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Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

751 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 11
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 10-23-2001)
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-03-2014 01:20:22 | More by Sludgeman
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a nice ruby color with a creamy well sestained head that leaves a small amount of lacing,aroma is subtle on the malty side with touch of fruit and biscuit.Taste is mellow but with some nice flavors,malt tilted for sure with some flavors of dried fruit and some metallic notes in the finish.I could drink these all night and it has a pretty cool looking bottle to boot,thank you Liquid Solutions!

05-06-2004 23:42:08 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Appearance – Clear, light brown body with a big, volcanic head that went down slowly and laced the glass.

Smell – There’s definitely a big maltiness to this nose. There’s a touch of hops as well, but the heavy, caramel-laden malt aroma dominates.

Taste – The caramel comes out a little bit more in the taste. The malt though is there, in accordance with the style. There is some hoppy bitterness for balance.

Mouthfeel – Little carbonation, but very creamy and chewy.

Drinkability – I thought that this was the ale’s strong suit. This went down exceptionally well. It is smooth, creamy, sweet, and a joy to knock down.

Comments – I tend to like a heavy bitterness to my ESBs, although it is not necessarily a requirement of the style. I wouldn’t favor this one from a personal standpoint, but many fans of the style will enjoy The Bombardier. If you like your ESBs smooth, a little on the lighter side, and not overpowering (read, “anti-Rogue Brutal Bitter") then give this a try.

09-04-2003 01:37:42 | More by RoyalT
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Tiernan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-16-2013 02:21:57 | More by Tiernan
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Mahogany pour, tan to black with little head. Malt sweetnes on the nose with little other hints as to flavor. A tasty ESB and a very even brew. A nice well rounded malt character with a nice subtle hop finish. The body is slight and nearly thin, though the style seems to demand it. For this reason I cannot judge negatively on lack of texture. Over all this is a good drinkin' brew with moderate ABV and a really casual flavor and feel. I like it.

05-15-2011 00:03:30 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-11-2013 12:53:06 | More by tbryan5
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LegalAlienBC

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-27-2014 21:56:20 | More by LegalAlienBC
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bellce0

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-19-2011 00:32:29 | More by bellce0
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a light golden brown that sets up a 2+ finger head of fluffy off-white foam, which very slowly collapses on itself and leaves plenty of lace rings around the glass. Held to a full-spectrum light, beer is a vibrant orange-red and clear.

S - Lightly toasted, bready malt mixed in with bitter flowering hops. Nose really has to be coaxed out of the glass. This is not a beer that you smell before you taste.

T - Gently toasted malts, light caramel, and simple fruit-like sugar up front. Definitive earthy hops show up in the finish to clear the sweetness / malts away and switch the focus. There's almost a hint of black pepper in the back end.

M - Somewhat fizzy and crisp. Above moderate, pushing full carbonation. Rather thin, but not watery. Body is on the light side. Finish snaps off the back of the tongue rather quickly, leaving a dry, refreshing impression.

O - This is a good beer to have with lunch - it would compliment most sandwiches well, such as a roast beef and cheddar with a soft horseradish sauce, or even fish-n-chips with a tasty, tangy tartar sauce. More hop-forward than the typical English brew, but not an American hopfest, either - it's an interesting juxtaposition of lightly toasted malts against straightforward bittering hops that delivers both sides of the coin.

04-19-2012 01:51:42 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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merlin48

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Clear mahogany body is topped by a one finger beige head. Good retention and some sheets of lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasty bready crystal malts and floral and spicy hops. Light medium body, medium carbonation, and some mineral on the palate. Taste is very much like the aroma. Bready and toasty malt, bitter unripe pears, slight nuttiness, and a pervasive floral and spicy hop bitterness. A pretty good English Bitter here.

04-17-2007 12:56:21 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Mid sized bottle, some sort of dating perhaps etched onto the bottle. Pours dark amber, with a medium tan head, that shows retention then goes to a thin film and leaves nice and plentiful stringy lacing. Nose is nutty and malty. Pleasant British ale, bready malts, smooth and highly drinkable. Brit ales have been getting a lack of respect in my beer world, this one reminds me of the simple pleasures and understated elegance of the brews from England.

07-02-2008 11:50:06 | More by Billolick
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

12-15-2012 02:38:35 | More by Guinnsslvr
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kaneel

France

3/5  rDev -21.1%

06-16-2012 22:47:16 | More by kaneel
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

04-04-2012 19:25:23 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

Poured into a nonic glass. A dark, russet-amber hue, with a half inch of off-white head. Decent retention, a bit of lacing.

