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

bottled
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on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1005   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 13, 2005
Poured from the bottle. A light brown colour, quite carbonated. A decent frothy head. Aroma is a fruity/flowery maltiness. Flavor is a nutty hoppiness. A good bitter feel in the mouth. Possibly a little too bitter-dominated. A solid example of an English ESB.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2005
Draught @ Brouwer’s Cafe pours dark amber, moderate off-white head, nice lacing, with light carbonation.   Soft malt nose, apple skin, and maybe even a bit of dark pitted fruit showing up.   Malty on the tongue, very mild dark pitted fruit, not much bite.   Twas a bit unexpected for a Premium Bitter.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Lingering malts and that ever so subtle dark pitted fruit.   Minor appleskin as well.   A bit heavier than what I was thinking, but still decent.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 2, 2005
On tap at the Blue Monk in Portland. Much improved over the bottle version, the sweet maltiness up front really shows well on tap with a bit of sweet dough taste. The hops finish off with a touch of herbal/spiciness to them balancing this out very well.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2005
Pours a light mahogany with a thin tan head. Nutty aromas as well as some fruitiness. The flavour is nicely bittered with a good sweet malt contingent and some of the same fruitiness as found in the nose. Nice lacing with medium carbonation. An o.k. beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3596) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2005
Bottled. Lots of fruit (raisins) on the nose. Excellent deep red brown colour with good longlasting rocky head. Caramel and spicy hops in the mouth and a hop bitterness towards the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Color is a very fine ruby-brown hue with a creamy beige head of moderate proportions, fair retention. Very good-looking in the glass...The aroma is a hearty blend of malts that are at once lightly fruity with hints of caramel. Quite nice. The flavor is anchored by the light but complex malt base. The hops are nicely bittered but in good proportion to the malts. Carbonation is just enough to enhance the bite of the hops. The finish is quite clean, with a slight lingering spiciness. The mouthfeel of this bitter opts for effervescence over smooth refinement. Body is medium-light, and feels about right for the style. Overall, this is most pleasant: flavorful, well-balanced, and refreshing.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotty (1047) - SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2005
A proper pint sized bottle! Burnt gold, with a good white head. A complex, yet satisfying nose, malt and citrussy hops compete for your attention, and both succeed. It’s pretty much the same on palate, a very well balanced bitter, with a lipsmackin’ finish. Truly a fine brew, not, however recommended for a session!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Very nice bitter. Crytal amlt notes very fresh malt with hints of tea and cookies. caramel and bready notes come thru with good noble hop bitterness and some floral grassy notes. Easy drinking session beer to enjoy with friends

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (1848) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2005
Bottle, a year past it best before date, March 04, in my keeping. Superb. Dark reddish brown. Thick, foamy off-white, lasting head. Nicely sweet, nutty and caramel tasting, full bodied, with nice noticable alcohol.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Pours a copper with brown highlights. Dense, short white head on top. Slow rising bubbles of carbonation take their time floating in the liquid. Attractive looking beer. Fruity, toasted caramel malt, a touch of smoke for aroma. Slightly stale, caramel apples, iced tea flavors. Solid malt body, with some fruity bitterness at the end. Pretty decent ESB.


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