Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
NorCal tasting Apr 07 - Not sure about this beer. Apparently this was made with American hops. Hmpf. It was? This was easy drinking for sure, but it didn’t have much of a flavor profile at all. Aroma was really soft, nearly non-existant but there was a touch of grassy hops. Very unassuming. Appearance was dark gold in color with a white foamy head. Mouthfeel was clean and crisp. Flavors were light, almost seemed diluted to me somehow. Nothing bad, but damn if I wanted to drink something this light I’d have a N/A. Nothing spectacular at all. Perhaps when you want to session something, this might fit the bill.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle (from BItter Virtue, BB Feb 08). Some citrussy hops with slight soapiness. Cleanish biscuity malts with refreshing hoppy finish. Quite nice but gets a bit boring

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2007 Deep copper body with a frothy white head. Big Mt. Hood hops balance out this scrumptious English ale. Citrus astringency from a nicely shaped bottle makes this one of the coolest session beers from Great Britain. Love it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - FEB 16, 2007
Bottled, 4.4% ABV. Dark golden, with a light white and not persistent head. Pleasant aroma with citric and pine notes. balanced flavours between malt and hops, not overly bitter finish. Refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichardGretton (4449) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle. Golden beer with a foamy head. The aroma is fruity and lightly hopped, and the flavour is lightly dry, watery and slightly fruity. Overall an average beer but too weak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3296) - Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Pours a hazed amber that clears as the beer warms. Very large-bubbled head, and sediment in the bottle. The label says this is bottle conditioned. The beer starts off with a big hoppy aroma, a little on the grassy side with a touch of lemon. The body is a bit thinner than I’d hoped for and the malt much drier than expected. Tasty, but I would love to see that maltiness beefed up and perhaps not be quite so dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2007
500 ML Bottle-Poured a reddish copper color w/a moderate off white head. Roasted nutty aroma. Flavors of roasted malt, caramel, nuts, & barley. Had a long dry bitter finish. This was labeled as an English ale, & I would say that is correct. Way too red & Bitter to be a Golden/Blond. It was quite good though. If you like that style-English Ale/ESB, I would definatly recomend it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12245) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Bottle. Clear golden pour with an average frothy white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Moderate hoppy complex aroma. Light to medium body with a smooth texture. Light balanced flavor with a small bitter finish of moderate duration. Drinkable with a soft ending. Shared with my Dilly Deli freind, Peanut.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2417) - California, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Hazy golden, fairly large head, decent lacing. Aroma is bread, light fruits, grass, some aged hops. Flavor was quite bitter for a blonde (which I wouldn’t have guessed) with moderate carbonation and acidity as well. Wasn’t wild about a few things here, but it was still solid for a ’golden’ ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonMoore (2025) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle conditioned. Golden colour with a slim white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, pine and spices. Nice hoppy taste with balancing malts. Medium mouthfeel lightly carbonated. Very drinkable. Very good.

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