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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1062   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CamdenD (1113) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (5891) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6540) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5174) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddenomme (36) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2004
I sampled the bottled version. Nice looking, dark brown colour, little head. Smoothly dark, slightly bitter taste, good finish. Coffee and fruit. A bit thin for my taste and the aroma less than youíd expect. Overall, OK to good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4561) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2004
UPDATED: APR 4, 2005 Everything Iíd expect in appearance from an English Bitter. Cool bottle, light cola brown, big poofy head. Furity, lightly smoked yeasty bitter aroma. Upon re-rating, I notice the aroma of green boiled peanuts. Mildly metallic, somewhat pruney or otherwise fruity. Foam is definitely metallic. Hops are understated but they and the darker malts kick in over time. Some coffee. A mild brew with sturdy character. Moderately sweet. Subdued coffee and bitter finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
Nice red colour. Weak aroma. Not very tasty, though it is rather weak. Mild flavour and some hops in finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Had at The Salisbury in Covent Garden, London. Very Good Bitter. Fruit. Give íer a sip why donít ya!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2004 Brown one pint bottle this is 5.2% Vol though.Poured a clear dark mahogany with frothy white gold head. Hop aroma.Some lacing. Nicely balanced hop malt with wood flavour. Full mouthfeel with slightly citrus bitter finish.This is a nice pint which seems to get better as the glass is drained.

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