Great JuJu
Left Hand Brewing Company

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Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 10.24%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
118
From:
Left Hand Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  10
Gots
  36
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 118
Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper pour with a small head that fades quickly. Aroma has a light ginger note to it. Flavor is really nice. Ginger comes out strong on top of a good malt and light grass base. Light body also has a hint of floral hops. Finish has a lingering ginger spicy flavor.

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Photo of kylesobrien
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber in the glass, with some brown and reddish highlights. Faint white head with decent lacing, light carbonation. Aroma of candied ginger, caramelized brown sugar, hint of molasses.

Doesn't taste quite like I had expected: figured that an imperial pale ale would be a bit drier on the palate, taste more intensely of hops. This is almost like eating a hopped ginger snap cookie, sweet and malty, moderately bitter finish. Great job getting the ginger flavor to sneak through. Sort of an odd beer, my drinking partner suggested this was almost a dessert beer, and I'd tend to agree. Hard to imagine drinking an entire bomber by myself.

Overall, a tasty ginger beer, but with less carbonation and a little sweeter than I'd hoped. Would have made a really neat brown ale, but seems like a strange experience for a pale ale (for starters, it's not even really pale at all). I'd like to rate it higher, but as the style goes it's out of place. Though if you're a ginger fan, definitely worth trying, one of the nicer gingery beers I've had to date.

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Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice looking pour, with the clear amber liquid capped by three fingers of foam; plenty of lacing strips down the side of the glass

Smell: Powerful tones of crystallized and powdered ginger; caramel and bready tones underneath; other spices such as cinnamon and cardamom also are detected

Taste: Bread and caramel, up front, with the ginger flavors building through the middle, with cardamom and cinnamon; after the swallow, the ginger turns peppery in the throat and burns as it descends the gullet

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; the burn is palpable

Overall: I was hoping I would like this better than Good Juju (which I found lacking) but I am afraid the excesses of this beer don't quite do it for me

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Good Juju's Voodoo goes imperial with a spicy ginger aroma and a miscnievously balanced potion of sweet heat and caramel candy. Once beguiled by the master, this amber will take you to places where good Juju can't follow and you may just find yourself wanting to linger." Brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale with Ginger added. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on rotating draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothy head of a pastel-hued color over a medium hazy caramel-amber body with light carbonation. Retention is average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.25

(Smell) Sharp, spicy crystallized ginger root, light caramel and pale malt body with a mild sweetness. Very bold ginger aroma, simple but pleasant especially if you like ginger. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Pale and caramel bread malts with a mildly spicy and effervescent unsweetened ginger finish. The ginger acts as a nice compliment, is very evident in the flavor and tones down much of the sharp and raw edge of ginger as an ingredient. Finishes lightly dry and earthy bitter. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual and moderately dry. Carbonation is mild for the style, generating a mild frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly sweet over earthy bitter and spicy. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) There isn't much else to pick out of this beer aside from the ginger, so much of my review is based around how well the ginger is integrated. The use of ginger in this beer seems to border between ginger candy and raw ginger root, without the sharpness of ginger root or the sweetness of the ginger candy. Much of the gruffness of the raw ginger root flavor come through most brazenly following the finish, when I find it is most appropriate. I expect divided reviews based on a beer that dominates ginger like Great Juju does, but for anybody willing to go out of their way for a ginger beer, you shouldn't be too surprised with what you get here. 3.5

Left Hand Brewing Company's
Great Juju Imperial Ginger Pale Ale
/5.00

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber, Globe. No date anywhere on the bottle. Pours and looks like any ale, pale orange-ish in color, with a nice white frothy head. Has a decent aroma, and I can smell the ginger. I can definitely taste the ginger, which is unusual, but the base ale is very bland. Good mouth-feel.

