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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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly murky dark golden yellow to amber in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the sides of the glass and some golden orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film surrounded by a thinly mottled very thin film covering about 20% of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat with light aromas of fresh ginger (and just a hint of ginger spiciness).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of wheat with some lighter notes of citrus/orange and fresh ginger - though with only a light amount of ginger spiciness. Minimal amounts of bitterness are present and fade very quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink but I really wish the aromas and flavors of fresh ginger were more prevalent, more spicy, and more intense. Refreshing and a nice beer for the summer.

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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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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of puboflyons
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 12, 2013.

It doesn't look bad. The pour is copper amber with a head that last briefly and then dissolves into nothingness.

Aroma - the nose is full of ginger. It is a ginger-based brew and that is really the main ester. Deep behind that are pale malts and mild hops.

The body is about medium.

The taste is ginger-forward as to be expected. There is a milder pale malt note and moderate hop bitterness at the end. It does have a slight bite that the 5.2% ABV would not suggest. It is the kind of beer I really have to be in the mood for - not for regular drinking.

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of keeganfrank
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Caramel-colored ale with a thin head and yellow highlights. Subtle flavors of ginger and yeast, and do I detect molasses? Has flavors of grass and yeast with a nice ginger kick. The ginger flavor is odd but not overpowering. I'm a big fan of unique brews, but this one just doesn't do it for me.

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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1/5  rDev -70.1%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of schoolboy
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I probably have a more open mind about brews like this than most of the experienced beer drinkers I know. Most don't much care for the styles that stray this far from the norms, but I'm always impressed by something truly unique.

This one pours out as an ale but pretty yellow, with a fine head. There is a faint aroma of ginger and yeast.

The taste is fairly sweet at first, but it breaks down as you get used to it and it has a sort of tart finish. The ginger taste really makes it a refreshing drink. This would be a nice one for a day that was about 60 degrees warmer than today.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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2.44/5  rDev -27.2%
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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Mount Desert Island Ginger from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 213 ratings