Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) - Wells & Young's Ltd
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
What's this? An English ESB, from England, in a can? Heavens rejoice! Grabbed on from Bruisin' Ales for a measly $2.25 for a 440ml / 14.9 ounce can. I've had this before (mostly on draft at the Brick Store, where it is a fixture) and have always enjoyed it. Let's see how the can treatment goes.
A. Basically, Bombardier is the bitter you've always wanted. This is a gorgeous clear chestnut-rust colored beer with a huge, dirty white head that majestically settles down to cover the surface. Yes, George, there is lace.
S. Easy malt (Maris Otter?) and light sweetness along with a stuffy, dry, toasty note that inspires. Some hops are here but reserved. There is also a sharp, almost cheesy, thing going on that I suspect is also hop-related. I like it. It all works wonderfully and is highly characterful.
T. Everything else follows - easy drinkability, some fine fruity, starchy esters, a wonderful and demonstrably "across the pond" malt bill that accents gently sweet and toasted malts. Add to this some hedgerow noble hops, a distinctly Earl Grey tea flavor and a wonderfully smooth and enjoyable mouthfeel and you have one of the best ESBs I've had. The can reads: "brewed with natural mineral water", and I think you can get some of that character here, still.
M / O. If you asked me if I wanted an English Bitter on any normal day, I might say okay, but if you asked me anytime if I wanted a Well's Bombardier, I would always say YES.
As an aside, I think the can is the correct delivery method for this beer. It's cheaper than the bottle and has a freshness date! (mine says 01/28/12). All hail Bombardier!
Serving type: can
09-01-2011 22:39:48 | More by kkipple
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4/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This beer is simple to describe. Smooth feel, faint bitter aftertaste, and easy going. You can knock down several of these before you realize that you've done so. It pairs best with spicy food or any type of food doused in hot sauce. I know for an English Pub beer you're probably thinking really, spicy food pairing? Trust me. Spicy peanuts, steak with your favorite hot sauce, or even sushi with spicy sauces are what you need to bring the most out in this beer. Its not nearly as bitter as the name would suggest and the color is not as dark as you would suspect either. Its just a good beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2014 05:10:15 | More by Big-Frog
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) from Wells & Young's Ltd
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