Bluebird Bitter | Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd

BA SCORE
87
very good
468 Ratings
Bluebird BitterBluebird Bitter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
England, United Kingdom
conistonbrewery.com

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
468
Reviews:
292
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
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Photo of powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajdemma
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tlema1
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: copper color, thin head, some lacing
S: has that British smell
T: malty, light caramel
F: light body, but decent mouthfeel
O: not what I remember from the pub, but enjoyable

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Photo of puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle marked F-18-104. Sampled on June 29, 2017.

As far as bitters go - it looks like it is supposed to with a medium amber color and a modest yet short lasting off white head. Good clarity considering it is meant to be unfiltered.

The body falls into the medium range but it is also creamy.

Big sweet caramel; character in the taste right off the bat. The malts rue the day. Low hop profile. It essentially ends clean and dry like a bitter should. This could be a great beer to down (a few times) at a Birmingham or Leeds pub.

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Photo of rangerred
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsshuck
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a rusty clear orange color with a white, creamy head, lots of carbonation and lacing, light in color, fruity, caramel, toffee sweetness, biscuit and grainy malt aromas, touch of citrus. Very smooth and drinkable, slightly sweet with a touch of citrus, toffee, caramel, malts, little bit of lemon, slightly grassy and herbal, subtle taste, finish is dry. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall: a solid beer, lots of flavor for such a low ABV, drinks and tastes like a light pale ale.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this as a shelfie and decided to give it a try. This is a very nice, drinkable, light beer. Had it right after mowing the lawn and I was very refreshed. Mildly fruity. Some sweetness. Mild bitterness from the hops. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of Macamah
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of festizio
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ristaccia
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JsDandy
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours exactly the way you would want a session beer to pour: the head lasts long enough to drink at a steady pace. Lacing is left on the glass exactly the way you'd expect for a beer in this style - you can practically count how many sips you've taken.

S: Vegetal in a yellow, dried sense. Neither miraculous or offensive.

T: Continued sense of sundried grasses and wheats.

F: This is where Bluebird Bitter shines. There is a certain quenching sensation on the pallette that gives way to the bittering dryness which encourages you to take another sip. Perfect for a session.

O: This Coniston Brewing Co. concoction is not the platform for an experience but rather an addition to the experience you are already having. Perfect for a session with friends.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted from draught in the UK and from a 1pt 9 oz bottle on several occasions. Most recently tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on August 19, 2016. Look is bright gold with a creamy white head and sticky lacing. Smell is orange, grapefruit and pineapple with sweet malt aromas. Taste is bitter hops and citrus rind with biscuit and grain malt flavors. Feel is light in body with a crisp dry finish. Nice.

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Photo of alucard
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rick778
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of IckyT2012
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DuaneL
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry we do NOT agree with the Brothers on this one. Very weak tasting.

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Photo of WynnO
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HamdenHector
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; <1 finger white head that receded quickly to a very thin collar; lots of visible carbonation rising; little lacing;

S: earthy; a little floral;

T: malt, corn, very little hop character until mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: not all that interesting; if not for the bitterness, I could have confused this for an adjunct lager

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Photo of Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave it 2 of 4 stars calling "flowery, clean, dry, lemony, refreshing."

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

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Bluebird Bitter from Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
3.86 out of 5 based on 468 ratings.
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