Good Juju (Ginger Ale) | Left Hand Brewing Company

426 Reviews
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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-27-2001

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Reviews: 426 | Ratings: 1,292
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 akolb
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber head a tall head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is mild ginger, lime, and crackery malt. The taste has bright ginger up front with some nice malts and a spicy aftertaste. Dry. Light, somewhat watery feel. This is a interesting beer, tastes and feels a lot like ginger ale. Very drinkable, but nothing here makes me want to come back.

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Photo of LMO1190
2.43/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

this beer is very weak. Not much of an Aroma. You can barely smell the ginger or anything else. Its almost like water. The taste is the same.

Take a bud lite and add a small amount of ginger ale is date this beer taste like. Will never drink again.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber-orange body, very little of the fizzy white head. Smell is ginger, mild toasted grain. Flavor also has a strong presence of ginger, but also some grassy notes and unpleasant chalky yeast that are about equal to the spice. Pretty dry, to its credit. Medium body, lively carbonation, easy to drink.
The amount of ginger was on point, I think a little more, up to that spicy point, would be appropriate, but I'd prefer different supporting flavors. Mostly just that chalky yeast needs to go away. Something yummy like ginger deserves better.

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Photo of Slack
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Orange to amber in color and cloudy. A bit of head.

Smells like really muted ginger, not really much else.

Taste is similar to the smell - a light ginger and mild sweetness.

Body is light and finish is weak.

Meh, Not a fan. Try Cackalacky.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lower on the carbonation side and a very minimal head. The head that was there diminishes quickly. There is a bit of decent lacing that continues after. It is a nice copper/orange color that is clear enough to read through.

Smells of ginger (of course), but not as powerful as expected. There is a faint fruity and caramel malt smell, but not very aromatic otherwise.

Slight bitterness at first, but then the ginger comes in. It is laid back and not in your face as some ginger beers are. Some malty flavors come through and some earthiness. Overall sweet and well balanced.

Lighter side of medium with an interesting tingle.

It was ok, but I'm not a big ginger beer fan. It was not all that flavorful and not much on aroma. I probably wouldn't buy again -Left Hand has a lot of other great beers to choose from.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.04/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - A dark gold-copper color, with a white head, thin and wispy. Moderate lacing.

S - Ginger, with a hint of malt.

T - Ginger is powerful up front, fades to the background in the middle, with a hint of cracker-like malt coming forward. The close is slightly sweet, with ginger highlights.

M - Tingly and sharp, with a subtle dry close.

O - Reminds me of hardcore ginger beers in the nose, but the taste is more of a hybrid. I love ginger beer, and I like this a lot. A refreshing beer, but you need to know what you are getting, or you're likely to be a bit taken aback by the flavors and profile.

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Photo of colingaiser
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Moderately poured from bottle into pint glass...

L: Transparent amber hue, with a few fingers of light head, no lacing ... super effervescent

S: Aroma is very muted ... a little biscuit on the nose, faint ginger ... maybe some metallic notes.

T: Welp, there's the ginger. Just a very assertive, classic ginger flavor, which I enjoy. Nothing else really stands out -- maybe some grassy, peppery notes and a biscuity finish

F: Light mouthfeel but way too heavy on the carbonation ... you could convince me this is soda or even something from Angry Orchard

Okay, this is not great as a beer. But as a ginger-lover (yes I mean the PLANT!), it is definitely tasty, in the way that candy is tasty. I enjoy the experience but it's not satisfying or filling ... I was searching for something more dynamic.

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Photo of clannagael
1.69/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

There's nothing I won't try and very few beers that I've ever disliked. I think this beer is misunderstood.

First, the color is wonderful. It's a deep golden color. Good.
The smell on the other hand; It reminds me of a nice sushi platter. That's probably my bias.

How to best enjoy 'Good Juju':

Step 1. Throw it in the trash

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.29/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I had this a while back, brought it with me on a warm evening to watch movies at the Hollywood cemetery, its a nice light lager that has a bit of a ginger snap thats prefect for a nice refreshing beer on a warm day.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle best by 10/18/15. Sampled September 13, 2015.

Golden and straw yellow carbonated pour leading up to a fizzy white head. Bubbly.

The nose is briefly pale toasted malts but then it is all ginger.

Light to medium body.

Toasted sweetness and ginger play up the taste. If you dig ginger in your beer you might like it. Otherwise I can take it or leave it.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.86/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

8/28/15. Home

Pours brownish yellow with a lazy white head that fades to look like soap in the beer. The smell is ok. Definitely ginger for sure and a little bitter hops in the background.

The taste is simple but good. It's a tiny bit sweet with a ginger soda kind of taste throughout. It's actually quite refreshing and kind of a beer you can knock back a few at a time. A little fizzy feel but kind of goes with the beer.

Overall, not bad. A decent late afternoon crusher or sushi beer. I'd get it again.

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Photo of Dringus
4.04/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As a ginger beer (soda) brewer, this is very good! I've been disgusted by alcoholic ginger beer before, but this stuff is very balanced. It's light, but not overpowering and all the flavors stick out. Give it a try! (Must like Ginger to enjoy this)

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Photo of Dikfour
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: One finger of white creamy head dissipates quickly leaving mild lacing. Amber-copper in color with minimal carbonation.

