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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esox (1226) - 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.

drpimento (3814) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2010
I’ve had this before from cask and it’s 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 I’d rather have another brand. Can’t imagine finding this someplace and not being able to find something better.

rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Bottle. Amber, thin tan head. Nose is honey, plastic, dms. Flavor is honey, dusty english hops, some plumminess. Plastic off-flavor in the finish.

drjay44 (3887) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2010
500 ml. bottle. Pours a thin head over a hazy golden (SRM 5) body.....nose is light citrus, biscuit, light toffee/caramel.....taste is light cereal, light toffee/caramel, finishing with a mild hop bitterness....mouth feel is on the light side of medium, carbonation makes a pleasant spritz on the tongue. The bottle shows this as an English Pale Ale. It has those characteristics as well as appropriate aromas and flavors for that style, although they are all on the light side, and relatively simple. BJCP 5/3/10/4/6

Nickls (2616) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2010
(Old BA rate - tap RnH) Lighter yellow gold color; nice half-finger of a frothy white head. Decent retention. Close to ripe apples and some malt sweetness. Bit bready. Earthy; lighter fruit flavors; bit of hop bitterness toward the end. Well-balanced overall. Thinner with subtle carbonation; nice enough. Session beer here. Well-balanced, no off-flavors, decent overall

popery (2231) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2010
While XB Bluebird Bitter isn’t a bad beer, it disappointed me in comparison to the normal Bluebird Bitter. The appearance is a light transparent amber with a head that dissipates a bit quickly. The aroma has some American and British hop notes, which is nice but nothing too spectacular. The flavor is a bit generic and yeasty for an English ale. Unlike the normal Bluebird, this is another English ale that makes me think that English ales don’t travel terribly well.

CanIHave4Beers (4236) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Pours a lightly hazy blonde color with a big enough semi loose head that leaves no lace. The aroma has some floral and lightly soapy characteristics. There is also a fair amount of fruit in the aroma with some citrus and pear. The flavor is mildly bitter and has the same kind of fruit profile that we smelled in the aroma that is to say some citrus and some pear. The beer has some floral like bitterness an some good maris otter style biscuit and breadiness for a good malty backbone. Pretty tasty beer.

Ungstrup (38852) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2009
Bottled. A hazy golden beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is dominated by flowery hops. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of flowery hops, leading to a dry bitter finish.

imdownthepub (15513) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2009
Bottled, 500ml from Millets Farms Shop, Frilford, Oxon. Orange gold with white head. As the standard Bluebird is one of my favourite beers I had high hopes for this, but its really been dumbed down for another market, sweet, malty and really quite dull, not a patch on the original.

Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Hazy pour, with a thin but tight head. Soft orange hue. The nose has a muted hop spice that tends towards wet eart, when cold. Thin entry, but no bumbs in the ride, nice texture and tasty. Dry, crackery malt has some dried arpicot. All finishes crisply, cleanly, and with a light noble hop fade.

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