Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
Coniston, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 606   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2003
I had an absolutely terrible bottle. Totally flat and non-carbonated. Nothing about this beer was even worth writing about. I will buy another bottle and see if it was just the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Bottle. Slighly more hops than average bitter. Pretty standard beer, not enough of a powerful malt backing for my taste. Not much of a finish either. I wouldn't call this a champion.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
freekyp (1775) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2007 Part of an English Bitter tasting in Ocean NJ on 10/06/2007. Light copper color with a small fluffy, but quickly dissipating head. Slight floral notes in nose. First taste gives hint of british-style malt character that never really plays out. This hint is crushed by a quick, sharp, centered hop attack, which disappears as quickly as it came. Mouthfeel is watery and unexciting with the exception of the interesting hop attack.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Reminds me of an English style IPA. Sparkling clear, deep golden ale. Small, creamy, white head with cascading lacework. Malty, spicy nose with notes of dried flowers, evergreen and citrus fruit. Well-hopped with plenty of bite. A touch bitter and astringent. Medium-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Short, bone-dry astringent finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2482) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Nice head with great carbonation. Leaves some decent lacing. Color is a cloudy amber orange. Aroma dominated by hops (as is should be) with a little bit of spice. Flavor is dry and bitter and quite good. Decent balance with the malt in the body. Not a real strong bitter taste which will appear to those who are not big fans of bitters. Finish is bitter and dry and leaves a good aftertaste in the mouth. A quality bitter that hits all the marks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2003
(bottle) Medium-dark amber with almost no head. Floral hops aroma jumps up to greet you--you don't even have to lift the glass. Strong enough malt backbone supporting the spicy hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Darker colour with a thin head. Lots of hops in the nose that follows with good amounts of hops in the taste. Thin body. At first this beer starts and finishes out strong with hops. In the middle tho, it kinda falls off and at first I wasnt too sure what I was getting but as the drink continued I was definately able to detect more malts, sweetness and all around dryness in the middle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Slightly hazy, copper colored body with a thin, lingering, off-white head of foam. Hoppy, hay-like aroma with some good malt notes. Medium body with low carbonation and a nice, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is malty sweet underneath the strong, slightly bitter tasting hops. The finish is quick and hoppy, almost dry. A nice bitter and a great session ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Pours a golden color with light head. Mild malt, bread aroma. The taste is interesting. No lengthy flavors to ponder. The flavors are quick-a subtle citrus/flowery start, a malty middle, and a bitter, dry finish. Wham-bam-thank-you-mam, the taste is gone. Really not a bad bitter in the English tradition. Of course, being an American microbrew drinker, my tastes would probably be considered uncivilized and course; I prefer bold flavors and aromas. However this is a very drinkable beer, and I can appreciate its subtleties. I'd like to try it on tap in a proper pint glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Vey nice bread and light spice aroma. Cloudy golden color. Lots of carbonation. Flavor is malty with a medicine taste. Dry on the palate, also bitter but not like and real English bitter, like I have had in England.

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