Bombardier - Amber Ale
Updated: Nov 19, 2020
Amber Ale from the UK 🇬🇧
Brewed by Eagle Brewery
Bedford, United Kingdom
A bit about the beer
Ingredients – Water, Barley, fuggles hops, crushed crystal malt
Wells & Young's Brewing Company was formed in October 2006. At the beginning of 2007 they bought the Courage brands including Courage best (a future review on this one coming up). Apart from brewing their own brands, they also contract brew other beers including Kirin Ichiban and Estrella Damm.
The company had a full rebrand early in 2015, going back to trading under Charles Wells. In 2017 Charles Wells sold the brewery and wine business to Marston's Brewery, this included the Bombardier and McEwan's brands (including McEwan's Levy, previously reviewed here). The former Wells Brewery was renamed the Eagle Brewery by Marston's.
For the Bombardier Amber, the official description on the back of the bottle is as follows -
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. Bombardier is a beer for those who embrace their independent spirit and march to their own drum.
For me, as far as British Ales go, this one was pretty good. I got it in a 500ml bottle, not sure if it is available in other sizes. It pours a very rich dark brown or amber colour with an off-white head. It has some fruity and grainy aromas, cannot get too much hops on the smell though. The taste is very pleasant, you get the malts and a little roast and bitterness taste. It is a classic and straightforward English Ale, but this one is nicely balanced and has a nice bitter and grainy aftertaste.
I enjoyed this one, will probably not go out of my way to get hold of more, but if it is available I will definitely enjoy it again!