Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England


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RATINGS: 141   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5654) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2008
Bottled. Clear golden color, thick frothy white head. Nice soft hoppy aroma, blossom, flowery, slight herbal. Soft bitter taste, again bit herbal, slight pine. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4739) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Pours copper into an English pint. Off-white micro head quickly recedes to skim surface. Mild pine and resin aromas. Creamy head upfront quickly turns thin. Well balanced and highly drinkable. Lasting mild slight resin hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7327) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Bottled. Poured clear lighter orange with a nice initial cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up toasted pale malts supporting grassy and hay-like hoppage plus small amounts of pine and citrus.. warmth brought out a little honey.. nicely-balanced. The flavor had honey and pale malt sweetness again with very dry grassy and citrus bitterness.. some sourness.. the extent of the dryness make it rough at the finish. Lighter-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. again, the way this came together at the end wasn’t too pleasant. Decent overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2008
Light orange pour with medium rocky head that fades quickly. Nose is nice combination of citrus and grass somewhat lemony, some raw grain. Flavor is lemony and grainy, very mildly bitter. Finishes with a touch more lemon peel and grass. Ends dry and somewhat grainy, pleasantly so. All around a great session beer... wish it was priced as such!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2009 Bottle.Light orange with a small head,aroma is of hops pine and apricots,taste is hoppy clean and grassy with tangerine,dry finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Bottle.Medium, very fizzy off-white head that mostly diminished, patchy lacing, transparent, fast rising carbonation, and a gold hue. Nose was hoppy, citrus, musty, lightly malty, and grapefruit. The flavor was lightly hoppy, citrus, semi-sweet, lightly bitter, thin, and some grapefruit.Mildly tingly, thin mouthfeel and light in body. Easy to drink, easily forgettable, nothing special, and not a beer I will pursue again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Opaque light amber with small milky head. Tart and musty aroma with apple, caramel malt, herbal hops. Very tart and quite watery. Little in the way of hop flavor. Not much in the way of malt flavor. Not so great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Not much to say.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2010 Thanks Jesse. This one pours amber honey color a froth that creeps up a couple fingers then recedes slowly to a full downy canopy with some snail tracks down the glass. The lacing lingers the whole drink. Mild aromatics ply softly. Medium nectar with ample residual effers. The texture is quite creamy though. Flavorwise this brew is a classic bitter. Fresh hop flavors kill my palate and leave a stinging bitterness. With only a mild malt profile this brew has complexities ranging from citrus to caramel and butterscotch. The finish is bittered well leaving a parched smile on my face. I don’t understand the Golden Ale label from RB. If you are looking for a complex ale with full bittering, this is it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
leaparsons (8718) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle. Golden with a small head. Aromas are yeasty, dry and woody. Hoppy with citrus and some caramel. Flavours are biscuit malts with dry, earthy, woody notes. Yeasty with bitter lemon. Dry on the finish. OK.

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