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


on tap

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RATINGS: 331   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Bottle & Can; Regular. Filtered.
Note: Sometimes available pasteurised in keg in some export markets. Please enter ratings for that version here, not under the cask version, which is generally only available in the UK.

Originally only brewed for the Courage directors, the spare beer was sold locally as Alton IPA, but soon became known as Director’s.
Courage brand bought by Wells & Youngs Jan 2007.

Full bodied with a clean, bitter taste, balanced with a sweet burnt, malty and fruity notes with a distinctive dry-hop aroma and flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (3590) - South Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2015
500 ml bottle with a BB date stamp of 14 Dec. 2015. Poured deep red-amber with a decent sized head that displayed poor retention and only left a few spots of lacing. Feel: near full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavor: lightly hops such that the hops are obvious but the ale is just mildly bitter and about equally malty and hoppy. O: amber ale meets ESB

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ratballs (7) - - APR 16, 2015 does not count
Quite easy to drink. Not much else to say about this one. You can taste the malt, erm.. No head, nothing to make you buy it again.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
princepurple (22) - wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2015
Not very good, I liked the bottle so bought it at Morrison’s 2014. a Mild, fain’t carbonated . Pour’s a standard dark Brown colour, clear with a small temporary head. Nothing for the mouthfeel, just watery, and stale, lots of carbonation. Taste is very minor, Earthy, and bitter with some mild spice. Clean dry finish, decently crisp, but uninspiring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redders1974 (555) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
Really enjoyed this bottle pours like a proper English pint tastes milk chocolate with a hint of bitter finish very nice if lacking a bit of complexity. Very east drinking bottle. .

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
StuartC (61) - Lochgilphead, Argyll, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle. Walnut brown with amber-orange hues; Cereal malt aromas with some spiced, dried fruit; Medium bodied with a full carbonated mouthfeel; Dark fruit and black pepper dominate palate with bittering hoppiness - blood orange and grapefruit; Malty sweetness on finish. A decent Pale Ale with a bit of flavour if not overtly expressive, but the carbonated mouthfeel is distracting!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
s_hartshorne (2549) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle asda. Amber thin head. Caramel fruits malts in aroma taste ok bitterness. Medium body. Standard stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jjsint (1803) - Stuntney, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle at the Bedford Arms, Bedford. Insipid amber, very flat for a bottle with hardly any head. Caramel, firewood and Turkush delight are represented in the interesting but ultimately unengaging scent. The taste is decent, with a respectable malt hit. Unfortunately it dissipates fairly quickly, leaving nothing for the finish. It’s not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
wekker84 (2050) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle a amber colored beer with a white head aroma malts dry fruits yeast some caramel and hops flavor malts spicy fruits some caramel and hops

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Erzengel (6723) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 25, 2015
*Old rating from 2010. Nice smooth malty beginning. Hints of caramel and chocolate there, smooth and Ale typical bitter finish with dark malty aroma. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
v.zoltan (119) - HUNGARY - JAN 20, 2015
Borostyán szín, hab nélküli megjelenés. Mazsolás, aszalt szilvás illat. Közepesen testes, kissé körtés száraz fanyar íz.

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