Juju are religious objects and/or spells used for witchcraft in Africa. Great Juju is an Imperial Ginger Pale Ale used for catching a buzz in Colorado… Basically the same thing. I’m just glad the witch doctors at Left Hand Brewing have finally conjured up a ginger ale worth drinking. Here’s to hoping this juju doesn’t include any curses in addition to the standard brew induced affliction.
Great Juju pours a deep amber with a thick, cloudy head. The aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel, ginger, and citrus. The malt is much more noticeable than your average pale ale, but the ginger helps to bring back an element of freshness.
The flavor of this juju starts with a fusion of sweet malt and ginger. The malt imparts a robust caramel /toffee aspect that dominates the profile. The strength of the malt makes it difficult to differentiate between the hops and ginger at times, which makes for an interesting trick on the palate. The ginger and hops combine for a spicy, bitter finish that sticks to the roof of your mouth.
The Great Juju is a powerful and perplexing potion. The interaction between the hops and ginger add an amusing element to the brew (when they are able to break through the thick veil of malt). I suppose the “imperial” prefix gives a brewery the license to deviate from the base style in a big way, but little about this beverage makes me think pale ale. Either way, this is some seriously good juju. Curse responsibly.
- Appearance: Amber
- Aroma: Sweet caramel, ginger, citrus
- Flavor: Ginger, caramel, toffee, spicy hops, bitter finish
- Mouthfeel: Medium Plus
- ABV: 7.2%
- Size/Price: 22 oz. / $8-$10
- Score: 85