Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Very drinkable, and nice and dry. Decent level of carbonation, nothing to complain about. Sadly I think this has sat a little too long, and the british ale yeasts are never really meant to hang out in the bottle too long. Thus, it has a slight funky aroma and flavor that comes from breakdown of the yeast. The american hop profile is really subdued - in a good way. I’d really like to have this one on cask, within 50 miles of the brewery - I bet its killer. Cheers up to low alcohol british brews with american finishing hops, I would love to see even more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Bottle. Amber body, nice white head, fruity hoppy nose. Fruity, hoppy body, not herbal/earthy like so many English beers (presumably due to the American aroma hops). Very quaffable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebeertourist (5170) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2007
Bottle. Clear light amber colour with a big foamy head. Unexpected sour fruit aroma as well as citrus and grassy hoppiness. Sweetish malt flavours with some offsetting bitterness. Low carbonation. Disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
doubelknv3 (1081) - Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Hazy, goldnen-amber with quickly disappearing head. Mild citrus, grains, and dry fruit aromas. Grapefriuit, dry sour fruit, with mild sweet malt notes. Farily smooth with hop sour notes and a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4706) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2007
(Draught@Oluthuone Amsterdam, 4.2% ABV) Clear amber with a small head. Quite pleasant and fresh aroma of strawberry-fruity hops, and hints of lemon. Flavor of lemon-limey-fruity malt and nutty-grassy hops, with a hint of metal. Light to medium-bodied, reasonably refreshing palate with low-medium carbonation. A quite snappy and fresh brew, but nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joe19612 (2465) - 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 (7721) - 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 (2650) - 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 I’ve 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 (4368) - 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.

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