Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Coniston, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 164   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (16888) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdKing (2529) - 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 Ill be stocking in future.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (47622) - 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]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (11234) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3870) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (23631) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (10459) - Bochum, Porř, 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.....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esox (1225) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2010
Hazy orange beer with a thin but creamy head. Rather mellow aroma of fresh hops; some lemon, honey comb, green grass and light fruitiness. Quite lite maltiness, some bread and light toastiness. Dryish taste with nice mineral hop bite. Light to medium bodied, quite heavily carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drpimento (3462) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Ive had this before from cask and its much better that way. This one poured with a small, cream colored head that quickly faded and no lace. Color is a slightly hazy orange amber. Aroma is malt, caramel, a bit of toffee and hop. Flavor is fairly bland (this bottle was in my cold fridge) and similar to nose. Body is ok and carbonation is a bit fizzy. Fiinish is like flavor and short. Usually Id rather have another brand. Cant imagine finding this someplace and not being able to find something better.

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