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


on tap

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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Cask; Regular.
Note: Sometimes available pasteurised in keg in some export markets. Please enter ratings for that version under the listing for the Bottle & Can version, not here.

Originally brewed at Alton Brewery in Hampshire in 1903 for the Courage directors; spare beer was sold as Alton IPA, which acquired the nickname of Directors Bitter.
Moved to the Courage owned Simonds Brewery in 1969, then to the Anchor Brewery in Bermondsey, then, in 1981 to Bristol. When Courage was taken over by Scottish and Newcastle, production moved to John Smiths brewery in Tadcaster. Production was later contracted out to Youngs in London, and in Jan 2007 the Courage Brand was purchased by Wells & Youngs who brew it in Bedford.

This premium cask ale has a strong following throughout the country. It is genuine premium beer, pale brown in appearance with a deep rich taste.
Full bodied with a clean, bitter taste, balanced with a sweet burnt, malty and fruity notes with a distinctive dry-hop aroma and flavour.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
john44 (2928) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2017
Cask Pint at Edward Rayne (JDW), Raynes Park, London in Aug 2009 - Dark Amber in colour. Malty; toasty grainy malts, caramel. Hoppy; grassy hops. Fruity; apple. Bitter-sweet malty throughout. OK. (2009-08)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (23973) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2016
10th August 2016
GBBF Day 2. Cask. Clear amber beer, bubbly pale cream colour head. Palate is airy, semi dry and has great fine carbonation. In lovely condition this beer. Mild caramel malts, modest dried fruits. Light floral finish. A modest beer elevated by great condition.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
liquidbread86 (171) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2016
Its strange, but the aroma reminds me of thai food. Malt and peanuts. Oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Evilkniamhel (787) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 26, 2016
On cask at the Baillie. Aromas of caramel, malts, citrus. Taste is well-rounded, complex.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lello4ever (885) - ITALY - SEP 13, 2015
Ambra pieno con schiuma pannosa. Aroma di malto. Sapore deciso con ingresso di malto e subito retrogusto amarognolo. Finale secco. Media frizzantezza. Giusto discreta.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomat (3660) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2015
On tap @ GBBF 2015. Amber with a tiny off white head. Hoppy and malty tones. Hops, malt, fruit and bitterness. Medium to light body with dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4490) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2015
Tried at bar in Bourne. Deep Amber with a thick white head. Aroma and taste are malty And a touch sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Towey1989 (2354) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2015
Cask at The Black Swan, Leek. A clear amber colour with a thin white head. Aroma of fruity malt, brown sugar, some bread, subtle wood and grain. Taste of fruity malt, some plum, a little bread, caramel and peppery hops. Light bodied but a watery, slightly oily texture. A soft, fruity malt bitterness in the finish. Had this years ago and enjoyed it, this is disappointing. Maybe its the condition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kita (2047) - Koper, SLOVENIA - JAN 25, 2015
Cask at Lamb & Flag, London. Clear amber brown color with thin creamy off-white head, great lacing and soft visible carbonation. Aroma of caramel, toffee, biscuit and dried fruits. Taste starts with smooth light sweet caramel and toffee, follows by mild fruity acidity and mild bitter finish. Medium body, oily texture and soft carbonation in palate. Good enough to encourage you for another one...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rob_D_UK (1369) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 15, 2015
Clear amber with a medium off white head. Aroma was fruity with malty and hoppy notes. Flavour had fruity hops, pine, malt and hints of caramel. Finished dry and bitter.

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