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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

71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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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5/5  rDev +37%

ShuliShake, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +37%

FriedGold2112, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of BrewBoone
4.68/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light tan in color with low carbonation. low, white head with little retention.

smell= citrusy hops. low malty sweetness. slight paper/cardboardness

taste= good balance of hops and malt. both light but refreshing. a session beer at its best in my mind. slight paper/cardboardness

mouthfeel= light with low carbonation to match.

drinkability= a good one to drink while playing shuffle board or darts at a bar.

BrewBoone, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Offa
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is another wonderful bitter from Coniston, very similar to the plain Bluebird, but a bit different.

Pale amber, faintly hazy, it has a medium-big, off-white head slowly shrinking to a thin, foamy top and thick ring. It leaves some weak wisps of lace.

Aroma is grain, light bread dough, citrus (orange, lemon, hint of grapefruit), light pine, hint of caramel, light yeast.

Taste is crisp but firm, yeasty-citrusy (mostly lemon) and zesty, light firm breadiness, faint hint of pine at finish and aftertaste only. It is nicely balanced and maintains the character wonderfully. Feel is light but firm, solid, and a bit lively. Drinkability is incredible.

Offa, Dec 18, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

tykechandler, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer a couple of times now, and it's definitely grown on me. It pours a rich amber color with a thick eggshell head. Head retention is good, but I would have liked to see a bit thicker lacing.
The aromas of the beer are very floral, with hints of geranium and spice. Marris Otter malt's trademark biscuit and caramel-like character also shine through.
XB isn't as hoppy as I would expect with the addition of American varietals. Sweet bready malt is dominent, along with caramel flavors, followed with a nice fruity, floral hop finish.
Mouthfeel is good, although it could be a bit more viscous. The finish is creamy and stcks around for some time.
Overall, XB is a very pleasant bitter that goes down very easily. An excellent session brew.

WYVYRN527, Mar 21, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional cask ale which I recall being spicy. I'll rereview this asap I hope. Great session ale. I'm having trouble remembering much other than I loved this beer last night. Very impressive ale that's on cask at Delaney's right now...

Cheers.

deBeers, Jun 06, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

BGsWo22, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Slatetank, May 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

ghetto90007, Sep 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Sludgeman, Feb 27, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

revolution, Jan 19, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"With American Aroma Hops ... new wave American hop variety Mount Hood with robust citrus aromas"

OK. That's roughly the smell I get from various Rogue, Dogfish Head and Stone beers. Piercing notes of iron and lemon with the sticky red resins one associates with the "other" herb. The rusty brass color and background aromas indicate nice, glazed malt sugars.
On the palate it is balanced. Easy, hardened shells of honey and caramel flavors contain leafy mints and lemon peel notes that rise on the finish. Cottony tannins and tangy acidity don't quite fill in a gap on the mid-palate. Where's the obnoxious malty sweetness and head-spinning alcohol? Oh yeah, it's a hybrid. This beer's English chromosomes require it to be very drinkable.

putnam, Mar 03, 2005
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4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

dball, Aug 08, 2010
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

leinie13, Nov 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

esmyth15, Sunday at 09:58 PM
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

bigred89, Jul 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

ATPete, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

HoistinBrews, Jun 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light copper color with a thick white head from a brown bottle. The smell is all citrusy hops. The taste is predominated by the American hops, there is an English beer lurking in the background however. I think its a real interesting idea to blend the English and American styles as they try to here. I'm not sure its exactly a fair match as the American hops tend to overwhelm. That said, I think this is actually a very good, very drinkable beer that is lighter than many heavily hopped American beers, making for a nice relatively light style. Recommended.

Drew966, Mar 25, 2006
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

PEIhop, Mar 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
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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.

yemenmocha, Aug 19, 2012
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XB Bluebird Bitter from Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.