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Mount Desert Island Ginger - Atlantic Brewing Company

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176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 11-04-2002)
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 23:14:18 | More by dexterk1
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(no freshness date - poured into a balloon)

A: huge foam stand reminiscent of a hefeweizen or infection... dark orange liquid, mild haze... the foam looks great, with the belly button crest and all

S: a bit like spiced apple cake, with the ginger just poking through in the end of big whiff... mild-moderate spicy phenolics and ocean air... slightly air-cauterized fresh ginger root

T: base of bold, mild-intensity caramel (candy bar quality) with a not-too-sweet candied ginger thread... basically, an amber ale foundation with a soft hit of ginger spice... hops play a background role - nothing particularly "hoppy" about this

M: wheaty roundness to the body like a hefeweizen with an added slickness of crystal malt

O: completely fresh and untainted, this beer retains a refreshing fruity note along with a malty, yet light, foundation with a touch of spicy ginger - this bottle has some of that still intact, though it's been ... first had this beer at the brewery summer of '07, brought home a six-pack... it's just a pleasant twist on the standard light/crisp, blonde/wheat summer ale

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 06:14:56 | More by Bouleboubier
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Bumblebtna

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -9.4%

07-12-2014 22:59:52 | More by Bumblebtna
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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

07-07-2014 03:30:55 | More by BeerPrincess13xo
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

06-15-2014 18:57:27 | More by J-Fred36
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wrightst

Maryland

3/5  rDev -9.4%

06-06-2014 02:16:55 | More by wrightst
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-26-2014 14:54:56 | More by Janeinma
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Nichols33

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -9.4%

05-23-2014 23:03:24 | More by Nichols33
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-22-2014 16:48:24 | More by NJBeer265
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Urs

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

05-15-2014 17:18:43 | More by Urs
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-30-2014 20:23:23 | More by Durandal_777
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markgugs

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -9.4%

04-20-2014 13:42:54 | More by markgugs
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d_brommer_nh

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

01-29-2014 16:10:14 | More by d_brommer_nh
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rorjets

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-17-2013 02:34:25 | More by rorjets
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tallfellapgh

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-04-2013 03:41:52 | More by tallfellapgh
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29Engine

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer while on vacation in Bar Harbor Main. After hiking all day stumbled across this beer. It is very refreshing and I love the taste. Has a fruity smell, cloudy amber color, and a slight hint of ginger. I thought it was good enough to have my local liquer store order me a case.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 03:51:17 | More by 29Engine
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chrishensley

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-02-2013 18:24:23 | More by chrishensley
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

09-02-2013 20:14:03 | More by IdrinkGas
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-23-2013 22:32:32 | More by OhioBobcat
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly murky dark golden yellow to amber in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the sides of the glass and some golden orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film surrounded by a thinly mottled very thin film covering about 20% of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat with light aromas of fresh ginger (and just a hint of ginger spiciness).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of wheat with some lighter notes of citrus/orange and fresh ginger - though with only a light amount of ginger spiciness. Minimal amounts of bitterness are present and fade very quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink but I really wish the aromas and flavors of fresh ginger were more prevalent, more spicy, and more intense. Refreshing and a nice beer for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 22:21:21 | More by dbrauneis
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, and it was a bright, hazy, orange-gold coloring with a filmy, foamy, white head. Nose of subtle ginger and toast. Flavors of sweet gingerbread, with a roasty/toasty highlight. Lemony ginger aftertaste, with a cookie character. Smooth, light bodied, with a frothy, clean finish. Very good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2013 04:52:56 | More by GarthDanielson
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gwiedman1

New York

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

08-04-2013 18:44:00 | More by gwiedman1
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jwps214

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -9.4%

08-03-2013 17:20:43 | More by jwps214
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 23:13:08 | More by puboflyons
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AJ01923

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-12-2013 02:44:23 | More by AJ01923
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Mount Desert Island Ginger from Atlantic Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.