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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1106   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2008 This is a re-rate and it just gets better and better for me. I love the beautiful hop bitterness and the eminent drinkability of this ale. For me I have found it to be a perfect afternoon ale with cheese. The carbonation it gets from bottle conditioning cuts through the milk fat of most cheeses (especially chreamy french ones such as camembert and livarot). This beer is now planted firmly in my favourites. I love Wells Bombardier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HenrikSoegaard (12054) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2007
Can. 4.3 ABV! as the caskversion. Creamy off-white excellent mostly lasting head. Nice cupperamber colour. Light malty powerfull pine/resin hoppy aroma. Ok but week flavor. Average bitter finish. A little watery palate, but nice balanced beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stouby (4152) - Holbćk, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2007
Bottle at home. Dark red with a off white head, some lacings. Aroma moderate malty (caramel) and hoppy. Flavor moderate sweet and bitter, long duration. Light/medium body, normal carbonated.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2006
Mud brown in colour and a heavy taste. Quite malty and sweet, but little hoppiness. Comes in a pint bottle though, which is a bonus!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Bottle: Brown with an off white head. Aroma of caramel and earthy hops. Flavor, lightly bitter, some caramel and pale malts, biscuits. First time I had this I could barely drink it, I didn’t hate it as much this time around. Still not something I would pay for normally.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2006
Can. 4.3% ABV version. Pours light reddish/brown with a slight haze. Creamy beige head, mostly lasting. Malty caramel aroma, notes of raisins and also a strange scent of something that reminds me of tea-leaves... Slight sweet malt flavors, moderately hopbitterness. Light body, dry mouthfeel, dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marsiblursi (3070) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2006
(Draught) Pours clear mahogany with a stable white head. Light roasted, toffee/cookie-ish malty aroma with some cherries and notes of metal. Some soil/ earthyness in the nose. Fruity. Light salty, light roasted flavour with some cherries, cookies and metal notes. Light to medium body with a round mouthfeel. Light afterbitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (5397) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2006
Chestnut brown with a long lasting cream head; very slight carbonation; rich malty aroma; full bodied and sweet with a taste of stewed fruit and a touch of chocolate amid the malts; aftertaste is refreshing and not too bitter. Much superior to the cask version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chmurarz (518) - Legnica POLAND, POLAND - NOV 29, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2007 long-staying- not-too-creamy-for-a-bitter-nicefroth, very good mahoney colour, full rounded taste, nettle strong herbs, v. good

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gethinbeer (2400) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2006
Sticky sweet aroma. Clear amber with a frothy disipitating head. Strong thick hoppy tasting ale. The beer has body, nice bitter after taste.

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