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Bluebird Bitter - Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd

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Bluebird BitterBluebird Bitter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

394 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 27
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001

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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Ratings: 394 | Reviews: 279
Photo of kingjohnh
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Biscuit malt with a slight skunk that swirling the glass drives off. Appearance: brilliantly clear pale gold, with a 2" very finely bubbled persistent, lacy white foam cap. Taste: starts sweet with a touch of bitterness, balanced towards the hop, has earthy floral hop, finishes dry with a little citrus peel. Citrus in the finish. Mouthfeel: real crisp, medium body, creamy Carbonation medium.

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bismarksays
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikeincharleston
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 31Sam13
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chico1985
2.99/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A - 500ml pours to a mug a nice darkish orange color with a thin white head. Good retention.

S - Light resiny/herbal/fruity qualities, toast, grains, paper. Pretty faint.

T - Opens up more here with with nutty tones and floral hops, still big on the toasted grain with a light buttery sweetness to it. Some pretty average subtle herbal and fruity hop. Kinda mineral-y.

M - Light but smooth with highish foamy carbonation.

O - I like a nice light English bitter/pale but this one unfortunately is lacking in flavor. Unoffensive if you're looking for an easy drinker but there are better choices in the style, probably for cheaper.

Photo of Johnsfolly
4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nmann08
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of redleg411
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AirBob
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Malt_Man
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Served at cellar temperature into straight pint glass.

A) Lager-amber colour, hazy, foamy white head.

S) Light fragrant English hops.

T) Light bittering hops balanced well with light biscuity malt.

M) Light carbonation, good body to the beer, spot on for the style.

O) Good example for the style, I would wager it is very good on tap in a beer garden in the summer.

Photo of Washuffizi98
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 1/22/15. Says on the side of the bottle: "Best Served at 58 degrees F in a straight pint glass at the Black Bull Inn, Coniston, Cumbria". Well, that ain't gonna happen. LOL! :) Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) old-fashioned bottle for around $3.50. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F and poured in to a "DAB" glass-handled stein.

Pours a hazy golden-honey in color with almost a 2-finger foamy white head that settles down to just 1mm after about 15 mins. LOTS of lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of pine, some floral and hops for the most part. The taste has a bit more going on as the hops and sourness is followed up by the pine with some floral hops. The finish is dry and bitter but doesn't last too long. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. When this brew warms up is does taste a little better but still not a favorite.

Photo of IreRican
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of allenson21
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Phigg1102
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of delta490
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lighter clear amber with a thick cap of creamy white head. Great retention and stickier meringue-like lacing. The aroma is rich and fruity with just a hint of spice. The taste is just the way a pint of bitter should taste, with rich malt tones (caramel and fruit) and just enough hops to balance it out. The body is lighter, but feels fuller and has a nice smoothness to it. This is a bottle-conditioned ale (it says it on the bottle) so a careful pour will prevent sediment.

Photo of kguard
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Doomclaw
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of SFC21
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Bluebird Bitter from Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.