Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter) | Wells & Young's Ltd

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Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)Wells Bombardier (English Premium Bitter)

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Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of KellyBelukusBeers
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Subtle bitterness from English Challenger hops with color and aromas from Crystal Malt give rich , rounded, biscuity flavor and deep copper color. Plus love the tap with cannon ball on it and the new pint glasses Huzzahh!

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Photo of Offa
4.97/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful English bitter that finally was available here although it sold out fast and with good reason.

Deep copper, it has a medium pale tan head slowly shrinking to a nice, lasting 1/4 inch top that's permanent, and leaves a little bit of lace.
The aroma is rich caramel, toasted whole wheat bread, a delightfully complex yet lively plum-orange-raisin-lemon mix, lea and leaves - very English.

The taste is like the aroma overlal, with a lot of fruit as above, toast, a strong leafy tea character, esp. near the finish, mroe toast, hints of licorice and pepper, and a lightly winey fruitiness and a rather English sweet-sour hint. It has great sweet-bitter balance and a wonderful leafy finish married with sweet caramelised bread crust that lingers.

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Photo of Brad007
4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Dark brown with a one-finger head and lively carbonation.

Aroma: Nice and malty upfront. Some hop bitterness in the nose. Inviting aroma.

Taste: Mild and bitter upfront. A hint of fruit/spice as well. A second sip confirms the bitterness but there's also dryness as well. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Dry and bitter. Malt sweetness is balanced.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for the style. More of a true version of an ESB from the folks that made ESBs famous.

Verdict: Pick it up. An underrated style that excels in the area of drinkability.

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Photo of gbarbee
4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Light, clear, clean, and amber appearing ale. The head is white, alive, and very inviting.

Smell - A very clean smelling beer, not overpowering. This is what one thinks of when smelling a good beer, even to a non-beer drinker. Some hoppy scents mixed with clean water comes to mind.

Taste - Clean, crisp, refreshing, and light ale. Reminds me of an English pub where this style of beer is enjoyed in the company of friends.

Mouthfeel - Light on the palate, carbonated but overly so, smooth and refreshing.

Overall - Great beer and one of my favorites. It is no wonder that most of the Wells and Young's Board likes Bombardier.

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Photo of kmacphail
4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked a bottle of this from a local shop after seeing it on a billboard at the end of the street. I was not disapointed.

The beer poured a lovely dark brown colour, with a slight hint of ruby and formed anice thick off white head. This pint gave off a nose of roasted malts, caramel and a faint hint of some bitter fruits to give balance.

The taste was even better!! Roasted malts balanced by bitter hops with some fruity berries and butterscotch thrown in for good measure. the pint swirled nicely around the mouth with a nice thick body, truly a fabulous English pint.

This is truly one of the best beers I have ever sampled, a true classic and one that should be in every cupboard throughout the global market.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.83/5  rDev +27.4%

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.

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Photo of HeroJH
4.77/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great, another really nice English Ale that I can find near my house. A great example of a well balanced traditional ale.

A - nice amber with a reddish tint. Fading Head, nice low amount of carbonation.

S - Nice balance of caramel, slight flowery spices. Iron.

T - Balanced and subtle. Minerals, even hop bitterness, touch of sweetness. Very long nice aftertaste of clean bitter and minerals.

M - soft carbonation, coating

D - Supremely easy to drink. Enough interest and smoothness to keep 'em coming.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured into my pint glass and was greeted with a thick, off white head that doesn't retain overly well, but does settle down to a thick layer of foam over the beer. It is a clear reddish/amber hued brew and carbonation appears to be low and fine, which is what I'd expect to see. Good sticky lacing clings to the side of my glass.

S- Strong malts are noted, providing the sweetness, and are followed by some earthy spice...in particular, some subtle nutmeg and maybe a touch of cinnamon. Before the finish, I also detect a hint of citrus, and then the hop bitterness makes itself known. A nice, balanced aroma overall!

T- If the aroma is great, the taste is perfect! The sweet malts define the beginning, before the spiciness comes through, providing a deeper, earthy/herbal like flavor, finally finishing with a fresh, not too powering leafy hop bitterness, which lingers for just the right amount of time on the palate. Liquid Gold!

