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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
77
okay

929 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 929
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 17.21%
Wants: 21
Gots: 41 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-27-2001)
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mattster

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was curious about this beer when we got it at work. This was my first beer from Left Hand, and I must say that I was overall impressed by the beer.

The bottle was cooled a good 48 hours in the fridge, then side poured into a standard Pint glass.

The straw to yellow color was as expected. Nice bubbles with minimal head. Pleasant on the nose with no major smells - slight ginger aroma.

To me, it tasted like Red Stripe on tap, with a definite hint of ginger. I was able to drink three of the four pack that evening, and would have had the fourth but I'd given it to a friend.

This is a great summer beer and I think that it would go great with a salad, pacific rim dishes/sushi and, of course, Island Cuisine.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 12:14:32 | More by mattster
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BigRedN

Nebraska

3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased one bottle as part of a mixed 6 pack.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass the beer is dark gold in color. My pour produced a nice white head, about 1/2 inch in height. Settled surprisingly quick and left little lacing.

Smell: Not surprising here is ginger. There are some other spices as well (nutmeg?) with some grainy malt. Nothing hop related, although I did not anticipate there would be.

Taste: Spicy, with the prerequisite ginger. A little malty with no hop bitterness. I guess this about what I would expect for a spiced beer.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body (lighter than expected) with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Not knowing what to expect when I threw this in the mixed 6. I would say it is ok. I would not go out of my way for it again, though. An interesting beer, but not a repurchase.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 04:26:15 | More by BigRedN
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hunteraw

China

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: fairly light in color, golden. clear.

Smell: Light, clean aroma, with ginger in the background - not as intense as I was expecting.

Taste: Ginger bite, ginger flavor, followed by.... nothing, a weak, watery finish. No hops flavor or bitterness to follow up on the ginger, no real malt character. Refreshing, I suppose, but left me wanting more flavor besides the ginger.

Mouthfeel: light-ish body, good carbonation

Drinkability: A fun idea, and more drinkable, perhaps, than SA's attempt at a ginger beer, but not something worth buying again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 04:23:45 | More by hunteraw
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livingregret

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Standard 12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a off gold colour w/ a 2 finger head that dissipates quickly w/ some lacing left behind

Smell: Ginger, a touch of spice and something slighty sweet at the beginning. Caramel perhaps

Taste: This taste like a light ale that has a touch of ginger. It is not overpowering like some beers that go this route(ginger being the theme of this one)

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and a touch carbonated. A touch to fizzy for my personal taste

Drinkability: A touch to heavy on the carbonation but the ginger is quite refreshing. Very light beer that is enjoyable on a hot day

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 04:50:34 | More by livingregret
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Illini5596

Illinois

1.3/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Definitely not a beer for me. The mouthfeel and taste were that of wet, moldy grass. Ginger is barely present over the over powering disturbing and bad herbal taste.

I couldn't even finish the beer. Highly recommend you avoid this one, which is disappointing given the normally excellent Left Hand selections.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2007 03:21:22 | More by Illini5596
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355ml served chilled in a La Chouffe tulip

Pours with a light amber body, lots of bubbles emanating from the bottom of the glass. Thick puffy white head with good retention, forms about half an inch thick but settles to a modest dense whisp. Lots of patchy lacing

Smell, fresh and pickled ginger, galangal and a touch of aniseed. Slightly spicy on the nose, some thin bready malt in the background and a tiny alcoholic aroma

Taste, crisp and biscuity malt followed by tonnes of fresh ginger flavours. Gingerbread and some slightly metallic malt character on the finish. Some identifiable hop character, some citric hop flavour and sweet malt

I have to admit that ginger is one of the few flavours that I've not fond of in food or beverages, subtle ginger flavours backed up by garlic or a strongly flavoured main ingredient are fine but if the dominant flavour is of ginger I'm generally put off. Thus this beer seriously doesn't do it for me, tthe myriad of various strong ginger flavours put me off therefore I didn't enjoy this. If you are a ginger fan especially a fan of non-alcoholic ginger ale then you'll probably go for this, but not me...

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 16:44:13 | More by cypressbob
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a large, creamy white head and a golden orange color. Clarity was good, but the second half of the bottle had some wisps of yeast that contributed a dense haze, but no chunks.

S - Strong fresh ginger aroma with slight grassy hops and a bit of caramel malt.

T - Distinct ginger flavor backed with herbal hops and moderate bitterness. The finish is clean without any real lingering flavor.

M - Light, smooth texture with moderate to high carbonation. There is just a little bit of astrengency present.

