Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
Coniston, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 597   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Smells yeasty and bitter. Not a whole lot of flavor going on here...some mild hoppiness and some mild bitterness. A hint of citrus, and that's about it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5390) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Decent balance of bitterness and malty sweetness - respectable floral character - a tad watery at times, but finishes crisp, with some lingering grain flavors - I agree with most, this is "average."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Bottle. Mildly bitter with an unattractive soggy-hop flavor near the end. Some malts as well, respectable mouthfeel. Average stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Andrew196 (1114) - Katy, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Piney hop aroma. Taste was of fruity malts, strong bitter hoppiness in the finish....not a bad beer, but it didnt really come together for me. Not in the same league as a Fullers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (6145) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2003
Sroms from chocolate and apples. Rather lively to be a bitter. Fresh flavour from apples.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (11206) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (30685) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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