Wells ‘bombardier’ ESB


Wells bombardier English bitter ale “Bombardier is an iconic real beer loaded with distinct English brilliance. Like me, it’s the epitome of impeccable taste and great character. The rich, full-bodied nectar is a lingering reward for the ol’ tonsils”.

We recall smashing these down on the hand pump in a really cool old pub in Earls Court, UK a few years ago. From what we can remember it was quite a nice, sessional English ale.┬áServed in a traditional English pint this amber coloured beauty produced a tight 1 finger beige head that retains and laces well with thick spotted residue being left behind. The aroma is distinctly English with hallmark characteristics of roasted Maris otter malts, caramel, toffee, subtle spice and toasted bread. We get a slight piney/herbal scent coming though which offers a nice offset from the rich malt profile. The mouth feel is slightly oily with medium carbonation and body. Slightly fruitier on the palate, with hints of sweet sugary berries that pair up well with the lively bitterness on entry. More of the malty and caramel driven flavours are present in the mid-palate, helping to deliver a slightly roasted and bitter finish. 5.2% ABV is about on par for a decent English ESB. To be honest there’s nothing special going on here, but I could imagine the Birmingham football fans downing dozens of these before a big match. Not bad.