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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1154   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 14/20
gnoff (9543) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2012 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 3/13/2006 3:44:16 PM
Bottle at Score Sportsbar, Gothenburg, Sweden. My version had 5.2% ABV.
Nice red-brown color, white head. Fresh a bit spicy hoppy scent. Nice bitterness. Taste is fairly mild.

Draught at Bishops Arms Järntorget, Göteborg, on July 27, 2012
Pump clip marked 5.5% and "English Premium Bitter".
Clear copper to brown color, tan head. Fruity, bread, caramel, malty, chalk taste. Spritzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KnutAlbert (6667) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2006
Not an outstanding bitter, perhaps, but as good as it gets when canned. Some malt and lots of aromatic hops. Very easy drinking and enjoyable on a night when you don’t want anything more complex. Slightly weaker version availoable in Norway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2006
Amber body. Has toffee and citrus in the aroma. A hint from toffee and sweet hops in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoestring (351) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - MAR 9, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2016 just okay for me. bottled. maybe I will rerate this some time soon. I did enjoy it, but tasted before bottle of ’Landlord’ , and for me this beer took it away from Bomb. Will need to re-visit and have couple of bottles to give it true review. Rerated. 4th march 2016. Bottle served room temp. Full head on poor quickly down to half finger creamy thick mouthfeel which is better than remembered. Actually enjoyed it . Creamy fudge malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkoR (930) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2006
Dark brown colour. Thin head. Very drinkable. Nice flavor. Bottle from LCBO.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2006
56,8 cl bottle. No yeast at the bottom. Dark reddish brown colour with a fast disappearing head. Aroma of caramel and malt. Fruity flavour from the hops and hints of caramel. Ends up quite bitterbut in a pleasant way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9460) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2006
Like the Adnams Broadside an excellent English bottled bitter. Pours a nice chesnut brown colour, malty roasted tastes but belanced with some residual caramely sweetness. Very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2006
A very drinkable beer indeed. Aroma is a minimal one, but becomes some caramel malts with a certain spice to it. Taste is alot fuller, with hops cutting into the toffee malts. Not much in the way of bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2006
Bottle 568ml. Appearance: Nutty brown color with a thin head. Aroma: floral hop, sweet malt. Flavor: malty, chocolate/ toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9497) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 5, 2006
Deep red-brown, tan head, excellent retention and lacing. Roasted sweet malt and floral hop aromas, faint yeast. Full malt palate with a large hop character and a big bitter finish. One of the better bottled bitters I’ve tried.

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