Mount Desert Island Ginger
Atlantic Brewing Company - Town Hill / Mainely Meat BBQ

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Atlantic Brewing Company - Town Hill / Mainely Meat BBQ
Maine, United States
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #92
Ranked #28,904
3.35 | pDev: 16.42%
Jul 03, 2021
Nov 04, 2002
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Notes: 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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Rated: 2.5 by trickynicky from Maryland

Jul 03, 2021
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A- 12oz bottle pours a mostly clear golden brew into a glass with a small white cap. The head is about a cm tall at its highest with decent retention.

S- A malty base brew with plenty of fresh ginger to be found in the aroma. The grains suggest a sweetness and this is obviously a good pairing for the root. Ginger sweets with crackery and bready hints. A sheet of lace here and there.

T- A little bit less dynamic as compared to the aroma as the ginger loses some steam and there is less flavor from the malts and sweetness becomes more pronounced but nowhere near too sweet. Ginger root leads the way with a fresh and spicy flavor, medium sweetness and just a touch of light barley flavors. Ginger picks up with time.

MF- Light to medium overall body. The carbonation comes in at a moderate level and the brew has a foamy and frothy texture. Ends with spiciness on the palate.

A simple yet clean and well brewed ale that brings a fresh and spicy ginger flavor and most importantly a balanced drinking experience.
Nov 05, 2018
Rated: 3.38 by Justinprintz from New Jersey

Sep 27, 2018
Rated: 3.63 by Supergenou from Canada (QC)

Jul 30, 2018
Rated: 2.84 by kdivers from New Hampshire

Jun 04, 2018
Rated: 4.44 by Vylo from New Jersey

Oct 23, 2017
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into the test glass.
A - Slightly hazy amber/orange color. steady carbonation feeds a quick to leave cap.
Small residual clusters cling to the glass.
S - Surprisingly a bit of citrus, then the malt/wheat and the capped by ginger in the best way. Spicy white pepper and a hint of clove. With a change in yeast. add some esters this would border on Trappsist territory. Which I quite like.
T - Semi sweet start, then the balance swings to summer grain and ginger, real ginger. There is some citrus, orange skin and hints of lemon.
M - A bit thin, starts gently sweet, then a delightful spicy thread runs through, finish is again semi sweet with a mild ginger aftertaste.
O - The body of this offering is light-ish and the carbonation keeps things prickly. In warm months I could see having a few. The ginger addition to a wheat based beer is spot on. The hops and their schedule add a nice citrus component.
Oct 08, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The appearance was a hazy orange amber body leaving a small half finger white head lasting for less than ten seconds. Small streams of carbonation were seen rising. There was barely any lacing. The smell had the ginger up front with some light malts coming out as the beer warmed, not much else going on. The taste was basically the same. On the palate, she sat about a medium and was sharp as hell, probably due to the ginger, so its expected (it tells me the ginger is real and not fake). For 5.2, I’d say this is fairly drinkable, but the sharpness of the ginger helps to bring it down a bit. Overall, I’m a big fan of ginger and actually really liked this.
Jun 11, 2017
Rated: 3.45 by rderedin from Maine

Mar 12, 2017
Rated: 3.58 by 22Blue from Kansas

Oct 17, 2016
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

2.74/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Amber with a low retention head of peach-hued bubbles.

Smell is apple first, then light ginger--not spicy, sadly so.

Taste is bread, caramel, and that really light ginger again.

I like ginger, and I'm surprised to see that this has fresh ginger root in it, because ginger can often give you a kick like wasabi can, and while I wouldn't want to scorch people's taste buds, this just isn't what I expected and hardly has any ginger kick at all. I thought it was more like sprinkling some stale powdered ginger spice into the brew.

Medium body. Slightly fizzy. Meh.
Sep 19, 2016
Rated: 3.78 by Mikexw from New York

Aug 28, 2016
Rated: 3.71 by ChipChaight from New York

Aug 22, 2016
Rated: 3.08 by cuvtcuv from Florida

Jul 04, 2016
Rated: 3.42 by zimm421 from Ohio

Jun 25, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

Jan 05, 2016
Rated: 3.27 by mmmbeerNY from New York

Oct 07, 2015
Rated: 3.59 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

Sep 19, 2015
Rated: 3.33 by aknalley from Texas

Sep 09, 2015
Rated: 3.05 by donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

Aug 23, 2015
Rated: 3.41 by grahuba from Connecticut

Aug 12, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by Fitzy01 from Maine

Jul 24, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by ChrisL24481 from New Hampshire

Jul 21, 2015
Rated: 2.73 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Jul 11, 2015
Rated: 3.71 by browpow from Michigan

Jul 01, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jun 08, 2015
Rated: 3.61 by StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania

Feb 15, 2015
Rated: 3.02 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Feb 09, 2015
Rated: 3 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Jan 15, 2015
Rated: 4 by BeeGinner from Rhode Island

Dec 14, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by Fievel from Pennsylvania

Nov 14, 2014
Rated: 4 by ThomOsborne from Maine

Oct 20, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by fossage78 from Massachusetts

Oct 02, 2014
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Reviewed by illpass78 from Maine

3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: It's an ever-so-slightly hazy copper with a huge white head. Carbonation heavy. No lace.

Aroma: This beer has a pretty diverse smell. There's some ginger candy, caramel, wheat, sour funk, and lots of malt.

Taste: This is a decent amber ale with a mild smoky kick and some ginger background. It has a pretty complex flavor profile, but is definitely malt-forward.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable. The ginger flavor is approachable, not harsh.

Overall: Decent change of pace. Works best as a summer night beer. Not as sweet as I'd anticipated. Worth a look.
Sep 30, 2014
Rated: 4.28 by Hail_to_the_Beers from Michigan

Sep 10, 2014
Rated: 3 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

Sep 08, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by GFD400 from New York

Sep 03, 2014
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Reviewed by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.4%
A very unique flavor to this beer. I must confess that I do no detect any ginger at all which makes me wonder whether I got a "defective" bottle. The aroma is overwhelmingly smoky. Forms a huge head even when poured carefully. Lovely color. The flavor is smoky with hints of caramel and a slight burn indicative of the ginger's presence.
Aug 22, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by mattycasey from Massachusetts

Aug 21, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Mini4x from Massachusetts

Aug 14, 2014
Mount Desert Island Ginger from Atlantic Brewing Company - Town Hill / Mainely Meat BBQ
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 218 ratings