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Prohibition Ale - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Prohibition AleProhibition Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

811 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 30
Gots: 78 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-27-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by ggroller:
Photo of ggroller
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit that I wasn't expecting anything good from this one. I thought the bottle label and name of the beer was completely cheesey. It reminded me of Steel City cans or Three Stooges beer. Anyway, WOWEE! What a great surprise. This beer poured a nice copper color with very sticky, sturdy head that hung around and laced down the glass until the last sip. The taste was very complex with huge hops and fruity notes throughout that remained consistant until the last swallow. I also picked up on a little cinammon. The mouthfeel was thick but not too sweet or sticky. I will definitely have this one again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed the other offerings I have had from Speakeasy for the most part Iam glad I have the chance to try this.Poured a clear deep bronze with a well formed craterous white head that left patches of lace behind as it settled,grapefruit rind really sticks out at first notice in the nose with some toastiness and caramel.An aggressive hop profile shows itself in this amber and thats nice but it doesnt have the nice complex malt base that the Lagutinas Tocaloma I just drank had the caramel is there but just not alot of character.A solid beer no doubt and I wouldnt turn it down by any means but there are better.

Photo of RoyalT
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is dark orange in color, maybe even a bit brownish, and very clear. The head come up easy and was light and puffy.

Smell – The hop profile at the nose is sharp and complex. The malt makes up an honest backbone and has some good caramel notes. There’s also some light fruiting here, maybe pears or something like that. Overall a very nice nose.

Taste – This has a light, East Coast-style flavor. The hops are tangy and a bit fruity. The malt stepped back a bit from the nose but is still there.

Mouthfeel – This is really light-bodied I’d have to say. I found the flavors competing against one another and thought things good have been better blended.

Drinkability – They have some great flavors in this ale if they can just get them to work a little more together.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Scoma's in San Francisco. It pours a medium-hued amber orange, with a minimal head but some lace is present.

Smells hoppy, like many west-coast pale ales are. This is cascade all the way, no doubt about it. The citric aroma is up front and aggressive.

Taste is also a bit hoppy. Maybe a bit, but it's bold and it makes a statement. There is some sweet sugary flavors but not much can be detected through the damn hops. I like cascade though, so this beer is very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is a bit chunky. Little carbonation but the hops leave such a film in my mouth that it's a little oily. Not too bad, but not good either. Certainly above average.

A really refreshing pale ale. Aggressive and bold, but not balanced enough for me to really give it props. Still, a solid beer.

Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of ImperialPaleTom
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of BeerDreadz
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12onz. amber bottle with a really nice label (one of the best for me, really catch my eye)

Appearance: This beer really make honors to the name of the style, you can have a debate if is a pale brown or red.Some cream head above it.

Smell: Malt is very present in there, caramel and a sweet aroma.

Taste:medium bodied,ery malty ,hops can be taste,but the malt is more present,sweetness like caramel and a little bit it bitterness after taste.

Mouthfeel & Drinkabitlity: Nice beer, i can have one this again,

Photo of sasoares
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of TTripp725
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a silk-screen painted on label, devious eyes are on the neck and a shady looking couple are looking for a real "Speakeasy". No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Very deep and dark reddish amber hue, a well observed clarity shows that the beer has some carbonation left after a semi-vigorous pouring that left an unwavering light tan cake like head in its wake.

Smell: Intense hop aroma with a bold caramel malt to keep it in check. Oily hop of fresh pine, tree bark and grapefruit rind in the nose, straight-up sweet malt aroma pokes through with hints of dark caramel and toasted biscuits. Handful of fruity esters gives off a mild fig and raisin aroma.

Taste: Muscular medium body, crisp flavor with a smooth mouth feel. Carbonation is at a moderate level, hops circle around the malt as it plays around with the flavor. Suggestions of pumpernickel, caramel and toasted biscuit show how deep the complexity can get with this ale. Fruitiness is fresh and is doubled with a mild warming alcohol, tastes of pears and raisins. Pungent hops stay dominant but do not strangle the malt in anyway, the pungency varies from pine and spruce to grapefruit and peppery herbal flavors. The actual hop bitterness is sizable and puckers the palate. Caramel seems to push to the finish as well as the toasted flavor which shows a borderline roasted character, the hop bitterness is everlasting.

Notes: An elaborate multi-leveled complexity that jumps from hops to malt several times and touches upon the fruity esters as well, beefy in the hops and a perfectly level malt that leaves everything in balance to a point. A must try, this is what beer is about.

Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, no freshness indication given. Pours orangy medium amber, moderate light tan head and leaves respectable and stringy lacing. Nose is honey maple malty. This is a fairly dry APA, nice mouthfeel, coating, medium bodied and smooth over the tongue. Balance is in evidence here, as this is an easy drinking ale. No complaints.Nothing special, just a better then average, pleasant to quaff, BA worthy brew

Photo of erikjon
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll start by admitting I bought this beer for the marketing gimmick... the idea of the prohibition/speakeasy clubs/bootlegging is an appealing subject to build a brewery around. The beer brewed a beautiful amber red color with a nice thick head, and the aroma of the hops was quite intoxicating in and of itself. It had a very strong hoppy smell, like no other amber ale I've had. It reminded me of a pale ale, or even an IPA. This was a pleasant surprise, I guess you could say. The taste was decent, but nothing spectacular. A very crisp, hoppy ale with little body. This was disappointing because the bottle claimed "A boldly hopped amber ale that strikes a perfect balance between caramel maltiness and its aggressive hopping." I definitely taste the maltiness, but it is anything but balanced (overpowered?) with the hoppiness. The lacing was nice and the beer finished well. If you are looking for an amber ale that drinks more like a mild IPA, then this is the beer for you. As for me, it will easily fade into obscurity as I continue on my quest to find the perfect beer...

Photo of XMoby
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of magictrokini
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent amber. Pours true and clear amber with a puffy white head. Aroma of roasted caramel malt and some hops. Very smooth taste and perfectly balanced between the sweet malt and hop bite. A rare case of being hoppy, but not falling into the "weak IPA" category.

Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown bottle with a crimped on cap. Cool looking bottle silk screened painted label with a pair of eyes floating on the bottle. Brought over by larrydp for reviewing purposes.

Very cloudy,coppery color red/orange hue.Light tan to an off-white head,fair retention leaving a sudsy coating atop. Good amount of carbination leaving sparse lacing.

Grassy/straw aromas at first wiff,very earthy, a big malty nose with rich carmell,very toasty,also nutty with toffee aromas. A good clean pleasing aroma overall.

Sweet carmell malts,very earthy,with a dry grassy feel. Complex maltiness nutty/toffee with a slight burnt edge to it.Finshes with a citrus rind bite almost grapefruit like.

Medium body,tangy and slightly cloying with a juicy feel. Just a bit above average amber,don't think i would want to drink all night,but could drink a few no problem. Good Amber style beer worth a try

Photo of Tono
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of beerismylife
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
87 out of 100 based on 811 ratings.