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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: 184
Reviews: 129
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 harpus
3/5  rDev -9.9%

harpus, Oct 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

mendvicdog, Sep 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

EFR94, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of kevgod
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

kevgod, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of OriolesFan1008
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

OriolesFan1008, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of ububru
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

ububru, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into an Atlantic Brewing Company glass I got with the beers.

Appearance: Nice clear amber color with about three fingers of white head that lasted about two to three minutes. Not a lot of carbonation, but enough to keep a little bit of head on the top for most of the beer. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Smell: Toasted grains and some hints of spices. I could smell a little of the ginger. Not overpowering on the smells.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth and i want to say light bodied, but I feel like this is supposed to be a medium bodied beer. Up front I had toasted malts and hops with a little ginger snap at the end, but not so much that it was overpowering. Spices (and citrus? maybe)on the aftertaste that lingered for some time.

Overall: Quite the enjoyable brew. Certainly will be having this one again. I see this being paired well with seafood or asian inspired foods.

Cavanaghty, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Rook162
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Rook162, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
2/5  rDev -39.9%

jaidenjb, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of athouve1
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

athouve1, May 18, 2012
Photo of rpaine
5/5  rDev +50.2%

rpaine, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Brenden, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of dexterk1
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

dexterk1, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -9.9%

nmann08, Dec 09, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

rab53, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of mormon
4/5  rDev +20.1%

mormon, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of thebouch01
3/5  rDev -9.9%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of negroobserver
2.7/5  rDev -18.9%
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.


negroobserver, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of Buggies
2.73/5  rDev -18%
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.

Buggies, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of ggilman
2.65/5  rDev -20.4%
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?

ggilman, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.13/5  rDev -6%
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.

jlindros, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of Cylinsier
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Cylinsier, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

DrDemento456, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

metter98, Jun 29, 2011
Mount Desert Island Ginger from Atlantic Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.