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 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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Photo of July2Nov
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice sun burst amber color with a thin lacing.

Smell: Sweet with a slight sour (licorice) tinge.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Starts off a bit tingling with a mild and soft liquid smoke taste. Pretty much a one note beer. Has sweet taste and finishes with a chalky aftertaste. It is smooth and velvety, which is a bit surprising.

Drinkability: While not an awful beer, it is average at best. Probably would never purchase or drink it again...there is far too many better beers out there to spend time with. Sorry Jumping Cow.

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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 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 Morey
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an orange amber color with a cream colored head that seemed to fade rather quickly to a thin lacing. There is some head retention, but nothing too impressive. Good clarity.

Smell is very malty in a homebrew type of way. I'm not saying that this is bad thing. Little to No hops in the nose.

Taste is more of the same. A very malt driven amber. Although there is a mild hop presence which keeps me interested. It's rather clean tasting as well.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

I could drink a few of these before moving on.

Morey's Bottom Line: This beer grew on me bit as I drank it. Nothing I'd go out of my way to buy, but certainly something I wouldn't mind having again. Overall, a slightly above average amber.

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Photo of bgildea
4.02/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber color, little to no head, though I shook it slightly when I brought it in. Slight amount of lacing.

S: Slight amount of hops and malts, little bit of sweet aroma initially.

T: Nice balance of hops and malts. Not too hoppy, which I liked. Good amber ale.

M: Surprising amount of chew for an amber ale. Definitely much better than I was expecting.

D: Very drinkable, I was surprised after the last Trader Joes beer I bought. (Frugal Joe's)

Overall: Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. Good balance of hops and malts with a grew amount of chew for a lighter amber ale.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a clean, copper/amber into a pint glass. About two fingers of off-white head rose and dissipated to a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Beautiful malts. It's mostly caramel, but I also picked up vanilla, floral hops, and just a tiny hint of pine.

Taste: Follows the smell -- heavy caramel malts with outlying flavors of vanilla and brown sugar -- but the odd thing is the hop bite is up front; it was the first thing I tasted.

Drinkability: A very smooth and tasty beer. It's not too complex, but it's good drinking.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance> No Head, whatsoever. Gorgeous amber head. Clear. Medium liveliness. Sad about the head, but all else looks great.

Smell> malt and brown sugar. Divine.

Taste> Crisp, hoppy, sweet, well-balanced.

Mouthfeel> Refreshing. Not over carbonated.

Drinkability> Easy peasy. I would gladly take another.

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Photo of bret27
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Trader Joe's.

A: Deep amber w/off white foamy head.

S: Sweet. Malty, sugary, grainy.

T: Soft malt to begin with, follow by a soft hop bitterness at end. Nothing really stands out, but nothing bad either.

M: Medium to light+slick. Smooth. Good for style.

D: Pretty good. Nothing to overpower you or fill you up.

Overall: Figured I'd give this beer a low rating, being a cheesy Trader Joe's contract beer through Firestone Walker. Plus being an "amber" which is kind of a catch-all for average microbrews since the '90's. Just seemed like a recipe for mediocre-ness. Although this beer does not excite, makes a slightly-above average beer and a good session beer.

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Photo of Florida9
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber with just a little surface coating of head. Very minimal lacing.

S: Strong malt aroma and sourdough bread.

T: Twangy-sour malt. (not sour like a Belgian, more of a malty, bready sourness). Dry fruitiness with a very mildly bitter finish.

M: Lighter side of medium. Medium carbonation. Sharp.

D: A slightly better than average beer, but nothing overly exciting. Just couldn't see purchasing this one again, but at just about $1 a bottle, it's a decent beer.

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

Pours a nice clear orangy amber with a decent, if not persistent, head. Aroma is fairly strong, malty and just a bit fruity-sweet. Flavor is mainly malty with an undertone of orange and just a tang of hop bitterness. Texture is fairly smooth and just a little fizzy. Overall, OK if not superb.

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Photo of haddon
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice amber color with a 2-finger head. nice amount of carbonation bubbles flowing through the glass. not much lacing down glass

S- very sweet. almost a sugar cane aroma with a hint of cream soda

T- very well balanced. taste of creamy malt with a slight undertone of hops. nice.

M- clean and crisp. sets in the mouth well. just the right amount of carbonation.

D- this drinks really well. very smooth and 2-3 pints of this ale would go down with ease!

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Photo of asabreed
3.52/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of porterwoobie
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: orangish-amber color, cream color head, laces to the glass

S: malty aroma, just a faint hint of citrusy hops

T: some sweetness initially while the hop bitterness kicks in at the end. balanced well.

MF: medium bodied, medium carbonation, creamy

Drinkability: decent beer for the price.

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Photo of Spikester
3.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with one finger of white head. Recedes fairly quickly to a ring. Modest lacings. Nice fruity aroma. Taste is candied fruit sweetness with some leather and earthy bitter hops. The hop character was decent and if the malts were just a little less I would have rated it a bit higher. A very sessionable beer and an excellent value from Trader Joes.

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