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Monday, May 17, 2010

A taste of… Good JuJu

Left Hand Brewing Co.
1265 Boston Avenue
Longmont, Colorado, USA 80501
(303) 772-0258

Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Left Hand Good JuJu was sent to me by the folks at Left Hand Brewing Co. for inclusion in these tasting notes.

The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of as creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?

The following are my tasting notes:

Appearance: A honey colored brew is lightly carbonated with tiny bubbles that build a thin head. The head is short lived but leaves a slight Belgian lace.

Aroma: The first impression is caramel malt with just a hint of ginger. The second impression is more of the same aromas but with a bit of butterscotch at the end. The third nose-dive revealed a honey note.

Flavor: The first sip, after, the refreshing sensation, revealed a malty sweet flavor that hid a hint of ginger behind its sweetness. The second swig brought out more of the malt and only let the ginger sneak out at the end. The third sip left me looking for more ginger and not finding any. However, the finish is already beginning.

Mouth feel: This seems a bit light in the mouth feel and carbonation.

Finish: There is a long finish to this brew that makes a liar out of the mouth feel and initial flavor sensations. However, it is neither emphatic nor shy.

Comments: This sample was served at cellar temperature in a pint glass poured to reveal the color and head. However, retrieved from an ice chest on a hot summer afternoon while taking in the sights of the Jersey Shore would allow it to make a different impression altogether. I can’t wait to try it!

The Brewery: http://www.lefthandbrewing.com/

What others say:

BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/418/1876

RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/left-hand-good-juju-ginger/432/

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