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

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RATINGS: 1005   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2003
Tasted in Toronto from LCBO. Very dark brown / deep ruby colour. White lasting thin head. Sweet malty burnt caramel aroma. Flavour has a slight caramel taste, with a hint of spice / flowery hop finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Evenly deep copper throughout w/ bright orange highlights, but minimal head retention of off white head. Deeply malty aroma w/a typical earthy English hop, and caramel nuttiness. It also has the green apple fruitiness typical of English style bitters. Initial green apple flavor and hops with a well balanced malt; Caramel flavor very subdued as is the hop flavor. Finishes on the slightly pleasantly bitter side. Carbonation seems a little high for a bitter, but bottled versions usually are; medium bodied w/ a dry m/f. This one's a pretty good bitter. It's not terribly complex in the flavor aspect, but for the low ABV, I think they got as much flavor out of a session beer as anyone could. I could definitely get used to more of this.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - SEP 25, 2003
It has a nice dark wood color. The malts are very nice with hints of caramel. The hops provide a nice bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Clear mahogany red with huge soft foamy tan head. Mouth is full and round, though smaller than a Fuller's 1845. Taste of sweet dark malt, tofee, and fruit, with a long bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4476) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 24, 2003
(Pint Bottle) Pours a smooth, creamy almond head and an impressive deep mahogany, well carbonated body. Malt and hops with added caramel nose. Great mouth texture though a tad thin finish and no bitter kicking. Good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jazz88 (2544) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Bottle. A mahogany color with a flufy tan head. A finely balanced aroma with carmal and malt. I enjoyed this English Ale, while most seem to immediately disapoint. A dry bitter finish with a hint of nuts.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alanC (36) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Deep amber color. Low carbonationa nd little head. Good balanced malt/hops flavor with nice creamy mouthfeel

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Nice ruby hue with good off-white creamy head and very good lace. Aroma hinted of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, aromatic hops, lemongrass, and grape. Good balance on the palate between sweet lush malt and mild bitter hops. Some alcoholic feel detected. Dry and lingering bitterness on finish with an undertone of sweet spice. Pretty nice, solid English Strong.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2003
Dark red with beige head that lasts for quite a long time. Caramel bitter aroma. Bit of alcohol noticable in the flavour for a 5.5% There is somethig noticably empty with the beer to me. Sweet bitters. Decent though.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2003
This one looks inviting; clear reddish brown, short head that settles into a nice ring and leaves milky lace all the way down the glass. Malts are medium thick and accompanied by bright fruit flavors. Hops intermingle and provide a mellow lingering finish. This just recently showed up here, I'll need to get some more while it's still fresh.


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