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

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RATINGS: 1129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."


hetyu's rating

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hetyu (115) - - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle - Pours a nice amber color with a large dense off-white/tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, biscuits, and light grassy hops. Flavor matches aroma with light bitterness -too light for me - at the finish..


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
I_LUV_BEER (57) - - APR 29, 2016
Served in a tulip from a 500ml bottle. Pours dark copper with a thin head. Aroma is malts, caramel, red fruits. Tastefollows the nose very closely with a combination of red fruits, malts, caramel. Smooth body with medium carbonation. Very nice indeed

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mithe (1354) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 20, 2016
(bottle 0,5l)
Aroma: Fruity, malty, light biscuits.
Appearance: Clear copper-red. Minimal white head.
Taste: Light sweet, malty, light caramel/nutty/toasty/biscuits, light bitter.
Palate: Medium body. Long light bitter, dry finish.
Overall: Interesting malty english bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vidmidia (244) - Vila Velha, BRAZIL - APR 8, 2016
Vermelha escura, quase opaca, límpida. Espuma média de média duração. Aroma floral, com notas de melado. Sabor amargo médio, levemente adstringente, com notas de caramelo e café. Retrogosto amargo com final de café.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
alvaro78 (137) - Sevilla, SPAIN - APR 4, 2016
Aromas a caramelo y maltas tostadas De aspecto cristalina y baja carbónatacion Sabor equilibrado con un amargor suave ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
artemb (441) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - APR 4, 2016
Look: clear copper with thin creamy head. Aroma: caramel, jam, hops: flowers, spicy herbs. Taste: light to moderate sweetness balanced with hoppy bitterness and light acidity. Flavour: malt, caramel, red currant jam, some wet leaves. Hoppy finish with fresh spicy herbs notes (mint, basil). Very pleasant and drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nephirem (113) - CROATIA - APR 2, 2016
Clear, dark amber pour with very small, short lasting white head. Smell is slightly hoppy and bready with lovely cake and caramel notes. Medium body with subtle carbonation. Texture is a bit watery. Bittersweet. Aroma is malty with hops in the background, some fruit, caramel, toffee, nuts. A bit of alcohol in the aftertaste. Overall, not bad, but it comes out a bit thin in the end.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
msbernac (1577) - Krakow, POLAND - MAR 28, 2016
Bottle Aroma-caramel, herbs, Appearance-dark amber, clear, white foam, Taste-medium bitterness, lightly sour, light sweetness, Palate-medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-very good

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UXO (1255) - CANADA - MAR 23, 2016
Appearance: clear deep amber with one finger of fine light beige ivory head, excellent retention and good lacing. (5/5) Aroma: caramel and toffee, nonspecific fruity esters, earthy. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body tending to watery, moderate carbonation, off-dry slightly astringent finish. (3/5) “Glorious”? I think not. “Acceptable,” perhaps. I’m trying to avoid my tendency to want everything to taste like an IPA or a sour, but really, this is pretty plain. The other thing about this is, it’s really very reminiscent of their Sticky Toffee Pudding. In fact, when I reviewed the Sticky Toffee Pudding, I said it was like mixing “one unremarkable ESB and one bag of Werther’s Originals.” Well, I think this is that unremarkable ESB. It’s not terrible, and I could see drinking a large amount of it in some small dark pub, but it’s not exactly going to thrill you. (13/20)

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ccostoya (22) - Santiago, CHILE - MAR 22, 2016
Pours amber, clear, with minimal head. Low floral, hoppy aroma, along with hints of malts. light sweetness, lightly bitter with a little bit of hops spicyness. light body, thin feel, lively carbonated with a medium-long finish. Better on cask. Average

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marmite (6) - Nimman, Chiang Mai, THAILAND - MAR 19, 2016 does not count
For me, the blueprint for an English style bitter. More bitter than Fullers ESB and in my opinion better balanced. This is the export version at 5.2%, consumed in volume, in Thailand.


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