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Curve Ball Blonde Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Curve Ball Blonde AleCurve Ball Blonde Ale

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339 Ratings

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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-18-2009)
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Photo of tomakeanend


4.68/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all-time favorite beers. I may be going against the grain with this review, but to me, this is what a refreshing beer should taste like. Good flavors, but not overpowering. The old man and I threw back a few at Pyramid's tap house before going to watch TDKR. VERY good decision.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2013 03:37:47 | More by tomakeanend
Photo of gleemonger


4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

06-22-2012 21:02:44 | More by gleemonger
Photo of Bighuge


4.2/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a chill-hazed golden with carbonation evident in the form of bubbles surfacing at a good clip. What little head that forms is gone quickly. A nice spicy hop aroma (seems like saaz) with an underlying malt scent noticeable also. Body is medium. Very nice pils or cara-pils malt base. The hop nuances really dance around on the tongue nicely. This is a nice tasting Kolsch. Leaves a nice subdued lingering bitterness that makes you want to drink more. After the Snowcap, this is probably my next favorite Pyramid Beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2002 20:12:46 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Pencible


4.15/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear straw color with white head. It smelled like wild wheat malt with light lemon hops. It tasted like fresh wheat grain, sweet lemon hops, and a hint of delicate seasoning (perhaps thyme). It was very thin with some carbonation, and had a mildly bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a nice, clean beer that was perfectly light for summer drinking, but still flavorful enough to enjoy (and not too yeasty!).

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 19:46:35 | More by Pencible
Photo of rowew


4.08/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Redesigned label this year. Enjoy by date stamped on the neck.

Appearance: Pours a yellow color with just a hint of orange, and a slight haze.

Smell: Clean grain with just a slight hint of sulphur.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma - clean grain tastes, just a hint of sulphur, and some mild hops in the finish. Finishes very dry.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable summer brew. This is a nice gateway beer, but it is also interesting enough to be a summer staple for those with broader tastes.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 21:21:49 | More by rowew
Photo of cokes


4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Throws a chill-hazed golden. Thin white head retreats to virtually nothing immediately, but leaves some nice lace work down the side of the glass.
Hoppy nose with citric notes. Pleasant, but not alot to speak of.
Taste begins with the hops. Definately herbal. A light, but solid malt base keeps things in check, leaning slightly in the carmel direction. Hops reappearing to mop up at the finish. leaving some tea-like notes and some lemon twang.
Fairly light bodied. Very drinkable and refreshing.
Leaps and bounds better than their hefeweizen. This is a solid offering.

Thanks, Bighuge

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2002 22:53:58 | More by cokes
Photo of beaverapproved


4/5  rDev +23.5%

12-12-2013 02:04:52 | More by beaverapproved
Photo of plaztikjezuz


4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a bottle at world market in lansing, michigan. ($1.49 12 oz)
pours a golden with a slight white head which fell in to nothing very quickly.
the aroma has a fresh baked bread with a hint of peaches.
the flavor is malty, noble hops, minerality, and a lingering spice.
this beer is ver refreshing, great for a hot summers day, there is one thing it is lacking the hint of sulfer that most kolsch's have.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 03:28:03 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of JoeLacy


4/5  rDev +23.5%

06-20-2012 02:10:10 | More by JoeLacy
Photo of phattman073


4/5  rDev +23.5%

12-15-2011 23:57:10 | More by phattman073
Photo of touchet20


4/5  rDev +23.5%

06-08-2012 23:28:27 | More by touchet20
Photo of BigRob329


4/5  rDev +23.5%

07-01-2012 03:48:14 | More by BigRob329
Photo of Pacioli1445

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +23.5%

01-01-2013 16:41:47 | More by Pacioli1445
Photo of PhatAtUT


4/5  rDev +23.5%

12-05-2011 21:46:34 | More by PhatAtUT
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +23.5%

11-30-2011 19:40:02 | More by kelvarnsen
Photo of wilkowski


4/5  rDev +23.5%

04-01-2014 18:40:29 | More by wilkowski
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Goldish hue; minimal lacing, no head.

Taste: fruity. Slight corn tastes at end which hurt the overall impression. Fruit outweights the slight corn though in my mind.

