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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

982 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 982
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 23
Gots: 65 | 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 saccro
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance -- really nice golden color, but poor foam, weak lace.

Smell -- Sweet malty nose. Definite candy ginger smell. Tad hop spiciness.

Taste -- disappointing. not that it's bad. It's clean and ginger is not over the top. The sweetness in the aroma is not captured in the taste. Very watery. More of a personal preference for me. Slight mineral water taste. Just too weak. Good if you like a light session beer.

Mouthfeel -- Nice playful carbonation. Very light bodied.

Drinkability -- Good session beer. I'm not into the bland flavor. The ginger is nice. Maybe it is better with food.

saccro, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%

A - pours a orangish brown with little head and just a tiny bit of lacing

S - maltiness and a bit of ginger aroma

T - ginger and citrus, with a bit of a carbonated feel in the back of the throat

M/D - not a bad beer at all, the taste is pretty good and drinkability is very good. The taste is up to the drinker. The ginger is a nice taste and something different and a bit of a hop bite helps it along. I'd try it again.

mikereaser, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%

This beer pours a clear orangey/amber hue with an average white foamy head..some lacing is noticeable throughout. Aroma is big time ginger with a backbone of pale malt and some fruity aromas in the back ground. Flavor has some malt sweetness and toasted notes from the pale ale. The ginger and the hops then create a semi-citrus fruit hit that is an interesting taste on the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth and then spicy. It is very likened to a soda or ginger ale in that it is extremely high in carbonation. It was an interesting beer to try, simply not one for my palate.

Jayli, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of RomulanAle
4.35/5  rDev +28.7%

This beer might be low in Alcohol, but not in taste. It has a wonderful summer drinking feel about it. It might be a little expensive and as far as I can find only in 4 packs but it is very good, especially if you like the flavor of ginger. And on a special note this beer should be the required drink with sushi, like red wine is with steak and such.

RomulanAle, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%

A hazy but also clear enough to see light on the other side. Head turns to a film quickly. Thick at the edges and more opaque.

Heavily fruity smell, with a ginger spice that is sweet, not tart. Some earthy malts, some *soil* notes, but good.

Heavily earthy malt, almost muddy. That citrusy, fruity and sweet spice are there. It's an interesting balance, but not THE tastiest beer I've ever had.

It's a nice feel; watery but a tad fizzy. It's a very earthy drink. Interesting but not the greatest thing ever. Nice enough though.

williamherbert, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of stumac
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%

Funny enough, the bottle I tried was aged for two years and was still good!

pours up a golden color with a decent white head. decent lacing. the nose is lots of ginger, somewhat of a hop balance smell. the taste is very mellowed out ginger (probably due to the aging), sweet light malts, nice hop balance, medium body, low smoothe carbo. not too shabby for a Ginger beer

stumac, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of Tolnik
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%

A - Amber coloration with hint of darker red at certain angles.

S - Light hop smell with good hints of ginger.

T - The taste of it has a in between of amber and pilsner with delcacy of ginger. Tantalizes with the mouth

M - Very light about the mouth

D - Best if bought for compliments with food or in mood for a ginger tasting beer.

Notes: The bottle beer seems to taste different depending on packaging.
If bought out of 4 pack the ginger tastes stronger

If bought out of sample pack the ginger seems not as strong.

Tolnik, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Pulled from a variety case. Pours a clear gold without much head, but thing lacing.

Man, I just want to eat sushi with this beer. You know, in place of the pickled ginger. This beer basically has two layers, mellow caramel malts that provide a tasty background, and the sharp ginger note that rolls in shortly after the malt.

So while it's a decent ginger beer and something different, it's nothing amazing or terribly complex. Still, worth a try if you like ginger or spice beers.

tempest, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of riversider76
4.22/5  rDev +24.9%

Pours a deep golden with a bit of an orange hue. Thin white head,with good retention and very nice laceing. Aroma is of ginger and other spices,and some nice floral hops. Body is light and carbonated. Taste is all there. Nice mix of sipces and sweet fruits. Very enjoyable.

riversider76, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%

A: Poured a bright gold with orange hues. A quickly dissipating dull white head lapses without much lacing being left behind. Effervesce was light, and spaced far apart, composed of micro-bubbles that rose at a lazy rate.

S: The nose was fruity of melons, honeydew while accented by a spicing of...you guessed it ginger. Some fresh notes of applesauce notes sneak in along with a grain sweetness. Farily clean, light to moderate in strength while making its point without being obnoxious.

T: The flavor was sweet and grainy, with a light dryn touch of hay. The spicing is sweet at first before turning dry, while moderately kept in check letting just enough of its presence through to be appreciated without being overbearing.

