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Coniston
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
Coniston, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
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RATINGS: 614   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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.


STEPHENDR's rating

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
500ml. glass bottle- color of medium gold, with a quickly dissipating thick light white colored head - nose of pale hops, stale, and sweat – taste of pale hops, ever so slight malts, and very mild- body is low viscosity, and with high to medium carbonation – aftertaste of sweat, and light hops


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bif (1985) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Pours a nice copper color with a fair head. Aroma of malt, bit of fruit and nut. Taste of malt, mild sweetness with fruit and grain. Nice bitterness and a clean finish. Medium body, smooth with a nice malty feel. Enjoyable beer

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
djd07 (9563) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2016
On tap at Avenue Pub. Pours a cloudy orange gold with medium off white head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is floral and bready malt. Medium body, earthy hop, caramel, bitter finish, decent.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mabuzzer (540) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - JUL 2, 2016
500ml bottle. Copper colour with a small white head. Not much aroma, taste is grass and malt. Not very exciting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (1036) - Missouri, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Pours a clear copper color with an off white head that settles to a constant film. Aroma of bread crust, slight malt sweetness and floral scents. Taste has some biscuit malt with a prevalent smooth spiciness that calls to mind white pepper. A touch of orange rind bitterness and some minerality round out the flavors. Light bodied with medium/high carbonation. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. An excellent session ale that leans more on the hops than other English beers of this style, and for the better. I liked it very much.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
milewide (2010) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2016
Over carbonated! But "bottle conditioned" removed from label. Slight vinegar taste. Golden color.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
gallaghermurph (49) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 9, 2016
Pours a cloudy caramel color with an eggshell frothy white head that takes its time to dissipate and laces the glass well. Aroma is yeasty caramel with a very faint orange blossom, jasmine. Feels thick on the mouth with a very soft creamy carbonation - very near nitro. A slightly sour wateriness at first that comes around almost immediately to malt. Some very very very faint cherry spice near the end and a clean finish with just a small touch of bitterness on the tongue. I keep coming back to a faint lemon tea. It’s good, but its not as flavorful as its mouthfeel suggests. I keep wanting a bit more flavor, and that seems like it might be intentional. With the soft carbonation and light flavor I could certainly settle into a few of these, but probably only if all other options were limited.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CObiased (283) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2016
11.2oz bottle - Mostly clear and a color somewhere between yellow and amber with a thin off white head. Pleasant aroma of bready fruit cake and subtle hop intertwined. Flavors of hearty bread, crisp hop, hint of fruit and herbs. Slightly watery.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6475) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2016
Bottle, Cumbria rate from DandyWolfFloyd, orange glow with tight soapy foam, nice sweet malty nose, flavor is bready fruits with some leather and nickel, good

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarcinG (397) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2016
Butelka 500 ml.Miedziany kolor piana ma?a bia?a.w zapachu dominuje chmiele i drozdze. Ponoc mozna wyczuc szczypte geranium...W smaku ciekawa goryczka z mocnym koncowym akcentem lekko orzechowe nuty lagodzone przez owoce. Niezly orzezwiajacy bitter

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
uckelman (577) - Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2016
Pours pale amber. Small amount of particulate matter, but otherwise clear. Big tan head dissipates quickly. Aroma is jammy and a tad soapy. Medium body. Metalic finish. Hmm.


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