Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
Coniston, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 611   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2003
looks like cloudy dark piss. it was flat as hell. no hop flavor at all but it did have a nice floral aroma. perhaps i got a bad bottle or something. i was very disappointed

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2003
Thin penicillin head. Looks lke how a southern beer should look. Smooth mellow flavour, slightly watery but a good standard bitter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 24, 2003
A pleasing & pleasant bitter that makes one long for the dank, musty darkness of an English Pub. Pours a radiant copper-gold with a slight-white lacy head. Tastes initially of sweet malts that are quickly overrun by strong, oatmealy hops. Grainy. Hops throughout. Not as "bitter" as one might hope!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 14, 2003
50 cL bottle, shaker glass, 55 degrees F. Small, tight, white, creamy head is lasting and sits on a deep orange-amber body that is moderately hazy. Cookie and grain malt (M); flowery hops (M); apple, white wine, and yes, geraniums. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter, moderately acidic flavor becomes a moderately bitter, moderately acidic finish. Slightly unclean, mineral aspect to the finish. Medium-light body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent. The bottom line is: flowery hops, good; tasting like potting soil, bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Great hop aroma, great hop taste, but there isn't much else to this beer! Where I normally would taste some malt I get a watery sensation.

   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 (1851) - 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 (10532) - 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 (2500) - 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.

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