XB Bluebird Bitter | Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd

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XB Bluebird BitterXB Bluebird Bitter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
England, United Kingdom
conistonbrewery.com

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 03-03-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,510
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
79
pDev:
14.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Budlum
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 500 ml.bottle with a date stamp of F18-103. Sampled on June 27, 2017.

It is a typical looking light to medium amber pour considering the style and a modest, lingering white head. Some floating sediment when you pour the whole bottle in.

The aroma has a caramel and toffee malt sweetness with a vague papery feel and a light, clean crisp grassy hop note.

Light to medium body but creamy, clean and refreshing.

Basically a sweet yet citrus zingy flavor that ends mildly to moderately bitter but overall finishes quite clean. Very typical for this style and I could see myself downing one of these in a traditional British pub.

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Photo of MattXT
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutHunter
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Coniston's XB Bluebird Bitter a couple weeks ago for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for a new beer to try and I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 11.2 oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is has a nice clean and simple looks and it's not too eye catching. It poured a nice amber orange color that took on more of an amber color when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with a creamy aroma being the first to show up and it leads into some fruity yeast which imparts a slight dark fruit aroma. Up next comes the hops which impart some a little bit of fruity, herbal and citrus rind aromas. This beer has a good aroma, it's unique and I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the fruity yeast being the first to show up with some eniglish ale like flavors along with a little bit of a stone fruit like flavor. Up next comes the malts which impart some grainy and sweet malt like aromas and towards the end comes the hops which impart those citrus rind and herbal aspects that I got in the aroma and it had a higher amount of light bitterness with a lemon, stonefruit and slight herbal hop aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, there's not off flavors and and the different aspects work well together.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, a little clean, medium bodied wit a lighter amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but it could use just a little more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a good example of an English Bitter, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style and I ended up enjoying it. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of these. What I like the most about this beer is the balance, it was good and just where I want it to be. What I like the least about this beer is the carbonation, it could use just a little more. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend trying it. All in all I was happy with this beer and I thought it was a little unique. It made for a goof first impression for this brewery and I'm interested to try more of their beer and i thought it was a good example of the style. Nice job guys, this is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the bottle in a pint glass. This fine bitter pours a clear golden amber color with a nice head of white foam that level itself out to a thick ring and thin layer with little lacing. Nose of honeysuckle, light citrus notes of lemon and orange peel, and subtle herbal hops. Flavors follow the nose with sweet light honey to the front and sides that melds to a subtle grain note heading towards the back that culminates in a nice light herbal hops note blended with citrus that lingers long after each sip. Crisp carbonation makes for an easy and lively mouth feel that finishes moderately dry and bitter on the aftertaste. Excellent.

Cheers

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant copper gold under a 2” fluffy white foam collar that produces thick lace. S: Big fruit aromas dominated by plum. T: A rich malt and fruit attack with plum, toffee and caramel pulled together with a refreshing, earthy hop bitterness. F: Very wonderful rich, creamy texture with a medium to medium light body and fine soft medium low carbonation O: the combination of the rich creamy texture, fruit , malty caramel and hop bitterness make this extremely enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Coniston Bluebird Premium XB has a fairly thick, spongy, off-white head, a cloudy, orange-amber appearance, racing bubble streams, lots of large and tiny tan sediment throughout, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of water, turned fruit, and cellar mold, and the flavor it the same, with the fruits being mango, red preaches, and apricot. White bread is present, but bitterness is quite low, really. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Coniston Bluebird Premium XB finishes semi-dry and easily gulp-able.

RJT

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.77/5  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.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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XB Bluebird Bitter from Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 79 ratings
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