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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3.25/5 rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured with a nice coppery color and an average just slightly tan head.
The aroma is sweet, roasted malts, some caramel and slighty spicy.
The taste starts with a medium hoppy bitterness, which is then joined by some roasted feel and caramel.
Finishes with a medium bitterness (slight spices also). Bittery, but then again not too bittery. OK, I guess.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2014 19:28:10 | More by MarkoNm
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Wells is amazing stuff from the tap in England at a pub, but that may be a bit of bias.
In a glass, stateside, Bombardier pours a barnyard brown, like oak barrels, with a 1 minute, slightly off-white head.
The beer smells rich and warm with an aroma of European hops, some caramel and malt.
Taste is also rich when the beer is suitably warmed, with a bit of barley, caramel, and yeastiness.
Mouthfeel is silky, filling, and smooth, with just enough bubble to reach the tongue. Fabulous.
The beer deserves a bit more attention as a go-to brew of choice, given it's quality and affordability. Extremely solid drink.
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2014 12:21:40 | More by FoamInnovation
3.66/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a copper-mahogany color with a one finger of a light tan colored head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is a bit on the lighter side but consists mainly of a biscuit and slightly bready aroma. There are some other aromas of darker fruits, caramel, and toffee with some hints of yeast mixed within. Other aromas of an earthy and herbal nature mix with the rest, producing a rather light and smooth smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins quite dry and gets only more so as the taste advances. A rather cracker and biscuit malt flavor mixed with some lighter caramel flavors are present upfront. The caramel fades rather fast with more roasted malt flavors taking their place. Some quite light hop flavors of an earthy nature bring a bitterness to the brew, complementing well the loss of the sweet and the increase in the roast. Some light chocolate flavors develop later in the taste and mix with the bitter and drier flavors of the brew to create a crisp and lightly roasty flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is light and thin with a carbonation level that is rather low. The thinner body is fantastic for the lower abv. and for allowing for an easy drinking feel, with the carbonation, all the while, keeping it a bit thicker in nature and accentuating the roasted and lighter bitter hopped flavors rather nicely.
Overall – A rather nice drier and crisper esb that has a good flavor profile and drinkability. A nice more session style brew.
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2014 02:52:35 | More by Darkmagus82
Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) from Wells & Young's Ltd
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