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

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RATINGS: 1154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2331) - 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.

2.9
   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.

2.8
   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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
johndoughty (4950) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomthompson89 (1976) - 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

1.6
   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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
churchill00 (154) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2007
Caught my attention by the label (sucker for any take on the English flag--not the Union Jack). Pretty clear, medium head. Dry throughout & fizzy. Pretty dang bitter. Dang.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2007
Bottled. Aromas of grass and raisin with a hint of caramel. Light brown color, beige fine head, good lace. Very grassy, raisin, caramel, stale bitterness. A bit thin. Starts very nice but with a very short finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
altonbrownd (5516) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Bottle at Beiaard, A’dam. Red coloured bitter. Some head. Well prickly. Malty, with standard bitter flavours. Fine enough.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rictus (126) - Dothan, Alabama, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Dark amber. Small white head. Little smell. Smooth bittersweet taste. love the hops in this beer. Not much else detectable though. Feels like most ales. Not bad


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