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Bluebird Bitter - Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd

Bluebird BitterBluebird Bitter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

339 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%


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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Jason

Massachusetts

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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Date: None, "F14 115" stamped on label
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Bluebird Bitter is a subtle, understated version of the style with fairly clean, obvious maltiness and delicate hop nuances. Good, and interesting, but the subtlety is at times a bit too much, detracting from the characters being fully present. Further, the high price ($5 per 16oz bottle) doesn't necessarily invite repeated partaking. Probably not one I'd revisit.

Pours a generous 2cm head of off-white foam, bubbles quite small in size, lending a dense, fluffy look to the mass. Retention is about one and a half minutes, slightly above average. Lacing is excellent, a thick sheet clings, unbroken, to the entire perimeter of the glass. The body is a dark golden brown color, with light bringing out pale, golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the hazy (40-50% opaque) body, rising at a moderate pace, in similar numbers, from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is very mild, requiring one to inhale somewhat deeply, of light pale malt elements that contribute sweet graininess, supported by characters of bitter and herbal hops.

Fairly simple flavor profile, very mild pale malts with a faint hint of toasted bread, diluted tea, and lightly bitter, floral, and herbal hops. Front of palate features clean, crisp pale malts lending slightly sweet grain and bread, with tea and fruity esters. Mid-palate is of simple pale malt graininess with a light caramel malt touch to lend mild toastiness, blended well with mild bittering and herbal hops. Back of palate finds pale malt sweetness with a bit of toasted malt and lightly bittering hops with a slightly leafy, herbal edge. Aftertaste is of pleasant, lightly sweetened graininess associated with Maris Otter and perhaps a bit of biscuit malt, blended with a touch of lightly bitter and herbal hop characters.

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Bluebird Bitter from Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.