Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
Coniston, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 579   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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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.

WastedYouthBrew's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WastedYouthBrew (143) - Phila (Home of Geno's Steaks), Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2004
When I bought this I didn’t know what I was getting into. But now I know. I was pleasantly surprised! It was quite enjoyable. No pain whatsoever. None! A nice refreshing bitter and I believe I purchased this at Roger Wilco because it held the title in 1999 at some beer award ceremony. Enjoyed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (637) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
floydslip (210) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (6083) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6048) - .....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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jhliesen (759) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle--somewhat disappointing. Pours a hazy, light, orange color with a small, soapy head that leaves light lacing. Aroma is slight but it mostly light bread as opposed to biscuit with some pear and spice. Taste is bread and spice, no caramel. The finish is very bitter but with a light touch. Gift.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
phildez11 (2) - California, USA - DEC 29, 2014 does not count
A very tasteless beer, no malt aroma or taste at all. Only aroma or taste is an odd flowery one. Bitters are meant to be brewed, fermented, conditioned and drank within a month. This style is all about freshness, hence the staleness in a bottled, imported and shelf stagnant beer. Please fellow drinkers donít let this discourage you from wonderful bitters. If your at a local brewery order the bitter or brew your own bitter there fresh, great, easy and social. With a delicious grainy bread biscuity and subtle bitter flavor, not like this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
christhoel (231) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2014
drink was clear in the glass. Hop aroma and strong hop taste. Light head with a fair lacing. Smooth with a dry finish. I did not pick out much in the way of other flavours or malt. With less hops this might be almost tasteless. A different taste for a bitter, im a bit undecided with this beer not sure if its nice or horrid its very strange

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (473) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle. Nose is biscuit, cereal, light spice touch of berry. Taste is cereal, light bitterness, biscuit, touch of pepper and spice leading to earth and soft floral tones. The mouthfeel is light and suitable for a session beer. This is that rarest of things, a good quality traditional session bitter with taste and body which is available from supermarkets. Itís pretty much as good as it gets from mainstream traditional British bitter (which is a bit damming really). Interesting to note the American reviews here are better than the UK ones.... Perhaps we are taking it for granted...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
A little better than the XB save for the aroma, but this is slightly more complex and flavorful. Still not a standout instyle or worth the price, though, IMO. Live and learn..."

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