The Left Hand Brewery in Longmont, Colorado opened for business on January 22, 1994. Started by college buddies Dick Doore and Eric Wallace, the idea first came to light when Dick received a home brewing kit from his brother in the early 1990’s. Their first attempt was Sawtooth Ale, which has since become Left Hand’s most popular brew. Today, Doore and Wallace make over 2 dozen beers, distributed in 29 states. One of their latest creations is an Imperial Ginger Pale Ale named Great JuJu.
The beer pours a rich clear gold color with copper hues. The rather thin beige head shows great retention. Once the head dissipates, a light lacing remains.
On the nose, a strong fresh ginger root aroma is met with aromas of lemongrass. Pine, herbal, and floral hop notes are also easy to detect. A sweet malty note cuts the spiciness of the ginger and mellows the bouquet.
The palate offers a plethora of fresh ginger root. In addition to ginger, fresh citrus notes dominated by lemon are present. The hops add notes of pine, grass and white flowers. A caramel malt note adds a strong backbone and balances the beer beautifully. While the ginger is front and center, JuJus is balanced with the malt and hops.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Out of 5 Pints