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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

729 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 729
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 26
Gots: 49 | 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)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

On tap at Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a malty finish. There is a medium herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

08-31-2012 00:39:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-28-2012 22:13:20 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that never completely faded away and left lacy patterns down the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose; the pine resin stands out in particular.
T: As you would expect from the smell, there is a moderate amount of hop bitterness in the taste, which has flavors of caramel, grapefruit and orange. There are also some notes of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and the taste is particularly well balanced as the malty sweetness helps to keep the hop bitterness in check.

02-11-2011 00:47:48 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Dusky amberish orange, clear as a bell. Perhaps the slightest suggestion of red when backlit with morning sunlight. The ecru head has a sticky consistency and deposits a fair amount of lace in broken sheets. The aroma is of lemon and grapefruit with an undercurrent of fresh pine. This is my kind of nose, I just hope the flavor follows suit.

It's a little thinner in the mouth than expected and is a little less of a flavor bomb. I have to remind myself that it's 'only' an APA, despite what the appearance and aroma would have me believe. There's a lightly toasted pale maltiness, but citric hops rule the roost. They impart quite a bit of flavor with little actual bitterness. Decent body for a pale ale, but just a bit too fizzy. I was hoping that the bubbles would settle down by the bottom of the bottle, but they haven't.

Prohibition Ale is a solid version and is my slight preference over this brewery's Untouchable Pale Ale. A calmer mouthfeel would be welcome, but it's good beer all the same. I always like to see silk-screened bottles and Speakeasy's are usually well done.

05-03-2004 23:05:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-20-2014 08:56:22 | More by zestar
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Bottle courtesy of Piscator34: Poured a clear deep amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with great retention and perfect lacing. Aroma of bitter hops is dominating with little malt discernable. Taste is also dominated by some deep bitter hops with a dry finish. I could not detect a lot of caramel malt as the label suggested. Body is quite full with some great carbonation.

09-20-2007 15:21:21 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -6%

This beer being my first introduction to the brewery. It is easy to expect an old-world type beer because of the name, but this proves to be a current-style Amber Ale, with only an old-school name. The beer pours a more-viscous-than-normal pint with tan head formation, laces well and retains well. Dark amber / ruby in color takes on the look of a winter warmer. Aromas of strong hops and malts swirl together, delivering caramel barley notes and citrus / pine character from the hops. Estery and spicy compliment the heavier malts and sharp hop flavor. A touch of toast, roasted grain, and chesnut flavors help to round out the sweetness. The beer feels heavy against the toung with more residual sweetness than needed, but not cloying. Finishes with a heavy malt / hop lingering. Good beer, but better attenuation would really have helped the beer.

06-30-2008 14:05:30 | More by BEERchitect
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-25-2014 21:56:32 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-22-2014 18:10:32 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%

Had this back in 2007 and haven't tried it since. From the recent reviews I'm seeing I may not try this one again since a lot of people seem displeased with some of the possible recipe changes. I suppose I should be glad I had it a while ago then I guess. The beer poured out as a nice looking amber color with a pretty decent head on top too. The smell of the beer was a little on the light side, there were some hop aromas and sweet malts in the mix also. The taste was pretty nicely balanced between the hops and the malts. The mouthfeel was drinkable and overall I thought it was a pretty good brew.

09-17-2011 18:20:02 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

11-01-2006 23:38:54 | More by oberon
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-15-2011 19:47:08 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a dark red-amber into a pilsner glass, leaving lots of irregular foam and lacing. There's a glossy, creme brulée sheen on the surface of the foam, which resembles whipped cream.

Smells like strong, fresh hops...grassy, piney, and citrusy.

This carries into the taste, which is accompanied by a toasted malt, that has a roasty, bitter finish. It's well hopped, but not overdone. Fairly approachable, seems like it would appeal to most palates, while remaining a creatively crafted ale.

Mouthfeel is smooth, carries a sense of round fullness that isn't heavy or thick. Would be easy to have several, it's a shame I only have one single.

01-10-2007 01:05:17 | More by emerge077
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largadeer

California

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

Amber in color, dark but beautifully clear, topped by an off-white head that retains at a half-inch cap for the duration of my glass.

The aroma is leafy, floral, faintly herbal - the hop character strikes me as a mix of noble and Northwestern varieties. Hard swirling brings out a touch of toasted malt, pine and a hint of caramel. The balance is right where I like it for amber ales; hop-forward and dry with a solid but understated malt foundation.

