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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1017   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   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."


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Translucent dark copper with a thick creamy beige head, medium body with medium carbonation.

Aroma: sweet crystal malt, leafy hops, a hint of malt vinegar, and ale yeast esters.

Taste: crystal malt, leafy hop bitterness with i touch of pine, and fruity yeast esters.

Great texture and balance, with the perfect amount of bitterness for English pub food pairings. Very quaffable.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Beautifully balanced English Ale (of course). Almost gave points off for inane website but beer was too good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Englander1986 (51) - Middlesbrough, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2006
A really nice bitter, suprisingly, since its not all that popular. Decent amount for a decent price, deffinately worth a try.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1245) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Well’s Bombardier has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head, a semi-clear, slightly bubbly, deep copper or even ruby appearance, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is beautiful- rich, sweet, toffee, mild coffee, citrus, sugar, and mild hop oil. Taste is similarly beautiful- toffee, hop oil, moderate and balancing bitterness, sugar, bread crust, and malt. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Well’s Bombardier finishes semi-dry, delicious, and quite drinkable. RJT

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Elbow (6) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2010 does not count
I love this beer! Hearty but smooth and delicious. (In my opinion)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nazzty (921) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2013
Nice bitter and a strong taste of caramel and roasted almonds with a sophisticated bitterness in the aftertaste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bark (255) - Linköping, 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 taste… 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dkazuk (248) - winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 21, 2007
568ml bottle.
Pours a clear dark ruby amber. Has a full creamy tan head that sticks around a good while. Leaves a fair bit of nice curtainy lacing. Smells sweet and tart. A little bit of honey and grainy bread. Flavour is nicely bitter up front on a bed of roasty malts and some citrus and grapefruit in the finish. Slightly reminiscent of a good IPA. Nice palate, full body, medium smooth feel, soft carbonation.Very nice surprise considering the last Bitter I’ve tried. Good drink.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (954) - Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Pours rich copper reddish brown with a fluffy, two-finger off-white head. Aroma of malts and mild hops. Tastes malted all the way through with mild bitterness on the front end. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and very mild mouth-carbonation, Wells Bombardier finishes smooth and lightly sweet.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Dark chestnut with brassy undertones. Fairly still, little head or carbonation. Aromas were chocolate, toffee, caramell, alcohol, yeast and herbs. Flavor was exceptionally balanced with initial notes of caramel, chocolate and vanilla giving way to herbal hops and then full-blown metallic hoppy bitterness, which sticks around awhile. No fruit sappiness here, just good old fashioned malt, yeast and hops.


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