Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 166   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

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hotstuff (5273) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Bottle.Medium, very fizzy off-white head that mostly diminished, patchy lacing, transparent, fast rising carbonation, and a gold hue. Nose was hoppy, citrus, musty, lightly malty, and grapefruit. The flavor was lightly hoppy, citrus, semi-sweet, lightly bitter, thin, and some grapefruit.Mildly tingly, thin mouthfeel and light in body. Easy to drink, easily forgettable, nothing special, and not a beer I will pursue again.

biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Opaque light amber with small milky head. Tart and musty aroma with apple, caramel malt, herbal hops. Very tart and quite watery. Little in the way of hop flavor. Not much in the way of malt flavor. Not so great.

Ernest (7862) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2008

Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.

Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot).

Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.

Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.

Not much to say.

GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2010 Thanks Jesse. This one pours amber honey color a froth that creeps up a couple fingers then recedes slowly to a full downy canopy with some snail tracks down the glass. The lacing lingers the whole drink. Mild aromatics ply softly. Medium nectar with ample residual effers. The texture is quite creamy though. Flavorwise this brew is a classic bitter. Fresh hop flavors kill my palate and leave a stinging bitterness. With only a mild malt profile this brew has complexities ranging from citrus to caramel and butterscotch. The finish is bittered well leaving a parched smile on my face. I don’t understand the Golden Ale label from RB. If you are looking for a complex ale with full bittering, this is it.

leaparsons (10809) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle. Golden with a small head. Aromas are yeasty, dry and woody. Hoppy with citrus and some caramel. Flavours are biscuit malts with dry, earthy, woody notes. Yeasty with bitter lemon. Dry on the finish. OK.

DenverLogan (1273) - North Bend, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Gold color, small lingering head. Slight aroma of malt and straw. Significant carbonation, somewhat rich body. Amber malts, floral hops, not too big or bitter but rather easy drinking and tasty.

thewolf (12858) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2007
Tap @ YNWA, Kolding. Pours a clear golden yellow with a small creamy white head that turns into a thin film. Aroma is lightly hoppy, some pine appearing. Okay round mouthfeel. Flavour is light bitter, grassy, pine hops give good dryness. Fresh and light.

nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Very drinkable, and nice and dry. Decent level of carbonation, nothing to complain about. Sadly I think this has sat a little too long, and the british ale yeasts are never really meant to hang out in the bottle too long. Thus, it has a slight funky aroma and flavor that comes from breakdown of the yeast. The american hop profile is really subdued - in a good way. I’d really like to have this one on cask, within 50 miles of the brewery - I bet its killer. Cheers up to low alcohol british brews with american finishing hops, I would love to see even more of this.

estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Bottle. Amber body, nice white head, fruity hoppy nose. Fruity, hoppy body, not herbal/earthy like so many English beers (presumably due to the American aroma hops). Very quaffable.

thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2007
Bottle. Clear light amber colour with a big foamy head. Unexpected sour fruit aroma as well as citrus and grassy hoppiness. Sweetish malt flavours with some offsetting bitterness. Low carbonation. Disappointing.

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