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.

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Photo of Lukecook
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass

A- cloudy golden color with an inch of head, receeds quickly,no lacing to mention.

S- wheat malts and a slight hint of ginger

T- ginger is definetly there from start to finish, wheat undertones are also present.

M- good carbonation, light/medium body.

D- I like this beer, seems like a decent summer offering to me.

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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 yesyouam
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mount Desert Island Ginger is a cloudy, deep golden ale with a thin, bubbly white head that dissipates. It has a lightly sweet, malty aroma. It has a smooth, medium-light body with a slightly syrupy finish. It has a simple, light, malty flavor with a soft, spicy bitterness at the finish. The ginger is so subtle that I don't think I'd detect it if I hadn't read the bottle. It's pleasant and not really standout-- a casual session ale.

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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 shoude
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Sam Adams drinking glass, amber color, decent head, lots of particles, overall not a bad unfiltered wheat beer but I expected more ginger flavor. Could be because these bottles appear to have been on the shelf for a while. I'd drink it again if it was offered, or on tap somewhere.

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Photo of smcolw
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy; neutral amber color. Light head--leaves some slippery and spotty lace.

Mild fresh grated ginger aroma. No sweetness to the nose.

First impression is how dry the beer is. This is not an overwhelmingly strong ginger ale. The ginger really only shows up on the swallow. The aftertaste is short. The liquid is what you'd expect from a typical ale.

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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 neobassman
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this in a sampler pack (to try the other styles) and frankly had avoided trying it for several weeks. Today was a hot day, and I wanted to clear this out of the fridge to make room for Belgians :-) and so decided to give it a try... I will not buy this beer again, but I enjoyed it more than I feared.

This beer is highly carbonated, and it forms a voluminous head that subsides quickly. Typical cloudiness of a wheat beer, and no strong impressions from the smell. The taste is, again, typical of a wheat beer with some additional spiciness. The ginger is not strong but is clearly present. It is somewhat astringent in the mouth and has an aftertaste that is more characteristic of pickled ginger than of beer. This is NOT a ginger beer in the style of true ginger beers I have tasted in the South. It is a light, summer domestic wheat beer with some added spice. I agree with many other reviewers that the flavoring is not distinct, not crisp. I did not find it unpleasant overall and was willing to enjoy the second bottle. Occasional beer consumers who like Corona might find this a tad more interesting, but beer aficionados are likely to seek something that better represents the brewers' art. I do not expect to purchase this one again.

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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 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 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 Beastdog75
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another beer from the Atlantic Brewing Company's "Pleasure Pack" sampler. Their Mount Desert Island Ginger brew is a wheat beer brewed with (what else) ginger. A real "ginger beer", eh? Let's see how it goes...

The brew pours a somewhat hazy amber/gold color. About 1 finger's worth of foam forms and lasts for about a minute before thinning out. The initial aroma struck me like your typical wheat beer, with a very common wheat aroma. There was however a bit of spiciness in the nose which I would attribute to the ginger. A musty/soapy scent was also present in the nose. The mouthfeel was kind of thin and the carbonation was high. The wheaty/malty base is what shines through at first, and I was somewhat surprised that the ginger flavor was not really at all that dominant. Yes, there is a distinct spiciness in the beer, but if I was doing a blind taste test here I don't think I would have identified it as ginger. Another flavor note that pops up seems to be that of clove. When all is said and done, the beer seems a bit spicy, bitter, and dry. The distinct dryness lingers on in the aftertaste along with some of the wheat flavors, and the beer finishes out with a little alcoholic warmth.

I can't say that this beer really excited me all that much. It's probably more drinkable on a hot summer day, but in the end it seemed like a regular wheat beer to me with just some extra spiciness.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12oz. bottle of this at State Line. Poured into my nonic glass. Appears a cloudy golden yellow color with about an inch of off-white foam. Smells and tastes of sweet, grassy grains with a touch of real ginger root. There is certainly ginger in this brew. There's a slight burn on the tongue like a spicy ginger beer does. Crisp dry finish. Medium in both body and carbonation. I'm a fan of ginger beers and ginger ales and thought this was quite drinkable. I'm looking forward to revisiting this on a warm day.

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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 hopdog
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this one from a 12oz bottle.

Poured a medium, cloudy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of ginger and almost a sweet honey aroma. Sweet tasting with a spicy bite to it. On the sweeter side all the way around. Thin and weaker body.

Notes from 4/12/05

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yes, it is a ginger beer, yes it does have alcohol as it should. Out of the bottle the brew was a cloudy honey gold color with a thin white head. Little retention, however and the lacing left something to be desired. The aroma was strongly of floral hops, flowers in general and a pleasant but not overpowering spiciness. The flavors were at first semi-sweet, augmented by the spicy zip of ginger and a good balancing pale malt. Herbal hops Appeared later as a subtle but nice addition. The body was medium/light and the carbonation average. Well done for a spiced beer and quite summery.

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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 theboozecruise
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +11.6%
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 -45.5%
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 fdrich29
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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 -1.8%
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 +20.5%
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 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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Mount Desert Island Ginger from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
3.36 out of 5 based on 210 ratings.
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