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Bluebird Bitter - Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd

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BA SCORE
87
very good

366 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 20
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001)
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +16%

08-07-2014 03:01:57 | More by wrightst
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Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-29-2014 00:06:52 | More by kilobees
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Arizona

2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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Massachusetts

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Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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Heymuttbird

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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cdtoffers

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-28-2014 20:05:39 | More by cdtoffers
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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busternuggz

California

4.54/5  rDev +17%

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Beautiful, clear golden color with a foamy 1/4" white head. Big foamy bubbles, thick shallow lacing. Comes back nicely with a swirl.

The aroma is floral and somewhat spicy, with a soft caramel/toffee note. A little grainy. Nice.

Similarly the taste comes on with spicy, floral hops, some pleasantly sharp herbal/grassy notes, and subtle toffee. A little fruitiness I can't quite place. Ends light and dry with a bit of a grapefruit zest and pine aftertaste. There's a delicate malty sweetness in the very beginning, but it finishes lightly bitter.

Nicely textured, comes on somewhat thick and fluffy then fades away light and clean. Smooth and drinkable, it's hard to put it down.

This beer is a great example of simple but well executed English brewing. An excellent true to style bitter, with a nice hop punch to it.

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California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

500ml bottle bought from The Vintage, Antrim...

Poured quite a light copper orange colour. Slightly off white head poured big, thick and foamy then faded quite quickly to thickish covering with good thick edging that creeps up the glass.... barely any carbonation bubbles.... some good lines of lacing around the glass...

Aroma - Decent juicy fruits to the fore (oranges, pears, some strawberry traces), light biscuity malts, quite grassy hops, peppey notes, some raw nuts, light marzipan traces, faint graininess, some sulphur...

Taste - Good peppery, grassy and citrusy hop bitterness up front, tart and spicy fruits (grapefuits, bitter oranges (marmalade?), apples), light biscuit malts, toasted bread notes, butterscotch, metallic traces, floral..

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... light bodied... very refreshing and thirst quenching - i could happily down a few of these in an evening...

Overall - A very good and quite hoppy British bitter... recommended...

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +9.8%

First had this ontap during a Shelton Bros event in '11 - 3.6% abv, as listed. Been seeing it on cask around town quite often recently.

Refreshingly bold hop presence and herbal-medicinal bitterness - superbly balanced. Notable complexity of aromas and flavors - apple peel, grapefruit peel and spicy flesh, grassy, and tiny-flower aromas matched against a mellow toasty malt foundation.

Light honey golden color to the liquid. Soft, sudsy ring of off-white foam down to the bottom.

Quite a lovely intensity of flavor matching the aroma. Clean and crisp body, immensely quaffable (in large volume). I really must endeavor to practice coaxing such sublime taste and drinkability from lower gravity in my own brewing. Can't be too difficult, huh? This is easily in the top tier of bitters I've had so far.

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Bluebird Bitter from Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.