Smell: Ginger root but not over the top. Pretty mild. Not as spicy as I was expecting.

Taste: Biscuity malt base presses the Ginger to the forefront. There is an underlying Lemony-citrus sweetness and tartness.

Feel: Finishes pretty dry. Light to medium light body.

Overall: Pretty alright. A little safe. I really wanted this to be a bit spicier and bone dry. Approachable and easy to drink. Happy I tried it. Don't really need to revisit this again.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amazing label. Not a fan of the ginger beers but I'd drink one if someone tossed me one
Better than that crabbies one. And way better than the magic hat one.

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Photo of GypsySon
4.47/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I admit, I'm a sucker for ginger... be it subtle or in your face. Good Juju has a nice touch of ginger but doesn't overpower you with it. You get a nice light aroma as well, which adds to the enjoyment. I'm an instant fan of this one.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rated as a herbed/spiced beer.
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy orange to light brown, somewhat golden in color. Slim finger's worth of white foamy head dissipated within less than a minute. Lacing is messy.
The smell does have the ginger and takes on light bready notes and a light lemon to combine decently.
The taste was spicy to sweet between the ginger, bready notes and lemon.
The mouthfeel sat about a light to medium on the body with an okay sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed alright (considering it to be a "ginger beer"). I figured the ginger would be the harshness in the beer and I was correct.
Overall, as an herbed/spiced beer, it works. I'm glad there's the ginger right where it is because if there was just a tad more, I'd say, there would have been just too much. I'd have again.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was shocked to see the 78 rating on here. I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. Great ginger flavor. Not too much....not too little. Would I go out of my way for a 6 But I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of Miller138
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really nice job and creative beer. Not much in the way of aroma. As far as taste, the ginger is obvious without being over-powering. The finish is dry, not at all sweet.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.51/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep golden color almost like honey in terms of color. Quite opaque with a small one finger head that fades quickly into nice lacing. The smell is light and somewhat floral with minor ginger notes. Tastes incredibly well-balanced between ginger, wheat, and hops. Nearly no hop bitterness at all and the ginger notes are present but not overpowering. The feel is slightly over carbonated for my personal preference but that didn't nor does it detract from the amazing qualities of this beer. Overall it's highly satisfying, low ABV and very refreshing. Not only would I have it again, I will have it again.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crisp, light and refreshing ale that has a bready malt base and additions of ginger are subtle but noticeable. Could use a bit more in my opinion since I am a ginger fan. Hops are subdued in this beer. It has a light easy drinking body. I could drink quite a few of these. I will try it again for sure.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle as a part of a build-your-own-sixer at my local Stein's Liquor. Best by date states it's still good for over two months. Poured right from the fridge into my pint glass.

L: Pours a crystal-clear medium amber with about a half-inch of eggshell head that dissipates fairly quickly down to nothing and leaves almost no lacing on the glass. Some lazy and intermittent visible carbonation.

S: Ginger root on top of cracker malts. There's a somewhat artificial quality to the bouquet--almost like the scent of some kind of air freshener or cleaning product--not completely off-putting. There's just a hint of other spiciness going on in the mix, as well.

T: There are some dry cracker malt notes at the outset, accompanied almost immediately by the taste of ginger. The middle sees the ginger flavor intensify, but there's also a sensation in the middle of tasting soap or cleaning product. Perhaps it's the dryness of the ginger flavor--it completely lacks sweetness--that lends the beer this artificial cleaner taste. The back end has more of the ginger and the cracker malts, with just a bit of cracked pepper spiciness.

F: A lighter-bodied beer, this one does feel a bit watery on the palate. The carbonation seems a bit low, especially as I get toward the end of the glass. It's also got some crispness, a touch of creaminess, and a very clean finish.

O: I'm a big fan of ginger ales--and ginger as part of cuisine--and I had some pretty high hopes for this beer. This was a unique tasting experience, to be sure. However, the artificial (I know this is brewed with actual ginger, but it smells and tastes artificial) and soapy quality of this brew is tough to get past.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to nothing after a minute

S: Ginger and bready malts up front along with hints of fruitiness

T: Follows the nose as far as the ginger, and then gets a bit watery. Some fruitiness does accompany the ginger, but that's about it

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Again, quite watery

O: A good lighter spring option, but only if you're into ginger. Hit what they were going for with the light beer with ginger, but it might be a little too light and lacking of other supporting flavors. A niche seasonal, IMO

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'll give them credit for trying something unique, but this is just horrible. After three sips, it starts to taste like a health food store. I support breweries taking risks and experimenting with ingredients, but this is a failure.

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Photo of MaxGreen
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(Out of bottle)

For what it's worth, this is a solid beer for the price and what you're getting. Don't expect too much. It's a light, refreshing beer with just a hint of ginger that's not too overpowering. Nothing to write home about, but on a hot summer day, it's a good, drinkable beer and a little different.

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Good Juju (Ginger Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.41 out of 5 based on 1,292 ratings.
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