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Good Juju (Ginger Ale) - Left Hand Brewing Company

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

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BA SCORE
78
okay

405 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 405
Hads: 1,195
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 37
Gots: 180 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-27-2001

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Reviews: 405 | Hads: 1,195
Photo of tone77
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild ginger, damn near odorless. Taste is ginger, a bit of malts, kind of on the light side. Feels light in the mouth and overall a refreshing beer, but not one I would need to buy again. (282 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can taste the ginger, but mixing it what is essentially a lager with a bitter after taste was not a good call. Good attributes, but something should be sweeter in the beer in my opinion. (189 characters)

Photo of predikit
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bronze, leaves almost no head and what little it did disappeared immediately. No lacing except for a few islands.

Smell is definitely ginger-esque, and very appealing.

The taste is well balanced ginger hints alongside biscuity malt character. Almost no bitterness to be had. Taste stays the same from start to end. Not dry, but I wouldn't call it sweet either.

Light bodied, a little watery, but refreshing indeed. With it's low ABV, an easy beer to enjoy just to enjoy without worrying about over consuming alcohol.

I could see myself buying this again. (573 characters)

Photo of TequilaTom
4.29/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quite a surprise! I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Not too powerful on the ginger, nicely balanced. Faint smell of ginger and spice. Light and refreshing on the palate. Clean aftertaste. Bought this on a whim as a mixed 6er, wouldn't mind trying again, maybe while floating in the pool on a hot summers eve! (350 characters)

Photo of justingreenwood
4.69/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer is fantastic. I admit, I love ginger in pretty much everything, but among the many ginger beers I've tried, this is probably my favorite so far. It's not too sweet and has a great balanced flavor. Because it's not too overwhelming, I could probably pound an entire six pack in one sitting. (299 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Your really have to enjoy ginger to like this beer. It is upfront and in your face, i am not a fan. Other than the ginger, there really isn't much else going on.

Will not buy or drink again. (192 characters)

Photo of upton7418
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L- dark yellow/dark straw like color that starts with a small white head. The head dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing.

S- strong ginger smell followed by a light hops. very clean smell

T- light malt taste followed by strong ginger flavor.

M- medium to high carbonation but it is very thin on in body

O- I bought this as something different and really wanted to like this. It has a very clean taste but leaves much to be desired. I was expecting a well rounded beer but this just tastes an attempt to create something different for the sake of being different. Though it has a strong ginger taste as you drink more it feels unbalanced and unrefined. The body feels too thin without much complexity. If your expecting ginger you get it. I don't really think I would try this again unless it was free. (821 characters)

Photo of jtwhicker
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

JuJu is a seasonal beer that I usually look forward to but now it seems lack luster. It's missing the spices that one would expect out of a good ginger beer, maybe a little watered too. It's still a low abv beer that I don't mind saving for warmer days in the springtime, though. Prob not $11 a 6 pack worthy either if i may say so. (332 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased this in a mix-a-six from Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, enjoye chilled in a goblet shared with octopus89

The color is very hazed golden with thick white cap and fine bead with quick dropping head with no lace to speak of with visible carbonation. The smell is very pungent with tropical spice specifically a lot of fresh ginger and light fruit accent with a mild citrus zest note. The feel is moderately spiced with mild sweetness and medium carbonation with semi-dry finish no alcohol detectable in the feel.

The taste is very good I expected ginger but this is really tasty with fresh spice and citrus with subtle malt sweetness to back it up and the mild lemon element with ginger continuing in a mild way throughout with clean yeast and light toasted flavor in the malt. Overall I really enjoyed the tropical quality and refreshing taste in this sessionable ale -recommended if you enjoy a summer-refresher type of ginger beer, I would drink this frequently (979 characters)

Photo of SamN
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A bold honey gold liquid with a lovely, lacey foam topping with excellent sticky lacing as it dissapates. Ginger in the nose, very sweet and fruity and spicy. Taste is pretty good, lots of upfront ginger but never with that vinegar-kick most people associate with sushi ginger. This is the essence of ginger, not overpowring. Low hops, quite paletteable. (354 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

This is an unusual flavor, and it goes great with Asian food because of the ginger. If you're in the mood for something different, look to this one. Very light on the alcohol, but still very flavorful, and not what you're used to drinking. (241 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%

Give this some time. It needs to warm even tho intended as a "refreshing frivolity".

