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Coniston
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England

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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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


Joeh's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, - MAR 20, 2005
Brewed stronger than the regular Bluebird and with an American hop variety - more like an APA. 500ml bottle conditioned from Hogs Back. Sparkling pale gold with a fluffy head. Not hugely aromatic but lightly herbal hops and a bit of citrus fruit. The flavour is citric hoppiness (grapefruit), slightly herby and quite floral. Fairly hoppy and bitter but not over the top with not a huge amount of flavour coming from the hops, but thankfully the background malt is pronounced enough to keep this interesting. A nice light almost-APA.


1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 3/20
SanfordBrewer (1480) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2016
Translucent gold with white head. Light body with moderate carbonation.

Aroma: citrus, musty staleness.

Taste: citrus floral hops, stale musty malt, minty aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (6646) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2016
500 ml bottle, from Det Gode Brygg, Sandnes. ABV is 4.4%, Deep golden colour, moderate white head. Surprisingly dull aroma, notes of grain and dust, only the faintest hint of fruity hops. The flavour has a much better presence of hops, notes of citrus and berries. Nice to drink. The finish is not very bitter though.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gegwilson (3152) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2016
Bottle in Bodega in Bowness on Windermere. Golden with a thin off white head. Mild citrus aroma. The taste is grassy citrus with bready malts. OK.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3636) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2016
Bottle from Cumbrian supermarket. Golden with a big foamy white head. Nine of the "American aroma hops" really evident. Taste sweet malt and a touch of fruit.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
klaing (278) - Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2016
Orange gold with lots of fine carbonation. Lasting frothy head. Biscuity malts like a good bitter if a tad sweet. Hops very citrusy New Worldy as advertised. Interesting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Mjp12 (1387) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2016
I was expecting a bit more hop influence on this, it just tasted as a rather bland golden, nothing to get excited about

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oelbas (272) - DENMARK - FEB 12, 2016
Let uklar dybgylden med et kortvarigt hvidt skum. Duft af malt og blomster med mandarin i en flot balance. Smagen er fyldig med fint balanceret sødme og en markant men velafstemt bitterhed, der holder længe.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (17433) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle from Brdr. Schmidt. Clear golden with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity and light hoppy - flowers. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 010116

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (13090) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle. Creamy White good mostly lasting head. Dark yellow colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Some citrus notes. Oily palate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (16731) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are hops, fruits, flowers and malt. Nice semi bitter finish.


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