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.

STEPHENDR's rating

   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ebone1988 (1414) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2016
Aroma is bitter, burnt malt, a pastry sweetness, cookie, light. Appearance is orange amber, white head, mostly clear. Taste is bready, malty, some smoke, nice bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light body, light crisp carbonation, bitter bready aftertaste. Overall, not real familiar with the style but it tastes good to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mishnok (106) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2016
From 500ml bottle. Bronze to copper colour with some creamy white head. Light citrus taste, a bit breads and the bitterness is quite subtle. Medium to light body. Easy drinking. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybion (136) - Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2016
Bottle, 500 ml, from Tesco in Bowness-on-Windermere. Pours clear golden amber with a finger of quite dense white head, a moderate amount of visible carb (small-medium bubbles), and some patchy lacing. Moderately sweet honey and salted caramel malt to begin with on the nose giving way to fruitcake, nuts, almonds, orange rind, light citrus, light spice, and some floral hoppy edges. Really makes me think of Fullers (either ESB or London Pride). Taste is dense wholemeal/"farmhouse" bread and sweet honey followed up by citrus and orange rind, before a mildly bitter, quite spicy hoppy finish of medium length - little bit of pepper. Creamy feel to it overall. Medium body, oily texture, slight carb on the tip of the tongue - super easy drinking. Makes me think of a creamier and less floral London Pride.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 2/20
SanfordBrewer (1505) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2016
Translucent gold with white head. Light body with medium carbonation.

Aroma: woody piney hops, bready malt, orval-like funky tartness.

Taste: dirty socks, rotten cheese, totaly infected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bif (2062) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
djd07 (10500) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mabuzzer (584) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (1068) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
milewide (2073) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2016
Over carbonated! But "bottle conditioned" removed from label. Slight vinegar taste. Golden color.

   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.

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