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 astout
3.67/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Highly drinkable but otherwise not exceptional blonde ale.

Fairly light in colour dominated by bready aromas and similar taste. Decent beer to have on a sunny day, or like I did before a Mariners game at the brewery. Hence the high drinkability ;).

Seriously though decent summer time beer and goes down easy.

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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 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 skyler
1.7/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pyramid 6-packs were on sale, and there was no more IPA. Given my distaste for American wheat beers, I went for the curve ball. What a mistake.

A - fizzy yellow beer. Looked a little like I had poured Bud into a glass - only less bright and filtered in appearance.

S - this is when I knew this beer would suck. It smelled like PBR - obviously underhopped and made with a boring yeast.

T - dear God, it's worse than I had thought. Has the same, "am I going to puke" aftertaste as PBR. A truly miserable beer. It took months to finish off this six-pack because I was always willing to just go to the store and buy more beer rather than drink this crap. Eventually we took the last of it camping and let our friends drink it. Ick.

M - basically like an American lager, bud or PBR-like.

D - this would get high marks if the taste and aftertaste weren't SO bad that I had trouble sucking it down. A truly nasty beer.

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Photo of Japerrault
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden, with a thick white head. Head dissipated with little to no lacing.

S: Apricot and mild honey.

T: Lightly sweet, and fruity with a slight touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Hops aromas and flavors are not very noticable. Washed out honey/grain flavors come through as well in the end.

M: Light bodied, somewhat watery feel. Good carbonation. Finishes clean.

D: Light flavors and body make this a fine beer to drink on a hot day. Easy to drink and nothing offensive about it, Just very light.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.14/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty nice summer ale to go with, the apricot was a different taste but this one sat down and really had a good feel as far as taste goes. overall a very good selection and a good beer for a nice summer meal. Liked it and will have another blonde.

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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 benclimbs
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

looks slightly better than bud, very bad looking beer, yellow, bad carbonation, yuck

Smell isn't so nice either skunky with a little malt sweetness

Taste isn't so bad, a little clean hop bitterness coupled with some malty blonde character

Lacks character and complexity but drinkable

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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 kshankar
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow, good on carbonation. Foam is good...retention is alright, but the foam itself is a little thick. Maybe it was my aggressive pour, or perhaps thats how this is

Aroma: Malt, some yeast, citrus

Taste follows that scent. The taste is clean, which works well with the mouthfeel..which is light and crisp. It goes down fairly well, unoffensive taste, mild flavor and good for a hot summer day. I would recommend this. That being said, its not my favorite style, so I won't be going crazy over it.

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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 hustlesworth
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- mostly clear lemon yellow with a bit of a chill haze. airy fizzy white head, settles down pretty quick to a thin soapy ring and leaves tiny specks of lace

S- bready wheat aroma with some pale grains. some faint bubblegum and banana too. overall a plain bread and cracker aroma with just a little bit of hay like hops.

T- plenty of wheat flavor, like drinking thin slices of white bread. becomes lightly toasted as the hops kick in, grassy and slightly lemony citric,apricot, white grape, with a very soft banana bread flavor lingering somewhere in the background. bitterness becomes tea like in the clean finish and fades away leaving just some grain and grass flavors. becomes slightly more tart as it warms.

MF- under medium bodied with lively carbonation. dry and slightly astringent, this one has potential to be a real thirst quencher.

D- not the most exciting brew, but the flavors do enhance as it warms up a bit but isn't this brew all about being ice cold? they refer to it as 'frosty' on the website. it's an anomaly, a paradox, of sorts. if i'm lookin for a frosty cold tasteless thirst quencher i'll get one of the myriad of other cheaper beers... this one has some flavor if you let it open up a little.

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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 whynot44
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber/gold color with a moderate white head that disipates fairly quickly.

The aroma is light toasted malt, yeast, a hint of citrus and an herbal hops note.

The taste is slightly dry, light malt and yeast. The finish is slightly sour, citric with only a hint of hops and a decent citric/grassy aftertaste.

Light/medium bodied, easy enough to drink, especially on a hot day. A decent summer brew.

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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 keeperchaos
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle.

Light and clean woody taste, sour citrus sits for a moment on the tongue. Not offensive in any way.

Tight bubbles wave over the tongue rounded with an airy mouth feel, finishes dry.

a pretty blond, Id give her a second look and pick her up for a nice sunset.

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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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Curve Ball Blonde Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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