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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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."

foolberry's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
foolberry (56) - New Malden, Surrey, - DEC 9, 2012
I’ve drunk a lot of pints of this, because often it’s the only thing on tap in the pubs of North London. Never had the bottle before - probably because I never found those pints particularly inspiring. Bottle starts out better, seems lively, interesting richness. But then it fades - finish (and middle) becomes watery. And weirdly, the more you drink of it, the more watery it becomes. Oily in the mouth, thin taste - just a bit of caramel and bitter at the start and then it fades to nothing. Pass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
exeter (501) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 28, 2016
Pours a dark clear copper colour with a nice 2 finger head. Left good lacing on the glass. Tastes of carmel, fruit, bitter and bread. Not bad, but not a stand out. My Canadian Can was 5.2%. Weird. I liked it but not enough to chase it down. Well’s makes better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
veceo (1190) - CROATIA - JUL 26, 2016
Clear ruby color, thin tan head with low retention. Aroma of caramel, dried fruits, candy, figs. Taste of caramel, dried fruits, some hoppiness. Dry in finish, disappointingly watery, average to high carbonation. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dahlstrom (242) - Nygatan 29, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2016
33 cl bottle from Systembolaget. Almost clear amer color with a medium white head. Medium malty aroma of caramel, resin, bread, dried fruits. Taste reflects the aroma. Medium body, with a sweet texture. Low to medium bitterness. Average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
josanguapo (997) - SPAIN - JUL 9, 2016
From Hipercor. In Ikea’s pint glass. Playing Tomb Raider 2015. Very drinkable. Nothing I would chase for but I wouldnt mind to drink it again either

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TedE (899) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2016
500ml bottle into pint glass. 5.2% Golden bronze beer with solid rocky tan coloured head. Nice lacing. Aroma of smoky malt and burnt sugar. Light carbonation. Full bodied, flat mouthfeel. Initial bitterness is followed by subtle sweet malt notes then a final touch of dry peppery bitterness. Superior bitter, classic ESB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fodordenes (1) - Kaposvar, HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2016 does not count
The aroma and the taste is over the average. The appearance is stylish and modern. After 1-2 gulps my first impression was the delectable aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Fules (664) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - JUN 12, 2016
Kicsi, de nagyon stabil hab. Rubin vörös sör. Illata enyhén karamelles-égetett cukros. Enyhe karamell, gyenge keserű, fűszeres ízvilág. Kissé lapos sör. Utóíze fűszeres, nagyon enyhén kesernyés. Közepesen testes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Turtles (1784) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2016
330ml bottle from Systembolaget. Clear amber, off-white creamy head, some lacing. Malty toffee aroma, chocolate and grains. Smooth mid-dry mouthfeel. Malty taste, toffee, mild peppery notes and a mild floral bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
realadam (113) - HUNGARY - JUN 9, 2016
A good beer to drink anytime with a nice aroma. The palate sensation could be a bit stronger with a better body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
evannell (633) - Kraków, POLAND - JUN 8, 2016
Piwo ciemne, przejrzyste, z rubinowymi refleksami. W aromacie karmel i trochę żelaza. Gdyby było polskie, czułbym delikatnie Sybillę. Ale stawiam na Kent Goldings. Piana szybko opada, ale jest gęsta, drobnopęcherzykowa i po "zakręceniu znowu się pojawia. Czuć, że będzie nagazowane.

W smaku - zdecydowanie najsłabsze z angielskich piw, które da się kupić w Carrefourach. Pierwszy łyk wytrawny. Potem coraz bardziej słodko, lecz wciąż w stronę wytrawnego. Utrzymuje się ten "ejlowy", angielski klimat. I naprawdę nie jest źle. Ale są lepsze w tej cenie. Po ogrzaniu wychodzi gorzałka. Wysycenie rzeczywiście wysokie, ale w przełyku daje również uczucie "mikropęcherzyków", czyli nie do końca ostre. Goryczka jakaś tam jest, nawet dość długa, nieprzytłaczająca. Daty nie znalazłem, ale prawdopodobnie piwo stało na półce "za karę" przez parę miesięcy. Może byłoby tam trochę więcej aromatów Kent Goldings. Trochę jest. Piwo miłe. Lepsze, niż Tyskie.

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