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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: 565   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.


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 (922) - 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 (1190) - 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 (826) - 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 (2742) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
maxwelldeux (3452) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a very small white head. Nose is a little bitter, but not much to it or very strong. Taste is a tad bitter, with a hint of chocolate coming through, which shocked me. Interesting.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kavu (2078) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 27, 2013
0,5l bottle from Tesco. Pours clear golden with a medium head. Aroma is malts with a hint of fruits. Flavor is malts with some fruits and hops. Quite basic but decent.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fezzy (79) - California, USA - APR 26, 2013
Looks well-carbonated for the style. Uncomplicated but nicely bready nose leads to a simple, clean, drinkable bitter. Clear malty backbone nicely balanced by rather spicy hops, fairly strong, which linger, but finish clean. A well-done example of a sessionable bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dommod2011 (698) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2013
Yeah okay, but you try supping this whilst looking at the tweets from Cott.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
angelkostvo (556) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 17, 2013
Hazelnut color with almost no head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, candy sugar, bubblegum. Taste is light sweet, light sour, light bitter at the end. Light body, watery to oily texture, soft carbonation. Not bad.


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