Good Juju (Ginger Ale) - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Good Juju (Ginger Ale)Good Juju (Ginger Ale)

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1,151 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,151
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 38
Gots: 151 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-27-2001

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Ratings: 1,151 | Reviews: 419
Reviews by NoLiberty:
Photo of NoLiberty
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a complicated category to review. The "Herbed/Spiced Beer" seems to range from lighter ginger spiced ales to darker spuce tree dunked porters. So while this isn't my favorite style, I do thik this beer represents the broad category well.

The beer pours a liquidy orange-gold color falling more toward orange. Head is half-finger high and settles to nothing with no lacing.

Aroma is very nice and complex - pine tree, hop flora, ginger, candied fruit, which all mixes into a well-rounded "spice."

Flavor is a little weak in comparison to the smell. Nice big tang of ginger and hop up fron that combines for this nice piney flavor, but that's followed by a relatively mild body and lackluster finish to aftertaste.

This is an easy drinking beer but the unique flavor could get overwhelming after a few.

More User Reviews:
Photo of suckaj
2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Yuck, the ginger turned me off

Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark shade of orange with a quick dissapearing head,aroma of course is dominated by fresh ginger kinda sweet and and spicey pretty provacative.Taste is of ginger for sure with a toasted malt flavor that lingers in the finish,tastes better as it warms a little.A pretty unique beer not one I would get to often but not all that bad.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pint looks like it's filled with apple
juice. There is no head and the lacing is
sparce at best.

S: The ginger is definately there. There is
distinct sweetness to the aroma as well.

T: A good amount of hop and a slight malt hint.
The ginger is definately present with a candy
sweetness in the aftertaste. The aftertaste
doesn't linget long, thankfully.

M: Good mouthfeel. Not syrupy as the sweetness
in flavor usually relates to. A nice medium
brew not without some substance.

D: Good drinkability particularly with Thai food
as I had it. I would assume that it would
also pair well with chocolate and cheese.
Not an all day on the lake drink, but an all
evening at the dinner table drink for sure.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

Clear, weathered golden color with a decent lacing on top, which seems to do a lot of stick- ing around. Fresh candied ginger aroma; ginger snap cookies come to mind when the malt jumps in. Snappy crispness pops off of a fluffy, moderate-sized body. Ginger is clean with a mild bite up front--fresh, cracker-like maltiness is quite delicious. Mild hopping lets the ginger really do its job. Ginger flavor never goes over the top, but does linger and stick to the palate. Dry, gingery finish.

Warm weather beer? Or perhaps a beer to have before dinner to whet the appetite? Perfect use of ginger, as it can be a beast if wielded too much. We'd love to see this root used more often in brewing, so thanks to Left Hand for reminding us.

Photo of Todd
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Big 22oz brown bomber bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Crystal clear, bright golden in colour. Pours a rather thick white foamy head, a bit creamy and it sticks to the glass.

Smell: Ginger, herbal with tropical-like fruit aromas.

Taste: Real smooth mouth-feel. Light bodied with a lot of up-front even malt sweetness that leans towards "sugary" in taste. Malt characters are biscuity and toasted. A fruity beer with tropical fruit-like flavours that complements the ginger / herbal flavours that follow. The ginger lends a nice bite to the brew and blends nicely with another distinct flavour, Saaz hops. Both create a nice spicy feel to the brew, that is refreshing and backs the crisp finish of the beer. I can also pick-up faint citrus hop flavours from the Cascade hops, and a soft hop flavour from East Kent Goldings. There's also some hop oils and hop leaf textures in the mouthfeel. The mixture of complex flavours is very tea-like. Aftertaste comprises of residual ginger flavours and some grain / biscuit notes.

Notes: This beer is brewed using a pale ale as the base with the addition of fresh organic ginger root, which has been used in brewing for ages but is quite uncommon these days. As a such, Juju is a rare treat and very unique. A most refreshing beer. I can also see this being a great "chick" beer -- no offense to all the women out there, but you know what I mean -- or a great introduction beer for those who don't really like beer.

Photo of Beaver13
2.36/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear yellow gold with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is wheaty malts, ginger and some lemon and pepper.

The flavor is sweet vegetal malts and ginger with a kind of skunky slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.

Overall, not very good in my opinion. The ginger is interesting but there are too many off-notes.

Photo of merlin48
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle pours a hazy, apricot colored body with a small, offwhite, head that quickly disappears with minimal lace left behind.
Aroma is subdued, with a note of caramel and a pinch of ginger.
Mouthfeel has plenty of carbonation and a light body.
The taste is ho-hum. A weak malt presence, and a hint of ginger. This is very thin bodied, and while it's drinkable enough, it has little to recommend itself.
I suppose this would make a good summer quaffer, or "lawnmower beer".

