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XB Bluebird Bitter - Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd

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XB Bluebird BitterXB Bluebird Bitter

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BA SCORE
83
good

69 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-03-2005)
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

02-27-2014 11:27:30 | More by Sludgeman
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oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured into an imperial pint glass a dull lightly hazed gold with a nice well retained white head that inches down very slowly leaving a creamy top.The addition of Mt. Hoods for aroma really show thru giving it a "light" citrusy character not robust like the bottle says but quite nice I also picked up a touch of mineral and biscuit.Sadly the citrusy character doesnt carry over into the flavor much somewhat dry with a mineral-like quality with that English herbal,"green" finish.Now this is a nice bitter the aromas were very nice and its very sessionable but I was hoping for a little more oomph in the end.

04-14-2006 00:56:29 | More by oberon
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

A- Orangey-blonde with a noisey white head.

S- Noticeable, earthy American hops. A little more peppery, piney hops than I expected without the great English malt character.

T&M- Fairly subtle all the way around with lemon citrus and tea notes. Light body, clean carbonation and a dry finish. Falls kind of flat halfway through.

D- Not the tastiest English Pale but a cool idea none the less. Should go down effortlessly in quantity.

11-12-2009 03:06:02 | More by brownbeer
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

Hazy light amber with a big bottle-conditioned head that's a little tough to control in a glass. Not a lot of lace though, mostly dots (much better in the second pour, as it warms). Pleasant mild citrus aroma, not overwhelming but slightly astringent. Mouthfeel is lighter, carbonation plenty ample overall, maybe overdone. Granular senses, pithy with black pepper and asociated spices. Malt is fairly ordinary in impression. Despite the American aroma hops, the beer remains well-balanced and tight. Finishes with a bit of tar resin and some exaggerated fizziness in the aftertaste. Drinkable, but a bit unremarkable, not sure why Coniston needs an entry like this, but its an interesting idea.

06-11-2005 21:21:35 | More by ADR
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer has a slightly dense orange body with a strong carbonation and a bubbly rocky off-white head. The foam sticks together as it slides down the glass after each sip.
S- The soft pale malt has a faint dry honey malt flavor and a slight tartness in the finish that becomes more hoppy as the beer opens up. There is also a soft candy sugary note that comes through as the beer opens up.
T- The soft pale malt and tartness finish with a slight sweetness of malt. The hops take over the tartness as the beer warms but still stay pretty soft.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a fizzy prick on the tongue at the end of each sip.
D- This beer has a very light flavor and a subtle depth but there is not a lot of depth of flavor there. It is easy to drink but just not much character.

01-04-2011 03:22:16 | More by rhoadsrage
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kazam55

Iowa

3/5  rDev -17.8%

07-04-2013 23:03:06 | More by kazam55
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of rapidly falling eggshell white head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Slight breadyness & great fruittyness once warm

T: Leafy & citric hops, plus biscuitty malt up front with bit of toffee. Fruittynes (apricot, apples & dates) & citric & leafy hops follows as this warms. Finishes with a little bit of mineral dryness, some fruit & nice orangey hops

MF: Light/medium bodied with restrained
carbonation & good balance

Great drinkabilty, this one I could easily session on, although I'd prefer to move on after a few, because I'd think the flavor would bore me after a while. If less pricey or on cask, this one would work for me!

03-26-2008 19:34:23 | More by russpowell
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leinie13

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-17-2012 00:28:02 | More by leinie13
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jsh420

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -26%

pours a color similar to apple cider with a big 3+ finger head (so pour it slow) also lots of yeast poured in the glass

smell is fruity apples and grassy hops

taste well not as good as the smell - the beer was too sour - sour apples and earthy hops

mouthfeel stings the mouth - lots of carbonation and the sour beer does not mix

drinkability - love the smell but not the taste - i will stick to the regular bluebird bitter

06-05-2009 00:52:41 | More by jsh420
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peoplewithhands

Nebraska

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%

Appearance: cloudy light orangish with light head that stays

Smell: grapefruit and citrus with some sweet malt

Taste: grapefruit and bitterness with alot of fruity tart

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation, light body.

Overall: the fruitiness is almost too much, but I would drink it again.

12-23-2011 20:23:17 | More by peoplewithhands
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense bright white head that quickly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The nose has aromas of apples and notes of citrus hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell in that it has fruity flavors, but there are also some notes of biscuit malts. A mild amount of bitterness is present, and this particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is very drinkable and goes down effortlessly; I would easily have lots of these in one sitting. It is quite refreshing and thirst quenching.

02-22-2011 01:09:27 | More by metter98
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plaid75

New York

2.73/5  rDev -25.2%

Poured a hazy copper hue, with a three finger foamy head. Pretty good retention and nice lacing.

The smell was clean, dry and lightly aromatic. Hints of citrus and cannibus.

The taste was rather thin. Minor malt presence up front, but the beer finished very seltzery. Whatever hop character was present, did not translate to the taste.

Mouthfeel was thin as well.

Drinkable, but so is seltzer.

The idea behind this beer is good - to add some American aroma hops to an English Pale Ale.

04-28-2006 02:44:58 | More by plaid75
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revolution

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +15.6%

A - Pours a golden color, a bit hazy, with a small, slightly creamy head that reduces quickly.
S - Aroma of grains, and bread, covering the hops.
T - Malty, bread, bitterness, with slight fruit, then a crisp, slightly dry finish
M - medium body with mild carbonation
D - the well-balanced flavor, along with the low carbonation, is appreciated more with each drink.

