Bluebird Bitter | Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd

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3.85/5
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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
Ranking:
#16,644
Reviews:
296
Ratings:
482
pDev:
12.73%
 
 
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35
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Photo of DruC4
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ceddd99
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love the English Bitter/English pale ale style, and this is a nice example.

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Photo of Fieceheart
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the black bull in conniston, Cumbria u.k. Literally the finest pint in England. Biscuity malt with hints of orange. A delicate, ethereal melange. Bottled import version in u.s. Cannot compare. America needs beers like this. Subtle and bombastic at once. Like fine tea, you can consume as daily ritual. Amazing beer.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of selecter70
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of citizencane
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with slight head. Leaves decent lacing. Smell is grain and nutmeg. Taste is malt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Feel is heavy but drinkable, if that makes sense. Not light and crisp, and fills the stomach. Ok beer.

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Photo of DioS
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KM_
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sigmund
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, kindly shared by gunnar. ABV is 4.2%. Deep golden to orange colour, moderate white head. Moderate aroma of malts and toffee, hints of berries. The flavour has moderate malts, toffee, biscuits and nuts. Decent Challenger hops in the finish.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of angrybabboon
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 9/18/17

A: Medium caramel color, maybe a light amber from a distance - clear - pours with a medium sized, off-white head, fades to a wispy cap, retains a small collar and leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Fairly mild, even for the style - light bread, touch of toast, touch of biscuit - some grains - British ale yeast, with some fruity esters - lightly spicy and floral aromas - light minerality - light sweetness

T: Mild yet complex malt profile, with light bread, lightly toasted bread, biscuits, and crackers - spicier than expected hops - lightly grassy and floral - some fruity esters from the yeast, mostly green apple and pear - minerality, hard water - touches of tea - light sweetness - clean finish

M: Light body, smooth, medium carbonation, clean and crisp finish

O: Why no mini-cask?

It makes sense that the standard bottle here is a half liter, as this stuff just disappears. This almost tastes like an English Bitter from a cask. Except for all the cask qualities... It's great for a neglected style, as least in the US.

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Photo of powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajdemma
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TonyLema1
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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 -2.3%
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 +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsshuck
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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 +9.1%
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 -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of festizio
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Bluebird Bitter from Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 482 ratings