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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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939 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 939
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 17.21%
Wants: 21
Gots: 45 | 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 goodbyeohio


3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a drab, hazy copper with a taut ring as the only remnants of a once-glorious head. aroma of suppressed malts, faint honey and the ever-present ginger. similar to ginger beer but surprisingly mellower overall. flavored like a fresh pilsner with some breadiness in the finish and ginger essence defining the entire taste experience. goes down easy and is just carbonated enough. was particularly good company for my spicy chinese lunch. this beer is better than average.. still, a one-trick pony. if left hand comes up with any better beers to knock this off the roster, i say "do it."

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 17:50:44 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of ggroller


2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The bottle label reminds me of Jamaica. Bad.

The beer is a crystal clear tannish yellow.

Very thin head and absolutely no sticking.

It smells bready and slightly sweet.

This one is extremely dry on the palate with a tiny bit of malty residue.

I don't really care for this one. The flavors are not complex nor is there anything to sink my teeth into.

I gave the drinkabilty a 4 because it is very easy to chug these down. The same as drinking water.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 10:46:55 | More by ggroller
Photo of benito


3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps my expectations were low, but this was surprisingly good....pours a clear, orange and amber with good head and lacing. The bouquet has nice hints of ginger but it isn't overwhelming. Later, I noticed hints of pine and spruce, as well as cinnamon. Very intoxicating all around.

The taste is pitch-perfect. The ginger is distinct and refreshing without being overwhelming. The flavors lingered for a long while after each swig, making this an easy drink, light bodied beer with a nice, spicy aftertaste. Again, I noticed hints of pine and spruce as well as other spices (cinnamon, coriander) at different points throughout my sampling.

For an herb/spice beer, this was exceptionally drinkable. I don't know that I'd call it a session beer, but it is exceptionally refreshing and after 22 oz. I was left wanting more.

I can't imagine a better beer in this style for a warm summer afternoon. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 18:56:40 | More by benito
Photo of zjungleist


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

This one pours a fairly average yellow color, but with a fat white head with some activity. The smell is a bit spicey, some ginger, but not a ton, and a decent hop and yeast presence too. The taste is very yeasty to start, with a fair amount of spice (non-ginger spices as well), and finishes with a twinge of fruity hops. The mouthfeel is pretty middle of the road, not too heavy, not too light. I sorta reminded me of a white beer without the orange flavors. I have to say I liked it, but I'm not big on spiced beers, so it may be some time before I give it another shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2005 04:28:21 | More by zjungleist
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a 22oz glass bottle with no freshness date.
Poured a light caramel color with very little head that dissipates into minimal lacing. Nice clarity and carbonation.
I really could not detect much in the smell. I did smell the ginger but not much of anything else. The ginger is a pleasant smell and i think this beer would go great with some sushi and wasabe and fresh grated ginger. Maybe I will try that pairing next time (if there is a next time).
The taste was a little more complex than the smell. Ginger is definitely the first thing followed by fruity hops. Pretty good balance with the malt as well. Neither was overwhelming.
Average mouthfeel and a great beer in the summer.

I had this beer on draft at the Hickory Hop Festival this summer and the beer seemed to taste much better then. More pungent ginger and just more freshness. Guess draft is better in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 00:20:41 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of Hunter


2.15/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

appearance: Clear light amber ale topped by a frothy head of wispy white bubbles. That head just screams adjunct, even if there aren't any. some lacing effects saves it a bit. No carbonation or liveliness to the brew.

smell: Faintest whiff of ginger, otherwise...nothing. I'm serious, there's nothing there.

taste: Kiss of ginger, the rest is watered down to the point of unrecognizability. Not offensive, just a huge letdown.

mouthfeel: Wicked light and transparent.

drinakability: If you're looking for something a little different to quaff and forget, this is a reasonable alternative to Budweiser. Look elsewhere if you like complexity in a brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 04:46:06 | More by Hunter
Photo of ElGordo


3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a color somewhere between gold and copper, with a small, light, whispy head. Plenty of carbonation. Actually, the appearance is not unlike a good nonalcoholic ginger beer. Aroma is not the most pleasant in the world - adjunct lager with a touch of ginger. Palate is - again - like ginger beer. Slightly spicy ginger flavor up front, developing a bit of a malty character mid-palate. Nice dry finish with a touch of ginger again. Mouthfeel is nice and light, about perfect for the level of flavor. Body can become a bit foamy if you're active with it, but it's not too bad. On a 95 degree day in North Carolina, this rather hits the spot,

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2005 01:31:33 | More by ElGordo
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost clear, copper color that is topped by a pale tan, rocky head. The aroma is of course dominated by fresh cut, spicy ginger; it is really quite fresh and zesty. The taste is light, and quite dry on the palate. The dryness of the beer tends to mute the ginger a bit, at least compared to the levels in the nose. The ginger is still the most evident character though. Lots of spicy, herbal ginger notes almost make it up through my sinuses as I sip on this beer. I really like this beer, it is one dimensional of course, but it is refreshing and quite gingery, and I like ginger.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 03:04:19 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in a bomber over 3 years ago, and am ever-grateful to Chaz for providing a fresh 12 ounce sample for me to revisit the flavor...

