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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."


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
Bottle. A dark auburn ale topped by a fluffy, lasting head. Fresh bread and earthy hop aroma. Medium body with a dry, firm mouthfeel, and a soft yet expansive carbonation that complements the bitterness of the beer. Hops and malts combine to give a earthy, almost woody, flavour, with some restrained fruit and caramel in the background, and a quietly assertive hoppiness at the finish. Quaffable and satisfying.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Brown in color,small tan head that had a good hold time then faded slowly to a nice lace.Malty,semi sweet aroma with a decent fruit and hop presence.Nice malty flavor with a good fruit and caramel taste some hops and a very mild bitterness towards the end.After it warms a bit i started getting a slight metallic aroma and taste but nothing to over powering.It’s not bad but i can’t say that it would be a brew that i would like to see alot of.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 1, 2004
bottled: deep amber red. small tan head that is gone rather quick. pleasant malt aromas give way to great toasted malt flavors and some sweetness, followed immediately be delicate hops and lingering bitterness. overall an average to good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2005 Dark brown in color with a medium beige frothy head. Fairly well balanced overall, both in aroma and flavour. Some noticeable malts. Touch of bitterness in the finish. Not a bad brew.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Good clean dark amber color. Not much on the head. Aroma isnt much, but the flavor is damn fine. Tastes of wood witha finish of berry sweetness, but a hop bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroueNeault (158) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2004
Cask. A red beer with a nice creamy head. The aroma is very faint and the taste is malty, fruity and bitter. An ok beer for an evening at the pub.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 8, 2004
very deep amber color, brownish really. head is nice and creamy, tan. sour apples in the aroma (which i tend to find in most english bitters and IPAs), but this one has some buttery notes. the flavor has a vinous mouthfeel, somewhat like a pinot noir. decent mouthfeel too.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 BAM! Wonderful! This stuff is way better than I thought it would be. Nice dark amber body, almost like a dark crimson. Nice beige head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aromas are spicy, fruity, and of slight hops. Taste is strong malt and spices. Also I can taste a slight espresso note. Very nice brew indeed.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2004
Beautiful looking beer - ruby red and not too carbonated. A delicious bitter, mild aftertaste, only drawback is that it could have a bit more bitterness. But that's quibling, this is a great ale.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Bottle: pours darker than I would expect for a British Bitter. Burnt and brown sugar notes. Not overly watery, smooth middle with balanced finish of roasted malts and English hops. I'm not an expert on bitters , but it seems to lean further over to the roasted side of the spectrum.


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