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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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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 19:34:23 | More by russpowell
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden-amber. Great clarity. Rocky white head retains well enough, but settles after a while. Not much in the way of lacing, just a few small spots.

S: Candy lemon, orange peel, marmalade. Mild ginger ale sort of scent. Then caramel and a light grainy smell.

T: Thin caramel flavor, butterscotch. Toffee. Soft grassy flavor. Orange marmalade and orange peel. Green hop oils. Bitterness is mild. Drying grainy finish.

M: medium bodied with some slick residual sugars and a slight syrupy feel. Moderate prickling carbonation lifts this sticky texture enough that it doesn't get off putting at all.

O: it's a good beer even if it doesn't stand out all that much. The American hops are used in such a way that they impart flavor but not the aggressive bitterness that have come to characterize American beer styles.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 20:57:25 | More by ryan1788a5
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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.8%

08-29-2013 06:05:32 | More by RobertColianni
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-08-2013 22:36:04 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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bigred89

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.6%

07-06-2013 14:26:33 | More by bigred89
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kazam55

Iowa

3/5  rDev -17.8%

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

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

05-16-2013 21:55:27 | More by Slatetank
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.6%

03-21-2013 20:27:21 | More by PEIhop
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

03-09-2013 20:13:28 | More by BGsWo22
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leinie13

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-17-2012 00:28:02 | More by leinie13
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GreyGhost4

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-17-2012 00:25:27 | More by GreyGhost4
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 05:12:45 | More by TheQuietMan22
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ghetto90007

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

09-16-2012 05:24:53 | More by ghetto90007
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle. Pours a pale golden/straw color with modest white head. Nose is fresh with some black tea aromas, grain, and light citrus. Palate offers an expected black tea sort of flavor, soft biscuity malt, medium carbonation, and a rather clean malty aftertaste. Citrusy hops mix in for some balance, but overall malt stands out more to me. Very easy drinking. Delight.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 04:54:52 | More by yemenmocha
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +37%

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Nebraska

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.6%

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gc4hokies

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance = pours a hazy light orange color. The head is very light and dissapates quickly.

smell = citrus/orange peel, hint of grass

taste = bisquit notes, dry, with plenty of bitterness for the style.

mouthfeel = good carbonation, solid consistency

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XB Bluebird Bitter from Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.