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

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Photo of woodychandler
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Portertime
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of ABCJiugui
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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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 Absumaster
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

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Photo of mwilbur
2.81/5  rDev -17.6%
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?!

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Photo of dfillius
4.47/5  rDev +31.1%
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.

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Photo of MerkinMan
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of JackWeizen
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
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?

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Photo of ybnorml
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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

12oz. Brown Bottle; bottled 12/28/2007
A: Not a touch of cloudiness in this golden yellow beer. It's white head that does not linger too long.
S: Ginger, pumpkin, and faint grassy hops, in that order.
T: A decent amount of carbonation up front eventually yields to the predominant ginger with nutmeg and clove finishers. The sweetness is in the form of peach. Nice crisp and clean finish.
M: Light bodied.

This is a great summer beer. Ginger can be offensive when used in extremes (think of those little pink slivers they give you with sushi), but this beer doesn't over do it. A unique, refreshing break from your typical.

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Photo of Slynger
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Juju delivers a fairly light, ginger spiced, pale ale. Orange-gold in color with a decent sized white head. Sweet ginger in the nose with some spicy hops and light citric oranges. Much of the same in the taste, with a light body and light carbonation. Not bad in the least, but not really my thing either. One is probably enough for me.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. The beer pours a hazy gold/orange color with about an inch and a half white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is mainly ginger, with some orange, apple and hops noticable too. Taste is also mostly ginger, but I can also taste some lemon, grains and hops. Mouthfeel/body is light, with average carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's easy to drink but with the ginger I don't think I could drink more than 2-3 of these at a time. Overall I think this is a good, drinkable brew. I'd probably enjoy this more on a hot day, but it's still good on a cold day as well.

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Photo of brendan13
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Slightly hazy dark golden colour with a centimetre of white head that quickly falls away.
S - Ginger & clove spiciness. A bit of malt.
T - Lighter ginger spiced ales tend to be unbalanced. This one is fairly decent. The ginger is obvious but is balanced with some nutty maltiness & grassy hop notes.
M - Medium bodied with pretty high & crisp carbonation.
D - Probably the best Ginger spiced ale I've had. Not something I'd drink often but I also wouldn't turn one down.

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Photo of mnstorm99
1.76/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

All over the board on this one, I like the appearance. Nice head that actually retains well on top of a yellow unattractive beer. Aroma is not real present as it has a sweet ginger nose. Taste is lost, Ginger comes through, but I don't like the profile of spices with the ginger. Mouthfeel is creamy and chewy, pretty good considering the appearance of this beer, I probably won't be buying this one again as it came in a mixed pack and I used the second one for cooking (better for that).

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Photo of scottblaze
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow and frothy head with fair retention, nice lacing. Smells of ginger, freshly mowed grass and a hint of chamomile. Taste is a little thin with hints of ginger, chamomile and orange pico tea. Mouthfeel is good albeit a little thin, almost seems slightly flat. This would make a good summmer refresher/session beer however the various flavors coming through seem a little unfocused.

Date on bottle is smeared but appears to be 8/10/07. Purchased 11/22/07, today is 01/16/08. It may be just a tad on the flat side...I dunno....maybe not.

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Photo of medic25
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle in a pint glass. Clear, straw yellow color with a little bit of a white head. Aroma is overwhelmingly ginger. The taste is like no beer I've ever tried. Powerful ginger flavor; little bit like a cross between a cough drop and a Chinese stir fry. Little hint of hops in the aftertaste, but fairly thin once you get past the ginger. Probably a better summer beer than one for a cold January, but a nice change from the usual beer styles.

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Photo of Redteketed
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(T 01-08 BB 06-08)

Pale yellow brew, not much of a head.
Ginger all over, very fruity with raisins, peach and lots of ripe fruits. Somewhere there is a aroma I can't describe, but it is very familiar.
Neutral base taste, but almost every aroma I mentioned earlier returns in the taste.
Light body, not much of an aftertaste.
Marvelous aroma, but it can't keep that promise. Not a bad beer, but I would not care for another now. Maybe next month, since I have two more of these.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 8/19/07. It pours a rich golden color with bronze overtones. It has a sticky white head with decent retention.

