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Mount Desert Island Ginger - Atlantic Brewing Company

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Mount Desert Island GingerMount Desert Island Ginger

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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of santoslhalper
2.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearence: Pours a hazy, dull orange with a huge, frothy white head.

Smell: Smells like Indian food!! Hell yeah!! This brew smells fabulous with a nice yeast tang, clean ginger, and strong wheat flavors. Brilliant smelling!!!!

Taste and Mouthfeel: Gah'damn is this dissapointing. It tastes the way it smells, only very weak and unbalanced. The ginger is way too strong, the wheat is almost non-existent, and it leaves a foul sulfery taste and the end. Ouch!!! The mouthfeel is creamy, but a bit thin.

Drinkability and Overall: Wow!! What a huge difference between the taste and the smell. One of the best smelling wheat beers I've ever had, but one of the worst tasting. How crazy is that. Oh well, I gotta give Atlantic props because this is definitly a good idea, although not executed as well as it could have been.

santoslhalper, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of profzoom
3.83/5  rDev +15%
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.

profzoom, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color with an initial head that dissipates pretty quickly. Has some dark colored spices floating around at the bottom.

S: Aromas of wheaty malts with a light ginger hoppy background. Hints of fruit in there also, possibly pineapple or orange?

T: Hoppy ginger flavor that dominates with a slight orange taste in there. Malty finish and aftertaste with the ginger hanging around.

M & D: Mouthfeel is pretty good. The taste of ginger is very refreshing. Kinda carbonated but not too overwhelming. Drinkability is pretty high on this offering from Atlantic Brewing Company. Depending on if you like ginger or not will determine how you like this one. Would be good with sushi! Emma gives it two thumbs up as this is mostly her rating.

bjohnson, Jan 30, 2006
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.

CortexBomb, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper, sediment present in the glas, coating the bottom and floating around. Thin tan head with some light lacing. Smells of grassy malt, ginger and some yeasty fruitiness.

Taste is also that grassy malt backed with a solid ginger bite. I feared the ginger may overwheln the beer and the palate but happily that is not the case. Quite well balanced with the spice assisting not dominating the overall flavor. Crisp and light to medium bodies. An easy drinker as well. A pleasant surprise, would be nice on a cool spring evening.

ViveLaChouffe, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a very nice clear orange coloration. The head was a short lived off white coloration.

Smell: This beer smelled great. There is a ginger bread quality to the smell backed up by a bit of citrus and cinommon.

Taste: This has an initial sweet push that turns to a ginger bready spicy tartness.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a very light body. The beer also has a very crisp and clean mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This beer is great regardless of how cold it is outside. This will be a great lawnmower beer.

nlmartin, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

ElGordo, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of BamaScholar
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another Frugal MacDougal find...

Poured from the bottle with a calendar of freshness dates but none of them stamped or marked out...

Pours a hazy, topaz / light orange. Lacing was good...beer acted much like a witbier or hefe.

Nose is none too complex but awfully nice, like opening the spice cabinet for two or three things...ginger, citrus, floral elements.

The beer is clean and crisp and, IMO, doesn't lean too heavily on the ginger. It's a nice focus but backed up by a strong foundation. It is not over- or underwhelming.

I enjoyed the beer very much, but maybe it's a bit of a one-hit wonder. More than two, for sure, would be overdoing it. Time to branch out and try something else different.

BamaScholar, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my fellow LNCBC Mug Club members brought a bottle of this back for me while in Maine on vacation. Thanks, Mitch!

It poured with a big, fluffy white head, but it rapidly dissipated and then disappeared almost entirely. The color was a cloudy medium to deep amber, but the color was secondary to the smell. Man, was it ever rich with ginger! I caught it on the nose, then again on the palate, and one last time on the finish. The bottle's label identifies the beer as "wheat ale brewed with fresh ginger", but everything is just overwhelmed by the ginger. I liked the ginger, but it became a case of a little going a long way. I could see this as an accompaniment to a Thai meal, but on its own, it was a bit much. The mouthfeel was very full, almost creamy. An interesting beer that I am glad to have had the opportunity to review, but it wa just not my personal cup of tea.

woodychandler, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer for the first time the day before the New England Beer Festival at a pre-party in Cambridge (I think) Massachusetts. Enjoyed it and the other Atlantic Brewing offerings, so I grabbed a 6-pack as part of my stash to take home and share. Figured it would be good for a tasting since I've never had anything like it!

