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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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Reviews by tenesmus:
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tenesmus

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

500ml bottle poured into a striaght pint glass.

Minimal head when poured (carefully, was concerned about sediment), but a generous carbonation meant the top of the pint retained a good white foam covering all the way down to the bottom, lacing reasonable. Colour is a deep brassy copper appearance, nice and clear.

Aroma has a nice sniff of fresh bread, toffee, tea and some fruits - citrus and apple. Taste is very nice, soft malts, a fruityness, citrus hops come through gently, finish is a nice bitterness on the back on the tongue.

Feel is light/medium bodied, smooth and pleasing with the carbonation aiding a refreshing moreish feel. Overall its a simple beer in in its own way, but so well brewed its deserving of its low key but respectful reputation in the UK.

04-28-2012 18:48:37 | More by tenesmus
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oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

I had heard alot bout this award winner finally got a chance to try it.Really liked the gold straw color,smell caramel almost powdered sugar smell very appetizing.Taste was nice and balanced with nice malty sweetness with a little butterscoth tinge,but the Challenger hops are prevelantVery drinkable and light in alcohol,real good sessions beer.I love to find good English ales like this.

03-14-2003 13:22:23 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -14.9%

Appearance – A cool looking cloudy orange body sits underneath a heavy duty head that went down slowly.

Smell – Stiff, bitter hops come out in the nose with some malt for balance.

Taste – There’s a lot more malt in this bitter than meets the eye. The malt evenly balances the hops. The bitterness comes out less on the tongue, but is still noticeable.

Mouthfeel – This is actually quite carbonated for the style. It is otherwise light and uneventful.

Drinkability – This one was kind of watery for my tastes and didn’t deliver on the style. It would probably make a good session beer though and probably does better on tap, which is how wolfy tasted it.

09-14-2003 03:13:34 | More by RoyalT
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sponberg

New York

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%

Now THIS is an all day long beer.

Pours deep amber with a white head. An aroma of spicy, rind-y hops and biscuity malt is appetizing as hell.

Such a great amount of flavor for a 4.2 percent brew - toffeeish, biscuitlike maltiness combines with a solid hop bitterness and a slightly rav, spicy hop flavor to create a classic session beer. The round, hoppy finish just acts as a prompt to order up another. Enough flavor to keep you happy, and light enough in alcohol to keep you happy for a long time.

The above applies to a fresh keg. As the keg gets older, a metallic tinge creeps in which affects the drinkability. I'm lucky enough to live where two pubs (Man of Kent, Mahar's) have this on tap regularly.

07-13-2003 22:03:28 | More by sponberg
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.88/5  rDev -25.8%

500ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin white head that quickly recedes to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet malts and some light floral, slightly metallic, hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some light hops that leave a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, a decent bitter/session ale but it's pretty subdued and not very interesting.

12-26-2007 06:28:08 | More by Beaver13
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

No dating on the bottle but stamped L4-063

Poured to a very lovely caramelly golden color with a nice and thick eggshell colored headfull of creamy frothiness and some big bubbles. Nice head retention there too. Nicely scented, but I was not sure what I was catching there 'till I read the label and it mentioned that the malts have a hint of scented geranium, that is it, verrrry cool. The feel is nice in this one, carbination is not very pronounced, but still there. Good body to it, not heavy, but not too thin at all, very nicely drinkable. When I first saw the name I thought that this may be a blueberry flavored brew, but nope. TThis is just a nicely hopped brew. There is a good peppery, grapefrut rind flavor going on. Very easy drinker.

11-14-2004 05:44:51 | More by shapudding
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

04-15-2002 10:51:22 | More by Jason
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tjthresh

Indiana

3.28/5  rDev -15.5%

Bluedird pours golden with very little head. I detect sugary sweet baked goods with a grassy hop aroma. Nothing but hop flavor. Again grassy and floral are the prominent flavors. Finished quite dry, but lingered a touch. Overall not a bad pint at all.

08-26-2005 13:09:01 | More by tjthresh
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a clear, golden amber body with shortlived, offwhite head. Beautiful sheet lacing is left on the glass.
Aroma begins with a mild caramel maltiness, and a dominant, orange blossom, floral/citrus hoppiness.
Mouthfeel is light bodied and softly carbonated.
Taste is softly bitter, with a delicate and smooth malt balance. Very tasty, and excellent for style. A truly classic English bitter that is very well constructed. I think this was what the Hobbits were drinking on cask, in Lord of The Rings.