Lightly hazed and orange-tinged, slim snow-white head...

Aroma: ginger hits right off the start, fresh and full, a delightful spice that I happily invite into my senses, well at play in this aroma...

Taste: Smooth, with some small hop bitterness, and the feel of ginger is still aflush in the flavor...it jumps and jiggers in the mouth, and jostles with other tastes, orange, lemon, and lime...
Medium-bodied, with a long, spicy citric finish...
I'm a fan. Nicely done, Left Hand...I'm feeling higher than a lion in Zion...

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 07:31:18 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Skidz


4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out golden yellow and sits a foggy golden amber in the glass with a large soapy white head, fizzling down to light skim, some lacing.

Strong aroma of fresh ginger (no way...), and a mildly sweet caramel infused malt background.

Tastes mildly sweet up front with some loose ginger flavors, but picks up a bit more character along the way. Light pepper blends with white apple flesh. Moderately bitter finish holds some grassy notes.

Crisp and refreshing in the mouth with moderate carbonation and a medium body. A spicy kick for a hot summer afternoon, this makes for a great mid-day brew. Flavor is well rounded and not weighted down with ginger, very simple but works well.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2005 18:21:47 | More by Skidz
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a fluffy white head; leaves some decent lacing around the glass

Smell: Smells a bit like a ginger snap, though the ginger is rather subdued

Taste: A little bit of malt peeks through but is quickly subsumed by the powdered ginger taste; the ginger and the malt blend nicely but I would like to see a stronger hops profile in the finish; it really flattens out at the end, which is disappointing

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin but with a lot of refreshing carbonation

Drinkability: Not bad and has lots of nice flavors; I would just like to see this re-formulated to taste more like a pale ale or an IPA

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2005 21:29:31 | More by brentk56
Photo of NeroFiddled


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

This beautiful deep gold ale clearly delivers a ginger punch without going overboard; and backs it with a lightly sweet maltiness and firm bitterness. It's fairly one-sided, as you might guess, but it is refreshing and enjoyable. On a hot summer day after biking or during a fishing excursion, one of these just might be what the doctor ordered!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2005 21:37:40 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of blitheringidiot


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

Chill hazed honey hued pour topped full of scattered bubbles and a slowly fading foamy head cap.

Barely detectable fruity scents.

First swigs: Powdery hints with a plain Jell-O backing. Odd. Yes, some ginger is present, but not a lot. Some ginger ale and sugary tea. Dull fruit twinge.

Slippery feel, thin to medium body.

One dimensional trick pony that left me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 05:13:30 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of mmmbeer


3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz., bottled on 12/14/04. Looks like a pale ale or IPA with a slight cloudiness and a 1 finger head that doesn't leave much lacing. Aroma is ginger up front with a little bit of hops behind that. The beer is thin and metallic with a ginger kick. Kinda like carbonated water with some ginger flavor, and it has a hop bitterness I only found in the last sip. Mouthfeel is OK. The ginger isn't unpleasant, I just wish there were more beer flavors behind it. Nothing great on its own, but I imagine it would be decent with food.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 02:31:06 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of mntlover


3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber golden mixture with a head that falls quick and leaves no lace.
Aromas is ginger on top of some very light malt and hints of grassy hops.
Taste like the smell, light malt lots of ginger flavors a dry finish with a touch of grassy hops or is that just more ginger. Taste is great if you love ginger but otherwise nothing more going on.
Mouthfeel is light and dry.
Drinkability would be great if you love ginger. But I was always a Mary Ann type of guy.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 03:21:28 | More by mntlover
Photo of filabrazilia


3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-clear amber gold with a small tannish head that leaves a nice curtain of lace on the glass.

There is a strong ginger aroma that stings the nose. I really couldn't discern any other characteristics in the nose.

The taste was also very assertive in its "gingerness." Not that this is a bad thing, but a little more subtly mixed with malt and hops would have been a bit more interesting for me. While it's great to try unique beers, I don't like one dimensional to overwhelm the character of the beer.

This was a pretty thin beer to drink. However, the ginger does not make this one you want to drink with any velocity. I don't see this beer being a thirst quencher.

I think this would be an interesting brew to serve with heavily spiced Indian or Nepalese or, even, Asian food. I just wounldn't make it a regular in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 03:43:46 | More by filabrazilia
Photo of gbontrag


2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I gotta call it like I see it: Weak thematic brew with "irie" on the label. Ooh, and the irie lion, and the colors of the Jamaican flag. A stoner's homebrew. At first I was going to call it Coors with color, and fresh ginger, but... that's a bit gratuitous. How 'bout Fat Tire scrubbed over a washboard with fresh ginger and Coors Light. That's better. And this isn't cheap beer! It was 6$ for a friggin' 4-pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 22:33:13 | More by gbontrag
Photo of MediocreatBest


