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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1176   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."

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cheap (5741) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2008 You gotta love the name of this brew. Aroma is slight roast and bready beer yeast. Color is darker, somewhat like an american dark lager. Appearance is clear, not hazy. At first there is a medium bitter alky impact that imparts an american malt liquor palate. Eventually that morphs into a more acceptable strongish beer flavor. Goes from slightly offensive to farely well behaved during the session. Good creamy carbonation. Some hidden tartness but not fruity by any means. Finish has medium mild alky bite but for the most part it is a well mannered brew. Alky linger once the session is complete.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1796) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Uniformly caramel brown and clear with an active head. One of the best labels in history! Lots of nutty malt on the nose with an underpinning of chocolate and spicy hops. Full-flavored, but smooth and gentle on the palate. Good hop character, spicy with a faint grapefruit citrus suggestion. A bit of ginger. Chocolate on the deep end of the finish. A nice, easy bitter to drink. Quaffable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gpnterojd (179) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2007
Pours a beautiful shade of burnt caramel / deep amber. Aroma of sweet caramel malts. The flavour is almost syrupy sweet and medium bodied. Watermelon is also curiously present. A slight bitter finish which is nonetheless dominated by the sweet caramel malts. Slightly dry. Not bad -- good take on a bitter. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (6027) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 26, 2007
A nice sweet caramel malt aroma. This is a pleasant beer. A little dryness, graininess and sweetness. Not overbearing in any way, just a tasty beer that hit the spot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 19, 2007
Pours darker than I had expected. Brown but red when held to the light. Malty nose. Raisiny body with good character and fine finish. Balanced, blissfully enjoyable and quaffable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rajendra82 (1076) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2007
The beer came in a sturdy looking 500 ml. Bottle, and I chose to warm it up close to cask temperature before opening it. The beer looked very good in the pint glass, as the copper colored body was absolutely clear, and the head atop was nearly two finger thick and sticky. I know my bottle was fresh, because the store owner had cut open a newly arrive case and handed it to me, but I did not realize how fresh until the hoppy aroma hit my nose. Quite a bit more aromatic than most other English bitters Iíve sampled so far. The earthy pungent hop smell was quite detectable, even at an armís length. The taste was where the Englishness of the beer started to make itself known. The bitter-spicy, mineralized, dry, and musty taste was typical handiwork of an English yeast strain. Not much citric brightness was seen here, like that typical in the American interpretations of the style. The mouthfeel disappointed me a little, as it was tinny and marred by an almost metallic aftertaste. Not as good as Fullerís version from what I recall, but itís been a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mmmbeer (1417) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 From a 1 pint bottle- poured non transparent, red/amber, great head that transends time and life itself. Aroma of some mild hops, a mild amount of hops(yes I said it twice, think REALLY HARD), and some wood molecules, highly in∑trigu∑ing. Hits the mouth with some maple or red oak (?), well defined body, finish that begs for more. If a porter is not available for cold weather, get this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - OCT 14, 2007
On draft, perhaps served too cold, @ BSP. Faint whiff of chewy malts, slight grassy hop aroma, a little thin on the palate, taste more like a simple bitter to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kegoguinness (45) - Dodge City, Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Cool label! Oh, and the beer----itís nothing to airmail back home about. This is nicely hopped and, true to the labelís proclamations, is fairly dry. This is a nice, sit-and-read Maxim and sip on a beer kinda brew. There is nothing distinctive about this beer--like trying to describe that one Emperor penguin that goosed you out of the thousand huddled against the antarctic cold.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinkas (293) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2007
Can, IBS, Perth Loveley fresh grassy/leafy aromas, crsip bitter edge to a nice round caramelised malt background, with a hint of vegetative spiciness. A welcome surprise

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