Oliver's Irish Red | Pratt Street Ale House

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Brewed by:
Pratt Street Ale House
Maryland, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ruby colored, full bodied, high in alcohol. It has a splendid hop aroma and is excellent with seafood gumbo.

Added by Gavage on 10-04-2003

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 27
Photo of Fatehunter
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger of head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is mild grain.
The taste is lemon and grain, mild sweetness.
The texture is softer with moderate carbonation.
It's a nice and easy drinker.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Big Hunt in D.C.

The beer is amber to crimson with a small, white head. The aroma is caramel malt, lightly sweet, a touch of hops. Malt forward and tasty. Very fresh. Mild bitterness and light hop presence. Easy drinking and smooth with a surprisingly robust body. I enjoyed this and would have it again.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Pratt Street Ale House on a Sunday evening, Baltimore, MD.

The beer was a nice deep red that produced a decent creamy, white head, which was retained fairly well. The beer gave off a sweet malty aroma, with little hop presence. The taste was average, I guess that I was expecting more, considering the last experience that I had at this place, but that was a few years back. It had a nice balanced taste to it, maybe just leaning toward the malt end. Not much else. The beer was light in the mouth, smooth with a dry finish. Overall, slightly better than average drinkability, I would probably give it another go.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in downtown Baltimore:

My last of 4 beers I tried on my first visit to the Pratt Street Ale House. Pours a ruby red, small white head. Smell is of sweetness and caramel. Medium to heavy bodied, a lot more flavor than expected and the caramel really comes out with a nice hop kick. One of the better beers I had during the night and one of the best red ale's I've had. Really good beer, as smooth and drinkable as they come.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the cask at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC, into a tumbler.

A very great looking super creamy carbonated head off tan and soupy thick. Gorgeous red cherry wood body with no rising carbonation and pretty clear. Puck collar sticks around throughout drinking. Absolutely love this body color I want to paint my house with it!

Bouquet is an airy malt and dry with a little malt presnece. Not getting much of a hop presence with the Fuggles.

Mild malt in taste, with to me an almost faint rye like bread taste. Classic cask like butery feel with not much hop presence.

Overall drinkable and enjoyable, but for an Irish Red it feels icredibly toned down, with no big malt and toast and no grass like presence either that I associate with this style.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark red/brownish hue w/ minimal head and lace. I can pick up faint sweet malt and hop aromas but the smell is very light. Little bit surprised w/ how smooth the beer is w/ a decent hop bite and only a mellow sweet malt feel. Finishes easy and is a decent sipper.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft in a pint glass, beer is reddish to brown and hazy with a thin off white head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation low to moderate.

Aroma of the beer is mild overall, light and mildly sweet / bready.

Beer is creamy in the mouth, heavier than I expected but nice, the finish is wet and not bitter, very mild bitterness throughout. Nice malt backbone overall. I enjoyed it, mild yeast contributions. I'd have it again.

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

On tap at the Cat's Eye the other day.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with OK head retention and minimal lacing. On the nose, I get the expected roasty malt aroma, with a hint of underlying hoppy citrus. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, with some moderate sweetness from all the malt. The flavors are pleasant, if just a bit simple, but overall this is a very easy going, easy to appreciate ale. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and drinkability is pretty good.

A bit more complexity would be nice I suppose, but this is still a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish amber with a thin head that becomes a patch with some bubbly carbonation rising to the top.

The smell is of caramel and herbal/tea-leaf notes.

The taste is of caramel sweetness with a tea-leaf/herbal/earthy bitterness. Sweetish, but balanced finish. There's a nice dose of English-style hops that work well with the caramelish maltiness.

Medium-bodied, and exceptionally smooth, this is a "sessionable", tasty Irish Red. Very good example of the style.

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Photo of Boto
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ The Wharf Rat: This one pours an amber color. It had a small off-white head on it. The aroma was lighter, but contained notes of grassiness and some caramel malt. The taste was decent enough. It had a fairly decent malt body with some hop bite. Not real exciting, but not bad either.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish amber with a smallish head. The smell is hoppy with citrus aromas and some malt sweetness. The taste is very good with a hoppy creaminess balanced well with sweet malt. The m/f is light and perfectly blended. This is a damn good beer that's worth the trip to Baltimore.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pint served at the Wharf Rat in Baltimore. The ale is a little too cold.

A: The ale has a deep ruby red color with a small head that does not retain well.

S: Deep malts dominate the nose, giving it a biscuity aroma.

T: The malts are quite intense in the flavor. They are grainy and cereally without going into the sweetness range. The hops don't make much of a presence here.

M: The malts are strong enough to leave a good impression in this beer.

D: Very drinkable, although the 6% could be a bit too high.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

MMmmm. My session beer at the Rat when I'm too lazy to try anything else. My most recent try was at the brewery location. (Notice to you BAs going to the game, get tickets before the game on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.)

Full flavored and hearty. A very tasteful balance between the malts and the hops. Slightly sweet malt smells are followed in the flavor. This last time, the bar downtown served it a couple of notches too cold. Once it warmed up, I was detecting a definite earthy presence in the beer. Clean and refreshing, it is well worth a few regardless of the weather or what you are eating.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a nice deep amber color, with a medium off-white head. The carbonation was just right, and the aroma sported a bit sweetness and hoppiness. The flavor was a nice balance of malt and hops, with some definite bitterness. This is one of the "thicker" irish reds I have had, not thin and wimpy like some are. The higher than normal alcohol level was not apparant to me while drinking this. Definitely a session beer.

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Oliver's Irish Red from Pratt Street Ale House
3.62 out of 5 based on 27 ratings.
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