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


on tap

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RATINGS: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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.

StevieT's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
StevieT (1359) - - OCT 1, 2013
Quite bland, but not too bad, average in most every way. Did have it after a great imperial stout.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tradpint (11) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DoctorHU (289) - 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

   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fombe89 (1715) - Asturias, SPAIN - MAR 15, 2016
Botella, del @El Corte ingles, Oviedo. 12/03/2016 Color ámbar, sabor malta, caramelo, cuerpo medio.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alvaro78 (137) - 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

   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 :)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tricksta_p (2920) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PlutonowyMan (342) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aragh (187) - 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.

   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.

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