Wells Bombardier Burning Gold - Wells & Young's Ltd
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2.78/5 rDev -10%
Poured into an ale glass, leaving a very thin white head. A deep golden, one of the lightest pale ales I've had. The clear bottle does not bode well, however...
The smell is not pleasant, almost skunky. It reminds me of some of the mediocre Asian macro lagers (Pearl River, specifically). Hard to get anything other than faint hops and grasses here.
The taste is not much better, very boring, and too much like a lager. A bit of sweetness to the finish, but that's about it. Almost impossible to discern anything interesting about this brew. Can't believe this is classified as a pale ale, it's so lager-like!
Mouthfeel is very carbonated, thin.
Wow, so very disappointed. This brew did nothing for me. It wasn't offensive, however, I could drink the whole thing down, but it's not worth getting again, and certainly not worth paying the import bottle price. Pass.
11-10-2009 03:19:17 | More by JohnnyBarman
United Kingdom (England)
2.48/5 rDev -19.7%
A clear glass bottle with a best before date of Sept 2011. The name and appearance suggest a summer ale.
Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A deep golden-amber colour with light carbonation. Small head which disappears rapidly; white and foamy with large bubbles. Smells of light malt and not much else - the odour isn't entirely agreeable.
Taste is weak and unimpressive. Some light malt and a hint of hops but it doesn't amount to much, tastes like beer mixed with dishwater. Smooth mouthfeel with mild tingling from the carbonation.
Overall, not a great beer - the flavour is simply too weak and bland. Perhaps it's better in summer but I rather doubt it. Wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
01-03-2011 23:48:58 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.3/5 rDev -25.6%
Deep gold with an anemic head that fizzles away to nothing almost instantaneously. No lace left behind, just a splotch of bubbles in the middle to show that there ever was head to speak of. The scent of skunk when the bottle is opened; damn these clear bottles. After pouring, it opens up a bit to reveal a muted aroma of caramel, grass, and a hint of lemon. Tastes of caramel with a touch of grass and lemon peel in the finish. Mild skunk. Light bodied with low carbonation. Feels thin and watery. Other than that little bit of skunk, its pretty inoffensive. It's easy to be inoffensive when you say nothing.
11-12-2009 00:24:40 | More by mintjellie
2.5/5 rDev -19.1%
Yellow with some fizzy white head, though also some fresh lace. Cheese aroma,cheesy taste. Mid mouth feel or a bit less. Not too drinkable so a waste of a pint.The bitterness, with 3 types of hops, should have been better. A very basic beer if you want that. Unimpressive.
07-20-2008 02:57:34 | More by Sammy
2.73/5 rDev -11.7%
I picked this up as soon as I saw it on the shelf at my local LCBO in hopes of getting to it before the contents were damaged due to the useless defensive properties of its clear bottle.
The name is bang on about one thing, this beer pours a crystal clear golden, amber/orange. Topping this off is a fine white head which quickly dissipates to a film of minute bubbles.
Aromas of ripe apples were the first thing that hit me though I must admit the nose is very subdued here. I managed to pick out hints of hop aroma and citrus zest as well as some unpleasant chlorine smells. Overall very bland smells here.
Bland hop bitterness mingles with corn syrup like malt tastes leaving a very astringent feel in the finish. Notes of burnt caramel pop with mass produced lager malt tastes, but everything is very muted. The alcohol becomes more apparent as the beer warms as well as a faint unpleasant taste of chlorinated water.
The body was overall light and watery easily drinkable but not very interesting.
This was a pretty lackluster beer I'll be sticking to the ESB in the future.
11-14-2009 22:49:42 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.05/5 rDev -1.3%
500ml clear glass bottle, B.B.E 23/01/11 poured into a young's pint pot.
A. Straw coloured ale with a 1cm thick white head that soon diminished to a thin foam layer.
S. Juicy malt, citrus fruit and the faintest whiff of banana.
T. Citrusy with a good hop presence. Fairly dry.
M. Medium bodied, slightly carbonated.
D. IMHO, an average beer, not as good as the 'true' Bombadier. Lacks somewhat on the palate.
09-21-2010 12:11:55 | More by AEK
2.15/5 rDev -30.4%
Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a medium white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of overcooked vegetables and grainy malt. Taste is not the most interesting with some overcooked vegetables and unrefined grainy malt notes. Body is about average with OK carbonation. Lacks of hops and a cleaner malt bill would have greatly improved this beer.
