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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fonefan (51574) - 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]

yespr (48087) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2008
50 cL bottle. Pours slight cloudy orange with a small lacing off-white head. Mild fruity citric and mild acidic. Mild lemonish and fruity base flavour. Citric and hoppy base flavour with a vague bitterness coming through and light sweetness into a mild finish.

Ungstrup (38585) - 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.

oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottled. Golden colour, small white head, which lasts for quite a good while. Aroma is citrus, some parfume, mild wood and some herbs as well. Flavour is smooth fruity and floral notes along with some earthy and dusty notes.

Travlr (26202) - 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.

cgarvieuk (26077) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 17, 2008
Bottle at home ... amber ... sweet grapefruit hop nose ... again big clean grapefruit hop hit... medium body medium carbonation... fairly standard but good at what it is.

Papsoe (25055) - 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

Rasmus40 (22049) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle from Brdr. Schmidt. Clear golden with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity and light hoppy - flowers. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 010116

saxo (19530) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are hops, fruits, flowers and malt. Nice semi bitter finish.

harrisoni (19408) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2006
500ml bottle from Hog’s Back Bottle Shop. I know I’ve had the original version before because my brother bought me it and a Bluebird glass for Christmas last year. But I failed to rate it. Oops. This is golden with a thin white head. Nice Mount Hood hop aroma. Some pale malt and some citrus fruit aroma. Good in mouth with nice malts balancing the hops. Nicely balanced juicy malt and then hoppy, but not too hoppy, finish. Extremely drinkable. Would like to have this on cask in a pub on an autumn day after a walk and I have a feeling I would sink at least half a dozen pints of this. Not exceptional, but really drinkable.

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