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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1147   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5175) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2007
Can. Hazy orangey brown with a huge offwhite head. Potent, grassy hop aroma. Grass hits the tongue to be followed by moderate toffee, still ending quite dry. Light-bodied. Thirst-quencher for the advanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 A well made British toffee and as the commercial description states a dry personality. Page 114 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide only 431 out of 500 Classic Brews to go. Had this on hand pump in England recently and lowered my rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2007
On tap at The Tap House. Pours a clear mahogany with an off-white head that leaves tons of lace. Light, and lightly spicy aroma. Medium body with light carbonation. Vanilla and toffee taste with a dash of fruit. Clean finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
goozen (3753) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2007
Bottle. A heavy English bitter thats amber coloured,fruity aroma and a good bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2007
(bottle) Nice deep amber with generous light tan head. Aroma is malt, almond. Flavor is biscuit malt with some grassy hops. A bit musty in the finish - not sure if it’s intentional, but it took away from the overall flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle. Deep amber almost red colour with a small short lasting frothy white head. Fruity aroma with some malt. Flavour of malt, good fruitiness, bit sweet, some spices. Nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (22999) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2007
Bottled. Clear mahogany colour, rich head. Very fruity nose with some grass and dried plums. Dry with evident crystal malt character. There’s dusty, resiny hops, plums and some salt. Desperately dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Truly, this beer has a look and smell of something near perfection while sitting in the glass. Deep copper in color and wonderfully hoppy smell. The flavor is everything it is supposed to be, bitter and refreshing. Yet, the finish is not nearly as acidic as I have come to expect out of this style of beer. The truth be told, this is not my favorite style of beer but, the folks who made this beer certainly knew what they were doing. This is far and away the beer bitter I have ever drank. Cheers

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4464) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2007
500 ml bottle from the Woodmans on Gammon Road, Madison WI (purchased December 2006, BBD 09/30/06) chugged at cellar temperature from a Sam Smiths pint glass. A chunky, very stable near-white head tops the clear dark maple body and laces well.....a bit of diacetyl evident right away in the earthy, husky dry aroma, some caramel and vanilla-oaky notes show up eventually....on the tongue, drier than the usual ESB as well, some caramel sweetness and a bit of dried grass, but little to no fruit and a very minimal hop profile, just a sort of brackish-woody-saltiness that becomes very mineralic and bitter (not in a good hoppy way) at the finish....moderate to low carbonation, a bit gritty and syrupy. Mmm, this might be a bit better if a bit fresher (not sure how I could achieve that here in the states) but I don’t think it’d be worth making the effort. Quite close to the definition of "mediocre."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Bottle Date September 2006, Sampled January 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear, deep amber to dark ruby color, it is topped by an initially three-finger thick, dirty tan colored head. The aroma is a mix of berry like fruit notes and light malt. Notes of raisins, currants, caramel, light toffee, perhaps a touch of buttery diacetyl and some dry biscuit-like malt all intermingle here in the aroma.

The taste is light on the palate, with a soft fruity sweet malt character up front. It finishes with some berry-like hop notes as well as a touch of spicy herbal character and a light bitterness that finishes things off. A very light diacetyl note adds a touch of butterscotch that lingers a bit in the finish. This actually has a good diacetyl character, it is very subtle, just enough to add some complexity, but not enough to become detracting. A touch of toasty malt character is here, it evokes some soft chocolate notes and even a touch of roasted coffee character.

This has a fair amount of carbonation in this brew, it probably adds a bit to the lightness of this brew. This is not a bad brew, but I can’t help but think that this seems a little thin in the flavor department. I am not looking for bigger, but there is a certain leanness here that I associate with cheap lager, though I am not quite sure why I say this. This does have a nice balance between spicy hop character and malt notes, though it does lean towards the hop side of the spectrum.

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