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Jumping Cow Amber Ale | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Jumping Cow Amber AleJumping Cow Amber Ale
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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

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Added by Jason on 08-25-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 185 |  Reviews: 96
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 Tastypotato
5/5  rDev +56.3%

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 IPAnoah
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of rob99er
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of kepp
4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of fox227
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of leprakhan
3/5  rDev -6.3%

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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Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Are these cows possibly from Mexico...? I'll be here all week. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear bronze-copper topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, honey, light flowers, and a few blades of grass. It's not very strong and clearly leans heavily on the malty side. The taste comes off very similarly, though following the rather sweet caramel is a healthy twinge of piney mandarin orange. The mixture ain't the greatest, but it's also not exactly offensive. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta scratchy feel. Overall, a slightly sub-standard amber, an inexpensive option when one is needed but not something to ever really purposefully seek out.

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Photo of LuthersMug
4.02/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Rich copper color. Head was whitish with a tinge of pale yellow, about 3/4 inch. Good lacing.

S - Best part of the beer, floral that really jumps out at you.

T - Floral, a bit of piny hops. There is also a toasted, biscuity flavor at the end.

M - The hops lingered a bit too long and had a metallic feel at times.

O - Enjoyed this one.

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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 DoubleJ
2.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle consumed with pizza last night, on to the beer:

Glowing orangish amber in color. The head is sturdy and somewhat creamy on top, good retention all the way down and leaving several rings of lacing. The nose oculd be pretty good, but at time it gets rough. There's some pine and floral aromas, a little malt in there, oddball Tootsie Roll note and a little husky.

Somewhat better than the aroma is its taste; it's no winner, but it acceptable enough. The malt is a little astringent, esters and a fruity punch attempt to get the beer back on track. Little toasty too, especially in its aftertaste. Light bodied, carbonation intensity is a little below average.

Okay, just okay. I don't think that I'll be jumping back to this one.

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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 tapman
3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium copper color with a tawny head that is dense, sticks around for a while, and is sustained by a good amount of carbonation coming from nucleation sites at the bottom of the glass. Could be redder for my taste and this one looks like it is going to be pretty light in taste.

Sweet malts and a cotton candy-like aroma. Also a fresh mint backbone. (I've been getting a lot of minty hops lately, like Norther Brewer aroma. Do you think it is just me?) Thin mineral aroma as it warms.

Thin toasted malt flavor and a very low bitterness. Hops are soft and floral. Alcohol is present in the middle. A bitter, almost maize, flavor also appears throughout the taste.

Very bright and effervescent.

Everything is pretty good except for the taste.

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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 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 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 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 mikeg67
3.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Jumping Cow Amber Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 185 ratings
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