D - This beer is light and fairly easy to drink with a strong ginger character, but I can't say I really enjoy it. The problem for me here is the type of ginger character; the aroma it good but the flavor is too medicinal and lacks depth. There is none of the spicy, flavorfull ginger that I have occasionally experianced in some other beers. A bit more malt sweetness to balance out the ginger and hops would really help here.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 02:57:57 | More by nickfl
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I suppose you have to really enjoy the flavour of ginger to enjoy this beer. Being that I do, I really liked this. It poured up a clear orange red colour with a pretty nice looking white, soapy head. Not bad.
Obviously, there is ginger present here, but it isn't nearly as powerfu as I was thinking it would be, which was a pleasant discovery. Too many beers in this category are "over-done" with incredibly assertive smells of what the beer is "supposed" to smell like. This was mild. I like. Taste is very "pale ale" like with the ginger showing up briefly and gently on the finish. Quite drinkable. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 02:14:44 | More by SilentSabre
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

IRIE!!

AP: big carbonation, fast and furious bubbles racing to the top to form a tight but bubbly white head 1/2" deep.

nose: Major ginger, herbal and meaty scented wheat malt + yeast, mild and subtle...very subtle zesty, spicey hop.

Flavor & Feel: Very light and crisp wheat malt with ginger taking over and a hearty, herbal yeast and subtle green- leafy hop underneath. Overall: Taste's much like a hefe-weizen ginger snap.

DA: ginger is really good for you mon, Rastafari!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 15:19:25 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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masterkush

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pleasant dark golden color, nice lacing and heavy carbonation. Smell is a little weak, but the ginger does come through.

This has a strong wheat base to it which does come through and almost overtakes the ginger and spice which isn't quite as strong as I have had in other ginger beers. It does leave a pleasant not too gingery after taste and a nice crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

I have to say this one of my favorite beers for the ABV. The first time I had a ginger beer, I was a bit skeptical but it had quite a bite and really surprised me (it was a homebrew, and a bit over gingered). That experience made me a fan of gingers and this is a solid, refreshing example of the style. I'm glad I can get a constant supply of this over the summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 05:15:09 | More by masterkush
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.
Bottled on 05.09.2007.

Tanned straw with a slight, chill haze. Half-inch, creamy white head with an enduring retention as an intact sheet. Patches of condensed lacing around half of the glass.

Slightly sweet honey, toasted malts; bright, citrus hop aroma. Lingering, ginger spice and saffron over a faint wheat-based mustiness.

Intense lemon-flavored hops that nearly overshadows a noble wheat base. The ginger-spice is clean and true in flavor; additional Asian spices add a nutty quality.

Light bodied; crisp, but a bit too carbonated.

An interesting summer offering; too heavy in citric hops and over-carbonated, but I enjoy the Asian spices for the novelty.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 12:25:39 | More by NEhophead
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this as part of a Left Hand sampling pack at Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire.

Light golden, very clear, with a foamy white head with good retention.
A very interesting smell, opening herbal and fruity, but then evolving into ginger, as expected, with some maltiness and very light hints of hops in there as well.
Smooth on the palate, and very refreshing, but some of the expected flavors are not as prominent as I expected. It is herbal, but mildly, and the ginger adds a pleasant acidity along the biscuity maltiness and the orange peel.
Pleasant and good on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 03:12:33 | More by brdc
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very intresting beer here. Had a ginger beer in the past and it always came off very hot to me, this was a fine exception. Poured a golden yellow, with signigicant white top head that receded leaving a nice layer of sticky white lace. Smell was very difficult to place, lots of spice with a light earthy smell. Taste was very light and refreshing, again lots of spice to it, but nothing overwhelming. Very light feel, grat carbonation and smooth on the palate. Overall this was very drinkable, and I would actually like to get a six pack of this, not bad at all, and not what I was expecting, pleasant suprise.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 03:30:29 | More by mikesgroove
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very clear golden appearance, good foam head with nice volume and reasonably good lacing.

Light and fruity aroma, showcasing the ginger. Flavor is similar, quite spicy with an herbal backdrop. Light fruits, slightly citric. Decent body, quite smooth overall, maybe a little sweet. I heard someone mention ginger chicken, similar in flavor. Good grassy and mild hoppiness complements the ginger. Meant to invoke the Caribbean, would pair wonderfully with Far Eastern cooking.

One of a few herbal/spiced beers I've had; not unlike Sam Adams' Cherry Wheat when it comes to really getting big flavor out of the chosen ingredient with a smooth and full body. Once in a while beer that has whet my appetite for more ginger ales.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 09:32:22 | More by BretSikkink
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Contra

New York

3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The most immediate comparison is to ginger beer, although, honestly, I've had ginger beers with more snap than this. Frankly, I like the lighter, crisper style this beer represents. This beer has a fairly light color, and has the carbonation of soda. The taste reminds me of green raisins, molasses, and of course, ginger. Extremely crisp, which makes for one very drinkable beer.

