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Jumping Cow Amber Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Jumping Cow Amber AleJumping Cow Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
74
okay

154 Ratings
THE BROS
79
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 14.64%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-25-2002)
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Reviews by Skidz:
Photo of Skidz
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out bright amber and sits a brilliant amber-brown in the glass with a large beige head, fading to a light skim with good lacings around the glass.

Smells of rich caramel accented malts and bright fruity notes. Oranges, apples, pears and grapes all over. Slight nuttiness with some brown-sugary specks. Floral hops boquet.

Tastes of rich, toasty malts, complete with lines of caramel, brown sugar and light toffee. Moderate hops bitterness lends flavors of grapefruit rind and light pine. Fruity to the finish and packed with lingering hops bitterness.

Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a medium-light body.

I cannot complain about this beer. It's bustling with character and wrapped in a nice, tight package. No off-flavors to mention, just solid, well-defined flavors all around.

Skidz, May 09, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of lionnusmb
3/5  rDev -6.5%

lionnusmb, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date or info about the beer.

Appearance: Bright pumpkin orange hue with a dense frothy lace that hangs on the glass quite well.

Smell: Malty sweet aroma with hits of fruity esters, biscuity grain and a kiss of hops.

Taste: Mellow smoothness off the moderate carbonation, stable medium body hold together well. The hop bitterness clenches onto the carbonation and goes for a short ride, maltiness is a little juicy in the middle with a toasted bready flavour. Light fruitiness flows with the esters that the alcohol pushes onto the palate. Hops and esters make a semi-coarse finish.

Notes: A middle of the road Amber Ale, its certainly a decent buy at $4.99 a six pack at Trader Joe’s. A good beer to have around to mix things up every once in a while.

Jason, Aug 25, 2002
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.85/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Amber pour, minimal if any head produced, even with a swirl. Aroma, wood, kinda old smell to it.

Taste, good thickness for an amber, higher/thicker viscosity than most. Malt bombish, or just not super balanced.

A decently priced beer picked up at Trader Joes. Worth having in the fridge for other people to drink. Not a lot of mouthfeel, just some metallic edge and stale wood taste.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle from Trader Joes served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep orange-amber with a fizzy bone head. The head dies to some thin islands with remarkable speed, and leaves no significant lacing.

The aroma is rather faint, with little more than toasted malts. Alcohol esters appea after some warming. The flavor is stronger and adds a touch of spicy hops to the solid, if too near to minimal, malt base. Very good bitter/sweet balance.

M: medium body; slightly dry even before the semi-dry finish; very good carbonation.

O: a good, if rather simple, amber ale. This ber does have more than a little flacor, and is a good value at the low Trader Joes price.

chinchill, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.65/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a golden orange body with a faint haze. The head is a creamy faint yellowish-white head that last as a thin film for a while. There is one thin strand of small bubbles rising to the surface.

S- The smell of soft orange jolly ranchers is faint with a even more faint whiff of hops.

T- This beer has a slightly sweet light malt flavor with some notes of orange candy followed by a soft hop bitterness in the finish. The flavor has a slight tin can flavor that is very faint and might just be a flavor of the hops that is just a hint off.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel.

D- The flavors are slightly off and just don't taste right. This reminds me of canned wort for making extract beers it doesn't have a real malt taste.

rhoadsrage, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of richkrull
2.6/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one from Trader Joe's over the weekend.

Poured a light amber color with tons of head after a vigorous pour. Malty smell but kind of an old stale smell. Very bitter taste, not very appealing. Not a real smooth beer. It's not terrible, but not something I would choose. There are better beers out there.

richkrull, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

LXIXME, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

jumping cow amber ale- bought at trader joe's

pours a reddish/orange with a thick white head. Head holded up very well.
smell was very floral, hops, citrus.
taste was very bitter, with lemony orange rind present. Hops detected.
Mouthfeel was bitter, just a little too bitter for me.

Overall, not a bad amber ale. just the bitter aftertaste is too stong and lasts too long.

NJpadreFan, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of asabreed
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Having this after the Gila Monster.

Appearance: A lighter copper color with not a lot of lace or retention and not a lot of carbonation in the glass.

Smell: Decent caramel malt sweetness with a bit of spicy citrus hops coming through.

Taste: Initial caramel malt sweetness backed by the some citrus and mild hop pungency, finishes semi-dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: A decent creaminess to the lighter to medium bodied brew with a good snap of carbonation at the end.

