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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

688 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 25
Gots: 31 | 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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javiernano

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-06-2012 02:07:58 | More by javiernano
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shelby415

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-01-2012 06:39:17 | More by shelby415
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jk3

New York

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

02-28-2012 23:52:37 | More by jk3
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StoicBeast

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-25-2012 09:02:29 | More by StoicBeast
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-24-2012 18:05:59 | More by RoryOMoore
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mactrail

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 07:11:36 | More by mactrail
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -48.2%

02-19-2012 03:38:44 | More by jfcaa193
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Crstumpf

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-17-2012 05:43:55 | More by Crstumpf
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theempire

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-16-2012 01:16:23 | More by theempire
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HopHeadAndy

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-09-2012 07:16:31 | More by HopHeadAndy
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BigPlay1824

New York

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: pours a perfectly clear beautiful amber color with a two finger head that is creamy and light tan in color, leaves spotty and thin lacing
S: nice hoppiness and also a nice depth with slight woody notes
T: great taste, perfect for the style, smooth and slightly woody with caramel notes at the end
M: gentle carbonation, thin and smooth, leaves the mouth slightly dry
O: loved it and found it to be spot on for the style

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 01:06:45 | More by BigPlay1824
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electtodefer

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-05-2012 06:33:31 | More by electtodefer
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david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my review of the bottle a while back:

I'm such a big fan of the Big Daddy and Double Daddy IPA and Double IPA's respectively. American Ambers and Red ale are hard to be crazy about and this one is no different. However, there's definitely nothing wrong with it and it has a great red color. Aroma and flavor are decent with good maltiness but nothing overwhelming. At 6.1 Alcohol by volume, it's almost a session beer and a good one for the winter.

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I actually enjoyed the draft a lot better (of enjoyed it more this time around). A very good amber ale that's quite easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 20:14:24 | More by david18
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-01-2012 03:05:09 | More by AndrewMichael
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jh1982

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-22-2012 00:12:04 | More by jh1982
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bwyu

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-21-2012 05:33:17 | More by bwyu
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bbb099

California

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy brownish amber color with foamy egg-colored head. Moderate amount of lacing and decent retention.

S - Nutty caramel malt aroma. Hints of spices present.

T - Strong toffee and nutty flavors coming from the malt, tastes almost like a dark beer. Only a small amount of hops if any.

M - Good amount of carbonation, medium to full bodied.

O - Good and enjoyable beer to drink for a copious amount. But it does not steer away much from the average amber, which can be a minus to some.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:40:06 | More by bbb099
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blurjose

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-14-2012 03:35:11 | More by blurjose
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kojevergas

Texas

2.48/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on-draught into a plastic cup at Speakeasy's decrepit warehouse - I mean brewpub. Reviewed from notes. Why does a brewery see fit to serve their beer into plastic cups? I may never know.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream and thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a dark copper.

Sm: Amber hops and other bittering hops. Perhaps too many hops for the balance? A decent aroma.

T: Amber hops and weak cream - that's it. It's simple garbage. Imbalanced and weak.

Mf: Smooth and wet. It suits the flavour okay, I guess. No real depth, layering, or complexity. It doesn't seem as though they tailored the texture to the taste at all.

Dr: Drinkable but low quality, and expensive at that. I wouldn't try it again if I had to pay for it. A disappointment from Speakeasy. As a side note, beer probably did taste this crappy during prohibition due to limited brewing methods.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 21:13:49 | More by kojevergas
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Kendo

New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the botlle into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is clear reddish-amber with a half-finger off-white head that settles to a bubbly film. Some splotchy lace.

S: Good nose for a red/amber ale - caramel malt/toffee is prevalent, but there's just a touch of citrusy hops as well. Faint bit of earthiness too.

T: Very nice. Clean. Balanced. Good amber/red traits: strong caramel malt foundation, with some toastiness as well, but there's a good amount of citrusy, tropical fruit-like hoppiness. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium in heft, body is wisely lighter than it could have been given what seems to be a fairly large malt profile. Where some bigger amber/reds can become slick and heavy, this one remains on the lighter side, enhancing its drinkability. Carbonation is modest; it could use a touch of fine prickliness, but all in all the mouthfeel is a plus.

O: Good stuff. Not a standout, amazing beer in any single category, but overall, this one's well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 01:49:10 | More by Kendo
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felixljr

New York

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

12-21-2011 05:49:05 | More by felixljr
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Musineer

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-18-2011 16:40:40 | More by Musineer
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mhalby

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-17-2011 01:09:55 | More by mhalby
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photomike

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-14-2011 18:28:09 | More by photomike
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.3%

12-11-2011 13:51:41 | More by jenray
Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
87 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.