#128: Good Juju (Ginger Ale) – Left Hand Brewing Company, Longmont, Colorado
Before I say anything, I would like to apologize for not posting yesterday. I know you’re devastated, heartbroken, lost and weird without daily updates from Whosisbrew, so my remorse is heavy on my shoulders. Life has been pretty busy for Captain Whosisbrew as of late, and unfortunately my weekly commentary post was the sacrificial lamb yesterday. As changes in my life are made, I’m trying to find the best way to manage my time and ensure a steady stream of content on Whosisbrew. I think I’ve done a good job thus far, with only one casualty on the record. I’ll do my best to keep that number where it is.
So Good Juju, then. It’s an herbed/spiced beer, brewed with Pale two-row, Munich, Light Crystal and Flaked Barley, as well as Centennial, U.S. Golding and Sterling hops. Oh, and ginger. A new summertime contender? Let’s find out.
Before I say anything, the label art is awesome. That said, let’s continue. The beer poured with a head that was just a notch above thin, with an off-white color and a soapy consistency. It receded to a thin layer of filmy remnants, leaving little lacing in its path. Ever see “Jurassic Park?” If the answer is “yes,” ever see the scene where they exhibit the mosquitoes locked in amber? Well, that’s what this beer looks like, sans the mosquito. It’s a beautiful transparent shade of mysterious amber, which absolutely glistens in the light and unveils golden accents and vibrant carbonation. The aroma showcases a fair amount of doughy/biscuity, generously kilned malt, with some ginger and spice scents complementing quite nicely.
Whole lotta ginger goin’ on, and there’s nothing wrong with that. My affinity for ginger ale is no secret among my friends. I often reach for cans of Seagram’s or Canada Dry from the ‘fridge. Another common occurrence is going out to eat with my girlfriend and sipping the ginger ale that she ordered, because I ordered a coffee. I like ginger ale. A lot. I think you understand that now. So it’s no surprise that a generous offering of ginger in this beer is just fine with me. However, the ginger is assertive only up front, which prevents it from becoming fatiguing. Sensing the spice might be overstaying its welcome, the crisp, biscuity malt arrives on the scene and provides a full-bodied base of sweetness and grainy flavors. This is crucial, because within the first second you’re indeed aware that this is a ginger beer, but the earthy malt makes sure the word “beer” is not forgotten. Spicy hops complete the beer appropriately and temper the malt as well. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, with perfect carbonation and a mostly clean finish, though some ginger pleasantly lingers on the throat.
I’ll wrap this post up with a simple statement: Hello, my new summer beer of choice. Flavorful, refreshing and perfectly drinkable. Those cans of Canada Dry will have to make room for Good Juju.