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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 UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

5.4% ABV per label.

Pours a clear copper/amber with a 1 inch foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, burnt caramel, and herbal hops flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer taste wise but the smell is actually pretty good. Not bad for $1 a bottle.

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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.

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Photo of zeff80
2.98/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Amber color with a small head. No lacing.

S - Smelled grassy and a little fruity, too.

T - The subtle hop flavor provides a little bitter kick. It has a nice malt flavor.

M - Fairly dry on the tongue. Light-bodied.

D - It isn't a bad beer. I just didn't get really exicted about it. The flavor just didn't jump out at me.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a faintly hazy, golden-amber body with a frothy, white head.

Smell: Modestly malty, slightly sweetish nose with a note of biscuits and more subtler hints of hops and fruit.

Taste: Pale malts with some biscuity tones to it and just a pinch of sugar sweetness. Faint fruitiness. Minor kick of hops with only a light bitterness. Finishes bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Eh. While there's nothing inherently wrong with it, this beer is very much average and entirely forgettable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Are these cows possibly from Mexico...? I'll be here all week. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear bronze-copper topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, honey, light flowers, and a few blades of grass. It's not very strong and clearly leans heavily on the malty side. The taste comes off very similarly, though following the rather sweet caramel is a healthy twinge of piney mandarin orange. The mixture ain't the greatest, but it's also not exactly offensive. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta scratchy feel. Overall, a slightly sub-standard amber, an inexpensive option when one is needed but not something to ever really purposefully seek out.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Brewed by River Trent Brewing Company, Ukiah CA." 5.4% ABV acording to my bottle. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard gold colour pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. Acquired at Trader Joe's.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige/light khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and generally good (~4 minute) retention though the ABV is merely average. Body colour is a clear translucent amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Typical of the style; there's nothing unique or special here.

Sm: Caramel, amber malts, floral hops, and some grassy character. A moderate strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Caramel, amber malts, floral hops, and a bit of grassy character. All things considered, it's just plain mundane. Not particularly balanced. Decently built. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I like it in a general sense, but there's just nothing unique or special about it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Adequate carbonation. Good thickness. Decent body and presence on the palate. Suits the flavour generally well.

Dr: A drinkable amber that isn't particularly great. It's decent and passable, but meh. I wouldn't get it again, even at its solid price point. Mediocre but likable. Honestly, there's no reason not to get it so long as your expectations are in check.


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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.

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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 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 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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.11/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium amber in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation along with some ruby red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy light beige head that quickly reduces to a couple of medium sized patches of very thin film along with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with a touch of sweet grain and lighter amounts of earthy hops.

T: Overall the taste is rather light with light amounts of caramel malts with very little sweetness and very light amounts of earthy hops. Very little bitterness to this beer and it fades almost instantly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall the beer is well balanced and fairly easy to drink though nothing really stands out about it. I would have this if it was offered in the cooler at a party but would not likely purchase this one again for consumption at home.

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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 DoubleJ
2.99/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle consumed with pizza last night, on to the beer:

Glowing orangish amber in color. The head is sturdy and somewhat creamy on top, good retention all the way down and leaving several rings of lacing. The nose oculd be pretty good, but at time it gets rough. There's some pine and floral aromas, a little malt in there, oddball Tootsie Roll note and a little husky.

Somewhat better than the aroma is its taste; it's no winner, but it acceptable enough. The malt is a little astringent, esters and a fruity punch attempt to get the beer back on track. Little toasty too, especially in its aftertaste. Light bodied, carbonation intensity is a little below average.

Okay, just okay. I don't think that I'll be jumping back to this one.

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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.

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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.

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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 beertunes
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another TJ's bargain buy (ticker gotta tick yo). Poured into 16oz nonic. Poured a lightly hazy lite brown color with less than 1/4 inch of khaki head that had very light retention and lacing.

The aroma was blandly typical, some lightly sweet malts and just a trace of tangy hops. The flavors were, surprisingly enough, similar. The malts were lightly sweet and nicely smooth, and the hops gave just enough kick to provide balance.

The body was average, medium and smooth, with a nice, surprisingly dry finish. Drinkability was good, the beer went down smooth and easy. Overall, for what this is, it's a decent enough brew. If you want an inexpensive sixer for a cookout or party, this would be an OK choice.

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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.

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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 Cyberkedi
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear orangy amber with a decent, if not persistent, head. Aroma is fairly strong, malty and just a bit fruity-sweet. Flavor is mainly malty with an undertone of orange and just a tang of hop bitterness. Texture is fairly smooth and just a little fizzy. Overall, OK if not superb.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.6/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another 77 cent beer from Trader Joe's. This one started out well enough but my enjoyment diminished dramatically by the end of the bottle. Pours amber with a thin off-white head. Musty hops aroma. Flavor is nicely bitter and slightly nutty but starts to grind on you by the end. Finish is a little hoppy but sour. This one just doesn't have legs.

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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 TheLongBeachBum
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Erm… Different!
The bottle label has an extremely well-endowed, well actually I mean “Well-Uddered” Cow, that Hold On! appears to have Five, yes 5 !!!, Teats (look very carefully). Anyways it is some kind of Super Cow because it is leaping, legs astride, three upright wooden casks. A work colleague gave me this beer from a 6-Pack ($4.99) he picked up at Trader Joes for me to try for the first time.
It pours a deep very clear russet ruby-red color, with a nicely laced frothy head that settles to a steady ¼” for the rest of the drink. No discernable carbonation once poured and settled. Looks great. The nose is that of malty aromas, that has a prevalent sweetness in the background, and a very feint hint of hops. The introduction is a sweet, almost cloying, malty mouthfeel. The middle is of freshly baked bread with a biscuity tinge, the finish is slightly bitter but with more sweet malts. I would have liked a bit more hop presence for this beer to take the edge away from the slightly “sickly” sweetness. Not the best Amber Ale, nor even a good example of one, but nonetheless an average reasonable beer, and great value at less than a Dollar a bottle from Trader Joes. Drinkers with a sweet tooth may liken to this more than I do.
And Hey: A Cow with Five Teats!!!!!

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

Reviewed from a couple ounce sample into my snifter from a friend's 12oz bottle.

Pours a bright amber with a thin off white head. Smells of strong sugary caramel, dry Cheereo's, and hop extract. This smells a lot like cereal to me. Tastes pretty dry and grainy, with syrupy caramel flavors and resiny bland hops. Slight biscuit and sweet fruit. Mouth is average, if not a bit watery and under carbonated. Drinkability is high for the price, but not worth it if there anything remotely better.

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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 .

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