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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
queenholly (2827) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Bottle. Sweet barley malt and hay aroma. Slightly hazy deep honey gold with a small off-white head. Barley malt and spicy -grassy hops flavor. Light body, lively carbonation. Rather highly carbonated for and English bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MattH (635) - California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle. Brother bought this one.Gold pour. Light flavor. Slightly bitter. Aroma is fruity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StueyD (1108) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2013
A mid orange coloured beer, with a frothy but weak. A light malty aroma, slightly smoky with a background hoppiness. Dry mouthfeel. Dry malty taste to start, biscuity but not sweet, then a citrusy, zesty grapefruit and lemon flavour that lifts the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheJestersBeer (2032) - SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours a hazy medium straw, with a white head. Hoppy, malty, slightly phenolic aroma, apricot, grass, nuts. Dry, medium body and bitterness, balanced CO2. Hoppy, malty, faintly grainy taste, apricot, caramel, yeast, faintly phenolic and earthy. Robust, but quite enjoyable nevertheless. (2013-08-23)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9358) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours clear copper with a medium, creamy white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is earthy and woody hops, cracker and biscuit malt. Flavor is medium hops and bitterness, light malt and a dry finish. Light to medium body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3285) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma on this is pretty faint. Light floral aroma with some moderately sweet woody maltiness. Almost smells like a women’s hair salon. Transparent copper body with a huge, pillowy off-white head. Starts with a bit of a watery flavor. Not much going on. Becomes a little sweet and metallic in the middle. Finishes with scant herbal character. Very low bitterness. Pretty bland. Pale lager drinkers would enjoy this, I imagine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike5326 (802) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Poured from a cold bottle. Golden color, medium white head, slight lacing. Smells of mild hops. Unexpected taste, slight hop, lemon grass, clean finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
csaso (1292) - Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle - small foamy head, nice medium copper color, mildly sweet malt with fair hop bitterness - pretty balanced overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1180) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUL 21, 2013
4.2% in the USA. Coniston Bluebird Bitter has a thick, creamy, off-white head and an initially clear, somewhat bubbly, orange-gold appearance, with prominent lacing left on the glass. When I aggressively swished the bottom of the bottle (16.9 oz.), the caked sediment added a tan cloud to the beer. Aroma is of light, sweet, aged toffee, sugar, and bit of citrus. The taste is of white bread, zinging yeast, a dash of citrus, subdued bitterness, and grain. Mouthfeel is mostly light and a bit watery, and Coniston Bluebird Bitter finishes wet, semi-sweet, and highly quaff-able. Overall, this is a most excellent beer, and I strongly recommend checking it out. RJT

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
medfordmh (23) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Poured from a bottle. A: spicy earthy hop note, slight mineral, slight stone fruit note, biscut. A: golden straw color, ok head retention, white head, totally brite. T: earthy, spicy, dried grass hop note filled by a mineral bite, biscuty finish, very light caramel and fruit notes. P: nice and dry, good carbonation but not to much, slight bitterness in the finish. O: ok English pale ale, dry and brite, easy drinking, not outstanding but nothing wrong here

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