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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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by BeerisfoodLLC:
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of glid02
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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Photo of Sammy
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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Photo of PhillyStyle
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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Photo of akorsak
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a bit of a follow-up to a growler review from June 10, 2006. This is a fresh pull of Best Bitter at The Wharf Rat.

Appearance: The ale is a nice golden color, with a bright white head that lingers for a bit but leaves no lace. The ale is crystal clear.

Smell: The hop aroma is much more apparent in the fresh version, presenting a dirty, earthy aroma that screams euro hops.

Taste: The malts provide a biscuity flavor that pairs well with the reserved hop aroma. The hops leave a earthy flavor (as opposed to citrus or pine) in the mouth. The malts are present just enough to counteract the hops, giving the ale a well-balanced finish.

Mouthfeel: I prefer this beer fresh (as opposed to a day-old growler). The hops and malts are more pronounced and pleasant.

Drinkability: I had two pints and now I want two more...

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Photo of imbibehour
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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Photo of cubedbee
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a handpump at 54 degrees according to the menu, this comes out a nice clear amber with a smooth creamy off-white head, long lasting with great retention, nice thick lacing on the glass. The aroms is a mild earthy smell with some grassy floral hops. Taste is a nice smooth malt, slightly bitter, a grassy hops, a slight toffee note, very nicely balanced, simple yet nicely flavored. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth. This is a great session beer, enjoyable to drink many at a time.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kernalklink
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale gold, hazy and cascading carbonation from the hand pump. Aromas were dominated by the malts- very mild but like warm baked bread and slightly floral notes. Hops are mild also with a leafy citrus aroma. Mouthfeel is so creamy- like a milkshake and the carbonation is so light it only adds to the smoothness of the brew. Flavors are mild on malts- slightly caramalized crystal with a biscuity character. Hops are very lively and dominate the finish with flowery, citrusy goodness. Very easy to down a few pints in one sitting.

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Photo of Phatz
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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Photo of DreamInOrange
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of jwc215
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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Photo of jtd335
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
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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Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer was involved in a great cascading action upon its arrival from the handpump. Once settled, it was a beautiful deep-yellow color that was crystal clear. It had a really fluffy white head. The nose was an interesting blend of malt sweetness overlying a grassy scent. The mouthfeel was somewhat loght, but not annoyingly so. I got the same grassy bitterness on both the tongue as well as the finish. This is definitely a good candidate for a session beer. The menu recommends it with their fish 'n' chips and I would like to second that notion.

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Photo of Tra
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Gavage
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear amber orange in color with a one finger head that falls to a thick surface foam rather quickly. Decent amount of carbonation bubbles rising quickly. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: very soft hints of caramel, brown sugar sweetness, and whiff of hop bitterness.

Taste: overall a mild beer in the flavor department with basic caramel and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp on the tongue at the start, with a bit of smoothness at the finish. Caramels linger very briefly.

Drinkability: superbly drinkable. You can imagine being at a pub in Britain while quaffing this beer.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Deuane
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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Photo of claytri
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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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy copper color with a modest head that leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: Modest biscuit aroma

Taste: Biscuity up front, with an earthy bitterness after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Creamy body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to consume - a great session beer

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Photo of RblWthACoz
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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Photo of KevinTK
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of SheepNutz
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the cask poured into a pint glass. Served at a perfect 54 degrees. It pours a deep gold color with one finger of head. There is lots and lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly malty for the most part, a little bit of caramel and hops aromas. The taste is malty and sweet as well, with some caramel and toffee. The finish has a good dose of hops to it. The body is fairly heavy on the tongue, yet smooth. The drinkability is really great. A good representation of the English bitter style.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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