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Sunny Ridge - Jack's Abby Brewing

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 8.97%

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This aromatic lager features a sunshine hue, herbal noble hop nose, and a dry finish. We balance pilsner malt with a blend of European hops and polish it with extended periods of cold conditioning. You're royalty, now drink like it.

(Beer added by: tolar111 on 02-13-2014)
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Photo of Duff27


3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Inch tall white head on a translucent dark yellow body. Very nice looking beer. Some lacing clings to the sides of the glass with each sip.

S- Aromas of lemon zest, grass, pale malts.

T- Bright hop bitterness dominates the malt backbone, as it should in a well made pilsner. Very drinkable if you enjoy this level of lemon-esque bitter hop flavor.

M- Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

D/O- This is one that I would love to have about five of this summer on the deck...and just keep drinking until it got dark out, eventually passing out. Thanks to Marc (mj0126) for yet another Jack's Abby beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 02:34:09 | More by Duff27
Photo of SweetChicken


3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- poured to a pilsner glass. Golden straw in color. Hazy but opaque. Little head.

S- subtle. Yeasty. Saison sweetness

T- full of flavor. Not a week take. Light earthy gassy tones. Pilsner taste lingers nicely.

M- high carbonation. Light body. Finishes dry on the tongue.

O- not a bad pilsner but not the best offering from this awesome brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 23:35:55 | More by SweetChicken
Photo of rudzud


2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear light straw hue with a one finger white head that fades slowly to a thin blanket with not much side lacing.

S - Aromas of faint grassy hops, light crackery malts, Very light and clean. Pretty straight forward. As it warms though on the back end I get a burnt rubber aroma.

T - Taste is very soft, faint grassy hops , light biscuit/cracker malts. Again, very very straight forward. I get, on the finish, something rather off/unpleasant. Almost a stale bread mixed with a flash of burnt rubber.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty straightforward. Crisp carbonation, light easy drinking, though perhaps a bit watery.

O - Overall, this was a pretty middle of the road beer. The off aroma and flavour though..eh...

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 21:54:18 | More by rudzud
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Pours a translucent straw gold with a tight, one inch, bright white head. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in-solution from the base of the glass to the underside of the cap. Nose is clean with a slightly grassy character and the presence of of noble hops aromas. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is a bit of a biscuity character as well as a hint of skunk. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, carbonation and an almost crisp finish. Overall, quite drinkable and refreshing - a nice tribute to the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 00:21:31 | More by Jwale73
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear pale orange/yellow. Small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Slightly herbal hop. Crisp pilsner malt. Clean aroma.

Taste - Again a little bit of an herbal hop. Nice pilsner malt. Crisp. Maybe just a bit of sweetness. Spicy finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Excellent pilsner. I had this after Mocha Wednesday. Still tasted good.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 02:34:24 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of gonzo000


3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a. Yellow and hazy. Thin head.

s. Smells like a pilsner.

t. clean in the front with peppery finish. Pepper or pepper like finished took away from the clean feel of the pilsner . Overshadowed it.

m. Nice crisp, clean feel. good carbonation

o. Love Jack's Abby brews in general, but this was not their best. Maybe I was expecting too much.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 00:34:41 | More by gonzo000
Photo of Brad007


4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, whitish-gold color with a decent one-finger head into my glass. Very impressive!

Smells of fresh cut grass with a sweet touch in the nose. Would be so excellent on a hot day!

Sweet, crisp, creamy malt upfront with a floral finish.

The lack of harsh off-flavors is refreshing and the body? So out of this world! I could drink this all day long.

Jack's Abby does it again. I'm so glad that I bought a whole sixer of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 21:55:11 | More by Brad007
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This bottle had no date on it and it poured hazy and with an off white head that fell fast. it had only a bit of grain sweetness on the nose and something that smelled like cereal. Like cheerios actually. It had the distinct scent of harsh weeds rather than sweet grass and the taste was equally disappointing. It had no body and a dullness overall. A sour edge to the flavors that made me think this beer was past it's prime. It was muddled by lemon int eh finish and is the first beer I have ever had that I thought actually tasted and did not just smell dank. Flat lifeless and had a sickly sweet undertone.

Definitely would benefit by a best by date.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 18:32:30 | More by utopiajane
Photo of smcolw


3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A bit hazy with a dark gold color. Small (bar pour) head that settles to rim bubbles. Good ring lace.

Smells of raw I malted grains. Mild but floral hop in the background.

Stars off with an interesting blend of pale malts and a distinctly raw barley flavor. The hop kicks in mid-mouth and intensifies in the swallow. Short aftertaste though. Heavy body particularly for the style. Good carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2014 00:40:43 | More by smcolw
Photo of Andrew041180


3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a growler into a weizen glass. The pour produced a relatively tall head, with fluffy bubbles that dissipated relatively quick. Negligible lacing on the glass. The beer is a crystal clear golden straw color. A moderate amount of visible carbonation slowly works its way to the top of the glass.

S - Noble hops scent is dominant here. Herbal, grassy, pleasant strength. I would have liked bit more. Bready malts in the background.

T - Follows the nose. Very similar to Prima Pils. No surprises here. The breadiness is in excellent balance with the grassy hops. Firm underlying bitterness.

M - Clean and refreshing. Medium-bodied. Very easy to drink in any manner of your choosing.

O - I split a growler of this with my brother and was sad to see it go. I could definitely go with another one, especially in slightly warmer weather.

Serving type: growler

03-03-2014 00:39:49 | More by Andrew041180
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear pale golden yellow with a dense white head sitting on top. Not very much visible carbonation. Head sticks around for a while before leaving some lacing and settling down.

S: Light lagery malt base balanced out with a touch of hop bitterness. Breadiness comes through nicely. Grassy hops.

