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


on tap

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RATINGS: 357   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 Directors.
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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MalcolmTucker's rating

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gripweed57 (1783) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caketm (70) - Częstochowa, POLAND - APR 20, 2017
Butelka 500 ml. Data spożycia: 20.04.2017. Piwo o bardzo ciekawym smaku. Lekko kwaskowe. Nuty chlebowe i ciemnego miodu, rwnież wyczuwalne w aromacie.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerDoctor32 (156) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cmacklin (1067) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfearnley (2002) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 24, 2017
This is a beer that ended up in my cellar. A couple days ago, I popped it into my fridge and I brought it out before my late night run. Now, Im settling into my chair and Ive got a whiff of the malty and fruity notes and Im a little nervous. It looks nice...lets start there. Its always good to lead with a compliment. The taste...is not bad. Not bad at all for a premium bitter which from what I remember is purely a marketing ploy in the UK because the premium ones tend to taste just like the regular ones. Yes, they tend to be a bit stronger in alcohol, but in my opinion, not in taste. However, after that aside, Id still drink this over a macro lager any day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MayumiH (1214) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2016
Bottle at home. Clear amber colour with no head. Citrus rind nose, slightly sweet, citrus, mild malts, bitter rind finish. Light bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oldschool_Mike (366) - 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 (660) - Sdertlje, 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 (2447) - 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 (906) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - AUG 3, 2016
BBE 11/08/16. Tummankuparisen vrinen, olematon vaahto. Olematon tuoksu, hakemalla hakien lytyy joku pieni kukkaisuus. Suutuntuma vetinen, vissyinen, yksinkertainen, mitnsanomaton.

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