Bombardier Amber Beer
Eagle Brewery

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Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #52
Ranked #28,819
3.8 | pDev: 11.84%
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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Phishagonia from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Jan 14, 2012
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biggmike from Mississippi

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark copper/amber color with nice white head that lasted a long time. The aroma was fruity but not real prominent. The taste was also of dark fruit with a bit of spice to it as well as a touch of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was smooth and sort of creamy. I enjoyed this beer and at 5.2% abv, it was an easy drinker.

Nov 16, 2008
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doktorhops from Australia

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this sitting in my fridge and I couldn't believe I hadn't reviewed it yet - almost drank it! Lucky I checked BA and found it was on my "to do" list (which is every beer in the world... it's a big list alright). Wells Mr. Bombardier, let's see what you've got!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: This English style Bitter presents with a deep cooper/brown body and ecru half centimetre head. Looks like a classic British Bitter.

S: Caramel malts are upfront on the nose, with floral hops, toasted biscuit, metallic twang and a hint of citrus in the background.

T: Begins with sweet toffee, then the caramel base kicks in followed by a Brown Ale nuttiness and finishes with subdued citrus/floral hops bitterness. That sweetness overpowers everything (just a tad) but that aside we have solid English Bitter flavours at play.

M: Medium body with light carbonation.

D: Nice drop, sweet? Yes. Too sweet? Depends on if you have a sweet-tooth. I like it, but can see where others might be put off. Also the metallic aroma didn't present in the flavour, which is always a good thing... unless you're a robot.

Food match: Just had Mexican (soft tacos), which you wouldn't normally associate with an English Bitter but surprisingly it works. Ole!

Dec 22, 2012
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Reem from France

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Sep 28, 2013
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deapokid from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Feb 29, 2012
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mattreitz49 from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Aug 03, 2014
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Wobbly from Missouri

4.83/5  rDev +27.1%

One of my all time favorite bitters. This rating is for my experience having it on tap in England on numerous occasions, not necessarily for the experience of having it out of the cans you sometimes find it in throughout the U.S. (would probably drop the score to a 4.4 or so if I were rating that).

Lovely, amber hues with a nice, frothy head. Some lacing. One of the best balanced bitters I have had, where the hops (Goldings, I think) come forth at just the rate level. Bread-like, toasty malt flavors develop throughout. A great beer to drink with Indian food.

Oct 04, 2013
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marc77 from California

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, persistent dense light beige head sits atop a clear, tawny garnet hued brew. Tattered sheets like of foam trail. Notes of sweet biscuit and brown butter upfront in aroma, with understated rounded floral hops. Hints of earth and plum esters add a subtle fruity contrast. Fairly clean and stately aromawise. Hint of roasted grain and biscuit bitterness is perceived initially in flavor, then is ensued by a combination of mellow butterscotch and toffeeish dark caramel. Hop presence darts in mid palate, but integrates well and offsets malt sweetness, lending overall balance slightly skewed towards hop bitterness. Both hop flavor and fruity esters are rather subdued, being comprised of mild, damp flower and fig, respectively. Lightly bodied, but not thin, with a softly dextrinous mouthfeel. Finishes with pleasantly lingering notes of bread and butter. A near epitomy of balance, and a very tasty ESB. Bombardier is a brew I would have no qualms with drinking all day long.

May 06, 2003
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Lukie from Australia

3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear but dark ruby/brown haze. There was very little head, and little to no lacing at all. As I always say with the English Ales, freshness in Australia is a problem.

Typical english malts and caramel. There is some slight fruit sweetness in it aswell. Swells slightly like candy cherry.

Typical english malts again. Caramel, slightly sweet honey, and lots of bready and biscuit malt. It is full of malty character.

Very drinkable, and enjoyable as a pint. It is nothing to rant and rave about, but for the price, well worth it on occassion.

Jun 07, 2008
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ssato27 from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

May 28, 2015
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bunta from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Feb 28, 2014
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Mark from California

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear copper color under a thinnish head that did not leave much lace. Aroma was earthy, healthy, and fruity. Substantial mouthfeel, and a very smooth finish that blended malt and hops efficiently. A good cask ale which checks in at 4.3%. Glad I tried it.

Jan 03, 2003
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OKCNittany from Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Sep 27, 2013
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Intrinsic from Germany

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A healthy 1.5" head sits atop the dark copper ale after pouring. It also leaves beautiful lacing on the glass. Very appetizing.

The first scents to hit the nose are of molasses and spice with slight hop notes and a trace of coffee. Its all a very pleasant mix and makes you look forward to the taste.

