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Coniston
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
Coniston, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 584   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 beerís 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.


rivertranced's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rivertranced (25) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2012
Poured from bottle into tasting glass. Very light malt aroma, with low fruitiness. A: pretty, medium gold color. Slight haze, but OK clarity for style (and bottle conditioning). Very low head. F: Medium-high bitterness, low fruity esters, a little english hop flavor shows through. Not as much malt presence as Iíd like. Dry finish. M: Medium light body, low carbonation (OK for style). O: Very good example of the style. WOuld like to see more maltiness in both flavor and aroma (more crystal malt would suit this well). Back off on sulfates in water a little bit.


2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
weordie (204) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Pours copper with a thin white head. Aroma of sesweed. Taste is bitter... I guess it does what it says on the tin... not sure how it won awards but itís nice.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
redders1974 (75) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2015
Wifeís faviourite tipple not a patch on the draught served in conniston not even brewed in the lakes for bottling but Oxfordshire Best drunk: when Iím stealing the wifeís stash

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (960) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 2, 2015
gold, bright. A cm of egg-shell head. moderately coarse, moderate-fast rate of decay. Aroma is a slightly sour/astringent minerally grassy bitterness. Touch of semi-sweet, semi-salted pie crust. Deep in the background there is sap and floral notes. Body is Light-medium-light, moderate, medium-coarse carbonation, small-to-no burn. watery-touch of grit. Flavor is touch of lemon, grass, bit of flowers, hay. Hint of blueberry. A subpar bitter in my opinion; perhaps the bottle has been sitting around too long...

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mr_h (3249) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2015
500ml bottle (bottle conditioned) at home, source unknown (almost 11 months after recommended drink date) - clear orange, amber, creamy off-white head, fruity, floral aroma with a hint of spice, good lacing, caramel with some hops and spice, low to good carbonation

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2363) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Medium clear amber orange with a thin frothy lacy, lasting tan head. Smells of fruit or floral elements, spiced grass hops and gain malt with caramel. Medium oily body with soft carbonation. The taste starts with spice and light acidity with some bitter flowery notes. Sweet caramel malt with a bitter finish. Creamy and easy to drink. A smooth and excellent session bitter. Nice

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (703) - Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2015
50cl bottle. Copper color with almost zero head. Caramel and pear aroma. Dry and fruity taste. Not the biggest fan, but itís drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
floydslip (219) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Reddish-copper beer with a medium foamy bright white head. Somewhat light, flowery nose of cedar, musk, and leather, but you have to really breathe it in. Flavor is a bit watery with some light caramel, green tea, and bread followed by a mild bitterness that fades quickly. Overall, not a particularly flavorful beer, but whatís there is pleasant enough. Decent.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (6310) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Draft to taster at Ei8ht Ball. Pours a clear orange color with a small khaki head. The aroma and flavor has the sweeter Maris Otter malt, caramel, lightly toasty, with mild citrus and earthy hops. Lighter bodied, light to moderate bitterness, light to moderate sweet taste. Mild hops, smooth and easy drinking, just didnít compare very well to the bigger beers that day.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6345) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2015
had on Draft at the coolest LA bar, Avenue Pub .. . pours out a tan brown .. great foam .. . caramel and english hops .. . mild mouth and utterly crushable, havenít had a good english ale in a while .. . . mom, i want a twinkie.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
bmink (9) - - JAN 6, 2015 does not count
Looks great, smells great, taste starts out good but end up in a phenolic aftertaste. Would not drink again.


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