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

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RATINGS: 1017   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."


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JanLaursen (3136) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2014
Dåse, 50 cl. 4,2 i ABV. Klar kobberfarvet. Ok off white skum. Toffee og nødder. Sødlig maltet. Metal og krydrede blomster. God, blød, næsten cremet mndfylde. OK bitterhed.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gopherfan99 (473) - CROATIA - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle, pours copper, with a khaki head, sweet taste of roasted malt with a hint of fruit, dry finish, decent bitter

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Splitenz (331) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2014
A proper English bitter. A rich, thick and creamy mouthfeel, but unlike lets say Newky Brown, it is properly bitter and has a good hop profile. It also avoids the watery tendencies of many a contemporary. A good English everyday drinking bitter. Great name as well.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1256) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Well’s Bombardier has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head, a semi-clear, slightly bubbly, deep copper or even ruby appearance, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is beautiful- rich, sweet, toffee, mild coffee, citrus, sugar, and mild hop oil. Taste is similarly beautiful- toffee, hop oil, moderate and balancing bitterness, sugar, bread crust, and malt. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Well’s Bombardier finishes semi-dry, delicious, and quite drinkable. RJT

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marcius (207) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - MAY 10, 2014
Appearance with amber (very dark) color and head with poor durability and resistance. Barely perceptible aroma: toasted malt and aged. Flavor between the roasted malt and hops with toffee (candy) and bitter notes. Excellent beer with label asking to be bought!

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AVLarsen (57) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2014
Can. Nice colour and foam. A full and nice taste of hops and malt. Unlike a brown ale it is mostly bitter and not sticky and sweet. This gives it a fuller taste than an IPA. One of the better non-tap British bitters from a major brewery.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fhoublon (316) - 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 (2302) - 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 (468) - 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 (83) - 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.


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