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Sunny Ridge - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

140 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by joe1510:
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3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
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!

joe1510, Jun 02, 2014
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Jason, May 26, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

tigg924, Jul 07, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

CloudStrife, Mar 02, 2014
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Dan114, Feb 27, 2014
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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.

Alieniloquium, Apr 01, 2014
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Kmlund, Mar 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Shaymus, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

trevorpost, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

puboflyons, Aug 15, 2014
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Phished880, Jun 30, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

angrybabboon, May 12, 2014
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Sunny Ridge from Jack's Abby Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.