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Sunny Ridge - Jack's Abby Brewing

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197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tolar111 on 02-13-2014

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.
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Ratings: 197 | Reviews: 39
Photo of PatrickKellyCT
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Naples Pizza in Farmington, CT. Absolutely wonderful pils...well done Jack's Abby (as usual).

Photo of kculrich
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hard side pour into a frosty pilsner - a bright sunshiny yellow beer with a dense foamy white head that lasts. A beautiful pour; I should take a picture. Leaves nice sticky lacing along the sides as it drinks down. Smells clean, fresh and fruity. Taste: much drier than expected from the smell - malts, hops and carbonation in near perfect harmony. I get grass and pears and bread roll and an astringent hops finish. Feel: typical JA mouthful-of-beer, a sufficiency of malt backbone and adequately carbonated. O: there's nothing about this beer that screams gold medal contender but it's a solid, well-crafted beer, understated and unassuming, And I absolutely wouldn't be ashamed to serve it to guests. If I had nothing else in my cooler all summer long I'd be perfectly content (and probably more than just slightly buzzed).

Photo of HankSingle
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vivid, lilting dandelion and lilac flavors riding before a sharp, crisp finish - much more than I was hoping for when I grabbed it. Exceptionally clean and clear.

Photo of Beric
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 30 April 2015

Appearance: Pours a nice golden color- lacking some of the rich depth of color as some of the Old World pilseners, but still a great look and color. Crystal clear. Nice carbonation coming up from the bottom, screaming towards a soapy, white 1/2 finger head.

Aroma: Fine noble hop notes- spicy and zesty with a pinch of lemongrass, cajeput, and fresh mown lawn. Soft assertion of sweet malts.

Taste: First the malts- I was impressed by the relatively full body in this beer compared to other US takes on German pilsener. The beer had a depth of malt character rarely seen elsewhere, which helped carry the hops (rather than letting them dominate) on a nice bready-sweet body. The hops where within reasonable levels, and added many of the same notes as the aroma. The beer finished quite bitter, and had that characteristic lager crispness to go along with it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: One of the best US attempts at an authentic German pils I have had. Remains within the style and makes for one damn good beer. Comparable in many ways to Rothaus Pils. Highly recommended for lager heads.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunny seems an appropriate adjective for this beer. Bright flavor, i that makes sense. Kind of a citrus thing, in a pilsner kind of way. Grassy tones are there. Nice beer. Wish I had access to more from JA.

Photo of justintcoons
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Light straw with 1 finger of creamy white head. Excellent clarity with lively carbonation.

Cracker dough, golden apple, and lemongrass.

Cracker dough with hints of golden apple, lemongrass, and florals.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, well carbonated, and refreshing.

Simple and easy drinking.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I see this beer is retired, well thats not good.
A good pilsner. It was dry and yet sweet and soft. Mildly hoppy with floral notes.
Finishes a tad spicy and crisp.
A good beer

Photo of horshack7
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Lightly hazy with about two fingers worth of a bright white head.

Aroma: Heavy citrus in the front grapefruit, piney notes, grassy bready with hints of grain in the back.

Taste: Very crisp with a biscuity bite. Lemon zest, faint grapefruit, grassy, wisps of grain and a dry finish.

Notes: My fellow Lager lovers this is one tasty beer very crisp yet still dry a great example of the style. Which can be enjoyed anytime of year. Cheers.

Photo of predikit
4/5  rDev +5%

Pours a slightly clouded yellow-amber, leaving behind a beautiful white head that has high retention. Included with the lacing, it seems to leave a thick ring of foam behind at the previous level as I drink.

The nose is subtle here, yeasty, hints of pome fruit and very small hint of citrus in the hops.

First taste was interesting. Hops forward, getting apple and a hint of orange, floral notes, the malts show up midway through and on towards the back end, the transition almost creating a smokey flavor, before the light bitterness of roasted malts takes over, leaving behind a lasting bite that makes you want to reach for another sip.

Light to medium bodied, the carbonation is mellow and it goes down smooth. Very drinkable.

I am pleased with this purchase and am starting to look at session beers with a lot more respect.

Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +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.

Photo of rorjets
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of plaid75
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Kendo
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of joe1510
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

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!

