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Prohibition Ale - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Prohibition AleProhibition Ale

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very good

826 Ratings

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Ratings: 826
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 31
Gots: 88 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 csmiley
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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

Comes in a painted bottle with no freshness date. The aroma of the ale is complex with hops and smell of malts. The malts came strong in the taste with a high hopiness. It left a nice aftertaste on the tongue and I could taste a higher alcohol content that was not overwhelming.

Photo of beals
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thin (almost non-existent) head, lots of small bubbles, continuous carbonation. Pale orange-golden hue.

S: Sweet, caramel, notes of cocoa (which is odd), malty.

T: Sweet malt followed by smooth, sweet fruitiness. Notes of orange and caramel.

M: Full, low carbonation (despite the appearance of many bubbles).

D: Very drinkable, though high level of sweetness makes this less of a session beer. Likely good paired with a salty food (pretzels, chips) as a counterbalancing effect.

Photo of BeerDreadz
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12onz. amber bottle with a really nice label (one of the best for me, really catch my eye)

Appearance: This beer really make honors to the name of the style, you can have a debate if is a pale brown or red.Some cream head above it.

Smell: Malt is very present in there, caramel and a sweet aroma.

Taste:medium bodied,ery malty ,hops can be taste,but the malt is more present,sweetness like caramel and a little bit it bitterness after taste.

Mouthfeel & Drinkabitlity: Nice beer, i can have one this again,

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

Pours a nice copper amber with a lasting head that leaves great spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is of abundant caramel with a hint of pine hops. The taste is a dominated by caramel malts with just a hint of chocolate, slight pine hops dwell hidden in the background. The beer is medium to light bodied and the alcohol is well hidden. This is a very enjoyable amber.

Photo of jayfarley3
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass pours a cloudy amber color with a nice tan head. smells of caramel, malt and hops. the first thing i taste is sweet caramel malts with a nice amount of hoppy bitterness, this is a very tasty beer. this beer is medium-bodied and really smooth. this beer is very drinkable.

Photo of Lexx
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a Big Ten liquor store in East Lansing, MI.
This beer pours a transparent orangey copper color, quite nice looking. Nice-looking eggshell head that dissipates quickly to a rim and tightly-centered veil. Pretty decent lacing.
This smells a little like a barn, with some wheaty and grassy notes. It also has a nice, sweet-smelling maltiness to it and a hint of plum.
The taste is quite earthy, with a bit of metal and a grassy, slightly hoppy finish. There's a light bit of malt to it, too, though the fruit in the scent is pretty much lost in the taste.
Overall, however, it's pretty enjoyable.

Photo of Viggo
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lexx to picking this up in Michigan!

Pours a clear orange/amber, very brilliant, thick off white head forms, leaves lots of lacing, great retention, thick layer. Smell is sweet malts, caramelized sugar, citrus, very nice floral hops, dark fruits as well, nicely done. Taste is sweet and grainy, bready malt, citrus, floral and light fruits, bit peppery in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth, light and easy to drink, very sessionable! Actually just saw that this is over 6%, wouldn't have thought its more than 5%, nice done. Reminds me of St. Rogue Red quite a bit. Thanks Alexa!

Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of weird find in the Winnipeg liqour store but I love small brewers beer showing up like this. The beer is dark gold with a hoppy nose( more pale ale than amber). The main body is fruity and hoppy with a nice solid finish ( The example I drank could have been fresher). I prefer the amber ales to show more malt but this is a decent hoppy version of the style.

Photo of pieper
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review -- so keep that in mind por favor. FYI: my opinion of average (3.0) is how a 'good' beer should taste & I don't read other reviews prior to posting my own. Additionally, I have a poor sense of smell so until I fine tune that sense, all beers I review receive a 3 for their smell.

This is also my first time trying the Prohibition Ale.

First off, I think it is a very pleasing beer in a glass - appearance is quite nice. As to taste, there is a good balance between the malt and hop flavors. Not too sweet and not bitter. I am not sure the type of hops, but right after consumption, there is a nice hop after taste.


