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Prohibition Ale - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Prohibition AleProhibition Ale

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very good

697 Ratings

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Ratings: 697
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 26
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of Wetpaperbag


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice copper color, with a fluffy head. The hoppy flavors were a bit of a surprise to me. They guy at the bottle store said it had a touch of hops and that was no joke. The hop flavor was very much there, but as far as the beer itself went it was a great beer, and matched the west coast style of red ale quite well. This beer was just very well rounded and fun to drink. The name itself is enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 15:41:12 | More by Wetpaperbag
Photo of Phillyduke


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: No bottled-on or best-by date. Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. A small head fades quickly, though there is a bit of fine lacing left clinging to the side of the glass. Beer is a deep amber red color, hazy and nearly opaque from the floating particles. Very little carbonation is noticeable. I'm intrigued...

S: Rich sweet malts with hints of raisins, figs and other dried fruit. Is it Christmas in July? A slight note of alcohol is detectable. Hops aren't all that noticeable, but I can tell I'm in for a big taste.

T: The smell certainly didn't disappoint. Big, rich, bready malt flavors dominate the palate and a pleasant bitter hop finish kicks in on the back end. The taste isn't quite as complex as the nose, as I'm missing most of the dried fruit flavors. Still extremely rich and flavorful, though. Alcohol is barely noticeable, though it warms the stomach.

M: Mouthful is medium-to-full bodied, viscous and velvety. Has almost a milk-like quality to the feel. It leaves a bit of a residue behind along with a lingering malt sweetness & hop bite.

D/O: For a beer that was a "throw in" with a trade, I certainly wasn't expecting something as rich and complex as this. Had I known, I probably would have waited for a cooler night this fall to enjoy it. I'd be interested in trying it when I knew it to be fresh, as I'd like to see if there's a more pronounced hop presence than I experienced. I think that would really throw this one over the top. That being said, this is an excellently crafted beer that toys with being a Winter Warmer more than an Amber Ale, but the rich sweet malt and heavier mouthfeel would probably prevent me from drinking more than one or two in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 23:51:29 | More by Phillyduke
Photo of SurlyDuff


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled with the expected Speakeasy silkscreen logo, with its eyes watching me pop the cap, possibly making sure I get ever drop out.

Rich copper, clear with a light tan head.

Big aroma with the alcohol poking through. Dark fruits also in there when it warms up. Obviously the hops and a rich sweet malt are right ontop. Hops are deep rich pine and pepper/spice.

Medium to full body. Foamy carbonation in the mouth. Very Stone-esque strenght to the hops/malt. Big flavors of overripe fruit, almost imperial tasting. I would have expected this to be around 10% based on the taste and aroma. Hops start with pine, smoked wood, and then spicy (pepper).

Amazingly complex for the seemingy standard amber I was expecting. Really enjoying this one!!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 03:12:44 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of BEERchitect


3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 14:05:30 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Zorro


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear red colored ale with a smallish tan colored head.

Quite an aromatic ale even from a distance. Lots of malt and caramel and toffee aroma with a touch of butter and Vanilla. Major scents of tobacco, mint, leather and wood. Distinct Herbal aroma of English hops, Kent Golding probably.

Taste starts out woody and malty with a vanilla and white oak aftertaste. This has the taste of an ale fermented or aged on wood. Taste is much like the smell a rich mildly bitter ale. Herbal and woody it has the taste of an English styled ale.

Mouthfeel is OK, but not great.

Quite a tasty ale here to say the least. Rich but still mild enough to drink a whole stein full anytime. A new favorite up there with local favorite Firestone Walker Ales.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 02:46:10 | More by Zorro
Photo of RixBeer


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

Pours a true amber color with a very sparse head that fades quickly. Very fast moving carbonation (bubbly looking).

At first the smell of caramel takes over the grapefruit hops, biscuit, light raisin and barely present spiciness.

Very crisp and smooth tasting with a clean pine, fig, grapefruit and deep caramel play off one another to create a fairly complex dance in a sea of medium carbonation.

Feels medium bodied full of flavors that don't overwhelm rather lend complexity to each other to enhance the mouthfeel of this really good beer.

This is a must try. You may like it, you may not. You should pick this one up and give it a shot!

Damn Tasty!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 22:41:41 | More by RixBeer
Photo of barleywinefiend


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

Poured a nice reddish amber with a big lasting head that leaves great spotty lacing on the glass. Nose is of abundant caramel with a hint of pine, citrus hops. It has some very earthy tones to it. I still sense a nutty flavor to it. The malts really remind me of the Old Godfather. Taste was good but the mouthfeel was rather weak. I am not a fan of Ambers but this is smooth and easy flowing. Drinkability is good! Perhaps one of the best Ambers I ahve ever consumed.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 03:32:37 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of jackorain


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Brown, cloudy off-white head from aggressive pour fell to a few splotches and a tall collar with some lacing
S-Freash bakes bread, caramel malts. Spicy, earthy hops. Some pine and grapefruit hops as well very strong hop aroma.

