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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (2929) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2003
Bottled version. Hoppy, slightly doughy aroma. A touch of skunk on pouring but it wanes in a quick moment. Quite attractive with a golden orange color, white foamy head, and spots of lace. Slightly cloudy but that might have been the pour. Medium bodied. The flavor is slightly watery but it's no major issue. Bluebird is mostly dominated by hoppy bitterness with a malt backbone that just barely keeps up. Some earthy notes. Quick, dry finish with just a touch of lingering bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2003
Pale gold. Medium head. Very hoppy aroma, but definately of the English hop variety (challenger?). Flavor: sourdough bread, EXTREMELY metallic finish. Why is my bitter sour? Almost tastes like a berliner weiss. I hope this was a bad bottle.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Pours clear amber, with a small white head, lightly clinging lace. Aroma is hoppy, grassy, citrusy. Flavor starts with a little maltiness, caramel mostly, in the middle the hops come through, although not too strongly. In the end, it gets metallic, and the metallic flavor lingers on, rather unpleasantly.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
fraternie (826) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2003
Amber colored, very little head. Sour apple malt flavor. Finish is VERY metallic. I must have gotten a bad bottle if this is really supposed to be the best beer in all of England. The malt is decently enjoyable until the finish DESTROYS it. Metallic, dirty sock finish that lingers.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Panzuriel (1316) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Amber beer with a good head. Nice hoppy aroma. Nice flavor. Good bitters. Good dry aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Big head that faded quickly. My beer was a light yellow. Subtle hop finish, a good English beer but not a stand-out. Sorry to hear about the bottler. Hoping to get the cask after I win the lottery and move to U.K.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (10460) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2003
Bottle Conditioned. Dark amber beer with frothy cream head. Good malty rich flavour, with late hop rush and drying effect. Wonder who is going to bottle it now that Brakspeares have chucked the towel in?

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4649) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 8, 2003
Didn't notice it was bottle fermented until after the pour. Sediment stayed in the bottle so the drink was clear in the glass. Hop aroma and strong hop taste. Light head with a fair lacing. Smooth with a dry finish. I did not pick out much in the way of other flavours or malt. With less hops this might be almost tasteless. A different taste for a bitter, likened to a low alcohol IPA.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2003
Pours a huge frothy off white head but it disappears quickly. Body is golden coloured and slightly hazy. Nose of floral hops dominate with hints of spice. Flavour is rather malty, bitter and quite floral. Finish is semi-sweet but leaves a dry acidic taste lingering in my mouth. A decent beer if you like to flirt with bitter but don't mind a sweetness to cover it up.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 14, 2003
Nose of floral spiced hops and grainy malt. The brew pours from the bottle a medium hazy clover-honeyed amber with floating yeast "mothers". The titanic white rocky head is fully lasting with good lacing. The brew starts malty with hints of spice. The finish is medium sweet then bitter with light acidity. The medium creamy and soft body finishes slightly alcoholic. Light on flavor and depth for a bitter, but would make for an excellent session offering.


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