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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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986 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 986
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 23
Gots: 67 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-27-2001)
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Photo of dsauter
3/5  rDev -11.2%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

athouve1, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Merkur
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Merkur, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

waiting4lunch, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of freduardo
2.5/5  rDev -26%

freduardo, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of tsauce2
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 22 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass

A: SRM is harvest orange. Head is white, 1/4 in, dissipates to cover top of beer. Medium/heavy carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Ginger comes right off the top, followed by malt and hop. Slight carmel notes.

T: Malt and hop of an american ale, middle of the palate is hit with a gingerbread taste. Aftertaste is minimal.

M: Slightly chewy, sits lightly on the palate. Light body.

O: Interesting beer. Tastes like a good standard ale infused with gingerbread or ginger candy. Being that I like ginger, I like this beer.

tsauce2, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Exiled
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Exiled, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Jspriest
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Spider889
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Spider889, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of osusullins
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm honestly not impressed with this beer.

The look and smell of it are just blah. Pours a hazy gold with light head. Smell is faint of ginger and honey. Very subtle though. Not very aromatic.

Taste is just as boring. I get some almost metallic undertones and the ginger doesn't show up until the back end. Not my favorite offering from the good people at left hand.

osusullins, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold in color. Clear. Forms a smallish white head that quickly fizzes away to the slightest ring around the edge. No lacing what so ever.

S: First note is of ginger. Ginger beer ginger. Light sweetness with a little citrus and a little honey.

T: Tastes remarkably like Reed's ginger beer. Really tastes much more like a "ginger beer" (the soda version) than I expected it would. Light honey sweetness. Ginger is the dominate flavor, but it is not overdone. Orange and sugar to a lesser extent, with a slight note of cream soda. Finishes with a slightly spicy sweetness.

M: Lighter side of medium in body with fairly heavy carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: A pretty good beer. Rather refreshing. Sweetish and soda-like. Low ABV. Can't say I'd drink it again, but it wasn't bad. Just not my type of beer.

Florida9, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured pale golden with thin head that didn't last. I found a light honeyed quality on the nose but then a hint of those hockey pucks in the men's urinals. On the palate, the ureic element was there as the ginger just wenttoo far and evoked a urine quality. Too much ginger. Light otherwise, with little to enjoy if you don't dig the ginger whollop.

yemenmocha, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this one.

A: The pour is a fairly clear golden color with a finger of white head.

S: Definitely has some ginger smell to it. Fairly citrusy as well, mostly sweet oranges. Some pale malt and bread aromas with a little bit of brown sugar.

T: Flavor-wise, it's not too bad. There is a nice sweetness to it of bread, brown sugar, caramel, and maybe even a little bit of vanilla. The ginger is mild at first, but comes on very strong toward the end.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Was expecting a much more intense ginger flavor, but this wasn't overdone.

womencantsail, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of Blueribbon666
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at a bar in downtown Columbus. I was eager to try this as I am a fan of Left Hand's stuff and wanted to try before buying a six of Good Juju. Appearance upon arrival was golden in color with very little head that left lacing around the glass. Smell of ginger is distinct and I'm wondering if this will be ginger overload or what as I take a sip...everything is present in the front, though no where near the ginger I was expecting, clean yet flat finish. Wow, I was not expecting this to be underwhelming, mild taste of ginger and a quick crisp honey like taste and even a little hop before a rather bland drop off...I'm very surprised with the mildness of the ginger, it's like a hint of ginger more smell then taste even. This was a one and done for me, not bad, just wanted a little more.

Blueribbon666, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: Golden, clear nice lace with only a thin head

S: spicey and minty.

T: very light, semi sweet caramel malt. ginger notes.

M: light body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable beer. Nothing truly special otherwise.

kylehay2004, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear gold body. Frothy barely off-white one-finger head with decent retention and low-moderate stick.

Smell - Faint banana and grainy musk. Can't really pick out the ginger. I take that back. After warming for a few mintues, the boquet really pops, with the ginger at the forefront.

Taste - Very light. Floral and sharp, but not astringent.

Mouthfeel - Light and watery.

Overall Drinkability - Almost worth trying once. Not a bad beer, just not terribly noteworthy. Would be interesting if it weren't so watery.

ZenAgnostic, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of DaveBlack
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light, honey colored beer with a 1/2 finger's width of head that goes away quickly and leaves no lacing worth mentioning.

S: Malts and a sweet ginger flavor. For how powerful ofva spice ginger is, the nose on this beer is almost non-existent. There is nothing beyond the malt and ginger and I find myself searching even to find that.

