Curve Ball Blonde Ale | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Curve Ball Blonde AleCurve Ball Blonde Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RedDiamond on 07-17-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
399
Reviews:
218
Avg:
3.25
pDev:
14.77%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
24
For Trade:
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Photo of TopherBreski
4.8/5  rDev +47.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

One of the greatest American beers I've ever had.

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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 gleemonger
4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of Asics
4.25/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Taste/Finish/Body:
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.

Overall:
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 JoeLacy
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of phattman073
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Johnq1964
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of touchet20
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of BigRob329
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Pacioli1445
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of wilkowski
4/5  rDev +23.1%

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 RedDiamond
3.91/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visually, Curve Ball typifies the lineup of beers from Pyramid/Portland/MacTarnahan's/Magic Hat/Whatever. It shows polished clarity with carefree carbonation, a light white head, and a few items of lace. Its color is yellow-blonde like a luminous corn oil and it arrived slightly shy of its intended imperial pint serving.

Curve ball reveals a simple pattern of light, gently toasted grains with modest bittering and no appreciable hop flavor. Its short-lived smell is of dour, doughy yeasts, which works well enough for this simple-by-design kölsch variant. Services the undemanding function of light refreshment quite well. Available April-September.

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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 double2chin
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is great during the summer

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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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Curve Ball Blonde Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
3.25 out of 5 based on 399 ratings.
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