Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England


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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7019) - 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 (14104) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2006
16.9oz, no date. Pours a hazy golden with a moderate, creamy head. Aroma is light sweet pine and spicy hops, biscujits. Pretty decent, though not very strong. The flavor just isn’t very good. The pine is there again, but then there is a dirty yeast with some bad tang that takes over. Bleh. Dirty yeast aftertaste. Light bodied, moderate carbonation. I had this a year or so ago, and I thought that it was pretty decent. Not anymore.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2006
Bottle bought in England, but clearly intended for North America as the label reads ’Imported by Shelton Brothers, Belchertown MA’. The sweet, hoppy aroma and citric flavour of this amber beer make it reminiscent of a transatlantic product. The result is pretty good, but one wonders what the point was. By the way, Belchertown sounds a cool place.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2386) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Large white frothy head of varying sized bubbles. Reduces slowly. Ginger ale and spicy hops aroma. Some light malts. Medium golden orange in color. Light crisp flavor with some lemon and more ginger. Spices and a bit of yeast. Finish is a little dry with a slight bitterness. Finishes clean. Decent but I don’t think that this is much better than the regular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (4637) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Other than the self-given style not being very accurate, this beer is pretty good. Smells like hops and has a pretty decent amount of them. A little too much citrus flavoring to be fantastic, but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2006
Lightly hazed dark golden colored liquid. A tall fluffy cream colored head with decent lace. Aromas of light pine and orange peels. Only a hint of pale malt. Full malt flavors from the first sip. A light citric hops balance. A touch too carbonated for my liking. Some herbs a tea seem to mingle with the malt. I like the way the malt is developed in this one. but there are to many herbs on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Palidor19 (2998) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 I was delighted that the initial aroma pured a nice grassy and piny smell to it. Taste the same with a bit of floral arrangement, nice and smooth with a bitter back-taste

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Smells like sour apples and british hops. The bitterness is balanced well with the smooth mouthfeel. This is like a pale ale with a unique bitter bite and a hint of sour saison flavoring in the finish. Great beer from the blokes across the pond. lol

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beastiefan2k (2522) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Cask. This to me seemed more of a pale ale. Poured a copper color with little head. It was not distinct and definitly was not a golden ale. It actually was nothing special but nothing bad either.

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