Curve Ball Blonde Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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Reviews by ryan1788a5:
2.93/5 rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Illegible freshness date stamped on the neck label.
A: Pours a light, clear golden color with some small sediment particles in suspension. Rocky white head initially stands at a half inch, but soon settles into a thin cap. Thin, scraggly lines of lacing.
S: Very clean on the nose, to the point that there really isn't much going on at all. Touch of grain and dough. Floral hops with a slight citrus character. Slight stale, musty scent in the background.
T: Dough and honeyed grain. Slightly musty and stale. Slight earthy yeast contribution. Muted floral and slightly citrusy hop kick. Finishes with a drying grainy taste.
M: Lighter in body, somewhat firm. Moderately aggressive scrubbing carbonation. Smooth enough.
O: A fairly decent blonde ale, but it languishes on the shelves. This is their summer seasonal, and cases are still being sent to stores in our market. What gives? The freshness date is not decipherable, but I know this stuff is pretty old. It shows in the appearance, smell, and taste. And who's going to buy a middling blonde ale at an $11 six pack price? Pyramid needs to take a look at how their accounts are being handled out here, and consider pulling out of this market.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2013 18:49:39 | More by ryan1788a5
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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.