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Coniston
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   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


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Holmen2 (2639) - NORWAY - DEC 3, 2015
Bottle shared with JMD at HNB 03.12.15. Clear golden. White head and lacing. Strong aroma of bottles lemon juice. Also in taste, with some malt. Aftertaste better balanced, with malt, flowers, lemon juice and grapefruit.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chrisv10 (14257) - DENMARK - NOV 29, 2015
Bottle, 4.4%. clear amber with medium off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel, biscuit, hop and a little grass. Flavour is malt, caramel, biscuit, medium sweet, hop, little grass and a little bitter.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nilsas (3056) - Bryne, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2015

Lukt: Syrlig fruktig duft, noe malt og eik.
Utseende: Fin gyllen honning farge.
Skum/kullsyre: Tykt dekkende skum.
Smak: Fruktig med en liten bitter avslutning.
Hvor: Kjøpt@Det Gode Brygg, Sandnes, Nydt@Hjemme.
Medium: Flaske@500ml, ABV@4,4%, Når@12.09.2015

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6973) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Tallahassee, Fl, - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - Betton - 500 ml bottle. Slightly murky dark gold pour, very brief off-white head. Aroma has some light spicy accents - perhaps allspice, a touch of mint, light fruitiness. Flavor has a nice subtle bitterness to it with some light peach undertones, some faint saffron spiciness, light spearmint in the back end. Mouthfeel has a nice pleasant smoothness to it.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4937) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Smoldering yeasty aroma with leather, sweat, moderate fruit, some caramelized sugars -- very nice. Good UK pint bottle, bad label. Foggy blonde. Tangy, lemony tea flavors -- tannins, yeasty, lightly sweet, modestly bitter. Clean drinking, tasty. Slightly sticky body, pleasant green tea aftertaste. ABC Liquors, Betton.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ronaldtheriot (1704) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Coniston Bluebird Premium XB has a fairly thick, spongy, off-white head, a cloudy, orange-amber appearance, racing bubble streams, lots of large and tiny tan sediment throughout, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of water, turned fruit, and cellar mold, and the flavor it the same, with the fruits being mango, red preaches, and apricot. White bread is present, but bitterness is quite low, really. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Coniston Bluebird Premium XB finishes semi-dry and easily gulp-able. RJT

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamesie1857 (1857) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2015
500ml bottle from Black Bull, Coniston - Golden clear body, loose white head. Relatively fresh citrus aroma, sweeter than the handpull version. Flavour has a decent light dose of sweet malt, with plenty of fresh hop flavour and light bitterness. Very drinkable session bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (766) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
Bottle. Nose is perfume, malt, cereal, slight tropical note from the American hops. Taste is cereal, malt, slight orange, floral, herbal hops, doughy, hint of peach with a gentle mineral herbal hop finish. It’s quite a nice bitter, and very drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (4018) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
Bouteille de 500ml. Bbf 20 02 14. Achetée à Portland. Un liquide dorée foncée, je suis surpris. Un nez simple de malt Maris Otter et Cristal. Une bouche quelque peu sucrée. Une finale sur la poussière et sur le sucre doux. Ordinaire.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redders1974 (751) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2015
Nice beer slightly let down on appearance tastes caramel and citrus with a long finish nice in a bottle even better on tap.


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