Good Juju (Ginger Ale) | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Good Juju (Ginger Ale)Good Juju (Ginger Ale)

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-27-2001

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: Golden, clear nice lace with only a thin head

S: spicey and minty.

T: very light, semi sweet caramel malt. ginger notes.

M: light body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable beer. Nothing truly special otherwise.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by: 10/6/15.

Pours a clear golden-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, ginger juice, and candied ginger aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and candied ginger flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of ginger bitterness and heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid ginger qualities that are dominant in both the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very interesting brew, made with potent fresh ginger in high quantities. pours a clearish golden color with the slightest copper hue and an average thin white head. smells like fresh ginger, like a canada dry ginger ale softdrink. no hops to speak of here, just a sugary syrupy ginger essence. flavor is definitely featuring the ginger, but there are some pale malts in there to give some body, and a gentle hopping that combines with the ginger for a crisp refreshing finish. this isnt my favorte lefthand beer, but because of its bright carbonation and refreshing flavor, it would make a nice summer afternoon session. i also like it better than any other ginger beers ive had.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really liked the revamped artwork on the bottle for this one. It caught my eye enough that I didn't even think about buying it I just knew I had to. The beer poured out as a light golden color with a fizzy white head on top. Not much head or lacing on this brew at all. The smell of this beer has a healthy amount of Ginger. The taste of the Ginger was pretty intense as well with a bit of malt sweetness in there also. The mouthfeel was pretty good, it had a nice sharp and crisp feeling to it, pretty refreshing too. Overall I am reviewing this one for a second time because I'm much more impressed with this beer now than I was before.

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Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing covering the surface.
S: The nose isn’t that strong but has some light aromas of ginger.
T: The initial taste has some malty sweetness with notes of biscuit malts. Like the smell, the ginger flavors don’t stand out prominently but are a bit more noticeable towards the finish. No traces of hop bitterness are detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, thin and smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink, although the ginger isn’t really strong enough to make this interesting enough to make me want to try this again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting.... A lightly flavored ale with a light body and light malt sweetness and character. Very tea-like, herbal, earthy flavors that take on soft, spicy flavors. Of course loaded with ginger that is evident in the aromas and flavor. Hops combined with ginger begin to take on raw oak characteristics. Light, soft, clean finish with a light ginger, oily tingle on the toung. Pretty good, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | 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 hop 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

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Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Expectations are below average; it's a ginger beer. Reviewed live.

Paired with pretzel rods.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of white colour, bad thickness, okay cream, and rather bad retention. Colour is a transparent light copper. No floating yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Ginger, tea, herbs, lime, and stale overdone malt. A pretty strong aroma, but far from an appealing one.

T: Ginger, herbs, clean malts, and a hint of artificial lime. Simple and poorly constructed. Structurally brief. Sans balance. Badly built, even for the style. Not at all complex or subtle.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thick. Sharp and overcarbonated. Doesn't suit the flavours all that well.

Dr: Drinkable but boring and bland. Not unique or special. Priced okay. I wouldn't have it again.

A poor candidate for aging.

Very High D+

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Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a copper-amber color with a good white head and some nice lacing. The nose is pretty much just taken over by a good amount of ginger. The taste is along the same lines--it's ginger, ginger, and more ginger. It's really hard to describe much on this as the spicy ginger is about all that I'm able to taste. Maybe a touch of malt in the background. It gets to be a bit much toward the end, making this a bit hard to drink all that much of.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 9/7/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, ginger, honey, bread, floral, grass, light clove, light caramel, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of ginger, hop, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, ginger, honey, bread, floral, grass, light caramel, light clove, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon zest, ginger, honey, bread, floral, light clove, and light caramel on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of malt, ginger, and light hop flavors; with a fair amount of flavor robustness, and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish as expected. Overall this is a nice spiced session beer. Good balance of malt, ginger, and hop flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark shade of orange with a quick dissapearing head,aroma of course is dominated by fresh ginger kinda sweet and and spicey pretty provacative.Taste is of ginger for sure with a toasted malt flavor that lingers in the finish,tastes better as it warms a little.A pretty unique beer not one I would get to often but not all that bad.

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Photo of jlindros
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a white 1/2 finger head that bubbles away at a decent rate. THe beer is pretty clear with an orange wheat peach color.

Aroma is loaded with ginger and spices. They weren't kidding with ginger. A very light malt and sweetness below that, but you can't get much other than ginger.

