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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: 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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Photo of Rook162


3/5  rDev -9.4%

07-05-2012 18:54:32 | More by Rook162
Photo of jaidenjb


2/5  rDev -39.6%

06-09-2012 02:35:47 | More by jaidenjb
Photo of athouve1

North Dakota

2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

05-18-2012 00:52:00 | More by athouve1
Photo of rpaine

5/5  rDev +51.1%

03-12-2012 21:27:20 | More by rpaine
Photo of Brenden


3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 15:32:57 | More by Brenden
Photo of dexterk1


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
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -9.4%

12-09-2011 23:50:28 | More by nmann08
Photo of rab53


3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-22-2011 03:24:10 | More by rab53
Photo of mormon


4/5  rDev +20.8%

11-16-2011 00:48:32 | More by mormon
Photo of thebouch01


3/5  rDev -9.4%

11-14-2011 20:48:08 | More by thebouch01
Photo of negroobserver

New York

2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
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.


Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 20:35:49 | More by negroobserver
Photo of Buggies


2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one was a dud.

It actually smelled quite pleasant. Definite aroma of ginger, but is also has some hints of caramel and citrus too.

Tastes too boring. The ginger is lost. It has a dominate citrus flavor that leads to a dry finish with just a little bitter bite at the end. It is so dry with no background flavors that it tastes watery.

Just bland and boring.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 02:23:50 | More by Buggies
Photo of ggilman


2.65/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a stemless Pinot glass.

Pours a fizzy apricot color, hazy with a tight champagne like head that settles to nothing. Raisin dried fruit nose. Herbal bitter spicy taste followed by a rush of water soaked hay. Candied Ginger after taste. Crisp refreshing carbonation could save this for fans of the style. Couldn't save it for me. There's actually a nice Ginger bite as it warms, but the straw after taste totally ruins this for me. I think it could work better in a different style. Maybe a Ginger Pale Ale?

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 03:16:07 | More by ggilman
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3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a decent fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, over hazy sediment filled orange honey colored beer.

Nose has sweet syrups, plenty of extract aromas, light wheats aromas, hints of spices and ginger, and a light herbal hops.

Taste starts slightly on the sweet side with some wheats, some more extract like flavors, phenols and a bit of plastic, light candied ginger, sweet syrupy extract flavors, a light herbal hop bitterness. Finishes still a bit sweet, little spicy from spices and ginger, sticky syrups, and some light bitterness.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall fairly meh, plenty of off flavors, sweet and syrupy with an extract like wheat flavor that I'm still not sure if it is extract or just very poorly done wheat beer, the ginger is barely there, and some phenols that don't belong.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 22:33:26 | More by jlindros
Photo of Cylinsier


3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon gold color, bit of a sudsy white head.

Smells of barley malt and a bit of spiced ginger sweetness.

Tastes mildly of ginger, a hint of a bite but not much. Otherwise, barley malt, a hint of citrus and some wheat character.

Feels moderate with medium carbonation over the roof of the mouth.

Pretty easy and interesting sessionable brew. The ginger is a welcome spiced flavor that is not overdone. It's there but it complements the beer flavors instead of overriding them. Definitely worth trying and as a fan of ginger, I would think you couldn't hope for much better than this out of a ginger spiced beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 00:43:42 | More by Cylinsier
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3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - By gum I got me some floaties! Color is a nice orange amber with a bit of head that turns to a light lace ring.

S - Mostly wheat and a spice I think is ginger. Might not be stong enough and is mixed with the sweet malts.

T - Not bad has sort of a blandness with the simplest of wheat and then a twang of ginger but it doesn't seem to carbonated to make it enjoyable as a "ginger ale"
Taste is balanced though.

M - Light to medium pretty easy drinking

Overall it seems like others said as a basic wheat ale with a bit of ginger added. Not enough to really notice but not too little to make this offensive. I am glad I tried an actual ginger beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 07:20:30 | More by DrDemento456
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New York

3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation along with some small particles floating in suspension. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down relatively quickly, leaving a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of ginger and wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some notes of orange citrus and spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink and has some refreshing properties. It tastes like a summer ale with a twist of ginger.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 23:43:58 | More by metter98
Photo of Beer4Baltimore


3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- from the notes and a sampler pack
12 ounce bottles
A - hazy/cloudy golden color with a very short head.
S - fruits: apricots? apples? and certainly some ginger.
T - more subdued than I expected.
M - thin with decent carbonation.
D - one as a taster is enough.
I might have one if offered but one would be enough. I really wanted more giner than this.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 19:54:15 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a cloudy orange yellow with half a finger of head. Plentiful bubbles with average lacing and carbonation.

