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Curve Ball Blonde Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

Curve Ball Blonde AleCurve Ball Blonde Ale

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323 Ratings

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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 14.2%

Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 08-18-2009)
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Photo of Rayek


3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Curve Ball pours a pale gold with a touch of haze. A small off-white head is slow to form and quickly falls to a patchy film. The beer leaves light lace.

Grassy corn flakes is the first thought that hit me as this left the bottle. It's not bad, just different. The cereal graininess gets a touch of sugar sweetness to go with it in the mouth. Bitterness is light and lemony. The bitterness quickly fades in the finish, where it's replaced by lingering sweet grain flavor. A syrupy body completes the picture. The overall effect is highly reminiscent of a well done macro lager, not a proper Kölsch.

This beer is OK, but too much like mass market beers I can get for much less. I had hoped for a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 03:24:18 | More by Rayek
Photo of carolinahophead

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have always been a fan of this summer brew from Pyramid.
A : Pours like a typical Kolsch , a golden straw color and very clean. A light foamy head appears when served cool not cold.
S : Good malt and a little citrus . I also get some cereal aromas.
T : A nice refreshing brew with a summer bbq. Brats come to mind with some hot mustard . This is a good example of an American Kolsch. Not heavy and one of my favorite session beers.
M : A medium mouthfeel , nice carbonation and a clean finish.
O : This beer is a craft beer entry level stater for sure . A nice change from a hoppy ipa or a stout. On a hot day watching baseball ... GREAT !

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 14:19:09 | More by carolinahophead
Photo of FosterJM


2.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

423rd review on BA
Bottle to pint

App- Crisp yellows with a one and a half finger head. Little whisps of cling.

Smell- It's a very basic beer smell with some funky lager yeasts. Very bland and stings a bit.

Taste- It just didn't taste very good. This was bland and had a balance that was too yeasty and grainy.

Mouth- Light bodied with a high carb level. Left a weird taste. Little yeast and dish shop.

Drink- This was just did not taste good to me. Very bland and much too malty without a balance behind the other flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 04:11:18 | More by FosterJM
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a kolsch glass. Had a golden brown color and a slightly hazy texture. There was a big, fluffy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt with a touch of some kind of citrus. A little faint.

T: Tasted basically like it smelled: Malt, a little orange and a little hops. Surprisingly heavy on the malt, making it somewhat one-dimensional. Not a horrible flavor, but there are better ones out there.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: An OK, drinkable beer, but not particularly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 12:05:28 | More by avalon07
Photo of MightyCasey

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this poured from a bottle into a sample glass at the Myrtle Beach Brew Festival.
A: Look like a blonde ale, yellow color. Thin white head.
S: Not much in the way of smell.
T: It tasted like a blonde ale. Kind of thin taste. Very commercial.
M: No real mouthfeel. But, good carbonation.
O: It's a big commercial brew. Probably very profitable for them. But, not all that great.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 12:42:32 | More by MightyCasey
Photo of philbertk


3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pyramid Breweries, Inc.--Curve Ball Blonde Ale Summer Ale--2008 22 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV-- 25 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Foamy dense lacy white head. Clear bright thin yellow gold color. Mild fruit floral delicate hop front. Mild creamy light sweet caramel butter fruit crisp malty body. Cloying malt mild hop spice refreshing clean end. Very Kolsch! Easy Improved Flavorful Brew. Sampled 4/5/2008. 4 @ $1.99 Each.

Pyramid Breweries, Inc.--Curve Ball Blonde Ale Summer Ale--2008 12 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV--25 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Rich lacy dense white head. Clear thin bright yellow gold color. Zesty mild hop herbal floral front. Crisp clean mild butter caramel herb fruit dry sweet tangy zesty Kolsch body. Clean crisp mild fruit hop refreshing mild tangy cloying end. Sampled 4/2/2008. 6-Pack $7.49.<br>Earlier Rating: 3/4/2010 Total Score: 3.7<br>Pyramid Ales--Curve Ball Kolsch Style Ale--Seasonal 12 oz. Bottle.

