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Prohibition Ale - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Prohibition AleProhibition Ale

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very good

746 Ratings

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Ratings: 746
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 27
Gots: 60 | 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 rgrace99
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Poured a nice amber with a decent head, some lacing. Aroma was a nice citrusy hop with some malty sweetness in the background. Taste was mostly of hops finishing with a nice sweet finish. Lightly effervescent, went down very easily. A nice beer that is very quaffable.

rgrace99, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of lackenhauser
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Nice coppery color with a decent sized head. Floral and hoppy aroma. Nice hoppy flavor with a very nice lingering bitterness. Slight sweetness as well. Good mouthfeel. Quite the enjoyable amber ale. A step above a lot of the others out there-many can be rather ho hum. This is worth a try.

lackenhauser, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of PeatReek
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%

Pours a nice clear amber/copper body with a solid, orangey/white head that leaves a slight lace on its way down the glass. The aroma is an overwhelming citrus hoppiness, with just a slight sweet breadiness behind it that keeps it from being acrid. The taste is a hoppy attack with a slightly roasty undercurrent with a rather sweet. The cohumulone grind leaves a slight aftertaste, but that's nothing that can't be dispatched by another sip. I could definitely drink a few cold bottles of this on a warm night, but some slightly cleaner hopping could improve the drinkability.

PeatReek, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of gmfessen
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Nice rich amber color that pours with a good head that settles down quickly. Has slight lacing, with a light body and adequate carbonation. Nice amber maltyness to start, moving to a bitter hops taste. Good balance of hops and malt. Malt taste sticks around for a mild but enjoyable aftertaste. Not my favorite amber ale, but the light body makes this beer very drinkable and would be good on a hot day.

gmfessen, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

Poured a slightly hazy reddish-chestnut color with modest slightly off-white chunky head. Smell is strong on grassy hops with a minimum of malt noted. Taste initially presents a formidable hop character with little if any malt balance. That being said, I really like the taste of this beer. Finishes with more hoppiness and still the malt seems to be absent. Nice drinkability, nice taste, excellent beer.

tgbljb, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%

Pours great. Dark dark red like the hair on one of them freaky kids who never leaves the barn. Giant, retentive head. Good lacing.

Smells wonderful! A very big, dry hop stands out against a robust, sweet malt. The malt is caramely and smooth, like it should belong in a marzen.

Taste begins with a solid hop presence that's very dry. It runs into some light fruit complexities near the middle, but stays dry throughout before giving way at the end to a very smooth, very sweet malt. Excellent balance!

Wow, is all I can say. I was not expecting this. Perfectly hoppy for the style and with a balance you will not believe.

Normally, American Reds leave me a little unsatisifed. Not so here. This is a grand example of the style that I would place with the big boys like Santa's Private Reserve and Retro Red!

mynie, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of SethB2
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Very deep ruby colored ale that looks like a typical amber instead of a pale. Nice head that settles down to even better lacing, leaving the head spotted along the side of the glass. Very attractive beer.

S - Is this an IPA? Hops dominate, with a distinct toasted grainy malt profile to go along with it.

T - Now I see what Speakeasy was going for here. This reminds me a lot of some of my favorite ambers (and a little of Sierra Nevada PA), but with a different hop. This is another well hopped ale, but not quite enough to be considered an IPA. Good stuff.

M - Medium body with a near perfect amount of carbonation.

D - No problem. I'm glad I have a six pack.

SethB2, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of MiScusi
4.35/5  rDev +13%

The bottle actually says this is an Amber Ale, and it definitely is by appearance and taste. It's a standard amber ale color, smell is fresh but not hop overbearing. The head is enormous, and stayed through the entire sitting. This is bottle conditioned so those yeast must've been working overtime. The taste is fantastic, fresh hops up front, a little piney, but more citrus. Right after the hops hit you bready malt, with some sweetness takes over and dominates most of the taste profile. This is excellent. Mouthfeel is light, drinkability is almost as good as it gets.

Final Verdict: Speakeasy REALLY nailed this one, their Untouchable Pale Ale though missed being at this high level.

MiScusi, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of Illinick
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

Consumed at Carl's
A: Deep amber in color with hints of golden amber hues. Nice clarity and some rising carbonation. Good sized, slightly tan head that collapses slowly to an 1/8 inch and remains throughout. Great glass clinging lacing.
S: Complex smells here. Caramel and biscuit malt scents with herbal and piney hop scents also. Grapefruit and some tart fruit in there too as well as a slight floral aroma. Also some oily hop smells abound. Smells great and fresh.
T: Follows the nose with complex flavors that are balanced superbly. Caramel malts, sweet bread malts offset by fresh hop, grapefruit, and piney/herbal notes. The hops traverse throughout the brew and provide a nice, slightly bitter bite at the end. The malts become most apparent after first tasting to right before the slightly bitter hop finish. There is some bitterness derived from the malts as well. A complex brew that exhibits tons of flavor.
MF: Medium light that finishes with a nice bite.
Overall: I was impressed with this brew. It exhibited a great flavor profile and balanced the flavors nicely-none of the flavors were fighting for attention. A really well done brew that is sure to please. One that has earned a place in my fridge.

