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

bottled
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RATINGS: 331   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   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.


MalcolmTucker's rating

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MalcolmTucker (895) - - JUN 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours brown with a white head. Standard brown bitter vibe. Flavour starts sweet with toffee and caramel before a mild bitter finish. A once dimensional session beer.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PlutonowyMan (267) - POLAND - FEB 5, 2016
Kolor: ciemny bursztyn, klarowny. Piana koloru ecru, niezbyt wysoka, ?rednio trwa?a. Aromat: na pierwszym planie s? ?liwki i karmel a w tle delikatna dro?d?owo??. Piwo jest lekko wodniste, podobnie jak wy?ej wiod?ce s? karmel i ?liwki. Goryczka zawsze na finiszu, kawowa. Wysycenie wysokie.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aragh (157) - POLAND - JAN 20, 2016
Kolor bursztynowy, klarowne, gęsta obwódka piany. Zapach niezbyt mocny, słodkawy, ciastkowo - ziemisty. W smaku wodniste i niezbyt wyraźne, jest niska drożdżowa słodycz, nieznaczne kwaskawe jagody i trawiasta goryczka. Piwo w którym brakuje po trochu wszystkiego.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewniversal (6) - High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016 does not count
This was always my go to beer whenever I saw it on tap, sadly these days it is nigh on impossible to find on draught, so this is a bottle review. Bordering very slightly on the edge of sweet this is counteracted by a roasty caramel tinge and if you wait for the ’bottle fizz’ to go away it is very smooth and rests easy on the palate.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarcinG (214) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2016
Butelka.Ciemno bursztynowe z mala biala piana ktora szybko redukuje sie do obreczy. W zapachu chmielowe z owocowo orzechowa nuta. Smak podobny z goryczkowym finiszem.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
andrepintado (2262) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JAN 14, 2016
50cl bottle from GB supermarket, cascais, portugal. Dark gold color. Thin white head. Medium bitter, low sweetness. Aroma is malt, vegetables, herby, hops.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beeebon (356) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2015
Not had this for years. Bottle pours copper amber copper with small white head which leaves lacing. Nothing exciting in the aroma really, a bit metallic, roasted nuts and malt, grassy. Taste is medium sweet and nicely balanced bitter. Lively carbonation and mildly lingering flavour. Not too bad

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
melush (1881) - SPAIN - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle 50cl / Botella 50cl. @ Cervezorama 2.0, Madrid, Espańa. A: Brown / Marron. T/S: Malt, caramel, slightly hoppy / Malta, caramelo, ligeramente a lupulo.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabuzzer (385) - SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours chestnut brown with a small white head. Not much aroma, but what there is is caramel and a little fruit. Taste is a bit harsh, metallic with caramel in there too. Ok

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tinylightsrecs (437) - - DEC 16, 2015
Bottle from The Ship, Heworth. Pours dark orange/brown, flavours of berries and nuts, but also a bit flat and watery ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
janubio (593) - SPAIN - DEC 15, 2015
Amber colour, big head that fades soon leaving some lace. Smell of limestone, dark fruits and a disgusting tyres strong notes. Medium body, good carbonation. Taste of caramel, dark fruits. No hint of tyres here.


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