Prohibition Ale - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Prohibition AleProhibition Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

877 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 877
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 34
Gots: 139 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-27-2002

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Ratings: 877 | Reviews: 336
Photo of tucson_brewson
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with a nice inch of foam and lingering lacing.

A nice balance of sharp hoppiness and caramel malt up front that finishes smooth and slightly sweet. Very drinkable, probably a little sweeter than what a true Prohibition-era ale would've tasted like, but it sure does the trick.

Very solid brew, a little pricey, but will have to try the others from this brewery.

Photo of toronadotornado
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Independent - San Francisco, CA - draft

Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smooth. Nice finish. I give it a 91/100

Photo of TruePerception
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Speakeasy's Prohibition Ale. 6.1% ABV.

A: Two fingers of faintly tan, creamy looking head. Clear plum red. Dirty yellow in the dimple. Very faint sheeting. Decent lacing.

S: Decent malt aroma, hidden behind piney hops.

T/MF: Piney hops are surprisingly subtle on the palate, with a touch of tree sap. Still, hop forward, but not overbearing. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Faintly biscuit-y.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Photo of parris
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like a descent homebrew. Dry malt flavors, papery and nondescript hop bitterness. Hazy brown color.

Photo of DJoe
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very good beer. Poured a dark brown with a half inch head. Tended toward the malty side, but with a lingering hoppy bitterness.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.77/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light amber hue with a white head that recedes to a ring. Aroma of alcohol and stale grains. The taste has faded caramel, lemon juice, and faint bitterness. Not the best tasting beer for style fairly abrasive actually. Has an oxidized note of sherry. Hop flavor helps somewhat. Light bodied, cardboard dry and not moreish in the slightest. Overall, not too good.

Photo of hopsputin
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Syrupy body. Flavor all caramel malts and fresh baked bread. Easy to drink, but not much to it flavor-wise

Photo of RyanK252
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Speakeasy Ales & Lagers pint glass

A: Pours gorgeous deep ruby amber with a frothy off white head that settles and laces very well.

S: Floral and citrus hops, some pine, a touch of deep caramel malt sweetness,

T: Citrus hops, orange, lemon, and a little grapefruit, floral notes, some pine, backed with roasty and rich caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Very tasty hoppy amber. Right in my wheelhouse; this may become a regular.

Photo of metal_91
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definitely good for an Amber ale.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, almost opaque, dark amber/copper/mahogany color with two full fingers of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic. Strong aromas of floral, piney hops up front, followed by some malt, some brown sugar, honey-suckle and grapefruit-like citrus.

Taste: Actually much better than I was expecting considering the amount of hops in the aroma. There’s a very pronounced, floral, piney hops flavor up front, but it is immediately eclipsed by a ton of toasted malt, a lot of brown sugar-like sweetness, finished by just a touch of more hops to round everything out. From the aroma I was expecting a lot more hops in the flavor, but surprisingly and pleasantly, the hops is perfectly balanced with some really good bready malt and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some good carbonation. With an ABV of 6.1%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a much better beer than I was expecting. Like I stated earlier, due to the aroma, I was expecting a much hoppier beer than I got, but this beer is very nicely balanced. Good malt, good hops, good sweetness. Good beer.

Photo of snowman17
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Good drink.. but its not a Belgium Tripel. Strong hoppy smell
and finish.

Photo of Joncasso
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would call it an amber soda. It was a really interesting beer. It wasn't what I expected but I enjoyed it once I got use to it. I will try this again. No doubt in my mind.

Photo of Paulieblaze
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought some recently and really liked it.

Photo of ChrisShep
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Nice smooth malty flavor at first, nice hoppy finish. This really is "red ale"

Photo of seedyone
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

02/06/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Nothing outstanding. OK balance of basic tastes but doesn't impress. I'm not a fan of overt beers, but this makes me wonder 'what's the point'. Mediocre at best.

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There is caramel and bread from the malt in the aroma along with pine and floweriness from the hops. The malt and hops are fairly even in prominence. The body is a deep mahogany with orange-ish highlights and a dense, almost creamy, light khaki head. The flavor includes spicy and flavorful pine, grapefruit, and floweriness, along with a noticeable amount of caramel-like malt. The finish includes a little alcohol and resiny bitterness in addition to the lingering malt. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

Very smooth and flavorful with a significant malt presence, providing a richer and more complex flavor profile than some of the other American ambers I've tried. It does get a wee bit dry and bitter in the finish, but it's subtle enough merely to contribute a little bite to its otherwise soft and well-rounded character.

Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red amber with a medium beige head with good lacing. Has an abundance of caramel malt with pine earthy hops,dark fruity notes. A medium body with a bit sweet and sticky mouth feel. Sweet caramel malt and earthy pine hops bitterness on the end that linger awhile. Brew seems a bit heavy for an amber style ale but has lot of flavor and good sweet malt character. A good brew.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

A: Burgundy with an off-white one finger head that settles to bubbles and foam. Thick lacing.

S: Piney hops, biscuity malts, grapefruit.

T: A nice malt/hop balance. Smooth, sessionable. The cranberries on the finish kinda killed the overall taste. Bad choice of ingredients.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: I don't know if traveling in my wife's suitcase from LA to Mississippi messed up the taste. But I was expecting more. Once again, the cranberries cut in on the taste.

Photo of Tok
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Malty but yet smooth, the hop level is under a pale ale and balanced with hints of chocolate. Nice amber/ red color and foam level in the pour. Think a better flat tire...

Photo of abernardi_705
5/5  rDev +29.9%

My personal all-time favorite beer.

Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A fairly dark amber that gradually gets more golden towards the bottom. Fairly translucent for an amber that is somewhat dark
S: Does not smell like much besides a dose of hops and roasted malts
T: If you love IPA's and Amber Ales than you will love this beer because Speakeasy does a nice job of mixing both. This amber ale is considerably hopped, but in a nice way that tastes like a hybrid beer. They could call it an Indian Amber Ale
M: Smooth with a nice effervescent bite. Nicely carbonated
O: Would definitely recommend because of its unique combination of hops and malts. I am definitely going to be trying other Speakeasy beers

Photo of richj1970
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

A: Pours a deep golden amber color with a one finger white head. Reasonably heavy lacing.

S: Toasted bread. Caramel. Touch of dark fruits.

T: Mainly bready malts with a hint of citrus and fruits.

M: Full body.

O: Decent amber ale. Easy drinking, but nothing really outstanding about it.

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, ripe fruit and caramel malt. Body is full and crisp. Caramel malt, citrusy hops and red berries nicely balanced on the pallet. Finish is long, dry, and bitter. Very tasty brew.

Photo of DavidLosAngeles323
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is awesome. The bottle Is different, a more thug like art and feel. I've had in bottle and glass, prefer bottle as it given its natural fruit flavor. Smells great and unlike citrus ale's is given a lot more different fruit flavors. Beer is great I've had it on multiple occasions I rather have the ipa version though. Suggest everyone to try

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Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
87 out of 100 based on 877 ratings.