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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1169   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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Doppelganger (1389) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Dark ruby-tinged carmel with a half-hearted attempt at a layer of course white. Oddly, after a second pour, still not much head, but the little bit that’s there seems rather tenacious. I started this beer a bit on the cold side, and it smelled and tasted downright unpleasant. With some warming, it certainly improves, at least to the point where I’m not making faces after each sip. Sort of a rough earthy carmel aroma. Vegetal, dark bread flavors. As much as some low abv bitters seem to have more flavor than they gravity would indicate, this beer has less. Flabby. Bah.

Rune (13508) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2006
Two 500ml cans at Balmbra’s place in Bodø. Dark brown body. Sustaining tan head. Blended aroma of brown and black malts. Sharp caramel flavour. The finish contains burnt malt and a nice hint of bitterness (11.08.2006).

bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Ahhh.....the Bombadier. Todd at Mt. Washington Beer Stand gave me a great deal on this brew becasue they weren’t moving a whole lot of Bombardier. Really good becasue I was really thirsty - I wasn’t working real hard on this one. Interesting color - dark murky brown faded into a bright copper red on bottom. Not a lot of aroma....not a lot of taste....but pleasant. Nothing special.. but nothing bad, much like most British beers I’ve tried. I drink it again if I can get it for free.

xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Wells Bombardier 16 oz bottle Unknown bottling, expiration date 09/06, swallowed 08/06 Medium pour in an English pint. Poured an intriguing clear ruby brown with an average slightly off white mostly diminishing head. Smelt of dark bread. Taste was sweet malty, almost corny upfront, with combination of sweet malt and hoppy body and good average lasting finish. Body was medium light, dry and fizzy, which held back some of the flavors. Overall, an above average English bitter.

benpickens (537) - Camarillo, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Earthy rootlike aromas. The peat like malt dominates any would be appearance by the hops. The malt smacks of roots and is devoid of any sweetness. Dissapointing.

elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Dark reddish brown apperance, aroma is malty caramel and herbal. A decent example of the style although perhaps a bit atypical due to a darker malt personality than I would expect. The overall result is not very distinctive, not inspiring me to reach for another.

vyvvy (6732) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Pours deep reddish brown with a healthy tan head. Aroma is rich caramel / butterscotch malt with a bit of creaminess. Starts spicy with caramel malt mixture, then the spicy hops start taking more of the taste with malt falling into the background. Medium body with sharp carbonation leading to a crisp taste. Bit of pepper comes out on the finish. Good beer.

RichardGretton (4787) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2006
Bottle. Reddish brown beer with a nice light head. The aroma is dry and caramel, and the flavour is smooth, dry and caramel. Overall a good beer.

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.

JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Umber color with a moderate but stable tan head and some streaks of lace. Caramel and floor malt dominate with just a hint of floral hops. Some toasted whole grain and light sourdough aromas as well. Sweet earthy malt start with a mild balance of nutty flavors and a minimal balance of weedy hops. A longer hops finish, but not an exciting one, just some bitterness that sticks to the tongue and perhaps calls for some satiation, but is not answered by the next swig. Another disapointment from the MJ500.

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