Since this was on sale, I thought I would try it. In general, I really like ginger, but perhaps it doesn't belong in beer. I'm glad I tried it, but I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of martinfletwood
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The ginger almost scared me off when purchasing The Great JuJu. I'm very happy I took the chance and bought it anyway. Very easy drinking Ale with a nice ginger ending. I don't normally try to match food to my beers but I would like to try this beer with Asian or Indian Cuisine. Give it a chance. Don't let the ginger scare you.

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Photo of zeff80
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, amber color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of ginger, toasted caramel and some roastiness. Ginger flavor is present with toasted caramel and a subtle bitterness.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, and candied ginger aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, dirt, ginger juice, and candied ginger flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness and ginger heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a solid aroma, but the flavors in this imperial version are not as good as the normal one in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 7/14/2015 at Stevie D’s, in Cumberland, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains ginger spice, caramelized malts, citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of ginger and citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer if you like the ginger flavor.

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Photo of ARoman
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap, poured into a snifter. The aroma is a mild citrus and light ginger with some undertones of grain. It pours a deep, rich, clear woody brown color with a dense foam, off white head that has light retention and lace. It's a medium bitter sweet beer that's texture is oily with a creamy, smooth fuzz. The medium light body is flavored with bread crust, ginger, and orange peel and finishes crisp with a candy orange, and light ginger touch as well as a spicy grain. The aftertaste is moderate in length and strength mirroring the finish.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The great juju is a good beer. The ginger is ever present in the scent and taste. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer!

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Photo of TequilaTom
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber poured into a Pumking tulip? glass.
What happened here? I really liked the Good Juju, it seemed to have a better ginger aroma and flavor than this. Overall, not a bad beer, but I was expecting more. I suspect that the additional malt to make this an imperial ale overpowered the ginger flavor some. The color was great, a nice coppery orange brown with a quickly dissipating head. A bit sweet, which is normal for an imperial style ale. Maybe I've gotten use to too much ginger from drinking Moscow Mules, but I barely notice the ginger in this. It is there though, and reveals itself more as the beer warms. Worth trying, but I'm going to stick to the Good Juju instead.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a clear crimson color with a light cap of off-white head. Retention and lace are average.

Nose is strong ginger with some caramely malt and fresh sugar cane. Doesnt smell that much different from the baby JuJu, every bit as enjoyable to sniff upon.

Taste kicks up the ginger to a whole new level, as well as the finishing hops. A really nice imperialized version of the original. If you like ginger, this should be in your wheelhouse. The full body and sweetness really compliment the zesty-ness from the ginger and spiciness of the hops.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant amber under a 1” white foam cap.
S: Ginger dominates the nose making it hard o pick out other notes.
T: Gingery palate with light citrus supported by a moderate malt backbone finishing with a citrus rind hop accent on the finish.
F: Very creamy, medium full body, medium carbonation.
O: Ginger beer meets pale ale and actually works out quite well.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/24/2015. Pours crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange zest, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, pine, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, bready malt, and ginger spice notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange zest, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, pine, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Fair amount pine/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, pine, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of citrus/pine hops, bready malt, and ginger spice flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice ginger spiced beer. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, bready malt, and ginger spice flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber color with 1-2 fingers of head that fades down to a small cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Lots of ginger (both sweet and spicy) and some fruitiness up front, along with some maltiness in the back

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some spicy ginger that slowly goes into a moderate sweetness from both the ginger and maltiness. Finishes with more lingering spicy ginger

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly smooth

O: Definitely embodies a ginger pale ale/IPA, as the ginger is at the front in both the nose and taste. Quite easy to drink at 7.2% and does a good job at making the ginger the focus while not being overwhelming

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Photo of spacecake9
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Mondo's Draft House in Coralville IA.
A - Pours a clear amber brown color.
S - Big wiff of ginger tells you what is coming.
T - Flavors are all ginger, just the right amount.
M - Lghter mouth feel, medium carbonation.
O - Very good beer, the ginger is perfect, very drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Building upon the popularity of "Good Juju", Left Hand is proving that too much of a good thing isn't always a great thing.

