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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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1,018 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 21
Gots: 82 | 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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Pintofbrown
2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Just a small white film acting as the head, no lace on this one either. This has a bright amber and peach color showing through the cloudy beer. Just the slightest amount of CO2 rising to the top.

Smell: Here’s the thing, is there ginger on the nose? Sure. Is there as much ginger as there should be on the nose? No. There really isn’t much of a malt smell or hop smell here to go with the ginger aroma, the very easily missed ginger aroma.

Taste: The sip produces some ginger flavoring and brewing water. Woot. As it finishes, there is a general bitterness from the acidity of the beer and maybe from the hoppiness. Why does this thing have to finish like a citrus beer?

There is really only the ginger flavor and not much else here to even justify the citrus bitterness. The ginger flavor doesn’t even have the common courtesy to last into the finish. I really like ginger, but this isn’t working out.

Mouth feel: The beer is very light, almost like drinking champagne. It really is more like a malt liquor lemonade than a beer. Not impressed.

Overall: This beer could work, it really could. If the ginger flavor was really there, like heavily on the nose, and in the drink. This thing might be okay. In fact, if it was even paired with some malt or hop flavor, even better.

Right now it just stands alone, and it’s not working out. It also would do it wonders to make this a creamier offering. Then, and only then, do I think this would be worth a try.

Photo of FickleBeast
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pale orangish color with a thin ring of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is certainly ginger, and not much else. To me, the ginger aroma is not appetizing.

First sip is exceptionally dry, with a astringent ginger finish. Second sip is not much better. Minimal maltiness, just a very crisp finish with ginger flavor.

This is a total miss for me. I don't mind the flavor of ginger in general, but contained in a beer with little else to complement the flavor, it just doesn't resonate with me. Glad I only bought a single of this one.

Photo of jale
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing.

A: Pours a clear golden with two quarters of white head.

S: Smells just like a ginger ale.

T: The aroma does not carry into the taste. Slight malt and a hint of ginger. Nothing else in the taste and is quite bland.

M: Great carbonation.

O: Even on a hot day this beer just does'nt make the cut.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a nice peach shade of light amber with a fizzy white head and big bubbles that drop off quickly.

S: Aroma is sweet and spicy up front with some of that ginger and some floral hoppiness. A very faint hint of citrus as well.

T/M: Has a medium amount of carbonation accompanied by some orange citrus, artificial watermelon like in a jolly rancher, and the ginger is there but its hard to place. Again, the flavor is also very subtle.

It's not a bad beer but way too light for my liking. The juju is not strong enough in this one.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Bottled-on date clearly inked on the neck. Neat art on the label.

Pours a deep yellow-gold. Very few carb trails to see, and but a wisp of a ring hangs around. Smell reminds me of melons - mellow and also slightly sweet. Taste rolls from some bitters into a healthy dose of ginger, and then back to a nice malty backing. Mildly complex. Finishes tart and tight. A decent brew, interesting for sure.

Photo of shanblur
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased locally. Bottled on date is 3/15/2011. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Nice translucent orange color. Minimal head dissipates quickly, leaving almost no lacing.

S - Can definitely tell the ginger on the nose. Hints of sweet malt in the background.

T - Ginger also comes through on the taste. No hops detected. Not much others flavors.

M - Light, with little to no carbonation.

This was unique, but just average on the taste. I could see it pairing well with the right food.

Photo of bastardface
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer at the beer store. I have never had anything from Left Hand Brewery which is why I decided to try Good JuJu. I got it in a bottle. The appearance is rather traditionl. The taste is surprsingly good. I haven't got a random beer taste this good in a while. The smell is sweet with ginger tang. The beer is smooth going down and pretty easy to drink. It has sweet taste but not terribly fruity. I highly recommend this beer if you're lucky enough to have the opportunity.

Photo of claytong
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - no head, light ruby color, very light. very see through. interesting looking but looking a bit too much like fruit juice

Smell - definitely ginger, not much else, some citrus

Taste - ginger isnt as strong as i thought but is definitely the strongest. its very light and crisp, a great summertime beer if only the price was lower. citrus comes in but very lightly

Mouthfeel - very light, which i enjoyed on a nice hot summer day. light body, light carbonation. reminded me of a radler from austria except with ginger instead of lemon and less carbonation

Photo of AnavelGato
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle poured into a standard pint glass, purchased at Whole Foods.

Appearance: Light amber color, crystal clear, evidently filtered with no drifting debris. Pours thin into the pint glass with absolutely no head on a slow pour, tried again on a rough pour down the middle of the glass and barely got a finger of pearl white head which dissipated almost as quickly as it formed. There is absolutely no lacing whatsoever

Aroma: Smells like ginger right off the bat and has a malty sweet aroma as well that combine to make it smell almost like a gingerbread cookie but not in the Christmassy scent.

Taste: Very light flavor, Ginger is the obvious star here, giving it an extremely refreshing flavor without being overpowering. The flavor is very quickly overtaken by a sweet matiness, which is hard to resist downing in one rather than sipping like a responsible human being. Probably a very good session beer, or a chaser for a night of harder drinking.