3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

sprtzy looking beer with a thin white head, overwhelming ginger smell from the time you pop the top. very sweet smlling. golden color with little bubbles rising to the top. the color seems to seperate, perhaps it is the glass, but the top is darkermore bronzed, while the bottom is more yellow. the more i sniff i can also pick up the hops but again the ginger is over powering. the taste is weird! catching me off guard. sweet odd taste of ginger, with very bubbly carbonation and light hopping. i was expecting more toawrds ginger ale, but this has way more ginger flavor then artificially flavored soda. i dont know how to grade the taste, because i don't have any comaprison. i don't particularly care for the flavor but if you like ginger, you almsot certainly will. it just isnt up my alley. light body and high soda like carbonation make for a fiesta in the mouth, but that ginger taste jsut gets to me. worth a try, just to try soemthing different, but not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 04:31:08 | More by MediocreatBest
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3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a different brew. Pours a light copper with very little head. Smell is light and pleasant with mainly a ginger aroma. Taste is lightly sweet on the front...light ginger falvor...slightly bitter on the finish. Low abv and smoothness make this a very drinkable brew. Mouthfeel is light and pleasant. A good brew to have for an occasional change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 02:20:40 | More by edchicma
Photo of clvand0


3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for sharing this one with me. Pours an amber color with a small head that doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of ginger in it, but it is backed by a nice malt with a caramel smell. The flavor is all ginger. Too much, in fact. I can't detect any other flavors because the ginger is too strong. Thin as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2004 20:08:46 | More by clvand0
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3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale golden color with a cover of head over top. The nose is all ginger. Not much more than that in there. The flavor is also lacking as well, giving just the ginger in there and not much beer to be had. The feel is thin as well. As it warms, there is a bit more of a hop base to it, wtih some citrus flavors coming through, but the nose is all ginger still. Drinkability suffers from the lack of complexity in the nose. I want more than just the ginger in there.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2004 03:26:55 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of bashiba


2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark golden with almost no head at all, although what head is there hangs around for a while.

Smells is completely dominated by the odor of fresh ground ginger and an every so slight maltiness.

Taste is very mild maltiness with a subtle layer of ginger followed by a touch of hops, very underwhelming. Not the ginger exlplosion I was hoping for and that my nose led me to beleive was coming.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, but the ginger does give it that nice tingly feeling.

Drinkablility is ok, would be a good beer for a ginger loving macro drinker . I am a big Ginger fan and was really hoping and expecting more from left hand.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2004 23:06:53 | More by bashiba
Photo of merlin48


2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle pours a hazy, apricot colored body with a small, offwhite, head that quickly disappears with minimal lace left behind.
Aroma is subdued, with a note of caramel and a pinch of ginger.
Mouthfeel has plenty of carbonation and a light body.
The taste is ho-hum. A weak malt presence, and a hint of ginger. This is very thin bodied, and while it's drinkable enough, it has little to recommend itself.
I suppose this would make a good summer quaffer, or "lawnmower beer".

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2004 19:37:50 | More by merlin48
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dusky gold with maize highlights, topped by a firm cap that is the color of ginger ale and sports frantically popping bubbles on its superior surface. Still though, it hangs around at several fingers for quite some time. Unfortunately, there's almost no lace.

This is the first nose that I've assessed that has stages. The start is citrus peel which quickly morphs into freshly grated ginger root. As a lover (okay, liker) of ginger, it's an aroma that is not only different, but appealing. I'm glad the ginger isn't overly subtle; here's hoping it isn't shy on the palate either.

Juju tastes like a ginger beer should I guess, but it could be improved. First of all, there isn't enough malt. The body is too thin and there's a near complete lack of any malt-derived flavor or sweetness. I understand the need to make a light summer quaffer, but this beer goes too far in that direction. Second, the Saaz hops are too prominent, especially noticed because of the lack of malt. The subtle citrusiness is a nice touch and a welcome compliment to the ginger, but the pungent spiciness of the Saaz is unwelcome.

The Cascade and East Kent Goldings go well together, but clash with the noble hops. Lastly, the ginger isn't strong enough. I know that boosting the spice would turn off more than a few people, but I believe that an herbed/spiced beer should sing the praises of its herb/spice of choice. A hearty ginger 'snap' would be most welcome.

With a few fixes, Juju Ginger could be good. More malt, lose the Saaz, jack up the ginger and cut the carbonation by half. Now that's a beer that I'd buy in a heartbeat. Although I believe that it has too many faults as is, it may be exactly what the boys at Left Hand were shooting for. I'll happily finish the bomber however and will dream of what could have been.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 16:54:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came in a 22oz bomber. This poured out a clear light amber color with a tall rocky white foam head. Not much retention as the head goes quickly leaving some sticky lace around the glass as it is consumed. Aroma is fairly weak but pleasant with a bit of ginger standing out over sweet malt. Flavor is more of the same with a sweet malt taste being slightly tweaked by the ginger and a slight earthy hops presence. Very light overall taste with a slight lingering ginger after taste. This has about a light to medium body with a clean crisp feel to it. Drinkability is all right, I do like ginger and without that this beer has little else to offer. An interesting brew that would probably pair up well with sushi though it is fairly weak in the smell and taste department. This could be an introduction to craft beer kind of beer since there is little offensive in this. Not bad but something I would only drink again with a meal that fits its flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2004 13:13:17 | More by meathookjones
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