Jumping Cow Amber Ale | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Jumping Cow Amber AleJumping Cow Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 185
Photo of RoyBrentJr
2.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

TL;DR: may buy when on a budget

L: more cola than amber.

S: pine and caramel. Not shy about it, either.

T: spicy hops quickly take a back seat to those biscuits you left in the oven for about 15 minutes too long. Not a bad taste, necessarily, but the balance is missing.

F: as a märzen style should be—substantial and without too much carbonation.

O: With a TJ's nearby and a $5.99/6 price, this will be an on-a-budget option in the future.

REVISIT: I'm revising down. After a couple of these, the burnt-biscuit linger started to take on a more metallic note, as if the biscuits had to be scraped off the cookie sheet. A beer cannot be sessionable if it turns on you.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From a bottle bought at Trader Joe's, pours a clear amber with a thi khaki head. Malt-forward with decent carbonation. It has a fairly full mouth-feel with even a bit of caramel …and… it was only $7.02 for a 6-pack.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
1.62/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1

With a dark bold amber color it’s…bitter and bland. Although it does have some nice dark biscuit and caramel flavors and aroma, it’s not enough to balance the bitterness of the beer. I highly recommend the Alleycat from Lost Coast Brewing as well as the [Carlsbad] Chronic Ale from Pizzaport over this.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Amber beer pours amber color, minimal head in the 1/4" range, off white. Aroma brought a more earthy woodsy, wet wood vibe than anything else. Wasn't impressed, was hoping for some degree of hops to come through.

Taste, while I appreciated the alt like (Alaskan came to mind) notes that are often interpreted as boring. All about the malt in this one. Too much metallic bitterness from possible over roasting, or just the acrid selection. Metal and wood make me feel like I'm part of a dungeons and dragons scavenger hunt project.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark amber color and much darker than other amber ales. It also has medium carbonation and little for lacing.
S: A solid malt character, bready, and not any present hop aroma.
T: A solid malt body but the malt has some harsh tones and sort of burned caramel character to it.
O: Overall, it's drinkable, but not particularly memorable.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +25%
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 travolta
2.66/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A brown/toffee color. A tan and creamy head. Decent retention and some spotter lacing.

Nose: carmel malt with a hint of dark fruit. A very little bit of tropical fruit, like pineapple at the very end.

Taste: Butterscotch, tobacco, and toffee. Clean malty background.

Notes: It was a good price, but nothing special is happening here. Had this the night I made a time capsule under a drinking fountain....so that's kind of fun.

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Photo of largadeer
2.22/5  rDev -30.6%
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 vette2006c5r
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jumping cow pours a dark reddish color with a very small head. There is a rich, and strangely spiced aroma. The taste is the same, a crisp malt backbone, with a strange spicy flavor. Decent body, and strength in flavors. Overall its a very average beer, some unique spiciness.

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Photo of stewart124
3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark copper in color with little head to speak of.

Nice caramel malt aroma up front with just a bit of fruity aroma.

Some tobacco and slight toffee notes with a touch of butterscotch. Nice malty character throughout and this is clearly malt forward. The hops are present but aren't showcased. Easy to drink but nothing special.

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Photo of BingCrosby7
3.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This is a nice looking beer, similar to perhaps a Red Trolley. Very minimal, tan head with bubbles rising to the top. The color is a soft auburn, leaning closer to brown than red. Very pretty color indeed.

Smell: The smell is fairly strong. It gives off a strong hoppy, herbal note on the nose. It gives off the impression of bitterness, which tickles the palate upon smelling.

Taste: The taste is hoppier than I thought it would be, though the hops were prominent on the nose. The aftertaste lingers on the bitter backend of the palate. Coppery undertones and limited malt. This beer is very one-note and tastes rather grassy in the longterm aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It is a bit undercarbonated, but I prefer that in a lackluster beer. In this case, the ubdercarbonation helps rather than hinders. It seems to have just the right viscosity for my taste: slippery beneath the bubbles.

Overall: A six-pack of this stuff is six bucks here in California, so I can't complain. I think Head Snapper is better and it is only about fifty cents more. This is fine for a cheap beer, but I'd rather bone up and get something a bit more expensive. Not the best budget beer I've had.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.21/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Jumping Cow Amber Ale is a wonderful looking, super clear, deep amber ale that has light, frothy, sand colored lacing. The aroma is mostly of dark malt extract and caramel. There's a hint of grassiness. It's medium-light bodied, gritty and metallic. It leaves the mouth and teeth feeling pretty dirty. This seems to be a focus on caramel malt and that's the main flavor here. It's countered with a wooden, resiny sort of bitterness. It picks up some black pepper, juniper and sweetness after the swallow. It's a loud flavor. This kind of seems like a home brew. It seems a little rough to me. There's something unpleasant about the bitterness. Is it soapiness? This tastes twice as strong as it is.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
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 dbrauneis
3.11/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Dave1999
3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown not amber at all with a small white head which quickly dies.

The smell is sweet grains.

The taste is very light, slightly sweet which some very faint hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A step up from bmc but not by that much. Cheap beer, tastes cheap.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed orange/amber color with a off-white head that left artistic lacing.

S - toasted malt and earthy hops.

T - fairly well balanced beer with muted malts and hardly there hops.

F - lighter bodied with a thin but easy drinking feel.

O - average beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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 LiquidAmber
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
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 AlCzerik
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
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 chinchill
3.52/5  rDev +10%
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 secondtooth
3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
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 kneeland
3.16/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This reminds me of a porter more than an amber. It was too bold and malty. A little bit of a floral taste, and nothing to get excited about. I guess I just had higher hopes.

It poured nicely, with a thin laced head and a good golden color. Maybe the appearance is what got my hopes up.

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Photo of wedge
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
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 paxchristi
2.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark amber red with about an inch of head that subsided quickly and left virtually no lacing. Disappointing.

Smell: Earthy, biscuity, and a trail of hops. Some people have smelt some fruity undertones but they are weak enough that I may perhaps be looking for them too hard.

Taste: Biscuity front with a bitter finish. The bitter seemed to over power the front however. Which is a damn shame because I think with a bit more balance, this could be a very good Red Ale.

Mouth: Good even carbonation. Stinging on the front and bitter in the back. The bitter seemed to have some staying power. It seemed to stay on my tongue even well after my swallow. A bit awkward mouth feel.

Overall: A totally decent effort. I shop at Trader Joe's and so I will probably put it in a variety 6-pack again in order to create a good middle ground for a good sampling lineup. If I saw it on tap, I'd be curious to try it again. Definitely slightly above average but not spectacular.

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