Good Juju (Ginger Ale) - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by jondeelee:
3.5/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2013 19:10:43 | More by jondeelee
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3.76/5 rDev +11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a tumbler glass.
Appearance: Pours a light copper color with a minimal head that dissipates incredibly quick and leaves no lacing. (Maybe that's just a bad pour on my part?)
Smell: Very up front ginger aroma, but I also get hints of pumpkin and honey with some herbal hop aroma as well.
Taste: This beer goes through three stages. The initial gulp is very heavy on the ginger and quickly gets followed up by sweet, bready malt flavors. After swallowing is when the herbal, grassy hops show themselves on the sides of the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and light without being too thin or watery. Not too much carbonation, but it is a bit fizzier than I typically like.
Overall: Quite an enjoyable beer. It definitely deserves the right food pairing to go with it, though. I'm thinking I'll have a few with my next trip to my favorite Thai restaurant. With that being said, I can't see it being a staple in my refrigerator for the season. It will, however, be an interesting diversion from the same session ales I normally take to get togethers.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2013 02:29:10 | More by jawlessbody
Good Juju (Ginger Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 755 ratings.