2002 Block Logo. 4.50% (3.75 / 5.0) Kolsch--Clear thin straw golden color. Light white head and lace. Light fruity Ale hop Saaz front. Mild tangy crisp herbal light sweet fruit refreshing body. Tangy to mild hop end. Tatsy but mild. (Off Buds) Sampled 5/19/2002.

2003 Block Logo. 4.50% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Kolsch--Clear thin light straw golden color. Mild lace head. Mild hop slightly tangy floral front. Crisp tasty mild body with butter fruit light sweet clean flavor. Dry mild hop citrus buttery end. Herbal tea notes. Sampled 10/17/2003.

Curve Ball Seasonal Kolsch Style Ale 12 oz. Bottle.

2004 Release. 4.80% ABV--25 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) Kolsch--Clear thin straw golden color. Snowy mild lace head. Mild floral banana fruit hop front. Mild tart herbal dry sweet citrus odd Ale fruit Pils body. Clean mild earthy hop end. Fresh but bland Ale. Sampled 4/27/2004.

2005 Release. 4.80% ABV--25 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Kolsch--Mild head. Clear bright yellow golden color. Tart mild floral hop front. Crisp buttery tart herbal mild caramel citrus ale ester mild fruit body. Clean mild tangy citrus hop end. Pils Ale. Mild. Well done. Sampled 4/4/2005.

2006 Radiant Graphics Release. 4.80% ABV--25 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Mild head. Clear bright thin yellow gold color. Mild herbal hop front. Crisp slightly tangy refreshing butterscotch fruit hint mild malt body. Easy crisp mild smooth clean hop end. Tasty nice easy Kolsch. Sampled 3/23/2006.

2007 Radiant Graphics Release. 4.80% ABV--25 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) 6-Pack $6.49. Mild lacy head. Clear bright thin gold color. Mild earthy grass hop front. Crisp refreshing mild sweet fruit Pils Kolsch body. Crisp refreshing mild hop tang end. Tasty weak Style. Sampled 12/17/2007.

Pyramid Brewing Company--Curve Ball Blonde Ale Seasonal Ale--Crisp Golden Ale--Summer Seasonal--2011. 5.00% ABV. 18 IBU's.

12 oz. Bottle. (4.0 / 5.0) Big foamy thin mild lace bright white head. Fizzy clear bright yellow gold pretty color. Delicate floral mild hop light ester front. Crisp zesty mildly tangy carbonated crisp light pale caramel light white bread marmelade clean refreshing Golden Ale body. Clean delicate smooth hop spice citrus hint end. Crisp flavorful light bodied well made Golden Ale. Sampled 3/10/2011. 6-Pack purchase for $6.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 3/10/2011.

22 oz. Bottle. (4.0 / 5.0) Foamy lacy rocky dissapating frothy white head. Clear pretty bright yellow gold color. Buttery delicate floral hop front. Mild sweet refreshing delicate butter caramel mild fruit crisp clean smooth Blonde Ale body. Clean refreshing mild hop balanced easy end. Well made flavorful Blonde Ale. Sampled 3/13/2011. Purchased for $2.47 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 3/12/2011.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 05:27:29 | More by philbertk
Photo of JNeider


3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice orange color, sunny in complection with a nice head but it fades away pretty quick. Smells mostly fruity, some orange or citrus but only very slight. Tastes fresh and clean with some floral and fruit notes but again, its rather slight. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel but thins quickly and goes down very smooth. Good choice on a hot day out on the river.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 14:03:22 | More by JNeider
Photo of BeerAdvocate


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
Photo of nataku00


3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Stopped by a pub/restaurant in Seatac while waiting for a flight. On tap poured into a pub glass. Half an inch of head that disappeared fairly quickly. Beer was slightly cloudy orange color, with decent carbonation.

Smells lightly of orange peel and light malt.

Tastes like it smelled, light orange with malt finish, though not as dry as I think this should have been. Light bodied beer, combined with high carbonation made it drink almost like a soda.

A decent summer seasonal, though nothing really stands out about it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2010 22:46:04 | More by nataku00
Photo of yemenmocha


3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden with a very, very slight haze. Nose is dominated by herbal notes and some mushroomy notes. Palate has plenty of that herbal hop zing, with a hint of metallic fling. Light cereal malt in the background, but overall it is very herbal tasting.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 03:44:59 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another expensive American import - once again, glad to get the chance to try it as a single...

