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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Bottle: Filtered
Previously 4.7% then 5.2%, now back to 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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nephirem (222) - CROATIA - APR 2, 2016
Clear, dark amber pour with very small, short lasting white head. Smell is slightly hoppy and bready with lovely cake and caramel notes. Medium body with subtle carbonation. Texture is a bit watery. Bittersweet. Aroma is malty with hops in the background, some fruit, caramel, toffee, nuts. A bit of alcohol in the aftertaste. Overall, not bad, but it comes out a bit thin in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
msbernac (1854) - Krakow, POLAND - MAR 28, 2016
Bottle Aroma-caramel, herbs, Appearance-dark amber, clear, white foam, Taste-medium bitterness, lightly sour, light sweetness, Palate-medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-very good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UXO (1461) - CANADA - MAR 23, 2016
Appearance: clear deep amber with one finger of fine light beige ivory head, excellent retention and good lacing. (5/5) Aroma: caramel and toffee, nonspecific fruity esters, earthy. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body tending to watery, moderate carbonation, off-dry slightly astringent finish. (3/5) “Glorious”? I think not. “Acceptable,” perhaps. I’m trying to avoid my tendency to want everything to taste like an IPA or a sour, but really, this is pretty plain. The other thing about this is, it’s really very reminiscent of their Sticky Toffee Pudding. In fact, when I reviewed the Sticky Toffee Pudding, I said it was like mixing “one unremarkable ESB and one bag of Werther’s Originals.” Well, I think this is that unremarkable ESB. It’s not terrible, and I could see drinking a large amount of it in some small dark pub, but it’s not exactly going to thrill you. (13/20)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ccostoya (22) - Santiago, CHILE - MAR 22, 2016
Pours amber, clear, with minimal head. Low floral, hoppy aroma, along with hints of malts. light sweetness, lightly bitter with a little bit of hops spicyness. light body, thin feel, lively carbonated with a medium-long finish. Better on cask. Average

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marmite (6) - Nimman, Chiang Mai, THAILAND - MAR 19, 2016 does not count
For me, the blueprint for an English style bitter. More bitter than Fullers ESB and in my opinion better balanced. This is the export version at 5.2%, consumed in volume, in Thailand.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nybol (1380) - DENMARK - MAR 12, 2016
God engelsk øl som smager som sådan en nu plejer. En fin øl til maden hvor den ikke overdøver maden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2016
Bouteille. Nez malté de caramel toffee rôti et légèrement sucré avec un houblon floral assez léger ainsi que des notes de noix et un minuscule arôme citronné. Rondeur moyenne en bouche. Goût de malt terreux et très légèrement croustillant avec des indices de citron lors de l’entrée en bouche suivi d’un goût malté moyennement sucré à la toffee (avec un pic butterscotch) avec des notes de noix puis une légère amertume de rôti vient se rajouter avec une finale houblonnée florale et terreuse moyenne et une fine touche de chocolat noir. Arrière-goût moyen-long, légèrement amer de rôti et de houblon floral avec des fantômes de caramel sucré ainsi qu’un aspect sec de noix et à un zeste citronné très subtil. [notes 2005]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kostasgiotis (78) - GREECE - FEB 28, 2016
It pours a red body with a off white one finger head with medium retention.The head stays as a ring for quite some time.It smells fruits,caramel.The body is medium-low and it leaves a waterish feel to the mouth.The taste is malty, a little bitter and it leaves a bittersweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Flanfl (613) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - FEB 26, 2016
5.2% version. Deep copper body, medium lasting white head. Aroma of caramel, fruity ester and earthy hoppy notes. Flavours are similar. I couldn't distinguish any particular fruits. Short caramely finish, slightly bitter and ends up dry. Ok bitter ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oldschool_Mike (317) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2016
Bottle into pint glass Pours a slightly hazy copper colour with a small white head. Aroma biscuit and stone fruit. Taste is light fruit and biscuit.

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