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Coniston
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
Coniston, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 622   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Aroma is a typically English fruity ester profile with some herbal/spicy hops coming through. Kind of hazy gold amber color, thin head laces my glass. Flavor is malt up front, with that fruitiness showing up, and then it finishes with a moderate hop flavor and bitterness. Medium body, slightly astringent - I get this sometimes from English hops, and it may be on purpose b/c it makes you want to take another sip. Nice crisp bitter, good balance.

3.5
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 11, 2004
16.9 fl oz brown squat shaped bottle. Cryptic date of L-165-03 on back label. Poured out a golden yellow / copper color, with a fast fading, thin white head. It didn't even have the courtesy to leave a lacing, either. Rude bastard. Oh well. It smelled mostly of malts, and Challenger hops. They are earthy, spicy, and somewhat tangy in both flavors, and aromas. Thin mouthfeel, leaves you wanting something more. Bitter finish as it's swallowed. Doesn't linger long on the tongue, however. A decent bitter overall.

3.4
guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2004
Bright amber appearance. Reserved nose that was slightly fruity. Crisp, hoppy taste with a citrusy flavor. Well carbonated, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Dry, bitter finish.

3.5
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2004
The beer splits from the bottle a slightly hazed copper color, the head smallish in size, bubbly in texture and the color an off white, the lace a velum like sheet to obscure the glass. The aroma of malt dominates the nose, quite fresh and crisp; maybe just a whiff of hops, start is somewhat sweet, nice malt profile and the top moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has a friendly acidity, the hops delectable in their spiciness, bone-dry aftertaste that languishes on the palate, quite quaffable, and a great beer after a trying day at work.

2.3
heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2004
This is #200 for me! Very little head and slightly cloudy with a light amber color. Nose is light with soap and citrus scents. The flavor is piney and light on the hops. As others have said, it is thin. However, the lack of malt is expected when the label boasts of the hops. Picks up more malt flavor as you work through the glass. Has an earthy aftertaste. Decent, but nothing special.

2.4
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2004
A very unimpressive bitter, with a golden grainy appearance and a thin light layer of foam, that leaves very little lacing. A very unappealing bitter aroma. The first taste is not bad, but the aftertaste is awful, unbalanced, watery and grainy, almost like I was drinking a skunky lager. This was just overly dry hopped to the point that the flavor is almost gone.

2.3
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
lemony aroma. Citrusy, lemon body that almost makes you pucker. I really dont't have anything good to say about this brew.

2.8
GNome (41) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2004
Bottled Conditioned; Hint of citrus aroma, carbonation predominates mouthfeel, grainy overtones.. reasonable

2.8
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Gold tan. Nose sweet, lemony, taste lemon, nitty, bready. Needs to be creamier.

3.5
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2003
Bottled. Fruity, pear and grapefruit aroma. Orange/golden color, very small off-white head, fair lace. Sweet and sour, very fruity, light underlying bitterness, clean. Bit thin body and light dry. Could use a bit more maltiness and body.


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