Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England


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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marko (3788) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 8, 2012
I approached this with trepidation after the failure that was the regular bottled Bluebird Bitter... It poured a clear, maybe just slightly hazy golden body with a small head. Aroma hops dominate the nose, but somehow fail to impress. Appley, sweet dry empty taste, somewhat bready, soft maltiness, slightly bitter from the hopiness in the end. Well, not bad in general, only way too subdued.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IlBevitorediLA (452) - ITALY - MAR 10, 2012
Non molto aromatica. In compenso risulta molto agrumata al naso (con un straccio di pino resinoso) e al sapore. Il malto va e viene e sviene. Ciò la rende molto beverina e dissetante. Forse un pò più di luppolatura non avrebbe fatto male. Interpreta in modo diverso la Golden Ale Inglese.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielst (248) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - FEB 27, 2012
50cl bottle: Bright golden colour with a thin head. Remarkably clear for a beer that’s been bottle conditioned. Delicate spicy, minty hop aroma with a sweet honey maltiness. A little creamy on the palate at first, then noticeable but balanced spicy hops, leading to a moderately dry finish. Lovely beer!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Drake (7948) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2011
500 mL bottle from Beer Run. Pours a murky amber with a thin fizzy tan head that fades quickly. Not much for looks. Aroma of tart malts, cherries, caramel, tea, funk. The taste is caramel, toffee, tart malts and a leafy hop finish. Medium bodied. Some pretty serious infection notes. Very disappointing, especially since I loved the regular version so much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ElDesmadre (1361) - Mikołów, POLAND - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle. Golden with a small head. Aroma is malt, toffee, pine, grapefruit and some mango, albeit lacking in depth. Taste is balanced but also quite tame and watery. Malty with toffee, hop aroma is only medium, bitterness is disappointingly low. Negligible amount of aftertaste. Nice idea for a beer but poorly executed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 5, 2011
In bottle. Pours a light golden colour with a thick white head. Aroma of bubblegum, pine, caramel and passion fruit. Flavours of bubblegum and passion fruit again with some yeast also. A little dry and thin. Nice chewy mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation and CO2 prickle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Enjoyit (3086) - Vadum, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2011
Unclear golden color with a white head. An aroma of hay, smoke, sweets and bitter. A flavor of malt, grainy, bitter and bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cuso (3816) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 17, 2011
Bottle from Presporska pivoteka, Bratislava. Golden color with medium white frothy head. aroma of, grapefruit, oranges, spices some flowers. Taste, quite spicy, with grapefruit, oranges, Long bittersweet finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (3557) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 28, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2013 Aroma is malts, light citrus and a very slight vinous note. The flavor is citrus, earthy/biscuit malts, slight hop resin notes and a bitter/tangy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (12721) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2011
Bottle, courtesy of fonefan. It pours a clear, golden body and a small, off-white head. Citrusy, peachy nose with a touch of malts. Bitter in the mouth, but not very bitter. Peachy and slightly citrusy, finishing much in the same way. Medium body. Nothing impressive going on here, but quite decent. 110129

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