T-Similar to the nose with a nice long lingering bitterness. Piney, spicy and earthy ntes in the hops.

M-medium body with a nice complementaing carbonation.

D-I could deintiely have a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 16:39:41 | More by jackorain
Photo of TheBierBand


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I shared this with a friend who is just getting into better beers... it was a hit!

We each poured our 12 oz bottles into a pint glass. The pour enabled a head of 1" in the glass over a nice amber beer. The lace was pronounced!

Nose: A nice malty/caramel aroma with some grassy hops back-up.

Taste: Taste a lot like an APA with some nice malt flavor added. The hops were readily apparent but not too much... nicely balanced.

MF: Perhaps a bit fizzy.... but a harder pour would solve this.

Drink: Definately one of the good ones. Speakeasy has established themselves as a force to be reckoned with!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 15:15:10 | More by TheBierBand
Photo of Rzzzzz


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, hazy amber with a mild white head. strong aroma of sweet malt, floral hops, citrus. Flavor to match: big on sweet malt from the start, balanced by a dry hops finish. Mouthfeel is full and sticky with carbonation on the stronger side. A solid brew.

(Empty bottle currently having a staring contest on the counter with an unopened bottle of Lucid Absinthe)

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 03:39:46 | More by Rzzzzz
Photo of BeerSox


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Barely hazy deep amber hue with a light tan one finger head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.

Spicy hops sit on top of caramel aromas from the long wort boil.

Caramel malts along with some balancing bitterness from the hops. A little bit of citrus is in there. Medium bodied with a light fizziness. The finish is the lingering hops.

I'm starting to like these hoppy Amber Ales. Sort of the sister to an AIPA with a little more graininess and caramel. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 00:42:19 | More by BeerSox
Photo of illidurit


3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Despite a healthy pour, there's no more than a half finger of tan head atop this hazy rusty umber colored beer. Not much retention or lacing either. Aroma is of grapefruity hops and caramel malt. Taste starts out sweet and malty with an obvious caramel note that is quickly interrupted by sharp grapefruit hops. The finish is both maple syrupy and bitter from hops. Sticky mouthfeel, high carbonation. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 23:33:20 | More by illidurit
Photo of mobyfann


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $8.99 for a mixed 6'er at Wild Oats...

The beer pours a clear amber colored base, moderate white head, excellent head retention for the 45 minutes, and excellent lacing effects throughout the beer's session. In the aroma I noticed two noticeable scents; floral hops and fruity apricot, a little subtle.

The taste is very thick, full bodied, moderate to heavy carbonation and has an easy-going hop and mild malt aftertaste post-delivery; it feels complete yet basic at the same time. Excellent in the mouth with the creamy head and at 6.1% abv is an ideal slow session beer.

Final Thought: This is a great red ale with no complexity.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 01:25:50 | More by mobyfann
Photo of JDV


3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rich amber, mostly opaque pour. Good offwhite head. Nice hoppiness, with a touch of sweetness in the nose. Hoppier side for an amber, tastewise, and very pale ale like. Milds short lasting bitter hop aftertaste, but not that well balanced in my opinion. 1 is enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 05:43:27 | More by JDV
Photo of Dodo2step


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again given to me by a friend.

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle and very little lacey head and no staying power. The beer has a cloudy and foggy burnt orange look to it.

Can smell the toasted malts to an extent and can also pick up on some fruit flavor, maybe that of orange or lemon. Not too strong.

The taste is mid to mid-high in hoppiness. Not bad and i think it is just right. A hint of caramel and orange hit my throat as i swallow.

I cant really taste the toasted flavor that much. It feels a lil dry in my mouth yet just enough to wet my insides. It goes down smooth and no bad afteraste lingers like i have had in some red ales. A good beer but not too much to review about.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 00:25:35 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of wheelinshirt


2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown longneck silk-screened bottle, pretty fancy but no freshness date. Poured into two small glasses.

Color looked copper to me, like an IPA rather than an amber. Modest off white head with okay retention and a little lacing. Smell was hoppy, not a lot of malt backbone coming through on the nose. Taste was a little hoppy, somewhat bitter, and very boring otherwise. Almost watery. Could have definately used some sweet malt to balance out the bitterness which wasn't huge, but was too much considering the lack of balance.