Illinick, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of DuqTroops
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Appearance - copperish/orange in color. head is light white atop the body.

Smell - citrusy in aromas, very subtle, not the usual pale ales that are overwhelming.

Taste - very light. great comfortable beer and not as overwhelming as others before it. great balance of hops and fruit!

Mouthfeel - easy to drink. great beer!

Drinkability - drank this on the croquet court in the sun. loved it.

DuqTroops, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of tboom29
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Deep copper, almost brown is how this looked in my glass. Really not much head or lacing though, which was disappointing compared to the color.
There was a bit of malt and clove to the nose.
This was a straight up malty ale. No overpoweringly hoppy, but they existed in there. Decent mouthfeel, malt persists with a slight hoppiness in the back that definitely takes over as the beer warms up. Not a lot of aftertaste, kind of makes you long for more. I think I would classify this as more of an amber ale than a pale ale. Good overall and crisp, you could drink a few of these at a barbeque while grilling some burgers.

tboom29, May 26, 2006
Photo of clickpush
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

Pour: Had this one at Blackthorn at 9th and Irving, where all their taps are nitro. It's a beautiful mahogany color and a small, thick head that just won't go away!

Nose: Very strong hop presence - the impending bitter flavor is very obvious. Also some herbal notes that seem a little pine-like.

Mouth: This beer is excellent! A strong bitter flavor from front to back with herbal highlights and incredible balance with a small amount of sweetness and even some salty qualities to add depth to this very drinkable and enjoyable beer. Incredibly well carbonated - or nitro-nated - that stays strong from start to finish.

clickpush, May 25, 2006
Photo of BradBLR
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured into to my favorite glass and it produced a very nice head that lasted until I was almost done with the beer. The color was a nice dark amber that you could slightly see through. The smell was a nice carmel malty smell with not much smell of hops.

The taste was mostly hops with a slight carmel malt taste. Not a super strong hop taste, but you definatly knew there was hops present. It also had just a hint of a watery characteristic, but not bad. This I think made the mouthfeel a little thin, but once again not bad.

Over all a nice beer with a fairly good hoppy flavor, would have liked for it to be a little more balanced, but over all worth a try.

BradBLR, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Ok...I didn't catch all of the complexities that some other reviews got, but....
Poured a beautiful dark orange amber with a half inch head that melted to heavy lacing for the entire drink.
Aroma was immediately fresh fruits...oranges and grapefruit with only a little malt.
Taste was a blast of grapefruit, followed by a little honey malt (sweet), then finishing with another blast of grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly full and creamy followed with the lingering drying effects of the grapefruit from the hops that immmediately makes you want to take another drink.
Quenching, quaffable, perfect for summer sessions.

IntriqKen, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of Crosling
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%

Sunset orange. Again I am getting a touch of honey in the aroma, just like I did with their India Pale Ale, along with a touch of caramel covered red apples, toffee and a huge resinous hop scent. Watery texture and very thin in body. Notes of caramel, toffee, bright fruits and west coast hops. Overall, just very bland.

Crosling, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of Naes
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%

This is a dark amber colored beer with orange hues. The head is rather tall and laces pretty good.
The aroma has some mildly piney hops, but is not very pungent.
The flavor starts out surprisingly sweet. It begins with some toasty malt flavors and becomes slightly bitter with citrus and piney hops.
Mouth feel is a bit watered down and actively carbonated.

Naes, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of germaniac
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%

Pours a dark, ruddy, amber. Head disappears pretty fast, but leaves considerable lacing.

Smells mostly of lightly citrus hops, with notes of caramel malt sweetness.

