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Coniston
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
Coniston, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
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RATINGS: 592   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5936) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2003
Sroms from chocolate and apples. Rather lively to be a bitter. Fresh flavour from apples.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (10920) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 Bottle conditioned, Dutch ratebeer meeting. Brakspear version: Hoppy grapefruit aroma with pear. Thin, but full of flavor. Grapefruit and mandarin. Just a bit of grapefruit sourness. Very refreshing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29992) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2014 Bottled. An orange beer with a small disappearing head. The aroma is slight but with sweet notes. The flavor is lovely bitter with some flowery and spicy notes. It is brewed on an OK malt and has an OK bitternes, that lingers.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 8, 2003
Dense cloudy amber body, light fluffy foam. Yeasty, orange and peppery aroma. Puckering, yeasty flavor, astringent, slightly bitter. Belgian like in character.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Pours a decent oranage brown with no real head. . . Pretty solid piney hop cone aroma, with some grapefruit and nice malt as well. Strong bitter flavour, with lots of sour malt. . . Palate is a bit thin, though clean and smooth. Lingering bitter notes and wet, but not very flavourful.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Oh, hell yeah this is a nice traditional Bitter, I now know why it won “The Beauty of Hops Supreme Champion 1999.” I am envious of the raters that were fortunate to have this on tap at the Map Room; I’m having it bottled in my Bed Room, not nearly as cool. ** The appearance is a shimmering bronze, little to no head, little lacing. The aroma is strongly floral, nutty, hoppy, with suggestions of caramel. The body is medium, slightly buttery and very smooth. What rocks is the flavor, it’s just a terrific balance between the hops and malt, slightly fruity, sweet then quickly bitter shift to dry. Over all I think at this point it’s the best Bitter I have indulged in. If it were not $4 for a 16oz bottle I would drink it nightly.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2003
Hoppy aroma, a bit aromatic. english hops for sure. Sticky. bready, hoppy, but thin, OK finish, hoppy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5012) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Great dark golden, light amber coloured beer with a frothy white head which lasts and lasts. The aroma is almost purely hops. There is some sweetness which arises off the beer, but the hops are most noticeable. The taste is very clean and balanced. While the hops take the initial blunt of the taste, the malt shows it is balanced later on. The hops used are definately english, but the aftertaste is very smooth and refined. One of my favourite styles for drinking on any occasion, and this one is a good example to have. Definately worth trying, especially if you are an EPA or Bitter fan! I bought the 50 cL bottle at Beers of the World in Rochester, New York.

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 (3418) - 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.


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