Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Cask: Regular.
Originally brewed at Alton Brewery in Hampshire in 1903 for the Courage directors; spare beer was sold as Alton IPA, which acquired the nickname of Director’s Bitter.
Moved to the Courage owned Simonds Brewery in 1969, then to the Anchor Brewery in Bermondsey, then, in 1981 to Bristol. When Courage was taken over by Scottish and Newcastle, production moved to John Smith’s brewery in Tadcaster. Production was later contracted out to Youngs in London, and in Jan 2007 the Courage Brand was purchased by Wells & Young who brew it in Bedford.

ontario102's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 3, 2007
Lemony aroma; grassy bitterness; soft, rich caramel maltiness; very decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Osprey87 (1797) - WALES - AUG 4, 2014
Cask at Cricketer’s Brighton. Had from bottle before but never rated. Clear amber, still, small white head. Aroma is malty … not much more to say. Body is medium, low carbonation, pretty smooth. Taste is toffee sweetness, thin, nail varnish, drying and astringent, maybe even slightly sour. Not terrible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (11342) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2014
Cask @ Chambers, Jersey. Clear brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and light hoppy - grass. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 170714

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
miquelcrush (1408) - Granollers, SPAIN - APR 25, 2014
Cervesa suau, maltosa i amb molts tocs a galeta i caramel. Cerveza suave, maltosa y con muchos toques a galleta y caramelo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philym (1004) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2014
Appearance: clear amber with ivory head. Aroma: biscuit, fruity, caramel. Taste: Low bitter and sourness with medium sweetness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, light body, average carbonation, abrupt fruity, malty quite insipid watery finish. Comments: Tasty enough and glass lace. Rating is for 4% cask version.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Jen81 (17) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2014
Find this very disappointing and almost gravy-like. Initial fresh, sharp taste, turning to malty notes with sweetish edge. Leaves a dry thick taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MissPxx (393) - - JAN 4, 2014
Mild pleasant aroma. Light brown clear appearance. Hardly any head. Mild bitter aftertaste. Smooth rich taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Meilby (7752) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2013
Cask @ Mug House, London Bridge, London
Pours clear amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel and hint of citrus. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter. Body is light, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdiBeer (1354) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2013
Aroma: very light hops. Appearance: dark gold. Taste: slightly bitter. Palate: flat, light body. Overall: bit on the bland side, but drinkable. Pint at Davy’s as Old Wallop, London.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (3610) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2013
Cask at The Vic, Preston, with memories of many a night at the student’s Union bar, Leeds. Nutty aromas, some toffee and light spice. Sweet taste, sweet finish, bit sticky. I’m sure this used to be darker and stronger in the 90s. And we had proper music then, not like what they have nowadays.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kerenmk (2421) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 5, 2013
Cask at The Station Inn, Whitby, September 2013. Clear ruby-brown with white film. Winey, alcoholic, slightly toasty aroma, but all in all very faint. Rather tasteless, VERY mild bitterness. Watery, short finish.

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