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


on tap

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RATINGS: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9/5   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.

Jimthechap's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - FEB 18, 2012
Gorgeous colour. Rosy amber with a patchy white head. Aromas of toffee, turkish delight, fruit bread and flavours (and plenty of them) of the same, rosehip and bakewell tart. Lovely full body and plenty of carbonation, lingering bitterness and well, just exactly what I like.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oldschool_Mike (321) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 29, 2016
Can into pint glass. Pours a clear copper colour with tan head. Aroma is stone fruit with a toasty maltiness. Taste is about the same.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nicke80 (502) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
50 cl bottle from tesco hungary. Pours hazy coppar with little head. Sweet malty aroma with caramel and sweet malts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
msbernac (1979) - Krakow, POLAND - AUG 5, 2016
Bottle Aroma-honey, grass Appearance-amber, hazy, white foam, Taste-light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, Palate-medium body, slick feel, average carbonation, abrupt finish Overall-good

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jultsu (753) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - AUG 3, 2016
BBE 11/08/16. Tummankuparisen värinen, olematon vaahto. Olematon tuoksu, hakemalla hakien löytyy joku pieni kukkaisuus. Suutuntuma vetinen, vissyinen, yksinkertainen, mitäänsanomaton.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Demens (262) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 27, 2016
0,5l bottle. Clear deep copper colour with quickly shrinking small off-white head. Aroma: Caramel, honey, herbs, fruits (apple, plum) and yeasty notes. Taste: Sweet richfull malty start (with a lots of fruits) than a pleasent light bitter mouthfeel. Light/medium body with soft carbonation. Short bitter/sweet finish. A very good drinking beer with surprisingly rich and fruity caracter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MustangMarkF (246) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2016
500ml Can. This one is an acquired taste and Im going to acquire a different beer next time. Theres nothing particularly wrong with it but its not great either. Pours a deep copper red and has a minimal head. A slight malt taste with a sweet bitter finish - unremarkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
josanguapo (1158) - SPAIN - JUL 16, 2016
From Hipercor. In Ikea’s pint glass. Playing Tomb Raider 2015. Very balanced and sessionable. Im starting to become a fan of the style

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidAust (199) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bikbo (118) - - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeardedAvenger (257) - 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.

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