Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joe19612 (2366) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2007
Bottle. Poured a clear gold colour, with a thin white head. lovely fresh american hop aroma, also with a very slight citrus, aroma as well. Flavor is of malt, with plenty of fresh hops and a light bitterness. One of my favourites and a lovely beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (7203) - ITALY - JUL 30, 2007
quasi chiara non molta schima sentori piacevoli di luppolo poco corposa sapore di lupolo rinfrescante non eccessivamente persistente

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jazz88 (2638) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle. A relatively light golden color with a white head. Sweet pineapple, citrus, and floral aroma. Smooth and balanced with a light floral and citrus flavor and light tangy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUN 2, 2007
Appealing nose of spice, citrus & some wheatish fruit tones like apple and pear. Pours a sparkling honey golden. The mostly lasting off-white head is frothy & stiff and leaves very light lace. Again, the flavor is remeniscent of wheat. Seems like Iíve been here before: deja-vu? Heavy acidity and brief finish. The light body is creamy and fizzy. Kinda reminds me a bit of Orval, as crazy as that sounds. Hmmm...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4334) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2007
This one has a really unique herbal, citrus hops in the aroma along with a little malt and vegetables. The appearance is copper gold. The flavor is like the aroma with an emphasis on the citrus and a brief but obvious sweetness followed but a somewhat dry finish. The palate is light but smooth. I was not crazy about it at first but it really grows on you.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of lemon, lime, and florals. Flavor of floral hops, herbs, malt, and citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shigadeyo (3461) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2007
Date: 4/13/2007
Serving: 500 mL bottle (4.4% ABV). Thanks Matt!
Event: Weekly Friday night tasting.
Location: Riverís Bend Wine & Spirits.

Tasting Notes
Aroma: Sugary citrus hops (Tang?) with a touch of spice and some light maltiness in the background.
Appearance: Sparkling copper orange color (about one shade lighter than the regular Coniston Bluebird Bitter) with a large, foamy white head.
Flavor: Similar to a really light and soft Pale Ale. There was some balanced malts and hop bitterness, but nothing overly distinguishable. Maybe some light caramel/toffee malt and light citrus hops...
Palate: Medium-light body. Smooth, slick, and soft.
Overall: An English Bitter with American Mount Hood hops for aroma? Iím all about experimentation and all, but why mess with a good thing?! This beer is an interesting twist on a typical English Bitter, but I think I prefer the original, unadulterated Coniston Bluebird Bitter a bit more...

   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 didnít 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 Iíd 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!

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