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Coniston
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
Coniston, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 569   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cheap (4055) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4$ at vintage. Seems to be a pretty thick bottle. Once in my 16oz glass I know how big the bottle is; mini bomber. decent looking old lager appearance. Smell is mild sweeter candy. Yes, first taste is indicator this is a milder beer but with enough personality to make you question it. For some reason I was expecting some old lager tasting thing but am presently surprised. Has good sizzling co2 but could use a tad more. As the session continues, it becomes a little more interesting. Finish is slight watery ending thing that’s difficult to quantify .......and it never gets in your face, just yer mouth. One of the better beer experiences from England. The big bottle really gives you a chance to appreciate the evolution of this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3753) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2014
16.9 oz bottle. Deep gold with a decent sized white head. Aroma is of floral hops, grass, leafy woody notes. Taste is of bitter florals, honey, grass, pear and grain.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (3958) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle. The look is clear, deep golden in color, and had a whitish head. The smell is floral, malts, fruits, cereal, and ok. The taste is fruits, malts, florals, and honey.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DonDiego (2) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2014 does not count
Blonde, lighter color than many bitters. Nice aroma. perfect balance of hops and malt. Clean, fresh, smooth mouthfeel. Task great at room temp, or lightly chilled. Best enjoyed sipped, on its own.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
allmyvinyl (3353) - 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.

4.1
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radarsock (914) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (5259) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2013
50cl Bottle @ home. Clear golden/amber pour. Thin white head. Subtle bitterness. Nice balanced quaffable bitter

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ContemplateBeer (1542) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Karol (641) - 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?


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