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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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Mount Desert Island GingerMount Desert Island Ginger

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of rpaine
5/5  rDev +49.3%

Photo of Vylo
4.44/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hail_to_the_Beers
4.28/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of IPAchris
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
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 +21.8%
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 +21.8%
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 +20.9%
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 +19.7%
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 +19.4%
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 ThomOsborne
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of mormon
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of nlmartin
4/5  rDev +19.4%
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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4/5  rDev +19.4%
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 +19.4%
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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4/5  rDev +19.4%
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 +19.4%
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 Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.99/5  rDev +19.1%
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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3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
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 +18.5%
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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3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
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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3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
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 +17.3%
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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Mount Desert Island Ginger from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 213 ratings
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