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

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RATINGS: 340   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.


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2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
foolberry (56) - New Malden, Surrey, - NOV 30, 2012
Looks good. Not much aroma, some caramel maybe. Deep angular bitter taste. Fine without being exciting in any way. Insert sarky remark about executives and their ability to detect quality.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowenbrau (2971) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - MAY 25, 2016
500ml bottle. May 2016.
In short: sweet british bitter.
Pours quite clear dark amber with nice off white head. Short head retention, poor lacing. Malty, nuts, little roasty nose. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste is sweet, toffee, caramel, fruity. Average.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MetalMurphy (334) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 13, 2016
bottle @ british store (budapest) bitter english one, but I realize soon, this is not for my taste

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tradpint (13) - Amersham, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2016
Little aroma. Slight hop grassiness, biscuity malt, a little sweet. Pleasant lingering aftertaste. Well-balanced but a little unexciting. Bombardier is the better product from this brewery.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DoctorHU (323) - UKRAINE - MAR 31, 2016
Bottle. Head is short lived and leaves minimal lacing. Poured deep red-amber . Nose is malt, chocolate and plastic. Taste is surprisingly light. Light carbonation on the tongue leads to a balanced malt and dry finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
moniquec (11) - POLAND - MAR 27, 2016
Smell: caramel - hops, fruits, a little something of malt. Taste: hop bitterness (very subtle and pleasing to the palate); in the distance caramel notes. Delicate roasted notes. The finish is bitters. Color of tea

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fombe89 (1789) - Asturias, SPAIN - MAR 15, 2016
Botella, del @El Corte ingles, Oviedo. 12/03/2016 Color ámbar, sabor malta, caramelo, cuerpo medio.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alvaro78 (180) - Sevilla, SPAIN - MAR 12, 2016
Aroma terroso y caramelo Buen aspecto y correcta carbónatacion Bitter clásica, buen sabor balanceada con el cuerpo justo Muy bebible ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
RyszardK (3) - POLAND - MAR 4, 2016 does not count
Lekko wyszuwalny Karmel, mało chmielowe , żle zainwestowane 10 złoty :)

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tricksta_p (3031) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - FEB 23, 2016
Bottle in England. Aroma is malty, caramel, toffee, some dried fruity notes. Flavour is moderate sweet with a little bitterness in the finish. Body is medium. Malty dullness, okay at best.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PlutonowyMan (372) - 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.


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