Photo of tigg924
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: high carbonation, small head, clear, brownish gold in color

Smell: ginger and malt

Taste: ginger throughout, some malt, some tea taste

Mouthfeel: moderately bitter, medium heavy body.

Drinkability: This is an aquired taste beer. I will get it again, but cannot see myself drinking more than one in a sitting. I think it tastes like a mix between an amber ale and an iced tea. I good beer, but not one I could drink a six of.

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a golden-amber color with a white head. The aroma is strong ginger. It smells about like a batch of ginger snap cookies. The flavor is more of the same. This is liquid ginger snaps. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not sure how often I would drink this, but I am glad I got to try it at least once since it is definitely different.

Photo of mattster
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was curious about this beer when we got it at work. This was my first beer from Left Hand, and I must say that I was overall impressed by the beer.

The bottle was cooled a good 48 hours in the fridge, then side poured into a standard Pint glass.

The straw to yellow color was as expected. Nice bubbles with minimal head. Pleasant on the nose with no major smells - slight ginger aroma.

To me, it tasted like Red Stripe on tap, with a definite hint of ginger. I was able to drink three of the four pack that evening, and would have had the fourth but I'd given it to a friend.

This is a great summer beer and I think that it would go great with a salad, pacific rim dishes/sushi and, of course, Island Cuisine.

Photo of Audiodrome
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great ginger flavor. Hard to drink more than a couple.

Photo of jondeelee
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good Juju opens to a fragrant nose that is somewhat reminiscent of the pink pickled ginger slices that come with sushi, for while the ginger is present in here, it’s far more subtle than that fresh off the root, muted and subtly pepper-spicy, though thankfully devoid of the vinegary sushi-ginger notes. Instead, here it comes across more like ginger tea, or ginger cookies, the ginger mixed with brown sugar and lending the fruit esters a darker tone, bringing out dates, figs, and maraschino cherries, as well as bits of orange. Given these aromas, there’s a distinct fruitcake feel here, though a fruitcake devoid of heavy spices. The beer is light and airy despite the dark fruit esters – again, like tea aromas – and bits of toast crust and biscuit do add earthy notes, combining with the ginger to produce bready gingersnap whiffs. As a whole, the aromas are nice, though obviously bearing little resemblance to a beer, and the ginger does mostly overwhelm everything else; a bit more sugary oomph would have helped the balance.

On the tongue, the ginger does have a lesser presence, still detectable, but at least allowing other notes to shine through. The gingersnaps and unspiced fruitcake overtones are still present, with brown sugar, vanilla, date, fig, maraschino cherry, and orange mixing with brown breads, biscuits, and toasted wheat bread. The underlying flavors are rather light, however, and it feels as if the beer would be rather weak on its own, made flavorful mainly because of the ginger. Towards the end of the mouthful there’s a strong sensation of ginger ale, as if this were more soda than beer. The aftertaste is also ginger ale, with bits of toast and grapefruit, and the ginger notes last for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this comes across as a rather watery pale ale into which a large dollop of ginger has been added. The ginger notes by themselves are nice, but could use a stronger support group. On the other hand, the ginger and weaker beer notes mean this would make a good accompaniment to a plateful of sushi, and the overall lightness makes for decent summer fare.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours nearly the same color as a Vernors Ginger Ale with a 1” cream colored foam cap that quickly dissipates. Big ginger nose and it is also prominent on the palate and brings a little ginger heat. Light malt flavors provide support. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 8/19/07. It pours a rich golden color with bronze overtones. It has a sticky white head with decent retention.

Ginger dominated the aroma of course, along with notes of citrus and other more ambiguous spices. Ginger is also the predominant element in the flavor profile, accompanied by bright citrus fruitiness, along with understated malt, some berry, and a slight nutty hoppiness on the finish, as along with that piquant ginger sizzle.

It's light-bodied and displays some decent complexity. It possesses ample carbonation and is bright and lively on the tongue. It's very drinkable and refreshing. It's very solid for the style.

Photo of moundbz
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

weird taste, ginger should stay with schwepps

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.85/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ah, if this beer only tasted like it looked and smelled. You'd be like, hey, here's a normal looking beer, something weird to the aroma, like vanilla and ginger.

Taste, uh, you know, I don't like ginger with my sushi, and I guess its something psychosomatic, but the beer tastes like fish and rice. Mouthfeel of that, and drinkability, must suffer, like a Cubs fan.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow this beer is kind of crazy the finish is definitely fres cut ginger, appears a slightly clouded golden apricot tone with a large billowing white head with a creamy texture. When I popped the cap it started oozing out and I spilled a bit while trying to pour it. Aroma is spicy with some mild citrus notes nice bready biscuit malt character. Flavor wise that finish is hardcore with the ginger tone, I'm guessing mild hops that are pretty much impossible to recognize with the ginger overpowering. A bit one sided on the ginger ample sweetness but sort of an astringent quality arises especially as it warms. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, carbonation level is a bit spritzy but not over the top. Drinkability overall, this one is a strange bird worth the experience probably goes well with some Asian cooking maybe some Thai food, or some Jerk chicken since the label is all about the Jamaica saying something about this ale is Irie.

