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Good Juju (Ginger Ale) - Left Hand Brewing Company

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

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BA SCORE
77
okay

796 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 796
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 17.26%


Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-27-2001)
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellowish amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thicker film and a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface with a slight bit of mottling and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spicy ginger over the top of some lighter notes of toasted malts.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of biscuit malts with hints of toasted malts and just a touch of caramel sweetness. That is followed by an initially subtle but building to moderate flavor of ginger with hints of spiciness. Minimal amounts of bitterness are present in the finish which fade almost instantly.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin but still smooth.

O: This beer tastes a lot like real ginger ale (not the sweetened stuff like Canada Dry of Schweppes) with a very light amount of ginger spiciness but enough to be enjoyable. Easy to drink and refreshing with a low ABV - this would pair well with Asian foods and could be sessionable in the right pairing.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 20:56:59 | More by dbrauneis
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden/amber. The white, small bubbled head retains well. Lacing is sparse and patchy.

S: Bread and grain with slight hints of caramel and toffee. Hops are oily and piney. Spicy ginger plays a supporting role.

T: Grainy malt base. Slight caramel and toffee. Bready. Hops are floral and lightly piney with a soft bitterness. Subtle hint of clementine. Ginger plays the supporting role perfectly, picking up toward the end and riding into the finish.

M: Lightish body. Creamy and smooth. Modest prickling carbonation accentuates the ginger just a bit more.

O: Pretty much a pale ale with ginger. The ginger is incorporated nicely, adding flavor without becoming overbearing. A refreshing quaff that really hit the spot on this hot and humid night.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 01:33:35 | More by ryan1788a5
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apants007

New York

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from bottle into a pint glass after sweating my tail end off on my way home...

a: nice honey gold with a hint of amber. thin head that goes away quickly to thin lacing...

s: yep, ginger... and beer

t: really mild ginger taste on a refreshing lager. not as overwhelming as some other ginger beers I've tasted have been. Just a hint of nice bitter on the finish.

mf: light and bright. not super fizzy.

This is another pleasant surprise for the summer... I am a fan of ginger so I tend to pick up ginger beers/ales when I see them. Most of them tend to be of the novelty variety that no matter how much i might enjoy them, i never want more than one at a time... This one is different. I could drink this all the time. I spent most of my early beer drinking summers with a tecate and lime... this has the same refreshment with out the skunk.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 21:20:19 | More by apants007
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Patandnik

Florida

3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This beer makes me want some sushi! Nothing much going beyond the pickled ginger flavor though.... If it's a hot day and you love the taste of ginger, then this guy is a really easy drinker, and at 4% it's an easily manageable session beer. If you don't like ginger, I'd stay away because you're not gonna find anything else to review from this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2013 17:03:14 | More by Patandnik
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spoony

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A-The brew is light golden in color and clear. There is not much in the way of head and only a few bubbles of carbonation floating up. Not ugly, but nothing special, either.

S-Credit is due for the honest flavor of the ginger: it really smells like crystalized ginger, not some candy/synthetic ginger imitation. Unfortunately, there is not much else happening. The pale, lightly doughy malts do not do much and there is very little complexity.

T-The taste is like the smell in that I get a honest-to-goodness ginger flavor, but not much of a beer behind it. There is a bit of hoppy bitterness on the mid-palate, but the hops sort of compete with the ginger flavor and very little malt backbone.

M-The feel is light, pretty crisp, and readily drinkable with a few prickles of chunky carbonation. For the style of this beer the feel is actually pretty good.

O-There is not much going with this brew once you move past the ginger flavor. I understand that this is a warm-weather session-type beer, but the ginger is a bit cloying for all-day drinking and, regardless of the summertime intentions, I would like to see a bit more beer/malt backbone to support the surprisingly real ginger flavor here. Save this brew for the hottest dog days of summertime.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 02:33:52 | More by spoony
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socon67

New York

4.24/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Orange pour with good clarity. No lacing of note. Foam retention is minimal. Some carbonation.

S - The smell of ginger dominates this beer. There is some scent of light grains but this is a ginger lover's dream.

T - Fresh taste of ginger gives this brew a one note flavor, but one that is done so well that it is a standout. Very refreshing flavor. The ginger root stays on your palate and gives a spicy and sweet taste throughout.

M - Awesome beer for the summer, and easily one that could attract a non craft drinker. If the carbonation were higher I might think they just poured me a Seagram's Ginger Ale. Light tasting beer.

