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Mount Desert Island Ginger - Atlantic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 199
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours an opaque orange-amber with a fairly thick off-whitehead. Aroma is rich and malty with a strong undertone of orange. Flavor is crisp and malty, somewhat citrus fruity, with just a whisper of hops. It goes down smoothly and is very refreshing and delightful. (266 characters)

Photo of iceball585
3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow color, cloudy, thin white head that quickly disolved to a very thin ring

S- Spices, light malts, citrusy (lemons and oranges), yeast

T- Ginger, herbs, oranges, lemons, wheat, light malts, very sour/tart

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, cirtusy, crisp, slightly fizzy, heavy oily finish

D- Worth trying but wouldn't buy it again

This beer has a very interesting flavor. Not really sure if I really dig this one though. It tastes more like a fruit juice than a beer. (490 characters)

Photo of riversider76
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time with style of beer.Pours a cloudy golden with an orange hue. Not much head or laceing.Aroma is of ginger,wheat,and spices. Body is medium,but over carbonated. Taste is tangy,and spiced. Seems like they threw a little bit of everything in the pot,and got it to work! (276 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Quick six in west York, Pa. Decanted cool into mug -shared w/ tenderbranson69.

A - This is the second overly carbonated ale from this brewery, makes me wonder if it is bottle conditioned or just overprimed. A turbid tarnished gold leans toward the former. The head foams up rapidly and part of the sample was tranferred to another glass. Lively and quickly falling, though the head drops to about 1/4 inch w/ very thin lacing left on the glass.

S - Like freshly grated ginger w/ a pretty big hit of wheaty yeast in the nose. Slightly citrus scented w/ fropical odors playing up the spicy/slightly pickled hint.

M - Smooth and creamy w/out a 'ginger assault' like I expected. A well placed spice/wheat balance w/ nice creamy and nutty textures.

T - Very pleasant w/ a ginger beer, Jamaican spicy juice taste w/ a nice lemony flavor accompanied by nutty wheat. A subtle creamy flavor w/ nice pineapple and mellow peachy essence. The taste is very appropriate for summer, yet just as nice in winter in PA w/ coriander adding to the tongue tingling finish the ginger initiated.

D - Very flavorful once the foaming allows the tasting to begin, but more aroma attention was given. This is one of the better spiced American wheats I have taste in the last year. I have had few ales w/ ginger to compare this to, I appreciated the mix of ginger and wheat overall. Atlantic brewing makes a nice variety of ales - at least the couple I have had the pleasure of tasting. This is probably a choice best suited for those that appreciate fresh ginger, but I think it would go well w/ a variety of dishes or as a digestif. (1,632 characters)

Photo of Onslow
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

didn't really know what to expect from this beer (the ole 1/6 sixer) ... Pours a sunrise dark orange, with quite a low head- sticks around barely ... interesting appealing smell, ginger, honey, spice, etc... also has an interesting flavour, ginger and other befuddling tastes... an ok spiced beer that might be better on tap..

Overall: this seems to be a single bottle purchase more than a sixer buy, but maybe worth a shot...

Music: Chris Liberator live @ Rotation in Iowa City (481 characters)

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A buddy of mine brought this back to me directly from Bar Harbor.

A-Light gold body with nice carbonation and clarity. Head was impressive at first and clung nicely to the glass.

S-Not a whole lot to pick up on the aroma. I was straining to get some ginger in the nose, but struggled. A decent maltiness did come through.

T-Here comes the ginger. Very nice raw spicy ginger comes through right off the bat. The ginger is definitely dominant, but does not cloy.

M-The dryness of the hops and sweetness of the malt background balance out the powdery, spicy ginger.

D-Very unique and I love the brewery's attempt at using ginger in a session beer. I have used it in the past, but find it works best with high gravity Belgians. They did a good job and could see this being decent on a hot summer afternoon in the marina. (823 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with hardly any head.

The ginger smell is not as prominent as the label might lead you to believe but does linger around enough to notice.

The taste of ginger isn't too strong either but does add some spice, but not enough to be special.

Overall, just an average spiced beer, wish the ginger would be a little more overpowering for the type of beer it's supposed to be. (384 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy deep amber in color, with a somewhat coarse, moderate white head, thick broken lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Rather spicy, malty aroma, with notes of caramel, strong notes of ginger, and bread notes.

