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Coniston
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
Coniston, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 619   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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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.

5
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.

5
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.

4.8
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
heykevin (1287) - 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
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.


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