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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

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 theboozecruise
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass...

Cloudy dark amber color, nice inchish head that took a while to recede. The pour produced some carbonation reminiscient of Guinness, just on a smaller level. A nice white ale with ginger aroma, but not overwhelming at all. The taste is very similar, the ginger stays with you from the first taste to the aftertaste, but is never overpowering. A very nice, drinkable beer that would be perfect for a spring day out on the front porch.

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Photo of KeefD
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden blonde color with a small amount of foam and no lacing. Smells slightly sweet, some wheat malt at play it seems, and a very subtle ginger note. Taste is very similar. Sweet up front, taste of ginger is minimal but present, a very average flavor. Nothing really stands out. Smooth and creamy in the mouth, very nice texture, moderate carbonation, but not enough to take away from the creaminess. Drinkable as hell, goes down very easy, just nothing overly-special or to seek out.

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Photo of kinger
1.83/5  rDev -45.4%
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 fdrich29
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My parents brought a six pack of this brew back from their recent vacation to Bar Harbor. Thank you!!

Mount Desert Island Ginger, Proudly Brewing in Maine. Hand crafted in small batches. The bottle goes on to say this is a Wheat Ale Brewed wtih Fresh Ginger.

This is a tastey brew. I love the taste of fresh ginger, but it can be overpowering. This is not. The color is very interesting, a light maple, appears much heavier than it is. Surprisingly refreshing as well.

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Photo of Chaz
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, golden copper in color, topped with an off-white head and minimal lacing. Nose is muted ginger, bready malt, and a touch of sweet crystal malt. Seems to be on the sour-bitter side. Chunks of ginger (and yeast?) partially suspended at the bottom of the glass - less visually appealing than I'd hoped. On the first sip this one is fairly crisp and spicy, but that quickly gives way to a rounder, smoother malt profile that's mildly sweet. Residual ginger character lingers and provides some counterpoint to the sweetness, but it's not a very pronounced contrast. Tanginess lingers nicely, along with an even more subtle vegetal quality and "heat" from the ginger, and this is more rewarding than the bite of the ginger on the first sip. No hops here that I can detect. Lighter in body and mouthfeel, this one is also fairly low in alcohol. Along with the sour aspect I detected on the nose, there's a good drink-ability to this one. Neither as strong nor as full-bodied as the last ginger-ale I've tried (the 'Real Ginger' from Kiuchi), this one is a welcome addition to a style that isn't very widely available in the U.S. Worth a try if you come across it.

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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 gordavidson
3.87/5  rDev +15.5%
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 meylo
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this at the Whip-In here in Austin. I bought one sixer, had a few sips and immediately I had a vision enjoying this beverage on the beach. This brew has all the boldness of a northern US summer/spring indie with the slight bite of ginger. Very crisp! It also rated well with my friends back home in McAllen, TX.

Buy yourself a thermos or something to keep it cold and pour a few for the sand and shore. KEEP THEM BOTTLES OF THE BEACH BEYATCH!!!

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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 iceball585
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow color, cloudy, thin white head that quickly disolved to a very thin ring

S- Spices, light malts, citrusy (lemons and oranges), yeast

T- Ginger, herbs, oranges, lemons, wheat, light malts, very sour/tart

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, cirtusy, crisp, slightly fizzy, heavy oily finish

D- Worth trying but wouldn't buy it again

This beer has a very interesting flavor. Not really sure if I really dig this one though. It tastes more like a fruit juice than a beer.

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Photo of riversider76
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time with style of beer.Pours a cloudy golden with an orange hue. Not much head or laceing.Aroma is of ginger,wheat,and spices. Body is medium,but over carbonated. Taste is tangy,and spiced. Seems like they threw a little bit of everything in the pot,and got it to work!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Quick six in west York, Pa. Decanted cool into mug -shared w/ tenderbranson69.

A - This is the second overly carbonated ale from this brewery, makes me wonder if it is bottle conditioned or just overprimed. A turbid tarnished gold leans toward the former. The head foams up rapidly and part of the sample was tranferred to another glass. Lively and quickly falling, though the head drops to about 1/4 inch w/ very thin lacing left on the glass.

S - Like freshly grated ginger w/ a pretty big hit of wheaty yeast in the nose. Slightly citrus scented w/ fropical odors playing up the spicy/slightly pickled hint.

M - Smooth and creamy w/out a 'ginger assault' like I expected. A well placed spice/wheat balance w/ nice creamy and nutty textures.

T - Very pleasant w/ a ginger beer, Jamaican spicy juice taste w/ a nice lemony flavor accompanied by nutty wheat. A subtle creamy flavor w/ nice pineapple and mellow peachy essence. The taste is very appropriate for summer, yet just as nice in winter in PA w/ coriander adding to the tongue tingling finish the ginger initiated.

D - Very flavorful once the foaming allows the tasting to begin, but more aroma attention was given. This is one of the better spiced American wheats I have taste in the last year. I have had few ales w/ ginger to compare this to, I appreciated the mix of ginger and wheat overall. Atlantic brewing makes a nice variety of ales - at least the couple I have had the pleasure of tasting. This is probably a choice best suited for those that appreciate fresh ginger, but I think it would go well w/ a variety of dishes or as a digestif.

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Photo of Onslow
3.09/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

didn't really know what to expect from this beer (the ole 1/6 sixer) ... Pours a sunrise dark orange, with quite a low head- sticks around barely ... interesting appealing smell, ginger, honey, spice, etc... also has an interesting flavour, ginger and other befuddling tastes... an ok spiced beer that might be better on tap..

