Sunny Ridge - Jack's Abby Brewing
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4/5 rDev +5.5%
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 15, 2014.
The color of the pour is an unfiltered pale yellow sitting under a big white fizzy head that eventually settles back.
The aroma smells muchy like one would expect from a pilsener with its toasted biscuit malt and sweet character along with a grassy hop note. However I do pick up the added herbal bite.
The body is medium
Pilseners are one of those refreshing beers that have some expectations with which we are all familiar and with the added herbal, spice twist mixed in with those toasty malts and clean hops, I'm am enjoying this variation.
08-15-2014 21:01:04 | More by puboflyons
4.09/5 rDev +7.9%
Jack's Abby Sunny Ridge is a German style Pilsner brewed in the Lager fashion of cold conditioning. It pours smoothly with a golden color and nice head of more than 2 inches. The first sip yielded a surprising grassy, or earthy flavor, with some nice hops kicking in on the backside. The finish was very clean. I really enjoyed the complexity of the flavor - this beer is deeelicious! All in all, another excellent offering from Jack's Abby Brewing!
08-03-2014 17:17:10 | More by rorjets
4.16/5 rDev +9.8%
Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured clean pilsner malts and a sharp noble hop spice.
The taste offered a fresh tasting, crisp pilsner malt with a vibrant herbal hop.
The mouthfeel was typical of the style.
Overall a very tasty pilsner.
07-24-2014 01:37:00 | More by plaid75
3.78/5 rDev -0.3%
Appearance: 1 inch head, light gold in color, clear, high carbonation
Smell: straw, grass, toasted malt
Taste: straw, grass, toasted malt, light hops at the end
Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet with light bitterness
Overall: Typical Jack's Abbey. Nice and clean lager. I could have several of these. This beer is worth seeking out.
07-07-2014 15:44:29 | More by tigg924
3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Body is hazy light golden that appears more straw-yellow when backlit. Small white head on top, plenty of fine bubbles rise to refortify it. Decent rings of lace up top and some splotches of lace on the way down the glass.
S: Mild grassiness is there, but overwhelmed by a surprising fruitiness and nearly funky mustiness. Not at all expected for a pilsner.
T: Mild flavors overall - white grape skins, some bready malt and a modest but non-descript bitterness on the finish, which lingers on the palate eventually providing the accustomed-to Noble grassiness. But vinuous grape characteristics fight the hops even in the aftertaste.
M: Nice creaminess to the feel, with fine carbonation. Light-ish in heft.
O: Good, just a bit different from your standard pilsner.
07-02-2014 03:02:37 | More by Kendo
3.54/5 rDev -6.6%
Big ups to Ryan for sending a bottle of this out of the blue recently. Thanks, mang! Sunny Ridge is summer golden. Great clarity and large, highly active carbonation bubbles really accentuate the 24kt body. The foam is pure white, crackling and with a soapy appearance that fizzles down to nothing in a short time. Sticky lace clings from the ring left behind.
The nose is interesting. It smelled all Noble hoppy off the bat, fresh cut grass and peppery spice mostly. As it warms I get a musty character with some faint white grape. There's an indistinct, though mild, fruitiness present. I can't tell if the mustiness is from the grain bill or hop profile. Cereal grains add some sweetness but there doesn't seem to be quite the crispness that makes pilsners so enjoyable.
The flavor follows the same path as the nose with the same shortcomings along the way. The grain bill is the main component adding a touch of sweetness but unfortunately it's a little musty. It's not as crisp or clean as I'd like to see. The hop profile is pretty indistinct as well, a little earthy with a soft grassy bitterness. A touch of peppery spice wraps it up.
The body straddles the line between light and moderate with slickness on the swallow. Prickly carbonation tickles the tongue before a quick flash of bitterness hits on the backend. A residual, soft soap-like sweetness sticks around after the swallow before slowly drying out.
It may sound like I dislike this beer, and while it doesn't live up to some of my favorite pilsners, it is an enjoyable beverage. It could use some cleaning up and a brighter hop profile but overall it's solid. Thanks again for the sample, Ryan!
06-02-2014 02:33:11 | More by joe1510
Sunny Ridge from Jack's Abby Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.