M: The mouthful was crisp yet slippery with a slight viscose feel. The finishing swallow finds a dry touch of grains and just enough carbonation to be pleasant.

D: One or two would be my limit on this. While crisp and dry it is hardly an all day drinker flavor-wise. The drinkability of this increases as the serving gets colder and the outside temperature gets warmer. Decent but does not warrant a six pack purchase even for the curious.

beerthulhu, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of stephens101
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%

Pours a pale orange into a pint glass. There's a one-finger off white head that settles down with a slight lacing all around the glass. Smells of malts, ginger spice and a little hop aroma in the background. Not a whole lot going on there. Tastes of smooth, not overly bitter hops with a malt background. There's a bit of orange peel and subtle fruitiness which is almost hidden. Mouth-feel is light. Carbonation is fairly active. Figured there would be a little more taste to this one, but there's just not enough going on here to get your taste buds going.

stephens101, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of supercolter
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%

This was an interesting brew, but I find this category hard to score. Appearance is a bit bland, no head or lacing and orange-yellow color. Smell is good, a nice whiff of ginger comes through and maybe a bit of hops. Taste is similar to smell, but pretty weak- almost watered down. Mouthfeel is expectadly light as well, but there is some decent carbonation. Drinkability is good, but this is largely because it is so light.

supercolter, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell...
Appearance: Tawny, ruddy hue with a decent-sized head that soon receded...
Smell: Peculiar, yet enticing aroma with hints of hops and ginger...
Taste: For a rather weak (4% ABV) beer, the taste was surprisingly very flavorful and good... Hints of ginger and hops abound... Truly a unique beer...
Decent mouthfeel with an all-around great level of drinkability...
Recommended if you're looking for something different...

dsa7783, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of scottyshades
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%

Not that impressed with this beer.
A: Pours a transparent straw color that produces a tiny head that leaves a nice lacing around the glass

S: A very sweet ginger note dominates the nose, along with some sweet malts and hops...smells very sweet

T: The taste didnt do it for me, I was not that impressed at all. A fake, ginger flavor is the primary note...not balanced very well at all

MF: Light in body, poor aftertaste

D: Low, a little too sweet and a little too much ginger make this beer a one-time sipper

scottyshades, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%

A- very attractive hazy burnt orange with honey colored highlights and an ivory head of foam with a great bubbly frothy skin on top, i only wish it would have lasted longer. leaves alot of wispy lace though.

S- spicy fresh ginger with a brown sugar sweetness, much like a ginger-snap cookie and pale maybe somewhat caramelish malt, aromatic wood and toasted marshmallow. hops are very subtle, i can feel them in my nose more than i can smell them.

T- i expected a much sweeter beer with all the ginger snap aroma goin on, but i got loosely malted toasty beer water with some wet dog and a touch of citrusy menthol ginger in the background. wet dog taste really turns me off and after warming a bit and airing out it pretty much went away. earthy british tasting hops are fruity at the start and herbal in the end, finishing crisp and dry with a light ginger flavor.

MF- could use some more substance, everything just feels watery overall. as said on their website, this must have been the brewers' intent, but i could appreciate more, even from a thirst quencher.

D- i was locked on with the aroma, but was pretty disappointed with the rest. the wet dog thing kinda fries me too.

hustlesworth, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of wl0307
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%

Purchased from the Beers of Europe. BB 24/08/08, served chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a translucent, orangey amber hue, coming with a fasting treating white foamy head and sparse carbonation.
S: ginger candy and US hop's flowery fragrance dominate the nose, on top of of more sweetness from malt syrup and sugar-cane juice. Overall too sweet, with a very timid presence of ginger which I suspect is only in its syrup form.
T: quite neutral in taste, on top of a refreshing and effervescent texture; lemon-grass and a more dryish palate from hops are backed by only a touch of powdery ginger-spiciness; turning drier as it goes, leaving a mild and soothing bitter-spiciness and a sunflower-tea like floral undertone to last.
M&D: pretty refreshing, effervescent, and light+ bodied, the taste is apparently much better than the cloying nose makes me believe. The dryish palate overall gives the whole beer a substantial lift. Not bad overall, but it could surely use a bit more hoppyness and bitterness to make it more enjoyable.

wl0307, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%

a: clear gold with a white head.

s: ginger, nothing else.

t: light and sweet toasted malt upfront. a bit fruity with a light ginger finish. judging from the nose, I expected much more ginger flavor than I found. this is a good thing. i love ginger, but i love balanced beer too.

m: medium to light body.

d: an interesting beer. i might pair one with some gingery asian meals, but this isn't a particularly good beer. I am impressed that they were able to keep it fairly balanced.

