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

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."


2.4
   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...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogivlado (6815) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3720) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (10317) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - 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.

3.7
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Trev (2023) - 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.

3.8
   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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Barcelona - Pours dark red with white head, there is the scent of wheat and hops, it has more of a malty taste though. Nice and smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2005
Looks good in and out of the bottle. Lovely, dark colour and hoppy aroma. Malt in the taste and a satisfying bitter finish. A really good English bitter. The pride of little Bedfordshire (my home county).


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