Jumping Cow Amber Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Jumping Cow Amber AleJumping Cow Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
75
okay

165 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-25-2002

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Photo of Jason
3.46/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.68/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of richkrull
2.59/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of asabreed
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of haddon
3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
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!

Photo of secondtooth
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of swamiswamu
3.47/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of HalfFull
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of beveritt
3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of Spikester
3.77/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of wedge
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
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...

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint. Pours a medium dark red amber with a slight off-white head with some slippery lacing. Light aroma of toasted and caramel malt with a faint vegetable component. Flavor is light toasted malt that fades very quickly, leaving a light biscuit malt and neutral hop finish. Body is surprisingly medium with a hint of creaminess. A bit better than I expected from a Trader Joe's contract brew. Flavors are light, pleasant, but too attenuated and abrupt to be interesting. Not bad for an inexpensive amber. This bottle lists River Trent Brewing, Ukiah, CA as the contract brewer.

Photo of largadeer
2.22/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark amber body topped by a thin off white head. Clear and appropriately amber-y. Smells like garbage pile, boiled cabbage, burnt crystal malts, dark fruit. Palate features notes of boiled vegetables, metallic dumpster water and slightly astringent crystal malt. Medium-bodied, metallic finish. Hard to choke down.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jumping Cow Amber Ale has a very thick, beige head, a clear, bubbly, amber appearance, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of tannic, sweet, brown bread crust, and the taste is of those elements, with pleasant, appropriately bitter hops and even a mildy citric aspect. The mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Jumping Cow Amber Ale finishes semi-dry, easy-drinking, and refreshing.

RJT

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.68/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look Nice copper color very little head and very little lacing as your drink

Smell Slight bit of malt but honestly besides that I got nothing

Taste Caramel notes and the malt make this beer a little sweet. All the flavor is up front and disappears almost instantly. This was one of the most boring ambers i have had

Mouthfeel Medium body with very little carbonation

Overall Your basic run of the mill amber, nothing special and not worth buying. However if someone gave it to you drink it well actually give it back because thats not a good friend.

Photo of daliandragon
3.42/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange amber and without a discernable head. Lots of carbonation, this is very ordinary looking stuff. A whiff gets lots of sweet malt with caramel highlights. Nothing special but agreeable all the same.

Malt backbone is rounded out by some late balance. Heavy bread tones give this some depth of body. Mouthfeel is a bit gritty in the finish. Uncomplicated and drinkable but nothing special.

Photo of jwc215
2.35/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours plasticish orange/copper with a small fizzy head that vanishes to a thin floating head that eventually disappears.

The smell is macro-lagerish (adjuncts??) sweet with a dallop of caramel candy. Artificial sweetener smell (Equal?) mixed in.

The taste is of sweet malt - again that artificial-sweetener. Some wet cardboard, esp. in aftertaste. Caramel candy. Some bland hops make a late effort to take some edge off the sweetness. Funky aftertaste.

The feel is light-bodied, though it does have something of a body going on there. The aftertaste just sits in the mouth. Not for too long, fortunately. But, long enough to be a nuisance.

Unimpressive. I considered "drainpour", but it's okay for one, I suppose.

Photo of Reidrover
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz from Trader Joes. Dark amber beer with a small tan head, that fades fast to leave nice lacing. Nice chocolaty/nutty aromas, hint of hop. Sweet malty based beeer, turns slightly lactic near the end, some bitterness in the after taste( perhaps the hops). Pretty thin on the palalte for the style. An OK beer but nothing special .

Photo of AlCzerik
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am always skeptical when it comes to beers that I find at Trader Joes, but this one far and away exceeded my expectations. The price was 5.99, so right away I figured that it was going to suck. But I got the beer home and put it on ice and was nothing short of impressed.

The appearance and smell were both about average. But its an amber ale, so what do you really expect? I would put the taste up there with any other amber that I have tried in the past.

Overall, this beer is a great bang for your buck and is one that I will purchase again.

Photo of eberkman
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright pumpkin-gold body with long-retaining off-white head that has some good lacey stickiness.

The smell is largely caramel and cookielike malts -- pretty English actually, and pretty appealing.

Taste is a little off. Citrusy acidity at the front, with a huge blast of simple-sypruplike sweetness in the middle -- way over the top. Some traces of toast-and-butter maltiness too, which is nice. Gives way to a slightly hoppy finish with a lingering medicinal, sort of aspirinlike aftertaste. Overall, the taste isn't unpleasant, but it's very all-over the place -- kind of a mess.

Medium body with good carbonation. Fairly easy to drink and somewhat refreshing, but the bizarre flavor sensations and overwhelming sweetness takes away big time. Still, not a bad buy these days for $5.99 a sixer at TJs.

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