This beer pours a slightly cloudy light golden colour, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves very little randomly distributed lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of mild wheat and banana ester sweetness. The taste is more sweet wheat grain, a bit of clove-ish spice, and no discernible hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, a bit prickly, but mostly smooth, and it finishes off-dry, the thin grainy wheat holding straight and true.

Not exactly a dry, crisp Kolsch. For a blonde ale, it's ok, though the flavour wanes quickly, and it's mellow to start off with. Having had the Crystal Wheat Ale right before this, had I not seen the different bottles, I would have assumed that I was drinking the same beer, due mostly to the plain, simple nature of both beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 21:44:35 | More by biboergosum
Photo of bump8628


2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gold with lots of carbonation rising to a thick mat of white fluff.

Very clean graininess from start to finish and really not much else. Hops are basically nonexistant and there's no character from the yeast. It's basically fermented 2-row pale malt, which I guess is the formula for a lot of blonde ales, but it doesn't do a damn thing for me.

Pass this by for almost any other craft unless you are looking for something to pound and not think about.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 02:27:17 | More by bump8628
Photo of SamN


2/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Only slightly darker than your average macro. Other than that, identical to them. Lots of visible carbonation. Decent head, though. Zero lacing.

S- Not great. That Kölsch aroma doesn't do it for me; musty, slightly skunky and an off bittered aroma. At least it's a rich aroma.

T- Light tasting, hops forward. Not much to it. Some very modest fruitiness.

M- Less carbonation than I expected. Not bad, light but pretty solid.

D- No thanks, one half of these is more than enough. I don't think I'm a big Kölsch fan.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 04:53:44 | More by SamN
Photo of hosehead83


3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. "stubby" bottle into a traditional pint glass
Clear golden in color, with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-Faint biscuit and mown grass
Taste-Subtle buttered biscuit, lager-like, not a whole lot of flavor here
Overall, a decent brew, certainly drinkable, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 13:52:02 | More by hosehead83
Photo of aquaderek


3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured the brew into a summer ale tasting glass. Nothing exceptional about the appearance, slight lacing and golen in color. The initial smell is spicy, cinnamon and some sweetness and citris. The taste in refreshing and balanced, just not alot going on. The mouthfeel is dry and the finsh is decent. Nothing I would go out of my way for, but a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 21:31:50 | More by aquaderek
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in the Burger Bar (Las Vegas), wasn't advertised as a Kölsch or I'd have passed on it.

Pale golden colour, thin white head, typical Kölsch even if this was brewed thousands of miles away from its homeland.

No smell (also typical Kölsch), gets my standard score of 3 for a non smelling Kölsch/Pilsner/Lager.

Bland and boring, not unsimular to the real thing.

Kölsch beers are fine if it is sunny, you're in Köln, otherwise leave them alone. They are supposed to be delicate and flavourless, this one fits the bill perfectly, so full marks for effort. The beer is well made, but it isn't the beer to be having if you're on a mission like I was.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2010 08:12:13 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of TheGordianKnot


3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- very hazy and light colored... typical look for this beer, but poured into my pint glass with minimal head.

S- Strong bread aroma (not a bad thing) with slight hops and fruity scents

T- Faint malt sweetness and minimal hop flavor. More of a bland taste that leaves me expecting more flavor after each sip, but left disappointed to find there is no more coming. Has a lingering yeasty aftertaste

M- Very carbonated, would be refreshing on a hot day; I however am drinking this as I type at 12:30am in early April... Should have waited on this beer, but can appreciate the mouthfeel for what it was intended- a summer seasonal ale

D- goes down smooth. I just now found that I have drank over 3/4 of beer just in writing this review... It is easy to drink and would be very refreshing on a summer day

Overall, not the best Pyramid beer I have had by any means. I understand they were going for a refreshing summer ale, but this really lacks taste. I will not purchase this any time soon, as I will be much more inclined to buy new beers to try and other more pleasing beers I have had before...