01-19-2010 01:14:42 | More by revolution
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BGsWo22

New York

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

03-09-2013 20:13:28 | More by BGsWo22
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Hoves

New York

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

XB pours as a golden beer with a very minimum head. I would have expected more hops from an XB...

Coniston has always been good to me in the past and I'm not saying this is a bad beer. It is good, I guess I was just expecting more.

The XB is perfectly carbonated with decent hops (not as much as anticipated).

It's weird to say but XB is not as good as expected but may my expectations were too high...

It is a good beer and I would recommend to anyone...it has a slightly sweet hoppy flavor...

Again, Coniston succeeds....but for me I would have liked more.

03-01-2010 03:09:20 | More by Hoves
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ShuliShake

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +37%

11-21-2011 01:08:08 | More by ShuliShake
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

I was surprised when I got this because it was golden orange and cloudy. I thought is was a hefe at first, but upon tasting, I was corrected. Smells of a crisp hop dryness and mandarin orange. The hops carry over in to the taste but it is backed by an odd Cheerios like grain. Not bad, but different. Mouth feel was heavy, but flat with smooth little bubbles.

11-24-2005 03:38:31 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -20.5%

Pours hazy light amber with a thick, foamy head that settles to a lasting thin cover. Not much lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is floral with some citrusy notes and a bready undertone.

The aroma doesn't really match the taste, mainly because the hops are muted under sweet malt. Odd mix of earthy, leafy hops and some citrus - lemon and orange blanketed under a sweet honeyish malt. It almost works to a degree, but doesn't. The hops are nearly lost to the malt, which itself doesn't lend much flavor to it. The carbonation that is not too noticeable in the appearance interferes and give it something of a seltzer-water aftertaste. It has a sweetish, fleeting finish.

The body thins even when warm, though there is something of a creaminess to it, but not enough to quite make up for the thin body and late carbonation feel.

It not undrinkable despite odd blend that is ironically helped by its mildness. But, it's nothing worthwile, IMO. It's a nice idea in theaory to blend British (Challenger?) and American (Mt. Hood?) hops with English malt, but it doesn't come through well in this case.

02-06-2007 15:01:02 | More by jwc215
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

This beer pours to a clear pale straw color with plenty of carbonation, resulting in a massive fluffy white head that refuses to go away.

The smell is interesting. A bit citric on top of the typical english bitter aroma of light spicy herbal hops and caramelized malt.

The taste is sweet and malty with an up front citric. Little to no taste in the finish. Very light and quaffable. Not as impressed by this as I was with the regular Bluebird. The American hops didn't mix well with the English style, and may have even been a bit skunked. Still a decent brew.

11-01-2005 04:36:26 | More by neonbrown82
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dball

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

This beer was a special treat for me at the Brickskeller in DC. It is very pricey. I'd call it a full flavored bitter that is very smooth with an unfiltered feel (not sure if it's unfiltered). I don't drink a lot of bitters but give this beer a thumbs up and a recommendation for someone looking for a unique import.

08-08-2010 01:44:18 | More by dball
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gentlebubbles

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%

NERAX 2006 (Fri)

Contract brewed by Ridgeway

Beautiful toasty amber with a fluffy white crown that shortly falls, leaving specks on the sides.

Sulfur in the nose.

Bready malt and more sulfur, like egg yolk. Juicy lemon and sticky resin around the edges, with a touch of salt in the finish.

Lightly biting fizz.

This is ... interesting. It changes a lot all down the glass, which I could admir despite not exactly liking it. Doesn't bear any resemblance to the regular Bluebird, as far as I can tell.

05-27-2006 17:21:03 | More by gentlebubbles
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-08-2013 22:36:04 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-09-2014 20:22:18 | More by ygtbsm94
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -6%

slightly hazed orange amber with a thin white head.
floral with a touch of lemon and honey, and this sort of weird sanitizer type aroma.
the taste has got light caramel and honey with a little tin. it's got some very light citrusy flavors as well as the floral aspects from the aroma. very little bitterness.
a little thin in the mouthwith moderate, but delicate carbonation.
good drinkability, but needs to commit to being a pale ale a little more to be good. it's got some potential though, a little tweaking would do this good.

01-08-2007 02:11:09 | More by kmo1030
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

2.93/5  rDev -19.7%

Serving type: 500 ml bottle. A batch code is printed on the label but there is no freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a nonick pint glass. The color is hazy, medium copper. Two fingers of dense, off-white, rocky head dissipated slowly.

Smell: Sharp and British. The “American aroma hops” give it a very acute and concentrated grapefruit aroma, reminiscent of dish soap. It dominates the aroma. I can detect some sweet caramel malts and grassy British hops, but the dish soap aroma is omnipresent and pervasive.

Taste: Very strange mouthfeel: dry and powdery; it is almost like Tang after it has been mixed with water. The flavor is a weak reflection of the smell: sharp citrus hops (which is slightly similar to the dish soap of the smell), caramel, and earthy hops.

Drinkability: Needless to say, the dish soap quality is very off-putting. I will drink it but I doubt if I will ever buy it again.

10-20-2012 05:12:45 | More by TheQuietMan22
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XB Bluebird Bitter from Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.