Coniston Brewing Company, Cumbria, Hits a Double

DSC00162Coniston Bluebird Bitter is a 4.2 percent abv ordinary bitter brewed at the Coniston Brewing Company, Cumbria, Engand. This polished golden coloured ale has a whitish head of foam. Initially, bold fruity aromas, both from hops, namely challenger, and the yeast, burst forth. This is followed by rich and vibrant malt notes from Maris Otter pale malt and crystal malt bubbling up from beneath. Body is low end of medium.

On the palate, a crisp bitterness strides forward confidently, ably backed by a stunning combination of the malts. Middle has notes of grapefruit hop bitterness riding herd on a sound malt structure. Long bitter finish eagerly delivers on its early promise of hops to the fore. Bottle conditioned, therefore yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Pour gently in one steady motion, leaving about an inch of beer in the bottle, if you prefer a clear beer. CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain 1998.

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Coniston Old Man Ale is a 4.2 abv special bitter from the Coniston Brewing Company, Coniston, cumbria. It is a brilliant harvest orange red coloured ale derived from roasted barley, crystal malt and pale ale malt, having an almond accented head of foa. Bold fruit aromas, with rich malt undercurrents and a hearty grapefruit tang spring forth. Medium in body. On the palate, grapefruit citrus flavourings from the Challenger and Mount Hood hops step forward in a sprightly fashion, ably supported by an established malt factor.

Middle has a defining hop bitterness on a firm malt backbone. Finish is extended with a penetrating hop bitterness that is both sharply delineated and very moreish in nature. Old Man Ale is named after the Lakeland mountain at the foot of which sits the Coniston Brewery. Bottle conditioned, therefore yeast sediment in the bottle.

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