O - People will either love or hate this based on their preference for the spice. I thought this was a really interesting beer that does one thing, and does it very well.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2013 18:26:54 | More by socon67
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 9/7/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, ginger, honey, bread, floral, grass, light clove, light caramel, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of ginger, hop, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, ginger, honey, bread, floral, grass, light caramel, light clove, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon zest, ginger, honey, bread, floral, light clove, and light caramel on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of malt, ginger, and light hop flavors; with a fair amount of flavor robustness, and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish as expected. Overall this is a nice spiced session beer. Good balance of malt, ginger, and hop flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 04:20:33 | More by superspak
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This may be light. This may be low in alcohol. This may be simple and just citrusy. But it surely is refreshing and tasty. This could be a great summertime session beer, much better than your run-of-the-mill lawnmower beer. Very fine flavors and superb drinkability. Great with food. I enjoyed this. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 23:24:36 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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denver10

Colorado

2.74/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours an orangish golden with a slight white head. Smell is pretty much straight up pickled ginger, like I what you get at a sushi bar. A touch of sweet malt is hiding out in there too though. Flavor follows suit, A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, the beer is bright, crisp and refreshing but you better love pickled ginger to dig this. Unfortunately for me, I don't like picked ginger.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 02:39:03 | More by denver10
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swingdjted

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

You know, this is rated pretty low outside of Beeradvocate. But you know what? Although it's nothing to write home about, it's a decent beer. I only bought one bottle at a store where I usually buy a bunch of singles, but had I bought a 6-pack, I wouldn't be upset. I don't always have the best vocabulary when describing beers, but I can at least say that I'm not one to favor one style too much over another, and I've tried over a thousand different beers (although I've only rated a few), and this one doesn't belong at the bottom of the list; maybe just below the middle. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 02:14:26 | More by swingdjted
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a clear honey-golden color with almost no head or visible carbonation. The nose is spicy, profoundly gingery, with a touch of molasses-like sweetness. The taste is as expected with good malt sweetness playing off the ginger like a ginger snap. Unfortunately, this beer was severely undercarbonated and came across as being a bit too syrupy. It also lacked the ginger bite that I was expecting in the aftertaste. Overall, this beer is tasty, worth trying, probably pairs well with many spicy food options, but isn't a repeat.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 00:34:14 | More by ThePorterSorter
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CloudStrife

New York

3.64/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 17:22:06 | More by CloudStrife
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BucannonXC5

California

3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Hotel glass (half pint, half snifter)
From: Wilbur’s Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colo.
Price: Part of a variety 6-pack for $9.99
Purchased: May 2, 2013
Consumed: May 2, 2013
Misc.: Best by Sept. 18, 2013 (I think, tough to read on bottle)

Poured a copper orange clear color with 1-2 fingers of off-white head. Minimal lacing. Below average retention.

Smelled cough drops, ginger and Lemon Drops. Felt like I was sick, but this is a good smell!

Ginger dominates the taste, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After ginger I still got cough drops, lemon and honey. Not ideal for a beer, but something different for sure. Felt like I was preventing myself from getting sick.

Light body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Long, cough suppressant, watery finish.

Probably the first Ginger-type beer I’ve tried, but I didn’t hate it. I’d probably try it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 04:54:10 | More by BucannonXC5
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Jacurdy60

Alabama

3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a pale orange color with a thin, carbonated white head and poor retention.

S-Ginger (obviously), ginseng, orange spices. Pretty up front

T-The ginger mellows out but comes in strong again in the back of the palate. Simple brew.

MF-Carbonated, crisp, and a dry finish

O-First time I've had the style and it's not too bad. A good, unique session beer

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 01:00:55 | More by Jacurdy60
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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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mattkoon

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i got my growler filled with this yesterday at my local beer store. i have never had a ginger beer before. i actually like this a pretty good bit. the smell is pretty packed with ginger. the taste is good too...i think there is a nice little ginger taste here also. the only complaint that i have is that there is a pretty week finish. i would like for the flavor to push on through. but over all this is a worthy effort.

Serving type: growler

04-18-2013 21:13:45 | More by mattkoon
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz.

Pours a light gold with a sudsy white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of light citrus, lemongrass, and ginger root.

Tastes of mild grassy malts, lemongrass, and slight ginger.

Light body with thin carbonation.

