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

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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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Photo of alysmith4
1.6/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Terrible! This beer was really gross.. Perhaps I just had an old bottle, because the average for this beer was pretty high. There wasn't much ginger flavor at all.. just a musty lager with a little after spice to it. I could only drink a few sips. I think I was expecting like a Reed's Ginger Ale, with alcohol. I woudn't order this again.

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Photo of kinger
1.83/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a rich gold color with little head that soon turns into no head. Mild if not poor carbonation to this one. The aroma was slightly sweet and definitely malty. The first couple of drinks hinted at a touch of ginger, but as this beer sat a while and warmed up a bit the ginger really came through. Toward the end not a single bubble of carbonation could be found and the ginger was overpowering. I think this would still be a weak wheat beer even if the ginger was removed from the recipe. Each sip reminded me more and more of Asian stir fry and less and less of beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.1/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a murky swamp water brown color. The head is nonexistent. The aroma is of ginger and nothing else. The taste is of ginger too, but it is a lot fainter than the aroma. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied. Overall, this is a bad beer. I will not be drinking this again.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.11/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass,a 1/2 inch slightly off white head.A cloudy,chill hazed reddish-orange color.
Not much aroma a little bisqiuty,yeasty,and a smell of ginger,not overpowering though.
Tastes bready.slightly sweet,a taste of ginger.A medium mouthfeel,with a slight bitterness and sourness at the finish.This beer just didn't do anything for me.It was a little on the bland side.The ginger flavor was not overpowering,but it was there.It was better than the last ginger beer I tasted.Nothing to get excited about here.

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Photo of LaChaBennDotcom
2.18/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"Honey this taste skunked" was my first response after taking a taste of this beer. Hell, for the beers' sake I wish my bottle was shunked-but it wasn't.
Not much on appearance-it looks like an Amber or Lager.
The carbonation is overwhelming- i had to let it air and warm up to "enjoy it."
taste...pushing close to awful. The initial taste was smooth, but that fake ginger aftertaste is overwhelming, and leaves the pallet craving for anything else. "taste"

I give them an A for attempt but an E for effort.

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Photo of Kallessin
2.34/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pale gold in color with a slight haziness with tons of white foam that settled down to a thin coating that hangs around for a while. Plenty of bubbles flowing throughout. It has a very appealing look about it, but unfortunately, this is the best aspect of this beer.

It has a light sweet malt aroma with some orange zest and lemon. There's some slight spicy and floral aroma's but overall it's a little generic smelling and pretty unimpressive.

There's a sweet lemon/ginger/citrus flavor up front, but it quickly goes to an odd bitter bready taste that's very unpleasant. It has a long bitter finish with a little medicinal aftertaste. I don't really like this one at all. It tastes very strange.

It has a smooth and palate coating mouthfeel with a slight tingle of carbonation with a lingering dry finish.

This beer is just not very enjoyable. That odd bitter flavor, long finish and strange aftertaste just doesn't work for me.

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Photo of elniko
2.42/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Golden amber coloring, not much head or lacing. Low carbonation. Average looking brew.

S: Ginger, ginger, and more ginger. I don't really pick anything else up.

T & M: This beer had been in the fridge for a while so I'm not sure if it had gone slightly bad. The ginger is very apparent up front with a flat spicy finish.

D: Not very drinkable, this ended up being a drain pour for me.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.44/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear orange-amber body under an inch of frothy white head. Ok retention, light lace. Pretty good.

S: Well, it does smell like ginger root, but it's rather dull nonetheless. One-dimensional and uninteresting.

T: Spicy ginger right away, with some wheat malt and a touch of fruitiness (grapes?) midway through; a harsh, bitter, astringent finish ruins what could have been a decent tasting beer, though. Yuck.

M: Light and lively. Appropriate.

O: Disappointing beer, even for a mediocre brewery. I'm toying with the idea of drainpouring the rest of this and moving on to better stuff.


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Photo of gqfiji
2.47/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

a: a blonde color, nice khaki head that fades quickly

s: starts with a citrus, but the scent of ginger grabs at the end

t: the first wash lets you know it is a wheat beer, as it settles, the mouth salivates and enjoys. unfortunately, the ginger rears and lets you down. dont get me wrong, i like ginger, even ginger beers, just not the taste of this fellow

m: cant get away from the ginger kick. but it has a good feel to the tongue, not a bad lingering burn. soft

d: one and done for me my friends. i recommend trying it, but after that, its on your shoulders

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Photo of beermaker1
2.51/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Kind of average, dirty orange with a nice head that quickly dissolved to a patchy coating. There where tiny bits of yeast matter that floating around with nice clarity to see objects on the other side.

S: Nice and dry with light sweetness of toasted grains and dry orange peel. Overall was more saisonish.

T: The flavor was also more farmhouse saison than a wheat ale. The spiciness of the ginger comes through with some honey cloves and light spices. There is a strong ginger root flavor on the finish. I found this to be.

M: Light bodied and nicely carbonated. The finish is ok, but a bit harsh, possibly from the ginger.