Mouthfeel was thin and unsatisfying, could have easily had another but wouldn't have wanted one. I want to try some of speakeasy's other beers, but so far they are 0 for 2 for me. I wish they had freshness dates so i could know whether these are old bottles or not. I haven't seen this at Abe's before, so I know they haven't had it long, but who knows how long it was sitting at the brewery or distributor.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 12:59:17 | More by wheelinshirt
Photo of morayeel


5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is one of or not the best ale I have ever had on tap. There is so much you could say about this ale but im going to sum it all up in one word "AWSOME". If you never had this ale you dont know what you are missing. Go ahead and step on up to a big boy ale thats going to blow you away.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2008 01:25:00 | More by morayeel
Photo of stephendr


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

twelve ounce glass bottle- color of amber , with a tan head - full nose of fresh hops , light spruce , and slight citrus – taste of hops , citrus , and malt - body is medium , dry , and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of resinous , hops , and dry

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 06:48:09 | More by stephendr
Photo of Traquairlover


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Translucent amber color, small head. heavy lacing, virtually no carbonation bubbles after the first couple of minutes.

S = Honestly, if I had nothing to go on, I would think from the smell that this was a kick ass west coast American IPA. Because of its darker appearance I guess I am not surprised it is classified as an American Ameber Ale, but that is a cop out. This smells and tastes like an AIPA, similar to Sierra Nevada IPA or Anchor Liberty Ale. I would need to do a side by side side tasting to exaplin their differences but they have the same character.

T = Honestly, see smell, it explains the taste, too. Add to that a serious taste of pine. I love this beer. It is good American hopped up ale.

M = Light to light-medium bodied, frizzy carbonation in the sip.

D = I would happily drink this on virtually any occasion. However, it is not really differentiated much from a panoply of American IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 10:01:31 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a hazy, peachy orange with a finger or so of creamy off-white foam. Some strands of lace rope around the glass and leave a wall as the beer level lowers.

Aroma - starts off with a sweet, almost boozy nose, like a barleywine. Some juicy hops set up and hang around. Nice start.

Taste - biscuity malts. full-flavored, some crackery edges. The hops start out citrusy, then turn grapefruit and pine. The hops continue into the aftertaste, dryer and more bitter. The hops become the show once the palate is assimilated, very little malt presence getting through now. Tasty.

Mouthfeel - slightly to the thin side, but still a decent body. Crisp carbonation makes for a prickly feeling on the swallow.

Drinkability - I'd like to try this one with a meal. Lots of flavor, stopping just short of medicinal on the hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 03:52:04 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Lambstrong


4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is golden amber in color with a yellowish head. There is decent head retention. It has a very sweer hoppy aroma. The taste is one of a well balanced malt to hop ratio. Also present is a sweetness with caramel notes. Very good mouth feel. All in all, a very good well balanced beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 21:19:29 | More by Lambstrong
Photo of csmiley


3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Has a nice dark copper color with about 3/4 inch of head. Head was gone pretty quick but lacing was pretty good.

S - First smell is hops. That seems a bit different considering this is an Amber Ale. There is a sweet malt in the background - a very distant background.

T - Interesting. Hops are really the major player but the malt profile shows up more in the flavor. Once it warms, the "amber" in the ale shows up. Aftertaste is a decent combonation of the hops and malt.

M - Oddly, given the abv and hop bite, this was a medium bodied beer. Carbonation was a little on the light side.

D - This is good beer that I could (and will) easily have again. To really appreciate the brew I would suggest letting it warm for a minute before trying it. That seems to be the key to getting the Amber Ale flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 03:36:28 | More by csmiley
Photo of paulthebeerguru


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a hint of brown. Decent brownish-white head that fades after the first minute. The aromas are of toasted malts and a strong, outstanding hop aroma, I'm picking up chinook, or something with a huge alpha acid score. The taste starts of sweet from the malts, and a lot of pine and flowers from the overbearing hops, overbearing being good in this one. Mouthfeel is a little dry due to the hops, but is balance perfectly with the malt characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 02:15:21 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of Reidrover


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

Nice looking amber coloured ale with a nice sized tan head. WOAH this has some spicy hoppy aroma for an "amber ale"!!, some caramel malts underneath , but well buried. Very hoppy, citric for an amber, but it does have a rich malty balance in the end, but again near the end the hops roar back into top-gear. Nice on the palate, quite good. Overall i have my doubts about this being an "Amber ale" it totally stretches the category to the max. This is more an IPA though on the balanced side.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 13:12:14 | More by Reidrover
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 15:21:21 | More by Phyl21ca
Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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