12-03-2009 03:39:53 | More by Phyl21ca
United Kingdom (England)
3.05/5 rDev -1.3%
Clear, full English pint bottle (568ml) with an impressive golden crest/shield type label.
Poured into a pint sleeve glass, surprise, surprise it is a burning golden yellow colour, the head a thin wispy white.
A nothing aroma for me, no hops, yeast or barley. Lets just say there was no smell, not even as the beer warmed. OK, vanilla might come and stale bread.
The taste is English Bitter and Pale Ale, a slight fizz, summer fruits and hops. Nothing overstated, but flavoursome never-the-less.
The taste does stay in the mouth, but there is a weakness somewhere, it is not watery but it doesn't feel like 4.7% either.
Would I have another, most likely not, it just didn't rock my boat at all.
12-06-2007 21:51:47 | More by BlackHaddock
3.25/5 rDev +5.2%
On Tap in London. Pours hazy golden with white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrus fruit, bready malt and yeast. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of earthy, herbal hops, bready malt, some salt and green apples. Finish is long and earthy. OK session brew.
08-29-2014 20:25:16 | More by mikeg67
2.17/5 rDev -29.8%
Appearance: golden, great clarity, thick layer of light tan foam w/ good head retention
Aroma: SKUNK! and some barely detectable malt, cat pee on grass, and cooked meat
Flavor: balanced malt profile laced with an herbal hop flavor and mild off-setting bitterness; hint of wet newspaper and fermented honey; finishes dry with a lingering bitterness
Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, slight astringency on the teeth
Other comments: This beer gets a beer-review-spanking. Skunked to hell so you can barely smell or taste anything. The brewers should also be spanked for putting this in a clear bottle!
11-09-2007 18:18:42 | More by GreenCard
3.4/5 rDev +10%
Bottle into La Chouffe goblet in Galway, Ireland. Reviewed from notes. Acquired at McCambridge's in Galway (on shop street, for those of you interested).
A: Two finger head of nice thickness and a bit of cream. Above average retention. Clear gold colour.
Sm: Cream, light barley, hints of citrus.
T: Light and balanced body of the notes from the nose. Hints of butterscotch. The cream is masterfully handled - present in both the open and the finish. Tingling citrus on the finish as well.
Mf: Buttery and smooth; as always Wells knows how to handle their mouthfeel. Suits the taste and style brilliantly. A bit too light on the palate, however.
Dr: 4.7% ABV? You'd never know. A steep price. I wish it wasn't so damn light.
03-26-2011 00:29:37 | More by kojevergas
United Kingdom (Scotland)
2.78/5 rDev -10%
Appearance - poured amber with no head and little carbonation, very clear and crisp
Smell - average smell with slight sweetness, no distinct notes to speak of, very slight fruit.
Taste - again slight sweetness at the beginning with little fruit then a citrus bitterness which stays at the back of the tongue for a while. nothing much really stands out to speak of. overall tastes plain.
mouthfeel - this is a little watery and doesnt leave much of an impression, doesnt dry the mouth so is a little refreshing, could be doing with a little more carbonation which would make it a bit more interesting.
overall - nothing to get excited about, it is drinkable but i have tasted better but in saying that i have also tasted worse, would pick up if quite cheap on offer or faced with a mediocre selection.
06-18-2011 09:02:01 | More by shearer292
3.4/5 rDev +10%
The colour is copper-brass; the finger thick head is off-white. The liquid is clear.
The smell is malty with earthy-buttery notes. Some fruits. Bitter-dry notes. It is overall light.
The first flavour that hits my mouth is mild English hops. The body is light. Some notes of exotic fruits, flour and dry aroma hops. The aftertaste is light, it reminds of a pale lager.
The carbonation is soft; the liquid smooth.
The English blonde ale was created to establish ales among lager drinkers. And, well... This is much like a fruity pale lager. I don't really get it.
01-09-2009 20:32:14 | More by bark
3.3/5 rDev +6.8%
Pours a nice hazy amber-gold colour with a nice head that lasts.
