Curve Ball Blonde Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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3.25/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.
You have to wonder what the brewers in Cologne, Ger- many (home of the Kölsch) think when they hear American brewers using the term "Kölsch." Can Americans do the style justice?
Pours a pale-golden straw color. Clarity is great, though the head drops down quickly to a very thin white lace. Shortbread malt aroma mixes with light floral and herbal hop aromas. Faint citric note. Enough crispness to go around and then some; light-bodied with a smooth back end. Bready, husky and dry malt flavors throughout. Ample hop bitterness dropping off a smack of herbal flavor. Clean, dry finish with a touch of husky grain.
This one will work as a decent hot-weather beer; but compare it to its German counterparts, and it doesn't come close at all. Why not just label this as an American Blonde Ale or Extra Pale Ale--or was it that "Curve Ball Kölsch" just sounds good? Let the debate begin. For a pairing, throw this one at some warm pub pretzels.
Serving type: bottle
09-27-2010 18:50:00 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
3.19/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: A flying curve ball coming from the back of the pyramid on the label is kinda odd. The pyramids on the cap are pretty cool though. The description is not over the top, which I like. The beer pours with little head, even with an aggressive gluggy pour. I used a clear crystal Tom Collins glass. The head is just barely off-white, not creamy fine-bubble foam, but rather more like larger-per-bubble soda carbonation in head bubble size. The color is yellowish-orange, very transparent and translucent.
Smell: Reminds me of an ale mixed with a macrobrew, because I can clearly smell that macrobrew kind of not-so-great hops aroma. But, you can also smell better ale aroma too.
Taste & Mouthfeel: This goes down easy and is pretty inoffensive if you're not a beer snob. It's not very bitter, but a little bitter like normal beer, not real malty, a bit on the sweet side. A little thin, but not as much as a macrobrew. The hops aren't the best, but not too bad; you won't be writing poetry about floral hops here.
Overall: Not bad really. I could see this as a fast-drinking beer for some, and a transition beer for those stuck on mainstream beers. There's some good stuff in there, but not a lot that would push someone new to the game away. They market it as a good summer lager/ale, and it does cool you down easily because of the easy drinkability. Good.
Serving type: bottle
08-09-2013 22:24:05 | More by swingdjted
Curve Ball Blonde Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.