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Oliver's Ironman Pale Ale - Pratt Street Ale House

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Oliver's Ironman Pale Ale
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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:
A bronze colored ale made with pale ale malt and fine English hops. High alcohol can stand up to a hearty Ploughman's Lunch.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-27-2002)
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Reviews by nimrod979:
Photo of nimrod979
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

nimrod979, Aug 20, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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!

NJpadreFan, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

akorsak, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

DrBier, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Brent, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

mendvicdog, Nov 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

NatsnSkinsDC, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Paz8812
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Paz8812, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Dithyramb
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Dithyramb, May 26, 2004
Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

jwc215, Jul 24, 2008
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

jtd335, Feb 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

BeerBucks, Aug 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of IPAchris
2.75/5  rDev -24%

IPAchris, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

woodychandler, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Gavage, Feb 24, 2006
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

John_M, Aug 17, 2007
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Terp96
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Terp96, Nov 23, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Boone757, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of micromaniac129
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

micromaniac129, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of jaluria
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

jaluria, Mar 21, 2006
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3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

tgbljb, Jun 08, 2005
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

matt062286, Feb 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Hanselpb, Apr 17, 2014
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Oliver's Ironman Pale Ale from Pratt Street Ale House
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