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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1072   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
Nicel amber colour with a frothy head. Aroma is hoppy with light malts. Taste is bitter with light fruits and a spicy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 (Bottle) From the color I was expecting a bit more punch. Thinish head with a sweetish british style aroma. Nice malty flavo giving way to a thin sharp finish. Realy qiute nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bark (255) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
The colour is deep deep amber with a tinge of brown. The thick beige foam dissolves surprisingly fast into a smooth cap (but that could be the result of using a too small glass). The smell is generous: The scent of sweet raisins blends with fruity malt, burned notes and a firm, complex bitterness. Classy! The carbonation is balanced with refreshing, small bubbles that soften quickly. The taste. Ooooh, the tasteÖ There is a distinct bitterness matched with a solid body right from the start. There are notes of dried fruits, nuts, diacetyl and a gentle touch of alcohol develops into a cream-like mouthfeel and a very complex bitterness with flavours of lemon, bitter almonds, raisins, cocoa and gunpowder. The aftertaste lasts for ages, and keeps on developing well after ten minutes. What can I say? This is marvellous ale. But please be aware that there is a less alcoholic version of this beer, sold in cans, that is a good brew but not at all like this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (2839) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 16, 2004
568ml brown bottle. Chestnut brown, ruby highlighted ale. Head is large, fluffy and light tan. Great hop aroma. Sweet malts give way to a hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1615) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2004
Finally a chance to sample Britainís "patron pint". Came in the impressive embossed 568 ml brown bottle. Poured a deep amber-brown with red tones... a tight, sticky sandy cap that lasts and goes to a real lace....small bubbles and moderate carbonation that are just right so as not to unbalance the tastes. Well articulated aromas of sultana fruits and musty citrus..very nice nose. Starts malty and silky with smoked toffee and licorice tones that go to a more bitter citrus and bread taste....finish is of medium duration with the drying effect of bittering hop oils slicking down the tongue to a final metallic aftertaste...a nice malty bitter...very tasty and satisfying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2004
568ml / 1 pint bottle. Itís a good premium ESB. Dark dark brown with a decent flavor that leans towards espresso with fain nut. Hops are definitely sharper and more bitter than some of the more polished ESBís out there. But itís got me feeling good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5374) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 Oct, 2002 Pleasant, slightly fruity beer. Quite normal. Wonít pop itís head above the bar to shout boo or offer to buy you a round. [2.7]
June, 2004 Still from the bottle, but now I detect some character. The malt is sly, slipping around all over the place, but making itself felt now and again quite pleasantly. Upped a few points. [2.9]
Aug, 2004 Pasteurised Bottle. BBE: April 05. (5.2%) A rather sober and serious beer. Woody, earthy bitterness. I have no favourable feelings toward this beer - neither this stronger version nor the cask version. I really donít think Iím a fan of bitter hops. The buttery almond notes on the swallow are quite pleasant, but on the whole this is not my sort of thing. [2.8]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
Amber, off-white head. Aroma is of Golding and crispy malts. The flavour is well balanced: while the hops are quite present, they are restrained to make for a balanced beer. Not bad. Bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jfm (1724) - Holbśk, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2004
Chestnut color with a nice beige head. The taste is malts with a nice balanced bitterness. Feels slight thin on the palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2004
Dark red color, light sweet caramel aroma and taste, medium body, bitter finish.

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