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


on tap

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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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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 & Young Jan 2007.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
foolberry (55) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
s_hartshorne (2003) - 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 (1056) - Ely, 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 (1690) - 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 (4483) - 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 (51) - HUNGARY - JAN 20, 2015
Borostyán szín, hab nélküli megjelenés. Mazsolás, aszalt szilvás illat. Közepesen testes, kissé körtés száraz fanyar íz.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1332) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2015
part of my 2013 backlog. Dark amber colour with a small off-white head. Aroma toffee and malt. Taste has malts, caramel and a touch of Hop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamestulloch (1725) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle. Clear amber body with a thin white head. Lively carbonation. Light lacing. Aroma of tea, copper and boiled vegetables. Flavour of fruit cake, bread and nuts. Thin body with a watery texture. Soft fizz. A reasonable Premium Bitter - I think this would be pretty good on cask.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchad56 (38) - - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle - on pouring high carbonation giving large 2 inch head. Retains smaller head on settling. Clear amber brown colour Nice on tongue - very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wheresthepath (1660) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle that Dad shared with me- cheers. This is a beer that I’ve always thought of as reasonably decent when I’ve had it in good condition on cask, so I was interested to see how it would cope with the transition to bottle. It’s a bit lighter in colour than I remember it being on cask- amber with a thin off-white head. It’s definitely too fizzy. Up front though it’s quite promising- there’s a big fruity berry whiff. On tasting it’s much less pleasant- vague caramel pushed aside by assertive cardboard and metal. And the fizz is constantly annoying. Another decent UK cask ale is destroyed by pasteurization. Why do they do it?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cimbasso (320) - - NOV 27, 2014
Sampled from a 50cl bottle. Amber-brown with a whitish head. Malt and caramel aromas. The taste is malty with caramel overtones, some hints of raisins, followed by earthy malts. I remember the cask version of this very well, and the present day offering seems very poor in comparison, with nothing like the richness of the old brew. A rather bland beer these days, I am afraid.

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