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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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142 Ratings

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 00:50:51 | More by beveritt
Photo of argock


3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Trader Joe's for $1.

A: Bright orange with oatmeal colored 1-2 finger head with average retention and a nice cap of lace and occasional spittles down the glass.

S: Cotton candy and caramel frosting with a minor herbal hops fragrance

T: Flavor is better than expected although mighty sweet. A high proportion of plain pale and caramel malt flavors abound and is not balanced very well by the herbal, leafy hops component. There are no off-flavors and the alcohol is not readily perceptible. Definitely a beer for the sweet malt lovers.

M: Pretty light-bodied, a little too light. The carbonation is low which helps the feel somewhat. Frosting-sweet aftertaste which is short-lived.

D: Drinkable but not one to seek out. Good for a cheap night at home on the couch but don't expect too much.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 04:36:30 | More by argock
Photo of Tone


3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 20:23:57 | More by Tone
Photo of Offa


3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a decent amber ale, but fairly boring, bland, lacking complexity, and very standard.

Red brown, it has a thin off-white head that nevertheless is long lasting.

The aroma is flowery citrusy hops with a light malty base of faint caramel and bread, crackers.

The taste is hoppy up front, then more malty, overall a little bitter and a little sweet without much flavour. It becomes more malty with a vague caramelly toast character along with some vague leaf and flowery citrus hop. It has some similarities to a bland version of an English bitter or a Vienna, but more citrusy, and it is really quite bland and uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 19:21:54 | More by Offa
Photo of hunteraw


3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at a Trader Joe's in Massachusetts.

Appearance: quite orange in color and clear. Thin head, with little retention and lacing.

Smell: malty with caramel and bready notes, but little hops.

Taste: some spicy hops, and a slightly boozy finish to accompany those caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium body, somewhat slick, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad, and potentially sessionable, but disappointing on the whole.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 02:32:01 | More by hunteraw
Photo of Seanibus


3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, not a net disappointment - in fact, it has some promising elements - but ultimately not successful in breaking out from a crowded field.

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a robust, dense white head that lasts reasonably well. The lacing is decent but a bit soapy looking. The aroma is slight and rather fruity, like a pear or apple. The flavor is quite distinctive, with some of that pear-like fruitiness and a sharp honey-like bite. There is, however, relatively little hop character or bitterness and the finish is thin. The mouthfeel is thin and forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 19:42:09 | More by Seanibus
Photo of eberkman


3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 20:02:01 | More by eberkman
Photo of burnstar


3.7/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 01:23:28 | More by burnstar
Photo of montageman


2.68/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, amber color. A decent bone white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Very few carbonation bubbles present.

S: I was surprised here - there is a distinct fruitiness to the aroma along with the bread-like smells and some caramel sweetness that you expect from an amber.

T: Bland, but sour. There seems to be an off sour flavor here that could be construed as tart fruit, but I don't know if that is right. There is very little in terms of sweetness. Not much balance here.

M: Fine for this style. Decent carbonation - body is good.

D: Nothing doing here. I guess it would be easy to drink, but this one isn't doing it for me. Too many off flavors. That said, at $6 per 6 pack this is by no means a bad beer. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 00:31:50 | More by montageman
Photo of smcolw


3.53/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 22:34:19 | More by smcolw
Photo of JDV


3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 21:48:56 | More by JDV
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

2.58/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Into my weisse glass... lookin good so far. A deep copper/amber color with a tan head that's leaving some lace on the glass. Constant streams of bubbles make this fellow look alive.
Scent is a little worrying. Sugary around the edges along with scents that remind me of sugar substitutes. Prunes are in the scent along with some fruit punch. Fruit cake, even.
Flavor is more fruit cake. Raisins and slightly boozy cake.. maybe with hints of nuttyness. The flavor profile reminds me a little bit of Scrimshaw pilsner or a watered down Maudite.
Really not my glass o' beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 06:29:37 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of 1fastz28


2.93/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a nice golden copper color with a head thats gone before you know it.
it looks good and smells decent, has a biscuity maltiness to it, sugary and complex. but the taste is odd... has a bitter sting in the begging and smooths out over the sip, like the opposite of most beers. whatever. its average i guess. its drinkable, it was free, i can't complain. would i choose it over 90% of macro beers? yup, would i choose another micro brew over it, yup

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 03:36:18 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of Reidrover


3/5  rDev -6.5%
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 .

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 05:50:11 | More by Reidrover
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 02:35:40 | More by atsprings
Photo of jwc215


2.33/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 04:48:26 | More by jwc215
Photo of stephendr


2.78/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle- color of clear dark amber , with a frothy egg shell colored head - nose of malty , soapy , hoppy , hint of sour milk , and molasses – taste of sweet maltyness , light hops , and brown sugar - body is medium , slightly sharp , and with light to medium carbonation – aftertaste of some red fruit , malty , and dry

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 04:58:32 | More by stephendr
Photo of wagenvolks


3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from Trader Joes into a Pilsner glass.

Out pours a golden orange brew with a thin, stubborn cream-colored head. You really hafta use the ole sniffer to get a good whiff from this one, but when you do, you get some nice hoppy caramel notes mixed with barley and floral bouquets.

I taste some nutty malts first, followed by caramel, wheat, and bread. This thing bites sharply on the front of the tongue, a bit unexpected for an amber ale. Average carbonation levels and leaves a slightly sour, metallic aftertaste. Bottom line: it's not a great beer, but it's better than I was expecting for a $1 beer from Trader Joe's. Give it a try...

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 02:05:56 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 02:51:57 | More by daliandragon
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 02:32:59 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of waughbrew


2.25/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

No date, never heard of the beer, from MN?, given to me as a gift.

What the hell are those black specks in my beer? The chance of this being bottle-conditioned is low, so this stuff just should not be there. Maybe that crap helps the head retention, as it was pretty impressive. Papery metallic hops above an oxidized caramelly base that actually seems scottish-style to me. Smells buttery too. Pretty flat on the tongue, with sizzly carbonation rising out of the dull sweetness of caramel. Again papery and pretty dead. This screams "My first microbrew!" Finish is a rough bitterness fighting the caramel sweetness. Tastes dirty. No thanks.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 04:56:08 | More by waughbrew
Photo of scruffwhor


3.98/5  rDev +24%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 06:22:56 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of mghotbi


3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Available at Trader Joe's for about $5 a sixer in CA. Marketed by Steinhaus Brewing Co, but friends tell me it's a Firestone-Walker contract brew.

Pours a beautiful deep amber with a very short-lived head and minimal lacing.

Smells of caramel malt and grapefruit citrus hop notes. Flavor is surprisingly complex with rich malty sweetness giving way to floral and grassy notes with a lingering hop finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, enhanced by a prominent carbonation. A highly drinkable quaff - much better than I expected at this price point. I think this compares favorably to many higher priced amber ales. I'm going to put this one in my cart from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 19:57:30 | More by mghotbi
Photo of zeff80


3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 22:06:44 | More by zeff80
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 22:52:08 | More by Skidz
Jumping Cow Amber Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.