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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1177   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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
foolberry (56) - New Malden, Surrey, - DEC 9, 2012
I’ve drunk a lot of pints of this, because often it’s the only thing on tap in the pubs of North London. Never had the bottle before - probably because I never found those pints particularly inspiring. Bottle starts out better, seems lively, interesting richness. But then it fades - finish (and middle) becomes watery. And weirdly, the more you drink of it, the more watery it becomes. Oily in the mouth, thin taste - just a bit of caramel and bitter at the start and then it fades to nothing. Pass.

erling1000 (826) - DENMARK - DEC 16, 2017
An english, clear, copper Premium Bitter / ESB with light head. Aroma is caramel, malt, toasted bread. Taste is bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Drago7 (984) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 16, 2017
Backlog: Spoko. Bardziej słodowy niż chmielowy. Lekki, pijalny do pubu, nie męczy. 7.50zł za drogo.

wombat23 (2147) - Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2017
500 ml bottle. Pours clear amber with a small creamy light beige head. Aroma of bread, fruit, caramel, nuts. Taste follows nose, with some pepper and herbal notes. Finish is thin. Not bad.

p0urmeac0ld0ne (413) - Merthyr Tydfil, WALES - DEC 8, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2017 Pre RateBeer review taken from notes scrawled in my 1001 Beers book. Adding rating for personal reference, so no tasting notes I’m afraid.

Salian (168) - Sale, Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2017
Somewhat old fashioned ale, sweet caramel, biscuit and a bit of hops to leave a dry finish to a sweet, malty beer. Ok.

beeebon (504) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2017
I thought I had already reviewed this one ages ago! Pours a rich brown in colour with small but lasting white head. Aroma is full of biscuit and sweet malt, with a touch of fruitcake in there too and a slightly grassy hop note. Taste is rich malty sweet but balanced with dry hop, lasting finish. Quite thick feeling in the mouth, an old classic, nothing amazing but certainly a good beer to come back to now and then

einherjar (500) - Rijeka, CROATIA - NOV 28, 2017
Copper color, small head. Aroma caramel, malt. Taste malt, light caramel, bitter and dry finish.

deepdrinker (369) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2017 Back log rating , therefore little to add in terms of aroma , palate , taste etc . just the rating from an old app

Grumbo (4289) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2017
Bottle as Bombardier Premium Bitter 5.2%. Backlog rating from bottle collection and historic scoring. Source not recorded. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

foodgazer (39) - MALAYSIA - NOV 3, 2017
Surprisingly light (and arguably even refreshing) despite its creamy mouthfeel, it then takes a quick final detour and ends with an incredible toffee-like finish. In many ways, it feels like the inverse of a regular stout. Peer closely enough and it’s a light amber instead of the brownish black it first appears to be. It starts with a brash hit of malt and closes with a thick, rich sweetness. The mouthfeel is creamy without being a throaty-thickness. At times, it feels like every bit of the experience was engineered to subvert the notion of a typical stout. One of the best picks from The Great Beer Bar.

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