Oliver's Best Bitter | Pratt Street Ale House

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Brewed by:
Pratt Street Ale House
Maryland, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A general term for what is perhaps the highest expression of the brewer's craft. Amber not filtered and true to style. A natural with fish and chips.

Added by SheepNutz on 03-12-2004

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the cask at Meridian Pint into a shaker pint glass.

A creamy off white head with a little soapy consistency. Dull and hazy brown amber body, with good circular lacing left upon the glass.

Bouquet seems like a mild grass, with light malt somewhat closed nose on this. However after it warms up the beer seems earthy, almost manure like and buttery.

Taste is a nice soft malt body and herbal tea orange pekoe. Texture is soft hop slight bittering sensation which mixes well with the orange giving off just a hint of citrus. Also being from the cask it has that great simple cask buttery texture as well.

Overall very basic, but also very balanced on the taste and palate. good solid sessionable cask beer here.

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4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on cask at Bertha's in Baltimore:

A - Coppery/reddish in color, light head.

S - Malty sweet notes, maybe a little bread notes, light hoppy scents

T - Surprisingly bitter but well balanced with a malty backbone.

M - Smooth. Light carbonation, medium bodied.

D - Smooth, enjoyable.

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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On cask at Pratt Street.

Pours a moderate orange brown with a good white head and some nice lacing. Quite a bit of lace is there, but can't bump to a 4.5 given that it doesn't overpower and it is cask. Nose brings some light caramel and toffee and some slight hops. The taste is ever-so-slightly hoppy with a base malt that is nice. Good body with slight bitterness. Very sessionable.

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3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is clear and orange. There is no head really, what little head is there manages to leave a little lacing. No real carbonation.

The aroma is malty and sweet but overall weak.

Beer is smooth, nice medium bodied with a late hop based bitterness. Its semisweet but the forward character is rather weak. Mouthfeel...there is no additional body by carbonation, overall its OK. The drinkability is pretty good.

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3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on cask at the ChurchKey in DC tonight, 3/10/10.

a - Pours an copper/amber color with about an inch of white head with nice lacing.

s - Smells of some sweet malts and a tiny bit of bitter hops. Not much here.

t - Tastes bitter with a nice mix of hops and malts. Maybe a hint of oak?

m - Pretty smooth,no carbonation, medium body.

d - Pretty solid ESB. Thought the smell was kind of weak and lacking, but the taste was great. Very smooth and easy to drink as well. Would try again.

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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy golden copper with a thin white head. Head reduces to a thin film that leaves spotty lace.

S-Lightly sweet caramel malts with notes of fresh biscuits and hints of light floral hops.

T-Lightly sweet caramel malts with mild toasted biscuit with a building backing of bitter floral/spicy hoppiness.

M-Medium bodied with a bready thickness and a nice soft feel.

D-Totally solid. This one goes down very easy. A near classic best bitter made right here in the USA.

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4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at the brewpub.

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of grainy caramel malts with hints of floral hop aromas.

Tastes very good. Light caramel malts with mild toastiness up front segues into a solid bitterness midway through the sip that carries through to the ending. As the beer warms it manages to sweeten a bit.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the first glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I have to admit that I don't have a lot of experience with this style but this is a very easy-drinking version of it. Well worth a shot.

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4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fogged amber with a crème head. Flavor is nice. Very smooth with slight fruit tones. Mild bitter tones stay on the palate for a long, long time. Just smooth. Feel is almost sticky, but still slick on liquid. Good carbonation. This is the definition of a session brew. Give me more please and thank you.

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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on cask.

The beer poured an awesome amber cascade when drawn, but turned into a solid amber color with a light white head that was not retained. The beer had a nice malt aroma to it but nothing else was really noticeable. The taste on the other was excellent. It had a nice blend of hops and malt and the beer was smooth, one of the smoothest beers that I have ever tried, and creamy, but I did find that it was slightly watered down, just ever so slightly. The beer finished with a slight bitter aftertaste. The beer was light-to-medium body with no real noticeable carbonation. Highly drinkable. Overall, really good beer and one that I would ask for again.

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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazed dark golden with a white head that falls to a lasting thin cover, leaving some lacing.

The smell is earthy, slightly spicy, lemony with a caramelized backing. Some yeast (Ringwood?) shows through.

The taste follows the nose, with a touch of butter. It has a bitterish, dry finish.

Light-to-medium bodied.

This dry-hopped English bitter has a true "bitter" touch that is balanced nicely. Easy to drink - try pairing with the traditional fish and chips, as I did and found to work very well.

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3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the downtown brewpub, enjoyed with Todd1. A bit cheesy aroma. Grapefruit colour with a lot of white head. Clean taste, British bitterness and it is significant. Medium mouthfeel.Smooth drinker, with understated carbonation, and served at appropriate temperature despite the heat of the outside.

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3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I quaffed an Imperial pint during a recent trip to the Fells Point location. An always dependable brew, it starts with an inch thick head, spongy with a high retention, that settles into copper clarity. The lacing is minimal with a low clingage rate (Is "clingage" a word?)

The nose allows some fruity ester while the taste borders on sweet clove and minor hoppiness - though it is described as being dry-hopped. Hmmm?

The mouthfeel is not a complex one and is rather unbalanced and nondescript. All in all, a pleasant beer that requires nothing of your palate. In any case, I'm a regular patron of both Wharf Rats and do like their best bitter - though it is not the best bitter that I have had.

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4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served a light amber copper color with a thick head and little lace

Smell: A reserved biscuity malt aroma leads with some gentle hop prickles in the nose.

Taste: The foundation of the beer is an English Malt base with toffee caramel and biscuit and then a earthy grassy hop prickles the cheeks. The fish is dry and refreshing. Simple but everything I was from an ESB.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth and soft and pillowy but dry with bitterness.

Drinkability: The epitome of session beer! A great beer to start the day of drinking and pub crawling. I could have sat on the patio and enjoyed this contently all afternoon.

Hope this is helpful.

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4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer came out of the hand pump well mixed and cleared to a brilliant gold with a fine white head. The aroma was hops over a malt base. The taste is a little malt, with a dash of floral and a whole bunch of bitter. The feel was light and dry. This is a beer I have truly come to love. The fact it's cask conditioned truly adds to the experience. I would recommend to anyone in Baltimore to make your way to the Wharf Rat for an order of their wonderful Fish and Chips and this fine bitter.

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