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

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RATINGS: 1072   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2006
Pours a nice reddish-brown color with a minimal white head. Slight toffee aroma leads into a good dose of carmel malt flavor. Watery finish. A nice English ale.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bmackenzie (40) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2006
Bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits. Pours a dark ruby red with thin, wispy head. Aroma of toffee and a hint of licorice. More toffee and caramel malt up front with a slight sweet fruitiness to go with more licorice through the middle. Disappointing mouth feel and watery finish but pleasant bitterness. I have fond memories of a pint of this on the pump but underwhelmed at the moment.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
dj (531) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2006
Bottle, 568ml, 5.2% ABV. An average diminishing head. A nice strong malty, fruity (citrus) aroma. Clear dark amber appearance. An average bitter but somewhat watery finish. My bottle had been mistreated before I got it and was leaking a bit and flat carbonation-wise, but I’ve tried not to mark it down for this...

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (18915) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2006
Draught. Dark ruby colour with an off-white head. Fruity caramel aroma. Malty fruity flavor with some bitterness and some hints of caramel. Malty bitter aftertaste.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Lunkie (1539) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2006
Slight hop malt aroma. Clear red brown colour with good head and lacing. Malt hop flavour. Flat palate.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (14923) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 7, 2006
Can. Almost copper-colored with a fluffy off-white head, leaving nice lacings. Very mild aroma of fruitiness, hops and roastiness. The flavor is a bit boring, but pleasant, with caramel, hops and fruity sweetness. Nice, pleasant finish. (060407)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hanratty (36) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2006
Pint bottle: A very well made commercial beer. Dark amber with medium head, some lacing. Sweet malt taste some fruit notes. Medium bitter finish. Medium body.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Pint Bottle. Brown with a thick head that lasts. The aroma is roasted barley and hops. Sweet and heavy with almost no bitterness. The sweetness is almost to much.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (8218) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2012 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 3/13/2006 3:44:16 PM
Bottle at Score Sportsbar, Gothenburg, Sweden. My version had 5.2% ABV.
Nice red-brown color, white head. Fresh a bit spicy hoppy scent. Nice bitterness. Taste is fairly mild.
7/4/6/4/14=3.5

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Draught at Bishops Arms Järntorget, Göteborg, on July 27, 2012
Pump clip marked 5.5% and "English Premium Bitter".
Clear copper to brown color, tan head. Fruity, bread, caramel, malty, chalk taste. Spritzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
7/4/7/3/14=3.5

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KnutAlbert (6363) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2006
Not an outstanding bitter, perhaps, but as good as it gets when canned. Some malt and lots of aromatic hops. Very easy drinking and enjoyable on a night when you don’t want anything more complex. Slightly weaker version availoable in Norway.


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