158. Pyramid Brewing – Curveball Blonde Ale

I’m on my way home from Portland (via Seattle), and was surprised that Horizon Air offers a free beer on the flight.  It was supposed to be Full Sail LTD 03, but they were still serving last month’s beer – the Pyramid Curveball Blonde Ale.  I offer this review this review with the preface that I’ve discovered that, for some reason, beer seems to taste better when you’re on an airplane.

It was very clear and almost bright orange in color.  There was almost no head, only a few bubbles around the ring of the glass.  There was a bit of maltiness in the nose as well as an orange peel or zest smell.

The body was very light, and it had a smooth, but crisp mouthfeel.  There was a bready maltiness up front, followed by a alight orange taste near the middle.  There was a slight hop bitterness in the finish and in the aftertaste.

This beer would probably go best with a pasta, as it was light and very drinkable, and would be a light match to go with a heavy pasta dish.

Overall, I’d say that this would be a fairly nice summer beer – light, crisp, and drinkable, but not too watery.  I thought the orange zest was an interesting addition, but it wasn’t overpowering.  It’s not a beer I’d likely seek out again, but if someone handed me one on a hot summer day I’d gladly take it.

My Rating: ★★½☆☆

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