Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England


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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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Cuso (8959) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 17, 2011
Bottle from Presporska pivoteka, Bratislava. Golden color with medium white frothy head. aroma of, grapefruit, oranges, spices some flowers. Taste, quite spicy, with grapefruit, oranges, Long bittersweet finish. Good.

wlajwl (7213) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 28, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2013 Aroma is malts, light citrus and a very slight vinous note. The flavor is citrus, earthy/biscuit malts, slight hop resin notes and a bitter/tangy finish.

yngwie (17284) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2011
Bottle, courtesy of fonefan. It pours a clear, golden body and a small, off-white head. Citrusy, peachy nose with a touch of malts. Bitter in the mouth, but not very bitter. Peachy and slightly citrusy, finishing much in the same way. Medium body. Nothing impressive going on here, but quite decent. 110129

EdKing (2668) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2011
A superb variation on the Bluebird Bitter using American Mt Hood hops. The result is very close to an American pale ale or IPA. Appearance is pale hazy. Aroma is herbal with tangerine, and the taste is a lovely balance of caramel malt, zesty American hops and a subtle toffee finish. Great British version of an American pale ale and one I’ll be stocking in future.

fonefan (52426) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2011

Bottle 500ml.

Light unclear medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, moderate hoppy, orange - citrus, dusty hops, dry grass. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft. [20110129]

Meilby (11791) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle 500ml @ fonefan
Pours hazy pale yellow with a white head. Aroma has notes of grassy, piny hops. Taste is light bitter and sweet. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of fonefan. Pours a pale amber with a slight haze and a small white head. Fat juicy hop aroma with some citrus. Light body, sweet fruitiness with a dry finish. No real bitterness though. 290111

rauchbier (3949) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle conditioned. Faintly hazy gold, thin but lasting white head and gentle condition. Gentle fruity melon and lemon citrus in the nose, quite yeasty in the mouth with a solid citrus hoppiness, gentle citrus hop bitterness persists in the finish along with a muted sweet yeastiness.

Travlr (26431) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2013 At Pizzeria Paradiso, in the presence of Mr. and Mrs Obama and their secret service cadre. Pale yellow, very light body. Nice citrus aroma and taste with no noticeable bitterness. Decent enough.

pivnizub (10911) - Bochum, GERMANY - AUG 25, 2010
Bottle: Deep golden, hazy, small off-white head; distinctive flowery-piney nose, light to medium bodied, moderate bitter-sweet flavour; fruity and piney-hoppy finish, lingering bitter aftertaste. The real thing.....

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