Good Juju (Ginger Ale) - Left Hand Brewing Company

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77
okay

1,018 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 22
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of hustlesworth
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of wl0307
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Pencible
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of ryseone
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Deus1138
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of andreasmwatt
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of maddogruss
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bort11
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Clembo1957
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - A Clear, clean light ale

Smell - Fairly bland with a hint of Ginger

Taste - A Fairly bland, weak beer with a slightly bitter aftertaste and a hint of Ginger

Feel - Average

Drinkability - A pleasant if undemanding and bland beer, nothing memorable, worth checking out but not worth making it an habit.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.38/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear clean light amber almost straw colored with a white head that is pretty gorgeous looking.

Smells are sweetness with an upfront ginger character that reminds me of a plate of sushi with the pickled ginger.

Taste is a bitterness of hops and ginger that seem to ride in a wave of flavor together. The sweetness upfront is taken away quickly by the nice pairing of ginger spice and light hop character.

The mouthfeel and body are light and refreshing. A pleasant and pleasing beer all around.

Photo of jwc215
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 02-20-08:

Pours light gold with a thin white cap that immediately becomes a few isolated small patches kept alive, for awhile, by quick carbonation. Forget any lacing...

The smell is of sweet grain, some ginger and a light hop snap.

The taste is of mild, sweet grain, slight breadiness - honeyish sweetness with some hop balance, though it remains sweetish with a touch of ginger. Abrupt finish. Thin overall.

Light-bodied with a touch of prickly carbonation.

This comes down to a twist of ginger over a fairly bland ale. Sort of reminds me of a pedestrian blonde ale made in brewpubs for the less venturesome - with a touch of ginger in the nose and the finish.

Photo of woodychandler
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I got two fingers' worth of foamy, bubbly, off-white head from my pour. The color was a hazy medium amber. The nose was rich with a ginger snap and my mouth began to water as a result. The mouthfeel was medium and it had a decent, if not as strong as desired, ginger flavor on the tongue. The finish had a slightly unpleasant astringency, however. I have had better ginger beers, although I would be hard pressed to name one at this very moment. It was interesting to try, but I probably would not return to it.

Photo of Portertime
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I enjoy Left Hand Brewery's beers but it was hard to stomach this one. It poured a honey orange color with a good head. Smelled of ginger and citrus. The taste is what got me. I sure many people like it but ginger is just not my thing, especially in beer. Had to pour this one out, sorry Left Hand.

Photo of ABCJiugui
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle into shaped pint glass
bottled on date 05 09 07 (yikes, is that almost a year old or is the first number the day?)

A- golden with tint of orange, thin cap of head, consistent (and surprsing) lacing all around.

S- candied ginger anyone? Not much else. Bit like ground ginger powder.

T- sweet, some milled malt flavor peeks thru, bit too sweet in some sense- I wanted more ginger zip, of which I don't get here. It doesn't have a sharp, gingery bite, more of a residual hint of it. Kinda disappointing. Does it use hops at all? Not really bitter in any traditional sense, but has some lingering astringency along with sweetness and ginger tickle- not a whole lot there either.

M- fairly tight carb, dissipates quick, thin body, but wasn't expecting much there.

Overall, this is a somewhat disappointing beer. I've had non-alcoholic ginger sodas/sweet ginger beers that had a TON of spritz and ginger snap bite. This doesn't have any of that by comparison- I was hoping for more spice, acid, KICK, but it never delivered. Perhaps the fact it's almost a year old affected it(dunno when I bought this honestly, just decided to drink it as it was in the back of the fridge) If offered again, perhaps I take another taste of it, but I'm not seeking this one out, and can only drink this with food.

Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a golden amber color with a small, fluffy, white head. Left just a touch of lace.

S - It smelled of ginger and caramel malt.

T - Despite a strong ginger aroma, the ginger taste was not overpowering. It was fairly mild. It also had a nice bittersweet quality.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is drinkable. However, I don't think I could have too many of them at once.

