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Prohibition Ale - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Prohibition AleProhibition Ale

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very good

833 Ratings

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Ratings: 833
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 31
Gots: 100 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-27-2002

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Photo of sophisticated
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge amber fan, but was wooed by the very cool bottle/design of this one.

A) Nice caramel-amber color with half-finger of foam. Disappeared quickly.

S) Malt-heavy. Sugar, dark fruits, caramel. But it did have an edge of piney-hops.

T) Hops came out more to me in the taste than the smell. Still malts-dominant. Sweetness, some bread, a bit fruity, and the alcohol taste came out after a bit.

MF) Medium-bodied

D) Pretty good. Refreshing and tasty, but a bit more malty than I prefer in a brew.

Not bad, glad I gave it a shot.

Photo of beerslushy
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on-tap in an imperial pint glass. Beautiful cloudy, reddish-brown color. Plenty of malt flavor but well balanced by the hops. Reminded me of a "hopped-up" version of an english bitter. Went down very smooth and easy. You can certainly feel the 6.1% ABV by the third pint. Excellent stuff.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Pours a cloudy brown with a small head. Aroma of sweet, indistinct malt. Aroma of sharp malt initially with some bitter hops. Crisp but very malty. Just ok for me. On an interesting side note, I had a 1 year old bottle of this recently and it tasted very similar to the fresh, draft version despite this being a style that doesn't hold up well over time. Probably because it is so malt forward. Anyway, malty and decent.

Photo of alleykatking
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice hazy dark amber color. Good off white 1 finger head that melts away after about a minute leaving lacing that slides down the sides of the glass into the beer.

S- Upon first sniff I was suprised to be caught up in a bitter hop frenzy. The piney hop smell gives way to a nice and simple bready malt smell. The hops quickly cover the malts back up but a slight metal smell also arises when the ale is swirled in the glass.

T- Nice clean bitter hop upfront. A light bitter would be more like it. Then follows a toasted malt flavor nothing too big but a slight balance with the hops. Speakeasy has this rubbing alcohol taste I pick up with all their beers and this one is no different. The only real difference is this is in the middle with the malts and it hides itself well there. It would come out a little more except that the ending of this beer has a good hop bite draining into a bready malt going down the hatch. As the beer warms up I notice the alcohol taste becomes greater and more pronounced.

M- This is a crisp light-medium light mouthfeel. The carbination is a little much for this beer and makes the beer fizz over the palate. The hops leave a small coating of resin over the tounge along with some faint tastes of malts. Overall the mouthfeel is a little off but still good in the same sence.

D- Although ambers are really not my thing this has to be the best offering from Speakeasy in my opinion. This is much more enjoyable than a lot of other ambers I have had and if given the chance I would have one again...but only is it was bought for me. And I would drink it a little more fast than I did with this bottle.

Photo of strengthdoc
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a hazy amber color. The aroma is of lighly roasted malt. The first taste is a combination of sweet honey that gives way to a mild grapefruit taste as it passes over the back of the tongue. There is a moderate bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

Photo of SykDoc
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a small glass from the hotel. It pours a nice amber color with a short lived 1/2 inch head that quickly reduced to lacing around the edges. No carbonation or sediment is visible.

The aroma include a nice mixture of toffee/caramel sweetness and a piney/orange hop component that was well balanced.

The taste was very well balanced with a blend of caramel malts and citrusy hops. Very nice to my palate.

The mouthfeel was a bit too carbonated for me and took away from the taste. It is medium bodied with a crisp finish that lingers.

Overall, this ia good beer with a nice hop/malt balance that makes it quite drinkable but it is definitely hindered by the mouthfeel. Still very good and worth having.

Photo of Hibernator
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Speakeasy Prohibition Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a light amber brown with a copper tint. Almost reddish in appearance with a nice fluffy head on top.

The nose gives a little bit of everything - from a malty and hoppy profile to a funky dairy twang.

The malt backbone is the first thing that strikes me about this beer. Strong flavors of brown sugar and rich caramel maltiness. The hop snap on the finish is significant to evoke a citrus and piney flavor combo.