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 04:41:37 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of WVbeergeek


2.33/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

New packaging relabels this old Pyramid offering a face lift. Their summer seasonal Kolsch is labeled as a blonde ale this time around, pours a brilliant golden body with a slight haze cast over it, bright white nicely carbonated head forms a dimpled cloud rising well above the edge of my glass. Chunky scattered lacing forms with each sip and as the head slowly dwindles down. Aroma has some mild citrus components with some cooked veggies and pale biscuit malt sweetness. A touch of herbal spicy hops and mineral water are there as well, let's see how it's tasting. A bit of harshness is present with mild grainy off flavors, the metallic edge seems to overshadow the rest of the flavors. Some nice sweetness with a kiss of citrus fruit are apparent but they become muddled within cooked veggies and that mineral rusty finish. Mouthfeel is thin but carbonation seems a bit unnatural and forced, where the metallic edge really weighs the palate down after just a few sips. Drinkability overall is pretty pour, I will reevaluate next year but so far the Fall seasonal beats the pants of this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 17:04:54 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of astout

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Highly drinkable but otherwise not exceptional blonde ale.

Fairly light in colour dominated by bready aromas and similar taste. Decent beer to have on a sunny day, or like I did before a Mariners game at the brewery. Hence the high drinkability ;).

Seriously though decent summer time beer and goes down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 17:51:08 | More by astout
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 mjurney


2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

look: pale straw color, clear, fairly nice carbonation, very small head that disappear really quick, no lacing.
smell: sweet malts, herbs and hint of fruitiness.
taste: sweet malts, spicy herbs from the hops, weird dry finish that lingers in my palate.
feel: light bodied, carbonation is there.
drink: not too smooth, I would not buy this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 05:10:57 | More by mjurney
Photo of projectflam86


3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden color with a thin white foam head that leaves some lacing.

S- Spice and sweet fruits in the nose. Mostly banana and pear with some caramel scents as well. A touch of wheat and grain is also noticeable.

T- A small amount of spicy hop bitterness up front with an easy mellow sweetness in the finish.

M- Super light and clean with a decent amount of carbonation.

D- An easy one to drink, but not one to remember.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 21:31:36 | More by projectflam86
Photo of BEERchitect


3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looking for something light and refreshing for these warmer late spring days. Curve Ball serves the purpose but there are some hiccups that remind me why I don't select this often.

A solid enough malt bill brings an expected and glowing Pilsner looking straw color with a lot of carbonation, approaching fizzy at times. The head is quick to rise and quick to fall with no lacing. A better look than industrial swill, but not up to standards when considering craft beers.

The nose brings a firm pilsner malt structure with some herbal and floral hops in the mix. The yeast character brings some match-stick and vegital notes along with the fresh breads and raw grains.

Flavors fare much the same way; the maltiness leads the way with a part-grain, part-malt blend. Hops doesn't deliver the delicate floral flavors that are found in the nose. Still, a persistent vegitable (cooked corn) and sulfery note.

Quite light in the mouthfeel, but as a Kolsch style beer should. The hop bitterness definately do their job but also bring a bite and grassy astringent that show lower quality hops and graininess.

Not a bad beer, but it makes for a poor Kolsch.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 01:57:11 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of kaseydad


2.28/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the local Pyramid.

A yellow straw color with almost no head at all. Nothing special to view.

A malty, grainy smell that sort of reminds me of skunky beer.

It does have a crisp taste with a rice type flavoring. Grainy as well with light carbonation. A very unpleasant aftertaste which lingers far too long.

I would be hard pressed to try this again.

One of my least favorites from Pyramid.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2009 16:10:23 | More by kaseydad
Photo of xhcadamx


2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - brilliant yellow with a bubbly foamy head and no lacing.

S - malty sweet and some earthiness

T - Way too much sweetness from the malt! Comes across very cloying. The herbal and earthy qualities of the hops come through in the end but do little to help.

M - for the style thick and syrup and the shit ton of carbonation here doesn't help.

D - I do not like this beer and I love the Kolsch and Blonde styles. This missed the mark.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 00:57:12 | More by xhcadamx
Curve Ball Blonde Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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