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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1158   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 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
khytre (73) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2007
Can. Bronzecolour, thin head. Sweet soapy aroma, reminds me of some chewing gum. Pure bitter hoppy flavor, hints of burned malt, short tasting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2007 Draught ale, July 3rd. Copper colour and firm white head. Aroma was not too noticeable but definately malty. The flavours hint at raisins and a slight sweetness. Sits around the medium body mark. Bottle 568ml, July 5th. The bottle pours a finer coppery colour, although the head was not as firm as the draft (may be my pouring). The aroma is more noticeable - a sweet malt. Again. the flavours hint at raisins and a slight sweetness but this time there was a little plum coming through in the after taste. Left me with a lingering hoppy bitterness, which was pleasant enough. Well, it could be due to cellar storage or the way the landlord kept his beer lines, but the bottle definately rates higher than the draft. My recorded rating is based on the bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2007
in a can. pours a clear red with a one finger bubbly tan head. aroma is caramel roasted malt with some hops. has a light to medium body with traces of lacing and descent carbonation. flavor is roasted caramel malt with some hops, yeast, and grain. has some earthy notes as well. it is descent i guess. it is a little thin on the palate, but has a little bite from the hops and a dry hop aftertaste. as it warms there is a little apple cider aroma and flavor and is definitely better than the coniston bluebird i just had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2007
Bottle from LCBO thanks to a friend. Poured light brown with a decent head. Smell was fairly pleasant. Mouthfeel was medium. A hop dominant beer with a pleasant bitterness on the tongue with dashes of spice everywhere. A bit malty with a dry finish. A nice beer on a hot day. My second and only ESB that I like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2344) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 21, 2007
Amber in colour with medium carbonation. Some fruit (plums perhaps) in the nose, with some spicy and grassy hop notes mixed in. A nice blend of pale and crystal malts are evident in the mouth, with more spicy and grassy hops mixed in. Slightly lighter in the body than one would expect, with a nice dry finish. I homebrew a bitter which is quite similar in profile to this, although mine is a bit less estery and has a touch of roasted malt for a bit of complexity. As it stands, this one is pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2007
Bottle. Wonderful bright scarlet appearance creates a perfect first impression. Passive aromas of malt, wood, chalk and some cherry fruitiness. Average palate and less flavourful than expected, with some wood and watery chocolate, and a pleasant-but-mild bitter finish. A hot looker with an average personality.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2007
Clear ruby, creamy off-white head. Slightly soapy, sweetly malty snout with a sniff of barrel. Demerara and liquorice. Gentle, creamy roastiness in the finish. Smooth and slightly woody. Very wishy-washy for the ABV, and a completely different beast to the cask version. Drinks like a mediocre, over-chilled smooth Mild. Inoffensive but very dull indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
johndoughty (4982) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2007
A darkish bitter, slightly fruity bit overall very bland.This is all my tasting notes say which sums this beer up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomthompson89 (1977) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2007
nice english, big white head color is dark amber, lotsa malts on the nose, some hops, a little sweetness too velvety texture, well balanced a good session ale

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Typical mass sub par English beer aroma, toffee with a bit of hop earthiness. Crystal clear clarity, you know us yanks just hate bottle conditioned beer so I really don’t blamed them for filtering the crap out of it, thin ring of foam that leaves no lacing. Taste is a wonderful mix of cardboard and more cardboard with a fairly dry finish, pretty much the highlight of the beer is that the finish destroys the initial flavor. An uninspired beer, the score keeps getting worse as my glass is emptied.

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