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

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95
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179
Avg:
3.2
pDev:
21.25%
 
 
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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

Pours from a bottle into a pint glass a clear light amber with a reddish orange backbone. A half inch of off white head sits atop the pour for just a few minutes. Fair lacing and regeneration.

Smoky malts on the nose with an orange sweetness present with a clear surface. Touch of earthy hops in the background are hit or miss, and sometimes deliver a bit too much smoke if agitated too much.

Smooth on the tongue with a simple orange sweetness. Somewhat viscous on the finish and with no notable bitterness. Lighter bready malts offer a bit of lingering flavor. Moderate carbonation fits the beer well giving a good feel. Drinkabilitiy is average given the sweetness, which, though typical for the style, is rather singular in character. Not bad, a good value, good party beer.

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Photo of chrisafari
3.89/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell: dominate aroma of rich malt, mostly carmel with nice roasty toasty notes. There is also a background of subtle bitter hops (slightly piney)

Pour: rich amber brown with a deep orangey tint. thin off-white head dissipates quickly.

Taste: begins smooth and sweet with a slight hint of almost citrus and orange (maybe). Then becomes roasty and toasty, much like the nose (carmel malt dominates the middle of the palate). The finish is slightly dry, but not as much most beers, smooth with more roastiness.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body. No lacing.

Drinkability: medium to medium-high. This beer is rather easy to drink and enjoyably so. It's a little light for this time of year (winter) and I think would be much better on a hot spring/summer day/night.

Overall: exceeded my expectations and a nice beer for the price ($5 six pack at Trader Joes). Not heavy or intense flavor, but really rather enjoyable. Underrated by the BA community.

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Photo of beveritt
3.12/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label depicts, what else, a cow jumping over several barrels. Ink stamping on the neck points to a brewed on date, but is not readable by me. I believe this is an ale brewed exclusively for Trader Joe's.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 1 finger of nearly white head. This settles quickly to an incomplete ring around the glass with no lacing. The beer itself is orange/red with a decent chill haze and some particulate matter. Sediment in the glass.

Smell: Strong caramel malt with a slight fruity sweetness in the finish.

Taste: Sweet caramel and toffee malt, lingers from the first taste to long after each sip. A mild hop bitterness starts to develop as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: A little on the sweet side, without any balancing hop flavors. Not much else here, very little depth. Not bad, not good.

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Photo of argock
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Trader Joe's for $1.

A: Bright orange with oatmeal colored 1-2 finger head with average retention and a nice cap of lace and occasional spittles down the glass.

S: Cotton candy and caramel frosting with a minor herbal hops fragrance

T: Flavor is better than expected although mighty sweet. A high proportion of plain pale and caramel malt flavors abound and is not balanced very well by the herbal, leafy hops component. There are no off-flavors and the alcohol is not readily perceptible. Definitely a beer for the sweet malt lovers.

M: Pretty light-bodied, a little too light. The carbonation is low which helps the feel somewhat. Frosting-sweet aftertaste which is short-lived.

D: Drinkable but not one to seek out. Good for a cheap night at home on the couch but don't expect too much.

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

Pours a clear amber color with 1/4-1/3 inch head with decent retention. Appear very inviting and the carbonation is noticeable, also good lacing. Smells strong of sweet malt. Fits the style better than others I picked up at Trader Joe's. Sweet malts up front and then a hoppy kick aftertaste. I like these styles to have more hops than malt and yet still a nice blend. This definitely has that, yum. Nice carbonation, easy drinkability. The body gets significantly weaker the farther into the beer you get. Almost too sweet at the end; loses that nice blend. Overall, one of the better Trader Joe's I've picked up. Worth a try but nothing real special.

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Photo of Offa
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a decent amber ale, but fairly boring, bland, lacking complexity, and very standard.

Red brown, it has a thin off-white head that nevertheless is long lasting.

The aroma is flowery citrusy hops with a light malty base of faint caramel and bread, crackers.

The taste is hoppy up front, then more malty, overall a little bitter and a little sweet without much flavour. It becomes more malty with a vague caramelly toast character along with some vague leaf and flowery citrus hop. It has some similarities to a bland version of an English bitter or a Vienna, but more citrusy, and it is really quite bland and uninteresting.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.32/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of eberkman
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright pumpkin-gold body with long-retaining off-white head that has some good lacey stickiness.

The smell is largely caramel and cookielike malts -- pretty English actually, and pretty appealing.

Taste is a little off. Citrusy acidity at the front, with a huge blast of simple-sypruplike sweetness in the middle -- way over the top. Some traces of toast-and-butter maltiness too, which is nice. Gives way to a slightly hoppy finish with a lingering medicinal, sort of aspirinlike aftertaste. Overall, the taste isn't unpleasant, but it's very all-over the place -- kind of a mess.

Medium body with good carbonation. Fairly easy to drink and somewhat refreshing, but the bizarre flavor sensations and overwhelming sweetness takes away big time. Still, not a bad buy these days for $5.99 a sixer at TJs.

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Photo of burnstar
3.66/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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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 smcolw
3.52/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of JDV
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell is a great blend of bright fresh hops and smooth sweet malts. Looks very nice with a dark amber pour with a medium lasting head with some lacing. Flavor Is more hoppy than malty and mildly to moderately bitter. Good overall and tastes more hoppy as it warms. This is a pretty good amber overall, and a good example of the style, I think. Worth a try.

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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 1fastz28
2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
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

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Photo of Reidrover
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz from Trader Joes. Dark amber beer with a small tan head, that fades fast to leave nice lacing. Nice chocolaty/nutty aromas, hint of hop. Sweet malty based beeer, turns slightly lactic near the end, some bitterness in the after taste( perhaps the hops). Pretty thin on the palalte for the style. An OK beer but nothing special .

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Photo of atsprings
3.76/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crisp light amber with a decent frothy head. Aroma was some caramel malts and light hops, but rather weak. The beer had a surprisingly well balanced and decent taste. Caramel mixed nicely with subtle pine and citrus hops providing a nice backbone. The beer is slightly medium bodied with low carbonation. This beer is certainly worth the 92 cents a bottle at Trader Joe's and could certainly make for a great session.

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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 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 wagenvolks
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from Trader Joes into a Pilsner glass.

Out pours a golden orange brew with a thin, stubborn cream-colored head. You really hafta use the ole sniffer to get a good whiff from this one, but when you do, you get some nice hoppy caramel notes mixed with barley and floral bouquets.

I taste some nutty malts first, followed by caramel, wheat, and bread. This thing bites sharply on the front of the tongue, a bit unexpected for an amber ale. Average carbonation levels and leaves a slightly sour, metallic aftertaste. Bottom line: it's not a great beer, but it's better than I was expecting for a $1 beer from Trader Joe's. Give it a try...

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Photo of daliandragon
3.42/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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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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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 scruffwhor
3.94/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Jumping Cow Amber Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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