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


on tap

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RATINGS: 358   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MalcolmTucker (924) - - JUN 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours brown with a white head. Standard brown bitter vibe. Flavour starts sweet with toffee and caramel before a mild bitter finish. A once dimensional session beer.

steveddy (33) - Chichester, West Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2017
Bottle from Aldi. Must have had this before.. a long time ago perhaps. A nice slightly malty nose, good deep amber colour. Not a taste sensation but I've had much worse pretending to be better! A decent traditional bitter style ale.

MasDen (527) - Mogilev, BELARUS - DEC 5, 2017
Floral aroma with notes of caramel and roasted sugar, a little bit sweet. Deep copper color, good clarity, quickly disappeared foam. Light biscuity, toffee flavor. Light body, low carbonation. A bit watery.

psilosophy (827) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - NOV 20, 2017
Bouteille de 50cl. Couleur rousse, mousse moyenne, peu de tenue. Aromatiquement, c 'est léger léger, un peu de malts torréfiés mais c 'est surtout cet arrière goût métallique qui m' a immédiatement interpellé. Carbonnation un peu tristounette. Vraiment pas top. Trouvée à Auchan- Noyelles Godault

AleMan84 (16) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2017
Smells malty and hoppy, medium carbonation, maltey biscuity slighty hoppy taste with long lasting bitter finish...very nice!

Davros IX (577) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2017
A very good English bitter and that is a complement. Flavour and texture that derive from plenty of malt and a well balanced hoppy bitterness. And a very well made beer! I would happily drink this again.

androman (2937) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2017
UT 240817. 50cl body at home from a supermarket. Nose is fruity. Caramel, brown sugar, floral malty. Medium sweet, light bitter. Medium lasting bit roasty malty medium bittersweet. Light body, thin, medium carb. 536308

gripweed57 (2970) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2017
From old tasting notes. Orange copper color is topped by a mousse-like beige head. Soft caramel malt nose. Silky smooth toasted malt flavor hints at toffee. Crisp citrus hop finish balances this ale nicely.

caketm (421) - Czestochowa, POLAND - APR 20, 2017
Butelka 500 ml. Data spożycia: 20.04.2017. Piwo o bardzo ciekawym smaku. Lekko kwaskowe. Nuty chlebowe i ciemnego miodu, również wyczuwalne w aromacie.

PilsnerDoctor32 (499) - madrid, SPAIN - APR 8, 2017
Botella 0,5L. Color Ambar oscuro, espuma blanca, muy fina, alta, de duracion prolongada.Aroma- malta, cereales.Sabor - malta, poco de dulzor, amargor suave, algo de acides. Cuerpo medio.Bebible, bastante buena

cmacklin (1373) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 29, 2017
500ml can. Pours a clear amber with a small, creamy, short lived, off-white head that laces. Mild aroma of caramel malt and a hint of orange. Sweet flavour of bready malt, caramel and citrus with a hoppy, bitter grass finish. Light to medium body with a watery to oily texture and soft carbonation. Ok.

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