Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
Coniston, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (9954) - 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?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4580) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2003
This is what an english bitter is all about. I read the negative comments and must say you are not judging this brew for what it is. This is a true session brew that you would drink at the local pub. Balanced and supremely true to type

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3306) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2003
Brown,lasting off white head.Good carmel malt nose. A well balance bitter, slightly on the thin side

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2002
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, fully lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted light bread, cookie), moderately hoppy (grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Finish is moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent. At least now I know I won’t like brews based on Challenger hops. Good flavor balance other than that citric sourness. Love the yeasty appearance with the neverending head, though. Nice mouthfeel for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2002
This beer poured a reddish gold color and formed an amazing sudsy white head. The lace was an incredible airy cloudlike style. Heavy amount of carbonation. The aroma was of fruit and floral/perfume hops. The flavor was of hops and fruit. Rather light finish. Not a bad beer, but the flavor and finish could be better

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2002
Soapy tasting. Looks about right in my Ravenhead dimple mug, but the head died a quick death. It’s not great, and not worth $5 a bottle, but it is what I would hope a session bitter in an English pub would at least be like.

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