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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - NOV 21, 2006
500 ml can. Red colour, enormous rocky and creamy head. The aroma is of malt with a light citrusy note. Medium bitterness, balnce between malt and hops, and a metallic feeling, surely for the can. Not outstanding, but a nice ale, easy to drink and refreshing. English ales are always nice to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (9017) - Albertslund, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2006
Can. Dark amber colour with a small off white head. Aroma and flavour of fruit, amlt and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HomeBrewed (4) - Australian, NORWAY - NOV 17, 2006 does not count
500ml can. (30 NOK) Nice color and head retention. Aroma strong. Hops prevalent and pleasant bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yarry (528) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2006
568ml bottle, 5.2% a/v Pours darker then expected, a very deep nutty brown colour. The head is also brown,, with some fine lacing on the bottle. The smell is caramel, citrus and a nice hop kick. The taste consisting of much the same. The crisp hop finish is fantastic and this beer goes down well. Something to drink with the lads.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2006
Poured a dark amber-red with a silky but small head. Once the sour carbon flavour dissipated, aromas of caramel and amber malt, and some faint hops. Taste very difficult to pin down: fruity, almost red-delicious apple-like taste, probably the hops. Pale malt very present, but it must get its colour from some other malting, but it’s hard to taste. Perhaps a bit of amber? Carbonation a bit strong - sort of a gassy beer. Pleasant malt aftertaste lingers a nice long while. Overall, very drinkable, probably will buy again, if only to identify the more mysterious flavours. Not a favourite, but intriguing all the same.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (40503) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2006
Bottle. Clear copper color with a off-white head. Aroma is weak, but fruity and malty with some hops. Fruity, citrus like flavor with malt and some caramel. Thin body but it’s hop-dominated, lightly dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Englander1986 (51) - Middlesbrough, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2006
A really nice bitter, suprisingly, since its not all that popular. Decent amount for a decent price, deffinately worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illuminatus (92) - Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2008 568mL bottle from the LCBO. Pours dark amber, with a good head. Malty, (just a touch sweet), with a solid blast of hops. Carbonation is on the low side of what I like. Really a great beer. Stands on it’s own, or excellent with food. Try it. You’ll like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demitriustown (1156) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Malts, caramel, nice hop texture, and some tart apples linger throughout the aroma. Appearance is a copper clear pour with a minimal off white head that lingers for quite a while. Taste is caramelized malts, a dry grainy texture, bitter, a pine note, and crab apples. Palate is dry, bitter, lightly carbonated and short. Overall, It’s a decent ESB maybe on the high end of the ESB latter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomat (2828) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2006
Dark amber color with an off-white head. Malt with hints of fruit. Medium body with a nice bitter aftertaste.

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