Mouthfeel: kind of weak here, the beer falls “flat” quickly after the initial pour and drinks like water, there’s almost no carbonation present so much so that I really have no thoughts on the matter. Watery is the best description for the mouth feel I can muster

Overall: excellent lawnmower beer, something good to just have around in summer when the Texas heat really starts getting to you but not something I would go to extremes to find. If you know somewhere that carries it go ahead and pick up a six pack but don’t sweat it if you can’t find it. That being said the bottle artwork is worth the purchase price… one of my favorite beer labels bar none.

Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This brew pours a slightly hazy golden color topped with a tiny head. There's absolutely huge visible carbonation. Aroma has spicy ginger, zesty hops, and some bready malts. The taste is quite good, the ginger is huge at first. It's a ginger beer though, what else would I really expect? There's some nice herbal hops to back it up, along with a decent malt backbone. The mouthfeel is nice, it's very carbonated and goes down easily. The drinkability is rather good, but I'm not sure how a session with these would go. Overall, a great beer for the ginger fan, I'm sure a huge ginger ale fan would love this beer.

Photo of JMad
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I drank this from a pint glass...
The beer is an orange copper color with a very thin white head. Smells of nutty caramel malt, honey, and barely a hint of ginger. The taste has more ginger in it, along with flavors of lemon bread and a spicy aftertaste. It seems thin and watery but has a pleasant dry finish. This is an OK beer, I wouldn't seek it out or anything.

Photo of bnes09
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light orange colored ale. Pours a weak head. Poor retention and no lacing. Good clarity though.

Aroma is spicy with a pine-like hop scent. Smells a lot like ginger ale, actually. Interesting.

Solid malt backbone. I can taste some rye bread character. Spicy ginger with tangy, pine and floral hop notes mingled in. Subtle white grape sweetness. Well balanced.

Lighter body. High level of carbonation, almost like ginger ale. Crisp feel. Finishes dry and very clean.

This beer is pretty solid. Tasty and refreshing. Definitely different than what I was expecting. Easy drinking also. Would make an excellent summer session beer.

Photo of drowninginhops
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into standard pint glass, review from notes.

A: Very clear yellow. Not a very well made head and because no lacing.

S: Spicy sorta like holiday cookies brings good memories. Malty.

T: Ginger is not very prominent malts are more outspoken. Hops are present but not well developed.

M: Crisp and clean well carbonated.

D: Not great not bad. I like ginger so I am hoping that there might be a better one out there.

Photo of zdk9
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear liquid the color of light yellow gold. I was expecting some bursting head but not really getting any. And not much in the lacing department- here it meets my expectations.

S- Smells like gingerbread cookie dough. Much darker, richer, and spicier than I expected. I'm not sure there's much else to say, but that's not really a bad thing.

T- The taste is lighter. The ginger is still very present, but the evervescence of the beer sweeps the spiciness off quickly. Taste is more malty with lots of whole wheat bread. Some hops in the back, but mostly just the bitter memory of them.

M- Kinda clean, although the ginger flavor does stick with you. Very nice carbonation- it doesn't match the smell so much as the flavor and overall feel of the beer.

O- I'm a big ginger ale lover and this would make a great sessionably alcoholic alternative to that. Kudos.

Photo of stephencregan
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer first on tap, then from a bottle. The clean, light copper hue when poured is very appealing. It's lightly carbonated with a light frothy head leading to minimal lacing.

Immediately hits your nose with the smell of ginger with very subtle notes of malt behind that. You almost know what your in for just by the smell. A ginger beer.

Its a good flavor. A little lackluster. This beer has a good balance of ginger, (not overwhelming) but I didn't note any true malt or hop characteristics to really balance this beer.

Very easy to drink. It tastes almost cleansing if that makes sense? Like Good JuJu could be used to cleanse ones pallet. The flavors do not linger.

It would pair well with sushi, or an Asian cuisine of sorts.
Overall I would defiantly say this beer is worth trying once.

Photo of McNealc31
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy light copper with a fluffy just off-white head. One whiff and even if you didn't read the label, you'd know it's a ginger beer. The most powerful flavor is, of course, ginger, but there's some malt and a bit of hops in the finish. It's not particularly complex, but I do think the ginger is well balanced. Just a tinge of that ginger heat, too. You don't need to worry about the alcohol in this one, just 4.5%. I'm thinking of some Chinese dishes this would be the perfect match with.

Another winner from Left Hand. I'd like a little bit more hops just to give it a bit more complexity, still it's very good.

Photo of devinoconnor
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Although I usually find Left Hand brews to be very solid, this one fell short of my expectations. It seems like it's almost trying a bit too hard, and ended up with a bad beer.

Pours a light brown color. Smell of ginger immediately hits you. I immediately thought about December and the holiday season, which is a good thing.

But the first sip was missing something. It tasted like water and ginger and nothing else. Weak.

Overall, disappointing.

Photo of fltmedic
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the taphouse in Longmont, Co

Light in color for an American Ale, soft foam head quickly dissipated to a fine lace.

Strong ginger nose comes through followed by subtle malt aromas.

Nicely balanced malts with the brightness of the hops. Ginger warms the finish without overstating itself.

Light and crisp over the entire palate.

The ginger is not a gimick or afterthought. It is well integrated into the taste of this ale perfect for summer.

Good Juju (Ginger Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,018 ratings.