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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - APR 29, 2015
On tap at the International Tap House in Chesterfield. Pours clear golden with no head minimal aroma flavor is slight malt and some bitterness. But not much else. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markoijelena (2480) - Belgrade, SERBIA - APR 11, 2015
Bottle 0.5l at Cika Boban Tasting in Vranovo Serbia.01.04.2015.Taste with cika Boban himself and my bro ippopotamo36!Pour it golden color with small white head.On the nose dusty,like a bar full of beer spill.Taste and Aroma of malty,funky,quite bitter but not too fresh I think.Good carbonation,sweet feel on the end.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
AtronSeige (1285) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - APR 6, 2015
Aroma: Medium wet rag?, earthy, (uncooked) octopus. Geranial. ink Appearance: Dark gold, copper body. Small, tan head. Fair retention. Lacing. Flavour: Medium earthy, off-hops, geranial. ink. Dry finish, light astringency. Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Light astringency. Overall: I am not sure what the taste should be, but this is weird! Nothing points to the beer being off, but the plant matter/strange flavours makes this difficult to drink. 500 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre! 8B. Special/Best/Premium Bitter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mtdewa1 (441) - rome, New York, USA - APR 5, 2015
Orange in color. Aroma is grass and some barnyard funk. Taste is very mild hops and grass. Very light easy drinking. OK overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ippopotamo36 (1766) - Rome, ITALY - APR 2, 2015
At a great tasting in Vranovo-Serbia, with markoijelena and cika Boban. Bottle. Pours golden-orange color, little white head with retention. Nose: dusty, pub, malts. Mouth: very light bitter overall start, elegant feel, water as well and easy drinking. A bit too thin but nice enough.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
weordie (870) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Pours copper with a thin white head. Aroma of sesweed. Taste is bitter... I guess it does what it says on the tin... not sure how it won awards but it’s nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
redders1974 (1002) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2015
Wife’s faviourite tipple not a patch on the draught served in conniston not even brewed in the lakes for bottling but Oxfordshire Best drunk: when I’m stealing the wife’s stash

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1008) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 2, 2015
gold, bright. A cm of egg-shell head. moderately coarse, moderate-fast rate of decay. Aroma is a slightly sour/astringent minerally grassy bitterness. Touch of semi-sweet, semi-salted pie crust. Deep in the background there is sap and floral notes. Body is Light-medium-light, moderate, medium-coarse carbonation, small-to-no burn. watery-touch of grit. Flavor is touch of lemon, grass, bit of flowers, hay. Hint of blueberry. A subpar bitter in my opinion; perhaps the bottle has been sitting around too long...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mr_h (4786) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2015
500ml bottle (bottle conditioned) at home, source unknown (almost 11 months after recommended drink date) - clear orange, amber, creamy off-white head, fruity, floral aroma with a hint of spice, good lacing, caramel with some hops and spice, low to good carbonation

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2922) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Medium clear amber orange with a thin frothy lacy, lasting tan head. Smells of fruit or floral elements, spiced grass hops and gain malt with caramel. Medium oily body with soft carbonation. The taste starts with spice and light acidity with some bitter flowery notes. Sweet caramel malt with a bitter finish. Creamy and easy to drink. A smooth and excellent session bitter. Nice

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