Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Bitter
Coniston, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 616   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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Fin's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (10841) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, - AUG 4, 2006
Bottle picked up at Sainsbury’s, Kidlington 03-07-06. Amber coloured beer, with small white head, aroma’s are slightly sweet and fruit is noticeable. Very easy drinking beer with some light fruitiness and hops not too bitter touch sweet very nice though.

Bill Becker (1370) - 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 (3331) - 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 (1781) - 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 (3469) - 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 (667) - 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.

nybol (2311) - DENMARK - DEC 24, 2016
Nogle synes den tradionelle britiske bitter/ale er lidt kedelig. Denne her øl hører til katagorien. Om den er kedelig, er en smags sag, men en god sommer øl

kambei70 (1110) - - NOV 27, 2016
Aroma is mild caramel malt and english esters. Appearance is light copper and crystal clear. Almost no head. Taste is well balanced between light caramel and a firm bitterness. A bit of floral and tangy hops. Palate is light and crisp. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Grumbo (3845) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2016
Rating from bottle collection/historic notes. Bottle, source not noted. Poured a hazy, amber colour with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, fruit and bread. Moderate sweetness, fairly high bitterness. Medium body, light texture. Bitter finish.

AshtonMcCobb (6871) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 15, 2016
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Appearance - deep amber with a nice fluffy head. Nose - lemon zest, biscuits and a slight metallic note. Taste - more lemon zest. Cola. Metallic again. Palate - light bodied with a crunchy texture and a long dry minerally finish. Overall - solid.

willisread (3554) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2016
Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers. Clean malt nose with some prune and light grass. A touch of toffee. Well-balanced on the palate with body, but feels light and refreshing. Light bitterness on the finish. Could drink this all day really.

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