Taste: Opens with rather tart wheat malt, followed by bitter lemon, and less ginger flavor than I would have expected. Finishes with a mild, lingering bitterness, and a faint ginger note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, although a bit more understated than I would have expected.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass. (705 characters)

Photo of LarryV
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with a small head that dissipates to nothing - no ring of foam, nada. Aroma of ginger root with a bit of lime hiding in the background. Taste is spicy ginger root with a bit of citrus and a decent malt backbone to balance it all quite nicely, Hops are way in the background, but I found this to be an enjoyable attribute, probably because I usually drink hoppy beers and this was a nice change. Goes great with asian food, but it's enjoyable by itself, but I couldn't drink more than one or two at a time. Nicely crafted beer, definitely worth a try. (577 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yes...it does taste like Ginger!
the smell of ginger is very apparent as soon as the top is removed.
Deep golded brown color and constant carbonation.
At first you taste a delicate ginger blanket of flavor...followed by your usual malts and hops and, in this case, some additional spices. little to no aftertaste and surprisingly easy to drink for a spiced beer. Went well with the asian takeout ordered...not sure how great it would be in other situations though... (466 characters)

Photo of CoSMoSYS
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden amber color with a thin head that disappears a few minutes with no visible lacing. At first glance I thought carbonation bubbles were rising but upon closer inspection I realized it was probably ginger.

For some reason I couldn't get a scent from this beer for a while. When I finally did, I detected some citrus, ginger and a little bit of hops.

Taste was very familiar. Tasted very much like a hoppy Corona. Perfect mixture of ingredients. The ginger was not overpowering nor was it hiding. The citrus was in full effect as well as I noted tasting a bit of lemon and at times, lime; hence my Corona observation.

Carbonation was happening as you as you took a swig which kind of made my tongue numb. Didn't notice the sediment in the drink at all. Light to medium bodied.

This was a very interesting drink. I never had a ginger beer before and this one did a good job to perk my interest but it didn't give me that unique taste I was hoping for either. (978 characters)

Photo of Nipitato
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a sampler pack purchased at the brewery in Bar Harbor, ME.

A: thick looking pour with a medium copper color. Nice 1/4 inch white long lasting head.

S: A melange of spicy ginger and bready sweet malt. Other fruity esters also noticeable. Some diacetyl but not overpowering. Smells rich and fresh.

T: A good, not overpowering ginger taste. Just spicy enough to keep things interesting. No hop flavor. Malt flavor is sweet/bready and compliments/balances the ginger flavor well.

MF: Medium body with light carbonation.

D: Probably the best beer I have had from Atlantic Brewing Co. Well balanced and well made. Excellent drinkability (particularly for an herbed/spiced beer). Nice and tasty. (702 characters)

Photo of jmalex
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was just up at a favorite vacation spot of mine, Mount Desert Island, and brought back quite a load of beer from Atlantic Brewing Company. Mount Desert Island Ginger was not my favorite beer of the tasting at the brewery, but this is my first time having a full bottle.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a shaker pint glass a clear ruddy gold. A head forms initially but drops instantaneously leaving barely a trace of itself. Disappointing.

SMELL: The smell is big on, you guessed it, ginger, and some other spice seems (perhaps deceivingly so) present as well. It's mildly fruity with only a slight trace of aroma coming from hops or sweet malt.

TASTE: The taste is much stronger on the ginger but is also more well-rounded as a result of all other beer flavors coming up to try and match it. Mildly hopped with a surprisingly flavorful, yet unobtrusive, base. The ginger stands out, of course, but not without letting others through.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium thin bodied with just the slightest carbonation. C'mon, if I'm going to be refreshed by this, I need more carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: Not bad. The light body and ABV within reason make this a beer to have a few of. I'm just not sure ginger is my thing and would likely pass on this in the future.

Better than I thought, and certainly much more balanced. I just can't really think of a situation where a ginger ale would be perfect. Maybe if I was sick... (1,405 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - bronzed gold with a watery thin head that consolidates into a nice enough thin cover with some hairline cracks around the edge. Labeled as a wheat ale but doesn't look 'wheaty' at all.

Aroma - kind of a basic grain with some added sweetness at first. As it sets up, the ginger slowly makes its way out. Soft but certainly spicy eventually.

Taste - a good wheat start, mildly hoppy/sour hops and ginger moving in pretty quickly. The ginger is flavorful but a bit on the bossy side and tends to dominate the other flavors too easily. I enjoy it though and it does end up being a nice wheat beer. Finishes dry with a hoppy and gingery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - crisp, reasonably solid body without feeling heavy.

