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

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RATINGS: 357   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
Grzesiek79 (4295) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 24, 2012
nuts, coffee, citrus, herbs, basement aromas, earthy, rotten eggs, cough drop, ginger, cooked vegetables, golden, cloudy, frothy, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, creamy, full body, astringent, bitter,

4.1
Demens (440) - 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.

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Belly Full O Beer (57) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2004
This was a bitter that I quite enjoyed. Since I’m not a huge fan of bitters that may not be a great indorsment. Had a slightly bitter taste but a rather clean finish.

4
josanguapo (1672) - SPAIN - JUL 16, 2016
From Hipercor. In Ikea’s pint glass. Playing Tomb Raider 2015. Very balanced and sessionable. Im starting to become a fan of the style

3.9
CourageBest (51) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2002
A little fruitier (?) than Courage Best, but still a great beer.

3.9
KingofCastle (208) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2006 500 mL can: So hard to find an amazing bitter in these parts from the the can, and has now been delisted?! Come on!! Everything you want: fruity, malty, nutty, etc. Great lingering tasty hoppy finish but not bitter. So nice. Excellent with spicy food.

3.9
gnoff (10336) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2009
Draught (4% ABV) at De Klomp, Linköping, on April 15, 2009
Shady golden color, dense off-white head. Malty, buttery, hoppy taste. Malty and hoppy scent. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

3.9
ralphdot (1094) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2011
4.8% amber colour with a thin head, malt aroma, caramel malt and hop taste a very good bitter.

3.9
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 18, 2012
Gorgeous colour. Rosy amber with a patchy white head. Aromas of toffee, turkish delight, fruit bread and flavours (and plenty of them) of the same, rosehip and bakewell tart. Lovely full body and plenty of carbonation, lingering bitterness and well, just exactly what I like.

3.9
bozoNZ (778) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 6, 2012
Bottle, Lovely session beer. notes of toffeeand caramel. very well rounded. UCSC Tasting June 12


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