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Jumping Cow Amber Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

Jumping Cow Amber AleJumping Cow Amber Ale

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137 Ratings

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 14.02%

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 richkrull


2.6/5  rDev -19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 02:33:39 | More by richkrull
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.85/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 01:02:55 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of notchucknorris


2.23/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Looks pretty solid. Glowing dark orange in color with a decent one finger off-white head.

S: Not a ton going on here. I'm getting some caramel sweetness off the malts and a tiny bit of floral hops. Pretty bland.

T: Yikes. Short of Bud 55, I don't know that I've had many beers with less taste than this one. As it warms, it gets a little better, but there's just nothing there. Pretty much all bready malts in the taste. As it warms, a little more flavor comes out. Still, not good.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 00:57:54 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of SuperSpy


2.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Crystal clear amber, eggshell head. Good lacing.

S - A hint of hops, caramel malt. Well balanced aroma.

T/M - Medium bodied, plenty of carbonation. The flavor is a slightly toasted caramel malt with a nice earthy hop balance. Unfortunately there is also a very metallic taste toward the end and in the aftertaste.

D - If not for the metallic flavor this beer would be great. It's still drinkable, so long as you're prepared for the sensation that you've been licking iron nails.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 00:04:42 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle bought at Trader Joe's. Pours amber with lots of carbonation and an short lived small head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and citrus hops. Medium body, with citrus hops dominate the flavor, with some balance from caramel malts. Finish is long and pleasantly balanced. More like American Pale. Good beer for the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 22:11:33 | More by mikeg67
Photo of July2Nov


3.2/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 10:05:01 | More by July2Nov
Photo of scottfrie


2.35/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 01:29:31 | More by scottfrie
Photo of Bfarr


2.78/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 23:20:49 | More by Bfarr
Photo of Morey


3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 20:05:24 | More by Morey
Photo of bgildea


4.03/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 01:55:31 | More by bgildea
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 08:11:36 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of 1759Girl


4/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 05:50:32 | More by 1759Girl
Photo of bret27


3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 05:10:26 | More by bret27
Photo of Florida9


3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 02:13:59 | More by Florida9
Photo of Cyberkedi


2.95/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 02:07:28 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of haddon


3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 22:50:13 | More by haddon
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.53/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 21:18:32 | More by asabreed
Photo of porterwoobie

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 20:45:22 | More by porterwoobie
Photo of Spikester


3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 07:25:46 | More by Spikester
Photo of Pauly2X


3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 00:05:18 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 18:03:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of HalfFull


3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 03:08:58 | More by HalfFull
Photo of chrisafari


3.9/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 03:35:42 | More by chrisafari
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
Jumping Cow Amber Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.