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Prohibition Ale - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Not Rated.
Prohibition AleProhibition Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

331 Reviews

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Reviews: 331
Hads: 911
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 34
Gots: 173 | 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

Prohibition Ale is the first beer we bootlegged back in 1997. Anything but traditional and now a GABF winning brew (2013–American Amber/Red Category), Prohibition pours a deep reddish amber hue, with a fluffy tan head that leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass. A lush, complex aroma teases the senses with juicy grapefruit, citrus, pine, spice and candied caramel malts. Mouth-feel is creamy, with a silky, medium body and modest carbonation.
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Reviews: 331 | Hads: 911
Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a pint glass. Pours a dark and deep amber with ruby red undertones.....2 finger frothy head with lacy residue on the glass. Light hints of citrus, with deep caramel almost burnt caramel malty notes.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 fl. oz. bottle. Bottled on 05/18/2015. Poured into tulip.

A: Dark brown, darker than average of the style. Clear. Decent amount of foam and retention.
S: Intense hops aroma: tropical fruits and some grass/herbs.
T: Moderate malty sweetness. Moderate hoppy (of herbs). Quite balanced. Finish is dry.
M: Light bodied. Moderate carbonation.
O: Impressive amber ale.

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Photo of daisyfching
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smooth and sweet, with a fruity and caramel undertone/aftertaste. It's a well-balanced beer that pairs well with most food as it's not too bold, overall a solid choice!

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Photo of extracelestrial13
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying this beer at a wonderful bar called "The Roost" in NY. The bartender recommended that I try this beer after me mentioning that I loved the Oskar Blues G'night Imperial and he was spot on!

Prohibition is a clear copper ale with a thin beige lacing. It is a lively beer with citrusy taste and balanced carbonation levels.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.77/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper, thumbnail sized tan foam head, creamy lace.
Sweet malt forward nose, bready, biscuity,
Sweet and malt forward in taste. Very smooth and creamy feel. The finish is hops forward, leafy and dry. Soft carbonation brings out the flavor. A solid and tasty amber ale.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Joncasso
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of seedyone
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

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Photo of Tok
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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...

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Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of richj1970
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of DavidLosAngeles323
4.53/5  rDev +18%
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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Photo of arizcards
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Total Wine back in early March for $2.29. Bottled on 10/31/13...a bit of a risk buying a bottle that old.

Beer poured amber-red with a beautiful off white head that has settled down to flotsam.

Nose is bready and citrusy.

Taste is bready malts with some toastiness; hops are citrus with some pine. Pretty well balanced although there is some residual hops in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some decent carbonation.

Overall this is the type of smaller red i have not seen in awhile, quite tasty despite being almost 7 months old. I will definitely look for this one again!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. There seems to be a spate of Prohibition-themed brews available of late - at least it looks like these guys have been doing it for a long while.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent dispersing cloud pattern lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of biscuity, crackery, and toasted bready caramel malt, orange and grapefruit rind, musty pine needles, a dry oily nuttiness, and the suggestion of some burbling alcohol underneath it all. The taste is more grainy, toasty caramel malt, rather dry citrus peel notes - grapefruit, orange, and kiwi - pithy nuts, subtle pine forest floor detritus, and a certain flinty, almost metallic alcohol edge.

The carbonation is moderate in its goings-on, if a bit tightly frothy at times, the body punching in at a sturdy middleweight, and mostly smooth, but for a bit of stoney flintiness, one that I can no longer attribute to the booze. It finishes with a strong drying kick, the roasted character of the malt starting to show its collusion with the wets, er, I mean, the encroaching bitterness of the general public's wanton desire for all things hoppy.

A pleasant enough amber ale, the hops certainly doing their thing, and doing it well. Far be it from me, an avowed hop-head, to complain, but, ok, I'm also a fan of balance, and the way the malt showed up here, shook its frilly bits and bobs, and then left with the first goomba with a big, um bankroll, kind of bugs me. Stay and fight the good fight, ya coward! Anyways, a tasty affair, just somewhat underwhelming, right where it shouldn't be, y'know?

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Photo of matjack85
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this on tap at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $5 for a pint glass.

Very clear pale red color with a ½-finger of tan head on top that didn't last that long but did leave a good amount of lacing behind.

This beer smells really hoppy with some caramel malt underneath the hops.

This is really hoppy for a red ale. If I didn't know better I would have thought someone had given me an IPA. It's mostly a mix of pine and grapefruit hops only slightly balanced with some sweet caramel and other roasted malts. Way too bitter for my liking for this style, and the bitterness continues to linger on the palate long into and even after the finish.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

It's not that it's that bad a beer. It's just not what I'm looking for in an amber/red ale.

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Photo of ihaveajob
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Having this on tap at The Creamery, in San Francisco. Cherry wood color, caramel aroma and mouth feel. Not too much head, probably because of the sugar content. A bit heavy at 7% ABV for a happy hour. I can feel a hangover coming after 3 of these babies!

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Photo of farrago
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, big fluffy head, over two fingers of deep tan foam, mottled surface, good portion of larger bubbles, the lacking streaks are thick and stick strongly. The liquid is a noticeably dark amber, red base which leans more towards a bright brown than orange, very clear but as “opaque” as this style of beer can get, hardly any bubbles visible at all. Chocolate and caramel get the nose started, like a German chocolate cake, stiffens with grains, quinine and pine sap, with a brush of white grapefruit you’d almost start thinking it is a weird sort of IPA, the golden raisin, peach, yellow apple, fig fruit subdued, ends with a sort of dampened campfire smokiness. Medium-bodied, creamy attack, plush and soft, not much prickle in the carbonation. Lots of coconut oil, cocoa and cola bean through the attack but not that sweet. Something like sweet cigar wrapper next to the metallic earth, fallen wood and hops, the white grapefruit and orange citrus comes and goes but bites when it is there. As in the nose, the peach, apricot, raisin fruit waits until the end to begin to strut. Displays good personality and switches things up frequently enough to keep you interested.

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Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
86 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.