Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
Coniston, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 623   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   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 beers 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (48113) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2008
Bottle 50cl. @ home.
Light unclear light to medium amber orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate hoppy, grass, orange. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (130808)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (44142) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2009
From tap at YNWA. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Mild breadish and crisp bitterhops aroma, vague floral note. Light caramelish and fruity base flavour. Bitter and caramelish finish. Rather dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (36929) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2014 Bottled. An orange beer with a small disappearing head. The aroma is slight but with sweet notes. The flavor is lovely bitter with some flowery and spicy notes. It is brewed on an OK malt and has an OK bitternes, that lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (27736) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2006
Bottle. Clear amber coloured with an off white ehad. Aroma of malts, caramel and hops. Flavour of malts, caramel, fruits and hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 29, 2006
Bottled. Hazy orange colour, mediumsized creamy white head. A bit acidic and barnyardish hops in aroma. Flavour is harsh hayish hoppy. Also some apricot and other fruits. Not too good, felt unbalanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (25814) - Malm, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber colour with a small off-white head. Very fruity hoppy aroma with some hints of honey. Malty fruity flavor with some hints of honey and hops. Sweet malty finish with some bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2006 (Bottle 50 cl) Nice amber colour, lightly hazy from tiny, floating yeast particles. Fine, creamy head. Lovely - no wonderful - fruity nose from the aroma hops. Malty, almost fatty body with loads of caramel sweetness and delicate notes from the hops. Only slightly bitter. Very delicious. 040805 and 150906

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (24003) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Amber orange color with thin white head. Light malt flavor but not much body. Reasonable hoppy dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cgarvieuk (23901) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2007
Light amber coloured, fairly standard bitter.Nice enough but nothing to differentiate it from other bitters

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (20284) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2003
Bottle Conditioned
Amber color. Nice hop aroma, classic for a bitter, would expect something more, from what they claim on the label. Quite dry; correctly balanced, just some metallic taste downsizing the evaluation. Bold bitter palate. Good bottled example, but I had better ones, more aromatic.

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