Smell - Immediately smells of vinegar, followed by ginger, pear, cranberry and wheat.

Taste -Extraordinarily strong ginger mixed with honeysickle. A very dry and slightly sweet finish. I taste a bit of pear for some reason.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, sweet and dry.

Drinkability - Very drinkable and reminiscent of ginger ale with a twist.

Verdict - I picked this up because it looked like something a little different try, and I was right. Unlike any beer I've had before in terms of ginger and the spices that work alongside of it. Good to try once, but I would not invest any more into it.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 19:51:59 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Cavalry Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Cloudy, orange yellow color with a chilled haze and loads of suspended sediment floating around the brew. The thin head of wispy foam leaves a little residue and yields no lacing.

S: Apricot, ginger, cloves and yeast blend with a fruity, wheat malt aroma and no hop bitterness.

T: Spicy, metallic grain malt flavor up front with a bittersweet, slightly zesty hop taste. Quickly dries up around mid-palate with a spicy, fruity, watery ginger taste before finishing dry, granular and with a light, lingering sweetness.

M: Sharp, crisp and thin mouthfeel leaves a little sticky sweet chewiness on the tongue and has a pretty dry finish.

D: The suspended material does frighten me a bit, but otherwise, the macro spiced beer flavor isn't really doing it for me. The 5.2% ABV and sweet, light, summery spiced flavors might endear some, but there are far better styles and beers out there than can accomplish this task and so much more.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 02:46:48 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of Lukecook

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass

A- cloudy golden color with an inch of head, receeds quickly,no lacing to mention.

S- wheat malts and a slight hint of ginger

T- ginger is definetly there from start to finish, wheat undertones are also present.

M- good carbonation, light/medium body.

D- I like this beer, seems like a decent summer offering to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 15:12:23 | More by Lukecook
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2.45/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Kind of average, dirty orange with a nice head that quickly dissolved to a patchy coating. There where tiny bits of yeast matter that floating around with nice clarity to see objects on the other side.

S: Nice and dry with light sweetness of toasted grains and dry orange peel. Overall was more saisonish.

T: The flavor was also more farmhouse saison than a wheat ale. The spiciness of the ginger comes through with some honey cloves and light spices. There is a strong ginger root flavor on the finish. I found this to be.

M: Light bodied and nicely carbonated. The finish is ok, but a bit harsh, possibly from the ginger.

D: I couldnt drink the whole bottle. The ginger kept building up on itself, and the carbonation did little to scrup some of the flavor off the tongue. However, I did not get to drink it completely cold as I should have. As it warmed it seemed to get skunky. I would like to try this again while eating chinese food. The flavors may pair up better. What shall I do with the other 4?

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 16:21:03 | More by beermaker1
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New York

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mount Desert Island Ginger is a cloudy, deep golden ale with a thin, bubbly white head that dissipates. It has a lightly sweet, malty aroma. It has a smooth, medium-light body with a slightly syrupy finish. It has a simple, light, malty flavor with a soft, spicy bitterness at the finish. The ginger is so subtle that I don't think I'd detect it if I hadn't read the bottle. It's pleasant and not really standout-- a casual session ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 04:43:18 | More by yesyouam
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District of Columbia

1.55/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Terrible! This beer was really gross.. Perhaps I just had an old bottle, because the average for this beer was pretty high. There wasn't much ginger flavor at all.. just a musty lager with a little after spice to it. I could only drink a few sips. I think I was expecting like a Reed's Ginger Ale, with alcohol. I woudn't order this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 19:29:49 | More by alysmith4
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Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Sam Adams drinking glass, amber color, decent head, lots of particles, overall not a bad unfiltered wheat beer but I expected more ginger flavor. Could be because these bottles appear to have been on the shelf for a while. I'd drink it again if it was offered, or on tap somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 22:01:59 | More by shoude
Mount Desert Island Ginger from Atlantic Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.