Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (8695) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2015
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours clear golden, thin short-lived white head. Aromas of citrus and minerals. Taste is light sweet, cooked oranges, sugar. Thin finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
weordie (649) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2015
Pours copper with a short lasting head. Aroma of oranges and lemons. Very very smooth, citrusy start with a smooth bitter finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (24346) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottled. Golden colour, small white head, which lasts for quite a good while. Aroma is citrus, some parfume, mild wood and some herbs as well. Flavour is smooth fruity and floral notes along with some earthy and dusty notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (8999) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
"After an initial pleasant blast of citrus fruit hops, this beer falls a little flat. Not literally as the feel is thin but prickly, but even within style the flavor is a bit boring. For 4.50...never again."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lesifflebiere (1550) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2014
Bière blonde presqu’orangée, au nez sucré et fruité, ainsi que légèrement houblonné ; en bouche, breuvage relativement désaltérant, sec et fruité comme annoncé. Les malts, les houblons, et même la levure semblent jouer du coude pour occuper l’avant-plan en terme de saveurs primaires. Une pale ale solide, qui tente peut-être un peu trop de plaire à tout le monde sans vraiment contenter personne, mais qui demeure très efficace, agréable et plutôt originale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lukin (553) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
bottle. Golden-orange colour, bubbly head quickly disappeared. Grassy-lemon aroma. Lightly hoppy taste, very easy drinking. Nice bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dogbomb (1139) - ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle. Golden pour with a thick white head. Nose is like oats soaked in lemon soup. A touch of sugar puff. Cereal tastes in the mouth, too. A grassy, gentle hoppiness, some oaty, doughy flavours. It’s all very gentle and pleasant. And refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Karol (738) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 20, 2013
Bottled. Overall very asty for me. I like this beer style. I bought this beer for early Christmas today. The malty aroma and taste plus the aromatic hops make a good combination. The bitter hoppy finish with some hazelnut taste make it a delicious experience.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MisoW (2918) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours golden color, white head. Aroma is floral, malty, hoppy. Taste is medium bitter, hoppy, lemon, bit sourish. Short medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cousin_Larry (778) - - SEP 28, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2013 Got this one at Blue Max in Burnsville MN. Tastes citrus like with a tart crisp clean finish. Very good.

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