Left Hand Good Juju

I never remembered Memorial Day being this hot. I went outside today to do some yardwork and was dripping sweat after about 5 minutes. After that, I pretty much parked myself on the couch for a few hours to watch Food Network. I keep telling myself to get up and go out since it’s a holiday weekend, but I think I’ll crack open a brew instead.

ABV: 4%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Juju or Ju-Ju is a word of either West African or French origin used previously by Europeans to describe the traditional West African religion. The term Juju refers to the use of such objects and other things to perform a form of ‘witchcraft.’ ‘An object of any kind superstitiously venerated by West African native tribes, and used as a charm, amulet, or means of protection; a fetish. Also the supernatural or magical power attributed to such objects, or the system of observances connected therewith; also a ban or interdiction effected by means of such an object (corresponding to the Polynesian taboo).’ The term juju, and the practices associated with it, travelled to the Americas from West Africa with the influx of slaves and still survives in some areas, particularly among the various groups of Maroons, who have tended to preserve their African traditions.”

Random: I set up my smoker today. On the list for tomorrow, smoking two racks of ribs and a brisket.

The brew poured a clear golden-orange color with lots of visible carbonation. The head was only about a half a finger, but dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. I find that the herbed/spiced category of beers has a lot of variability.  Some that I’ve had, like Nogne O Underlig Jul have been really peculiar. I have slightly higher hopes for this brew. The nose is pretty light. I got a hint of sweetness, some malt and a little bit of ginger. On the taste, the first thing that strikes me is the lack of ginger. I thought that it would be a prominent flavor, but it stays towards the finish. The other flavors that I got were some malt, but not overwhelming sweetness up front, and then nothing else really apparent. There was a lot of carbonation and the finish had nothing to it. Although this was definitely an easy drinker, there wasn’t enough to this beer to make me have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

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