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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1173   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Bottle: Aroma is sweet malt somewhat nutty. Amber body when held to light with decent tan head that settles to a film on top of body. Sweet brandy up front for flavor. As beer warms a caramel and nut presence appeared. Not overly bitter and little sweet taste on palate. Good enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JustinBathurst (134) - Corner Brook, Newfoundland, CANADA - MAY 31, 2006
I was extremely pleased to have this beer. I was working my way through a large group of English ales, mostly finding myself disappointed, but then I tried this one. The bottle is a massive object in itself, containing 568 mL (an "imperial pint" apparently) of ale. The label reads Bombardier English Premium Ale. Pours a ruby-caramel, like a cola, really. Its fairly clear. The head is slightly tan. Frothy and sudsy, it falls back without ever opening up the slightest bit. Not really lace... more like a thin carpet of suds. Smells like a dark molasses bread, a slice of rye bread to be more specific, with a nice citrusy hop character. As it warms, a bit more of a grainy profile emerges. The carbonation is nicely medium, very much in keeping with the British preference. The taste is very molasses in the malt district, with mellow earthy bitterness on the exit. A spicy zing like a low-profile ginger is in the background. The aftertaste is pleasant and tangy, not bothersome in the least. I like this beer quite a bit. Its really too bad its not very common where I live.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Aroma is is heavy with caramel, not too much hop presence. Taste is sweet with a hop background that is very light, and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 From Bedford England, a city well know for eh well for being one of Londons dormitory towns comes a beer that is about as unexciting as the city it is brewed in. Clear bronze body, medium tan head with good lacing and good retention. Aroma is earthy, nutty, caramel, raisins. Taste is a letdown. Light taste is cake malt, some raisins and a touch of caramel, a bit nutty. The problem is the body. Very light body but not in a watery way. Actually light in a airy way, like drinking air. He beer has no attack, just a finish of roasted raisin bread with mild bitterness. 568ml imperial pint bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 28, 2006
(19.25 oz bottle: $3.49 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Malty and lightly roasty British ale with a noticeably fruity character, some nuttiness, a bit of caramel, and a moderate bitterness that complements the beer nicely. Solid nutty finish is smooth and pleasant tasting and the medium body and gentle carbonation make this very easy to drink. The fruity and caramely nose is less aromatic, but still enjoyable. In an earlier tasting years ago, large chunky sediment poured out of the bottle, but now it appears that this beer is not bottle conditioned. Consequently, the beer is medium brown in color and fairly clear in appearance. The small but creamy and dense, beige head show average retention -- it gradually fades to a wide ring. A small amount of patchy and spotty lacing remains on the glass. A very good beer worth buying from time to time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2006
Very nice appearance, deep amber with a small off white head. Malt an d goldings is the armoa. The flavour is strong, a solid maltiness...crystal sweetness and agressive hopping. A great bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2006
Bottle. A perfectly acceptable english bottled bitter, in fact better than quite a few. Fruity malt and earthy finish with some well balanced crystal in the background. Not really too my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (7444) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 11, 2006
Medium offwhite creamy head. Clear, chestnut brown body. Slightly acidic, faint aroma with nutty notes and some dark caramel. Deep, bitter taste of nutty caramel with roasty notes. Clean, fresh taste. Nutty, bitter aftertaste. A very good bitter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
vanvenlo (1805) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2006
23 Mar 2006 - Low sweet and hop aroma. Clear ruby-brown colour, ordinary head and lacing. Non descript malt hop flavour. Thin mouthfeel with a hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Great ballance, bright complex flavors. Nice bitterness on the finish. Medium nectar.

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