10-16-2004 23:15:57 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

on draft at Copperfields in NYC, this one poured light amber with a mild hoppy nose, low carbonation, bubbles slowly rising to the top, slim white head, leaving light lacing. Well balanced, light and very drinkable bitter in the fine English tradition. Fine sessioner

10-09-2004 01:19:11 | More by Billolick
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev -9%

A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2012. Label describes this ale as bottle-conditioned, and a 1998 CAMRA Supreme Champion winner.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A golden hue with low carbonation and the faintest hint of sediment. Produces a huge head of fluffy white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding. Aroma of light grainy malt with notes of herbal leafy hops.

Tastes of light malt with a dry bitter finish. Hints of grain, leaves and a mild nutty character. Has a crisp, restrained bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth with some tingling from the carbonation. Leaves the palate dry. Mild bitter aftertaste.

A rather nice bitter - the flavour doesn't try to overwhelm you but the balance is excellent. The bitterness is well attenuated, making this easy to drink. Worthy of your time.

04-27-2011 22:31:27 | More by jazzyjeff13
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far333

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -13.7%

A pale amber/light honey color with a low fine-bubbled white head. Aroma is very light, but sort of fresh and flowery. Flavor is just as the name says, but not a hoppy bitter and not like a typical English style bitter. It's more like a tingly, tart, and nearly sour bitter that grabs at your tongue and makes you take notice. The flavor is not very complex, and there is no hop or malt profile to speak of. Interesting to sip, but not to have more than one.

12-13-2003 03:17:46 | More by far333
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%

Yeast layer stuck to the bottom of the bottle. On the pale-ish side of amber, medium to big bubbled 3/4 inch head. Slightly yeasty and skunked aroma. Light bodied mouthfeel. Malt is non-assertive and quite neutral. Hops are moderately sharp but hard to classify as to taste. Drinkable and refreshing but a little thin and hard to describe. A bit of lime infusion is apparent. The pale malts don't add a lot of interest. A little on the dull side to me. The expiration was rubbed off the bottle so maybe age dulled delicate flavors, the bottle was kind of dusty..

04-15-2002 07:38:09 | More by ADR
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Appearance: Golden amber hue with a nice sized bubbly cream head, leaves behind evenly rung scattered lacing. Aroma: Very pine cone oriented hop profile with a flowery buttery caramel specialty malts good mix with the hops taking the forefront of the nose. Taste: Very English malt backbone at the base of the flavor with an awesome balance of hops there to blend, label says English Challenger hops to me they have an earthy pine cone tone to the flavor packing a good bit of hops. Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied smooth carbonation nice and easy feeling on the palate. Drinkability: I would love to try this on cask very clean balance of English malts and hops, a true classic true to CAMRA tradition English bitter.

02-22-2004 22:00:22 | More by WVbeergeek
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours a thin frothy white head over a deep copper body. Aromas of berry-like fruit and earthy hops. Flavors of berry fruit and banana combine with earthy hop flavors. The hops provide a mild bitterness and strike a perfect balance with the malt. Lean to medium bodied with low carbonation.

An interesting bitter. Almost Hefe or Saison-like in character with its fruity aromas and flavors. According to the label this is due to higher fermentation temps. Not exactly your standard bitter, but quite good.

03-06-2006 00:43:04 | More by Shovelbum
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.68/5  rDev -30.9%

Hoppy aroma, a bit aromatic. english hops for sure. Sticky. bready, hoppy, but thin, OK finish, hoppy. The nice hops that were in the nose, didn't really eventuate on the palate. Perhaps this might benefite from some cask conditioning, rather than in the bottle? i'll have to wait to find out i guess, until i get the opportunity to try it on cask.

09-25-2003 00:48:05 | More by rastaman
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anders36

Sweden

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

This bottle conditioned beer pours a golden colour into the glas. It doesn't have much of a head. The taste is nice and mellow, with some nice bitter aftertaste. It also tastes alot of hops and it has also a little metallic taste. But it disappears after the first sip. The smell is balanced between the malt and the hops. This is a beer i like, would like to taste it on tap one day.

