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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: 192
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.12%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 192 | Reviews: 130
Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy peachy color with a patchy and thin head over top. Bubbles boil up, making swirls apprear atop the brew. I'm amazed that the head can't find a way to form, even with the solid carbonation. Aroma is very fruity and gingery. I get notes of apircot and banana with a very nice gingery zing. Lots of sweetness. I like it. Flavor is a little less bold than the aroma. The ginger is there on the start. It tastes like there is a bit of wheat in the base beer, as it has a slightly creamy flavor that I associate with wheat. If I would take the time to read the beer label before I start my review, I would see that this one is called a wheat ale brewed with fresh ginger. Mouthfeel is moderate, with a moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles. I think this beer really hits a homerun with what it sets out to be. It is every bit a wheat beer brewed with ginger. The ginger is very fresh and spicey, but not over the top and offensive. This one is a winner in my book.

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 Suds
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a light, hazy orange color with a thick, moderately dense white head. Bottle conditioned. The aroma is fixed with a spicy ginger character and a bit of malt and faint hops. There’s a little maltiness underneath, and the ginger isn’t overdone. It’s floral, herbal, and just a little yeasty. The beer is fairly light, and well carbonated. It’s just slightly sweet in the foretaste, with ginger coming out in the midtaste. The herbal and spiciness of the ginger linger through the finish. It’s sort of refreshing, and I kept thinking that it would go well with sushi. It’s not a satisfying, outstanding beer in it’s own right, but I think it is an excellent use of ginger. The spice doesn’t overwhelm the beer, and it’s something different.

Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear light orange with a nice fluffy 2" head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: ginger is easily detectable.

Taste: green grapes, ginger, and some granny smith apples. Malt levels are lighter than expected, and there was a bit of lite bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Lighter in body. Short aftertaste as onl some ginger linger briefly.

Drinkability: Not bad, but not great. A different beer that would probably go good with some Chinese stir fry. Interesting.

Photo of gqfiji
2.47/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

a: a blonde color, nice khaki head that fades quickly

s: starts with a citrus, but the scent of ginger grabs at the end

t: the first wash lets you know it is a wheat beer, as it settles, the mouth salivates and enjoys. unfortunately, the ginger rears and lets you down. dont get me wrong, i like ginger, even ginger beers, just not the taste of this fellow

m: cant get away from the ginger kick. but it has a good feel to the tongue, not a bad lingering burn. soft

d: one and done for me my friends. i recommend trying it, but after that, its on your shoulders

Photo of santoslhalper
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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 bjohnson
3.99/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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 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.

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.

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 BamaScholar
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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.

Photo of brentk56
3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Photo of ybnorml
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
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).

Photo of DogFood11
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of meathookjones
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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.

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
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

Photo of rousee
2.82/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of aracauna
3.61/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of FormatKid
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Mount Desert Island Ginger from Atlantic Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.