Nose is malt, caramel, herbal hops, dark fruits. Very inviting.

A somewhat sweet, but refreshing bitter ale. Not exceptionally bitter (only for a moment at the end), but very smooth and drinkable. I can certainly see having a few of these in an evening.

Mouthfeel is right on the mark for the style, medium body with a touch of creamyness. The carbonation is light, providing slight bursts of malty goodness.

More than makes up for their IPA; a fine pale ale, not overly strong so as to allow for sessions. Good stuff.

01-26-2010 23:37:37 | More by JohnnyBarman
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%

A Keep The Glass beer at the Winking Lizard in scenic (sarcasm) Bedford Heights, Ohio.

A seared copper in color, with a scant off-white layer of lace that really didn't do much (possibly a dirty glass?). Aromas are difficult to detect. There's some sweetness here, along with a dash of bread dough and fruity esters. Flavor is rather tame. Nothing here to sit me upright in my chair. Some bitterness, but not nearly as much as other ESB's I've had. Finish has a dash of roasted malt and toffee, without any pronounced drying effect. Fuller in the mouthfeel than expected or (IMHO) desired. Modestly drinkable, though I'd reach for Fuller's ESB if offered alongside.

Cool glass, though, to add to my collection.

04-26-2005 11:38:40 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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warseahawk03

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-31-2012 20:07:25 | More by warseahawk03
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innominat

Ireland

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-30-2012 20:31:32 | More by innominat
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Runofthemiller

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-29-2012 00:27:54 | More by Runofthemiller
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fionn13

Ireland

3/5  rDev -21.1%

06-04-2012 15:06:35 | More by fionn13
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2011. Label describes it as the drink of England.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A deep reddish copper colour with good carbonation. Creamy light tan head which subsides after a couple of minutes. Decent aroma of lightly toasted malt and some burnt caramel notes. A hint of hops.

A rich malty character with good bitterness. Interesting notes of burnt malt / caramel. A smooth mouthfeel that leaves a dryness on the palate. Mild bitter aftertaste.

A decent ale - not likely to become my regular but representative of English beer.

01-21-2011 23:06:38 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Libationguy

Nevada

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

Reddish-light brown color with chill haze. Medium depth tan head with tiny carbonation structure,medium retention and fine lacing.

Toffee, over ripe banana, pumpernickel bread, earthiness, and a sour aroma that isnot unpleasant.

Light caramel and more pronounced toffee notes. Pumpernickel bread, toasted malt notes and a moderate bitterness from beginning to end that is well balanced.

Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation and a slightly watery feel on the palate. Last finish of mild bitterness that is very nice. The beer holds with you for some time.

Nice enjoyable pint. The brown notes of aroma and flavor are interesting and the bitterness in the beer is nicely balanced and helps to support everything else that the beer is giving. Well done.

07-24-2013 18:53:15 | More by Libationguy
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours nice out of a can, deep caramel tinted ruby color with a tan khaki head pouring thick. Fine even spread lacing clings to my imperial pint glass as it settles. Aroma has a pleasant fruitiness with grain induced sliced bread qualities. Aromatic hops are distant but definitely in there, comes off herbal mint with a nice earthiness to it. Refreshing quality about this beer served up in a 14.9 oz/440 ml can. Way cleaner and more enjoyable than a New castle inline with a Fuller's but yet a bit more easy drinking. Assertive English hop character, mild fruit, bready caramelized malts coming through to balance it out, along with an earthy bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, even sturdy carbonation flowing smooth, I can't complain about anything while drinking this beer. Overall very enjoyable flavorful introduction to English ales, damn good and fresh in the can.

05-28-2012 17:41:55 | More by WVbeergeek
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

440 ml. can with a freshness date of 28 Jan. 2012 stamped on the bottom. Sampled in a mug.

Poured a nice clear medium-dark brown/amber with a towering, foamy off-white head. The head had good retention, and left thick patches of foam on the sides of the mug.

Aroma: toasted malt; slight nutty.

M: Good carbonation; medium-light bodied.

T: Well-balanced flavor with, I think, some slight contribution from the use of mineral water. The flavor is good but not bold, distinctive,or complex.

O - A decent tasting beer that looks better than it tastes.

08-30-2011 04:40:06 | More by chinchill
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valkyre65

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-11-2011 19:01:41 | More by valkyre65
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Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) from Wells & Young's Ltd
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