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XB Bluebird Bitter - Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd

XB Bluebird BitterXB Bluebird Bitter

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BA SCORE
83
good

66 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 66
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%


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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yen157

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber beer with golden highlights, topped by a fine but foamy head. Midly orange citrus in the nose blends well with the very light touch of phenols that have always bothered me about this beer. Hints of toast and caramel. Toasty in the mouth, but overall quite light on the malt flavor and fullness of the body. Carbonation is way too fierce, same as with the original. Orangey citrus hop flavor is restrained. This is definitely a British beer not to be confused with a West Coast style hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 15:06:22 | More by yen157
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3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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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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

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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.

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3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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500 mL English style brown bottle,

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S: A lot of grapefruit with a Pine Sol/terpene astringency.

T: Mild malt character. The hop flavour is solid with assorted citrus, hay, and a light carbonic acid flavour. Very well attentuated.

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XB Bluebird Bitter from Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
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