Overall: this seems to be a single bottle purchase more than a sixer buy, but maybe worth a shot...

Music: Chris Liberator live @ Rotation in Iowa City

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A buddy of mine brought this back to me directly from Bar Harbor.

A-Light gold body with nice carbonation and clarity. Head was impressive at first and clung nicely to the glass.

S-Not a whole lot to pick up on the aroma. I was straining to get some ginger in the nose, but struggled. A decent maltiness did come through.

T-Here comes the ginger. Very nice raw spicy ginger comes through right off the bat. The ginger is definitely dominant, but does not cloy.

M-The dryness of the hops and sweetness of the malt background balance out the powdery, spicy ginger.

D-Very unique and I love the brewery's attempt at using ginger in a session beer. I have used it in the past, but find it works best with high gravity Belgians. They did a good job and could see this being decent on a hot summer afternoon in the marina.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with hardly any head.

The ginger smell is not as prominent as the label might lead you to believe but does linger around enough to notice.

The taste of ginger isn't too strong either but does add some spice, but not enough to be special.

Overall, just an average spiced beer, wish the ginger would be a little more overpowering for the type of beer it's supposed to be.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy deep amber in color, with a somewhat coarse, moderate white head, thick broken lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Rather spicy, malty aroma, with notes of caramel, strong notes of ginger, and bread notes.

Taste: Opens with rather tart wheat malt, followed by bitter lemon, and less ginger flavor than I would have expected. Finishes with a mild, lingering bitterness, and a faint ginger note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, although a bit more understated than I would have expected.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of LarryV
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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 DrinkSlurm
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yes...it does taste like Ginger!
the smell of ginger is very apparent as soon as the top is removed.
Deep golded brown color and constant carbonation.
At first you taste a delicate ginger blanket of flavor...followed by your usual malts and hops and, in this case, some additional spices. little to no aftertaste and surprisingly easy to drink for a spiced beer. Went well with the asian takeout ordered...not sure how great it would be in other situations though...

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Photo of CoSMoSYS
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden amber color with a thin head that disappears a few minutes with no visible lacing. At first glance I thought carbonation bubbles were rising but upon closer inspection I realized it was probably ginger.

For some reason I couldn't get a scent from this beer for a while. When I finally did, I detected some citrus, ginger and a little bit of hops.

Taste was very familiar. Tasted very much like a hoppy Corona. Perfect mixture of ingredients. The ginger was not overpowering nor was it hiding. The citrus was in full effect as well as I noted tasting a bit of lemon and at times, lime; hence my Corona observation.

Carbonation was happening as you as you took a swig which kind of made my tongue numb. Didn't notice the sediment in the drink at all. Light to medium bodied.

This was a very interesting drink. I never had a ginger beer before and this one did a good job to perk my interest but it didn't give me that unique taste I was hoping for either.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.82/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a sampler pack purchased at the brewery in Bar Harbor, ME.

A: thick looking pour with a medium copper color. Nice 1/4 inch white long lasting head.

S: A melange of spicy ginger and bready sweet malt. Other fruity esters also noticeable. Some diacetyl but not overpowering. Smells rich and fresh.

T: A good, not overpowering ginger taste. Just spicy enough to keep things interesting. No hop flavor. Malt flavor is sweet/bready and compliments/balances the ginger flavor well.

MF: Medium body with light carbonation.

D: Probably the best beer I have had from Atlantic Brewing Co. Well balanced and well made. Excellent drinkability (particularly for an herbed/spiced beer). Nice and tasty.

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Photo of jmalex
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was just up at a favorite vacation spot of mine, Mount Desert Island, and brought back quite a load of beer from Atlantic Brewing Company. Mount Desert Island Ginger was not my favorite beer of the tasting at the brewery, but this is my first time having a full bottle.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a shaker pint glass a clear ruddy gold. A head forms initially but drops instantaneously leaving barely a trace of itself. Disappointing.

SMELL: The smell is big on, you guessed it, ginger, and some other spice seems (perhaps deceivingly so) present as well. It's mildly fruity with only a slight trace of aroma coming from hops or sweet malt.

TASTE: The taste is much stronger on the ginger but is also more well-rounded as a result of all other beer flavors coming up to try and match it. Mildly hopped with a surprisingly flavorful, yet unobtrusive, base. The ginger stands out, of course, but not without letting others through.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium thin bodied with just the slightest carbonation. C'mon, if I'm going to be refreshed by this, I need more carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: Not bad. The light body and ABV within reason make this a beer to have a few of. I'm just not sure ginger is my thing and would likely pass on this in the future.

Better than I thought, and certainly much more balanced. I just can't really think of a situation where a ginger ale would be perfect. Maybe if I was sick...

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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 lackenhauser
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
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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Photo of goochpunch
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber with little carbonation and a thin head that fizzles to nothing. Smells very malty, worty even, with faint ginger. Taste is similar, but rather nutty as well. Ginger could stand out more for my tastes and would help to make this more refreshing, I feel. Finishes a bit dry and yeasty. Mouthfeel is moderate and has kind of weak carbonation. Decent beer all around.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Golden, very carbonated with white head. Can see bits of something floating around. I assume bits of ginger.

Smell- slight earthy smell with some wheat and grain.

Taste- earthy, slight hint of ginger, slight hops

Mouthfeel- High carbonation with light body.

Drinkability- It was okay. It is drinkable but not a beer I would recommend to friends.

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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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