Photo of Absumaster
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky, orange beer with a thin head. Very little visible carbonation.

Smell is unmistakingly ginger, supported by a nice maltiness. The yeast combines well with the ginger, which adds a fruity smell.

Taste is mainly ginger. The yeast appears a bit Belgian, fruity with some solvent components. This is a very tasty brew, which has some saison-like characteristics. These ginger and somewhat corky tastes are very pleasant and maybe just a little rough around the edges, meaning that the ginger gives a tiny bit of astringency. Great beer though!

Photo of mwilbur
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours light golden color with almost no head and no carbonation.
S: Notes of citrus, ginger, and light amount of hops. Refreshing aroma.
T: Nicely balanced ginger flavor. I was worried it would be too overpowering, and it's not. However, there's not much more beyond that.
M: Light on the tongue and a hint of ginger lingers.
D: This is an interesting beer to try; and I imagine it would pair well with Asian food. The ginger again is nicely balanced, but unfortunately the nature of ginger drastically reduces the drinkability. How many people want to slug down several pints of ginger juice?!

Photo of dfillius
4.47/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields two fingers of head with good retention. Hazy amber color. Only negative is the haze.
S: Ginger definitely strong in aroma with small hints of black pepper and tangerine.
T: The ginger is well mixed in between malt and hops. A little spiciness but far better than any chili beer I've had.
M: Ginger adds a certain lift and brightness to the beer. It also lends a spiciness that tingles a bit without bitterness - similar to hops.
D: It's also a session beer since I'm not sick of the ginger at all.

Photo of MerkinMan
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a cloudy gold color. Head was very small and dissipated quickly.

S: Faint notes of ginger and hops.

T: Much better than I would have expected. The ginger is not overpowering like I thought it would be. It actually blended very well with the hops.

MF: A bit thin, but not bad.

D: Again, better and more drinkable than I thought it would be. Very good for a novelty beer.

Photo of JackWeizen
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice gold with brilliant clarity, and healthy white head that leaves a light lacing. The lacing and head eventually fade to nothing but a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

The nose is like gingersnaps with some sort of fruitiness.

The ginger flavor is upfront, but lacks the bite I wanted. There is too much presence of hops, and the malt is a bit grainy. I could use a bit more sweetness, and more ginger. I feel like I'm drinking "Ginger Stella".

Carbonation is strong and pleasant. The beer is too dry I feel, and could benefit from more tackiness. I'd see drinking this from time to time, as a novelty, but I think the product could use some improvement.

Photo of ccrida
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a shaker, Juju Ginger Ale is clear gold with a massive, fluffy white head that leaves moderate lace but is as rocky as any beer I'd ever seen - and I drink a lot of Belgians! I have to give it a 5 because of that head, unseen for an American Micro, let alone a spiced pale ale!

Smell is on the soft side, ginger and tropical fruits.

Taste is dominated by ginger, but in a very enjoyable, well integrated way...I'm normally a firm believer that if you can identify the spice, then the brewer used to much. Not so here, it really works with the bready malt, spicy, floral hops and fruity esters. Finish is bitter with a lingering malt and ginger.

Mouthfeel is a little slick, in spite of the crisp finish. The body is also not to light for 4% fizzy yellow beer.

Drinkability is pretty good. The full flavor doesn't make it well suited to chugging or anything, but I'm suprised how much I enjoy this in spite of the low ABV. Probably would be great sitting on the beach, probably influenced by the rasta label, which maybe they used b/c it would probably cut cottonmouth nicely?

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

A clean pale amber beer. Has a good bubbly head and a little bit of lace. The aroma has a good ginger snap to it. Slightly sweet but as much as a ginger ale (sody pop). It's hard to place where the ginger notes, the hop notes and the malt all start and end. There is a snap of ginger on the tip of the tongue, a bite of hops along the edges and a nice light malt down the middle. I think drinking this on draft at an outside cafe on a warm summer day would be ideal.

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