M- A nice medium-full body that has mild carbonation. This is a very creamy beer which allows my palate to really absorb the flavors.

D- I really wish our breweries over here could match the greatness of true English Bitters! The alcohol is well hidden, the textures are subtle yet distinctive, the flavors are perfectly balanced and it's a perfect session beer. I'll definitely be buying this again and recommend this to any true beer lover!

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Photo of Daredevil
4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

the label looks like a Steven Spielberg dub of an England WW II propaganda poster ... just cool ... the nose has hints of pink grapefruit, sure more hops then malts ... the rich taste has hints of blood oranges, lychees, roasted macadamia and some toffetype sweetness ... a great english bitter ...definitely premium ...

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Photo of Absumaster
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am drinking this beer from a can, in the ideal situation this is on draft at room temperature in an English pub. Nevertheless, great stuff!

Appearance is clear, brown with a pretty stable and creamy head.

Smell is balanced between hops and malts with the hops being resinous and raw and the malt caramellic and a little husky and grainy. There is some diacetyl which only adds to the beers lovely smell.

Taste of raw, resinous, English hops, which also give the beer a good bitter. On top of that is the malt that gives the beer a caramel, candy sugar taste and really balances the bitterness. Every sip the beer seems to show either hops or caramel malts, so every sip is different and highly drinkable. I could drink this all night. Mouthfeel is dry and leaves a nice 'bitter' feeling on my tongue.

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Photo of Riggo
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous copper/amber with perfect clarity and a creamy off-white cap of foam. Excellent lacing.

Smell is a wonderful mix of sour, earthy wood, citrus, peat-smokiness, fruit (apples, pears) and cedar.

Fantastic balance in the mouth, a clean, earthy hop bite surrounds a juicy, fruity middle with caramel, toffee, and smoky notes. Cedary and lemony hops draw out the dry finish.

Extremely drinkable for an ale--just so balanced and the dryness cleans things up so nicely. Low carbonation makes for a creamy, mellow mouthfeel but still feels lively and fresh (despite the long journey).

This is what I want to drink every day. A simply beautiful product. I wish american brewers would brew these kind of "hoppy" ales--the hops give an earthy cedary quality and an overall dryness while still remaining so subtle and harmonious with the fruity/caramel malt qualities.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at Churchkey, from notes.

A - Pours a clear amber color. One-inch thick and creamy head with great lacing.

S - Solid mix of malts and English hops. A classic English "pint" smell - nothing too strong, but pleasant enough.

T - Creamy balance of malts and mild hops. Delicious and everything I'd want in the style.

M - Smooth, easy-drinking brew. Thin-medium bodied and what I expect from a cask brew.

O - I found the Bombardier to be a classic and great example of the style. It's an inviting brew that can be enjoyed as a one-off or as a "session." I would love to have this one on cask again.

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Photo of DanielCseklye
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm totally content with this ale. Poured into a pint glass at home. I would highly recommend it to a friend. I am a new starter in the field of beer fanatism so that i don't want to deeply analyse, that comes later after gaining experience. Enjoy !

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice English Bitter, not so strong, very easy to drink. This is a commercial example of the style that is available in Mexico. Very drinkable and sessionable.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.51/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Stunning clear deep ruby/copper with a thick, pillowy amber head. Very good retention. Active carbonation. Doesn't get much prettier.

Smell. Simple, but quite nice; carmelized malts, red apple fruitiness and mild hop spice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very nice indeed. Smooth, full, sweet, slightly chewy, slightly smoky. Dense caramel malt up front, followed by leafy and ever-so-British hops, which gradually dry out the flavor, leaving a lingering -- but pleasant -- bitterness in the finish.

