Oliver's Ironman Pale Ale | Pratt Street Ale House

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Brewed by:
Pratt Street Ale House
Maryland, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-27-2002

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Terp96
3.65/5  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.

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Photo of joedon
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap with a very minimal head. Light carbonation and lacing. Dark gold color.
Aroma of very mild hopping and no malt; not what I was expecting for a pale ale.
Taste of grain and very small malty flavor. Strong English style hop flavor and bitterness.
Surprisingly light body/mouthfeel for an pale ale; unbalanced to hops.
Drinkable and refreshing but I've had better.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice pale ale from this English brewpub. All of their beers are served at a nice 54 degrees. That alone allows the aroma and fragrance of this pale ale. It took me a bit of time to get used to the warmer beer temp, but by mid-glass, it was well worth it. The copper color and laced head were enticing as well. A very nice brew.

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Oliver's Ironman Pale Ale from Pratt Street Ale House
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 57 ratings