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XB Bluebird Bitter - Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd

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XB Bluebird BitterXB Bluebird Bitter

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ygtbsm94, Mar 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Sludgeman, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

ryan1788a5, Jan 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

RobertColianni, Aug 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Hopheadjeffery, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

bigred89, Jul 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

kazam55, Jul 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Slatetank, May 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

PEIhop, Mar 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

BGsWo22, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

leinie13, Nov 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

GreyGhost4, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%

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.

TheQuietMan22, Oct 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

ghetto90007, Sep 16, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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FriedGold2112, Apr 24, 2012
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3.05/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

peoplewithhands, Dec 23, 2011
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ATPete, Dec 09, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

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

overall = good session beer. very dry and drinkable. nothing exceptional

gc4hokies, Dec 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

BMan1113VR, Dec 02, 2011
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XB Bluebird Bitter from Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.