Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
Coniston, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 618   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Bottle conditioned.
Formally contract brewed by Brakspear. Currently contract brewed at Hepworth for Beer Counter, under the supervision of Peter Scholey, former Brakspear head brewer.
The ingredients and abv are different to the CAMRA Supreme Champion cask ale which continues to be brewed by Coniston.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and crystal malt; Challenger hops - mainly at the end of the boil.

BLUEBIRD is a fine session ale with a light golden colour. The intense resinous and spicy hop character which is the beer’s hallmark is derived from the use of unusual quantities of English Challenger hops, each bale being individually and personally selected by the brewer. The malt is, of course, Maris Otter fermented slightly warm to give a soft fruitiness with a faint hint of scented geranium.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CObiased (334) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2016
11.2oz bottle - Mostly clear and a color somewhere between yellow and amber with a thin off white head. Pleasant aroma of bready fruit cake and subtle hop intertwined. Flavors of hearty bread, crisp hop, hint of fruit and herbs. Slightly watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2016
Bottle, Cumbria rate from DandyWolfFloyd, orange glow with tight soapy foam, nice sweet malty nose, flavor is bready fruits with some leather and nickel, good

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarcinG (481) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2016
Butelka 500 ml.Miedziany kolor piana ma?a bia?a.w zapachu dominuje chmiele i drozdze. Ponoc mozna wyczuc szczypte geranium...W smaku ciekawa goryczka z mocnym koncowym akcentem lekko orzechowe nuty lagodzone przez owoce. Niezly orzezwiajacy bitter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
uckelman (648) - Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2016
Pours pale amber. Small amount of particulate matter, but otherwise clear. Big tan head dissipates quickly. Aroma is jammy and a tad soapy. Medium body. Metalic finish. Hmm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1897) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Enjoyed from pint bottle into stange glass at Reeds American Table in Maplewood. It poured a clear golden amber with off-white foam, lasting with a little lace. Grainy, nice biscuity English base malt, nutty, bready. Fine English hops balance too: orange marmalade, subtle black pepper, earth, wood, perfume. This beer is exactly what Challenger hops taste like. Mildly fruity ale yeast esters, faintly spicy phenols, but all in a mellow, supportive way. Excellent, true-to-style English bitter, which is to say DELICIOUS, possibly the most authentic available in the US. It also showcases the similarities between English and Belgian table beer. Light-medium body, low carbonation, light malty aftertaste but not exactly sweetness, as it finished with a bone-dry snap. Can’t wait for my next pint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
One2remeber (245) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Dark orange, with a light amber hue. Off-white head, lacey retention. Floral, piney, Pilsner type flowery nose. Richer pale malt, no caramel, roast, chocolate. Prune-type, fig cookie, pleasant nose. Hint of toffee on the palate with a pilsner type, resiny (no way AM IPA type) finish. Dry, herbal. Medium carbonation, enough to feel sudsy on the edges but no bite. Big, juicy herbal/earthy aftertaste. Drier body, thin, almost taste cardboard (put not off-putting). Mild drinking, light hop (surprised I’m picking it up).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chrisv10 (15518) - DENMARK - NOV 10, 2015
Bottle, 4.2%. Clear golden with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, fruit, hop and a little biscuit. Flavour is malt, caramel, biscuit, medium sweet, biscuit, hop, grass and a little bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hauxe (444) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - NOV 8, 2015
A British bitter with an off copper color. Creamy head fades quick. Settles into a satisfying brew without any surprises good or bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4748) - Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2015
330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/25/2014. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange, plum, pear, apple, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange, plum, pear, apple, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, plum, pear, apple, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of bready malt, earthy hop, and fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is an excellent English bitter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt, earthy hop, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gurthnar (5018) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 9, 2015
Bottle at 100 piv. Clear golden colour. Poor head retention. Aroma nice floral hoppy English. Taste is mostly bitter, moderate bitterness, light malty caramel background. Mostly English hoppy flavours, long dry English hoppy finish.

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