Sunny Ridge | Jack's Abby Brewing

Sunny RidgeSunny Ridge
BA SCORE
3.85/5
346 Ratings
Sunny RidgeSunny Ridge
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
jacksabbybrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,620
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
346
pDev:
8.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
47
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 346 |  Reviews: 78
Reviews by utopiajane:
Photo of utopiajane
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This bottle had no date on it and it poured hazy and with an off white head that fell fast. it had only a bit of grain sweetness on the nose and something that smelled like cereal. Like cheerios actually. It had the distinct scent of harsh weeds rather than sweet grass and the taste was equally disappointing. It had no body and a dullness overall. A sour edge to the flavors that made me think this beer was past it's prime. It was muddled by lemon int eh finish and is the first beer I have ever had that I thought actually tasted and did not just smell dank. Flat lifeless and had a sickly sweet undertone.

Definitely would benefit by a best by date.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of biegaman
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Photo of mynie
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the most German-tasting German Pils brewed in America. Easily the most German-tasting I've ever come across. But what, exactly, does that mean?

It means a total lack of esters, for one, along with a crispness that lends to supreme drinkability. It should pour bright, clear, and filtered (which it does) but nonetheless sport a nifty white head (which it does). The hops should be clearly present ("tangy," in the words of Michael Jackson) but not nearly as dry or assertive as they are in Czech pils. But the key, my friends, is crispness. There should be no wavering flavors whatsoever, and the beer should finish as clean as summer's morn.

Summer Ridge is does all that. It does all that quite well. I just had the fantastic Tannen Zäpfle a week ago, and this is easily its peer.

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Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of woodchipper
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JakerLou
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of tredole
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of butters_mcgee
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dcbeers
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BraveMountie
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CloudStrife
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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 wander4
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamesStreet
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can brewed with Noble hops. "Drink like royalty"

Yellow gold with a slight, white haze. Well carbonated, supporting a rocky, mountinous white foam cover. Good lacing, excellent retention.

A very classic German Pils aroma, light, bready malt, wheat and corn mash, sweet'n sour german pils yeast and leafy to herbal scented hops.

Ultra crisp, malty bite hits first, with wheat and corn flavor's. Snappy, sour and earthy yeast flavor's are in perfect balance with the farther, bold but classic, green veggie, leafy and herbal Noble hop taste. Balance is very important in the pils style because if the hops become to hold or the malt to cloying, the delicate balance is disrupted and you can really taste the difference. Light and very crisp body, light malt slick with a semi-dry earthy finish in both feel and flavor.

Jack's Abby specializes in craft lagers/Pilsners and really nails it stylistically. Plenty of flavor and very healthy beer all while staying true to the classic, traditional approach. Far more "local" and fresh than any real-deal authentic German import. This and the Von Trapp folks in Vermont are keeping the traditional European lagers alive and well here in the North East corner. Which is important to balance out the constant onslaught of Big IPA's dominating the craft market currently.

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Photo of hmellor
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Dan114
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SomethingClever
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz glass poured into a can glass.

A: Frothy big white head. Body is a bright crystal clear gold yellow.

S: light breads a little grain light floral hops a touch of sweetness.

T: upfront you get the hops a light spicy floral notes then you get washed away with bready doughy malts and a little corn. Finishes with a little bit more of the floral hops.

M: good carbonation light and crisp on the tongue.

O: Enjoyed this quite a bit, I would seek this out in cans or bottles.

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Photo of whatname
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of seakayak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Sunny Ridge from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 346 ratings
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