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Coniston Bluebird Bitter Premium XB (Bottle)

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Coniston
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England

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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned - contract brewed by Hepworth for Coniston.
Stronger version of Bluebird.
For cask version, see Coniston (Premium) XB.

English Pale Ale with American aroma hops.
Bluebird XB combines two of the great themes of ale brewing to produce something distinctive and new. The fine tradition of English Pale Ale is about quaffing, refreshment and complexity of flavour without alcoholic strength

Then throw in a new wave of American hop variety Mount Hood with robust citrus aromas.
... Not too much mind or we might have an American Pale Ale on our hands?

Bluebird XB
familiar ... but different


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ronaldtheriot (1522) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Coniston Bluebird Premium XB has a fairly thick, spongy, off-white head, a cloudy, orange-amber appearance, racing bubble streams, lots of large and tiny tan sediment throughout, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of water, turned fruit, and cellar mold, and the flavor it the same, with the fruits being mango, red preaches, and apricot. White bread is present, but bitterness is quite low, really. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Coniston Bluebird Premium XB finishes semi-dry and easily gulp-able. RJT

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamesie1857 (1661) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2015
500ml bottle from Black Bull, Coniston - Golden clear body, loose white head. Relatively fresh citrus aroma, sweeter than the handpull version. Flavour has a decent light dose of sweet malt, with plenty of fresh hop flavour and light bitterness. Very drinkable session bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (609) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
Bottle. Nose is perfume, malt, cereal, slight tropical note from the American hops. Taste is cereal, malt, slight orange, floral, herbal hops, doughy, hint of peach with a gentle mineral herbal hop finish. It’s quite a nice bitter, and very drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3570) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
Bouteille de 500ml. Bbf 20 02 14. Achetée à Portland. Un liquide dorée foncée, je suis surpris. Un nez simple de malt Maris Otter et Cristal. Une bouche quelque peu sucrée. Une finale sur la poussière et sur le sucre doux. Ordinaire.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redders1974 (323) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2015
Nice beer slightly let down on appearance tastes caramel and citrus with a long finish nice in a bottle even better on tap.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (6316) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2015
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours clear golden, thin short-lived white head. Aromas of citrus and minerals. Taste is light sweet, cooked oranges, sugar. Thin finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
weordie (326) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2015
Pours copper with a short lasting head. Aroma of oranges and lemons. Very very smooth, citrusy start with a smooth bitter finish. Very drinkable.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (22588) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottled. Golden colour, small white head, which lasts for quite a good while. Aroma is citrus, some parfume, mild wood and some herbs as well. Flavour is smooth fruity and floral notes along with some earthy and dusty notes.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (7083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
"After an initial pleasant blast of citrus fruit hops, this beer falls a little flat. Not literally as the feel is thin but prickly, but even within style the flavor is a bit boring. For 4.50...never again."

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lesifflebiere (1472) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2014
Bière blonde presqu’orangée, au nez sucré et fruité, ainsi que légèrement houblonné ; en bouche, breuvage relativement désaltérant, sec et fruité comme annoncé. Les malts, les houblons, et même la levure semblent jouer du coude pour occuper l’avant-plan en terme de saveurs primaires. Une pale ale solide, qui tente peut-être un peu trop de plaire à tout le monde sans vraiment contenter personne, mais qui demeure très efficace, agréable et plutôt originale.


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