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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1080   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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."

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1796) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2005
Rich, malty, full bodied (for the style). Dark caramel brown with a think head, well formed. Note much happening on the nose, even a touch dull. Much more expressive on the palate; candied malts marrying nicely with a bitter finish with some refreshing herbal notes. Good beer and certainly one of the better from the genre that I’ve had recently. A: 4 N: 3 F: 7 P: 3 Overall: 14

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2005
500ml bottle from Tesco. Chestnut brown colour. Mainly malty and predominantly dry, with some bitterness. Underlying fruity and nutty notes. Smooth mouthfeel. Not too bad for a pasteurised bottled English bitter (although it does have that typical metallic tang) but nothing out of the ordinary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25075) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Beautiful reddish golden - almost coppery - with a handsome, dense head. Very goodlooking. Not overly full-bodied but quite refined and complex with a good mix of malt and some surprising almost cherryish notes. Marked hoppy finish. 200101

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8784) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2005
Bottle. Nice fresh aroma for starters. Its a shame that the rest of the beer is a bit of a wimp. More bitterness, please!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2005
Bottle from Asda. Red amber with beige head. Aroma of toasty malt, peachy hop, earth, butterscotch. Firm mouthfeel let down by the carbonation. Good bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Tap at Horsebrass. Deep copper colored and clear. Scant whitish head forms and fades rather quickly with slight trails of lacing left behind. Malty aroma with earthy hops. Medium bodied. Decent balance between caramel sweetness and earthy hopping. Fair bitter, probably very representitive of the English style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6509) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2005
Bottle. Pours a lovely dark copper with a large frothy off-white head. Fair lacing and lots of bubbles. Very mild aroma of malt, hops, fruit and toffee. Flavour starts with a fruity spicy malt flavour and then gives way to a mild hop bitterness. Very smooth but a touch too mild. This is a great Bitter and one of my favourite easy-to-get beers, I buy it often.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2005
bottle. subdued fruity/malty aroma. little to no head. head was greyish for what there was. pleasant malt taste. active carbonation, unusual for the lack of head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2591) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 23, 2005
Beeryum!!! This went down a treat. Had mad expectations after staring at ’MattBob’s’ Avatar, had to see if the beer meets the grandish bottle presentation. Poured into an English pint glass, cool and not cold, clear deep russet brown body with very, very fine carbonation raising up an extraordinarily dense, creamy off-white crown that lasted the length and left rings down the glass. 5 for 5 on presentation. Husky, woody and slightly smoked, toasted malt nose with an underlying hint of prunes and sultanas that progressed into the taste. Rich fruit and muesli grain mix in the mouth; sultanas, toasted and burnt malt, and some woody, nutty notes. Body was lighter than expected. A little sweet upfront, but the mid-palate and beyond dries out, with fruit and dark malts following through into a husky and bitter, yet quite refreshing, smoky malt and grassy hops swallow. Unexpectedly good, balanced and easy to drink. A nice Bitter. (568ml, 5.2%, BBE 02/06)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 (5.2% bottle) Aroma is lightly hopped with caramel notes. Average size frothy off-white head which produces good lacing and is mostly lasting. Colour is dark red. Light to moderate bitterness with some sweetness present. There is also some hop spiciness and alcohol in the finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

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