Poured pretty nicely - goldenrod color with about a finger's worth of foam on it. Very little lacing left afterwards, a bit of brown "sediment" floating in it too. Not quite sure if it was the ginger or not, but it contrasted nicely with the opaqueness of the brew.

Ginger is obviously the primary flavor, and there are citrus, lemongrass, and malt notes underneath. Froths up nicely during each sip, and the aftertaste is a bit like uncarbonated ginger ale, with just a bit of metallic flavor intertwined as well. A very interesting brew - refreshing, unique, and I can picture it being a great pairing with Thai or other southeastern Asian food. Not the best of summer beers, but it's definitely worth a shot and enjoyable nice and slow. Another wonderful offering from Atlantic Brewing!

JerzDevl2000, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mount Desert Island Ginger
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass
There is a "best enjoyed before" calender, but nothing is notched off [purchased in Maine]

Pours a hazy, light orange color. Random spotted lacings on the sides of the glass.

Pleasing aroma of wheat, citrus and ginger.

This is a very clean tasting brew. Juicy sweetness and dry wheat flavors in the front of the sip with a distinctive ginger finish. Maybe I am bias because I enjoy ginger, but this beer has such a nice charteristc about it. The ginger flavors are very real tasting and work well with this style beer.

I poured this beer and drank it quickly. Why? because this is a well crafted beer. A refreshing wheat ale with the magic of ginger flavors blended in. Good beer.

Hibernator, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a small head and virtually no lacing

Smell: Strong whiff of ginger overwhelms any other scents

Taste: Starts out as a battle between the ginger spice and a relatively sweet malt backbone; initially the ginger dominates, but as the ginger fades, a sugary sweetness predominates into the finish; tastes like a ginger beer (the non-alcoholic kind)

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation; a little slick on the finish

Drinkability: I like the ginger flavors and could enjoy this on a hot summer day; ultimately, however, the sweetness of this beer turns me off

brentk56, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden yellow beer. Has a big white head. The aroma has a strong sweet but spicey ginger character with a hint of grapfruit hops in the background. The flavor has some sweetness up front with a combo of a light hop bitterness and a snap of ginger on the finish. The light mouth feel makes this a very pleasing and refreshing beer on a hot day standing by the grill. The ginger here is not like ginger ale (soda) by ginger beer (soda).

ybnorml, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am reviewing the two pints I had on tap at the brewery on my way traveling from St John NB to Bangor for a flight. The reason I mention this is because this beer loses everything when I sampled a few bottles. On tap this beer was much more lively and had a powerful ginger flavor. The appearance leaves something to be desired as the head quickly fades and has loads of carbonation. Smelled very aromatic ginger, sweetness. I enjoyed the taste. Sweet ginger up front with a bit of spices at the end and a sizzle of medium carbonation. I would have this beer more if I could get it on tap but I'm done messing with the bottles on this one. I brought back 2 sixer's and it had a strong bottlecap taste and lost alot of the strong ginger that I experienced on tap....Go To The Brewer.

DogFood11, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears a slightly hazy straw yellow in the glass. A small gathering of white bubbles forms on top but is quick to disappear leaving no lace on the glass. Aroma of ginger is present but not overpowering. A bit of sweet caramel malt is the backbone. Light but pleasant. Taste is similar with a bit of sweetness accompanied by a bit of spicy ginger. A touch of doughy malt. Leaves a ginger aftertaste that lingers for a bit. Mouthfeel is light to medium while being clean and crisp. Drinkability is good as this is refreshing and a bit different. It goes down easy and would probably pair well with most milder meals. Thanks to secret Santa and quarre for the bottle.

meathookjones, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of Bierguy5
3.53/5  rDev +6%
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.