T: Taste is almost as mediocre as the nose. The malts hit up front along with a spiciness, then the beer fades into almost nothing, nothing to balance out the initial hit of flavors. It does leave a nice taste of ginger in my mouth, though, so it has that going for it...

M: This is one of those beers that the mouthfeel further hurts the beer. It just feels thin, and watery and out of balance. Light body, pretty light on the carbonation.

O: An underwhelming beer in almost every regard. Small on aroma, small on flavor, small on substance, no complexity. When I write that it sounds worse than it actually is. The fact is that there is just nothing to recommend this beer. Honestly, I would rather drink a normal (good) ginger ale, like Vernor's

DaveBlack, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of tgorgz
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Into a pint glass from a 12ozer.

A: A light amber colour. Almost nothing in terms of carbonation trails, no lacing or anything of the sort.

S: Ginger. Ginger. Ginger.

T: Well...like a lagered-out ginger ale. However, the ginger is more subtle than expected. You certainly get the yeast and a small bit of malt, then the ginger hits you. It's gentle and lends a very refreshing note.

M: Very light, crisp. This is (naturally) followed by refreshing. The carbonation actually pops in here and helps to enhance the ginger.

Will certainly have again! Good idea for a ginger ale substitute.

tgorgz, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a translucent golden color with very little head. No lacing. Aromas of malt and spices. A bit earthy and floral. Taste is very thin and watery. There is some ginger flavor to it along with some malt. Doesn't pack much punch in the flavor department but I guess too much ginger would be tough to take. Bit of an odd aftertaste as well. Slightly metallic. I guess this would be alright in the summer, but I can see drinking more than one of these a day due to the spice flavor. Overall, I'm glad I tried it and I'm even happier that it was in a mix 12 pack and I didn't buy it on its own. Not really worth having again.

PicoPapa, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of bmwats
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Amber hue. Plenty of bubbly carbonation clings to the sides of the glass. Pours a very slight, bubbly head; which quickly disappears altogether.

S: Light malty flavor, with a very light smell of ginger.

T: Light flavor of baked bread with ginger... not overwhelming though. There's some other indistinct spice notes in there, too. Very subtle.

M: Light (there's that word again), subtle body. Refreshing.

D: Goes down easy, nothing off-putting.

Atmosphere is okay. No real head or lacing to speak of. Nose is light as is the flavor. Overall, this is a good quaff.

bmwats, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of ThaCreep
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Ginger obvious on the nose as well as other exotic spices that gives a real pleasure to feel the drink. Unfortunately, ginger blatant nose as well as other exotic spices that gives a real pleasure to feel the drink.

Unfortunately, this is where is the big disappointment is that the mouth is extremely low and even if you feel the spices, it was only in the background and it is impossible to ignore the lack of aftertaste and bitterness.

What a shame that all the beer was enough - with a balanced body - to establish itself as a very large.

ThaCreep, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really liked the revamped artwork on the bottle for this one. It caught my eye enough that I didn't even think about buying it I just knew I had to. The beer poured out as a light golden color with a fizzy white head on top. Not much head or lacing on this brew at all. The smell of this beer has a healthy amount of Ginger. The taste of the Ginger was pretty intense as well with a bit of malt sweetness in there also. The mouthfeel was pretty good, it had a nice sharp and crisp feeling to it, pretty refreshing too. Overall I am reviewing this one for a second time because I'm much more impressed with this beer now than I was before.

Knapp85, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of amanofbeer
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, obviously filtered. It has an amber orange hue. Medium bubles, very little head.

Clean aroma, very lager like. Even when poured into a snifter, it takes some effort to perceive much aroma. The fact that it is a beer with spices but without aroma is very curious. Ginger is hardly perceptable, but there is something different; something of a sweet grainy musk.

The clean lager-type and spice qualities in flavor hit the palate nearly simultaneously, but the finish is mostly dominated by the spice. Little to no malt flavors are in the finish. The spice is not unpleasant, almost tea like, but doesn't seem to fit in with the other flavors beyond any novelty. That is to say that it works, but my mind is by no means blown.

Going by what is typically expected of lager beer, Good Juju does not overpower or overly coat the mouth with residual sugar or syrupiness, but it is not actually a lager? Weird. It is relatively clean, but never what I would call dry.

In general, Good Juju successfully included ginger in the recipe and flavor profile without creating any muddled or overbearing qualities, positively qualifying it the identity of a 'beer brewed with ginger,' and while I feel that this beer does the world of ginger a great favor, this use of ginger does little for the world of beer.

amanofbeer, Aug 18, 2011
Good Juju (Ginger Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.