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

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RATINGS: 1182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.7
SanfordBrewer (1574) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Translucent dark copper with a thick creamy beige head, medium body with medium carbonation.

Aroma: sweet crystal malt, leafy hops, a hint of malt vinegar, and ale yeast esters.

Taste: crystal malt, leafy hop bitterness with i touch of pine, and fruity yeast esters.

Great texture and balance, with the perfect amount of bitterness for English pub food pairings. Very quaffable.

4.7
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Beautifully balanced English Ale (of course). Almost gave points off for inane website but beer was too good.

4.6
Englander1986 (51) - Middlesbrough, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2006
A really nice bitter, suprisingly, since its not all that popular. Decent amount for a decent price, deffinately worth a try.

4.6
ronaldtheriot (1934) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Well’s Bombardier has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head, a semi-clear, slightly bubbly, deep copper or even ruby appearance, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is beautiful- rich, sweet, toffee, mild coffee, citrus, sugar, and mild hop oil. Taste is similarly beautiful- toffee, hop oil, moderate and balancing bitterness, sugar, bread crust, and malt. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Well’s Bombardier finishes semi-dry, delicious, and quite drinkable. RJT

4.6
huineman (690) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 26, 2015
Pours dark amber. Scarce greenish head. Aroma is high: Seville orange, nuts, pie, iodine. Creamy, very well balanced between a certain sweetness, fresh acidity, refrained bitterness, metallic mouth and a hint of saltiness in the finish. Very good ale.

4.5
Elbow (6) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2010 does not count
I love this beer! Hearty but smooth and delicious. (In my opinion)

4.5
nazzty (1376) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2013
Nice bitter and a strong taste of caramel and roasted almonds with a sophisticated bitterness in the aftertaste.

4.4
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
The colour is deep deep amber with a tinge of brown. The thick beige foam dissolves surprisingly fast into a smooth cap (but that could be the result of using a too small glass). The smell is generous: The scent of sweet raisins blends with fruity malt, burned notes and a firm, complex bitterness. Classy! The carbonation is balanced with refreshing, small bubbles that soften quickly. The taste. Ooooh, the taste… There is a distinct bitterness matched with a solid body right from the start. There are notes of dried fruits, nuts, diacetyl and a gentle touch of alcohol develops into a cream-like mouthfeel and a very complex bitterness with flavours of lemon, bitter almonds, raisins, cocoa and gunpowder. The aftertaste lasts for ages, and keeps on developing well after ten minutes. What can I say? This is marvellous ale. But please be aware that there is a less alcoholic version of this beer, sold in cans, that is a good brew but not at all like this one.

4.4
dkazuk (248) - winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 21, 2007
568ml bottle.
Pours a clear dark ruby amber. Has a full creamy tan head that sticks around a good while. Leaves a fair bit of nice curtainy lacing. Smells sweet and tart. A little bit of honey and grainy bread. Flavour is nicely bitter up front on a bed of roasty malts and some citrus and grapefruit in the finish. Slightly reminiscent of a good IPA. Nice palate, full body, medium smooth feel, soft carbonation.Very nice surprise considering the last Bitter I’ve tried. Good drink.


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