T: Very balanced brew with a fantastic blend of malts and hops. Starts off with a bit of sweet pale malts, then a dose of hops comes through adding a bit of bitterness. Lager yeast rounds out the backend. Hops linger into the aftertaste.

M: This could be the definition of an easy drinking lager. Light body with ample carbonation. Clean and refreshing dry finish.

Overall this is a very solid pilsner that reminds me of the warm summer weather. Great malting and the hop compliments well.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 23:16:09 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of timmy2b

New York

3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle poured into a sam adams glass.

Clean golden yellow color, no head but the bubbles are clearly visible moving from the bottom of the glass.

Smells typical of most pilsners I have tried, but it does not have anything in the scent that would make this stand out

I can taste the noble hops. Not strong and not taking away from this being a pilsner. I would say that they are adding a little something to the taste that I am enjoying!

Very light in the feel, and this would make for a much better drink in the summer than in the 9 degree weather in Buffalo today.

Bottle was very fresh, (1/28/14) and after the first few sips I started to really get all the flavor it had to offer. Will try again when the weather warms up and see how it tastes!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 00:45:37 | More by timmy2b
Photo of Lordquackingstic

New York

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pretty damn fresh.

A: Light golden honey hue with a tiny head that doesn't last very long. Bubbles dance up the sides of the glass. Very clear and refreshing looking.

S: Biscuits and bread with a slight hop presence.

T: Pretty close to the nose. Super bready and doughy with a gentle hop bite. A teensy bit grainy, but not in a bad way.

M: Crisp and refreshing, medium carbonation, light body. Not much hop bitterness as I was hoping.

O: This is definitely a nice session beer that'll be nice for springtime adventures in the months to come. Nice and refreshing, but would have liked more of a hop presence. For what it is though, it's super easy to knock back and I could see myself drinking lots of these without worrying about being full or anything like that. Another super solid beer from my newest favorite brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 17:39:42 | More by Lordquackingstic
Photo of DrJay


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright yellow with a little haze, maybe from the bit of sediment that came out the end of the pour. Soapy white cap, not too tall, but supported by a constant stream of bubbles. Floral and grassy aroma, crackery and grainy - smells nice. Slight citrus and spicy character. Sturdy bitterness, more grassy and crackery grain notes, mild spice in the finish, mellow sweetness. Off-dry with medium body, lowish CO2 - not as much carbonation as I would have expected. Pretty tasty overall. I enjoyed it and would certainly pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 00:25:42 | More by DrJay
Photo of Resuin


4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. I know this is pretty fresh (weeks to a month maybe?) but am not sure about the bottling date.

Appearance: Pours a fairly transparent honey/gold and leaves a finger of white fluffy head that fades to a white layer atop the beer. Carbonation bubbles can sparsely be seen rising to the surface.

Smell: Malts (very crackery/biscuity), light floral hops, a nice light grassy aroma, perhaps some honey. Nice and light.

Taste: Matches the aroma to a T. Those same nice and light floral hops, biscuity malts, a grassy-like flavor. There is a nice light breadyness to the taste. Drinkability tops the charts. Really nice, refreshing, and above all, crisp.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated with a medium, creamy body. Finishes extremely crisp and clean.

Overall: This is a really nice pilsner. Drinkability is high. The flavors all compliment each other nicely and the flavor matches the style well. Tasty, refreshing and well crafted. Definitely one of the best pilsners I've had. Give this to people who especially like lighter beers and they'll definitely love it.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 22:25:58 | More by Resuin
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours like a beautiful Pils. Clear yellow with a glowing illumination to it. A head of bright, fluffy, white foam. Speckles of lacing.

S-Aroma is clean and crisp yet full of bright scents. Fruity and grassy hops and some crackers and grain. It sticks to style but is a bit more lively than many in the nose.

T-Flavor is also pretty tasty without being intense. The hops bring forth a yummy medley of citrus and green grass. The lager yeast is pretty tame. The cracker and graininess really balances out the yeast and hops to make this overall quite balanced.

M-The pint was too easy to drink. Crisp carbonation. Light, quenching feel. Each sip leaves you wanting more.

O/D-Another nice lager from Jack's Abby. This one is far more restrained and stylistically accurate than most of the beers they brew and it's still pretty delicious in its own right.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2014 16:01:16 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of jlindros


3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yay, new beer from Jack's Abby, a pilsner too, not the best winter beer, but it will make me dream of summer again.

Pours a nice fizzy 1/2 finger head that tries to fade but is reinforced by many streaming bubbles, hints of lacing and crystal clear golden pilsner color.

Nose is a typical light pilsner, grainy straw, toasty malt almost but not quite wheat like grassy style malts, also a very mild biscuity like note, then light grassy herbal hops, light hops overall with a mild earthy herbal note to the grassy, with a very mild lager crisp but mildly fruity note.

Taste Starts with a lot more grainy cracker toasty pilsner malts, very cracker bready like malts with a little biscuit as well, straw, little husked straw and almost wheat again but not quite wheat. Then into the hops, little herbal and hint earthy, somewhat grassy as well but not quite leafy, mild bitterness overall too. A hint of a crisp lager note, it almost seems like it has the slightest sulfury note in the background but I think that's more the minerals from the water and malts, a fair mineral note. Finish is dry and crisp, bit more bitterness with a grassy slight herbal hop, otherwise pretty clean.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb.

Overall not bad, a good hot summer day drinking beer, light and crisp, nice light noble hop that turns a little too herbal I think, malts are good but get too grainy and crackery, nice blend though, and fairly drinkable, just not blown away like most of the other Jack's Abby beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 01:49:48 | More by jlindros
Sunny Ridge from Jack's Abby Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.