BradLikesBrew, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%

This poured a slightly hazy gold with a bit of white head. It smelled distinctly of ginger with lemon yeast and slightly earthy malt. It tasted like strong ginger with bitter floral hops and almost no malt. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a lasting ginger aftertaste. Overall this was a neat idea for a beer, but it lacked subtlety. The overpowering ginger flavor made it a bit tedious to finish.

Pencible, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of ryseone
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%

Appearance: Cloudy dark maze yellow with frothy white head
Aroma: Cloves, All Spice, Ginger, Citrusy hop, very pungent
Taste: Dry and crisp very gingery and spicy, Slow to come to a malt then a large hop and citrus mix almost zesty.
Notes: Strange combo, came across this beer at a beer fest not too sure I am in to the herbal beers. Have had worse see any organic.

ryseone, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%

12-ounce bottle poured into a goblet yields a hazy yellow-orange body capped with a thick finger of sudsy white foam that shrinks to a broken sheet but leaves rings of fine lacing on the glass.

Smell is gingery and sweet with a little lemony zip.

The taste is mildly dry-malty, a bit fruity and quite wit-like with a tingly, spicy ginger note.Nice and crisp.

The low ABV, good taste and light mouthfeel make this refreshing beer extremely drinkable on a hot day.

cvstrickland, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of Deus1138
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%

This is my first review after taking a short break from writing reviews.

I picked this up at Total Wine and More in Kennesaw. I knew I had to try it when I saw it: I call my daughter "Ju Ju" and my dog is "Ginger."

Poured into a standard pint glass. Color is light, amber. Fair amount of head that dissipated quickly.

Smell is not strong. Smells like a macro brew with a hint of ginger.

Taste is exactly what I expected. Made with real ginger root, it tastes like an alcoholic version of ginger sodas made with real ginger (I recommend Saranac Ginger beer - non-alcoholic). Hops are only slightly noticeable. Just present enough to remind you it's a beer, not a soda. I could go for some more ginger though.

I'm a big fan of sodas made with real ginger, so this was a real treat. It's light and enjoyable: a good summertime treat. Also a good one to bring to a party for people to sample something a little bit different. I don't know if it's something I'll buy more than once a month, but I will be buying again.

Deus1138, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of andreasmwatt
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

A - VERY LIGHT AMBER COLOR. PRETTY NICE 1 FINGER HEAD.

S - GREAT! CAN ABSOLUTELY SMELL THE GINGER. ALSO A FUN NOTE THE TAP HANDLE LOOKS LIKE A SOY SAUCE BOTTLE!!!! NICE TOUCH

T - NOT MY THING. WHERE IS THE SUSHI? THAT IS WHAT THIS BEER WOULD GO GREAT WITH. HAS A NICE GINGER FLAVOR THOUGH. NOT TERRIBLE BUT NOT GREAT!

M - AGAIN THE INFUSION OF GINGER TAKES OVER. FAIRLY REFRESHING.

D - AVERAGE MARKS HERE. NEEDS A NICE SUSHI MEAL TO GO ALONG WITH IT AND THAN IT WOULD BE EZ GOING DOWN.

andreasmwatt, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of AMo
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%

Left Hand Brewing Company Juju Ginger pours a light golden amber with a short initial froathy head. The smell is mild and pleasant of ginger. Ginger definitely comes out in the taste with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium to high carbonation. Overall the drinkability is ok, it doesn't blast you with with much of anything, but it is unique and a nice pleasant change of taste. If this brew had a little more ginger flavor and a little less carbonation it would be a great change of taste.

AMo, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured a bottle of this into a pint glass on a warm night.

A: Pours a slightly, hazy golden body with a small white head with no real retention to note. Lacing was very minimal along the sides of the glass.

S: A spicy, ginger citrus smell that was very nice. Subtle hints of malts in the undertones.

T: A smooth, spicy and tangy ginger taste that was complimented very well by some sweeter malts. The malt taste was more evident in the aftertaste, doing a decent job of balancing the spicy, ginger taste. This beer would definitely go pretty well with some sushi.

M: A pretty light, smooth mouthfeel that felt slightly watery, but otherwise was pretty good. Did well to refresh and rejuvenate me.

D: A very nice, summer drinking beer. Definitely a nice beer to relax and cool off with.

maddogruss, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of bort11
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a Imperial pint glass. Two fingers width of light and fluffy off white head. The head gradually recedes and leaves some spotty lacing. Color is a clear apricot amber with a solid amount of carbonation.

The ginger is very noticeable in the smell. Hints of melon, mango, and other fruits. Toasted malts are very mild. Taste is mild and a bit on the sweet side. The ginger creates a nice spicy burn in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and clean. This is a very refreshing. I don't know why these are sold as a four pack, since this is very session-able.

bort11, May 29, 2008
Good Juju (Ginger Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 982 ratings.