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:
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Added by RedDiamond on 07-17-2008

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Enjoy by 7/27/12.

A: Pours a clear golden straw with a 1 finger head that dissipates to a film fairly quick. A little bit of visible carbonation rising to the top. Looks like a beer.

S: Hints of hay and grass. Good light malt aroma. Smell is fairly strong. Sort of a grape smell, some hops in there.

T: Starts off with a light malty taste, a good wheat taste. Has some hops at the end. As it warms up it turns sort of macro-brew tasting.

M: Good refreshing taste. Light on the palate. Crisp finish. Average carbonation.

Overall better than I had anticipated. Would really like this on a warm summer day, just not sure if this beer would like being in the heat. Drink it cold.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from old session notes.

Pours out a paler semi-hazy straw color than most other Kolsches I have had. Has a flash head that disappears in a minute without lacing despite a somewhat aggressive pouring. Smells of light citrus peel, pale malt, and a small amount of something metallic. Thankfully the metal does not show up in the flavor. Rather, I get a nice combination of herbal / spice hopping with a dash of lemon peel and pale malt in the flavor, texture and carbonation are on the medium scale of things, finish is only semi-dry but lingers for a good long while.

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Photo of akk101
3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Nice head that disapears quickly. Cloudy goldent straw color

S - Metallic smell

T/M - Crisp and drinkable

O - Picked this one up because it was on sale. Being that it was priced the same as all the other macro brews not bad. Would easiy pick this one over a Bud light.

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Photo of zdk9
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy light orange color with a finger of purdy head that dissipates rather quickly.

S- Sweet flavors of lemon and orange waft off the top. There's a bit of yeast spice in there as well. Something minerally or metallic, not really an off flavor though. The aroma is very sweet.

T- Tastes light and crisp. Starts off with a burst of sweet orange or tangerine, and then bitterness fights back. The malty flavors are honeyish and lemongrass. The bitterness more of an herbal and bittergreens.

M- Not really the cleanest beer as the sweetness sits on the front of my tongue for longer than I'd like.

O- Better than I expected. A decent balance with some nice citrus flavors.

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Photo of isualum12
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good beer holds it's own...

Look-classic blonde with that light golden color.

Smell- little orange and lime. Not much else

Taste- great on warm day with an iced glass. Not as sweet as I expected but a great balance of flavor without to much hop going on.

Mouthfeel is a great balance.

Give it a shot. You will enjoy.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.56/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Looks light gold with a clean feel, maybe a ¼-inch head. Smells just like a Kolsch beer and a little bit heavy and skunky. Also tasted similar to a Kolsch. Heavy on the carbonation with a weird aftertaste. Maybe copper? Tastes fresh and clean, would be great on a hot summer day or after a good workout. Kolsch styles are hit and miss for me and I’d say this might actually have been right in the middle. Probably wouldn’t have it a second time, though.

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Photo of bubseymour
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was somewhat disappointing to me. Very bland and flavorless throughout. I was really hoping for a Belgian style blonde but lacked most of those characteristics. Watery, and lacking in most all flavor catagories. Its been a few years since I've had a Pyramid beer, which I remember being good, but now I'm not sure I want to sample others from them.

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Photo of Rayek
3/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of carolinahophead
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
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 !

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Photo of FosterJM
2.64/5  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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of MightyCasey
3.66/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of philbertk
3.46/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of JNeider
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.25/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of hu5om
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle into new belgium goblet
a-1 finger of white foam dissipates to a ring. translucent old golden yellow.
s-belgian candy sugar. fruity strawberry banana
t-lots of banana. wheat graininess. light strawberry/wheat finish. wheat is nice. but the fruit seems fake or off. kind of tastes like runts candy. weird.
m-pretty light and creamy. low moderate carbonation
d-decent, but i'd probably not seek it out again. all right for a refreshing summer beer, but far from a show stopper.

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Photo of nataku00
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.51/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of bump8628
2.86/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of SamN
1.99/5  rDev -38.8%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.52/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of aquaderek
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.41/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

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Curve Ball Blonde Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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