Bombardier Amber Beer
Eagle Brewery

Bombardier Amber BeerBombardier Amber Beer
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Eagle Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #43
Ranked #21,927
3.77 | pDev: 12.2%
Apr 13, 2022
Oct 23, 2001
Very Good
Bombardier Amber BeerBombardier Amber Beer
Notes: Formerly known as "Bombardier Glorious English Ale". Marketed as "Bombardier Premium British Ale" in the USA.
4.7% ABV bottled / 4.1% ABV on cask / 5.2% ABV Export

Bombardier Amber Beer is brewed using the finest British Hops and fresh mineral water from the Eagle Brewery Well. A fruity aroma and rich malty taste provides a crisp, mouth-watering beer. Tangy Fuggles hops and sultana fruit flavour finish off the palate. Bombardier is a beer for those who embrace their independent spirit and march to their own drum.
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3.73 by JanglezB19 from Canada (ON) on Apr 13, 2022
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4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

Crystal clear reddish-orange amber colour with three fingers of thick, foamy, slightly off-white head that slowly recede and linger to the end of the pint, leaving generous rings of lacing. The aroma is a bit muted - a bit of fruit and malt, somewhat musty, which I also noticed with Hobgoblin, a similar type of British ale also brewed by the Marston's conglomerate. This time though, the flavour is excellent. Sweet crystal malt, ripe orchard fruit, and those unmistakable musty and earthy English hops. A very British ale, and I like that.

Mar 02, 2022
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1.06/5  rDev -71.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by Beefmarky

Tastes and smells of vinegar!! Not much in the way of flavour. Very dull taste. A bit sharp due to the vinegar taste

Jul 10, 2021
3.5 by NorbertB1974 from Germany on Jun 13, 2021
3.74 by Biergerd from Germany on Jun 08, 2021
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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

Bombardier pours into my glass medium brown in color, leaning somewhat more towards amber than nut brown. The head is dense and the color of cream.
Taking a sniff, I smell aromas of malt that are subdued, bordering on timid. What maltiness I smell is very much what you would expect of an English ale. Toasted caramel and nuttiness combine with hints of toasted bread to give a very English profile. In the center, nuttiness combines with hints of granny smith apples. Those esters move quickly and quietly into a finish of peppercorn hops.
On the tongue, Bombardier feels like it has a little more presence than what I found in the beer’s aroma. Smooth mouthfeel allows sweet flavors of caramel to shine before the beer’s carbonation moves us into the center where I taste nuttiness and hints of leather. As with the nose, I find that hint of granny smith apple. All of these flavors combine smoothly and seamlessly before leading into a crisp, assertive bitter finish.
It’s a very solid English bitter. Its mouthfeel is smooth, carrying the beer’s flavors easily across the tongue. The flavors remind me very much of a decent brown ale before leading into a decent bitter finish. That finish is assertive in its bitterness without being too overpowering. My only real complaint with this ale is that its aromas aren’t as present as they could be. Apart from that, this is a perfectly enjoyable English bitter.

Mar 29, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by leaddog from Canada (AB)

Appearance - Pours a amber copper with three fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - earthy, leafy, floral, and weedy hops, caramel, fruity esters (apple, raisin, plum), toffee malts, and earthy yeast.

Taste - earthy, leafy, floral, and weedy hops upfront. The brew then goes into the caramel, fruity esters (apple, raisin, plum). The toffee malts and earthy yeast round out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes sticky with all elements lingering.

Overall - A pleasant ESB that delivers on all fronts. This is quite sessionable and delivers a pleasant drinking experience.

Feb 20, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

I bought a can at the lcbo in Ontario 500ml at 5.2%.
poured a 2finger head into glass leaving a lace as you drink it.
slow carbonation
taste is very enjoyable and refreshing malty flavor with very little bitterness .
overall a very good beer.
definitely buy again.

Jan 30, 2021
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3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

Pours a dark gold colour with a thick and creamy head. The smell is malty and sweet with hints of toffee. So is the taste, with notes of biscuits and a bit of hops. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth
Jan 29 2021

Jan 30, 2021
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3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Spike from England

500ml bottle.
L: Clear, rich amber colour with one finger of off-white head that leaves spotty lacing.
S: Light & fresh.
T: Fruity with just a hint of caramel. Assertively bitter.
F: Clean, soft mouthfeel with a dry finish.
O: Classic, straightforward, English bitter but very nicely balanced.

Sep 11, 2020
3.91 by JimmyG77 from New Jersey on Jul 23, 2020
3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Jul 16, 2020
3.5 by Surf_rock from Ukraine on Jun 15, 2020
3.72 by bongobeer from Alabama on May 10, 2020
4 by Stengelfoot from California on May 01, 2020
3.94 by Shanex from France on Apr 29, 2020
4.3 by redsoxjim from Massachusetts on Feb 21, 2020
3.82 by bikko from Canada (ON) on Jan 26, 2020
3.5 by Lanas from Greece on Jan 08, 2020
3.75 by MTKATL from Georgia on Dec 24, 2019
3.94 by alesinwales from Wales on Dec 20, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mothmanscott from Georgia

From notes 3/31/12: Pours dark amber with 1.5 fingers of light tan, shortlived head which leaves behind a thin lattice of lace. Aroma is thin at first but becomes more robust as the brew warms: toasted bready malt, spice notes with hints of caramel, apple, butter and faint dark fruit. Taste is a little thin at first but also intensifies with time in the glass: sweet caramel malt, toast, dried apple, pepper spiciness and a hint of raisin up front adding biscuit and butter to the middle that rapidly balances with a nice bitterness through the finish to a dry mildly bitter, astringent aftertaste. Muted aroma with a complex flavor might best describe my experience with this one.