This is a great bitter, with the Fuggles hops adding flavour that complements the mild maltiness quite well. Neither side is overpowering so we're left with a well-balanced taste that deserving of the name 'Premium.'

A very dry finish rounds this beer out very nicely. I think I could easily sit at the local pub all night drinking these back without batting an eyelid. Great beer.

Jan 29, 2011
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pourmeadrink from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Nov 22, 2013
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After a walking tour through London one night Daughter #1 and I ducked into The Two Chairmen for some grub and drinks.
Like many other bitters, the Bombardier was a clear. deep copper colored brew, with some intermittent carbonation within. A thin white head faded to a miniscule film, though lacing was still good. Nose here was subdued, with suggestions of toastiness and toffee. Light to minimal carbonation was parlayed into a smooth journey over the tongue, though body wasn't quite up to medium. A mild malt sweetness coats the tongue, along with some flowery hop action leading to a slightly bitter, albeit pleasant, finish.


overall: 3.75
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


Sep 03, 2004
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Halcyondays from California

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, best by 5/19/11,

A: Pours a deep amber to red. Head is a solid two fingers and lasts throughout the glass, going down to a soapy film. Some lace.

S: Biscuity and toasty malt, some sweetness, light hopping.

T: Toast, toffee, English malt character. Drying out at the end with some earthy hops and husky grain. Definitely gets better as it warms, the minerality and nuance appears and makes a much more appealing drink.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, crisp carbonation, fairly smooth, bitter finish.

D: Very much an ESB, but not in the realm of Fuller's classic for me. The taste is pretty good though, drink this above 55F for the full experience.

Mar 03, 2011
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JohnQVD from New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Aug 22, 2013
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Belittle from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Jan 10, 2014
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oberon from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice ruby color with a creamy well sestained head that leaves a small amount of lacing,aroma is subtle on the malty side with touch of fruit and biscuit.Taste is mellow but with some nice flavors,malt tilted for sure with some flavors of dried fruit and some metallic notes in the finish.I could drink these all night and it has a pretty cool looking bottle to boot,thank you Liquid Solutions!

May 07, 2004
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Greggy from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice thick 2 finger creamy tan head with ample lacing and retention. The body is a clear dark amber/red.

S- Nice aroma of caramel, hazelnut, some fruitiness.

T- Starts out initially with just a nice whisp of cognac notes, some nice fruitiness, bits of hazelnut, a hair of nuttiness, and a nice long malty finish with hints of balancing hops and cognac.

M- Low carbonation and nice mouthfeel.

D- Quite a drinkable and sessionable ESB. Definitely will have more of this!

Mar 01, 2009
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CwrwAmByth from England

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a samuel smith pint glass.

A ruby red colour, with a nice smell to it too.

Tastes malty yet its balanced well with the hops which also serve to add a bit of bitterness to it.

Quit well carbonated, with a head that dies down quite quickly.

Overall a very decent drop. Nice with some good old English fish and chips.

Jun 29, 2011
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psm90 from England

3/5  rDev -21.1%

Oct 24, 2014
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rastaman from England

2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Average at best, not much body, a bit of flavour in there (malty and then kind of hoppy), but its not interesting, and i probably wouldn't recomend it.

Apr 05, 2002
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hustlesworth from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- tall boy can, not nitro. clear coppery amber with bright orange highlights. the foam is expansive, beige and increasingly rocky as it settles, leaving a big shriveled clump in the center of the glass and thick sticky lace. best bitter i even seen.

S- lively floral and fruity hoppy aroma of lilies, raisins, melon, toffee, orange blossom honey, a bit of spice and citrus, and sweet toasted malts. goldings are put to good use.

T- damn fine beer here. there's a fruit raisin tartness from start to finish, sweet and toasty malts balanced by a mild earthy bitterness, and distinct mineral water flavor along with peppery hop spice in the finish.

MF- claiming to be a real beer, it sure feels like one, and i believe it. very glad there was no widget in this can. full juicy feel, with perfect understated carbonation. on the website however, reading about the brewing process and the 'beer to bar' section, they talk about maturation tanks for canning and bottling and adding extra co2... so doesn't that make it NOT a real ale? the catch is, they call it real beer, not real ale. just thought that was interesting. feels great though, easy drinking with moderate dryness.

D- I can't believe it took me so long to get a hold of this one, i guess the opportunity never presented itself. it looks absolutely amazing, feels just as good, tastes and smells awesome, and drinks like a champ. and the modest abv means this 4-pack will not live to see the 'morrow. old chap.

Dec 05, 2011
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