With some sips I get a slight sour milk thing going on, other sips strike a nice malty brew with a solid hop bite.

Photo of rpstevens
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

The appearance is a hazy amber/bordering on red. There is a thin white head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

The smell is a nice balance of caramel malt and citrus hops, but both smells are pretty subdued.

The taste is much like the smell but a bolder. The taste starts with a mild caramel maltiness and then finishes with a nice grapefruit hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing and the finish is dry, much like an ipa. The beer is very drinkable, I could have an entire six pack without getting sick of it, but it's not necessarily something I will seek out in the future.

Photo of u2carew
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A) Amber in color. Visible carbonation poured with a thin head then settles to lacing along the edge. Not completely transparent.
S) Malt sweetness with floral hop undertones. More definitive - caramel, just a touch of milk chocolate, vanilla?
T) Light sweetness. Just a touch of hoppiness - barely noticeable. Not much flavor, somewhat bland.
M) Feels thin, light, fluffy - medium body? Creamy feel from the CO2.
D) Not very impressed with this brew. The mouth feel throws it off a bit.

Photo of berkey
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a Speakeasy pint glass the other day thought I'd break it in with my favorite Speakeasy brew.

Pours a deep but clean ruby amber color with a large head that dies down fairly quickly but the half inch or so that remains has excellent retention. Lacing is beautiful. Really a great looking ale.

Aroma is malty and sweet with caramel and traces of toffee and yeast. Bitter hops are a major player which isn't always the case with this style.

Initial flavors are of more malt in the form of caramel sweetness and fresh bread. Hops are still a big part of the picture and are more pungent than the nose would have you guess. Also some interesting roastiness here. The only drawbacks are a faint soapiness in the aftertaste and although the hops are pleasant they're a tad one dimensional. I'm curious how great this could be if they used a blend of several differnt hops. Still very good overall though. Easy drinking beer even with moderate hopping. Enough malt to keep things in balance.

Overall a beer I've been neglecting for awhile and I'm glad to get back to it. Not perfect but very well put together and enjoyable.

Photo of psurandy
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with a creamy tan head and caramel red body. The head is very creamy on this one. I can see the retention on the glass as I near the bottom and there is still a creamy little layer insulating the beer. Smell is okay, not a lot of hops in the nose, but a biscuity malt presence is evident. Good taste with malt outshining the hops. Nice biscuit malt slightly apple and pear flavor. Pleasant little hop bitterness in the end with a wonderful, creamy mouthfeel to finish things out. Very drinkable and I'd imagine this would appeal to a wide audience. I was expecting more hops with this, but I'm not sure if maybe this bottle wasn't on the shelf and the hops have faded a bit. No freshness date so I don't know when it was actually brewed. I like the beer as is, but is not nearly as hoppy as some of the others in this category.

Photo of stewart124
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark copper color with a decent white head that I'll bet leaves some lace.
The smell is earthy with a pine and citrus aroma. Bits of toasted malts present.

The taste is very smooth with moderate carbonation and a nice piney bite but not overpowering. Very pleasant biscuity notes and good blend of caramel. The taste is very refreshing and hits all over my palate. Nice amount of esters and a clean taste. I pick up a little pear and the sourness of something close to granny smith apples. It dries out my mouth like a granny smith apple that's for sure.

Finishes dry with a very pleasing aftertaste of pine. Quite drinkable.

Photo of mdagnew
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought from McHughs, Dublin..

Poured a deep amber red colour. Light mocha head poured fairly thick and foamy with a frothy topping then faded quite quickly to wispy covering with thick edging that climbs up the glass... no real carbonation... some decent lacing lines...

Aroma - Quite nutty, lots of grassy and piney hops, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, quite bready, some over ripe fruits (apples, some pears, the faintest hint of grapefruit), light molasses, floral notes...

Taste pretty much mirrors the aroma - piney and citrus hops backed by caramel malts and biscuity notes, very bready too, some chocolate and light coffee, some vegetal traces and light graininess...

M&D - Quite sharp and dry... light / medium bodied... Just about sessionable at 6.10%..

