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Coniston
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
Coniston, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 562   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 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.


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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 I’d 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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DandyWolfFloyd (617) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
Aroma -there is a bread quality, some subtle floral esters Appearance - nice amber body; liquid is clean and clear; head is off-white and sets up at about 1 3/4" head that very slowly begins to fade. Taste - taste has a nice sort of spiced hop, there is also bread malt, and a little tang to boot. Palate - body is light; the texture of the slightest creaminess; the carbonation is soft; the finish is slightly spiced and mildly tangy

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (546) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 9, 2014
From a 500mL bottle. Aroma has a nice, fairly assertive malt character with quite a bit of cracker, biscuit and graham cracker notes with faint caramel. Medium light earthy and woodsy hop notes compliment, but play a background role. Faint floral esters. Pours an almost perfectly clear, copper color with a medium thick, somewhat small, off white head that displays really nice retention. Flavor is similar to aroma with a light sweetness upfront as well as some cracker and biscuit notes. Medium light bitterness that helps dry out the finish. Medium light woodsy hop character with a touch of herbal spice. Finish has a bready, cracker note to it that goes well with the drying character. Mouthfeel is medium light to light bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall a really nice, easy drinking, balanced beer. I forget how good a clean, British session beer can be. Nice simple, but intriguing malt character with balanced hop notes and bitterness. Faint esters that do not overwhelm at all.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Erzengel (1912) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAR 19, 2014
Sehr toll malzige Fruchtigkeit. Tief, Karamell, tolle Hopfennoten. Weich und sehr tiefgehend. Total tolles Bitter!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cheap (3802) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4$ at vintage. Seems to be a pretty thick bottle. Once in my 16oz glass I know how big the bottle is; mini bomber. decent looking old lager appearance. Smell is mild sweeter candy. Yes, first taste is indicator this is a milder beer but with enough personality to make you question it. For some reason I was expecting some old lager tasting thing but am presently surprised. Has good sizzling co2 but could use a tad more. As the session continues, it becomes a little more interesting. Finish is slight watery ending thing that’s difficult to quantify .......and it never gets in your face, just yer mouth. One of the better beer experiences from England. The big bottle really gives you a chance to appreciate the evolution of this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3491) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2014
16.9 oz bottle. Deep gold with a decent sized white head. Aroma is of floral hops, grass, leafy woody notes. Taste is of bitter florals, honey, grass, pear and grain.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (3692) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle. The look is clear, deep golden in color, and had a whitish head. The smell is floral, malts, fruits, cereal, and ok. The taste is fruits, malts, florals, and honey.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DonDiego (2) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2014 does not count
Blonde, lighter color than many bitters. Nice aroma. perfect balance of hops and malt. Clean, fresh, smooth mouthfeel. Task great at room temp, or lightly chilled. Best enjoyed sipped, on its own.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
allmyvinyl (2173) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2014
500ml bottle at home. Light amber pour, thin white head. Aromas of classic bitter, biscuit and floral hops. Otherwise boringand a bit thin.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andylavery (5) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2014 does not count
Bottle purchased at Bauer Wine & Spirits in Boston - $5. Love a good English Bitter, and this is definitely a good one. Lots of fruity tones, but they’re balanced. Lemon peel and apricot/peach/yellow stonefruit dominate the palate. Light bodied and pretty tame ABV make this a more enjoyable beer. Heavier malts on the nose give way to the aforementioned fruitiness and a nice spicy hop kick that, like the palate, is very balanced. Very enjoyable English Ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radarsock (823) - Vermont, USA - JAN 3, 2014
$4.60 for the 500mL bottle purchased from Leary’s earlier today. To oversized snifter, it pours a yellowish gold-orange with a sudsy thin-ringed off-white head half a finger in length. Aromas of salted caramel, DME, cashew butter, red grapes, and noble hops. Tastes the same with the addition of applesauce, brown rice, and tzatziki. Cool.


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