Another Trader Joe’s find is Jumping Cow Amber Ale. It’s brewed by Steinhaus Brewing (no website, but they’re a Trader Joe’s brewer) in Paso Robles, California, and sits at a comfortable 5.5% alcohol. It’s a decent beer, worth the TJs price.
Appearance: Clear red-amber with brownish tones. Carbonated and bubbly. Head is off-white (reminds me of old bone).
Smell: Malty, with a sourish note; almost a burnt aroma? No hops.
Taste: Bitterish and malty; bitter comes from an astringent malt profile. Not overly much, though. A little bit of sourness. No real hop character. Fairly clean.
Mouthfeel: Nicely medium-bodied. Carbonation adds a prickly feel.