Curve Ball Blonde Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Curve Ball Blonde AleCurve Ball Blonde Ale

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75
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364 Ratings
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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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.

Photo of gleemonger
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

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.

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!).

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.

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

Photo of beaverapproved
4/5  rDev +23.5%

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.

Photo of JoeLacy
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of phattman073
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Johnq1964
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of touchet20
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of BigRob329
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Pacioli1445
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of wilkowski
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
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.

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.

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.

Photo of double2chin
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is great during the summer

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Curve Ball Blonde Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.