Bombardier Amber Beer
Eagle Brewery

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English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #46
Ranked #25,140
3.8 | pDev: 12.11%
Eagle Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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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Photo of mothmanscott
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of thesherrybomber
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Mrseanworldwide
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of drtth
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.)

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Photo of puck1225
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Treyliff
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint

A- pours a deep amber color with a one/fingerncrramy of white head that retains a thin film on top

S- nutty and bready with caramel undertones, fruity and earthy hops, light peppery note

T- earthy fruit hops with a peppery kick, followed by malty notes of brown bread, caramel and toasted nuts. The finish gives more hip bitterness and a mineral-like linger

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to anfosmy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- easy and well balanced ale

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing as part of BJCP training, not sure if 11B or 11C, best by Jan 31, 2019
Big pillowy creamy tan head, great retention and lacing, clear ruby auburn color, by color I'm guessing 11C.

Nose fair malts, mild toasty malts, little caramel bready, herbal earthy almost spicy hops, fairly light overall

Taste medium bitterness at first, little spicy earthy herbal like hops, little sweet malt with toasty and mild biscuit and caramel, little toffee and nutty as it warms, fair balance favoring bitterness as it ramps to a moderate bitterness late, little drier slight sticky finish

Mouth is med to slight fuller bod, mild but acceptable carb

Overall not bad, a little light in general, especially on the aroma, definitely leans towards 11C but on border with 11B

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Photo of DrMullet
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish copper with moderate head.
Smell is sweet malt and some dark fruit.
Taste is mild roasted malt then a bit of bitter dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6er cans for only $8.99 so it seems like a low risk try. Very tasty for a ESB at only 5.2%. Aroma is not good. Kinda "fishy" as weird as that seems. Taste is very light brown ale in style with crisp light bitter hop finish to round out the brown sweetness and light body. A great change of pace "session" beer.

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Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz can into schooner glass. A 2" pillowy off white head drops slowly with abundant lacing. Deep amber color with a multitude of bubbles adhering to the sides of the glass. Aroma of rich roasty malt, prunes, raisins, and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is medium and sticky with a lingering somewhat damp finish. Flavors of whole wheat bread, molasses, prunes, raisins, caramel, with floral and earthy hops. Overall: excellent, really enjoyed this one!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz can in a snifter. This classic ale pours a medium
clear mahogany with red highlights and a nice head of off white
foam that fades to a thick ring, thin light pool, and displays some
nice light sudsy lacing. Nose of light herbal hops, light caramel
and toffee malt notes. Flavors expand on the rather muted
nose with raisin and light toffee mingling with a nice herbal
hop that is pleasant and welcome in a standard English
ale with light hints of orchard fruit that are more prevalent
cold than warm. Medium body, medium carbonation, and a
nice lightly sweet finish,

Overall all a fantastic English ESB with a lot of character.


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Photo of KMillard
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This ale is brown, has far more character and flavor than your standard British Bitter. This is kind of what you wish Newcastle Brown was. Distinctly British malts and hops in a heavier and we'll done ale.

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Photo of FBarber
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can - appears to have been canned within theist 4 months so reasonably fresh.

Appearance is of a clear crisp dark mahogany color. Thick two finger tan head dissipates leaving about a quarter inch of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma is somewhat metallic but there are notes of toasted malts, some earthy hops, and a hint, ever so slight, of apple.

Taste follows the nose with some toasted malts, some grain, a bit of raisin, and some light apple or pear like fruit notes. This quickly is overtaken by a prominent earthy hop bitterness that starts early on and rolls through the finish. That slight metallic note on the nose does come through in the taste.

Feel is light and very drinkable. Moderate yet vibrant carbonation.

Overall its a solid ESB - the metallic aroma/flavor is an overall detractor and keeps this from being higher.

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Photo of Dewsby
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L) Pours a lovely dark brown/amber with a creamy white head. Decent lacing and retention.

S) Has light raisin, lovely toasted bread, cracker, and toffee notes. Not too pungent, just nice and inviting.

T) Very malt forward. Everything present in the nose is on the palate, with the addition of an ever so slight amount of copper.

F) Brew has a good body, perfect carbonation, and actually creamy mouth-feel. A pleasure to sip.

O) Not a bad import at all. I'd love to try it fresh. Would rate higher if it just didn't have a slight metallic twinge to it.

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Photo of nhdjinn
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look : Dark copper brown with lacy head
Smell: roasted malt with some sweetness
Taste: this is where the ale shines: roasted caramel tones with classic English hops good balance and complex flavors
Feel: medium very easy going
Overall: Excellent best bitter style

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Photo of OlaB
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper-red color with a small top off-white head with some lacings on the glass.Aroma is off caramel,bread,toffee with hints off raisins,chocolate and earthy hops. The flavour follow the nose in much aspects. It is malty and sweet with a slight bitterness from earthy hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium body and a medium carbonation. All in all is a decent and easydrinking ESB, but it never get that impressing.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Copper brown body, mostly clear, thick, soapy beige head. Caramel malt aroma. Light and easy drinking. Thin-medium body with light bitterness. Simple and tasty.

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Photo of Brolo75
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear copper, burnt orange color with an off white creamy head, decent retention and lacing, good amount of carbonation.

A: Faint aromas of fruity and floral hops, dark fruits like dried plums, figs, and dates, toffee, caramel, light spice note, balanced aromas.

T: Not as much flavor as the aroma, less hops more dark fruits, low bitterness, spice, herbal note as well, finish is dry with lingering notes of caramel and spice.

M: Smooth, velvety mouthfeel, very drinkable with a dry finish.

O: A good beer, I would like it to have more hops and bitterness but overall enjoyed it. I probably won't seek it out again but it's not disappointing at all.

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Photo of SourFaceEric
4.71/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my very favorite examples of traditional English bitter, a style that seems sadly maligned these days. It may lack the powerful flavors that a big IPA or stout can bring, or the complexity of a lambic or other wild ale, but few styles are as satisfying and comforting. Especially when had on cask at a proper pub, this is can be just about as good as it gets.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle purchased in Ankara, Turkey July-2017, Best-before 12/10/17.
L - Deep brown/red mahogany. Some rising CO2. Thin tan head recedes to lacing.
S - Malts with some citrus and leather following.
T - Refreshing front into malts and then a hoppy and toasty finish. Nice.
M - Modest carbonation, dryish hoppiness. Refreshing.
O - A very well balanced and enjoyable bitter. The taste has more oomph than the 4.1% suggested in the beer title above. And indeed rechecking the bottle it says it's 5.2%, which explains it!

Ps I see on another beer rating website this beer has this in it's commercial description: 'Previously 4.7% then 5.2%, now back to 4.7%'. Perhaps the ABV/% has been adjusted over time and/or geographies.

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bombardier has a pleasant aroma but it's taste is outstanding. There's a strong maltiness and just the right balance of bitterness. It lingers nicely going down.

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Photo of MichaelGennings
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wells Bombardier Glorious English Premium Ale. 500ml can. 5.2% alc. This beer is just a delight. The colour is of mahogany. The head is off-white. There really isn't a smell to this beer but oh the taste: rich toffee malt, brown bread, grain, hops. The body is medium. The finish is malty and slight hop bitterness. What a treat. I would say this is a very good beer. If you can source a can try it out.

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Bombardier Amber Beer from Eagle Brewery
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