Jumping Cow Amber Ale | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Jumping Cow Amber AleJumping Cow Amber Ale
BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 08-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
187
Reviews:
98
Avg:
3.19
pDev:
15.36%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
24
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Photo of SoCalBeck
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a six-pack from Trader Joe's. It was inexpensive at only $7. Absolutely love the label. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. I could not find a freshness date anywhere on the bottle or packaging though. There was a slight smell of freshly cut grass so I suppose that was a good thing. The appearance was amber and it looked similar to iced-tea. The head of foam was decent and lasted a good little while. The taste was typical for what it was. Slightly sweet and malty but not cloying or overwhelming. The mouth feel was nothing to write home about. Over all a very satisfying and refreshing beer. Who actually brews Jumping Cow is a mystery. I have seen the brewer as listed as Steinhaus out of Monrovia, Ca yet it clearly says River Trent Brewing out of Ukiah, Ca on my bottle label and packaging. A quick web search did not bring up any information about either company. I strongly suspect Trader Joe's beers are contract brewed. At least those which are designated as house/private label products. It is very possible that the beer is actually from Firestone Walker (Paso Robles) yet there is no such animal listed on their website so I guess it will remain a mystery unless someone can shed some light on the situation.

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Photo of BeckHardy
2.52/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a six-pack at Trader Joe's. If I remember correctly it cost seven dollars. Anyway I poured into a pint glass from a 12 ounce bottle. I could not find a date anywhere but it tasted fresh. Okay the review. The beer poured easily and was the color of iced-tea with a frothy head that settled moments later. I could not detect any aroma to speak of. I found that the beer was very carbonated. The beer tasted just like it should. A bit of malt and a slight sweetness but not cloying. The mouth feel was a bit slick. The drinkability I would say is high and it is refreshing. Over all a decent beer. One thing that did confuse me is who exactly brewed this and where. According to both the bottle and packaging it was brewed by River Trent Brewing in Ukiah, Ca. However I have seen other sites that list the locations as Monrovia (CA) and Paso Robles. I suppose Trader Joe's farm out their beers and are contract brewed with the breweries on the label being an alias. (If anyone has more information please let me know).

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Photo of bawaddell
2.69/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BlueSpader
3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.24/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ChipChaight
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RoyBrentJr
2.84/5  rDev -11%
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 Samputnam14
3.69/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Guppy314
2.99/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Miami66
3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mitzvahman72
1.62/5  rDev -49.2%
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 -8.5%
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 Knapp85
3.34/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of arini10
3.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of s4s
2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of GMan310
3.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Real good beer very simple and just good to have.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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 sd123
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tim_Brack
2.37/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of papat444
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of Joe_recker
1.93/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of entenduintransit
3.81/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bluegrass49
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hophugger
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Jumping Cow Amber Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
3.19 out of 5 based on 187 ratings.
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