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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (37603) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2008
50 cL bottle. Pours slight cloudy orange with a small lacing off-white head. Mild fruity citric and mild acidic. Mild lemonish and fruity base flavour. Citric and hoppy base flavour with a vague bitterness coming through and light sweetness into a mild finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 28, 2008
12-Nov-07 (500-ml bottle: Purchased for $4.49 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) An English Pale Ale made with Mount Hood hops, and the lemony citrus character of this beer is unmistakable. But not just the lemony flavor of citrus, but it also delivers a bit of ginger and a fair amount of unexpected tartness that really jumps out since the malt backing is so very light. Slight earthy quality with a whisper of nuttiness in the finish. Earth, nuts and soured fruits in the mildly aromatic nose. Light in body and carbonation, and dry on the palate, but the prickly acidity and tartness makes the beer clean and very refreshing. Smallish, off-white head covers a body that is golden in color and moderately hazy. Overall, this level of tartness is a shock to encounter in an English beer and it’s a bit out of whack for sure, dominating over all other flavors, but the beer is still oddly enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Bought at AJ’s, recommended by Jonpol. I like ESB’s but this is too mild for that style. I liked the beer, but didn’t wow me. It was very smooth and drinkable, a great session beer. I couldn’t detect any overwhelming aroma and taste, but the cascade hops won out a little bit, semi dry and medium length finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (6129) - 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 (5119) - 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 (7465) - 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 (1322) - 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 (4641) - Fort Wayne, 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.

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