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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1094   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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."

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
Iíve drunk a lot of pints of this, because often itís 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
blackradioboy (125) - SCOTLAND - OCT 2, 2015
Bottle. Extremely bland. There's no sign of the suggested "malty richness" "tangy hops" or "sultana fruit" on MY palate thank you very much, Mr Wells. And I'm still waiting for the "long soft spicy finish". This bottle contains only faint beer-style water. Grrr. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GlassBrass440 (306) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 26, 2015
BB 16/06/16. Potential low fill can (~1/2cm from top). Pours a clear, dark rust color with long lasting white head and good lace. Aromas are very light but bring oatmeal cookies and light fruit. Moderately oxidized flavour seems to confirm a low fill. Moderate undefined fruits in the flavour and caramel sweetness. Sticky full body with bitter, off-dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
albmoro (44) - BRAZIL - SEP 21, 2015
Maravilhosa, Ale muito encorpada e com amargor bem equilibrado. Excelente drinkability.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RickFifty (759) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2015
Can, ABV 4.3%. Copper color, beige head. Caramel malt nose, biscuits, butter. Sweet taste, malty, caramel, fruity notes, hint of grass. Medium to light body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cristobal37 (424) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - SEP 7, 2015
Ruby gold pour with little head. Very dry and mildly bitter ale. Has some bite to it and the dryness leaves you smackin your lips. Some cherries and a long lasting bitter streak all the way through. Not the greatest but an enjoyable English brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pijepiwo (240) - - SEP 4, 2015
Barwa cherbaciana. Piana dosc drobna. Aromat Slodki troche alkoholowy. W smaku biszkopt. Goryczka srednia cherbaciana.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekstr1der (169) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Pours deep amber with thin off-white head. Aromas of caramel, so much that you can smell the sweet. Flavor is also caramel with some breadiness. Almost no alcohol perceivable, this is smooth stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niller (1036) - Hammel, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2015
Tap@Jurys Inn, Swindon. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma and taste is malts, toffee, nuts, caramel. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Some bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (1167) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2015
Aroma is straw, caramel, roasty malts, toffee, chocolate and cream. Taste is deep malts and toffee with an almost chewy mouthfeel. Very faint bitterness. Appearance is a clear amber with a medium pearl head that retains quite well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
commonmac (725) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2015
Tap at the Elephant and Castle in Chicago. True pint glass. Amber color with slightly off white head. Taste has plenty of that English bread characteristic and a healthy caramel and toffee quality. Quick finish with a lingering bitterness that doesnít overwhelm. Actually tastes pretty solid with good crispness. As English traditional ales go itís not too bad.

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