Photo of montageman
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy amber with a decent amount of carbonation and a nice sturdy head that leaves a ton of lacing on the surface and the sides of the glass. Decent looking - nothing spectacular.

S: Oddly, the dominant smell reminds me of warm salty pretzels. There is a slight grassy character and some roasted notes, but the bread-like pretzel aroma is most evident.

T: Very clean, almost cleaning product like. There is a slight bitter, soapy character, which I don't mind for some reason. There is a slight sugary sweetness as well and a dry, floral finish.

M: Nice creaminess that is accentuated by the carbonation. The dryness fits well within the body of the beer.

D: A fairly average amber ale. Easy to drink, but nothing worth going wild over. Recommended for those who enjoy the style.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown bottle with a crimped on cap. Cool looking bottle silk screened painted label with a pair of eyes floating on the bottle. Brought over by larrydp for reviewing purposes.

Very cloudy,coppery color red/orange hue.Light tan to an off-white head,fair retention leaving a sudsy coating atop. Good amount of carbination leaving sparse lacing.

Grassy/straw aromas at first wiff,very earthy, a big malty nose with rich carmell,very toasty,also nutty with toffee aromas. A good clean pleasing aroma overall.

Sweet carmell malts,very earthy,with a dry grassy feel. Complex maltiness nutty/toffee with a slight burnt edge to it.Finshes with a citrus rind bite almost grapefruit like.

Medium body,tangy and slightly cloying with a juicy feel. Just a bit above average amber,don't think i would want to drink all night,but could drink a few no problem. Good Amber style beer worth a try

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

Appearance: pours a reddish copper color with a two finger head that lasts a while. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: caramel, ripe fruits, and a bit of bitterness are detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, plum and apple sweetness, bready maltiness, and a decent amount of hop bitterness. Overall a decent session amber ale.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother at the finish. Medium bodied. Short aftertaste as the breadiness and hops linger for a bit.

Drinkability: decent session ale here. Not an overwhelmingly exciting beer, but one of the better ones I have had from this brewery.

Photo of erikjon
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll start by admitting I bought this beer for the marketing gimmick... the idea of the prohibition/speakeasy clubs/bootlegging is an appealing subject to build a brewery around. The beer brewed a beautiful amber red color with a nice thick head, and the aroma of the hops was quite intoxicating in and of itself. It had a very strong hoppy smell, like no other amber ale I've had. It reminded me of a pale ale, or even an IPA. This was a pleasant surprise, I guess you could say. The taste was decent, but nothing spectacular. A very crisp, hoppy ale with little body. This was disappointing because the bottle claimed "A boldly hopped amber ale that strikes a perfect balance between caramel maltiness and its aggressive hopping." I definitely taste the maltiness, but it is anything but balanced (overpowered?) with the hoppiness. The lacing was nice and the beer finished well. If you are looking for an amber ale that drinks more like a mild IPA, then this is the beer for you. As for me, it will easily fade into obscurity as I continue on my quest to find the perfect beer...

Photo of treehugger02010
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I purchased this bottle from the Foodery in Center City Philadelphia, Pa. I poured it into a flared pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a dark amber color that was suprisingly cloudy. The head was about a finger and a half deep with a yellowish tint. The rention was decent, but the lacing was very thick and sticky.
Smell: There is an overwelling amount of hops coming from the glass.
Taste: Malts, malts, and no hops. Wow did that suprise me, I certainly was not expecting that.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was good, nothing of note.
Drinkability: Once you get past the shock of taste, it isn't a bad beer.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red-amber into a pilsner glass, leaving lots of irregular foam and lacing. There's a glossy, creme brulée sheen on the surface of the foam, which resembles whipped cream.

Smells like strong, fresh hops...grassy, piney, and citrusy.

This carries into the taste, which is accompanied by a toasted malt, that has a roasty, bitter finish. It's well hopped, but not overdone. Fairly approachable, seems like it would appeal to most palates, while remaining a creatively crafted ale.

