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Coniston
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England

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RATINGS: 136   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


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.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
"After an initial pleasant blast of citrus fruit hops, this beer falls a little flat. Not literally as the feel is thin but prickly, but even within style the flavor is a bit boring. For 4.50...never again."

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lesifflebiere (1326) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2014
Bière blonde presqu’orangée, au nez sucré et fruité, ainsi que légèrement houblonné ; en bouche, breuvage relativement désaltérant, sec et fruité comme annoncé. Les malts, les houblons, et même la levure semblent jouer du coude pour occuper l’avant-plan en terme de saveurs primaires. Une pale ale solide, qui tente peut-être un peu trop de plaire à tout le monde sans vraiment contenter personne, mais qui demeure très efficace, agréable et plutôt originale.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lukin (485) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
bottle. Golden-orange colour, bubbly head quickly disappeared. Grassy-lemon aroma. Lightly hoppy taste, very easy drinking. Nice bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dogbomb (960) - ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle. Golden pour with a thick white head. Nose is like oats soaked in lemon soup. A touch of sugar puff. Cereal tastes in the mouth, too. A grassy, gentle hoppiness, some oaty, doughy flavours. It’s all very gentle and pleasant. And refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Karol (653) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 20, 2013
Bottled. Overall very asty for me. I like this beer style. I bought this beer for early Christmas today. The malty aroma and taste plus the aromatic hops make a good combination. The bitter hoppy finish with some hazelnut taste make it a delicious experience.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MisoW (1695) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours golden color, white head. Aroma is floral, malty, hoppy. Taste is medium bitter, hoppy, lemon, bit sourish. Short medium bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cousin_Larry (369) - - SEP 28, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2013 Got this one at Blue Max in Burnsville MN. Tastes citrus like with a tart crisp clean finish. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6520) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 16, 2013
Where and how: Bottle 500 ml Virginia Beach
Aroma medium intense. Aromatic, crisp. Herbal, floral. Clean.7+
Appearance:
Top: medium plus with some lace, rings on glass.
Base: amber gold, hazy.
Palate : good, softer with lighter carbonation. Medium bodied. Average finish.
Taste: sweet malt base. Biscuit. Clean in character with mild herbal , citrusy hop side.
Other notes Nice, lighter, crisp refreshing bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardW (1540) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2013
Nice looking sweet fruity pale amber coloured beer. Palate has banana initially, but becomes quite grainy and earthy midway. Finish is clean and short, with a hint of bubblegum coming back in. Tasty, easy drinking.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (1364) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Pint 9 bottle shared. Poured almost a copper color with white head. The aroma is medium malt base and woody. The flavor is really different though a very good bitter and on the back end you get a wood flavor almost a cedar flavor that is dry and crisp and then disappears. Not over powering with alcohol. Quite good and with this flavor I would use this for poaching salmon.


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