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Curve Ball Blonde Ale | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Curve Ball Blonde AleCurve Ball Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Reviews: 208 | Ratings: 385
Photo of tomakeanend
4.63/5  rDev +42.5%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +29.8%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
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!).

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Photo of rowew
4.07/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

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Photo of mjurney
4.01/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden-straw Color, slight haze. Lots of streaming bubbles. Thick foamy head.

Sweet pale malts, fresh cut hay, grass, some spicy.

Sweet pale malts, grassy, a little honey. Some fruitiness. Hop bitterness is mild, mainly spicy. Finish is dry, very crisp. Body is light, crisp, refreshing, dry.

It's a very good American made Kolsch.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Photo of cokes
3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
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

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.97/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.9/5  rDev +20%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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3.84/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of PiecefulToker
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev +17.5%
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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Photo of MobBarley
3.82/5  rDev +17.5%
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!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.82/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, single,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a small white head, average looking beer.

S: Looks like a lager, but the ale fruitiness is shown, some grape notes, and grass from the hops.

T: Quite good, I thought this was a full-flavoured Kolsch, slightly sweet, with some white grape juice, and slightly herbal hops. A bit of biscuity malt is there, just enough to balance the flavour. Well done for a lighter beer.

M: Light and crisp, but a little thin in body, a little watery.

D: A good full-flavoured Kolsch, easy to drink on a summer's day or watching a ball game, as it suggests on the label, I could drink a lot of this, and at a good price, one of the cheaper craft brews that I have found. Good job Pyramid.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw-gold body with a brass cast. The full and creamy bright white head holds well, bolstered by a solid release of tiny bubbles. And although the head slowly drops in size from an inch or more tall, it maintains a solid 1/4 to 1/2 inch throughout and leaves some nice lace. The fresh and welcoming aroma displays grainy malt amidst a light fruitiness and a touch of citrusy hops. The body is light/medium and the carbonation is only gently crisp at the outset before becoming smooth and creamy across the palate. The flavor offers a delicate but spirited combination of grainy and lightly wheat-ish malt that's well-balanced by firm bitterness. An herbal/floral hop flavor and yeasty fruitiness add the character that gives it life. It finishes dry due to the bitterness, but with a layer of honeyish and fruity malt that sticks in the mouth momentarily. A nice beer, and although it's not very authentic when compared to the beers of Köln, it is a fairly interesting American interpretation.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
"Crisp and golden with slight herbal notes" on the front logo sticker...
Pours a clean, clear, lucid, golden hue with no carbonation and hardly any head or lacing at all...
Musty, earthy aroma replete with slight hints of butter, caramel, and a tinge of vanilla essences...
Crisp, musky taste very refreshing and highly drinkable... Definitely would make for a good warm-weather beer...
Worth a go...

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold color, with a brief white head. Aromas of herbs, and some fruit. Minimal hops in the nose, but much more spark upon the tongue. Label illustration is a perfect application, for this is an ideal ballpark beer. A lingering spice/fruit flavor continues through the finish. Soft, satisfying, delicious.

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Photo of beeragent
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a clear gold, with very light spots of lace. Aroma is a mixture of spices and hops. The taste is smooth hops, spices, light fruit and malts. This almost tastes like a winter holiday brew. Light smooth mouthfeel. The fact that I would love to fill a stein with this at a German festival is enough to say that this is definitely a session ale. None of the other Kolsch style beers I've tried have even come close to this. Highly recommended!!!

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.77/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle poured out to a dark golden color with a large white meringue like head. The foam dissipated quickly leaving no lacing on the glass.

The smell was inviting enough - plenty of light malt with some fruit notes well above any hint of hops.

The taste was rich but with a light crisp feel - as one would hope for a summer brew. It was a bit more yeasty than most but that added a rich note to the composition.

The medium carbonation and mild hopping added a nice finish that cleared the palate after each sip, inviting another. I could see drinking a few of these and not getting tired of the experience; it was a nicely balanced ale that invites another round.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.77/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass right out of the fridge.

Pours a cloudy straw color with some orange highlights. Smells grassy with hints of oranges/lemons. Taste was less complex than I had anticipated, but it's good nonetheless; a little roasted malt action coupled with a strong carbonation and grassy aftertaste...it's a nice blend. Very drinkable Kolsch.

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Photo of Brent
3.76/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kolsch is often an underappreciated style, since a well-done beer in the style is still pretty reserved. I was quite pleased with this effort. Crisp, clean, with a touch of citric acidity for refreshment. Slightly herbal hops profile. A little cereal grain flavor crept in, but not so much as to throw the beer off. This is the beer mass produced pale lagers want to be when they are reincarnated as their next step to beer nirvana. If this were more available to me, it would be my go-to beer for the patio this summer.

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Photo of ZAP
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gold with a light creamy head...pretty clean looking, but there is a little cloudiness...nice sweet nose of malt...nice malt nose with a pilsener like hop bite...a little more bitterness on the finish than I anticipated...kind of like a sweeter pilsener...light-to-medium body...thirst quenching...more of a subtle beer than an in your fance powerhouse of flavor, but still a nice drink

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