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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: 584   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Color is a clear amber/copper with a small white head thats about a pencil width high and leaves some gluey/ sticky small lace. Smell is faint of sweet malt and floral hop, very clean and soft. Taste is caramel and butterscotch-like in the front thats sweet and smooth then goes right into a leveling bitterness thats very floral and tangy and slightly earthy. The feel is a rounded medium body with a bittering tang cling and sweetness thats all very mild and drys nice and smooth, nothing to overwhelming. A very good pale bitter which is exactly what this seemed to me, it's pale, but bitter, and in a good tasty, smooth manner.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2003
This was a fantastic start o my Seattle International brewfest experience. Moderate amber apperance with a slightlu substandard head. However the blessed aromatic combination of fresh floral hops and easy going malt more than made up for the lackluster apperance. Easy hop bitterness in flavor with a floral touch that calmed my palate from the zingy crab bisque I had just enjoyed. Well balanced, tasty, and a superb start for the day.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2003
BottledDeep, clear yet full amber colour. Fluffy white head. Not a bad beer this. Malty aroma, slight bit of alcohol coming off it as well. Full bodied, bitter hop flavour. Tastes stronger then it is.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2003
orangy brown, fluffy off white head. caramel and meyer lemon-like citrus aroma. more caramel, sweet malt, ctirus and earthy hop finish. nice bitter.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
1more4dessert (331) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2003
bitter beer face. all I could think of was Keystone adds. This is terrible. Perhaps i just don't appreciate the style but I love Fuller's and Redhook ain't bad/ What am I missing?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2003
Pours a hazy, golden orange with a light, fluffy, white head. The aroma is comprised of many subtle elements, namely grainy malt, resinous hops and a light bit of alcohol. The flavor is, again, light, but full. Nice malt lays the groundwork for a slightly citrus, pine and resinous hop element at the end. The apparent bottle-conditioning adds a nice doughy character as well. A nice bitterness persists, despite the clean finish. A tasty session beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2004 Rerate: LIghtly hazed amber color with a modest beige head and speckles of lace. Aroma has a light belgian ale (wit) quality, with dough, light flowers and hint of citrus. Light sweetness up front followed by a watery bitterness. Flavors some what boring. A slight notch up form the previous sample. Original Rating 6/16/03: (5,3,5,3,10) Chalky amber color with a fluffy off white head. Globs of lace speckle te side of the glass. Old citrus aroma. Perfumy and old. Acidic, near lambic, finish. I’m afraid this may be a bad sample. Will revisit to ensure.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2003
Floral light hoppy aroma. Muddy water appearance. Areal English bitter, malt at the start and then the long hoppy bitterness kicks in and there is a degree of earthyness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobBestwick (631) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 15, 2003
malty/toasted aroma, copper hue with virtually no head, very little carbonation, spicy hop flavour with malt undertones, nicely balanced, creamy texture, dry aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2003
Dark amber color. Initial flavor of broth, then somewhat woody taste. Slightly dry, bitter finish.


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