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

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RATINGS: 1001   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   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."


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3593) - 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 (1040) - 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 (1840) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Fridge Temp. Very little aroma. Brandy colored with a fizzy tan head that quickly diminishes. Very little flavor; hints of roasted malt. A bit watery and a bit bitter on the finish. Totally inoffensive; mediocrity in a bottle. Did not a great improvement as it warmed up: drink at room temp.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - FEB 12, 2005
(tap)So tis is e enuine bitter as they swirl ´em ithe UK. Well, it´s darkish red, clear with small head. Served to the rim of the glass, first siĺ was lomg a quite refreshing.Some malt and a slightly bitter finish. Bring in the fish ´n´chips!

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Pours a relatively dark amber. Much darker than the picture. A large off white head. Aroma is iced tea and some sweat socks. Taste is a weird iced tea and some dry apple. HInts of dirt and cheap cocoa. Nothing very impressive. A grainy mouthfeel. One of the worst, if not the worst, ESB’s I have had.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
highlandlad (1412) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2005
A quality premium bitter. Looks terrific: poured a deep ruby red with a formidable head that left some lacing. The nose is rich, raisiny and full of alcohol. However, there are sulphurous notes that are a bit off-putting. Medium-bodied and very smooth. Raisins, spices and a little caramel in the mix before a dry hoppy finish. I found the spiciness cloying towards the end of the bottle. (Bottle, October 2002, branded as English Premium Bitter)


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