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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: 181
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 17.47%
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 ElGordo


3.8/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

12-23-2005 06:11:56 | More by ElGordo
Photo of BamaScholar


3.73/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

11-27-2005 21:39:25 | More by BamaScholar
Photo of woodychandler


3.88/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

11-23-2005 01:53:14 | More by woodychandler
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +2.4%

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!

11-19-2005 08:43:48 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of Hibernator


4/5  rDev +20.5%

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.

09-26-2005 21:35:26 | More by Hibernator
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +3.3%

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

07-17-2005 21:45:50 | More by brentk56
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +16.9%

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).

07-08-2005 00:15:41 | More by ybnorml
Photo of DogFood11


3.8/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

07-06-2005 16:42:45 | More by DogFood11
Photo of meathookjones


3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

02-18-2005 20:10:30 | More by meathookjones
Photo of Bierguy5


3.53/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

01-10-2005 02:19:23 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of bigbeerdrinka


3.98/5  rDev +19.9%

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

12-16-2004 05:12:31 | More by bigbeerdrinka
Photo of rousee


2.78/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

10-31-2004 17:42:27 | More by rousee
Photo of aracauna


3.63/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

10-29-2004 00:34:04 | More by aracauna
Photo of FormatKid


3.98/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

10-09-2004 03:41:02 | More by FormatKid
Photo of merlin48


3.45/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

10-02-2004 03:23:35 | More by merlin48
Photo of Bighuge


3.88/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

07-28-2004 05:10:52 | More by Bighuge
Photo of ZAP


4/5  rDev +20.5%

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

07-28-2004 04:53:49 | More by ZAP
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.88/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

06-15-2004 21:36:04 | More by WesWes
Photo of Gusler


3.6/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

04-24-2004 01:20:08 | More by Gusler
Photo of ppoitras


3.33/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz bottle obtained via trade with bennybrew. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2"of white head, which quickly shrunk down to a lyaer of light foam. Very slight lacing over this slightly cloudy honey-golden brew. Aroma is of lightly of grain and a tinge of the advertised ginger, noticeable but not overpowering. Flavor seems a bit lacking in the malt area, and I expected a bit more ginger flavor than I can taste. The ginger does seem to bring out the crispness of the hops at the end a bit more, which is nice. Probably a nice warm weather brew, have to give it a try then, with a somewhat thin mouthfeel and the corresponding drinkability...

04-08-2004 23:53:49 | More by ppoitras
Photo of edchicma


3.63/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

03-31-2004 00:21:29 | More by edchicma
Photo of UnionMade

New York

2.95/5  rDev -11.1%

The beer pours a slightly hazy light amber, tinged with straw yellow. A thin, receding mist of head tops the beer, dying out to nothing about halfway through.
The aroma is dominated by snappy ginger. A pleasant zing, but a bit one dimensional. Very light malt and a soft herbal hop aroma barely come through. A hint of lemon.
The flavor starts in with some light, sweet pale malt. The ginger comes in quickly, overtaking the malt through the middle, although much more subdued than in the aroma. Still very strong. A touch of apple and lemon esteriness, more or less a whisper behind the ginger. The ginger flavor continues through the finish, coupled with a light herbal hop presence. The hops and ginger actually make an interesting combination, and the carbonation, soft yet fizzy, lends a refreshing crispness to the finish. Light bodied. The aftertaste is mostly ginger, with a bit of light malt.
A decent brew, although the ginger is a bit overpowering, and gets tiresome after about half a glass. This beer would be an excellent accompaniment to fish, particularly sushi. Not really something to drink in it's own, unless you really like ginger.

11-03-2003 23:38:43 | More by UnionMade
Photo of AaronRed

New York

2.45/5  rDev -26.2%

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.

10-05-2003 14:48:43 | More by AaronRed
Photo of UncleJimbo


3.53/5  rDev +6.3%

12 oz longneck, brown bottle, capped. No frehness date.

This beer poured a lightly hazy (chill haze?), light amber color with fine bubbles and creamy, very white foam that settled but coated the glass a little bit. The smell was a slightly sweet, malty aroma with a hint of biscuit and hops. No detectable ginger in the smell. The taste was a sweet tangy malty taste up front, followed by some floral and bitter hops. There was a light fruitiness, but no real ginger flavor except for a hint of spice in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-light body and medium carbonation. The flavors lingered a bit as an aftertaste. This was an OK beer, but the lack of a clear ginger taste or smell was disappointing.

09-27-2003 08:15:17 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of andyj


3.78/5  rDev +13.9%

I love ginger. I have brewed several beers with it myself and this is the first commercial brew I have had that uses ginger. I was a bit disappointed with the aroma. Ginger has a distinct aroma that a ginger lover such as myself should be able to pick up immediately, and it wasn't there. I found the wonderful spicey ginger bite in the aftertaste. It was a wonderful bright tingling on the tongue. This is definitely a beer to down on a hot summer day. Personally I think it could have used some more ginger.

07-22-2003 17:46:33 | More by andyj
Mount Desert Island Ginger from Atlantic Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.