Photo of Dope
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date on this one.

A: Clear golden pour with a tall and very fluffy white head. Great head retention but only little bits of lacing here and there.

S: Big crisp pilsner malt. Lots of grassy hops and some herbal ones too. Light citrus too. Light, crisp and refreshing aroma.

T: Again, big pilsner malt. Quite grassy initially. Mild herbal presence that grows stronger into the middle and finish with a moderate hit of bitterness. Light, crackery malt with that typical pilsner dryness, especially in the finish and aftertaste. Long lingering grassy aftertaste with a light bit of herbal quality.

M: Light, dry, crisp.

O: Nice. Can't expect much complexity from a pilsner but it's nice and crisp and dry, the way I like these beers. Tasty and drinkable. Pilsner malt is a litttle over the top, it sometimes reminds me of burning rubber but it's not overpowering. I kinda like burning rubber (big car guy) anyway so that probably helps.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 5/11/14

Appearance: Mostly clear with some chill haze, pale gold/straw - pours with a medium-sized, bright white head - impressive retention, more or less keeps the same size cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Clean and bright - a bit different than a typical pils, somewhat delicate - Jack's Abby lager yeast, some light fruits, some light citrus - noble hops are definitely here, but they're nicely subtle, with some grass, earth, spice, and straight-up leafy hops - pale grains, pale malts, light bread, half-baked biscuits

Taste: Light, clean, and crisp - pale malts, pale grains - about as grainy as a "typical" pilsner - some light bready sweetness, with a very light touch of toast, biscuits - Jack's Abby yeast, light fruit esters with some floral citrus - some hints of earthy, spicy, leafy hops, but not much - finishes mostly clean

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, nicely carbonated, nicely smooth, finishes clean with some lingering spice

Overall: Ridge Racer?

Jack's Abby probably could have made this beer blindfolded, half-asleep, or otherwise impaired. They're just that good at making easy drinking, clean lagers. This is no exception. There's nothing particularly exceptional about this, but it's worth a try simply because it's so drinkable.

Photo of T-34-85
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice example of a pilsner style beer, although it does not strike me as anything exceptional.

Appearance: Prototypical clear golden color.

Smell: Subtle aroma of hops and the presence of sweetness.

Taste: Sweetness mingled with a moderate hop bitterness and a mild hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Good level of carbonation to provide a nice crisp experience.

Overall: A pleasant pilsner with a clean finish, that is a good for a hot day after some hard work.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Dull straw golden color with mild haze. Fast streams of fine-bubbled carbonation feed a big rocky white head. Clumps of lacing etch themselves onto the glass.

S: Doughy and bready malt nose with the classic sweet pilsner malt aroma. Freshly cut grass. Floral. Very clean.

T: Sweet doughy malt. Sulfur. Hops bite in quickly. Herbal and peppery hops. Grass. Doughy and bready flavors emerge again toward the back. Hint of toast. Perhaps a subtle taste of alcohol? Drying finish amplifies the herbal hops.

M: Light body. Some malty creaminess. Strong biting carbonation. Crisp.

O: Not a bad stab at the style, but it stays a bit more sulfury than I'd like. Just a touch more polish is needed.

Photo of brureview
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light lemon color in a Pilsner glass with a 4F head which quickly resolved itself. The beer is unfiltered. There were carbonation bubbles from the bottom.

The aroma is light lemon and malt. Impressive that the aroma lasted during the tasting and
actually became stronger.

Mouth feel is mildly carbonated.

The taste and the finish are well paired. The light lemon taste transitions well into the hoppy, bitter, malty finish. The two are almost inseparable.

This beer is quite unusual and not typical of a milder Pilsner. It has the heft of hops, and a good bitterness. A truly American approach to a classic German style.

Jack's Abby continues to redefine the American lager.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is clear golden yellowish amber with a white head. Nose is clean grain, light caramel, a hint of butter, herbal bitter hop. Taste is bright grain and notes of caramel malts with a fairly strong herbal hop finish and aggressive bitterness. Strong carbonation and dry finish with a medium to light body.

Photo of Duff27
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Photo of SweetChicken
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of rudzud
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
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...

Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Sunny Ridge from Jack's Abby Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.