Ginger dominated the aroma of course, along with notes of citrus and other more ambiguous spices. Ginger is also the predominant element in the flavor profile, accompanied by bright citrus fruitiness, along with understated malt, some berry, and a slight nutty hoppiness on the finish, as along with that piquant ginger sizzle.

It's light-bodied and displays some decent complexity. It possesses ample carbonation and is bright and lively on the tongue. It's very drinkable and refreshing. It's very solid for the style.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
2.67/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a pale yellow with a slight dark golden hue. White head that leaves rather quickly.

S- Slight sweetness, almost candi sugar, with a hint of soap.

T- Mild ginger tones. Slightly metallic. Sweetness tastes almost of honey, but the metallic kept bothering me.

M- Feels odd to the palate. Watery feel, but leave you wanting another sip to try to analyze this beer.

D- it is drinkable , but its flavors are all over the board. Try it if you like to try off the wall brews.

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Photo of iceball585
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellow color, semi-clear, thin white lacy head

S- Ginger, apples, hops, cinnamon, nuts, slightly floral smell

T- Mostly ginger, mild hops, apples, lemons, grains, sweet

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy, clean but lingering after taste

D- Very drinkable

I wasn't quite sure what to expect w/ this beer but I actually like it. Definatly the first time I've ever had a beer that tasted anything like this. Actually doesn't taste like much of a beer at all.

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Photo of Romulus141
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden straw color with a half-inch of white head. When held up to the light, the translucent brew glows orange. There is plenty of carbonation present, as there are plenty of bubbles rising to the top of this brew.

Smell: Ginger, as expected, is the defining characteristic. There is also a tinge of malty sweetness below the ginger as well. Nothing complicated, but it smells like what is advertised.

Taste: It begins with a splash of sweet ginger taste, which spreads all over my palette. It then gives way to a crisp, grain finish that tends to cleanse the palette. There aren't really any notable hop qualities here. It pairs well with spicy foods and seafood. I had this with sushi at a beer tasting party, and it performed well in that environment.

Mouthfeel: Light and very carbonated. I feel that the carbonation is a little over done, but nothing offensive.

Drinkability: These are light, and have a delicate, non-complex flavor, so it would be quite easy to knock back a few of these. The ginger taste may be a bit much for some, but I like it well enough.

An interesting change of pace. It's best paired with a food, as it was seemingly brewed for that purpose. It's worth a try if you get the chance.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a light golden straw colour. Creamy head poured tight, thick and foamy then faded slowly to good thickish coating. Barely any carbonation... fair amount of thick sticky lacing...

Aroma - Pretty strong fresh ginger spiciness - maybe slightly sickly, some quite sweet nuttiness, spicy fruits (apples, lemons, limes), the faintest of tobacco hints, light floral honey, some yeasty notes, hard to make out any malts or hops...

Taste - Light biscuity malts mixed with fresh ginger, obvious ginger ale notes, faint toastiness, spicy fruits (apples, pears, lemons), faint mint traces, grassy, some saltiness, some sweetness - but not as sweet as the aromas indicated, peppery hop bitterness just coming through the ginger...

Feel - Sharp initially then smooths out.. light body... pretty refreshing and drinkable if you like ginger - thankfully i do although it's not something i would want to drink to much of..

Overall - A decent enough brew if you like ginger.... worth a try..

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Photo of cjgator3
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep dark golden yellow color with a sticky white head that leaves a pretty decent amount of lacing around the edge of the glass. You can definitely pick up some ginger in the nose along with some slightly buttery malt. The taste is malt up front with the ginger lingering in the finish with a dry and slightly spicy finish. Overall, this is a pretty straightforward brew that is not overly exiting. However, despite its simplicity I did enjoy drinking it. Not something I would like to drink ever night, but it is something different that gets extra points in my book. Recommended.

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Good Juju (Ginger Ale) from Left Hand Brewing Company
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