Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
Coniston, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 618   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GNome (41) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2004
Bottled Conditioned; Hint of citrus aroma, carbonation predominates mouthfeel, grainy overtones.. reasonable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Gold tan. Nose sweet, lemony, taste lemon, nitty, bready. Needs to be creamier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2003
Bottled. Fruity, pear and grapefruit aroma. Orange/golden color, very small off-white head, fair lace. Sweet and sour, very fruity, light underlying bitterness, clean. Bit thin body and light dry. Could use a bit more maltiness and body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
caesar (6644) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2003
Dutch ratebeer meeting. Hazy yellow/orange coloured, small head. Aroma of grapefruit and pear. Sour sweet taste, with a bitter palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerohen (2171) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2003
Dutch ratebeer meeting. Hazy yellow/orange coloured, small head. Unusual aroma, complex and fruity. Initially sour flavour, then goes on to be more sweet. Obvious complexity. Lasting finish. An unusual combination of flavours, but pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (5303) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2003
(Dutch ratebeer meeting)Strange, when I see the ratings. This beer is very underrated. This is the second english beer I really liked after the fullers Vintage. Sweet grapefruit aroma. Hazy, yellow/amber coloured with a thin white head. Taste is bitter, slightly sour and fruity. Bit thin palate. Very decent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (18237) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2003
Golden with a nice head. Aroma is citrus, a bit sour. Has a mild flavor that is fruity but also sour from citrus. Hoppy with a slightly bitter finish.

   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!

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