Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England


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RATINGS: 141   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (3875) - 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 (1693) - 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 (2265) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tide (2056) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle from super market. Golden color, white head. Bitter, smooth taste with caramel and citrus. Rather sweet finish. Refreshing, good brew that combines the style of an English bitter with aromas from American ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lusikka (6767) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 16, 2012
500 ml bottle.
Pours a slightly unclear golden colour with a white head. Aroma of stinging citrusy hops and some pine. Flavour of pale malts, dry hay, strong bitter hops and weak fruitiness. Mostly dry mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Mouthdrying finish of hops and some citrus. Refreshing but too straightforward.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Capa (2209) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Light orange gold with fizzy carbonation. Aroma is sweet fruits and light zesty spice. Flavor has a touch of sweet fruits, light earthy/fruity hops. A bit of toasted malt. A little bland. I prefer the regular Bluebird.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ogivlado (6167) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 21, 2012
Bottled 500ml. -from Presporska Pivoteka ie Cafe Luxor, Bratislava. Golden coloured, small white head, very fruity nose. Moderate malty, fruity and pleasant hoppy taste with hint of alcohol in the finish. Not bad but expected better one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (8150) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2012
Rating moved from under other name from saturday, june 30, 2007
50 cl bottle, thanks Pelle from The Rover!
Named Bluebird Bitter Premium XB. Labeled 4.4% ABV.
Clear pale golden color, fluffy white head. Sweet grapefruit and hoppy apricot scent. Sweet malty and hoppy taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marko (4175) - 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.

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