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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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92 Reviews

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 170
Avg: 3.22
pDev: 20.19%
Wants: 0
Gots: 15 | 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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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 170
Photo of LuthersMug
4.02/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Rich copper color. Head was whitish with a tinge of pale yellow, about 3/4 inch. Good lacing.

S - Best part of the beer, floral that really jumps out at you.

T - Floral, a bit of piny hops. There is also a toasted, biscuity flavor at the end.

M - The hops lingered a bit too long and had a metallic feel at times.

O - Enjoyed this one.

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Photo of bgildea
4.02/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber color, little to no head, though I shook it slightly when I brought it in. Slight amount of lacing.

S: Slight amount of hops and malts, little bit of sweet aroma initially.

T: Nice balance of hops and malts. Not too hoppy, which I liked. Good amber ale.

M: Surprising amount of chew for an amber ale. Definitely much better than I was expecting.

D: Very drinkable, I was surprised after the last Trader Joes beer I bought. (Frugal Joe's)

Overall: Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. Good balance of hops and malts with a grew amount of chew for a lighter amber ale.

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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.


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Photo of 1759Girl
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance> No Head, whatsoever. Gorgeous amber head. Clear. Medium liveliness. Sad about the head, but all else looks great.

Smell> malt and brown sugar. Divine.

Taste> Crisp, hoppy, sweet, well-balanced.

Mouthfeel> Refreshing. Not over carbonated.

Drinkability> Easy peasy. I would gladly take another.

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Photo of Skidz
4/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Very light head. Doesn't last long, but does leave a film. The color is a clear, pale amber. Plain jane, hardly any bubbling. The aroma is a very nice sweet malt with just a hint of a barn. Thanks hops. The taste is very pleasant. I didn't expect this Trader Joe's brew to be this cool. Made me think of happier times. This beer almost amkes me want to jump. The flavor makes me think of Wonder Bread when I was a kid. What a great drinkable beer for the price. Cheap too.

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Photo of chrisafari
3.89/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell: dominate aroma of rich malt, mostly carmel with nice roasty toasty notes. There is also a background of subtle bitter hops (slightly piney)

Pour: rich amber brown with a deep orangey tint. thin off-white head dissipates quickly.

Taste: begins smooth and sweet with a slight hint of almost citrus and orange (maybe). Then becomes roasty and toasty, much like the nose (carmel malt dominates the middle of the palate). The finish is slightly dry, but not as much most beers, smooth with more roastiness.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body. No lacing.

Drinkability: medium to medium-high. This beer is rather easy to drink and enjoyably so. It's a little light for this time of year (winter) and I think would be much better on a hot spring/summer day/night.

Overall: exceeded my expectations and a nice beer for the price ($5 six pack at Trader Joes). Not heavy or intense flavor, but really rather enjoyable. Underrated by the BA community.

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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.

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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!

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Photo of GClarkage
3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

March 2005- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Francisco, CA

Here is another brew that would work wonders as a session beer for me. Jumping Cow pours an orange-amber color with a decent sized head and moderate lacing. Cow smells of fruity malt and maybe even a bit of hop presense. This in another well balanced brew when it comes to the hops playing off of the malt. There is a nice fruity aspect in the mix as well. Nice carbonation level as well. Pleasantly suprised with the cow.

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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.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with 1/4-1/3 inch head with decent retention. Appear very inviting and the carbonation is noticeable, also good lacing. Smells strong of sweet malt. Fits the style better than others I picked up at Trader Joe's. Sweet malts up front and then a hoppy kick aftertaste. I like these styles to have more hops than malt and yet still a nice blend. This definitely has that, yum. Nice carbonation, easy drinkability. The body gets significantly weaker the farther into the beer you get. Almost too sweet at the end; loses that nice blend. Overall, one of the better Trader Joe's I've picked up. Worth a try but nothing real special.

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Photo of atsprings
3.76/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crisp light amber with a decent frothy head. Aroma was some caramel malts and light hops, but rather weak. The beer had a surprisingly well balanced and decent taste. Caramel mixed nicely with subtle pine and citrus hops providing a nice backbone. The beer is slightly medium bodied with low carbonation. This beer is certainly worth the 92 cents a bottle at Trader Joe's and could certainly make for a great session.

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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.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark gold-amber with a nice fluffy light tan (beige) head, decent carbonation, and lace like brain coral. Primarily a malt aroma with light hoppiness at first. Decent balance, not sweet, but certainly more malty. Light-medium (leans medium) bodied and smooth.

Good but prefer the Gila Monster Amber Lager ...

Bottling date on neck: 03129 (Julian?)
Tasted: 10/09/03

($5.29 / 6-pack)

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Photo of burnstar
3.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark gold to amber with a large white head. Aroma is mild carmel malt. Taste is quite sweet. Notes of carmel and toffee. Just a touch of herbal hops in the finish. Low bitterness. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Pretty drinkable. Although this is a bit on the sweet side, I don't really mind that in an amber too much. Would definitely be good with pizza.

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Photo of zerk
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber with a whispy head that leaves a touch of lace. Aroma is malty, with caramel and bread notes. Flavor begins malty and sweet... caramel, butter, maybe a touch of bread dough... followed by ample bitterness to add balance. Actually one of the more bitter amber ales I've come across. Some light resiny after taste. Body is a little on the heavy side, with medium carbonation. All in all, a pretty decent beer considering the $4.99 price tag.

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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.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a clean, copper/amber into a pint glass. About two fingers of off-white head rose and dissipated to a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Beautiful malts. It's mostly caramel, but I also picked up vanilla, floral hops, and just a tiny hint of pine.

Taste: Follows the smell -- heavy caramel malts with outlying flavors of vanilla and brown sugar -- but the odd thing is the hop bite is up front; it was the first thing I tasted.

Drinkability: A very smooth and tasty beer. It's not too complex, but it's good drinking.

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Photo of JDV
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell is a great blend of bright fresh hops and smooth sweet malts. Looks very nice with a dark amber pour with a medium lasting head with some lacing. Flavor Is more hoppy than malty and mildly to moderately bitter. Good overall and tastes more hoppy as it warms. This is a pretty good amber overall, and a good example of the style, I think. Worth a try.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and amber in color. After an initially decent head, it dies to a single bubble layer. There is no lace.

Warm malt aromas, mostly crystal. A little bit of biscuit and sour milk

The flavor is mostly dry malts. The hop is very low on this brew--it shows up well after the swallow in the aftertaste. When I opened the bottle, it foamed over. Yet, I don't find the carbonation to be overly high. The body is full enough to balance it.

Not the greatest amber ale, but it will suffice in a pinch.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another nice find at trader Joe's....saw this 6'er on sale as I was in line and had to get it. I think the Cow jumping over the beer barrels on the label sold me. I'm a sucker for crazy labels but this time I landed a winnner. Real nice lacing, solid off white head and a deep mohoganny color. When I first took a whiff I could only think malts but upon further review (the play was overturned) I could sense some burnt flavors/smokey in the depths and significant hop counterbalance. Creamy mouthfeel with some hops to stick it to the palate but mainly I was tasting a sweet malted brew that has some smokey type effects that I enjoyed. Wait about 5 seconds after a drink and I can really detect the depths of this brew. Nice find and at $4.29 a sixer (on sale) I'll Be BACK!!

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Jumping Cow Amber Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.