Photo of FleeVT
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Brown Bottle; bottled 12/28/2007
A: Not a touch of cloudiness in this golden yellow beer. It's white head that does not linger too long.
S: Ginger, pumpkin, and faint grassy hops, in that order.
T: A decent amount of carbonation up front eventually yields to the predominant ginger with nutmeg and clove finishers. The sweetness is in the form of peach. Nice crisp and clean finish.
M: Light bodied.

This is a great summer beer. Ginger can be offensive when used in extremes (think of those little pink slivers they give you with sushi), but this beer doesn't over do it. A unique, refreshing break from your typical.

Photo of Brenden
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Judging by other's reviews, I may have gotten a lame bottle. According to dating, it wasn't old.

This is a crystal clear golden-amber in color with a soda pop effervescence to it. A very light, wispy bit of white head forms that leaves very little lacing at all.
There certainly is ginger in here, and there's a bit of pale malt and just the lightest touch of hops. There's a bit of depth in the spicing and a lightly musty earthiness as well.
Lemon zest bursts on the tongue before nearly negligible pale malts sneak in and then the ginger takes it. A very light hops bitterness is present that seems a little more like sourness at first. More character comes out when it's warmed than at first, as initially this is ginger ale with a sour touch. When I have let it sit and warm, I get the real character of it.
At first it seems thin, but that seems to have been the spritzy carbonation. In fact the body is medium and it's actually quite thick in feel. Without having let it sit, it's a ginger ale (as in soda) with a bit of thickness to it. Eventually the spritziness dies down, the body comes out, and it feels a bit better. Then, it does get a little slickness to it.
If I come upon this again, I'll try it again in the hopes that my bottle wasn't good.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 10/14/13.

A: Pours a clear amber with a one finger off white head. Lots of tiny bubbles visible in the body. No real lacing.

S: Ginger is very prevalent as soon as you pour the beer into a glass. A bit like a kitchen cleaner.

T: As anticiapted this has a load of ginger in it. There is some malt in the background that evens it out. Reminds me of a ginger chicken.

M: Light to medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Fairly clean finish from the ginger. Easy drinking.

Overall very refreshing and a good summer beer. If youre not into ginger stay away but worth a try if youre into the flavor. Can only imagine pairing this with some Thai food.

Photo of scottblaze
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow and frothy head with fair retention, nice lacing. Smells of ginger, freshly mowed grass and a hint of chamomile. Taste is a little thin with hints of ginger, chamomile and orange pico tea. Mouthfeel is good albeit a little thin, almost seems slightly flat. This would make a good summmer refresher/session beer however the various flavors coming through seem a little unfocused.

Date on bottle is smeared but appears to be 8/10/07. Purchased 11/22/07, today is 01/16/08. It may be just a tad on the flat side...I dunno....maybe not.

Photo of zjungleist
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a fairly average yellow color, but with a fat white head with some activity. The smell is a bit spicey, some ginger, but not a ton, and a decent hop and yeast presence too. The taste is very yeasty to start, with a fair amount of spice (non-ginger spices as well), and finishes with a twinge of fruity hops. The mouthfeel is pretty middle of the road, not too heavy, not too light. I sorta reminded me of a white beer without the orange flavors. I have to say I liked it, but I'm not big on spiced beers, so it may be some time before I give it another shot.

Photo of nickthegun12
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a darker color than a pilsner beer...a dark straw yellow....with a nice white head....excellent lacing....kinda makes me wanna brew one...

smells of ginger....and a little lemon/citrus smell as well....

has a great ginger taste....its almost a bit much but not quite....excellent...there is a little bitterness on the back end....

nice carbonation in the feel....has a bit of a tingle on the ol tongue...

this could probably be a nice session can have multiple of these....

Photo of BetterDarker
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Lots of carbonation, no head at all, slightly hazy brownish gold in color

S- Ginger and (biscuit?) malt, no hops

T- Ginger followed by ginger, with a finish of ginger, with a biscuity taste in there. Not picking up any hops. I finding this to be quite tasty.

M- Medium body with good carbonation.

D- While I do find this to be a tasty beer, I do not think I could session this beer. I love ginger, and I love beer, so this hits the spot when I crave both, but I couldn't make a night of it.

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Good Juju (Ginger Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,151 ratings.