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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1017   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2004
568ml / 1 pint bottle. Itís a good premium ESB. Dark dark brown with a decent flavor that leans towards espresso with fain nut. Hops are definitely sharper and more bitter than some of the more polished ESBís out there. But itís got me feeling good.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 Oct, 2002 Pleasant, slightly fruity beer. Quite normal. Wonít pop itís head above the bar to shout boo or offer to buy you a round. [2.7]
June, 2004 Still from the bottle, but now I detect some character. The malt is sly, slipping around all over the place, but making itself felt now and again quite pleasantly. Upped a few points. [2.9]
Aug, 2004 Pasteurised Bottle. BBE: April 05. (5.2%) A rather sober and serious beer. Woody, earthy bitterness. I have no favourable feelings toward this beer - neither this stronger version nor the cask version. I really donít think Iím a fan of bitter hops. The buttery almond notes on the swallow are quite pleasant, but on the whole this is not my sort of thing. [2.8]

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
Amber, off-white head. Aroma is of Golding and crispy malts. The flavour is well balanced: while the hops are quite present, they are restrained to make for a balanced beer. Not bad. Bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jfm (1724) - Holbśk, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2004
Chestnut color with a nice beige head. The taste is malts with a nice balanced bitterness. Feels slight thin on the palate

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2004
Dark red color, light sweet caramel aroma and taste, medium body, bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2004
(On tap) Copperish color with fine head. Mild aroma and very creamy palate. Slightly bland flavor, malt has some sweetness in it. Hops come up mildly in the end. Little bit of weak and light bodied for ESB, waited more of this beer. Nice lace.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CamdenD (1094) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 20, 2004
Another great ESB. This one also enjoys a nice full aroma of hops and sweet fruit -- not citrusy. The taste is all there and the 5.5% gives it a nice backbone -- this is not a greene king IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (5607) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2004
Cask at The Rover, Gothenburg, Sweden. Brown with an off-white head. Really not much aroma; some chocoalte and toffee. Fine bitterness with notes of chocolate. Very much like an ordinary Bombardier.
Earlier Rating: 10/26/2003 Total Score: 2.9
Draught at Plain Kitchen, Gothenburg. Amber with an off-white, small head. A weak aroma with some dill(?). A soft palate and a bitter, somewhat fruity flavour.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6218) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is dark reddish-amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, toasted bread, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot, orange), with notes of plum, Bit-O-Honey, and diacetyl. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Very nice quaffing ale here...clean and extremely well-balanced. Nothing mind-blowing, but surprisingly solid (based on the average score here) and a fair bit more flavorful than quite a lot of similarly priced English imports. Very nice/interesting color, too, like mahogany...and with a lasting head, thatís good for a perfect score in my book. Thumbs up.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2004
Reddish brown colour with small creamy head. Not much in the aroma. Flavor is malty and fruity, with hints of caramel.


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