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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   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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jacobwennbom (356) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2007
(Notes from memory). Very refreshing. Bitter, malty, balanced. I thought it tasted a bit as if remains of yeast was still in the bottle (a sort of sourish sensation), allthough I am pretty sure that in fact was not the case. However, I liked it and I liked the beer a lot more than I thought I would.

mephisto (1294) - TAIWAN - AUG 2, 2007
copper hue with beige head, the aroma is dominated by chocolate with caramel tone blended in alcohol. fruity flavor and coffee in the background, the body is firm enough to balance the relatively high hop rate. a beer to nurse on.

sobencha (3) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2007 does not count
Amber/Brown colour. Nice tan head on pour, but it faded quickly. Malty aroma. Very nice degree of bitterness. Good clean finish with no after-taste. Quite refreshing really.

mabel (9787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2011 [445-20070726] Sample @ LCBO-Summerhill. Molasses treacle aroma with some hay. Clear, amber brown body with a medium-lasting white head. Lightly spiced flavour is hoppy with hints of sweetness. Medium body. Quite nice. (6/4/6/4/13) 3.3

[3588B-20110206] 500mL bottle. Mild toasted grains aroma has a hint of peat. Clear, amber brown body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Peaty toasted grains flavour. Medium body. Average. (6/4-/6/3/13) 3.2
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Ethereal (2471) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 23, 2007
1 pint bottle. Dark amber with a small white head. A standard, dependable strong bitter, but nothing special.

zach8270 (4021) - 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.

downender (8882) - 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.

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. It’s a well done bitter.

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.

puboflyons (3489) - 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.

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