I'm not fan of veg/fruit beers, or spice beers, but this one doesnt fail due to the ginger, in fact, it needs more ginger.
A: Dusky golden yellow with not much head, that falls fast and laces little. Sparkling and thin like a ginger beer/ale. 3.3

S: Too subtle but good. Lemon peel and ginger over a light pale base. Appetizing. Good appetizer beer. First of evening. 3.5
T: The body is too thin, lacks malt body, too far in the watery direction of summer quaffy, tastes watery. Otherwise I have no other issue with profile. 3.3

The ginger isn't strong enough.
MF: Too thin & watery 3 (675 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

5/27/15 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Surprising little aroma for so much flavor. The ginger gives slight burn that accentuates the spicy food I've had. The texture is very good & I still find it to be a refreshing palate cleansing drink. Great to bust up a pedantic session.

10/12/11 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Great Crisp taste. Very subtle ginger. Right up my alley. (371 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Nice, light and effervescent. You definitely taste the ginger, but it's not overwhelming. There's a bit of bitterness, but a pleasant bit of citrus too. (156 characters)

Photo of jcbogantes
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first beer with ginger I bought it at superior liquor store in luisville, CO.
Nice to know that they use an organic ginger for this brew.
I pored this beer in a plastic glass at my hotel room it looked light copper, with 2 F head with some scattered laces.
The aroma is sweet and grainy and a faded ginger smell.
Very astringent and but you can feel its malty backbone all the way to the end wish is really great for a beer they call light.
Very good brew (458 characters)

Photo of brureview
3.96/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a golden copper color in a Stone imperial pint glass with a 1 F head.

Aroma: mild ginger.

Mouth feel: well carbonated.

Taste: this beer is all about ginger. I drink ginger tea daily, so I like the taste in the beer: it's ginger forward. I must admit that it grows on me after a while.

Good bitterness in the finish.

Overall: very interesting and not everyone's beer. If you like spice beer, or any food/beverage with ginger be sure to check this out. (462 characters)

Photo of Rootscipio
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

About a finger of head with a medium golden liquid, head and lacing disipate quickly.
GInger very upfront in the aroma .
This flavor profile is just not for me the ginger is very strong and upfront, I usaly like left hand stuff, oh well glad it was just a single. (264 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into 16oz balloon

A – Bright translucent copper. Head is off white and fades quickly, lacing left behind is minimal.

S – Light crystal and carmel notes dominate. There is a little bite from the ginger here trying to come through.

T – Light and malty, ginger does come on quite strong here, though its not a fresh, bright, crisp ginger, almost medicinal.

M – Light in body, carbonation level is a bit high, but overall refreshing and easy to drink.

O – There is a good balance here, interesting brew, but nothing monumental. Not bad. (560 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.27/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BBD 9/22/14. Clear amber pour that has just a touch of garnet with an acceptable head. Lacing and retention are typical for the style and fade away after a few minutes. The magnificent nose is of ginger over a biscuit background sweetness. Light medium body that is nice and smooth in texture. Above average carbonation with a strong burst of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is quite nice and focuses on ginger. It delivers the ginger at just the right level and balances it against a toasty slight biscuit sweetness. It finishes with a crisp effervescent burst of ginger and hop flavor over biscuit. An outstanding clean crisp use of ginger. (658 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle to the glass, a rich head for a light ale. Pale amber is a generic, but decently accurate, descriptor for the color. A, for clarity. C-, for head retention.

