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 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's a nice blend. Very drinkable Kolsch.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Baseball players in front of the ancient pyriamids? Whoa. That's pretty bizzarre. This kolsch is lightly golden with a thick white foamy 1 finger head and a crapload of bubbles streaming up from the bottom. When swirled, a wash of white foam coats the glass.

Interesting note: A beer can only be called a Kolsch if it's brewed by a brewery with a view of the Kolner Dom (a famous Cathedral in Cologne). Hence, the bottle advertises this as a "kolsch style ale."

Quickly, the head dissapears 100% and this brew looks like apple juice....not even a damn bubble when aggitated. Now that all of the bubbles are gone, I see that there are quite a few little flakes of something in the beer.

The nose is very light with a hint of green bananas and green apple skin. As the beer warms, I get a hint of canned mixed vegetables. That's kinda gross. Where did my apples and green bananas go? I think they eloped with the head and the flock of tiny bubbles.

This is musty and tart with a solid green apple flavor and tons of carbonation which really adds to the drinkability factor. Mid-sip, the tart sensation becomes more like mouldy sour-dough bread. It's definitley a strange flavor, but it's not overpowering and it's actually very very refreshing! This almost has a sort of rauchbier smoke to it, only here it's more of a dusty or musty stale taste as opposed to pure BBQ smoke.

The finish is dry and full of green apple skin pucker along with some almost undetectible pepper. As the beer warms, the roggenbier-like sour rankness becomes a little too much.

When drinking this, I keep thinking that it is like a subdued roggenbier in that it is very sour, rank, and tart.... and a bit like a very very subdued rauchbier in that it is a little earthy and smokey. It's pretty damn complex, but in a muted way....this one whispers instead of yelling. I would drink this again in the summertime (very sessionable...mine went down in less than ten minutes) as a mildly entertaining thirst quencher, but it's nothing to write home about.

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Photo of brentk56
3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemon/golden color with a bubbly head that sticks around a bit and leaves a shard or two of lacing

Smell: Unfortunate vegetal aroma. Herbal? Maybe.

Taste: Starts out with a bready flavor with a vague wheat character; after the swallow, there is a crisp grainy herbaciousness; finishes fairly dry

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation; a touch too watery

Drinkability: A decent summer quaffer, but just doesn't thrill me with some of its elements

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Photo of budgood1
3.07/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a cloudy, dirty golden colour with a thin fine head and wispy rings of lace on my glass. sweet malty aroma, a bit of caramel apples, some vegetal notes and a bit of grainy, grassy notes. lightly malty in the taste...mostly herbal and grassy with metallic overtures dancing on my tongue. quite light and refreshing without any sweetness to speak of. body is light, even a touch watery at times. mouthfeel is crisp. drinkability is above average just for being the decent summer quencher it is.

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

Poured from a bottle, this kolsch had a light amber, slightly orange color to it. It gave a very light head which did not hold, but that it typical for kolsch. Had a very mild smell, with sublte apple coming through. The taste was crisp and smooth, again with some mild fruit tones. Mouthfeel was light and crisp, went down smooth. All in all seemed light a decent kolsch.

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Photo of
2.92/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Appearance was pale gold, with faint orange tone, slightly hazy. No head despite strong pour. Looked flat. The smell was primarily apple and a hint of wax? Taste was slightly sweet/fruity at first, then the hops came through, and it finished almost peppery. The mouthfeel was almost flat and somewhat drying. It was fairly drinkable, but it seemed to have more bite than you would expect from the style.

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Photo of spaceranger
2.25/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've seen Pyramid brews on the shelf for a long time but just never got around to trying any. This Curve Ball Ale appealed to me because: 1. It's summer and they describe it a "kolsch style" beer. 2. The bottle label and six pack graphics are pretty cool. 3. Some pretty good products come from the Western US so I thought this might be one of them.

I was wrong. This poured a very pale yellow with virtually no head. And what little it did have disappeared immediately. The smell was OK, sort of sweet and bread-like with malt and there is also some strong fruit aroma going on. But the taste is nothing like the smell. Very weak. Mine was almost flat with little carbonation. When it's hot outside I like a little bubble. It went down easy enough but left nothing behind. Nothing.

So, I regret that my first experience with Pyramid was so negative. Judging from the rest of the reviews on this brew here on the sight - no one else is too impressed either.

Maybe some of their other stuff is better but I'll pass on this boy...

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Photo of palffyfan
2.72/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Cloudy yellow with a good deal of carbonation. Nothing special.

Smell - Mild citrusy flavor, very lagery. Pretty incomprehensible for the most part.

Taste - Slightly sour aftertaste, with fruity flavors. It's as if someone squeezed a tangerine into my beer. Aside from that, not much on flavor.

Drinkability - This is too citrusy for my liking. Interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of Fuller
2.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pale clear yellow in color. Very little head that disappeared almost instantly leaving a small bit of lacing.

Light floral, grassy smell. Faint smell of malt

Taste is pretty boring. Grainy with some mild hop bitterness.

Overall not a bad beer, but there is nothing special about it. It's light and bland making it ok for a hot day, but not something I will buy again.

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Photo of HoustonTX
2.39/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Bright yellow, no head what-so-ever. Ultra small amount of lacing.

S - Smell is slightly of roasted malt, mixed with slight florals, and a pickle aftertaste.

T -Taste is horrid, way too salty and bitter. No hops apparent, and balance is way off. Tastes acidic and unappealing.

M - Mouthfeel is close to the texture of sandpaper.

D - 4.80% and this tastes bad, real bad.

Overall, not exactly an enjoyable Kolsch, and one you should avoid.

