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Coniston
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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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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DenverLogan (856) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Gold color, small lingering head. Slight aroma of malt and straw. Significant carbonation, somewhat rich body. Amber malts, floral hops, not too big or bitter but rather easy drinking and tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11380) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2007
Tap @ YNWA, Kolding. Pours a clear golden yellow with a small creamy white head that turns into a thin film. Aroma is lightly hoppy, some pine appearing. Okay round mouthfeel. Flavour is light bitter, grassy, pine hops give good dryness. Fresh and light.

2.8
   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.

3.5
   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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebeertourist (5069) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
doubelknv3 (1037) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4677) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joe19612 (2066) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (6280) - ITALY - JUL 30, 2007
quasi chiara non molta schima sentori piacevoli di luppolo poco corposa sapore di lupolo rinfrescante non eccessivamente persistente

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jazz88 (2590) - 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.


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