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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1175   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2007
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Orange-copper in color with a thin white head. Aroma has a decent amount of bitter hops along with the lightest touch of sweet malts. Flavor is light and crisp with a smooth combination of the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops. Finishes clean with a lightly sweet note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
downender (8464) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2007
Deep amber with a moderate white head. Fruity aroma, slightly sweet malt flavour and a dry finish. Not very memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Pours a cloudy orange with a decent white head. Aroma is malty with a bit of a rye characteristic. Flavor is the same, but there are other sweet notes as well. Its a well done bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - JUL 14, 2007
568 ml bottle - Clear - deep red/brown. Thin light tan head with a reasonable amount of lacing. . Medium body with low to medium carbonation. Dark malts with a bit of caramel and slightly fruity (dark fruits). . Finish is slightly on the sweet side but all up quite a good drop.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
puboflyons (3328) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Expiration date: 30 Nov 07. Poured redder than I expected, a rather opaque, dark reddish-caramel-brown with a puffy light brown head. Some lacing and quick dissipation. Mild malt aroma with a medium mouth feel. It has a crisp, clean persona. I did not notice a bitter aftertaste. Fullers ESB is better but this one is worth another try at a later time.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Premium pint. Mild watery malt aroma. Mild malt taste along with a dryish woodiness. It was watery and thin with a too dry finish. I dont drink beer to experience cotton mouth. Fullers ESB is a better choice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 11, 2007
Bottle. Fruity aroma. Caramel, burnt malt and hoppy flavour. Ends bitterish. Rather fresh esb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
khytre (73) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2007
Can. Bronzecolour, thin head. Sweet soapy aroma, reminds me of some chewing gum. Pure bitter hoppy flavor, hints of burned malt, short tasting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2007 Draught ale, July 3rd. Copper colour and firm white head. Aroma was not too noticeable but definately malty. The flavours hint at raisins and a slight sweetness. Sits around the medium body mark. Bottle 568ml, July 5th. The bottle pours a finer coppery colour, although the head was not as firm as the draft (may be my pouring). The aroma is more noticeable - a sweet malt. Again. the flavours hint at raisins and a slight sweetness but this time there was a little plum coming through in the after taste. Left me with a lingering hoppy bitterness, which was pleasant enough. Well, it could be due to cellar storage or the way the landlord kept his beer lines, but the bottle definately rates higher than the draft. My recorded rating is based on the bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2007
in a can. pours a clear red with a one finger bubbly tan head. aroma is caramel roasted malt with some hops. has a light to medium body with traces of lacing and descent carbonation. flavor is roasted caramel malt with some hops, yeast, and grain. has some earthy notes as well. it is descent i guess. it is a little thin on the palate, but has a little bite from the hops and a dry hop aftertaste. as it warms there is a little apple cider aroma and flavor and is definitely better than the coniston bluebird i just had.

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