Friday, June 25, 2010

Good Juju

Tonight I'm drinking Good Juju, a beer brewed with ginger by the Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado. (Hmmm, seems they turned their website into a Blogger blog only since January and decided the .blogspot was a better option than their domain; again, hmmm)! As far as I know, this beer is the same as their beer from previous years but with a name and label art change. This beer was previously known as Juju Ginger. So what I've done is reviewed the newer version tonight and also posted the older review I did six months ago for comparison. I did not compare notes before today's review, so let's see how they match up.

Also, I made a note with the old review that I have a picture. But I just spent a whole freakin' hour looking through old photos yet still struck out! Since I aim not to disappoint, the picture below goes with this review from the blog.

Today: Good Juju

New label says "A refreshing frivolity" whatever the hell that means. Bottled on 2 24 10 (I think 95%). I am not positive because the date stamp is on upside down with some partial number in front of the first two (I think a half zero) and it's all smudged. The design is interesting with a skull camouflaged in psychedelic colors and the eyes made from snakes and rodents.

Fruity with an abundance of spice, not super strong, but distinct. Medium-flat beer is noticeable right away. I wrote flat first, but then forced myself to adjust upward. Sweet, malty, light ginger spice. Grainy and very weak flavors. Not too much to talk about here. Very boring and just OK.

January 3, 2010: Juju Ginger

Today I'm drinking Juju Ginger brewed by Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado. I couldn't quite read the bottled on date, I think it said 04 08 09 which considering today is 01 03 10 is 8 months old. Whatever. The label also says IRIE! I will let you use the Urban Dictionary to help you decode that!

Spicy aroma, definitely ginger and gets more powerful the more you sniff. Smells like freshly baked goods in the kitchen, interesting from a beer. Malty and ginger flavors to start. Flat. I mean I see bubbles and I am burping after drinking, but my palate and tongue say flat. Go figure. Grain flavors also appear. The ginger is not very strong, and I would call this a boring and bland beer overall. Left Hand has much better beers. Pass.

What do you think? Is it the same beer?

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JuJu Bees, 16 Oz Candy

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Why does theirs include a picture of the beer in a glass? Well, thanks for asking. It's because HOF over there gives a shit about you guys and clearly is a better photographer. I hope that's not how you're judging me!


Vanessa said...

I love ginger, but I am definitely not a fan of this beer; Boring (and watery?) really sums it up :(

C said...

Yeah I am thinking its the same, maybe with a small recipe change. I thinking the name change was for marketing.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Vanessa. Hey Chalie.

I had forgotten what I wrote the first time. I thought I remembered a little bit better beer, but then I read almost identical remarks. Ugh.