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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 1001   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle & Keg; Pasteurised. 5.2% in bottles. 4.3% in cans
Previously 4.7%
Also known as Bombardier Celebration Ale, and Bombardier English Premium Bitter.
Ingredients: Water from Charles Wells well; Pale Malt; Crushed Crystal Malt; Challenger and Goldings hops.
"Bombardier is the definitive English Bitter, perfectly balanced with a dry personality."


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fhoublon (312) - Lachine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
Bouteille de 568 ml (5.2% ABV) achetée dans une LCBO de Ottawa. Dégustée le 3 février 2008 (pint). Bière cuivrée foncée limpide. Mousse très peu, col mince et éphémère. Peu effervescente, bulles moyennes. Odeur de noisettes, de chocolat noir. Douce, très sucrée, très amère en finale. Goût de chocolat noir assez marqué, de malt rôti. Très savoureuse, a beaucoup de caractère. Amertume ressort bien en finale. Manque un peu de raffinement, de distinction.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Douberd (1999) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2014
Bottle 500 ml at home, poured into a Guinness pint glass as almost all my english beers. ABV 4.7% Deep chestnut brown colour on the body, transparent. Two fingers tall beige head, with good retention, leaving heavy lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, toffee, toasted malts. Clean taste, with caramel and toasted malts mostly, light metallic notes. Moderate bitterness with short duration. Quite carbonated, medium thin on the body, quite dry as well. Overall a nice beer, relatively low on alcohol and very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KoNrRiI (433) - Århus, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2014
0.5 can. Clear, dark amber color and a big, off-white head leaving nice lacing. Sweet aroma of malts, sugar, some syrupy scents, and a little sour fruitiness. Classic, simple taste of an ESB - somewhat malty with bitter, hoppy notes. Medium body, creamy texture, and below average carbonation. Finish is a tad bitterer than the rest though the caramel essence still dominates. Overall it is a nice, classic brew but its sweetness is a bit off considering the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tom303 (79) - Northumberland, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2014
Lovely deep bronzed classic bitter colour with nice creamy head. Smells rich malty with hint of fruit, Taste to follow, nice malts balanced with gentle fruit and good bitterness. Very good classic bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NallePalle (57) - - MAY 1, 2014
An overall nice experience, overall good appearance, good representative of its kind, gentle finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (13478) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2014
Can, 4.3%. Weak spicy aroma. Clear light amber colour. Big stable rocky creamy tan head. The flavour is malty, sweetish, slightly roasted. Well-balanced.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bamsen78 (2890) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2014
Can, 4.3%. Pours cear amber with airy but stable off-white head. Clear aroma of malt and fruit, with subtle notes of hops. Bitter, hoppy flavour, with mild, fruity and floral touches. Bitter, hoppy and rough aftertaste. Thin to medium body. An ok Bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Plovmand (6303) - Helsinge, DENMARK - APR 26, 2014
Can. Pours clear amber with a medium off white head. Caramel, hops and bread in aroma. The flavor is malty and bitter from the hops. Very drinkable.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
seymour (1391) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2014
Poured from a 1 pint .9 oz sculpted brown bottle into a nonic glass. Strong hiss at opening, poured down the edge as slowly as possible, but still had to stop half-way through for all the crazy meringue-like foam. It was a crystal-clear reddish copper colour. Strong syrupy cola-like essence, weak aroma but a little Fuggley bitterness appeared as it warmed, nondescript grainbill, obvious use of sugar syrup, no ale yeast character at all. Medium body, bland with an unpleasant sticky mouthfeel. Zero complexity. An historic brand, I know, but no longer a great beer. Frankly, a real let-down.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sissio (526) - Orsenigo, ITALY - APR 21, 2014
Clear copper brown, minimal brown head. Sweetish malts (caramel-like), light yellow fruit aroma, some metallic. Light sweet with bitter ending fading into a light bitter aftertaste. Lightly roasted malts (licorice, coffee) with some coffee in the aftertaste.


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