Drinkability: Overall an above average amber for me, though nothing I'd run to purchase again. It's definitely better than the Gila Monster though. If you're going to pick one up at TJs, it should be this one.

asabreed, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of haddon
3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice amber color with a 2-finger head. nice amount of carbonation bubbles flowing through the glass. not much lacing down glass

S- very sweet. almost a sugar cane aroma with a hint of cream soda

T- very well balanced. taste of creamy malt with a slight undertone of hops. nice.

M- clean and crisp. sets in the mouth well. just the right amount of carbonation.

D- this drinks really well. very smooth and 2-3 pints of this ale would go down with ease!

haddon, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -6.5%

tdm168, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean amber in color, with a nice head of tan foam. Attractive and detailed lace.

Nose is biscuit, honey, and yeast. Seems sweet.

Tastes malty but fairly well-balanced, with a touch of hops at the finish. Not bad at all, and a solid representative of a well-done amber ale.

secondtooth, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of swamiswamu
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too shabby at $5 a 6er at Trader Joes. Not much of a head over a orangish-amber body. Good malt aroma with hints of floral hops. Nice balanced flavor with notes of grapefruit. There's a lasting hop bouquet. A simple beer, it delivers as promised and then some. Good deal.

swamiswamu, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -6.5%

avisong, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

cliff1066, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangish copper color with a light tan head.
Aroma of sweet malts and earthy hops.

Taste is simple, but good. This would make a nice session brew. Sweet malt flavor with a nice level of hop bitterness throughout. Fairly well hopped for an amber ale. Finish is pretty clean.

Good mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Goes down with ease.
Overall a solid, but pretty tame amber ale.

PhantomVodoo, Apr 03, 2003
Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours from a bottle into a pint glass a clear light amber with a reddish orange backbone. A half inch of off white head sits atop the pour for just a few minutes. Fair lacing and regeneration.

Smoky malts on the nose with an orange sweetness present with a clear surface. Touch of earthy hops in the background are hit or miss, and sometimes deliver a bit too much smoke if agitated too much.

Smooth on the tongue with a simple orange sweetness. Somewhat viscous on the finish and with no notable bitterness. Lighter bready malts offer a bit of lingering flavor. Moderate carbonation fits the beer well giving a good feel. Drinkabilitiy is average given the sweetness, which, though typical for the style, is rather singular in character. Not bad, a good value, good party beer.

HalfFull, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of beveritt
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label depicts, what else, a cow jumping over several barrels. Ink stamping on the neck points to a brewed on date, but is not readable by me. I believe this is an ale brewed exclusively for Trader Joe's.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 1 finger of nearly white head. This settles quickly to an incomplete ring around the glass with no lacing. The beer itself is orange/red with a decent chill haze and some particulate matter. Sediment in the glass.

Smell: Strong caramel malt with a slight fruity sweetness in the finish.

Taste: Sweet caramel and toffee malt, lingers from the first taste to long after each sip. A mild hop bitterness starts to develop as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: A little on the sweet side, without any balancing hop flavors. Not much else here, very little depth. Not bad, not good.

beveritt, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -6.5%

atlbravsrno1, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opaque, tawny amberish orange, sizzling soapy off-white head, streaky lacing. Predominant toasty malt aroma, wheat biscuits and some traces of faint hops on the nose. Biscuity up front, sharp creamy malts turn quickly into a borderline medium beverage. Caramel malts with mild, yet dry hops and decent carbonation. Ok.

GeoffRizzo, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of wrecknut
3.5/5  rDev +9%

wrecknut, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of leprakhan
3/5  rDev -6.5%

leprakhan, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Spikester
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with one finger of white head. Recedes fairly quickly to a ring. Modest lacings. Nice fruity aroma. Taste is candied fruit sweetness with some leather and earthy bitter hops. The hop character was decent and if the malts were just a little less I would have rated it a bit higher. A very sessionable beer and an excellent value from Trader Joes.

Spikester, May 26, 2009
Photo of wedge
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber-red with a small, creamy head leaving modest stringy lace behind. Sweet, toasty caramel malt aroma along with some earthy citrus. Balanced flavors of sweet biscuity malts, black tea, and fruity hops. A wee bit watery, but that's the only real drawback. Medium-light bodied. This is my first time having this but I wonder if freshness is an issue with consistency? I thought this was a perfectly serviceable amber. I'll have to try it again to see if I just got lucky here, but this was really not nearly as bad as people are making it out to be...

wedge, Sep 05, 2011
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Jumping Cow Amber Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.