Mount Desert Island Ginger | Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

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Mount Desert Island GingerMount Desert Island Ginger

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Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Maine, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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.

Added by UnionMade on 11-04-2002

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer a lot. When I first saw it, I thought "ginger"? But it was a great addition. It did not overpower the beer, nay, ti enhanced it. It did not leave that stinging taste sensation in your mouth, like ginger soda. I hope this is available in the summer, because it is fantastic. By the way, it's a wheat beer.

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Photo of Higravity
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh man do I like ginger. If you don't like ginger or ginger ale you won't care for this beer. Nice pour golden hazy sparkling with a nice white head. Smells like ginger with a sweetness that is lingering in the background. The taste is ginger and it is a little spicy bitey with a smoothness that brings in the wheat and finishes a touch sweet before the ginger dominate the aftertaste. Thin and light this is refreshing cold, I could see several of these going down with some BBQ.

I must admit I did take some and mix with Goslings rum and had myself a very nice "dark & stormy". I am all for enjoying this beer on its own but man did it make for a hell of a d&s.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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Photo of Risser09
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a white wine glass - 2007 - cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden color with a tall 2.5" off-white head. Excellent retention. Thick lace remains on the glass.

Smell: Rose, hyacinth, ginger. Earth and pale malt. Slight hop aroma.

Taste: Major pale malt flavor and a lingering wheat flavor as well. Pinchy floral flavor is provided by the ginger which is most evident in the finish, rather than the first impression. It is garnished by a nice floral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Swirling gets the yeast going, which creates a thicker, more quenching and chewable mouthfeel. Mildly alcoholic.

Drinkability: Great like most wheat beers. This is a definite summer quencher. Would pair well with grilled foods or SUSHI!

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Photo of kelticblood
4.01/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The label said "wheat ale with ginger" so I grabbed a six-pack because it sounded good and I've never tried it before.Poured a short lived head.Had a light gold color like maybe an apple juice.Appearance wasnt great with the head reducing to nothing an barely any traces of lace.Has a great and unique ginger flavor and aroma.Slight but lingering bitterness in the throat.So there is hops present but not tasted or smelled.Mouthfeel is a bit watery and could use a touch more malt.Aroma is all ginger.The ginger hides any wheat taste.Ginger might be a touch too strong because it overshadows any other flavor the beer might have.Has a pepper spicy finish.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery

Appearance: minimal head, gold in color, hazy, low carbonation

Smell: smells strongly of ginger

Taste: ginger, pale malt, light toasted malt

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, medium bodied, sweet with herbal spiciness, dry

Overall: I like the taste of ginger and this beer features the spice in all its glory. If you do not like ginger, stay away. The ginger mixes well with the base of a pale malt. I could have several of these and find it to be one of Atlantic's better small bottle beers.

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Photo of nlmartin
4/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a unique brew in any weather. Good yellow-brownish color with a light touch of ginger in the aroma. The flavor of the ale has just enough ginger and a dry enough malt profile to create the impression of a beer rather than a soda. Very nicely put together and refreshing.

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had too many "ginger" beers but this is quite tasty...I understand they used to load this up with even more "ginger" but I find it very flavorfull as is..

Nose is ginger....perhaps a drop or two of honey..and vanilla...body is medium...certainly not watery...kind of creamy mouthfeel...a nice smack of ginger on the taste along with the vanilla..sweet flavor....almost seems like there was a honey addition to this as well...

I found this quite enjoyable and a nice change of pace...a great summertime seasonal-style beer with a little character...

Special thanks to benny Brew for the sample

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Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.99/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, and it was a bright, hazy, orange-gold coloring with a filmy, foamy, white head. Nose of subtle ginger and toast. Flavors of sweet gingerbread, with a roasty/toasty highlight. Lemony ginger aftertaste, with a cookie character. Smooth, light bodied, with a frothy, clean finish. Very good brew.

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Photo of FormatKid
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
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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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
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

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of 29Engine
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer while on vacation in Bar Harbor Main. After hiking all day stumbled across this beer. It is very refreshing and I love the taste. Has a fruity smell, cloudy amber color, and a slight hint of ginger. I thought it was good enough to have my local liquer store order me a case.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of LarryV
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Atlantic Brewing's ginger beer pours a cloudy orange-amber beneath a short head of creamy off-white foam. The head retention, however, is limited; and it leaves very little, if any, lacing about the glass. The nose expresses exactly what you'll find in the flavor: wheat malt and ginger. It's not complex, but enjoyable; and it's nicely balanced by a firm bitterness beneath the zesty ginger. It's medium bodied and crisp, which adds to its refreshing nature. Nicely done!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.87/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.87/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- An ever so slightly cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Not bad, but there is nothing blowing me away here.

S- Sweet ginger, some hoppiness, and some fruit such as strawberry.

T- Tastes different than the smell. Really sweet ginger, carmely malt. A little minty aftertaste. Pretty nice.

M- Very smooth and clean. Just the little bit of carbonation makes for a nice end.

D- This was a surprisingly good beer. I could see myself getting this again. Nice for something a little different.

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Photo of Phatz
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very interesting beer. The first real ginger beer that I have had. And man is it ginger in a big way.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow color with little lacing.

Smell: The aroma is extremely ginger. Like a homemade ginger ale, or old fashion ginger snaps. Very ginger.

Taste: Sharp Pricks of ginger hit the palate first followed by a bready yeast attribute. Overall it is a very unique beer that I am happy to have sampled but it is certainly bold.

Mouthfeel: The tight carbonation bubbles give it a soda like feel in the mouth.

Drinkability: One goes down nicely, as it is a new and interesting taste. A beer this unique is always fun to try, but I certainly would not want to drink this all evening.

Hope this is helpful.

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