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:
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Added by Jason on 08-25-2002

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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 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 notchucknorris
2.22/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.29/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

No date, never heard of the beer, from MN?, given to me as a gift.

What the hell are those black specks in my beer? The chance of this being bottle-conditioned is low, so this stuff just should not be there. Maybe that crap helps the head retention, as it was pretty impressive. Papery metallic hops above an oxidized caramelly base that actually seems scottish-style to me. Smells buttery too. Pretty flat on the tongue, with sizzly carbonation rising out of the dull sweetness of caramel. Again papery and pretty dead. This screams "My first microbrew!" Finish is a rough bitterness fighting the caramel sweetness. Tastes dirty. No thanks.

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Photo of jwc215
2.35/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours plasticish orange/copper with a small fizzy head that vanishes to a thin floating head that eventually disappears.

The smell is macro-lagerish (adjuncts??) sweet with a dallop of caramel candy. Artificial sweetener smell (Equal?) mixed in.

The taste is of sweet malt - again that artificial-sweetener. Some wet cardboard, esp. in aftertaste. Caramel candy. Some bland hops make a late effort to take some edge off the sweetness. Funky aftertaste.

The feel is light-bodied, though it does have something of a body going on there. The aftertaste just sits in the mouth. Not for too long, fortunately. But, long enough to be a nuisance.

Unimpressive. I considered "drainpour", but it's okay for one, I suppose.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.35/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of richkrull
2.59/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.6/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another 77 cent beer from Trader Joe's. This one started out well enough but my enjoyment diminished dramatically by the end of the bottle. Pours amber with a thin off-white head. Musty hops aroma. Flavor is nicely bitter and slightly nutty but starts to grind on you by the end. Finish is a little hoppy but sour. This one just doesn't have legs.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
2.61/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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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 rhoadsrage
2.68/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.68/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look Nice copper color very little head and very little lacing as your drink

Smell Slight bit of malt but honestly besides that I got nothing

Taste Caramel notes and the malt make this beer a little sweet. All the flavor is up front and disappears almost instantly. This was one of the most boring ambers i have had

Mouthfeel Medium body with very little carbonation

Overall Your basic run of the mill amber, nothing special and not worth buying. However if someone gave it to you drink it well actually give it back because thats not a good friend.

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Photo of montageman
2.72/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, amber color. A decent bone white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Very few carbonation bubbles present.

S: I was surprised here - there is a distinct fruitiness to the aroma along with the bread-like smells and some caramel sweetness that you expect from an amber.

T: Bland, but sour. There seems to be an off sour flavor here that could be construed as tart fruit, but I don't know if that is right. There is very little in terms of sweetness. Not much balance here.

M: Fine for this style. Decent carbonation - body is good.

D: Nothing doing here. I guess it would be easy to drink, but this one isn't doing it for me. Too many off flavors. That said, at $6 per 6 pack this is by no means a bad beer. Not recommended.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.74/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The color is a light amber and very clear. It starts off with a nice white foam however head retention is poor. Very nicely carbonated. This American Amber has very nice lacing. Aroma is very malty I am not getting much else. The body of the beer is light. The taste of the beer is dominated by malt and it has a dry finish. Overall this beer is very average, there is nothing about it to me that stands out. The best thing about this beer is the label. I'm a sucker for farm animals.

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Photo of Briken
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of stephendr
2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle- color of clear dark amber , with a frothy egg shell colored head - nose of malty , soapy , hoppy , hint of sour milk , and molasses – taste of sweet maltyness , light hops , and brown sugar - body is medium , slightly sharp , and with light to medium carbonation – aftertaste of some red fruit , malty , and dry

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Again not impressed with this amber ale. The color was a sort of orange and amber and the aroma was sort of fruity. The taste had a fruity flavor with a hint of yeast. The finish was very short. The taste was there and then gone, in a flash.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.83/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.83/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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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 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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Photo of macpapi
2.89/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of ahking
2.91/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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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 GeoffRizzo
2.95/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opaque, tawny amberish orange, sizzling soapy off-white head, streaky lacing. Predominant toasty malt aroma, wheat biscuits and some traces of faint hops on the nose. Biscuity up front, sharp creamy malts turn quickly into a borderline medium beverage. Caramel malts with mild, yet dry hops and decent carbonation. Ok.

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