Drinkability - a fine beer for ginger fans, not sure how many I could have in succession though. (829 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy, pale amber color. Thin white head. Aroma of yeast and some spiciness to it. More honey then ginger. Lemony and spicy flavor-like the aroma I detect no ginger. Malty enough but the weird spiciness detracts from the overall flavor. OK body-somewhat thin and dull. Overall its rather average but well on its way to not impressing me. Reminds me of shandy or something strangely British. Not for me. (401 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber with little carbonation and a thin head that fizzles to nothing. Smells very malty, worty even, with faint ginger. Taste is similar, but rather nutty as well. Ginger could stand out more for my tastes and would help to make this more refreshing, I feel. Finishes a bit dry and yeasty. Mouthfeel is moderate and has kind of weak carbonation. Decent beer all around. (383 characters)

Photo of Beerbuddha
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Golden, very carbonated with white head. Can see bits of something floating around. I assume bits of ginger.

Smell- slight earthy smell with some wheat and grain.

Taste- earthy, slight hint of ginger, slight hops

Mouthfeel- High carbonation with light body.

Drinkability- It was okay. It is drinkable but not a beer I would recommend to friends. (371 characters)

Photo of Winter
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy unfiltered amber-orange with a thin surface covering for a head. Malty aroma is combined with ginger and honey. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and mostly soft with some carbonation along the sides of the the tongue. This was an interesting flavored ale. The only other ginger beer I've had in the past was from Sam Adams Brewmasters Colonial collection last year. This had a different feel altogether. Malty sweetness upfront. Ginger is noticeable immediately. Very low hop bitterness with a touch of honey emerging in the finish.

I was expecting something a little more along the lines of a refreshing beer for summer with the ginger and all, but this sort of threw me for a loop. It wasn't bad, but reminded me more of a Fall beer with the taste and spicing. More along the lines of a pumpkin flavored beer, sans the pumpkin, of course. It just had a real earthiness to it. This was good but I can't see consuming one or two in a sitting. Flavor isn't quite desirable enough for a session beer and I can't think of a situation where I'd say, "Hmm, I'm the the mood for a ginger beer." Worth trying at least. (1,128 characters)

Photo of BravoTwo
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pleasant copper/amber color. Light carbonation with a fairly short-lived white head. Good taste, with the spice of the ginger being very pronounced but not overpowering. Added to the spice of the ginger was a noticable fruitiness. Overall, a very tasty choice and good example of a "summer beer". (310 characters)

Photo of mwearl
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured SLOWLY from a 12oz botter with almost no head or lacing; this unfiltered beer had bits of ginger visible in glass. A light copper color and cloudy with little carbonation. Definite smell of ginger and honey with mild hops fragrants. Taste was suprisingly dry with a sweet honey tast and just a hint of bitter hoppiness at the end. Mouthfeel was medium with little foam or acidity. Very drinkable but nothing that stands out as exciting. (443 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of sweet and spicy ginger. It pours a light brown amber color with suspended sediment and topped with a mild-sized head. Lightly sweet with a tart, spicy ginger splash. Makes a refreshing and invigorating brew. Finishes a little dry and gingery. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Enjoyable and fun. (308 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: 12 oz. brown twisty, label has a spot for notching best by, but it’s not notched. No real useful info on the bottle.

Aroma: Slightly vegetal like celery stalk, with an undercoat of light malt. Modest spices have a tropical aspect, almost floral.

Appearance: Light amber glass manages to hold a thin cover of off white head. It looks somewhat murky.

Flavor: Spice note, which does have a good ginger bite, is stronger and earthier than the nose. Overall the flavor is pretty mild and all hop or malt characteristics are muted, allowing the spice note to show.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium heavy body edges on a chew with some slight alcoholic heat in the finish.

Overall Impression: A different kind of beer. Spices are hard to get right, and this one does a good job on being present without overpowering. I can see pairing this with a lot of different foods, a fruit salad comes to mind, maybe some fish, something light.
Worth a try (976 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- yellow fizzy body with white head that disappears quickly.

S- lots of ginger notes. some wheat and grain too.

T- the ginger balances well with the grain but the taste isn't impressive or pleasant.

M- medium carbonation and light body. Does not go down smooth.

D- its drinkable but not very enjoyable. Its worth a try if its something that you have never had. (373 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a hazy, fizzy light copper color. The head instantly dissipates. Ginger is immediately apparent in the nose, along with a sweet, apple-juice type aroma. Flavor is well-balanced, with pleasantly spicy ginger, a little sweet wheat malt, and a very clean yeast character. Bitterness is low, but the ginger takes the edge of the sweetness. Well-attenuated, crisp, and dry texture. (387 characters)

Photo of Schwarzbart
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy peach honey color like peach tea. Debris chunks that quickly float to the bottom.
Smell: Wheat malts and sweet ginger smell.
Taste: Wheat malts, ginger and spices.
Mouthfeel: Medium.
Drinkability: Too sweet for my taste. Not even comparable to Left Hand's Juju Ginger. (291 characters)

Mount Desert Island Ginger from Atlantic Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.