Jumping Cow Amber Ale
Steinhaus Brewing Co.

Jumping Cow Amber AleJumping Cow Amber Ale
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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
3.21 | pDev: 15.26%
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Jumping Cow Amber AleJumping Cow Amber Ale
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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!!!!!

Oct 12, 2002
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asabreed from New York

3.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Jul 29, 2009
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Skidz from Wisconsin

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.

May 09, 2006
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NJpadreFan from New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

jumping cow amber ale- bought at trader joe's

pours a reddish/orange with a thick white head. Head holded up very well.
smell was very floral, hops, citrus.
taste was very bitter, with lemony orange rind present. Hops detected.
Mouthfeel was bitter, just a little too bitter for me.

Overall, not a bad amber ale. just the bitter aftertaste is too stong and lasts too long.

Jan 01, 2004
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stewart124 from Ohio

3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Oct 22, 2013
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wedge from North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +10%
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...

Sep 05, 2011
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Feb 10, 2008
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travolta from California

2.66/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Apr 03, 2014
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Mar 01, 2006
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GClarkage from California

3.85/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Mar 15, 2005
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

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.

Mar 27, 2009
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swamiswamu from Indiana

3.47/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too shabby at $5 a 6er at Trader Joes. Not much of a head over a orangish-amber body. Good malt aroma with hints of floral hops. Nice balanced flavor with notes of grapefruit. There's a lasting hop bouquet. A simple beer, it delivers as promised and then some. Good deal.

Mar 23, 2005
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macpapi from Oregon

2.89/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Jumping Cow pours a decent light amber-orange color with a tannish half inch head, that holds for a few minutes. Bubble action is very noticeable throughout the glass.

The smell is malty, bready, and surprisingly (in a bad way) somewhat metallic. There is a light hop presence noticeable. Not terribly impressive.

Tastes of wheat and malt (bready), with little complexity are noticeable up front. That same metallic taste as in the aroma is present. It moderates while the beer warms, but is still detrimental to the overal flavor. Hops do kick in at the end of the quaff, but not enough to overcome the initially negative bitterness associated with that penny-licking similitude.

In the mouth this beer is highly carbonaged. It is bitter and not terribly pleasant. Leaves a stinging taste behind.

Overall, I am glad that I paid less than a buck for this single, due to Trader Joe's lenient six pack policy. Once is enough for me with this one. My hope is that my sample was either past date (none visible on the bottle) or from a bad batch, because I am in no way impressed by this beer.

Aug 26, 2005
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ahking from Michigan

2.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber-orange color with nice head. Caramel aromas hint at a malty beer, but the hops are present and it has a nice bitter character to balance the maltiness. Pleasant to drink, but not overly "refreshing" as it is a bit heavy. More hop aroma would make this a better beer as it leans too far to the malty side.

Mar 06, 2005
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Seanibus from California

3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Oct 02, 2008
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ommegangpbr from New York

2.61/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Jan 21, 2008
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scruffwhor from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Dec 20, 2006
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matjack85 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +32.4%

Feb 07, 2013
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DogFood11 from California

3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another nice find at trader Joe's....saw this 6'er on sale as I was in line and had to get it. I think the Cow jumping over the beer barrels on the label sold me. I'm a sucker for crazy labels but this time I landed a winnner. Real nice lacing, solid off white head and a deep mohoganny color. When I first took a whiff I could only think malts but upon further review (the play was overturned) I could sense some burnt flavors/smokey in the depths and significant hop counterbalance. Creamy mouthfeel with some hops to stick it to the palate but mainly I was tasting a sweet malted brew that has some smokey type effects that I enjoyed. Wait about 5 seconds after a drink and I can really detect the depths of this brew. Nice find and at $4.29 a sixer (on sale) I'll Be BACK!!

Aug 17, 2005
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chicagoish from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nov 28, 2015
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hunteraw from China

3.32/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Oct 08, 2008
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burnstar from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev +14%
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.

Jul 16, 2008
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mghotbi from California

3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Oct 28, 2006
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Mar 02, 2007
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1fastz28 from Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -7.2%
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

Dec 03, 2007
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