Curve Ball Blonde Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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Reviews by pmcadamis:
3.45/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Baseball players in front of the ancient pyriamids? Whoa. That's pretty bizzarre. This kolsch is lightly golden with a thick white foamy 1 finger head and a crapload of bubbles streaming up from the bottom. When swirled, a wash of white foam coats the glass.
Interesting note: A beer can only be called a Kolsch if it's brewed by a brewery with a view of the Kolner Dom (a famous Cathedral in Cologne). Hence, the bottle advertises this as a "kolsch style ale."
Quickly, the head dissapears 100% and this brew looks like apple juice....not even a damn bubble when aggitated. Now that all of the bubbles are gone, I see that there are quite a few little flakes of something in the beer.
The nose is very light with a hint of green bananas and green apple skin. As the beer warms, I get a hint of canned mixed vegetables. That's kinda gross. Where did my apples and green bananas go? I think they eloped with the head and the flock of tiny bubbles.
This is musty and tart with a solid green apple flavor and tons of carbonation which really adds to the drinkability factor. Mid-sip, the tart sensation becomes more like mouldy sour-dough bread. It's definitley a strange flavor, but it's not overpowering and it's actually very very refreshing! This almost has a sort of rauchbier smoke to it, only here it's more of a dusty or musty stale taste as opposed to pure BBQ smoke.
The finish is dry and full of green apple skin pucker along with some almost undetectible pepper. As the beer warms, the roggenbier-like sour rankness becomes a little too much.
When drinking this, I keep thinking that it is like a subdued roggenbier in that it is very sour, rank, and tart.... and a bit like a very very subdued rauchbier in that it is a little earthy and smokey. It's pretty damn complex, but in a muted way....this one whispers instead of yelling. I would drink this again in the summertime (very sessionable...mine went down in less than ten minutes) as a mildly entertaining thirst quencher, but it's nothing to write home about.
Serving type: bottle
08-29-2006 16:16:46 | More by pmcadamis
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3.23/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with lots of small yeast particles near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a finger high off white head that took a long time to die down and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of green grapes and both bready and grainy malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has bits of sweetness from the bready malts and fruity flavors intermixed with bits of grainy malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but seems like it could use a lot more in the way of bitterness and dryness to be representative of the style.
Serving type: bottle
03-27-2014 02:07:06 | More by metter98
Curve Ball Blonde Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.