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Coniston
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
Coniston, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 569   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
meslier99 (2) - Railroad Mills, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2001 does not count
Okay, maybe itís because Iíve had this on tap that I can only give it a perfect score. Of course, even the bottle conditioned version is right up there. If you see this being served up at your local pub, please donít hesitate to give it a try. Just what an English Bitter should be.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
iamjond (7) - ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2005 does not count
I love this stuff. I keep tring new beers from supermarket but always come back to Coniston Bluebird Bitter. Never grow tired of itís taste. Excellent with a curry. Wish I could find it in a local pub instead of the usual crap they serve.

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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 15, 2001
Absolutely love the bottle-conditoned version of this. The hops come alive as this warms up. Nutty maris otter flavors and crisp yeastiness make this my favorite bottle-conditioned bitter

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Pours clear sparkling reddish-amber (maple syrup) with nearly no head, leaves no skim or lacing. Aroma is distinctive, notes of forest, juniper, pineapple mingle with the wonderfully floral and herbal hops. No trace of malt in the nose. Taste, again, is unique in my experience. Hops reign supreme with an initial bitterness thatís not at all unpleasant. Itís thin but complex. There are flavors -- marigold, pineapple, citrus, tar, even a bit of kerosene, forest mould, mushroom, chamomile, woodruff and bergamot (the flavoring of Earl Grey tea) -- that would be masked in maltier brews. The mouthfeel was thin, but seemed appropriate for the hoppy character. More fizzy and refreshing than watery.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2002
Interesting; the Northwestern US hop ethic exported to the UK! Challenger is much mellower than Cascade, lacking the citrusy punch, and this has quite well-defined floral/herbal notes with an extremely solid bitterness. Iíd have pegged it for an IPA, if tasting blind. The maltiness is typically English, clean and slightly toffeelike and buttery. Overall thereís a touch of fruitiness as well, apricot as VENOM says, and maybe a little pomegranate. Amazing beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5144) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2002
A good ísessioní beer. Mellow flavors, and a nice crispness at the end. Very tasty

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Discofish (152) - USA - OCT 5, 2002
A nice blend of hops and fruit. Mild, but very pleasnt.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2008
Coniston Bluebird Bitter ABV: 4.2% Calories: estimated at 200C Volume: 16.9 fl oz Glass: 6 oz goblet Purchased at: West Trenton Fine Wines and Liquors Price per fl oz: $5 / 16.9 fl oz = $0.29 per fl oz Consumed at: Home sensory first impression: Much like an IPA in aroma, taste and body. Nice long bitter after taste. Citrus overtones. A very nice, spicy beer. Aroma/Olfactory: 9 out of 10 Malt flavor is: caramel, bread, hay, nuts, toasted Hop flavor is: resin, citrus, pine Yeast flavor is: dust, silt, clay, crisp Other flavors include: clove, raisin, walnut Visuals/Appearance: 4 out of 5 Color is: bright, golden, amber, dark tones throughout - beautiful contrast and clarity. Liquid is: clear, moving, sparkling Head and lace are: thick, frothy, white, with nice lacing. Taste/Flavor: 9 out of 10 Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: heavy Sour level is: light Palate/Tactile: 4 out of 5 Body or Mouthfeel is: light to medium Texture is: sticky, oceanic, gritty Carbonation is: soft Finish is: astringent, bitter, long Overall experience: 18 out of 20. I liked the flavor, body, head, lacing and other visual aspects. Very easily drinkable. The aroma is so very nice. This is a very well executed beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2002
A very nice beer... lighter bodied than Fullers, with a much more delicate presentation of flavors. Crisp and drinkable.


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