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Sunny Ridge | Jack's Abby Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

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.

Added by tolar111 on 02-13-2014

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4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We think of pilsners as golden and filtered but in my experience the more pallid and turbid the better. Sunny Ridge has a yellow colour so ghastly pale it looks neon at some angles and, being unpasteurized and unfiltered, its complexion is so thick as to be barely translucent. Its head is like soap scuz.

Pilsners don't get the full credit they deserve, probably because most mass-produced beers paraded as pilsners are so poorly and improperly made. People don't realize that a correctly hopped pilsner is among the most pleasant and aromatic style there is. It's the beer drinkers potpourri. This one has the right stuff: it's like smelling the inside of a lemon that's been stuffed with flowers and dried grass.

Those same citrus and grassy flavours replay on the palate with every sip, remnants of them sometimes lasting through the aftertaste. They are splendid. The malt is tasty good, though it's not quite as apparent; those fluffy bread and fresh dough notes can't stand up to such a coarsely herbal bitterness.

American brewers do their own thing extremely well - hence why entire styles have been redefined to their tastes and standards. But these more aggressive and audacious offerings fly in the face of traditionally milder, more moderate English ales. And, with a few notable exceptions, they can't seem to capture the mystical essence of Belgian ales (even when using the same magical strains of yeast).

When it comes to lagers, the likes of Germany and the Czech Republic are still the tops. But American craft brewers are narrowing the gap quickly; there's a number of fantastic lager producers and Jack's Abby, to name just one, have a product lineup as good as any European brewery. Some of them, Sunny Ridge included, are more than mere homage to these iconic beers they are their contemporaries.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of BraveMountie
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CloudStrife
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours very slight hazy golden color. 3/4" white head with moderate retention and moderate lace.
Smells of pilsner malt and European hops
Taste is classic german pilsner taste of malt and lager yeast.
Feel is medium with moderate carbonation and crisp finish
Overall a nice, drinkable Euro lager.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Sunny Ridge from Jack's Abby Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.