Oliver's Ironman Pale Ale - Pratt Street Ale House

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
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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Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 27
Reviews by nimrod979:
Photo of nimrod979
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jeffreysan
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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!

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of Dithyramb
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of Terp96
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of jaluria
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Took home a growler of this as well and was happy to enjoy it the rest of the day.

Appeared a yellowish-orange color in my pint glass with very little lacing and a white head that seemed thin and did not stick around. Aromas of hops, honey, and cream. The taste was dominated by malty flavor along with fruit flavors such as citrus and white grapes, but relatively balanced. Honey and caramel flavors came out as well. Slightly chewy texture, but still thin. Quite good drinkability. Hoppy without being extremely bitter or biting.

Photo of tgbljb
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

presented as nice amber-colored with white head that left nice lacing. taste was of a slight hoppiness wiht mild dryness. Alcohol was well hidden and left a nice taste in the mouth. A drinkable product, but there are better examples of this style available.

Photo of shivtim
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served a dark amber with a small head that faded quickly. The nose is straightforward hops, and thats it. Taste is also quite a bit hoppy, but with a nice balancing malty bitterness that comes through. There's also a hint of honey sweetness. The mouth feel is ok, and it's very carbonated.

Photo of mltobin
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Wharf Rat in Baltimore.

Upon being poured into a pint glass, the tone is a light brown/yellowish, with a nice two finger head. Smell is malty with some tartness. The taste was lighter on the palate than I had expected going into this beer. It has a small amount of hops, a decent amount of malt, and an apple like sweetness to it. The aftertaste I agree with other reviewers is "dry and bitter". Drinkability is better than I expected, overall this beer surpassed my expectations. Do be sure to have an Oliver`s when the oppourtunity presents itself.

Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 07/28/10 notes. Had on tap at Paradiso in Georgetown, DC.

a - Pours an amber color with 2 inches of fluffy white head anf light carbonation.

s - Smells of bready malts and sour dough. Also some citrus and grain.

t - Tastes of bready malts, sweet and sour fruit, and caramel malts.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - A decent APA that with a little less carbonation would be very easy to drink. Nothing crazy really stands out about this beer but another solid beer by Olivers.

Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My waiter told me that this was the IPA, I believe he was mistaken.

Beer is a pale ale, yellow mostly clear whit a white head, small and medium bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is yeasty with some piny hop, earthy hop notes.

Beer is medium in body and has a nice finish. Moderate, probably about 40 IBU beer overall. The beginning is mildly malty but overall quite nice. I enjoyed this beer but I would definitely call this a pale ale not an IPA.

Photo of dickroop
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The evening started out with a visit to Max's, allegedly "the best beer bar in Baltimore." But Max's was crowded, smoky, reeking of cigars, and entirely unappealing to my dear spouse, who insisted that we press on. So it was onward, across the street to Bertha's, which isn't even listed as a beer bar, although it might almost qualify. Bertha's is a Baltimore establishment for 34 years, made famous by their bumper stickers, displayed around the world, saying "EAT BERTHA'S MUSSELS". And on-tap they had Oliver's Ironman PA, which I sampled in preference to the SNPA.

Poured into a pint tumbler, the Ironman was on the light side of amber with minimal head or lacing. The nose was only a little bready, weak, and none-too-promising.

Following the aroma, the taste was pretty ordinary. There were weak hops present, without much distinction. They were floral in nature, I guess, for lack of anything better to call them. The malt bill was also pretty ordinary, mostly pale malts. The finish was pleasantly bitter, so I guess there were some good hops in there somewhere. Mouthfeel was light-bodied, almost watery.

Overall, it's thoroughly innocuous, underwhelming ale, but it is local and it is deserving of our support in this fair city of B'more. Good for Bertha's, I say, for offering two kinds of the local, local brew, brewed right here in B'more. This is the kind of local loyalty and authenticy you wanna see.

As to the drinkability of Oliver's Ironman PA, it's better than you'd think, an easy drinking brew to go with anything, unpretentious, undemanding, just plain drinkable. But I passed on having a second one in favor of Bertha's Best Bitters (cask conditioned), which had more hops, more head, better malt, better temperature , better everything. Sorry Wharf Rat...

Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Pratt Street: This one poured an almost clear amber color. Mine had pretty much no head on it. There was very little lacing also. The aroma is lighter, but still good. Some malts and citrus to the nose. The taste is malty and somewhat bitter. This is a pretty decent beer. It is right around the corner from Camden Yards if you are ever at an Oriole's game.

Photo of jmp491
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the pub house itself, a few blocks from Camden Yards. Great taste, went down very easy. It was not as hoppy as I was hoping, but it was still a delicious brew. The ale was a bold bronze color that was served with virtually no head. The beer had a distinctly light, but full flavor. The beer had a citrusy smell, and was quite hoppy, but didn't leave the dry mouthfeel that many hoppy beers do. I've had better IPAs, but this was still a great beer. The bar is a great place to sit, relax, and enjoy a beer, and the bar staff was very friendly.

Photo of Seanibus
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, nut not terribly memorable.

Pours clear golden with a very slight head. Aroma is slight and malty. Flavor is toasted, bready, a little wheaty, with a slight piny hop flavor and a slow building piny hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is stingy with sharp carbonation.

Photo of DuqTroops
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - yellowish orange in complexion.

Smell - hops are there, with a little malts.

Taste -great pale ale, lots of citrus, and good balance.

Mouthfeel - clean body and easy to drink.

Drinkability - excellent to have before a baseball game. especially when the O's win!

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Oliver's Ironman Pale Ale from Pratt Street Ale House
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