Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
Coniston, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
allmyvinyl (2802) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2014
500ml bottle at home. Light amber pour, thin white head. Aromas of classic bitter, biscuit and floral hops. Otherwise boringand a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andylavery (7) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2014 does not count
Bottle purchased at Bauer Wine & Spirits in Boston - $5. Love a good English Bitter, and this is definitely a good one. Lots of fruity tones, but they’re balanced. Lemon peel and apricot/peach/yellow stonefruit dominate the palate. Light bodied and pretty tame ABV make this a more enjoyable beer. Heavier malts on the nose give way to the aforementioned fruitiness and a nice spicy hop kick that, like the palate, is very balanced. Very enjoyable English Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radarsock (882) - Vermont, USA - JAN 3, 2014
$4.60 for the 500mL bottle purchased from Leary’s earlier today. To oversized snifter, it pours a yellowish gold-orange with a sudsy thin-ringed off-white head half a finger in length. Aromas of salted caramel, DME, cashew butter, red grapes, and noble hops. Tastes the same with the addition of applesauce, brown rice, and tzatziki. Cool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (5029) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2013
50cl Bottle @ home. Clear golden/amber pour. Thin white head. Subtle bitterness. Nice balanced quaffable bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ContemplateBeer (1496) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Aroma: Lemons. Really very clear impressions of lemon, but not without some grainy sweetness and a touch of nuttiness. Appearance: Soft, light copper with a bubbly white head that settled into a small ring. Flavor: Lemon rules again with some other light hop perfume; it’s the furthest thing from American hops, not assertive, but ever-present. The malts are a little more nutty than in the aroma, with just a little sweetness toward the finish. Palate: Light body, oily texture, soft carbonation, abrupt finish. Overall: Nice stuff, though I didn’t like this as much as Landlord. Would be wonderful with some seafood or herbal, grilled chicken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Karol (592) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 22, 2013
Bottled. I love these english ales. Ease to drink, malty in aroma and taste, bitter finish, refreshing. What do you want more?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WillRunForBeer (546) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear copper with an off white head. Aroma is malt and wet moss. Taste is sweet, malty, metallic. There’s some floral hop bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
On bottle: F14-275 It’s golden with a center dome of white, and a brilliant clarity. Smells of sweet malt, some bits of crystal malt, a little metal and herbal hops. Flavor is delicate, malty, nice and enjoyable with just a touch of noble malts. Medium bodied with low carb and a wet finish. Nice beer. Quaffable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jow (2007) - New York, USA - NOV 11, 2013
I said I wasn’t going to drink today but wanted to grab a new English county tick so here I am at The Jeffrey sipping bitter. Pours copper with head that dissipates. Nose is slight metallic and grains. Tastes grainy, caramel, of pennies, apricot, lemon, and grass. Pretty bitter with lingering finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (672) - Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
Malt dominated aroma. Strong bitter taste. Pours copper with a frothy white head.

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