Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England


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RATINGS: 138   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tide (1965) - 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 (6687) - 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 (2084) - Manama, BAHRAIN - 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 (6065) - 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 (8035) - 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 (4108) - 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 (9433) - 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 (1860) - 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.

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