Sunny Ridge - Jack's Abby Brewing

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233 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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: 233 | Reviews: 45
Reviews by Kendo:
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.

More User Reviews:
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 CloudStrife
4.13/5  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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

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 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 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 gonzo000
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of twosheds
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold with a thin white head.

Fruity smell with a hint of herbal earthiness.

Fairly fruity and sweet upfront but balanced with a nice dry finish.

I usually avoid summer beers because a lot of them go too far to be light and fruity, but this one is well balanced and refreshing.

Photo of LeRose
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - clear, golden honey color. Compact foam that fell to a compact little ring fed by a small stream of bubbles.

Aroma - biscuity/cracker smell of light malts; grassy/herbal hops aroma that was very fresh and pleasant. Very "light" smelling.

The taste was bready with a pleasant floral/herbal overlay. The malt flavor is clean and the hops notes seem to float on top. Biscuity/bready. There was a little lemon and spice note at the end (barely) and there is bitterness on the end of the taste that is short-lived,

Thought it was a little heavy for the style in the mouthfeel. But drinkability is ridiculous - I could sit on the porch drinking these all day. Clean and crisp on the finish, says "have's OK".

Reviewing from notes here. Every time I have had this beer since it has tasted better - I am working slowly through a couple six packs. Other than being a little "heavy" in the tongue, it hits the style pretty well. A very nice, refreshing brew that will be a "regular" in my house.

Photo of atr2605
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a nice hazy straw yellow hue with a fluffy white head thats good lacing
S-biscuit, bit of sweetness, earthy green hops
T-sweet malt, nice hop balance, finishes a bit dry on the palate
M-light-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, very crisp and refreshing
O-very easy drinking beer

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 jlindros
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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 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 smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an OK beer but the citrus addition seems a little forced and makes this not a great beer for me

Photo of Duhast500
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. Bottle into a Sam Adams Summer ale glass.

The color of this beer is a cloudy yellow with some slight orange highlights. There is two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is bready in the nose and seems to block out much of anything else at first. The is a wheat aroma that pops at the last possible moment to break things up. There is a slight citrus aroma that pushes things aside long enough to have a short presence and then is gone once again.

The taste is juicy with some nice pear that teases a bit with a slight apple skin flavor. There is a citrus kick here that pushes off the tongue and has a touch of lemon and tangerine here. There is a layer of biscuit flavor that seems to be filtering everything and putting it's mark on everything. There is a sweetness here that lets out a candy flavor that's hard to place.

The feel of this beer is pretty nice, there is a juicy fruit character that is great for a Summer seasonal and thirst quenching as well. There is a really smooth feel to this beer that lets it go down easy and makes for a really great drinker of a beer.

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 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 Andrew041180
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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 timmy2b
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
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!

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 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.

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