Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston’s)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 187   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 Director’s 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 Smith’s 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 3, 2007
Lemony aroma; grassy bitterness; soft, rich caramel maltiness; very decent.

Itstasty (99) - East Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2017
Cask @ The Wadkin, Nr Selby, North Yorkshire. Good solid traditional looking bitter. As the commercial description says it edges towards the sweet biscuity, malty taste, very slight bitter follow through. Medium mouthfeel.

Davros IX (359) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2017
Cask as Davy’s Old Wallop in the Botlescrue. A good English bitter, that was perhaps served a little cold, but it was very welcome on a scorching day in the City. A sweet biscuit flavour from the malt, a bitterness from the hops and that quite pleasant soapiness that you get from a proper English bitter.

Wim (3980) - Weelde, BELGIUM - MAY 26, 2017
On holiday in wales at the cottage Loaf from tap amber colored body with a white head and with a malt hop aroma a malt hop sweet bitter taste with a light bitter finish

john44 (3101) - 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)

madmitch76 (24807) - , 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.

liquidbread86 (171) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2016
It’s strange, but the aroma reminds me of thai food. Malt and peanuts. Oily mouthfeel.

Evilkniamhel (955) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 26, 2016
On cask at the Baillie. Aromas of caramel, malts, citrus. Taste is well-rounded, complex.

lello4ever (990) - 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.

thomat (3868) - Göteborg, 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.

Mr_Pink_152 (5009) - 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.

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