Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardW (1813) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (1872) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chudwick (2542) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle - pours cloudy gold with offwhite head and spotty lacing. Nose is earthy and caramel. Flavor adds grassy hops with metal. What a pitiful finish. Mildly sweet with slightly stronger bitterness. Medium to light body and easy to drink. Decent for the style until the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (7744) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2013
50 cl bottle @ Nurmo, BBE 08.05.2013
Aroma is fruity with peaches, some hops, citrus and hints of hay. Flavour has citrus, hops, some hay. Finishes dryish with somewhat malty feeling, English hops and toffee. Second glass of this had rather nice peachy notes and even some Belgian yeast.

Quite close to what it says in the label; aroma has feeling of American hops, starts with flavours typical to bitter and finishes like an English pale ale does.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
liinis (1740) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2012
Very good ale. nice hops and light bodied. If this is the stronger version, I might not want to try the lighter one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnRMurdoch (3984) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle from Hippo Beers. Golden amber colour, good head. Tropical fruit aroma. Complex flowery grain resin flavour. Dry bready aftertaste. Not a typical golden ale and not particularly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnCook101 (457) - - OCT 12, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2012 Surprisingly complex. Citrus leads to hints of nectarine with a little malt and a slight metallic tint. Quite pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (4980) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 24, 2012
50cl bottle. BBF 080513. Clear golden, frothy, white head, bubbly. Fruity, citrusy, herbal aroma, some plastic as well. Flavor has white bread, hops, caramel, citrus. Slight harshness in finish. Refreshing, decent golden ale. Mt.hood works ok here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBaboon (1808) - FINLAND - SEP 22, 2012
Tämä nimihirviö kaatuu lasiin tumman kultaisena muodostaen niukalti valkoista vaahtoa. Tuoksu on hedelmäinen, maltainen ja yrttisen humaloitu. Maku on kevyen maltainen, hedelmäinenm yrttisen humaloitu ja hieman rusinainen. Hiilihappoja on keskimääräistä enemmän. Oluen suutuntumasta ei ole mitään erikoista sanottavaa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heavy (2280) - Split, CROATIA - JUL 27, 2012
05/05 0.5 l bottle ogivlado brought from Bratislava, thanks for sharing! It poured clear golden body with small head. Fine hops in aroma, herbal mostly with biscuit malt underlying below. Flavor was weaker as expected, but nice biscuit maltiness with some bitter herbal hops make it decent for the style. Medium to thinner body with not particularly long bittersweet finish, that only reflects its simple but fine flavor. An OK bitter, much better than their ordinary Bluebird Bitter.

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