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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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2012

Bottle 500ml.

Clear medium orange amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate hoppy, orange - citrus - grass, toffee notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120217]

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40417) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2009
50 cL can. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is dry hoppy and caramelish. Slight dusty. Dry hoppy flavoured, light spiced note. Dry and breadish malty flavoured finish, light bitterness too.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34308) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2003
An amber beer with a good head. The aroma is very slight - but it contains a slight fruit note. The falvor is very soft - with a good bitterness, that hits You at once but it also has a nice sweetness. A really good bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 30, 2008
Bottled@SBWF2008. Deep copper colour, mediumsized head. Aroma is sweet caramel, mild spices, hops. Flavour is very much hops, mild cramel and some grassyness. Mild licorice too. Pleasant and easy to drink bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2008
(Bottle 50 cl) Clear amber golden with a tall dense beige head leaving a solid lacework. Fresh and lightly grapefruitish hop aroma. Medium body with a soft mouthfeel. Flavours of nuts and caramel and a fairly bitter finish. Neat. 020508

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (22055) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2011 9th February 2008
A 1995 bottle! Not a promising appearance, a bit cloudy with bits of malt mud! Still manages to pour reasonably clear and with some carbonation! However it’s a bog standard brown malt beer! 2.3

5th March 2009
Clear light brown beer. Well balanced. Nice malt and hop levels - not too watery. Light and crisp with a semi dry edge. Quite drinkable.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (17526) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2012
Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and light hoppy - fruity. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 170212

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2005
50cl bottle from Morrisons. Chestnut colour with thin beige head, dull malt/hop nose, bit fizzy in mouth with some malt on end. Dead and uninteresting

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (16795) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 18, 2014
Bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, getreidig, Karamell, Citrus. Geschmack malzig bitter, Karamell, leicht schokoladig.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (16771) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2010
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, malt, hops and grass.


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