Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 160   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2009
500ml bottle from the GBBF bottle stall, drunk 28th Sept 08. Very lively orange amber with a small white head. Nice fresh citrus and hop aroma and a soft, balanced taste. Not as biting as many golden ales.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2008
Well this is certainly in no danger of being a US APA! Aroma is only slightly citrus and leans more towards sweet raro. I think this has suffered from the journey but has an understated charm.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
berkshirejohn (5887) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2008
[50cl bottle from Westholme Stores, Goring.] Hazy amber with a thin white head - grainy aroma - soft herbal flavour with some grapefruit citrus undertones - rather thin and watery, and with a medicinal finish. Disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borresteijn (6283) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2008
50cl Bottle bought @ de Schans. Hazy amber/orange with a thin white head. Aroma of hops, grapefruit, some caramel and malts. Flavour is soft, hoppy, grapefruit, both American and English hops blend in in a nice balance. Slightly sweet, but overall very neutral and unoffensive, just a bit thin. Enjoyable though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (20710) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 17, 2008
Bottle at home ... amber ... sweet grapefruit hop nose ... again big clean grapefruit hop hit... medium body medium carbonation... fairly standard but good at what it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2008
nose of intense citrus and mild hops. pours very clear and translucent with nice head that dissapates quickly. carbonation is very lively, head is not dull foam but very alive. flavor matches fragrance, of strong acidic citrus, lemon espically comes across thin on the palate and hops are weak on the tounge. smells better then it tastes but even the aroma predicts such a dull taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (39962) - 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 (3051) - 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 (6482) - 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.

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