meslier99 (2) - Railroad Mills, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2001 does not count
Okay, maybe it’s because I’ve 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 don’t hesitate to give it a try. Just what an English Bitter should be. 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 it’s taste. Excellent with a curry.
Wish I could find it in a local pub instead of the usual crap they serve. 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. heykevin (1281) - 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 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 that’s not at all unpleasant. It’s 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.
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. I’d have pegged it for an IPA, if tasting blind. The maltiness is typically English, clean and slightly toffeelike and buttery. Overall there’s a touch of fruitiness as well, apricot as VENOM says, and maybe a little pomegranate. Amazing beer. Suttree (6385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2002
A good ’session’ beer. Mellow flavors, and a nice crispness at the end. Very tasty Discofish (152) - USA - OCT 5, 2002
A nice blend of hops and fruit. Mild, but very pleasnt. lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2008
Coniston Bluebird Bitter
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. 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.