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Review of Well’s Bombardier

02 Jun

Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Well’s Bombardier produced by the Well’s and Young’s Brewing Company located in Bedford, United Kingdom.

It’s been some time since I last had a beer from Well’s and Young’s, but I’ve always thought that they make some solid and true to style beers.  Plus, I’ve never tried this one before, so why not give it a shot?

From the website, wellsandyoungs.co.uk, I found this bit of info about the Bombardier.

Bombardier is an iconic real beer loaded with distinct English brilliance. It’s the epitome of impeccable taste and great character. The rich, full-bodied nectar is a lingering reward – English, ever reliable and damned tasty!

I’m ready for a sip.

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This brew put forth an ABV of 5.2% and it came in a 16.9 oz. bottle.

It poured a mostly clear, amber color with some burnt orange highlights glistening around the edges of the nonic glass.  A small, smooth, creamy and soft egg shell colored head was formed from a relatively gentle pour.  The retention time was ok and the lacing wasn’t all bad either.

The nose released a sturdy dose of caramel malt with some lightly toasted breads and biscuits.  It had some type of fruity aroma too.  Like a some kind of dark fruit or something.  That’s about all I could decipher to be honest.  It was well balanced and fine, however somewhat straight forward and simplistic.

The taste was a lot like the aroma.  Savors of caramel malt fused with subtle toast and bread aspects.  It had a delicate and much enjoyed earthy bitterness as well.  Just a little tickle to let me know it was there.  The dark fruit characteristic was discovered again.  It was more defined in the taste as it seemed to take on a light raisin sensitivity.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Smooth, slick, kind of creamy and just a tad bit chewy.  It wasn’t altogether dry and the carbonation leaned toward the lower side.  An ok amount of flavor was left behind after each sip for enjoyment too.

Overall, I found this to be a well made and enjoyable beer.  It doesn’t really impart anything out of the ordinary, but rather it’s a well balanced, lightly complex and easy drinking beer.  I wouldn’t mind having this brew again sometime that’s for sure.  I can’t say that I would go out searching for it, but if I saw it on the shelf and I wanted a sturdy beer that could be enjoyed year round…. I’d grab it.  It certainly is a lot better than some of the alternatives out there.  Have you guys ever had the Well’s Bombardier?  What was your impression?  Did you like it?  Would you drink it again?  Feel free to leave a comment and tell me about it if you would like.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.6 out of 5

Grade:  B

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