The taste is similar, like pickled ginger. Semi sweet, with a very light malt, and some juicy almost fruit flavors. A slight bitterness and I think a hint of hops, but mostly just ginger.

The mouth comes a little lighter bodied with good carbonation.

It finishes slightly sweet and a very little dryness with lots of lingering ginger, spices in general go with it. A very light bitterness and grassy hop taste, but mostly just candied ginger again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a 15 Oct. 2016 BB date on the neck.

Look Clear orange-copper body with a small, short-lived head and minimal lacing..

Aroma: A nice mix of bready malts and ginger (of course).

Flavor mildly bitter; moderately strong ginger comes across as being of a good strength although it does dominated the malts.

Feel: Lighter side of medium with lightly prickly carbonation.

Overall: Like pale beers and ginger ale? .. does a ginger malt beverage sound appealing? If so, you're likely to like this. I did and found it quite refreshing on a warm day.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellowish amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thicker film and a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface with a slight bit of mottling and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spicy ginger over the top of some lighter notes of toasted malts.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of biscuit malts with hints of toasted malts and just a touch of caramel sweetness. That is followed by an initially subtle but building to moderate flavor of ginger with hints of spiciness. Minimal amounts of bitterness are present in the finish which fade almost instantly.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin but still smooth.

O: This beer tastes a lot like real ginger ale (not the sweetened stuff like Canada Dry of Schweppes) with a very light amount of ginger spiciness but enough to be enjoyable. Easy to drink and refreshing with a low ABV - this would pair well with Asian foods and could be sessionable in the right pairing.

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Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Refreshing, watery beer with a nice touch of ginger.

Handsome amber color in the glass. Aroma is just beery with a touch of ginger. Flavor is the same. Ginger does give just a wee tang of hot spice. Extremely light bodied in the mouth. Lacing seems to dissipate leaving a fairly flat beer. Maybe a touch of hops, but only enough to give it a dishwatery aftertaste.

Good summer quaff. Nothing experimental or highly flavored, but I give Left Hand credit for creating a lighter beer with some interesting flavor.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled On: Smudge, 12, 08.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, amber body with a foamy, whitish head.

Smell: Pale malts with meager hop scents of spice and ripe lemons with an aroma of ginger root.

Taste: Pale malts with a very, very, very light touch hint and overall sweetness. A few drops of lemon juice. Mildly spicy hops and bitterness. Growing into all this is the piquant, cumulative ginger component. Sip of aquifer water precedes the faintly sweet, faintly spicy ginger finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit light on the ginger, but I'm down with that. I had this a few years ago and thought the ginger was pretty punchy (i.e, obnoxious). This time, it's pretty damned mild. However, if given the choice of too much ginger or not enough, I'll pick the latter every single time.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bronze with a 3 fingers+ white head. Some lacing and head retention

Smell: Ginger and more ginger

Taste: bitterness up front then ginger and some pepper hints, Fruitiness followed by more ginger. Finishes sweet and wet. Ginger is not overdone

MF: Good carbonation and great balance

Drinks very easy, would make a good dessert beer or just one to knock back on a warm day. If you don't like ginger you make see it differently

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a moderate white head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. Some stringy lace on the glass. The color is dark gold/light amber. Crystal clear.

Great ginger smell, which is balanced with aroma that reminds me of butter. Light malt in the background.

The taste is far more conventional than the smell would suggest. Malt and hop are the strongest flavors until the swallow which brings back a muted ginger taste. Pretty typical body and slightly spritzy. Very dry finish.

"A refreshing frivolity" quote on the bottle is an excellent summation of this beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased this in a mix-a-six from Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, enjoye chilled in a goblet shared with octopus89

The color is very hazed golden with thick white cap and fine bead with quick dropping head with no lace to speak of with visible carbonation. The smell is very pungent with tropical spice specifically a lot of fresh ginger and light fruit accent with a mild citrus zest note. The feel is moderately spiced with mild sweetness and medium carbonation with semi-dry finish no alcohol detectable in the feel.

The taste is very good I expected ginger but this is really tasty with fresh spice and citrus with subtle malt sweetness to back it up and the mild lemon element with ginger continuing in a mild way throughout with clean yeast and light toasted flavor in the malt. Overall I really enjoyed the tropical quality and refreshing taste in this sessionable ale -recommended if you enjoy a summer-refresher type of ginger beer, I would drink this frequently

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