Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   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 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 (4424) - 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 (3252) - 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 (11920) - 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 (2416) - 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 (2021) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8534) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. I’ve always thought that beers from this brewer were very well made, and this one is no exception. The pour is medium copper with 1-finger off-white head. Aroma of huge dry hops, citrus, some tannins and subdued caramel malt. Tastes extremely hoppy in the piney resiny sense, bitter, with some tannin and fruit notes. This one was smooth on the palate, and had enouigh malt notes to prevent it from becoming overly cloying or dry or resiny and piney. I’ll be buying this one again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (8000) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 16, 2006
I had this one while in Westermere, the Lake District in a cozy little restaurant called the Spinners Wheel. I have largely forgotten the details on this beer, but I do remember liking it a lot with my venison sausage lunch plate. MMMMMmmmmmm!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (15071) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2006
500ml bottle from Hog’s Back Bottle Shop. I know I’ve had the original version before because my brother bought me it and a Bluebird glass for Christmas last year. But I failed to rate it. Oops. This is golden with a thin white head. Nice Mount Hood hop aroma. Some pale malt and some citrus fruit aroma. Good in mouth with nice malts balancing the hops. Nicely balanced juicy malt and then hoppy, but not too hoppy, finish. Extremely drinkable. Would like to have this on cask in a pub on an autumn day after a walk and I have a feeling I would sink at least half a dozen pints of this. Not exceptional, but really drinkable.

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