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 | website

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 08-18-2009

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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 projectflam86
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.07/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of kaseydad
2.3/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

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Photo of xhcadamx
2.61/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of two singles available at Churchill's in Toledo. The other is also Pyramid...go figure.

There's a decent appearance to this one. It's a cloudy amber with a decently-retained white head that leaves minimal lacing.
At front on the nose is citrus, backed by a wheat yeast. There's also a light earthiness.
There's a nice gentle hops bite up frontwith very little bitterness. Other than that, it's just the grains, citrus and yeast you get on the nose along with that earthiness. It's pretty simplistic and does lack balance a bit.
The mouthfeel is nice and crisp. Body is light to moderate. Carbonation is also moderate.
This one's generally drinkable and not a bad beer. As a Kolsch, though, there are others I'd pick first.

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

A - pours a murky straw yellow with a 1/4 inch of foam that slowly disappeared

S - yeasty, slightly citursy aroma

T - earthy, yeasty flavor with a bit of a hop bite

M/D - light bodied and easy drinking, crisp and nice on a hot day. Nothing too overly amazing, but not bad.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I seeked this beer out when I went to Seattle. I love Kolsch beer but this one had no chance compared to the German Kolsch.

A: Orange/Yellow pour with white head.

S: Citrus, yeast, straw scent.

T: Earthy. Tasted of grain and citrus but very crisp as with most Kolsch.

M: Light, sharp, and crisp.

D: Easy to drink especially on a warm day. I enjoyed the beer but would pursue a different Kolsch next time.

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Photo of colts9016
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour is a yellowish orange hue with a thin head that disappered quickly.
The aroma is an odd herbal smell with a hint of citrus, hints of ester and yeast.
The taste is about what the nose citrus grassy hints of hops and a slight bitter finish.
Kolsch are not one of my favorite beers it takes a little bit to get used to. But this is beer is true to it style.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at CPW's in Greenville:

Shaker pint draft arrives with a hazy amber body and a finger of white foam atop.The head settles into a sheet that leaves minimal lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is a bit grainy and vinous.

The tast of the drink is a bit fruity, lightly grainy and sweet. No bitterness to speak of.

Light-medium in body and very drinkable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/yellow color with a fluffy, off-white,two finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and yeast.

T - It tasted berry-like and of light caramel malt. Fairly sweet with slightly bitter aftertaste.

M -It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice, easy-drinking summer beer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

2.5 A: Pale orange (lime if light is nearby). Below average head retention, no lacing.

2.5 S: Weak smelling. Straw and yeast.

3.0 T: Earthy (straw, grass), some spice, lemon. Weak again. This would be pretty good if the flavors were magnified 10x.

2.5 M: Tingly. Not very smooth. Malt and spice aftertaste.

2.5 D: I don't think I could drink a second one without becoming incredibly bored (though it is much more exciting than cheap ass macro shit and would make for a cheap session due to its favorable price).

I wasn't expecting a whole hell of a lot out of this beer as it only cost $1.35 (as part of a mixed six). Once again, this beer would be a good pick to get tipsy off of, but don't ever eat your dinner with it.

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Photo of becktone
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Done Horizontally with New Holland Full Circle From notes: 7-26-08

Eye: Nice looking body, clear(for the most part, not crystal clear like some brews, but still pretty damn clear). Color is straw gold. The head is of nice size and has great retention, nice billowy white with lacing that could use some work..

Nose: Sweet and strong malt aroma. Caramel and some nuttiness combine to form a sweet malt aroma. Overall nice strong aroma.

Tongue: This brew is crisp and finishes with a slightly dry finish. The bottle states that this has a slightly herbal taste and I'll have to say that its really not there. Definitely getting some fruitiness from the yeast, banana. Slightly bitter hops, just enough to balance out the fruitiness. Hops are hard to detect over the fruitiness that seems to take the foreground. Maybe some diacetyl in here.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light in body and quite easy to drink. This is one I'd consider buying again, though I think that I'll explore some more of the style first. Finish is clean and ends up dry in the end. Compared to the Full Circle this one isn't nearly as drinkable, for the style, that is.

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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 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 orangemoustache
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at Medicis in Bloomington,Il advertised as a Golden Ale.

Pours a apple juice amber with a small head of white creamy foam that leaves no lacing as it vanishes.Smells of lightly toasted malts and some tart apple.The taste is a bit less assuming than I had anticipated,overall very balanced.Roasted peanuts,toasted white bread,along with fruity flavors of pear and red apples can be found within this subtly satisfying brew.The body was light,but not as light as other Kolsh offerings,the carbonation is light and the finish is clean with a lingering sweetness.This went nicely with the steak burrito,a bit to plain jane for me to order a second.

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Photo of Sammy
2.66/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tasted at the Lancaster brewing monthly get-together. Light yellow with bubbly head. Bit of head. Skunky aroma. Not at all a good kolsch, it's hard to nail this style. Acidic.A bit of spiciness. It's drinkable, if nothing better about. Not impressed.Bottle 6 months later just as mediocre.

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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 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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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 nrbw23
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very clear pale yellowish gold color with a very thin white head that leaves very little to no lacing.

S- Crisp, fruity, yeasty and grassy not a whole lot going on here.

T- Kind of bland. Bready and finishes with a tiny bit of herbs/spices and fruit.

M- Light in body.

D- On a hot day this would be an easy beer to drink other than that I'll take something else.

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Photo of dwilkens
3.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden, Light Honey-like color. The beer pours a generous, light, and quickly dissipating head; a light rim remains thoughout drinking. The beer has a light summery nose, but without the herbal notes mentioned on the bottle. The mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent as I would like with a Kolsch Ale. The taste is light and dry, with the ale character coming through to distinguish it from it's lighter lager counterparts. Hints of citrus and bitter greens. I would like to see just slightly more hop character for balance. Overall, a very drinkable yet not overly exciting offering. Good for a hot summer day.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy By: 08-26-08. That's more of an approximation, as the numbers are so small and so scrunched together that I'm not exactly 100% on that. Let's just go with it, huh?

Appearance: Clear, deep yellow body with a tall, white head, though it's bubbling out fast.

Smell: Lightly floral aroma with hints of both apple and pear juice. Tiny note of malt way in back.

Taste: Very light, delicate maltiness - kinda like I just pressed my tongue against a saltine cracker. Subtle sweetness. Light fruitiness. Not much bitterness, but the overall flavor starts drying out on the way to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A light brew, but one should know that going in ahead of time. Overall, an acceptable lil' Kölsch-type brew, and not nearly as horrendous as everyone's making it out to be.

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Photo of rye726
2.48/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

An orangish brown color and a middling tan head. The nose has pale grainy malts and some mild bittering hops. The taste is quite light with an herby hop presence over subtle barley. A light body has ample carbonation. Not a bad version of the style, just a bit on the light side.

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Photo of iuhophead87
3.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light gold color. Almost like a lager with less head. Small carbonation bubbles continually rise to the top during the entire tasting.

S- Smells more like a wheat beer, almost like peaches and flowers.

T- Interesting flavor. A little more sweet and fruity than other "Kolsch" beers that I've had. Also had more malt flavor than I would expect from a light colored beer.

M- Very light and crisp! A little too watery for my taste.

D- If the flavor was a little better, this would be a great session beer. Although it would be much better than a light lager at a picnic or at the ballpark.

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