Bierguy5, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale straw color with hints of orange in the mix. Aromas are dominated by ginger with hints of light malts in the background. For flavor this brew is full of ginger from the beginning to end, with a light creaminess to it, hints of pale malts here and there, and a light almost spicy finish. The body to this beer was fairly light and the brew went down fairly easily. For someone who isn't very particular about ginger this beer was definetly decent, and worth a try for those who do in fact like ginger.. A nice offering

bigbeerdrinka, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of rousee
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown 12 oz bottle with a nice artistic label. Pours a honey-amber-small cap reduced to a trace of foam a few seconds later. No lace on glass to speak of.

Hits your nose with a woody and rustic scent--a slightly metallic quality too.

Tatste is tart fruit with a dry ginger bite. Both the fruitiness and the bite of the ginger are fairly pronounced. I know that this beer is another one where location is key--on a hot beach it would be better and definitely more drinkable.

rousee, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold body is topped by a respectable amount of white foam. The aroma is really more malt than ginger. It’s got a nice dry hay malt flavor and aroma that makes this an exceedingly drinkable beer. The ginger is very mild. In fact, I wouldn’t even know it was made with ginger, although I think the root spice creates a bit of vague spiciness that combines with the estery yeast flavors makes this almost seem like a mild Belgian ale. I’m getting a little cinnamon and vanilla as well.

aracauna, Oct 29, 2004
Photo of FormatKid
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up as part of a mixed six pack.

Just looking at the bottle I can see flecks of spice gathered in the bottom. I poured this into a standard pint glass which revealed a pale amber body and a thin cap of foam that recedes to a paper thin layer of foam on top. I decided to go all out and just dump all the stuff from the bottom straight in. The aroma is basically dominated by ginger, I can detect hints of the subtle malted wheat in the background. This beer is sweet all the way through. A small swelling of malt in the beginning cruises into the big ginger flavors. This remarkably recreates the sensation of a ginger-snap cookie. A combination of the subtle hops, astringent wheat and spicy ginger creates a pang on the back of my palate that makes me want to take another drink. This brew is rather light in mouthfeel but the carbonation level is low, which is a good thing in this case. I’ll have to admit this beer is a bit heavy on the ginger for me. I could imagine it pairing fantastically with Chinese or Thai food though.

FormatKid, Oct 09, 2004
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.

merlin48, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuzzy, hazy peach appearance. Thin ivory white head. Lacing is adequate. Nice whiff of ginger blends with some minty and perfumey hop aromas. Some sweet malt is detected in the background. There's a nice taste to this beer. I'm not a big fan of ginger, but this is nicely spiced and pleasing to the buds. Fairly sweet overall. The malts seem a little bready and biscuity. Nice little touch of yeastiness. The ginger is held in check nicely and blends with the herbal tones from the hops nicely. This is a pretty good spiced brew. Beats the hell out of that JUJU Ginger beer I just had from Left Hand.

Bighuge, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had too many "ginger" beers but this is quite tasty...I understand they used to load this up with even more "ginger" but I find it very flavorfull as is..

Nose is ginger....perhaps a drop or two of honey..and vanilla...body is medium...certainly not watery...kind of creamy mouthfeel...a nice smack of ginger on the taste along with the vanilla..sweet flavor....almost seems like there was a honey addition to this as well...

I found this quite enjoyable and a nice change of pace...a great summertime seasonal-style beer with a little character...

Special thanks to benny Brew for the sample

ZAP, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pale malt scent with a hint of ginger lingering. It definately is spicey. The taste is good. It has a fine ginger flavor which is mellowed with the use of pale malts. It is a really smooth beer despite the spice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking spice beer. It has good flavor and a smooth finish.

WesWes, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ItDebarks from the 12 ounce brown bottle nebulous amber with a modest white head that is spumous in texture, the lace a thin slip to cover the glass. Nose is sweet, hints of ginger, and to me a cinnamon like aroma also present, nice to sniff at any rate, start is quite sweet, nice malt presence, top is moderate in feel. Finish has a nice benign acidity, the hops understated but pleasing to the palate, the aftertaste sweet and dry, a real nice summertime beer, and one that would sell well in arid-zona.

Gusler, Apr 24, 2004
Mount Desert Island Ginger from Atlantic Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.