Review: Curve Ball, Pyramid

Curve Ball
Deschutes Brewing Co. — Bend, OR

  • Style:  Blonde Ale
  • Bitterness:  18 IBU
  • ABV:  5.0%
  • Malts:   2-Row Barley, Malted Wheat
  • Hops:  Vanguard, Perle
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle
  • Price:  $6.99 six-pack at grocery store

Description: "Our deceptively drinkable golden summer seasonal is a crisp, clean-tasting, cold lagered ale. This frosty thirst quencher is the perfect accompaniment to summer adventures."  — Pyramid Brewing Co.

Random thoughts: This is the fifth beer I’m tasting as part of my series on summer seasonal brews.

The tasting:  Medium golden, slightly hazy, with light effervescence, and a white head that dissipated fairly slowly.   Aroma of biscuit malts and spicy hops.  Although this is an ale, the aroma reminds me of a pilsner lager.  Flavor mirrors the aroma.  It leans towards the malty side, but without sweetness.  Curve Ball is light to medium bodied, has a light bubbly mouth feel throughout the taste, and finishes dry with cereal malt.  Very little bitterness throughout. 

Rating: 3 star.  Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.   Curve Ball is a solid, but unremarkable Blonde Ale.  If you like your beer slightly malty with little hop flavor and bitterness, give it a try this season.  It's available through July. 

Have you tried Curve Ball? 

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  2. Um...yeah...I don't think the last commenter was a human... I enjoy Curve Ball as a good light warm weather beer. Critics have said it lacks flavor, but summer blondes tend to lack the character of darker heads (am I still talking about beer??) It's perfect for a warm day on the water or at the baseball game.


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