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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Joeh's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, - MAR 20, 2005
Brewed stronger than the regular Bluebird and with an American hop variety - more like an APA. 500ml bottle conditioned from Hogs Back. Sparkling pale gold with a fluffy head. Not hugely aromatic but lightly herbal hops and a bit of citrus fruit. The flavour is citric hoppiness (grapefruit), slightly herby and quite floral. Fairly hoppy and bitter but not over the top with not a huge amount of flavour coming from the hops, but thankfully the background malt is pronounced enough to keep this interesting. A nice light almost-APA.

BeerLieutenant38 (178) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 1, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2017 Pours clear amber with white head with lacing. Malty caramel aroma, typical bitter nose but with a trace of citrus hops giving it a bit of an American edge. The American hops are particularly noticeable in the initial flavour, but the typical malty notes come through more in the finish. Medium bodied, decent amount of carbonation. Very tasty blend of British and American styles.

puboflyons (3531) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 27, 2017
From the 500 ml.bottle with a date stamp of F18-103. It pours a slightly heady, slightly hazy orange amber with a modest short-lived white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, maybe a little buttery sensation and a clean, crisp citrus hop zing. The body is light to medium with a creamy sort of texture. Sweetness in the taste and overall a clean, slightly bitter finishing beer. Something that fits the UK pub scene.

john44 (3456) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2017
Bottle. Golden in colour. Very Fruity; tangy orange citrus, apricot. Hoppy; flowery hops, some pine. Malty; sweet malts, caramel. Good fruit/hop/malt balance. Sweet citrus fruity malty throughout. Very drinkable. Nice beer! (2010-04)

AshtonMcCobb (7029) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 18, 2016
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Appearance - golden amber with a nice fluffy head. Nose - lemon, light biscuit and a metallic note. Taste - lemon plus pith. Barley water backdrop. Palate - light to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry finish. Overall - happy to drink this.

tandembrauer (1669) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 26, 2016
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours hazy deep golden with white head. Aroma of sulfur, honey, some notes of oranges. Tastes bitter with some sweetness. Thin bodied, bitter finish.

SanfordBrewer (1610) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2016
Translucent gold with white head. Light body with moderate carbonation.

Aroma: citrus, musty staleness.

Taste: citrus floral hops, stale musty malt, minty aftertaste.

Sigmund (8025) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2016
500 ml bottle, from Det Gode Brygg, Sandnes. ABV is 4.4%, Deep golden colour, moderate white head. Surprisingly dull aroma, notes of grain and dust, only the faintest hint of fruity hops. The flavour has a much better presence of hops, notes of citrus and berries. Nice to drink. The finish is not very bitter though.

gegwilson (3827) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2016
Bottle in Bodega in Bowness on Windermere. Golden with a thin off white head. Mild citrus aroma. The taste is grassy citrus with bready malts. OK.

Mr_Pink_152 (5768) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2016
Bottle from Cumbrian supermarket. Golden with a big foamy white head. Nine of the "American aroma hops" really evident. Taste sweet malt and a touch of fruit.

klaing (282) - Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2016
Orange gold with lots of fine carbonation. Lasting frothy head. Biscuity malts like a good bitter if a tad sweet. Hops very citrusy New Worldy as advertised. Interesting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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