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Coniston
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
Coniston, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 570   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.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3321) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike5326 (923) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
csaso (1383) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1257) - 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

3.4
   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

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pizd (432) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2013
(Bottle): Pours a clear darkish gold, barely any head. Malt dominated aroma with caramel, fruits, some herbal and grassy hopiness. In the taste, a sweet malt and bitter hop balance with some spicy, grassy, caramel and doughy notes coming through. It’s a little watery but very refreshing.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dogbomb (944) - ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2013
Bottle. Crisp gold beer with an off white lumpy head. Nose is toffee, sugarpuffs and lemonade with some shredded wheat. Taste is a lot lighter and wheatier than I was expecting. Goes down very easily, with a nice amount of carbonation. Wheatiness, a light lemon whisper, nice malt balance. Yum!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (1312) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Pint 9 bottle shared.poured a medium orange with white head. Malty aroma with a mild bitterness in the flavor. This beer is not over powering just well balanced with the flavors there may be a mild citrus thing going on in the middle. Getting some orange peel in there.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (969) - Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Pours a crystal clear, classic golden color with a short-lived pure white head. If the head hadn’t attenuated so quickly, I would’ve assigned a five for appearance. The aroma is reminiscent a crisp malt liquor. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and wet with a perfect amount of carbonation for the style. The flavor is akin to both a malt liquor and a bitterer pilsener. A bit of Chardonnay grape or two. This is an enjoyable bitter.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
tgncc (2823) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Right after the pour, the nose is skunked, caramel. The appearance is clear amber, white head. The flavor is skunky, caramel, tea leaves, vague hoppiness. The finish is a mix of English hops, floral, remnants of skunk. Medium in body, a little thin. Terrible. WTF? Maybe this really needs to be drunk super fresh.


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