Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 162   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (2374) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
popery (1993) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3999) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Pours a lightly hazy blonde color with a big enough semi loose head that leaves no lace. The aroma has some floral and lightly soapy characteristics. There is also a fair amount of fruit in the aroma with some citrus and pear. The flavor is mildly bitter and has the same kind of fruit profile that we smelled in the aroma that is to say some citrus and some pear. The beer has some floral like bitterness an some good maris otter style biscuit and breadiness for a good malty backbone. Pretty tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34322) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2009
Bottled. A hazy golden beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is dominated by flowery hops. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of flowery hops, leading to a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (13227) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2009
Bottled, 500ml from Millets Farms Shop, Frilford, Oxon. Orange gold with white head. As the standard Bluebird is one of my favourite beers I had high hopes for this, but its really been dumbed down for another market, sweet, malty and really quite dull, not a patch on the original.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Hazy pour, with a thin but tight head. Soft orange hue. The nose has a muted hop spice that tends towards wet eart, when cold. Thin entry, but no bumbs in the ride, nice texture and tasty. Dry, crackery malt has some dried arpicot. All finishes crisply, cleanly, and with a light noble hop fade.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Bottle. Pale yellow straw with a white head. Dusty earthy dry with a bread y body and some dried fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (6666) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle. Not too much different from the normal bluebird bitter. Eh not much too this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2009
Tap at Ginger Man. pale goden beer with a thick sticky white head. Aroma is quite light. A touch of UK pale malt and not much else at all. Flavour is especially bland. Soft crackery malt, low carbonation and a reasonably creamy texture but it still come across as a bit watery. Crackery with a light earthy bitterness. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jter9 (12) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2009
Cask at black bull in coniston. amber in colour, full of flavour, medium in body and hints of fruit. Nice after a long walk.

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