Drinkability: Refreshing. Corn not overwhelming. Not too bad. But I'm noticing a quality control problem with more delicate beers from Pyramid's bottles.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2005 14:25:11 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of Pegasus


3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apprearance: Hazy medium golden color, with a small white head. This soon collapses to a moderate, lingering collar with a paper thin coating on the surface of the beer. There are a number of streams of fat slow-rising bubbles. There is profuse broken lacing.

Aroma: Slightly sweet, with an aroma like home-baked bread slathered with honey, as well as a distinct zesty lemon note.

Taste: Opens with a rather tart malt and lemon note, late in the taste, this turns to a slight herbal bitterness, which brings the taste to a close.

Mouth feel: Perhaps a bit thin, with aggressive stinging carbonation, a softer note would be most pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: An eminently drinkable lawnmower beer, perfect for the "dog days" of summer, particularly so in Texas.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve ounce glass bottle with a twist off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Thanks to HardTarget for this very nice example.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 14:16:54 | More by Pegasus
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pure gold color with a thin white head.

Smells Kolsch-a-licious! Pickling spices, bready and some banana on the nose.

This beer is good. I find it difficult to describe the taste of as kolsch beer, but this seems like a pretty good rendition of the style.

High drinkability - if you blink, your sixer will be gone!

Will definately revisit this beer each summer, a solid seasonal offering from Pyramid.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 05:04:39 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of garymuchow


3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma has sweet notes, but also a little sour, both from a firm malt base. Somewhat fresh smelling.
Pours with a medium white head that settles slowly. Slighty cloudy pale gold.
Sourness noted initially then moves to mild bitterness from mid to a lingering finish. Firm backing of a pale malt origin and generally light overall.
I like the softness of this style and this samples does that well along with a nice ale smoothness. Well done for mouthfeel.
Fine overall example of style, along with good thirst quenching properties.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 15:59:21 | More by garymuchow
Photo of PiecefulToker


3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy, orangish straw/honey colored, poured with a very thick head of 2 fingers in a pint glass, sustained for several minutes before receding.

S: Very clean, pale malt, some straw and earthy aromas, yeast, hay.

T: Grassy and grainy, some corn flavors (though I don't think theres actually corn in it), a smooth bitterness that rides in the background, maybe a little high. Well balanced (maybe a tad too bitter) and smooth on my palate.

M: Very smooth, medium bodied, with perfect carbonation.

D: This is a very drinkable beer with subtle flavors. Definitely a thirst-quencher on a hot summer afternoon. Pyramid makes some great lawnmower/session brews, and this one is one of the best in their line.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 00:33:40 | More by PiecefulToker
Photo of July2Nov


3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden with a slight head that quickly dissipates.
S: Has a slightly bent that trails off.
T&M: Light, with a mild astringent taste towards the end. Light on the mouth. Overall a bit mild, probably due to the lower abv %. Very pleasant. Holds up throughout the duration of the beer.
D: I could see drinking a few (6-pack) during a setting and being very happy with it. Very nice attempt at a Kolsch.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 04:39:56 | More by July2Nov
Photo of Tone


3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, sweet malt, and slight grain. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, hops, sweet malt, and slight citrus. Overall, a decent blonde with good body and nice aroma.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 21:49:38 | More by Tone
Photo of MobBarley


3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale yellow brew with a short-lived white and fizzy head that has little lace to leave. Smell is big and herbal with a little grassiness and a good fresh maltiness. Taste is altogether crisp and dominated by mellow caramel maltiness and spicy, herbal hops. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly...good for the style/season. Drinkability decent but the peculiar herbalness might make it less favorable for session use. Better than many examples of the style, this brew has character and alot else going for it. Nice!

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2004 05:58:14 | More by MobBarley


3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pyramid Curve Ball is a pale golden color with a 1/2" white head. The head falls fast and then becomes nonexistent. No lace.

The smell of this beer is very unique and very nice. Malt/soft hops. Fruity. Pilsner style aroma. Perfumey. Slight sweet smell (pineapple??, sounds crazy)

Distinct and flavorful. Fruity taste, almost like a fruit beer (but not). Again, unique flavor. Delicate. Hard to describe because it is so atypical.

Soft mouthfeel, nice finish. Clean and refreshing. Good carbonation, very enjoyable. This is a unique and enjoyable beer. I am impressed by it and reccomend it on a hot day. I will definitely look for this again at some point.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2005 00:24:01 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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Curve Ball Blonde Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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