Oct 27, 2019
3.4 by matt_hill from Canada (ON) on Oct 23, 2019
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3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by thesherrybomber from California

Dark brown, large tanned head that sticks around. Fruity nose, molasses, with sweet malt, toffee, and Belgian candi sugar on the palate. Moderately bitter, which comes as a surprise to me, since I'm not at all a hop head yet enjoyed this thoroughly

Oct 14, 2019
3.38 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Oct 07, 2019
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3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a clear mahogany coloration with an amber hue, a medium, stable, creamy head and very slightly visible carbonation. Smells of sweet'ish grainy, slightly caramelly malt and lighter citrus hops, with just a hint of spicy yeast esters. Taste follows the nose, with a good balance of sweet'ish grainy, slightly toasted and caramelly malt, mellow citrus hops and lighter, peppery yeast esters, as well as just a hint of dark and estery fruit notes coming through as well. Finishes with a light/medium bitterness and some sweet malt and citrus hops lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

A pretty decent Bitter with a good balance of sweet malts and bitter, citrus hops, as well as some lighter, peppery yeast esters and dark, estery fruit notes giving a bit more character to this. Still a bit too much on the sweet side for my personal taste, but really not too bad all in all.

Oct 03, 2019
4.27 by RR58 from Ohio on Sep 16, 2019
3.31 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on Aug 18, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Mrseanworldwide from Ohio

This kind of beer is hard to come by in the states. It’s got a very balanced malt-to-hop character, and tons of not-too-sweet-or-bitter flavor. If I’m in the mood for a brown or red ale, I’d maybe be just as happy drinking this ESB. I like Boddingtons pale ale quite a bit in terms of English session beer, but now this might be my favorite.

Aug 09, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by SaltofOH from Ohio

Can BBE 29/04/20. Nonic pint.

A: pours a deep ruby amber, clear, with roiling carbonation and a foamy three-finger sandy head. Exquisite webbed lacing.

S: green English hops and sweet malt. A touch of candied citrus. Characterful English ale yeast interplay with an almost cascade-like hop note.

T: sweet, bready, English yeast and hop arrival. Yes. This is the classic English pale I have been looking for. Sweet and malty. Lingering ale yeast and mild hop presence. Perhaps a touch too sweet, out of balance.

M: hefty, mid-weight bordering on full-bodied. Chewy.

O: I have been looking to try this beer for ages, and it was pretty much what I expected, except a touch too sweet. This is great, but Sam Adams Boston Ale and Fullers ESB are better.

Jun 16, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Ceddd99 from Michigan

Much better than Old Speckled Hen.

Jun 09, 2019
3.83 by EdFed from Illinois on May 18, 2019
3.26 by rimetree from New Hampshire on May 11, 2019
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3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by drtth from Pennsylvania

The clear dark reddish amber colored beer pours out into a Corsondonk goblet with a 1/2” off-white head that recedes slowly but visibly to a thin irregular island of foam while leaving a small ring, a web and sheet of foam on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of slender arches and lots of mall patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas are a mixture of some peppery spiciness and some dark fruit or raisin. The malt has a full dark bready richness and sweetness that fits nicely with the light earthiness way in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with peppery spiciness, the dark brown bready richness of the malt and the dark fruit taste up front and with the light earthy bitterness in the background but more noticeable in the flavor profile than in the aromas.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and only slightly prickly with the moderate, persistent finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the dark bready malt sweetness and dark fruit flavor begins to fade a bit while allowing the peppery spiciness to move forward a bit. The long soft ending is mostly about the slowly fading spicy earthiness.

Overall I’m finding this an enjoyable and drinkable beer that I’d be happy to have again. (I’d probably enjoy it even more if I were in England having it on cask.)

Apr 29, 2019
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by puck1225 from Texas

Poured from a bottle into an English pint. Clear brown color with nice head and lacing. Earthy smell of apple cider. Flavors of toasted wheat bread, caramel, toffee and pear. Very nice beer that is definitely underrated.

Apr 17, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Panzerman from Bahrain

As a diehard Guinness fan i ventured to this beer out of curiosity. Pleasantly surprised and found it similar to Newcastle Ale but a bit tastier

Apr 07, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

Taste: earthy peppery hops, smooth mouthfeel, toffee, caramel malts, clean finish. Mild malt nose. Copper color, mostly clear, foamy head, some lace. Medium body. Very drinkable. 35 IBUs

Mar 27, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by WoodShop from South Carolina

Love this - my go-to paring for steak night.

Mar 26, 2019
4.13 by Mattandwin from New Hampshire on Mar 24, 2019
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