I expected this beer to be a bit of a gimmick, and sure, there is a bit of that. But it was a nice surprise, and a beer which I'd get again. Certainly worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 19:14:29 | More by Contra
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of ginger and other spices along with light malts, citrus sweetness and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste mainly consists of ginger & citrus (lemon & orange). The malt character is very light and there’s a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, it could use a bit more of a kick but the ginger flavor does give it an interesting twist, It’s a decent beer, but I wouldn’t drink more than a couple of these before I started looking for something else.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 01:56:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lefthand- Juju Ginger Ale

Appearance- Light golden amber with a decent fluffy head.
Smell- Ginger taffy.
Taste- Ginger candy/ taffy with a mild caramel malt backbone.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front but subduing. Ginger really kicks in, in the end.

Overall- Not bad at all. Unique, yet mild enough to be a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 23:55:29 | More by NJpadreFan
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a murky amber color with a two finger white head that holds well and nice lacing to the finish. aromas of ginger, fruit, and hint of spice. malty ginger taste with slightly sweet tropical fruit flavors mouthfeel light and refreshing, carbonation is good. nice beer very refreshing change of pace drink, i think it would pair well with seafood or clams.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 16:25:11 | More by billybob
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a cloudy golden color with a nice, persistent head. The aroma is spicy and floral. The taste is a little bitter with the ginger noticeable. The mouthfeel is medium and it finishes dry. This is an interesting beer, but I would think one would be plenty in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 21:34:06 | More by barefootbrewer
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athensbeermaster

Georgia

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

color: light golden/orange
smell: bright citusy hops and ginger
taste: A light pale ale with some malt backbone and a good mix of ginger and spice.
mouthfeel: thin and spicy
drinkabilty: great food beer refreshing for a rare event.
This is a well balanced beer for a spiced beer. But this is what Left Hand brewery is good at!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 19:34:24 | More by athensbeermaster
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drseamus

New York

3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very light in color, but not as light as a true ginger beer. It is somewhere between a straw and light amber color. There are visible bubbles coming off the bottom of the pint glass. The aroma is great and full of ginger. The ginger is more subdued in the taste. I was kind of thinking this would be a ginger beer with a powerful ginger blast, but the ginger is in more of a background role as it was most likely intended. For a lighter colored beer, it does have a pretty good body. I couldn't drink a lot of this because of the ginger flavor, but i would drink it often if I could get it.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 23:40:21 | More by drseamus
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arguemaniac

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Although this brew is overall just a bit watery, it is fairly balanced and drinkable, plus, the ginger character is nicely done through out. A touch of ginger spice and flavor mixes well with mellow hop bitterness and subdued malt sweetness. Towards mid sip the spice of the ginger mellows and a nice ginger flavor comes through a bit better. Mild ginger candy flavor and soft grainy malt in the finish.

Like I said, it’s lacks some flavor, but all the flavors mix well and lend some brightness to the palate. Unlike some many beers like this, the ginger isn’t overdone.

Recommended, but don’t expect to be blown away.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 05:00:16 | More by arguemaniac
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BadRockBeer

Colorado

2.3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pale orange. Nice 2 finger head.

Smell: GINGER, and crisp.

Taste: Overbearing taste of ginger. Lightly malted and a little spicy. Fits well in it's category but if gingers not you thing, you may want to steer clear.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, and well carbonated.

Drinkability: A great beer every now and again. A great beer to order at the local sushi bar.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 02:30:11 | More by BadRockBeer
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear and crisp golden colour with a big frothy yet somewhat creamy head.

The aroma is ginger all the way through combined with a touch of sweetness and some malt balance as well. Simple and ginger obviously dominates, yet doesn't overpower.

Flavour is again led by the ginger, which provides for a nice sweetness to combine with other sweet fruit flavours in the mix along with some hop notes that were less than present in the aroma along with a bit of general malt as well. Mouthfeel is a bit flat and airy, almost nothing-like at times. Weird.

Overall, this one is pretty decent. If you don't like ginger it obviously won't be your thing but if you do like it, don't shy away thinking it will overpower the rest of the beer, because it won't. Simple, light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 03:03:41 | More by guinness33
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear golden yellow in color with a fluffy 3" head that lingers a while. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: nice sharp ginger and fruitiness are very pleasant for the nose.

Taste: ginger is up front but not offensive. The malt levels are light, and there is a bit of honey sweetness lingering in the background. Very dry throughout.

Mouthfeel: crisp with a long lasting dry ginger aftertaste. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: so-so. The first few sips were refreshing, but it grew tiring as the glass was emptying. Interesting for a rare occasion when you are in the mood for a spiced beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 23:31:57 | More by Gavage
Good Juju (Ginger Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
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