Good Juju (Ginger Ale) - Left Hand Brewing Company
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
2.6/5 rDev -23.1%
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...
08-28-2007 16:44:13 | More by cypressbob
3.5/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
08-27-2007 02:57:57 | More by nickfl
3.83/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
08-23-2007 02:14:44 | More by SilentSabre
3.3/5 rDev -2.4%
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!
08-06-2007 15:19:25 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
07-25-2007 05:15:09 | More by masterkush
3.53/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
07-10-2007 12:25:39 | More by NEhophead
3.83/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
06-25-2007 03:12:33 | More by brdc
3.85/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
06-24-2007 03:30:29 | More by mikesgroove
3.63/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
06-16-2007 09:32:22 | More by BretSikkink
3.95/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
06-13-2007 19:14:29 | More by Contra
3.33/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
05-24-2007 01:56:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.25/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
05-21-2007 23:55:29 | More by NJpadreFan
4.13/5 rDev +22.2%
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.
05-08-2007 16:25:11 | More by billybob
3.53/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
04-22-2007 21:34:06 | More by barefootbrewer
3.28/5 rDev -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!
04-05-2007 19:34:24 | More by athensbeermaster
3.65/5 rDev +8%
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.
04-01-2007 23:40:21 | More by drseamus
3.23/5 rDev -4.4%
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, its lacks some flavor, but all the flavors mix well and lend some brightness to the palate. Unlike some many beers like this, the ginger isnt overdone.
Recommended, but dont expect to be blown away.
02-21-2007 05:00:16 | More by arguemaniac
2.3/5 rDev -32%
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.
01-19-2007 02:30:11 | More by BadRockBeer
3.43/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
12-24-2006 03:03:41 | More by SixpointJMH
3.58/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
11-02-2006 23:31:57 | More by Gavage
4.1/5 rDev +21.3%
Poured a brilliant golden color with nice white puffy head. Moderate attractive lacing present.
Smell is sweet and laced with ginger (as would be expected).
Taste is pleasantly sweet. More ginger found. Firm balancing hop bitterness slowly grows in the mouth.
Finished refreshing and dry. Beckons for another taste.
I was a bit apprehensive about trying this beer, but I was pleasantly suprised to find this a truly enjoyable beer. Would be perfect to session on a hot summer afternoon.
10-29-2006 19:54:28 | More by tgbljb
3.83/5 rDev +13.3%
Monster head (four fingers +)! This fluffy beast went over the top of my 1/2 litre pint glass with a gentle pour. I poured slowly because I head a very loud pffft when opening the top. The head is full of loose bubbles and leaves a honeycomb web of sticky lace on the sides of the glass. Lots of tiny microscopic bubbles rush to the top.
I smell hoppy grapefruit rinds and mandarin oranges, along with a subtler ginger character. Smells a bit dirty or funky, and that detracts slightly from the otherwise pleasant scent.
Asian sweet and sour flavors fill the mouth, and again ginger is present. Exotic and unique, this is one interesting beer! Tastes almost vegetal, but not in a bad way. IMO this is much like a pale ale with ginger added to it. Pretty damn good.
Excellently carbonated and on the lighter side of medium bodied, this is refreshing and drinkable. Big points for originality. I would like to have a few of these with sushi or stir-fry, but the spicey ginger would be a bit much to session on it's own.
10-24-2006 15:02:02 | More by pmcadamis
3.2/5 rDev -5.3%
My first Left Hand beer. Won't be my last, but I probably won't go for this one again anytime soon.
The pour produced a rocky, soapy head that didn't last long. Nice golden body with good clarity. Kinda looks like soda.
Ginger in an ale...could I be forgiven for thinking this would smell and taste like ginger ale? Aroma-wise it definitely does: has that very specific ginger spiciness, with a faint maltiness coming through. Fresh and fragrant.
Flavor-wise, this is like a heavier lager mixed with ginger ale, with some lemon and hops in the background. A more caramel-like maltiness would've helped this beer achieve the balance it so desperately needs. Mouthfeel offers a soda-like tingle, on the thin side but not quite watery. Flavor spreads nicely throughout the mouth.
The first few sips were interesting and nice, but after that I found it unappealing. I love ginger, I love beer, I love ginger ale...but this didn't totally do it for me. It's quite sessionable though, at >4% ABV...
09-04-2006 14:46:47 | More by Metalmonk
3.8/5 rDev +12.4%
This is a complicated category to review. The "Herbed/Spiced Beer" seems to range from lighter ginger spiced ales to darker spuce tree dunked porters. So while this isn't my favorite style, I do thik this beer represents the broad category well.
The beer pours a liquidy orange-gold color falling more toward orange. Head is half-finger high and settles to nothing with no lacing.
Aroma is very nice and complex - pine tree, hop flora, ginger, candied fruit, which all mixes into a well-rounded "spice."
Flavor is a little weak in comparison to the smell. Nice big tang of ginger and hop up fron that combines for this nice piney flavor, but that's followed by a relatively mild body and lackluster finish to aftertaste.
This is an easy drinking beer but the unique flavor could get overwhelming after a few.
08-30-2006 01:30:44 | More by NoLiberty
2.9/5 rDev -14.2%
Pours a peachy amber color with a nice foamy white head that leaves little lacing on the glass. Smells like you guessed it ginger, with mangos and other tropical fruits. Taste is of bitter ginger with a strong malt flavor, pretty full bodied flavor on my palate. This beer was really hard for me to finish once it warmed up, the ginger flavor really was very strong towards the end and kind of made me sick of it.
08-02-2006 01:21:20 | More by gunnerman
Good Juju (Ginger Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
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