05-18-2004 18:54:58 | More by anders36
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev 0%

Bluebird Bitter by Coniston Brewing Co.

"The beauty of Hops"
Supreme Champion 1999

Appearance- hazy orange with little head. very carbonated looking.
Smell- citrus wirh a nice little bitter hop aroma.
Taste- not bad! Citrus with a little bitterness. Some malt and hops present. very light.
Mouthfeel- carbonated and light. A little bitterness in the citrus flavor.

Overall- not a bad little beer. I wouldn't pass this one up.

01-26-2004 21:05:44 | More by NJpadreFan
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QXSTER1

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

The definition of a session beer. To sit and have some pub grub with a few of these is a pleasure. The sharp, crisp taste of pale malts and English hops goes well with food. On draft it poured a pale clear gold with a dense white head that held well. Restrained fruit with some biscuit and grain gave the impression of a lager due to it's clean, balanced flavor. I've gotten away from session beers at times because with other possibilities on tap they sometimes seem boring, but this one went down quite nicely.

11-16-2002 08:42:18 | More by QXSTER1
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BillyB

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -18.8%

This is a pleasant and drinkable English session beer. Pours a light amber color with a thin white head.
The aroma has a nice hop and malt balance, leaning a little toward the malt.
The taste is a good balance of sweet maltiness and bitter hops but nothing outstanding. Mouthfeel is quite thin, almost watery.
Definitely a drinkable session beer but nothing special.

11-29-2005 20:14:06 | More by BillyB
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Dan114

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-30-2014 01:35:57 | More by Dan114
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

Lightly hazy tangerine hued. Compact white filmy topping.
Initial grapefruit burst on the nose, which tempers to a mellower floral scent. Caramel malts, with dabs of buttery rolls.
Begins soft, with a cushy caramel sweetness, parading gently into doughy bread. Fully yeasty by the middle, with intermittent butter (which becomes a dominant factor as this warms). Strongly hopped finale, playing off the surging toasty malt hues. Lemon peels, dry flower petals and herbs, with a lingering black tea earthiness.
Relatively robust in the mouth for a beer under 4.5%.
Tasty! This would be a honey on cask.

10-02-2003 01:09:37 | More by cokes
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -20.6%

Cask fest at Cole's 2010; A nice fruity hop aroma. A light peachy colour with a whispy white head. Both Sourish and hoppy characteristics, caramel. Whole thing does not work as I am not tasting a bitter. Not too drinkable, and apparently wasn't even from the 48 hurs previous that it arrived.

12-06-2010 03:16:46 | More by Sammy
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augustgarage

California

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear golden poppy and sunglow liquid with a very pale papaya whip, lasting, soapy head. Delicate merengue lacing.

The aromatics are stunning really - immense floral and fruity nose full of fresh Challenger hops. Pineapple/mango/apricot, kumquat, geraniums (as the label says), along with fresh-cut hay, and a very lightly toasted maltiness. Heavenly.

Lemon zest and faint buttermilk palate entry - which gives way to a crackery maltiness, floral hops, and a steady quinine bitterness. Brisk yet slightly biscuity with hints of marmalade and sulfur in the finish.

Light-bodied, good carbonation, and refreshing.

Thoroughly enjoyable - I wish I had access to casks of proper English Bitters, as otherwise this is probably the best example of the style I have available to me...

05-19-2010 02:27:58 | More by augustgarage
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

Tried this one at Brewhaus...I'm working my way through their extensive beer list, and the pickin's are getting slim since I've had almost all of them now!

A - Bronze-orange hazy beer with a two finger fluffy white head that leaves lots of really sticky lace behind.

S - Floral hops, buttery toast aromas, and a hint of mineral water make up the pleasant, but somewhat restrained nose of this English bitter.

T - Like the nose, the flavors are very understated in the traditional British brewing tradition. Lots of lightly toasted whole grain bread lightly smattered with butter and orange marmalade.

M - Medium bodied ad creamy as hell. This is a lusciously carbonated smooth sipper with a nice dry finish that leaves pleasantly mellow hop notes in my mouth.

D - Definitely a session-designed brew. This is easy going and smooth, but has enough gripping hop bitterness to keep it interesting.

11-01-2008 15:13:39 | More by pmcadamis
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Bluebird Bitter from Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.