Oliver's Ironman Pale Ale - Pratt Street Ale House

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 52
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 6.12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Pratt Street Ale House visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-27-2002

A bronze colored ale made with pale ale malt and fine English hops. High alcohol can stand up to a hearty Ploughman's Lunch.
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Reviews: 27 | Hads: 52
Reviews by Paz8812:
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft, at the Columbia Ale House, Columbia, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, deep, golden copper color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the way of aromas at all, but I get some very faint notes of toasted malt, caramel and a touch of piney hops, but not a lot of any of these aromas. Disappointing.

Taste: What this beer lacks in aroma, it more than makes up for in delicious flavors! There are strong notes of bready, toasted malt up front, imparting flavors of English muffins, biscuits, and whole-wheat crackers, followed by some good caramel-like sweetness, spices of black pepper, a touch of cumin and coriander. Finally, the beer finishes with some nicely balanced, floral, piney, slightly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp, and very effervescent, as there is a lot of carbonation. With an ABV of 6.2%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very nice beer, with strong bready, malty flavors blended with some sweetness, a touch of spice and slightly bitter hops. I’d certainly get it again. (1,197 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oliver's- Pale Ale

Appearance- light golden orange decent head.
Smell- light citric fruit aroma. Orange, lemon, grapefruit. Very light though.
Taste- light citrus, but a the flavor hold up throughout.
Mouthfeel- nice light taste fruity taste that lasts throughout, nevers waters down.

Overall- a mild Pale Ale but a good slamming beer on a hot afternoon. Tasty, light, but good! (387 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color. Light floral/pine aroma. Average, not much there.
Taste is pale and crystal malts with a small hops bitterness towards the finish. Usual flavors for an English style pale Malty, medium body. Slightly gainy yet smooth drinkability. Finish lingers around a bit. Not quite as good as the other beer I sampled at Pratt Street, 3 Spires. (360 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On cask at Meridian Pint, Washington, D.C.:

The beer appeared a deep, clear, amber color that produced a nice white, foamy head. Pretty much what you would expect from a cask beer. The beer gave off a nice malty and yeasty aroma that was followed up with a nice, deep and rich malty, bready and biscuit malt flavor. The beer had a full body feel to it (but not stout like), good carbonation and it was very easy to drink. Overall, a fine beer. (448 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To hell with Soccer stars, sell outs.

A: Ironman pale ale is an English pale ale, served at the Wharf Rat. The ale is golden, clear with a stream of carbonation.

S: The nose is bready with an herbal hoppiness. The aroma is English, plenty of toffee and hops.

T: Chewy, the pale ale has plenty of hops underlying it. Ample breads, thick and meaty, support the hoppiness. The beer is a pleasant sipper, equal parts malt and hops.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet like Chrisiano Ronaldo, or Ronaldo in the charity match. A nice pale ale.

D: A nice Imperial pint, chewy and hoppy throughout. Too bad its named for a baseball player, huh? #8. (635 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty nice pale ale, very well executed. Nothing that will really blow you away, but it is very fresh and hits all the right notes.

Would purchase and drink again. (165 characters)

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the beer menu "a bronze colored ale made with pale ale malt and fine English hops. High alcohol can stand up to a hearty Ploughman's Lunch." The abv is listed at 6.2%. Indeed, nicely bronze colored, and served at an appropriate cool temperature, that allowed the hops aroma to bloom. Very firm, even hops bittering, with just a touch of a sharp edge. (363 characters)

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of NatsnSkinsDC
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Dithyramb
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice copper color. A very thick tanish head that stayed throughout the "life" of the beer.
Great taste and smell. Some initial sting, either from carbonation or alcohol. A little bitter on the backend, but drinks pretty well.

Just tried last night during an Orioles/Yankees rain delay. Not sure if it goes well with the "ploughman's lunch," but I tried it with a sandwhich, and it sure did the trick. Tried in concert with the Brewer's Choice and the new Summer Light. This was by far the more complex of the three. (529 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden with a thin head that settles to barely a wisp. Not much lacing sticks.

The smell is slightly citric, earthy, some pale maltiness and a hint of butterscotch. Mild.

The taste is of butterscotch with some citrus and graininess. Dry, bitterish finish.

Medium bodied with a bit of a kick.

Nice enough to have one of, but nothing paricularly special. (368 characters)

Photo of jtd335
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of BeerBucks
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of IPAchris
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Notes from GEN Sutter's 28 August 2009 Cask Night.

A finger of off-white foam with decent retention coming fresh from the handpump. Color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose had a mild hoppiness underlain by a slight malt sweetness. Mouthfeel was silky with a nice interaction of hops and malt on the tongue. Finish was super smooth, going down like a champ. I felt that it was an excellent rendition of a traditional English Pale Ale, although some of my table mates disagreed, noting something off on the nose. Fair dinkum! I have never professed to having the best olfactory system. Still, I was a fan. (634 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color with a thick 2"+ head that last through most of the session. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: hops bitterness is clearly evident, but little else.

Taste: simple and basic - caramels and mild bitterness with a touch of ripe fruit.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish. The aftertaste is pretty clean as only a bit of caramel lingers for a second or two. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: nice session beer and could be quaffed for a while. Not a beer to over excite, but a solid offering. (550 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Wharf Rat the other day.

The beer pours a tannish, light ice tea color with persistent head retention and decent lacing. Not a lot on the nose, just some light, sweet malt. This beer is very well balanced on the palate, with some nice medium sweet maltiness, with just the right amount of hoppy bitterness to counter it. The beer is not the least bit heavy, and I get pleasant flavors of apple and cherry. There is a bit of refreshing bitterness in the finish, giving it a moderately crisp finish.

This is a very nice summer quaff, and with the relatively low abv., is quite drinkable. Very nice beer. (631 characters)

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Terp96
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Wharf Rat in Fells Point.

This one pours an hazy orange-yellow hue with about a one finger head.

This beer smells of English IPA for sure. Not huge on the hops but definitely there.

Taste is okay. Not as balanced as I have had in the past. The malt profile is almost non existent and the yeasty esters really dominate. The hop finish is better but not good enough to carry this one.

This one is thinner than I expected. There is no lingering flavor to carry you to the next sip.

Drinkability is okay. This is not always a good thing. A lot of IPAs are beers that are so special you can't drink them all night long. It didn't impress me enough to want another. I have had much better IPAs. (717 characters)

Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this at Pratt st Ale house down in Baltimore.
A rather ordinary beer. Light in color, too light for a pale, and a small white head.
Aroma was bland and mostly malts. It took some real effort to detect any hops.
Taste was actually pretty good but it was thin and watery.
I am disappointed with this one. (307 characters)

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Oliver's Ironman Pale Ale from Pratt Street Ale House
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