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

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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - OCT 12, 2015
Draft. Pours a copper color. Aroma and taste are some caramel and toffee...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ha1ag (863) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2015
Top-shelf pick in the local Tesco. Dark ambercolour, average head, nice for an ale. Mild malty nose. Aroma is caramel, and hops. Flavour is dominated by hops, and some soft grass tones. Very nice beer despite its pompous naming.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TorbenJensen (1452) - Valby, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2015
Good malty aroma with a touch of a little flower. The foam is serious, sustained and it has a high carbonation. Good malt flavor with caramel and a long aftertaste of hops. It’s an ok ESB.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dutchbeerpages (2217) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2015
Creamy, sweet, hardly bitter and a good palate. Very English beer that is enjoyable. Gift from uckelman, bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
szymonskc (511) - Skórcz, POLAND - SEP 27, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2015 Kolor bursztynowy, aromat s?odki, miodowy. ?rednio nasycone, s?odkawe w smaku, przyjemne piwo.

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cjennings1987 (47) - harwich, Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2015
Very simple beer. No distinctive aroma and quite simple taste. Smooth palate with no real aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamesie1857 (1944) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2015
500ml bottle from Aldi - seeing as it was only Ł1.25 I thought I’d give this a kick. Not the worst thing I’ve had, but a bit old hat. Rich ruby body, thin white head. Nose is rich fruits, malt and toffee. Taste is quite overpowered with malt, a little lingering hoppiness at the end. Okay beer really.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
mlady (283) - Prievidza, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 6, 2015
0,5l bottle in market Szeged HU,nice fruity flavour,light brown colour,faint touch of malt and caramel.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (6004) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2015
500ml bottle at home. Has been a long time since I last had one. A supermarket purchase. BB Feb 2016, 4.8%. Dark orange, pretty clear, the odd bubble, after the initial foam a small scummy beige head forms, no lacing. Aroma is toffee, copper pipe, coins and neoprene. Maybe some ginger biscuit in the back. Body is medium, soft carbonation, quite smooth. Taste is damp bread, coins, soft bitterness. A plain, malt-forward beer. Not awful, but I probably won’t revisit this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TedE (932) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2015
500ml bottle into pint glass. Sweet malt nose, a little smoky, a touch of spice. Shiny bronze beer with frothy white head. A couple of bubbles. Slight zing in the mouth. Medium body with traces of malt. Finish has just enough hops to make you want another. Dark fruits make an appearance late on. Excellent bitter, well balanced.


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