malt.

TASTE: The taste is much stronger on the ginger but is also more well-rounded as a result of all other beer flavors coming up to try and match it. Mildly hopped with a surprisingly flavorful, yet unobtrusive, base. The ginger stands out, of course, but not without letting others through.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium thin bodied with just the slightest carbonation. C'mon, if I'm going to be refreshed by this, I need more carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: Not bad. The light body and ABV within reason make this a beer to have a few of. I'm just not sure ginger is my thing and would likely pass on this in the future.

Better than I thought, and certainly much more balanced. I just can't really think of a situation where a ginger ale would be perfect. Maybe if I was sick...

Photo of Bierguy5
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, light golden color. Thin white head disappears quickly. Smells of ginger, and a touch earthy. Slight bready malt, with some sweetness mixes well with the ginger. Seems to be a good amount of ginger, but not overwhelming. Very smooth for being spiced so well. Light body, and moderate carbonation. I enjoy spiced beers from time to time, and this one seems to be one of the better ones.

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Mount Desert Island Ginger from Atlantic Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.