While deeply saturated in the amber and copper hues, the ale releases a creamy froth to cap the head with perfumy aromatics of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus and pepper. But once the first sip latches on, its caramel, toasty, biscuity and nutty taste begins to soothen the palate.

but once the sweet caramel, honey and cashew flavor unfold, the middle comes alive with ginger spice, sassafras tea, a sharp peppery bite and something of marzipan and bakliva. As the sweet upstart trails and the beer trends dry and spicy, the finish is promising refreshment.

Creamy, medium, and spicy-sweet, the finish is a warming affair even while sweeter flavors waft about and the dryness suggests a more somber body. Echoes of caramel and gingersnaps resonate in aftertaste as vividly as they did on the middle palate.

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Photo of rawfish
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and amber, slightly darker than the junior version of this beer. The head is off white with parchment coloration, rises to two finger with staying power. Lacing is clumpy.

Amazing aroma, cane sugar, ginger root, incense and a bit of blue cologne. Kinda trippy but I really like this. Alcohol intermingles well.

Caramel malt provides a fine base for the ginger flavor that comes off as slightly dark more like sushi ginger rather than candy or sharp ginger root. Subtle heat and numbing/warming of the throat kicks in after half the bottle. Quite a sensation.

My one grip with this beer is that it is quite thin. If there were some yeast or ginger bits floating around it would be divine. Very drinkable, alcohol plays well with the ginger heat that tickles the back of the throat.

Quite an experience and probably everything a ginger beer should aspire to. The combination of aroma, flavor and warming ginger is integrated nicely. This beer can easily be kicked up a notch or two though. Encore Left Hand, Greatest JuJu maybe?

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Photo of stortore
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Nice color, small head, some lacing. Smells of ginger, malts. Taste continues the ginger and malt, some bitterness. Well carbonated.

Was hoping Great would improve upon Good, because the ginger is a good flavor. But outside of the amped ABV and it not being as thin, it's still kind of blah.

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Photo of ScotB260
4.71/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep Amber, nice three finger head that lingers. Beautiful lacing.

Smell has hints of ginger with the typical Imperial bitterness.

Taste is phenomenal. Ginger up front with a bitter finish.

Overall, I'd say the ginger goes better with the imperial style than the citrus fruits.

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Photo of hophugger
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi deep gold, with average head and good spotty lacing. Aroma is hops and a little ginger. Taste is very bold with the hop bitterness and the ginger flavor battling for the win. Mouthfeel is good with the bitterness being just a touch off, maybe the ginger?. Anyway, good beer and great anytime. Cheers !!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A very solid copper colored body holds up a cream colored head. A light film rains on top with tons of lacing.

Aroma: Almost a peppermint kind of spiciness to this.Lemongrass, mint, and spicy ginger.

Taste: Caramel sweetness blends well with a cinnamon-like spiciness up front. Ginger notes make up most of the body with a hot finish. The 7.2% ABV comes through pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Where as it's little broth Good Juju is almost too easy to drink, this older brother is most certainly a sipper that can last a while. It's not a beer I'd want again, but I'm enjoying this one bomber for sure.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful sparkling clean amber beer, luscious looking one-finger beige head. Ginger is clearly evident in both the aroma and taste, but not my cup of tea. Refreshing nevertheless.

Can/does ginger act as a bittering agent just like hops?

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Photo of bnes09
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper color. Mostly transparent. Thin head on the pour but it does have solid retention.

Rich buttery biscuit aroma with pine-like hops and subtle ginger.

Dense malt body, biscuits and caramel. Solid oily, piney, hop presence. Assertive ginger spice. Well balanced.

Full bodied. Slightly syrupy and sticky. Mild grainy texture. Bubbles struggle a little too cut through the malts.

Overall, similar to good juju just more of everything. Less sessionable than good juju however and may be more suited for the colder months.

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Great JuJu from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 118 ratings