Most reviews I've read call this a chypre, but that's not what this is. It's green and bitter, but that alone doesn't make it a chypre; I certainly smell a ton of sour bergamot in this, but no oakmoss or labdanum at all. Ironman is nothing more than a sharp woody citrus fragrance, in a style that's been done so many times. It smells like a slightly improved Polo Blue, which in itself is a mediocre fragrance. However, being a little bit better than Polo Blue isn't saying much.
Polo Blue is an ascerbic, sour, grating fragrance with shrill, piercing top notes that seem to last forever. Ironman's top and middle notes smell exactly like Polo Blue. What separates Ironman from Polo Blue is that Ironman, luckily, has a nice soft, musky base that acts like a cushion for all those needle-like citrus notes. It adds warmth and depth to the scent, and makes the citrus notes tolerable. There are some synthetic green herbal notes in here (basil?), which also add complexity and some welcome greenness to the fragrance. I like the drydown, which is aromatic and woody, but it only smells that way up close to your skin. When it projects, Ironman's drydown just smells dull and sour, like the drydowns of boring scents like Bulgari Man and Polo Blue.
The biggest flaw with Ironman, besides it being unoriginal, is that it's sloppily constructed. The fragrance smells rough and crude, and not very well balanced. With some fragrances, like Brut or Parfum d'Habit, crudeness is an asset. Not with Ironman. Sharp, dry, thin scents like this need to have balance, otherwise they're just annoying. Although I wouldn't quite call Ironman irritating, it's chock full of rough, spiky edges that don't belong there. It's a fragrance that smells like it was simply thrown together, as if the perfumer didn't care.
Overall, I'd say Ironman is merely an average fragrance, and that's on its best day. It does nothing new at all, and if it weren't for its low price, I can't find any reason to buy a bottle of this.
MY RATING: 6/10