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

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RATINGS: 344   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.


StevieT's rating

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
StevieT (1448) - - OCT 1, 2013
Quite bland, but not too bad, average in most every way. Did have it after a great imperial stout.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidAust (173) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2016
500ml bottle into a nonic glass. Steady pour resulted in a one finger head. Served a touch colder than cellar temp. Mild aroma, with sweetish malts and dry hops (but very mild). Clear amber, a touch on the dark side. Head fades reasonably quickly, leaving a little more than a ring, some lacing. Taste is slightly bitter-sweet. Quite nice and very easy drinking, with a hint of lingering bitterness on the palate. Easy drinking pints. Good with a few salty crisps.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bikbo (90) - - JUN 21, 2016
Color rojo oscuro, espuma color crema nl nuy duradera. Aroma a malta y caramelo, ligero toque fruta. Sabor dulce al comienzo con final amargo seco.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeardedAvenger (49) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2016
Took a Biere De Garde to my parents but I was driving and no-one else wanted any, so settled for a bottle of this instead. Chestnut in colour with a weak white head. A burnt nutty aroma. Bitter in taste, with a toffee undertone. Lihght to medium with some carbonation. An average bitter.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fules (506) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - JUN 11, 2016
Közepes habja sokáig megmarad. Szép rézvörös színe van. Közepesen intenzív, fűszeres, gyümölcsös illat. Lágy fűszeres ízvilág, közepes komlós keserűsség, jelzés értékű karamell. Közepesen testes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowenbrau (3076) - 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 (352) - 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 (359) - 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 (1880) - Asturias, SPAIN - MAR 15, 2016
Botella, del @El Corte ingles, Oviedo. 12/03/2016 Color ámbar, sabor malta, caramelo, cuerpo medio.


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