D: I couldnt drink the whole bottle. The ginger kept building up on itself, and the carbonation did little to scrup some of the flavor off the tongue. However, I did not get to drink it completely cold as I should have. As it warmed it seemed to get skunky. I would like to try this again while eating chinese food. The flavors may pair up better. What shall I do with the other 4?

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Photo of nick76
2.52/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma has fruit, wheat malt, alcohol, spices, cooked vegetables, and some hops. The appearance is amber/gold with a small head. There are lots of little chunks in it. The flavor is like the aroma but astringent with malt and very little ginger. The palate is thin. Not what I was expecting but interesting even if it's not really that good.

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Photo of AaronRed
2.54/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The only part of this beer I liked was the aroma. Since I am not much of a fruit-beer drinker, I did not have a huge expectation that I would enjoy this. That being said, I do enjoy spiced beers, so I did think this might be different. It was not. Sort of a flat tasting beer (there was pleanty of carbonation) with little defining character other than a strong taste of ginger. To me it tasted like a weak wheat ale, with some ginger essence dropped in. I will find other beers to drink.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.66/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Disappointed with this, I was expecting a ginger nose - there was none and a ginger flavor also none. Slight crispness but it was more like an ordinary lager. The ABV is 5.2%.

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Photo of ggilman
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
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?

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Photo of negroobserver
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
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.


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Photo of Sabtos
2.74/5  rDev -18.5%
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, 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 sprinkling some stale powdered ginger into the brew.

Medium body slightly fizzy. Meh.

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Photo of Buggies
2.77/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours thin white head that is gone quickly. Golden in color, slightly cloudy.

There is ginger present in the nose, but it's very subtle. It's the dominant smell, but it's not overpowering.

A little strong in the mouth, you'll want to swallow quickly. The ginger in stronger in the taste than in the smell.

I normally like wheat beers, but I'm not sure about this. Wheat normally sweetens a beer, but the ginger was just too much. I could never drink more than one of these in a night.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a cloudy orange yellow with half a finger of head. Plentiful bubbles with average lacing and carbonation.

Smell - Immediately smells of vinegar, followed by ginger, pear, cranberry and wheat.

Taste -Extraordinarily strong ginger mixed with honeysickle. A very dry and slightly sweet finish. I taste a bit of pear for some reason.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, sweet and dry.

Drinkability - Very drinkable and reminiscent of ginger ale with a twist.

Verdict - I picked this up because it looked like something a little different try, and I was right. Unlike any beer I've had before in terms of ginger and the spices that work alongside of it. Good to try once, but I would not invest any more into it.

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Photo of rousee
2.82/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown 12 oz bottle with a nice artistic label. Pours a honey-amber-small cap reduced to a trace of foam a few seconds later. No lace on glass to speak of.

Hits your nose with a woody and rustic scent--a slightly metallic quality too.

Tatste is tart fruit with a dry ginger bite. Both the fruitiness and the bite of the ginger are fairly pronounced. I know that this beer is another one where location is key--on a hot beach it would be better and definitely more drinkable.

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Photo of santoslhalper
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearence: Pours a hazy, dull orange with a huge, frothy white head.

Smell: Smells like Indian food!! Hell yeah!! This brew smells fabulous with a nice yeast tang, clean ginger, and strong wheat flavors. Brilliant smelling!!!!

Taste and Mouthfeel: Gah'damn is this dissapointing. It tastes the way it smells, only very weak and unbalanced. The ginger is way too strong, the wheat is almost non-existent, and it leaves a foul sulfery taste and the end. Ouch!!! The mouthfeel is creamy, but a bit thin.

Drinkability and Overall: Wow!! What a huge difference between the taste and the smell. One of the best smelling wheat beers I've ever had, but one of the worst tasting. How crazy is that. Oh well, I gotta give Atlantic props because this is definitly a good idea, although not executed as well as it could have been.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.86/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a pale, dirty orange with a frothy linen white colored head that dissipated to a patchy covering within the first minute of pour. There was a turbid nature of tiny speckled yeast matter that was sparse and spaced far between with enough clarity to clearly distinguish objects on the other side.

S: musky and dry with light sweetly toasted grains and dry orange grinds. The ginger was dry, powdery and muddled with no distinguishability. Overall was muddled, flat, and bland.

T: The flavor faired slightly better then the aroma. The spiciness of the ginger comes through with some honey cloves and lightly sweet toasted grains. A fruitiness of melons and pear juice are also noted here. There is a ginger root/flower hopping on the finish. Overall found the malting to be overbearingly sweet at times.

M: alkaline, light bodied and slightly fizzy. The finish is a bit scratchy perhaps from the ginger. Nothing else mentioning here.

D: Hard to imagine drinking this in multiples. Less then average enjoyment and ease of consumption. It is what it is, a ginger beer that comes off overbearingly sweet malt wise limiting multiples or repeatability. If curious try lefthands ginger over this, otherwise cant imagine what I would do with a six pack of this.

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Photo of Brent
2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The ginger spice in the beer seemed bland and washed-out, lacking the spicy bite of fresh ginger root or the aromatic note of candied ginger. Moderate malt with some caramel influence which tended to overshadow the vague ginger flavor. Not a bad beer, but it did not call for another.

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Photo of lackenhauser
2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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