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Prohibition Ale - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Prohibition AleProhibition Ale

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very good

768 Ratings

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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 28
Gots: 64 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

RedArchitect21, Jun 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Danobold, Jun 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

od_sf, Jun 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

316nuts, Jun 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

LawNoosh, Jun 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

PJCracker, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of jesus808
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

jesus808, Jun 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jborgschulte, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Jupitersample
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Jupitersample, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Thirsty2383
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Thirsty2383, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of beerman999999
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

beerman999999, May 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

CB2maltygoodness, May 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

disruptor32, May 29, 2012
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

2dogbrew, May 17, 2012
Photo of Beelzebeer
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served in tulip, no date on bottle. Approx a year old.

A - Dark toffee colour body, with generous amount of head, which unfortunately didn't stay long. Nice lacing

S - Toffee malt and hops, suprising due to age. Excited to see how this holds up

T - Perfect amount of carbonation, malt toffee, slight slight chocolate, nice hop presence, especially for the age. Nice, rounded balance of buttery caramel malt, and dimished resiny hops. Very pale ale-esque.

M - Perfect. Some weight, but easy to drink. Great beer to have a couple of.

I'm glad I waited a while to have this one. I brought 3 back from NYC a year ago, and it aged quite well. Much better than I had expected. Another sign of a quality brew. Thanks Speakeasy.

Beelzebeer, May 17, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

standardcherry, May 16, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass. [review from notes]

pours a clear, copper/amber tone with just shy of 2 fingers' frothy white/off-white head. average retention; not much lacing to speak of.

nose is primarily malt-forwar: caramel and toasty. notes of hops also evident, although more muted... touch of fruit esters in the background. decent balance between malts and hops in the flavor; an initial sweetness is offset by a relatively dry finish. solid brew, although nothing earth-shaking.

mouthfeel is OK: medium-bodied, medium carbonation, maybe a bit watery... nothing to write home about but decent enough. good drinkability.

original review on: 09-27-2010

BostonHops, May 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

sflefthander, May 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

RES, May 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

keithmurray, May 08, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Man this is the darkest head I ever got on an amber/red ale. Pour did result in some sediment in the glass but not very noticeable. Color is that of an red amber, clear.

S - The caramel malt is pretty nice in this but it does have some depth with some bittering hops and roasted nuts.

T - Drinks kind of like a pale ale with some hops and malts. I really did the roasted aspect in this complimenting the caramel malts.

M - Light to medium went down rather easy.

Overall it's a shame this isn't local but also that I didn't drink this sooner. Been sitting in my fridge for about a month or two. Great overall beer.

DrDemento456, May 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

hayesjw, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in pint glass.

Appearance: Straight amber, a white head is roughly 1/4" if that coming off the body.

Smell: You sniff, then you smell, then you inhale....it is alike breathing in a meal with yeasts, malts and barley. Pretty sticky.

Taste: Malts and barley very very impressing. Comes off sweet with a notch bitterness.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, smoother than butter melting off a pancake. Very complex, even pairing it with sharp cheddar I am overwhelmed.

Overall: This in my honest opinion is some pretty damn good beer. It has properties in everything you would ask for and truly met beyond my expectations. For about six bucks and change this beer is a blessing in disguise. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Apr 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

edglodek, Apr 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

KevdoggNasty, Mar 31, 2012
Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
86 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.