An obvious dose of spicy ginger, but the blow is softened by a treacle-sweet maltiness that shores up in the nose. Good Juju's additive never really reaches anything close to a saturated level, which deserves recognition for not compromising the aromas of true pale malts and a kiss of floral hops.

While I really liked the direction this beer was going after the initial whiffs, the flavor is a little more averaged. It's not as sweet as intended, I think, with a twirl of ginger flavor that lacks a good spiciness. There's nothing sinus-clearing here, at all. The pale ale behind it tastes like a super light pale ale without much more complexity than a streak of treacle and peachy/pomme fruitiness. Still, it's rather dry, which makes ratings for drinkability soar. Approachable, light, but not sturdy enough. Really dependent on the ginger, which is toned down, as it is. I can't say much about the mouthfeel, other than, that it's really light in body and swallows like seltzer water that has sat out for half-an-hour. It's missing that spark, and I'm glad it's not swallowed up in a syrupy body; none of that here. The carbonation is decent, in comparison to the body, but really is just a light gas fizzle.

In all honesty, I don't get it. It seems like an amateur offering, one that could use some tweaking before hitting the bottling line. If you like light ales that border on 'watery', but have nuances of spiciness and one-note of ginger, then I guess you should get yourself some o'that Good Juju. (1,686 characters)

Photo of Abra
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear light golden color with not much of a head.
Aroma is spicy ginger with a clean base.

Taste is clean and crisp with a subtle but distinguishable ginger/malt blend throughout. Similar to a lager rather than an ale.

Overall, an easy drinking beer that could've benefited from a little more depth/complexity. (326 characters)

Photo of Lauthaha
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Light golden/amber, not a lot of carbonation. No head.

Smell - Slightly sweet malts and a touch of ginger. Very mellow, unobtrusive but not very impressive.

Taste - Pretty good. Tastes like a spiced pilsner to me; grassy with a hint of ginger in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Light on the palate, very limited carbonation. Slightly oily.

Overall - Not a great beer, but definitely not the worst beer I've rated. Probably wouldn't purposefully choose it again. (469 characters)

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Very bright, clear copper. Quickly fading fizzy head. Leaves little lacing.

S - Mostly malt. The ginger is pretty subdued. Toffee, caramel.

T - Malt upfront then the ginger makes it's presence felt. Medicinal flavor, but the ginger isn't overdone.

M - Light body, high carb, finishes dry and the ginger lingers.

O - This is the second ginger beer I've ever had. The other was way too heavy on the ginger, this one balances it pretty well. I wouldn't seek try again, but it was nice to see what it was like. (514 characters)

Photo of benloho
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Beer poured a very clear light copper color. Good head that dissipated quickly. Good carb. Lots of bubbles streaming toward the top.

S: Malty breadiness and ginger spice. I actually really love the ginger spiciness when I get a nose on this beer. Awesome.

T: Some caramel malt notes that quickly are overpowered by strong ginger. A little floral hop profile, but mostly ginger. Crazy drinkability to this beer.

MF: Crisp and light. Not overcarbed but good enough. Leaves a dryness on the back of the palate that is refreshing.

O: I love ginger, and I commend Left Hand's usage of it in this beer. It's real good. Right now it is 80 degrees outside and I about chugged half the glass in a couple minutes. This beer is fantastic while in the recommended 40-45 degree range. Once it started warming up it started losing its pop. But I will say it is crazy drinkable in this weather. (887 characters)

Photo of atr2605
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a soft copper color with a fizzy white head that fades rather quickly
S-ginger dominates with some sweet malt aroma in the background
T-More ginger, with some bitterness following and finishes dry
M-medium-light bodied with tight carbonation
O-drinks almost like a dry club soda with ginger. Very interesting brew and I honestly enjoyed that it wasn't complicated by a lot of other flavors or sweetness (410 characters)

Good Juju (Ginger Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.