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


on tap

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RATINGS: 305   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89   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.

StevieT's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
StevieT (923) - - OCT 1, 2013
Quite bland, but not too bad, average in most every way. Did have it after a great imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sandog_au (34) - Gladstone, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2015
Pours a clean Amber colour with a moderate off white head that doesn't hold. Malty aroma with a slight hint of hops. Caramel malt into mild coffee bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
uckelman (363) - Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2015
Pours clear, amber. Not much head. Aroma is treacle, bubble gum, banana. Quick finish, not a lot of flavor. Medium body. Rather odd.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
sarauckelman (247) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2015
Clear dark reddish brown. Not much aroma, but it smells slightly off. Not much flavor: a bit brown and watery. Quickly disappears from the mouth. A rather strange beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (5746) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2015
500ml bottle from Asda. Pours clear amber with a short-lived white head. Aromas of butterscotch and caramel. Taste is sweet, faint hint of orange cordial. Clean finish. So clean I forgot I was drinking it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2769) - South Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2015
500 ml bottle with a BB date stamp of 14 Dec. 2015. Poured deep red-amber with a decent sized head that displayed poor retention and only left a few spots of lacing. Feel: near full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavor: lightly hops such that the hops are obvious but the ale is just mildly bitter and about equally malty and hoppy. O: amber ale meets ESB

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ratballs (6) - - APR 16, 2015 does not count
Quite easy to drink. Not much else to say about this one. You can taste the malt, erm.. No head, nothing to make you buy it again.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
princepurple (22) - wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2015
Not very good, I liked the bottle so bought it at Morrison’s 2014. a Mild, fain’t carbonated . Pour’s a standard dark Brown colour, clear with a small temporary head. Nothing for the mouthfeel, just watery, and stale, lots of carbonation. Taste is very minor, Earthy, and bitter with some mild spice. Clean dry finish, decently crisp, but uninspiring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redders1974 (216) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
Really enjoyed this bottle pours like a proper English pint tastes milk chocolate with a hint of bitter finish very nice if lacking a bit of complexity. Very east drinking bottle. .

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
StuartC (56) - Lochgilphead, Argyll, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle. Walnut brown with amber-orange hues; Cereal malt aromas with some spiced, dried fruit; Medium bodied with a full carbonated mouthfeel; Dark fruit and black pepper dominate palate with bittering hoppiness - blood orange and grapefruit; Malty sweetness on finish. A decent Pale Ale with a bit of flavour if not overtly expressive, but the carbonated mouthfeel is distracting!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
s_hartshorne (2157) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle asda. Amber thin head. Caramel fruits malts in aroma taste ok bitterness. Medium body. Standard stuff.

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