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


on tap

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RATINGS: 353   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 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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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
StevieT (1912) - - OCT 1, 2013
Quite bland, but not too bad, average in most every way. Did have it after a great imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfearnley (1964) - 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 (1208) - 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 (364) - 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 (642) - 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 (2338) - 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 (860) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Demens (382) - 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 (247) - 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 (1437) - SPAIN - JUL 16, 2016
From Hipercor. In Ikeas 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 (258) - 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.

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