Drinkability: Without question, the most balanced, drinkable ESB I've run across. The color, the feel, the flavor -- I love everything about it. A new favorite, and one I'll be revisting often.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well's Bombardier has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head, a semi-clear, slightly bubbly, deep copper or even ruby appearance, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is beautiful- rich, sweet, toffee, mild coffee, citrus, sugar, and mild hop oil. Taste is similarly beautiful- toffee, hop oil, moderate and balancing bitterness, sugar, bread crust, and malt. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Well's Bombardier finishes semi-dry, delicious, and quite drinkable.


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Photo of Methodd
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly off-clear, dark ruby with a heavy off-white head that settles slowly into a collar around the edge. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Toasted malts, caramel, figs, floral hops.

Taste: Caramel and floral hops here too, some spice and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body with very suitable carbonation which is not over-done like a lot of ESB’s.

Drinkability: Very good, similar to Fuller’s ESB but not quite as well put together and not as strong. All and all I would very much recommend this to anyone who likes an ESB as much as I do.

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, I like this beer! Yummmm! Served at a good temperature with a decent sized ,light tan head that slowly settled and lots of lace. Color is a clear, amber copper with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is very toffee, caramel, malt, fresh beer, along with a little leather and roast. Flavor is like nose, plus a little carbonic tang and biscuit. Body & carbonation are just right for this style. Finish is like flavor, of medium lenght and readies me for another quaff. Super drinkable beer. I want more!

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Photo of Mandrake
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep copper with a very nice off-white head that lasts quite well and leaves some decent lacing. Smell is quite malty, with a bit of nuttiness coming through on top of nice caramels and a hint of butter. Some grains. As such the taste comes out of left field with some nice citrusy hops. Spicy Goldings give some nice bitterness to the ale, with the malts complex enough to lend it good character. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and has good body, and drinkability is stellar. Great bitter, and a wonderful drinking beer for just about any time.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Red-brown with a good chunky retaining head.

S - Slightly sweet, floral hops and citrus.

T - Light toasted malts and some lemony twinges. Hops are mild and there's a slight tart edge in there as well.

M - Low carbonation and a smooth medium feel.

D - Very good. Could drink this one all day long (figuratively speaking). Not a huge hoppy/malty brew, but nice and tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Mark
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of Luigi
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out into imperial pint glass with a rich amber color. Has a two finger with head that quickly settles down to a think blanket on top of the beer. Some sticky lacing as well.

The aroma is bitter sweet and malty. Has that quintessential English spicy hop to bring balance. Hints of plums, butterscotch and fresh bread.

The taste is dominated sweet toasted malts. Plums, butterscotch, and a spicy citrus from the hops. A little harshness (and I mean that in a good way) from the mineral water.

Medium bodied, with a semi-dry finish.

One of best English ESB's money can buy!

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Photo of rixport
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Exactly what one would expect from a good British ESB. Brilliant tawny amber color with great clarity, but not the overly shiney appearance of a lot of newer 'tourist' beers coming out of England lately. Aroma was clean with caramel notes and a background hop note. Carbonation level was perfect.. lively without being burpy. Up front carmel/crystal malt roundess without being cloying, followed closely by an assertive (at least in English beer terms) hop bitterness, I would imagine fuggles. An extremely well balanced beer.

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Photo of morimech
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a large tan head that had good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass throughout consumption.

Wonderful aroma of caramel malt, figs, plums, and tobacco.

Nice caramel malt base with a dark fruit compliment. The hops add a herbal element. I had no idea that an ESB could be so complex in aroma and flavor. I rate this a 5 if I could detect some bitterness. Just a little too sweet.

Light to medium body with a fizzy carbonation. Lower carbonation would really bring out the creamy texture this beer could have.

A great ESB. I would like to try this fresher and on cask to see how it improves. But as it is now it is still great.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a deep amber color with an medium sized off white head that slowly disperses leaving some thick lacing on the sides of the glass. The first thing I smell in this beer is the caramel malt, with just a little bit of citrus underneath. This is a smooth beer that tastes of caramel, malt, and just enough bitterness to keep it from being overpowering. Actually, the bitterness is almost refreshing following the sweetness of the malts as it does, very tasty. This beer is smooth and refreshing feeling light in the mouth, and could easily be the drink of choice on a warm evening, or even in colder months. A very good beer.

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