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


on tap

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RATINGS: 352   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (49554) - VestJylland, - MAR 6, 2012

Bottle 500ml.

Clear medium orange amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate hoppy, orange - citrus - grass, toffee notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120217]

gripweed57 (2584) - 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 (100) - 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, również wyczuwalne w aromacie.

PilsnerDoctor32 (278) - 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 (1206) - 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.

dfearnley (2199) - 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, I’m settling into my chair and I’ve got a whiff of the malty and fruity notes and I’m a little nervous. It looks nice...let’s start there. It’s 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, I’d still drink this over a macro lager any day.

MayumiH (1214) - - 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.

Oldschool_Mike (368) - 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.

Nicke80 (783) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
50 cl bottle from tesco hungary. Pours hazy coppar with little head. Sweet malty aroma with caramel and sweet malts.

msbernac (2670) - 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

Jultsu (1090) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - AUG 3, 2016
BBE 11/08/16. Tummankuparisen värinen, olematon vaahto. Olematon tuoksu, hakemalla hakien löytyy joku pieni kukkaisuus. Suutuntuma vetinen, vissyinen, yksinkertainen, mitäänsanomaton.

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