A so-so beer, could stand to have more ginger to it. Nothing bad about it, but it just feels bland. Worth trying if you like beers flavored with ginger, but probably not otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 01:33:36 | More by Cylinsier
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Mitchster

Michigan

2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

$1.99 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with Pale 2-row, Munich, Light Crystal, Flaked Barley and ginger. Hopped with Centennial, US Golding and Sterling.
10 SRM, 4.5% ABV, OG=10P, 20 IBU's.

Pours out to a medium golden, forming a small wite head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs. The nose is redolent with ginger and oolong tea, slightly toasty, like genmai rice tea too. Mouthfeel is watery like soda, light and crisp with a very light body. The taste opens with ginger followed by some subtle malts with a hint of toast, giving it a "beer" taste. Bitterness is very mild, just enough to add balance. The ginger is not overwheleming. It's not subtle, but adds a nice dimension while not overwhelming the taste buds. It's not hot either. Finish is literally non existent, watery, with some lingering metallic bitterness and ginger flavor.

An interesting but ultimately not very drinkable beer. I certainly would never buy a 6-pack of this, even if I were looking for a summer thirst quencher. It just doesn't strike that balance. It's not that it's a bad beer, it's just not something I really care for. The body is way too thin and watery and there isn't any malt to back up the taste. It needs more residual sweetness and body. If they adjusted the recipe to do that, it could potentially attract some of the ginger ale crowd.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 00:17:08 | More by Mitchster
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Wildeman

Michigan

2.86/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

I had a little bit of high hopes for this beer cause I am a fan of Left Hand Brewing, but alas I was left unfulfilled and disappointed. There is no body and very little flavor. There was the essence of ginger, but that quickly disapeared. A bit of ginger in the aroma but overall this beer was lackluster. If not for that little essence of ginger this beer would be completely bland. Long story short, I will probably never have this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 01:58:16 | More by Wildeman
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dar482

New York

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It has a stanky ginger smell and a very slight ginger taste to it. Being brewed with ginger, it actually tastes like a regular light pale ale except that little hint of flavor in the beginning. You keep wanting to drink more and more because of how short that flavor lasts. Personally, I would love this beer with more spices and aromatics to it. Something to give it more layering other than a tasting like a plain beer with a gentle gift at the beginning.
You keep wanting to go in to get that initial flavor, but it dissipates so fast and really needs to be more well rounded.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 20:42:11 | More by dar482
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AmitC

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well herbs. Ginger is a good one. Beer though gingerish, is not very huge on that.

Very clear, amber copper color. Little head, which goes away soon. I pour very diligently, so it will be way off others. Decent amount of bubbles coming up.

Smells a lot of ginger and some honey. No other distinct smell there. Not of malt, not of other ales.

Taste is a bit disappointing in that ginger is very mild. It is felt when it goes in. Sweeter at the beginning, may be due to use of some honey, to subdue the bitter herbal ginger. Somewhat more ginger and it could have well been a herbal anit cold-cough medicinal ale. You feel more ginger when you go on drinking.

Very light feel. Not a lot of carbonation.

Because of its herbal nature, more than 1 12 ounce bottle is not at all possible for me.

Decent ale overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 01:29:46 | More by AmitC
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Lare453

Florida

2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz into a dfh glass

a clear copper color with a bright white two finger thick head. head dissipates at a medium pace, and there is some lacing left over

s wheat, tin, not very pleasant

t very bland, flat beginning with a light ginger middle. the ending is also bland with some light wheat. almost no aftertasste

m a little too thick, barely any carbonation, feels flat on the toungue

o eh... mediocre at best. i would not actively seek this beer out...

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 04:47:48 | More by Lare453
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LiquidAmber

Washington

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

Review from 2/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light yellow amber with a minimal white head and little lacing. Aroma of ginger and faint malt. Flavor is very dry with a hint of honey with ginger at the start, then just ginger, finishing with a dry, faint light hop and lager malt flavor. The ginger is nice, but little else going on. Light bodied.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 18:23:53 | More by LiquidAmber
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Danny1217

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange-amber with a white head that quickly dissipates. Smells mostly just like ginger. Ginger really dominates this beer as a whole. I'm not getting much else from the taste either. Rather light body and medium coronation.

How much enjoyment is had from those beer depends on how Much you like ginger.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 00:46:19 | More by Danny1217
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yuenglingfan101

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great beer. smell and taste of ginger really is so soothing. nothing special about the appearance or mouthful but it lives up to the name it is given "good juju" I think i'll be drinking some more good juju soon and often. Left Hand does it again!!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 17:52:33 | More by yuenglingfan101
Good Juju (Ginger Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
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