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Bluebird Bitter - Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd

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Bluebird BitterBluebird Bitter

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361 Ratings

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Ratings: 361
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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Photo of Jason


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1pt 9fl oz fat brown bottle with long neck. Best before date stamped on the neck.

Appearance: Clear and bright sunset gold with a pinch of red within, well formed white lace that does not want to leave.

Smell: Orange with a little ruby red grapefruit and pineapple in the nose, touch of malt sweetness in there also.

Taste: Thinish malt with just enough body to hold things together, crisp in the mouth with a well integrated carbonation from the bottle conditioning. Hop bitterness strikes quick and leaves behind a drying earthened note right into the finish. Suggestions of orange rind push their way to the taste buds. Mild grainy and biscuity flavours from the malt reach far into the dryness.

Notes: Eclectic with a raw flare to it, being that it is bottle-conditioned what else would you expect? At $3.99 a bottle it was pushing the expensive side a little but if you enjoy a “real ale” than it is worth every cent.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2002 10:51:22 | More by Jason
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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.

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Bluebird Bitter from Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.