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Prohibition Ale - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Prohibition AleProhibition Ale

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very good

812 Ratings

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Ratings: 812
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 30
Gots: 79 | 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 thain709
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A solid amber body...off white head...great lacing

S - Caramel malts and citrus hops

T - Blended nicely...upfront with hops...then a nice caramel sweetness backbone

M - Creamy and smooth

D - Very pleased with this...right on par with Big Daddy IPA...solid beer

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 beerthulhu
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Coppery-penny pour has a dark tan, patchy head that was fairly quick to dissipate. Soft visible signs of carbonation when backlighted with a thin, spongy film ring encompassing the vessel.

S: Dripping wet sense of wet citrus and pine arrive on the nose backed by a sweet caramel malting that is very well balanced with a good awareness factor.

T:b Flowery-citrus and pine are strong on the first sip, lightly dry toasted malt with a vibrant sense of hoppiness throughtout. Nice flavorful aspect, mixing with a good background of bitterness, clean with a high alpha bitterenss perhaps centennial with some possible columbus pungent flowery hops for flavor? seems like it.

M: Sticky feel with a lighter end of medium viscosity, dry toasted feel and fade with a flowery citrus hop stickiness lingering behind.

O: Overall had this awhile ago before sharpening up my palate and beer reviewing skills, this holds up strong and is just as good as i remember. Easty multiples and case worthy.

Photo of dukedevil0
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up this 12 oz bottle from Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, Ohio.

A: Pours into a pint glass a hazy amber/orange with minimal white head that reduces to close to zero after settling. Average lacing on the glass.

S: Aroma is of carmelly malts and citrous.

T: Taste is similar to aroma; carmelly malts, slightly citrousy but not in a sweet way, minor bitterness finish. Maybe some pine flavor in there somewhere too.

M: Thin and has average carbonation.

D: I didn't like the beer enough to want to try another. It almost tasted like it has some rye beer characteristics, which I'm not a big fan of.

Photo of Offa
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very good, tasty, solid, very drinkable beer.

Amber, it has a medium, off-white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps, and leaving some lace.

The aroma is toasty, caramelly malt, citrus (leaning to grapefruit but just barely), juice.

The taste is pretty richly malty with caramelly toast, with a hint of chocolate as well as grapes, grapefruit, some pine and leaves. It is creamy, yet zesty in feel with good balance, a light bitter finish.

Photo of biernuss
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a six pack and was glad I did. It poured nicely with a dark copper somewhat reddish hue with a nice decent head which recessed into nice lacing. The aroma was nice but undistinguishable. The taste was great and the mouthfeel was very thick. I now have a three pack remaining which speaks of its drinkability.

Photo of Randon
4.95/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has to be one of my favorites. Great complexity in the flavor from start to finish. Pours with nice head, has a great smell to it. Nice combination of hops balanced with the caramel flavor. Very smooth on the tongue. Bought bottles at Bevmo in Tempe, brought to Albuquerque since can't find it around here. Amazingly, this beer goes down smooth and flavorful, and is the gift the keeps on giving as you are reminded of the great taste when you burp it back up. No kidding! Can only vouch for this when drank on an empty stomach.

Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from Nikki's Liquors in Providence...
As far as an American amber is concerned, this is by far an excellent depiction of the style...
Poured a deep, amber, dark-copper hue with a decent-sized head that soon receded and deposited a thick film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Spectacular aroma, laden with rich malts, deep amber and grains, biscuits, and caramel...
Taste strongly complemented the smell... Crisp, clean, robust, with a thick malt backbone and a touch of hops for balance...
Creamy, thick, rich mouthfeel along with a great level of drinkability...

Photo of BDIMike
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a lot of carbonation. The carbonation creates a huge tan head that stays throughout the beer.
Smell has a very nice hop smell. The hops have a very nice grapefruit citrus smell.
Taste has a really nice strong hop taste. There is a tinge of caramel malt as well, which balances the really nice hop taste.
Mouthfeel has a really great thickness for an amber ale. There is also a very good smoothness too it as well.
The extreme hops start off as hard to take, but the caramel malts balance it out for great drinking pleasure. The beer has a 6.1% ABV, but remains an awesome session beer. Highly recommended...

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

Pours deep amber/copper color. Nice & clear. Thick & fluffy 1 finger white topped head.

Smells of citrus hops, smeet caramel, & a nice bisquity malty aroma.

Nice full caramel sweetness with enough of a hop bite to satisfy. Nicely balanced.

Smooth, creamy, medium bodied, with a lingering malty finish.

Very sessionable. Several without a problem.

A big flavorful American Amber. Nicely priced. Go get some.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of joe1510
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

I received this as an extra in a recent trade with BrewerB, thanks again Brian! Prohibition Ale fills my pint glass with an amber red liquid and shows good clarity. There's a little chill haze left behind but not much. A handsome dirty white head grew to two fingers on the pour and as it eventually settled to a thick cap became creamy and left behind some sticky lacing. Streams of tiny carbonation bubbles keep the head a respectable size throughout. This is a good looking amber.

I really enjoy the smell of this beer and it possesses what I'm looking for in a standard red but unfortunately there's a slight metallic twang in there I could do without. It doesn't ruin the aroma but it does drop the score slightly. With the metallic quality out of the way the first thing I notice is candied orange and lime peel over luscious caramel and lightly toasted grains. This beer smells like candy and like I said earlier, I do really enjoy the aroma.

The twang is, luckily, nowhere to be found in the flavor. The citric hoppiness never jumps out at me but does work to balance the caramel and toasty grain maltiness. Candied orange peel, lime peel and orange oil all join in the fun. I usually find ambers, unless hopped like an IPA, to be rather boring but Prohibition is an excellent example of the style. The hops balance out the maltiness perfectly and create a delicious amber.

The body is medium with a soft but quick moving carbonation that keeps the beer flowing. There's a little stick on the swallow and the citric hoppiness leaves a mild bitterness behind.

This is a super easy drinking generously hopped amber ale. The one bottle I have is disappearing far to fast and I would love to have another. Prohibition turned out to be an excellent session-er.

I'm shocked by the enjoyability factor of this beer. I really wasn't expecting a whole lot and this turned out to be very good. This isn't groundbreaking but an all around expertly crafted beer. Thanks again for the treat Brian!

Photo of Murchmac
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought as a single, its usually a standard at most parties I go to, but never really get it on tap.

Pours a cool reddish, amber, orange color.

Deep malt smell.

Good clean taste, spicy, citrus hops.

I like this beer. A little too carbonated for me, but enjoyable. They really dont do a bad beer.

Photo of johnd513
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go to barleywinefiend for this one.
Pours a nice copper color with a good size head that disappears relatively quickly. This beer smells and tastes of a nice spicy citrus flavor. This beer gets high marks from me for its rich flavor and high drinkability. I would drink this regularly if it was readily available to me.

Photo of Jayli
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a copper/amber color. Minimal head with decent lacing. Upon opening the beer, you could capture it's scent immediately. It has a full malt scent, with some hops in the back.
This beer has a great mouth feel, and full taste that leads to a definitive drinkability. I only wish my local liquor store didn't pick a few micro brews here and there that you get teased with, and can't purchase again. This is a keeper!

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Phillyduke
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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!!

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of RixBeer
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of jackorain
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Photo of Rzzzzz
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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)

Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
87 out of 100 based on 812 ratings.