Overall - A decent enough Amber ale - not something i'd rush back to but certainly worth a try...

Photo of BARFLYB
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single bottle into a Flyers pint glass.

A- A deep orange/red spread with an amber appearence. With a slow ride the liquid produced 3 fingas of beige bubbles, quite condensed, quite beautiful. Significant lacing with a soapy look.

S- Very hopped with a pungent nose. A west coast vibed citrus scent with grapefruit and some pine needles. Caramel malt is also a good contender with the hop blast. Could of fooled me for an IPA.

T- Got a mix of malts and hops initially giving off a bready taste, but soon after the hops came forth and won the battle. Not as bitter as the nose would lead you but nicely hop forward. Bisquit from the malt, citrus from the hops, with some grains. Slightly bitter and welcomed.

M- I like this as the bitterness reaches just high enough to remind me of an ipa while the malts kick in. Medium bodied with a tad to much carb. At times the bready malts could be overkill.

D- I enjoyed it and would buy this low abv brew again. The smell was great while the taste was not quite was I expected. I look forward to more from this brewery

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

Lots of good stuff going on in this one. Pours a reddiish-brown, with a firm tan head and good lace work on the glass. Light floral aroma. Where this beer shines is the great blend of slightly caramel malt, a little sweetness, with citrus and floral hops. A bit hoppy for the style, but really liked the fresh, rich, and complex flavor they've hear. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, and very smooth, drinkable, and flavorable session beer. I've been a fan of Speakeasy Brews, and so far, this is one of my favorites.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark amber with about an inch of stark white foam. Nice looking pour.

Smell is caramel, fresh hops and powdered sugar. Sounds like a weird combo but it really comes together nicely.

Taste is pretty much perfect (IMO) for an American Amber. Its got a considerable hop presence but is very, very well balanced by the malt. I love the taste of this beer and find it to be a great session ale even at 6.1%.

Great release from Speakeasy, I am really digging their beers lately.

Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is pine needles.Taste is bready,pine and a smidge of caramel.Another potentially good beer ruined by those disgusting hops.This is nothing special and something I wouldn't recommend nor purchase in the future.

Photo of albern
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very fine, well balanced amber ale. It pours a nice amber color with lots of efforvesence, an off white creamy head, some lacing, and lots of retention. The beer has a nice caramelly and leafy hop aroma in the nose. There is a pronounced piney hop smell to the beer right out of the bottle, and it settles into more earthy notes with lots of biscuity malts backing it up.

The taste won't disappoint. This is a medium bodied, very creamy, very well balanced beer. There is a bold caramel and biscuity malt backbone with some florals present. The malts blend very nicely with the earthy hops. This is a slighly drying beer in the finish with lots of punch up front. There might be a touch of toffee in the beer along with the pale malts, a very creamy, caramelly and well balanced amber ale. Well work seeking out. L'Chaim.

Photo of bretseeley
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had heard of this beer for a while, but I had no idea what style it fit under until I tried it. I think that even makes for a more pure review. Pours a pretty deep copper, with a good half-inch head.

My first impression was that if an Amber Ale and an American IPA procreated, this is what it would smell and taste like. It's a classic "tweener." Not quite like either style, but somehow it just works. Just hoppy enough, yet just malty enough. If I was going for style purity or a hop fix, this is not one I'd buy at the store. However, it's one of the better beers I've seen available at a restaurant recently, and quite a pleasant surprise.

Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle consumed with pasta, on to the beer:

Carmel orange color with a thick, creamy head on top the beer. Good lacing on the glass. The aroma hints a beer that will taste hoppy. Aromic pine hits the nose, along with burnt sugar and tropical fruit notes. Soft upfront on the palate, one I credit the yeast to doing. It's a seasaw of malt and hops, but the hops tend to dominate longer. Underneath the layers are notes of passionfruit, floral, burnt sugar, pinneapple, and a kick of citric bitterness and caramel sticking around into the aftertaste.

Why isn't this beer more popular? A yummy, hoppy treat from Speakeasy.

Photo of thain709
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
87 out of 100 based on 833 ratings.