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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 Higravity
1.76/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours nice pale color with lots of carbonation and a ok head. Smells grassy and citric and a touch off in the malt. The off-ness contiues as I sip through this, I think it might be slightly oxidized or have some metal in the water I don't like. I don't know I don't care for this one. I couldn't finish this before dinner so I dumped it and got something better.

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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 nortmand
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow pour with a white head.

Sweet wine and slight hop notes in the nose.

Fairly dry flavor, with some ending bitter hop notes. Some not too pleasant astringency.

Low to medium bodied. A fairly refreshing beer for hot weather. Not too bad for a summer beer.

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Photo of guitarmage
3.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an inviting, clear, golden hue with a medium, white head. Retention was not very good, disappeared after a couple sips. The beer looks refreshing, however.

Smell: Very mild, biscuity malt notes if anything, perhaps a little grassy.

Taste: Again, very mild, but very smooth. Slightly astringent upfront but quickly fades into a light biscuity flavor and disappears. Nothing unpleasant about it.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied in a good way, it doesn't feel hard or overly carbonated. Pleasantly soft actually.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. Not anything complex or aggressive. I do not know if this does justice to the Kolsch style, but I find this beer very enjoyable and imagine it would be great on a hot summer day. It makes sense as a summer seasonal and would be great with some grilled burgers.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden straw qith a fluffy white head that thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smells malty and grainy - rather light and crisp.

Taste is malty and crisp upfront but fades to a very blah blandness and slightly metallic lingering aftertaste.

Body is ok.

Not one I will drink again. Just not a good Kolsch.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the stubby bottle a dark golden yellow with a small bubbly white head that quickly falls to next to nothing. Somewhat cloudy. Aroma of light sweet grains with a slight fruitiness and a touch of lemon zest. A touch toasty, crisp and clean aroma.

First sip brings a semi sweet sun dried grainy maltiness. Light citric fruit with stronger notes of lemon. A touch of a toasted flavor that goes down with subtle green, spicy herbal hops. Finishes refreshingly easy.

Mouthfeel is rather light with plenty of bubbles. Pretty thin and refreshing but a bit too bubbly. A bit really doesn't grab my attention in any way. Would make a nice lawn mower beer though.

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

Pours a hazy golden color with minimal head and no lacing whatsoever.

Aroma is very light - a touch of apple and grass - minimal hop or malt aroma.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. The carbonation is really prominent and seems to persist long into the finish.

Taste is incredibly light - a touch of malt and hops with a lingering tannin note.

Very drinkable and quite refreshing on a hot day - like today - but not much character to distinguish from millions of other beers out there.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a mix of Pyramid ales tonight. Opened the Curve Ball Kolsch first.
Pours into my pint glass with a rocky white head that dissapates to slightly less than a thin white film on top of a very pale clear yellow liquid.
Smell was of malt sweetness with lots of fruity scents, berries come to mind.
Taste is very crisp with a sweetness that quickly turns to a hoppy bitterness and a dry finish. I would rate the bitterness as being medium in intensity which I prefer with the Kolsch style. The mouthfeel is perfect, light with a nice amount of carbonation. I could drink this beer all night long.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.45/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a six-pack of Curve Ball to taste review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a gold color, and is clear. A bubbly white head dissipates quickly to a fizzy champagne-style head. The head produces almost no lacing on the glass.

The smell is fruity, with a scent of grain. Aroma of apples is present.

The taste is a little bland. There is a malt flavor, along with a mildly bitter hop flavor, and some sort of herbal notes (according to the label). I think it tastes a little like alfalfa. The flavors are reasonably well balanced, but understated.

Mouth feel is light, crisp and a little watery.

This is a drinkable beer, but frankly the flavor is underwhelming. I would prefer something a little more full-bodied. I wouldn’t mind having Curve Ball again, especially on a hot day, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for it.

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Photo of andythejerk
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells fruity--faintly reminds me of the fruity aroma of belgian ales. Not much head at all, thin and bubbly, and quickly disappears leaving no lacing. Looks light and blonde, but with a murky cloudiness. I like it! My first response was, "Oh! This is a happy beer!" Because of that fresh, germany herb taste that kicks into the back of my mouth. I feel like it's lifting my spirits already. Fairly straight-forward, light on the hops, but "laesst sich leicht trinken" (allows itself to be drank easily) as the Germans would say. This would be fantastic as a refresher on a hot summer afternoon...I'll try it again when it's not 24 degrees outside.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold with a 1 finger head after an aggresive pour. OK longevity and OK lace. Grassy sweet malt smells mixed with honey and a hint of citrus. Sweet malt with honey and slight bitterness. Definately a lawnmower beer - very unoffensive. Highly drinkable due to its lightness. Not a great beer but OK.

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Photo of russpowell
3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden honey color with a thin white head. Slighlty hazy and minimal head retention or lacing.

Smell: New mown grass/hay, malt and a wiff of floral hops.

Taste: Honey sweetness mixes with a grainy malty taste and slight fruitiness. I did not shut my eyes and think I was back at the Dom in Koln (maybe a shorter glass than a pint would've helped? No)

Moutfeel. Under carbonated but the balance was almost there even if the taste wasn't

Despite the out whack flavors still pretty quaffable if taken out of context of the style. I did like last years effort quite a bit more

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Photo of damifino
3.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Strawlike pour with little head. The carbonation fades away rather quickly.

Very light hops. A little wheat, but overall light.

It was a bit bland compared to two other Kolshes I have had.

As with most Kolshes, if you are thirsty and want a "decent" beer, this will work.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle - had a best by date of 10/12/06. Pale color with a little bit of head that quickly dissipated. Very little carbonation. Had a good smell that makes you think of summertime session beers. Unfortunately, the taste didn't live up to it. It was average for the sytle and would try again but if I want a Kolsch session beer then I'm going with St. Arnold's Lawnmower (a classic).

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Curve Ball Blonde Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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