The taste lives up to the aroma, opening with an assertive but balanced hop flavor. Leafy, earthy, faintly floral hops support more subtle malt flavors of biscuit and caramel. There's a touch of sweetness mid-palate, but this is dry on the whole, and impressively balanced - it's flavorful in a rounded, nuanced way, with no single characteristic dominating the palate. Toast and a hint of coffee come out in the finish before the hops take over again, leading into a mild and pleasantly bitter finish.

It took me a while to get around to trying this, a few years in fact, but I'm glad I did. This is one of the better West Coast amber ales I can recall having.

01-16-2010 03:49:07 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -0.5%

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?

04-08-2014 03:53:52 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

Crystal clear with a very nice color - truly reddish with copper highlights; like a rich oiled mahogany. The beautiful body is topped by a foamy light-tan colored head that holds very well and leaves some really good lace. The aroma is bold: full of bright, citrusy, Pacific Northwest hops and some fruitiness; well-backed by a dark caramel maltiness. The body is medium light and the carbonation level is moderate. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy. The flavors starts with a bold hoppiness, then wrestles across the tongue with some gentle caramel malt, and eventually fades smoothly into a gently lingering malty & hoppy finish. At first I felt the mouthfeel could have been fuller, but with further thought I feel that the limited body helps to keep the flavors from becoming too full, and allows for a smooth finish without the hops getting hung-up in the throat. A very well done beer that probably deserves more recognition than it gets.

09-02-2002 09:38:50 | More by NeroFiddled
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-21-2012 17:29:59 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, roasted nuts, citrus and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is malty and sweet up front with flavors of caramel & citrus and a touch of smokiness. There's a nice complimentary hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this a nice beer with some substance that is worth pounding for a while.

08-23-2008 23:53:08 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

08-27-2004 22:41:33 | More by Jason
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.59/5  rDev -7%

nice relatively hoppy amber. the pour is deep brick red, clear though, with an inch of khaki head, foamy and lasting. it smells like dryer, but still semi sweet red malts, ale yeast, and a good dose of American west coast hops. the taste matches, yeasty for a red, and the best of both red worlds here, dry and clean, also sweet and rich, its a contrast but a good one. carbonated well, and very easy drinking, I would have guessed 4.5% abv, this is easy going. medium body and a hint of smoke. I don't know what is prohibition about this, it makes me want another. good not great, but aren't most of them? my first brew from speakeasy is good enough to make me want another, so good on them. on tap at renegade publik house.

10-04-2013 02:52:51 | More by StonedTrippin
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WesWes

New York

4.13/5  rDev +7%

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with a floral hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a light pale malt flavor with some crystal malts. The hops are quite bitter and floral on the finish. It goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adeqaute carbonation. This is a good American IPA. It has the color, the aroma, and the fine malt hop balance; a good drinker.

11-20-2004 01:34:16 | More by WesWes
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mactrail

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Coppery amber in the tall chalice. The taste is a surprise-- there's so much of it. Best feature is the rich nutty taste, like browned hazelnuts. The hops are big and aromatic, and play nicely with they malt. Kind of a Pilsener sharp, hoppy flavor with a rich dose of that nutty malt.

Fairly coarse carbonation. Watery body. Lots of hops and a bitter aftertaste. Big pleasant quaff and a flavor-filled mouthful. 22 oz bottle from Mega Liquors in Hemet, Calif.

02-22-2012 07:11:36 | More by mactrail
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.63/5  rDev -6%

Pours a deep copper color that is topped by an off white head. It has a pungent citrusy aroma that is backed by toasted malt notes. Slightly sweet up front with a dry finish that leads to a sense of toasted biscuit lingering on my tongue. These Speakeasy beers are a lot more malty than I remember them being. There is a nice hoppiness here, it is just not as dominant as I would like it to be, or as I remember it being. I get notes of orange, flowery herbal nectar, a sharp tongue tingling bitterness, and a certain sweetness towards the end that tends to tie the maltiness and the hops together. Just a wee bit disappointing in the end, ah such is my memory of this beer.

06-12-2004 22:17:11 | More by Gueuzedude
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Very clear with a dark amber (dirty copper) color. Modest head but it leaves nice head on the glass.

Creamy with some mid-colored malt aroma. Mild hop in the background providing some balance.

Far more hoppy than the aroma would indicate. Solid malt base providing a rich body. Neutral carbonation. The hop is bitingly bitter without the typical spicy notes. The aftertaste is long-lasting and lip-smackingly dry.

02-21-2009 18:13:17 | More by smcolw
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-16-2012 11:36:40 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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