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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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160 Ratings

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | 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 July2Nov
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice sun burst amber color with a thin lacing.

Smell: Sweet with a slight sour (licorice) tinge.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Starts off a bit tingling with a mild and soft liquid smoke taste. Pretty much a one note beer. Has sweet taste and finishes with a chalky aftertaste. It is smooth and velvety, which is a bit surprising.

Drinkability: While not an awful beer, it is average at best. Probably would never purchase or drink it again...there is far too many better beers out there to spend time with. Sorry Jumping Cow.

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.

Photo of Bfarr
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Red Amber with thin foamy head with no retention or lacing. Lightly smoky aroma. Caramel and a touch of smokiness with an okay hop presence. Moderate to low carbonation and lightly syrupy.

Not bad but not good either. It's sweet and the hops aren't terrible so it's easy to drink. Certainly and amber anyone can drink. I did enjoy the touch of smokiness but it was drowned out quickly and so wasn't enought to keep my attention.

Photo of Morey
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an orange amber color with a cream colored head that seemed to fade rather quickly to a thin lacing. There is some head retention, but nothing too impressive. Good clarity.

Smell is very malty in a homebrew type of way. I'm not saying that this is bad thing. Little to No hops in the nose.

Taste is more of the same. A very malt driven amber. Although there is a mild hop presence which keeps me interested. It's rather clean tasting as well.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

I could drink a few of these before moving on.

Morey's Bottom Line: This beer grew on me bit as I drank it. Nothing I'd go out of my way to buy, but certainly something I wouldn't mind having again. Overall, a slightly above average amber.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of bret27
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Trader Joe's.

A: Deep amber w/off white foamy head.

S: Sweet. Malty, sugary, grainy.

T: Soft malt to begin with, follow by a soft hop bitterness at end. Nothing really stands out, but nothing bad either.

M: Medium to light+slick. Smooth. Good for style.

D: Pretty good. Nothing to overpower you or fill you up.

Overall: Figured I'd give this beer a low rating, being a cheesy Trader Joe's contract beer through Firestone Walker. Plus being an "amber" which is kind of a catch-all for average microbrews since the '90's. Just seemed like a recipe for mediocre-ness. Although this beer does not excite, makes a slightly-above average beer and a good session beer.

Photo of Florida9
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber with just a little surface coating of head. Very minimal lacing.

S: Strong malt aroma and sourdough bread.

T: Twangy-sour malt. (not sour like a Belgian, more of a malty, bready sourness). Dry fruitiness with a very mildly bitter finish.

M: Lighter side of medium. Medium carbonation. Sharp.

D: A slightly better than average beer, but nothing overly exciting. Just couldn't see purchasing this one again, but at just about $1 a bottle, it's a decent beer.

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.

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 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 porterwoobie
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: orangish-amber color, cream color head, laces to the glass

S: malty aroma, just a faint hint of citrusy hops

T: some sweetness initially while the hop bitterness kicks in at the end. balanced well.

MF: medium bodied, medium carbonation, creamy

Drinkability: decent beer for the price.

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 Pauly2X
3.27/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep gold/light amber, full finger head.

S- Light fruity esters and hints of caramel.

T- Full caramel sweetness augmented by a light toasty note. A light mellow touch of hops bring a little balance to the sweetness but not much. Finishes sweet with a light fruity note.

M- Smooth, medium body, good carbonation.

D- I might get it again.

A little sweet and buttery but all in all, it was fine.

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.

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 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.

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 argock
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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.

Photo of Offa
3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of hunteraw
3.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Seanibus
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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.

Jumping Cow Amber Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.