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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1085   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Fridge Temp. Very little aroma. Brandy colored with a fizzy tan head that quickly diminishes. Very little flavor; hints of roasted malt. A bit watery and a bit bitter on the finish. Totally inoffensive; mediocrity in a bottle. Did not a great improvement as it warmed up: drink at room temp.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - FEB 12, 2005
(tap)So tis is e enuine bitter as they swirl ´em ithe UK. Well, it´s darkish red, clear with small head. Served to the rim of the glass, first siå was lomg a quite refreshing.Some malt and a slightly bitter finish. Bring in the fish ´n´chips!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Pours a relatively dark amber. Much darker than the picture. A large off white head. Aroma is iced tea and some sweat socks. Taste is a weird iced tea and some dry apple. HInts of dirt and cheap cocoa. Nothing very impressive. A grainy mouthfeel. One of the worst, if not the worst, ESB’s I have had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2005
A quality premium bitter. Looks terrific: poured a deep ruby red with a formidable head that left some lacing. The nose is rich, raisiny and full of alcohol. However, there are sulphurous notes that are a bit off-putting. Medium-bodied and very smooth. Raisins, spices and a little caramel in the mix before a dry hoppy finish. I found the spiciness cloying towards the end of the bottle. (Bottle, October 2002, branded as English Premium Bitter)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2005
The Bombardier is a good, solid beer that, while unremarkable, is always enjoyed without much depth in appreciation. It has a bit of malty sweetness, but it’s cut somewhat by the bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
asheft (2705) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2004
Bright ruddy brown with a short-lived head. Aroma well balanced between malt and english hops. Prominent metallic taste and feel that takes away from the pleasant caramel and gentle hops and alcohol flavours. Also a lingering bitterness that borderlines astringent. Medium body but with that puckering astringent and metallic feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 28, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2006 27/11/2004. Bottle. From Woolworths supermarket in Taupo after cycling 100 miles. Pours a reddish caramel brown - very much in the expected bitter colour range. A thin off-white head lingers down the glass. Light roasted aroma. Strong roasty, almost toasty, malt flavours tending towards a slighly burnt taste. To me this beer is reminiscent of a single malt whisky somewhere in my past (Talisker, i think?). Retasted, from Island Bay New World, on 26/08/2006. Very english. Darker than I remember. Dark fruits - plums and prunes - with an underlying vinous note and a hint of marzipan. Nice background bitterness is very well balanced, and lingers. Lovely fruity note late on the palate. Softly carbonated. Much better than the 2004 bottle. I suspect the Taupo one was much older and had thinned out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2004
Malty, chocolatey and caramel aroma with some nice citrus/floral hops. Clear dark brown with rocky tan head that lasts nicely and coats the glass. Sweet up front with some roastiness and a finishing bitterness. Surprising little alcohol twang considering the low ABV. Medium-light body feels perhaps a bit thin in the mouth yet sticky in the throat. Didn’t really live up to the expectations of the aroma. Bottle (clear - Bombardier English Premium Ale at 5.2%)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (11384) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2004
Bottled, Pasteurised. Dark amber with lasting foamy head. Difficult to get in Britin at this strength, but a nicely set up bottled beer with a malty, roasted quality. Smooth with a caramel base and a light hoppiness finding its way in at the end. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2004
Dark chestnut colour with a frothy tan coloured head. Raisin and fruity aroma, notes of toffee. Toffee shows more in the flavour, along with bread, raisin, and a dark fruity bitter finish. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel.

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