There's an initial burst of hoppy bitterness. A little bit of grapefruit citric flavor turns into chewy caramel malt sweetness pretty abruptly. Finishes thin and watery. Not too bad, just not my favorite beer from this brewery.

germaniac, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of Jaynuze
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Served in a 12oz bottle and poured into a pilsner glass (at a restaurant).
A nice amber hue with a good head that leaves a light Belgian lace down the glass as it is consumed. It has a sweet fruity/piney hops nose with a very small hint of malt.
Not exactly what I had expected for a Pale Ale but was still presently surprised. A nice hoppy flavor, but not overwhelming like most of my favorites. There is a hint of fruitiness with a nice smooth malt finish as it goes down. The malt really softens the hoppy aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is a bit weaker than what I thought it would be, but the hops and malt don't fight at all. It's a nice mix and the light carbonation is quite refreshing.
My overall review ... loved it and will definitely be purchasing some for the homestead. A great beer year round. I paired mine with a nice wasabi encrusted meatloaf sandwich. I could see this beer going really well with grilled food too. Give it try ... you won't be disappointed!

Jaynuze, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Golden to light copper, solid head and retention but not much staying power.

Pretty balanced smell and the taste follows the lead. Has a nice hopped up west coast type APA but like you would expect malt presence (mostly caramel) balances it out rather evenly. Zippy up front and very very melow finish that is truly a treat.

I've had some success with these guys and will continue to seek their brews. This is a fine APA and one of my favorites to date. On the smoother end of the style, well put together.

DogFood11, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of sopor
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

Nice light amber with a thin haze from a small amount of sediment. Slightly dimpled off-white head settles slowly and smoothly. Biscuity, caramelly, cereal and sweet german-like notes evident in the nose, with a hint of citrus and resinous hops. Malt flavors are real light cereal and biscuit. Hops are slightly more potent than malt with a hint of resinous and citrus that melts into grassiness. Light, almost watery body, but with a slick feel. Good ale, light, but more complex than some APAs, but not outstandimg.

sopor, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of RBorsato
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Hazy dark golden/copper with a nice tan head, lots of suspended sediment, and decent lace. Nice balanced hoppy and malty aromas... hops definitely lean citrusy and tend to dominate. Hops hit first with a nice malt backbone followed by fairly strong bitterness. Medium bodied and smooth with a drying bitter finish.

A nice APA but just a tad to the bitter side for my liking.

($1.89 / 12 oz.)

RBorsato, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

12/05/05- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz cool lithographed bottle. No freshness info though. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Darker amber colored pour, nice 3/4 inch head which a nice light ring remains throughout. Spotty lace abounds.

Smell- Floral and piney hops are everywhere. Also a darker caramel malt scent is present.

Taste- One of the darkest malt tastes I've had in a pale ale. Not quite smokey, but has some burnt characteristics. Very bitter hops smack you in the face as well. All pine flavored. Very dry and bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Almost feels a bit watery with the dry malt and dry hop taste. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability- A touch too bitter for me, not really anything to carry the flavor. Kinda thin.

GClarkage, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of trevorwideman
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

Liking the look of this one, pours a deep copper colour, almost red, seems like this borders on being a Red ale, but no bother... The head is also a coppery colour, but subsides very quickly to a small bit of floating frothiness. Not a lot of carbonation, maybe a little bit flat looking...

Smells great, pungent hop aroma, some creamy caramel malts. Nice grapefruit bitterness on the initial tongue bite, very hoppy, bitter, but not as bitter as I thought. Smooths out the longer it's held on the tongue, the bite stays, but there's a bit of easy-going roasted maltiness to keep a bit of balance. Never feels too soft or weak in the mouth, dry and warm on the way down. A pretty decent APA, the MLCC should really bring in more west coast brews.... Now if there was only a place to find stuff like this on Tap in Winnipeg....

trevorwideman, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of Boneheadmx
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours out to a really nice dark amber. Head is extremely thick and doesn't subside. The smell is average because though it smells pleasant, it doens't hint that this is a beer at all. The taste is pretty sweet, but not too malty. Hops kind of has that sharp, spicy kick to it. Not bad at all! The beer does feel just a tad bit too thin, though the flavor does a good job of covering that. On the whole, a fairly drinkable beer, if you don't let the hops get to you.

Boneheadmx, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of mattdavis452
1.83/5  rDev -52.5%

A: A very nice, deep amber color, with good lace characteristics.

S: Smells slightly of roses, go figure. Other smells are difficult to detect, but retains typical smell of a well balanced APA.

T: Once I got to the taste, it threw all my positive indicators out the window. Personally, this is one of the worst-tasting beers I've ever tried (although I haven't reviewed many for BA.com). I find myself at a loss for words regarding the taste of this beer. I would be tempted to say "Fat Tire gone utterly wrong," but that would insult Fat Tire Ale.

M: An average, slightly crisp mouthfeel. However, once the taste of it hit the buds on my tongue, I didn't care much to think about mouthfeel.

D: Due to the terrible taste, I didn't even finish this. As stated above, one of the worst beers I've ever tried, so I hardly consider it drinkable.

mattdavis452, Nov 14, 2005
Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
87 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.