Coniston Bluebird Bitter (Bottle)

Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
Coniston, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 621   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Bottle conditioned.
Formerly 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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Benters (171) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2018
Pours a clear dark golden with average carbonation. Spicy hop aromas dominate alongside aromas of toasted malts and hints of fruit and caramel. Taste is very crisp and refreshing; spicy hop bitterness is there but it's very clean and the beer is very delicate and refreshing. Enjoyable English Bitter. A long time since I first tried this; great to revisit.

czlowiekwiadro (1302) - POLAND - FEB 20, 2018
zapach niespecjalnie intensywny, słody, lekki karmel, trochę przypieczonego chleba, zioła, kwiaty, lekkie słodkie owoce, odrobina kaszy gryczanej i przypraw w tle. kolor miedziany, klarowny, piana biała, raczej skąpa ale stara się być trwała. w smaku rześkie, dość lekkie ale nie wodniste, lekko podpieczony chleb, odrobina jasnego karmelu, miła piwnica, sporo tytoniu, przypraw, odrobina ziemi i gorzkie zioła i rośliny z nutą słodkich owoców i geranium. goryczka dość spora jak na styl, ziołowa, czysta, krótka i przyjemna. nasycenie dość wysokie.

tandembrauer (1714) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2018 Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours clear golden with off-white head. Aroma of flowers, fruits, bread, some caramel. Tastes slightly sweet with balancing bitterness. Thin bodied.

Quick3Beers (1598) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2017 Pours a light amber from a tap, rich toasted aroma and somewhat oily buttery flavor and mouth feel. Okay beer.

sammybee (14) - Bradford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2017
Ah this is really nice; bitter was the dominant style when I first started drinking, and even then (twenty years ago) this was exemplary, fortunately it still is. Gentle fruitiness from the malt ,floral hops come through appreciably without dominating. The bottle conditioned yeast really adds to the flavour and the live freshness is much appreciated; For this reason I allways find its better to pour this in one, in a pint glass;if you have it in a half glass you really notice the difference in taste/finish the tiny yeast residue gives. Top draw.

Bitterbill (2078) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 16, 2017
From Oct 2005 Pours a nice gold with a small head that dissipated quickly. The smell is quite fruity and malty; a sign of good things to come. The taste is also fruity with maybe a lemony note in the background but up front, it's about the malt. A very drinkable English Bitter, it's one of my favourites of the style.

john44 (3544) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2017
Bottle. (Brief tasting notes and rating from old records) - Heavily hopped ale with intense spicy hop character and soft malty fruitiness. Very drinkable. (Backlog)

sinfull (1889) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2017
Hazy , copper color . One finger thick, white head. Aroma of toasted bread, caramel with faint metallic/mineral notes. Moderate malty sweetness. Bitter and astringent finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

puboflyons (3591) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 29, 2017
From the bottle marked F-18-104. Attractive looking unfiltered amber pour with a modest off-white head that fades. The aroma is traditional but muted British bitter with a caramel malt sweet sensation. The body falls into the light t medium range. The sweetness really exemplifies itself in the flavor I will say. Loads of caramel, perhaps honey (?), and a clean, dry finish. It’s a bitter alright.

Jabic (755) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 10, 2017
Ar: Bready malt, pineapple, and some slight figs; chalk and mossy hops; a touch of tangy caramel. Ap: Bright and orange; medium-small light tan head with moderate-low retention, leaving a web of suds around the cap. T: Fresh grain and biscuit; steely hop bitterness, with a clean mossy flavor; some medium caramels; very little sweetness; apple and light peach; full toastiness mid-palate; just a touch of butter; chalk and bitterness carry the beer to a finish. P: Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation; finish is dry. O: A pleasure of an English bitterness; fresh, bright, and full of malt flavor; hops are present but supporting; eminently drinkable.

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