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Coniston
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England

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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of fonefan. Pours a pale amber with a slight haze and a small white head. Fat juicy hop aroma with some citrus. Light body, sweet fruitiness with a dry finish. No real bitterness though. 290111

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3773) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle conditioned. Faintly hazy gold, thin but lasting white head and gentle condition. Gentle fruity melon and lemon citrus in the nose, quite yeasty in the mouth with a solid citrus hoppiness, gentle citrus hop bitterness persists in the finish along with a muted sweet yeastiness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (20866) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2013 At Pizzeria Paradiso, in the presence of Mr. and Mrs Obama and their secret service cadre. Pale yellow, very light body. Nice citrus aroma and taste with no noticeable bitterness. Decent enough.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (10021) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - AUG 25, 2010
Bottle: Deep golden, hazy, small off-white head; distinctive flowery-piney nose, light to medium bodied, moderate bitter-sweet flavour; fruity and piney-hoppy finish, lingering bitter aftertaste. The real thing.....

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esox (1226) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2010
Hazy orange beer with a thin but creamy head. Rather mellow aroma of fresh hops; some lemon, honey comb, green grass and light fruitiness. Quite lite maltiness, some bread and light toastiness. Dryish taste with nice mineral hop bite. Light to medium bodied, quite heavily carbonated.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drpimento (3001) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Iíve had this before from cask and itís much better that way. This one poured with a small, cream colored head that quickly faded and no lace. Color is a slightly hazy orange amber. Aroma is malt, caramel, a bit of toffee and hop. Flavor is fairly bland (this bottle was in my cold fridge) and similar to nose. Body is ok and carbonation is a bit fizzy. Fiinish is like flavor and short. Usually Iíd rather have another brand. Canít imagine finding this someplace and not being able to find something better.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Bottle. Amber, thin tan head. Nose is honey, plastic, dms. Flavor is honey, dusty english hops, some plumminess. Plastic off-flavor in the finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (3337) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2010
500 ml. bottle. Pours a thin head over a hazy golden (SRM 5) body.....nose is light citrus, biscuit, light toffee/caramel.....taste is light cereal, light toffee/caramel, finishing with a mild hop bitterness....mouth feel is on the light side of medium, carbonation makes a pleasant spritz on the tongue. The bottle shows this as an English Pale Ale. It has those characteristics as well as appropriate aromas and flavors for that style, although they are all on the light side, and relatively simple. BJCP 5/3/10/4/6

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (2334) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2010
(Old BA rate - tap RnH) Lighter yellow gold color; nice half-finger of a frothy white head. Decent retention. Close to ripe apples and some malt sweetness. Bit bready. Earthy; lighter fruit flavors; bit of hop bitterness toward the end. Well-balanced overall. Thinner with subtle carbonation; nice enough. Session beer here. Well-balanced, no off-flavors, decent overall

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
popery (1946) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2010
While XB Bluebird Bitter isnít a bad beer, it disappointed me in comparison to the normal Bluebird Bitter. The appearance is a light transparent amber with a head that dissipates a bit quickly. The aroma has some American and British hop notes, which is nice but nothing too spectacular. The flavor is a bit generic and yeasty for an English ale. Unlike the normal Bluebird, this is another English ale that makes me think that English ales donít travel terribly well.


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