Skunky smell which I don't mind, malty and some hops also some citrus detected.
Average tasting pale ale, nothing special, slightly bitter.
Overall a refreshing beer, there other beers are better.
07-16-2008 00:57:02 | More by GodOfBeer
3.23/5 rDev +4.5%
Pours bright gold with a thin white head that leaves no lace. Skunky nose with some hay and mineral. Corn malts are light, with sharp, bitter hops cutting at the end. Light feel, finish is long and metallic.
The hops are in the right place for an American palate, but everything else lets it down. Not one to savor.
04-02-2009 18:28:17 | More by StJamesGate
2.75/5 rDev -11%
I will start off by saying the nice thing about this beer. The colour is brilliant. A rich, "burning gold" for sure. Orange-gold hue, just looks wonderful, and it poors out with a better head then 90% of other English Ales that come to Perth, WA, which aren't as fresh. That's where the nice-ness really ends.
Very light honey and grassy hop aromas, and that's about it. A hint of lemon.
Almost a spritzy soda'ish taste, with hints of honey and lemon citrus flavours. It's a sweet lemon, more so then a tangy lemon. Think... Corona, but with flavour. Still not a great thing.
The body is very watery, and spritzy, and while very easy to drink, I crave a lot more out of my brews.
04-17-2009 14:35:50 | More by Lukie
2.95/5 rDev -4.5%
decants a shimmering orange-amber ale with a small rocky cap. Modest lacing.
Bready-sweet aroma with a wisp of grass and a rusted iron tone.
The wonderful malty smell is more pronounced in the aroma than taste. The breadiness is there but thinner, thin plate, lightly bitter (mostly long boil Goldings) no fruity esters to speak of, fast clean lightly bitter finish.
Mild, understated, approachable, good drinkability and a very clean tasting bitter but uninspired. Good for sessioning.
04-23-2010 01:48:56 | More by pootz
3.3/5 rDev +6.8%
The label on this beer offers nothing but vague platitudes about the beer. No real info.
Pours a Pale copper with a small, shortlived cap. Lacing is pretty decent. Bread, burnt toffee, lemon and eucalyptus make up the aroma. Theres also a bit of hard to describe astringency, possibly from the yeast? The taste follows suit with a sturdy malt profile, like honey soaked whole wheat bread. The citrus and earthy hop flavor takes second place. Apple skin, stewed fruit and more light astringency show up as the glass warms. The mouthfeel is medium light with a somewhat coarse carbonation.
This is a decent bitter, but it has a slightly off flavor and is a little bit underhopped.
Although the bottle is clear, I got mine fresh from a box, Im sure this wasnt lightstruck.
06-14-2008 03:28:02 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.1/5 rDev +0.3%
A white very moussy head occupies the top quarter inch of my pint glass. The remainder is filled with a bright coppered tone of apricot; they've named this "Burning Gold" appropriately. Clarity is convoluted only by a thick populace of bubbles, all of which seem to be moving at their own pace. Its colours are fully appreciated to the light.
The mineral rich water can be pinpointed by smell alone. Nothing about this scent is delicate or appeasing to the senses, it is chalky and distinguishably rich in something like sulfur or iron. There is perhaps just a hint of banana or fruit somewhere beyond the sticky, buttery burnt toffee. I don't keep my nose buried in the glass for long.
"Bring me my bow of burning gold" so the poem goes that inspired this beer; how about "bring some flippin' flavour!" The taste is (at most) a hint of honeyed malts, toasted biscuit and a minor earthy and drying hop bitterness on the finish. I am searching for, but fail to find, the "more than a hint" of citrus the label promises.
The buttery toffee became even more prevalent with warming. The beer is sessionable but that's not to say it offers any kind of delight or gratification to the senses; my pint size experience really only needed be a 4oz serving. Without these faint traces of carbonation and diacetyl this would be nothing more than bottled water.
The label says that this beer is "alive with English passion" - apparently English passion is about as alluring as English beaches and about as successful as English dentistry. This is another Wells (which is all of them so far) that I won't be revisiting unless it is fresh, on cask and near the source - and even then I won't be expecting much.
08-13-2008 03:22:18 | More by biegaman
Wells Bombardier Burning Gold from Wells & Young's Ltd
74 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.