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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1158   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demitriustown (1184) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Malts, caramel, nice hop texture, and some tart apples linger throughout the aroma. Appearance is a copper clear pour with a minimal off white head that lingers for quite a while. Taste is caramelized malts, a dry grainy texture, bitter, a pine note, and crab apples. Palate is dry, bitter, lightly carbonated and short. Overall, It’s a decent ESB maybe on the high end of the ESB latter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomat (3371) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2006
Dark amber color with an off-white head. Malt with hints of fruit. Medium body with a nice bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (14115) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2006
Can. copper colour with an off-white head. Aroma is fruit, hop. Flavour is fruit, hop, apple, caramel

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2006
Poured a thick amber red/brown colour with a decent size creamy head. Butterscotch like taste. Malty with a fairly hoppy finish. Very good ESB overall. I would love to have this again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deadguy (42) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2006
not that impressed. very malty. hints of carmel with a thin, almost tin-like tasting finish. average head. rich amber body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle - Pours copper with short tan creamy head that stays well and laces a little on the way down the glass. Aromas of raisins, over caramel malts. Flavor is good caramel malts, some toffee notes as well with a short bitter citrus finish. Smooth and easy drinking palate with medium body and a crisp finish. Pretty fair beer all in all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniel0017 (441) - Yukon, CANADA - OCT 1, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2015 Clear brown with ruby hue and bubbly beige head. Strong malt presence in the nose with peppery notes of fresh baked bread, floral hops and roasted chestnuts. Bitter flavour, well balanced with heavy malt sweetness leads to lasting, enjoyable bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2006
Bottle: Redish amber with a large off-white head and lots of bead in the glass. Plenty of prune-like esters over some slightly metallic and cardboardy crystal malts. Fairly well done, really. In the mounth things go down hill sadly; nice toffee sweetness with some woody herb hop notes, but the classic British bottled dead palate rears its dispicably ugly head and completely takes over around mid-palate. From there on it’s dead malts and astringent bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2006
From a 568 ml. shaped narrow neck brown bottle with a blurb on the back label, a freshness date stamped on the shoulder of bottle. Poured a clear reddish deep amber with a foamy white head that settled into a thinnish bubbly lacing. Aromas of roasted malts and minerals, fruity with a light spiciness with a little peat. A nice even medium carbonation and a malty crisp, dry and smooth light-medium drinkability. Nice ESB taste, roasted sweet malts with a touch of a peat scotch whiskey, spicy and berry fruity, a bit nutty, and a dry malty and fruity finish with a little caramelized sugar and spice lingering in the palate. A good tasting ESB from Charles Wells, easy, smooth drinkability, highly quaffable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (2533) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2006
568 mL bottle. (Doesn’t seem to take up that much space in my glass!?) Deep reddish brown. Small beige head. Weak aroma of sour apples that have perhaps gone off. Taste is a little thinner, lighter than I remember. A bit of something . . . butterscotchy . . . sweetness. A bit of bitterness on the tongue. Not bad, but there are better bitters.

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