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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1065   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3065) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2005
Sharp initial taste of vegemite and then it smooths out very quickly with strong malt flavours and dried fruit. Colour of the body is ruby brown with a light tan head that was fairly compact and mostly lasting. Aroma is of dried fruit, sultanas and prunes. Quite like the bitterness in this as well as the hops that balance out the malt very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Strong Earthy hops and malty aroma. Had a spicy flavor with a nice hop contrast. Very strong finish with this beer. Need to be eating a hearty food to drink this. Pass the pasta.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2005
Robe rousse surmontée d’une mousse généreuse. Arômes de caramel et de diacétyl. Saveurs de carton... caramélisé...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogivlado (6167) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 4, 2005
Bottled(568ml- pint). -reddish-mahogany colored with a pale brown rich head, aroma is malt, hops to balance with black cherry hints, low carbonation, mild spicy bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3432) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Pour is a very dark brown with a big tan head. Aroma is like dark fruits with a carmel malt backbone. Flaovr is a a nice peat moss with a touch of smoke with a bit of cherry in there. Very tasty and pleasing to all the senses.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (9279) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
A Big head that fast disapears into some lace, bitter and acidic bite, with some malts and chewy creaminess to offset. Lingering bitterness that works for summer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (Imperial pint) shared with blankboy This is steady favorite of mine, I keep half a dozen bottles at all times - surprising I havent’ rated it before! Poured a lively deepish copper, thinish fairly white head, spare lacing. Aroma is malt, hops to balance, some fruit and grain, and minerals. Taste is the same, very refreshing and "more-ish". A somewhat astringent, minerally mouthfeel, longer than average finish, ending on a slightly brackish, bitter note. Hope to have this on cask in the UK one day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Charles Wells Bombardier. 20 July 2005. Bottle. From the beginning this seems to be a couple notches above your typical bottled British export. Light brown head that thins but stays for most of the glass. Beer is copper/red - shades darker than the marketing photo. Aromas of bread and light fruit. This is pretty mild and a little sweet, but very pleasant in all. The breadiness and hints of fruit (citrus) persist into the flavors, and the hops are just enough to round this out. A nice surprise for a bottled bitter this side of the pond - and (whaddya know) Not in a clear bottle! Thanks, Angelica.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Trev (1985) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2005
From the bottle pours almost mohogany with nice red tones when held up to the light. The thick off white head thins to a lace. Aroma has coffee, black cherry, caramel hints with a hoppy overtone. To be honest it smells much better than it tastes. Flavour is thin and weak though for a premium bitter. Very light flavour, some hoppy notes in the body. Slighty malty after taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2005
I like. It’s a rich, reddish-mahogany color with a creamy, well-sustained & good-lacing tan head. The aroma is rich and malty with light pome fruits, a nut or two, and some herbal hops. This is very creamy in the mouth, quite smooth & easy to imbibe. The flavor is a big chewy malt with pears and nuts and an earthy, bitter finish... splashed on by some sweetness. I wish this was more readily available in the Chicago area.

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