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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Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Bottle. Pale yellow straw with a white head. Dusty earthy dry with a bread y body and some dried fruit.

vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle. Not too much different from the normal bluebird bitter. Eh not much too this.

JoeMcPhee (9554) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2009
Tap at Ginger Man. pale goden beer with a thick sticky white head. Aroma is quite light. A touch of UK pale malt and not much else at all. Flavour is especially bland. Soft crackery malt, low carbonation and a reasonably creamy texture but it still come across as a bit watery. Crackery with a light earthy bitterness. Meh.

jter9 (12) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2009
Cask at black bull in coniston. amber in colour, full of flavour, medium in body and hints of fruit. Nice after a long walk.

Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2009
I didn’t like this at all.I managed to take the first drink and never touched it again.The closest thing i can compare this too is medicine I took as a child.Bad batch maybe or maybe this style isn’t for me.

boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Tap @ Horse Brass Pub... Poured clear golden-yellow with a thick white head. The head diminished to a steady lacing on the beer through the whole beverage. Floral aroma with cracker-like malt grains. Light palate and light flavors created a nice session ale. Grassy and earthy malt tones with a tiny bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

Ethereal (2471) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2009
500ml bottle from the GBBF bottle stall, drunk 28th Sept 08. Very lively orange amber with a small white head. Nice fresh citrus and hop aroma and a soft, balanced taste. Not as biting as many golden ales.

kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2008
Well this is certainly in no danger of being a US APA! Aroma is only slightly citrus and leans more towards sweet raro. I think this has suffered from the journey but has an understated charm.

berkshirejohn (6662) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2008
[50cl bottle from Westholme Stores, Goring.] Hazy amber with a thin white head - grainy aroma - soft herbal flavour with some grapefruit citrus undertones - rather thin and watery, and with a medicinal finish. Disappointing.

Borresteijn (7494) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2008
50cl Bottle bought @ de Schans. Hazy amber/orange with a thin white head. Aroma of hops, grapefruit, some caramel and malts. Flavour is soft, hoppy, grapefruit, both American and English hops blend in in a nice balance. Slightly sweet, but overall very neutral and unoffensive, just a bit thin. Enjoyable though.

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