Mouthfeel is smooth, carries a sense of round fullness that isn't heavy or thick. Would be easy to have several, it's a shame I only have one single.

Photo of isaac
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle to my weird chalice, widemouth, pint-sized reviewin' glass.

A - Dark amber body (think: the rocks with the mosquitos in them in jurassic park), quite clear, and has a thick, 1.5-fingered head that leaves a bath-ring-like residue along the top of the glass and lacing downwards.

S - Bitingly strong hops aroma (grapefruit, pine, resin freshness) with a few but well-pronounced notes of caramel sweet malts.

T - Great taste beginning with a degree of fruitiness (pears or maybe red apples) and a bit of pepper and other spiciness from the alcohol. Next comes a fight for flavor (i should copyright that...) between the oily, bitter, delicious hops and the strong, bready malts. the only thing knocking the taste for me is that in the finish, the hops bitterness becomes a bit metalic.

M - Solid medium body with mild carbonation. Crisp, finishes somewhat dry.

D - A wonderful beer. Glad I have three left!

Photo of demcorhip
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a good trade, thanks to trevorwideman for this one.

A deep amber hued ale, a vigorous pour resulted in a 1 finger very light tan coloured head. Thin and soapy lacings clung to the inside of the glass as I enjoyed this ale.

Toasted, biscuit malts, a slighter aroma of caramel and nutty malts. Some grapefruit from the hops, may be some Cascade in here...

Toasted, biscuit malts make up the malt backbone of this one. Their flavours appear first, and are supported with a touch of caramel flavour and nuttier, perhaps crystal malt. Wondering what this one was hopped with, definate grapefruit flavour, but also a tea like astringency with slighter lemony, grassy hop notes.

A very pleasant, biscuity, almost medium bodied, well balanced brew. Dry and refreshing, with mildly astringent hoppiness. The low level of carbonation allowed for full enjoyment of the malts, hops, and interplay between them.

A very drinkable/sessionable ale. Tasty and somewhat bold with a slight emphasis on the hops, as such may make a good stepping stone for craft beer novices looking for something a little hoppier. I'd drink this one again.

Photo of aychbomb
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a light copper w/ highlights of amber. very thin head that quickly dissapates to a light lingering lace.
Smell: Nose DOMINATED by citrusy hop aroma (if there is anything else under there it is compleatly overpowered by hops)
Taste: again, flavour DOMINATED by hops. citrus/pine. very subtle malt flavour. very bitter. unbalanced.
mouthfeel: rather thin mouthfeel. moderatly carbonate. puckeringly bitter. super dry.
Drinkability: Alcoholic hop water. not realy bad, but not realy good. what is this beer trying to be? an IPA? an amber ale? im kinda lost here. something other than hops would be nice (and im a hophead)

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

A- pours copper in color, produces a 1/2" off white head with retent, good lacing, then settles to a ring throughout the consumption

S- caramel, pine, citrus, sweet, strong and crisp

T- caramel malts jump out first then the piney citrusy hops hit. Malt sweetness, hopp bitterness are both in fair supply, raw hop oils are abundant as well. Not a bad balance for an amber.

M- medium body, carbonation is at that level where it doesn't intefere with the brew, goes down smooth, leaves hop oils all over the palate though.

D- good and tasty brew. I'd would enjoy this again, buy to to enjoy it even. Rich on the hop oils for an amber, malt balance fends off making this an IPA. Filling brew

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed the other offerings I have had from Speakeasy for the most part Iam glad I have the chance to try this.Poured a clear deep bronze with a well formed craterous white head that left patches of lace behind as it settled,grapefruit rind really sticks out at first notice in the nose with some toastiness and caramel.An aggressive hop profile shows itself in this amber and thats nice but it doesnt have the nice complex malt base that the Lagutinas Tocaloma I just drank had the caramel is there but just not alot of character.A solid beer no doubt and I wouldnt turn it down by any means but there are better.

Photo of DrJay
2.63/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear medium amber colour with a short cap of eggshell foam. Fair retention, some lacing. Malty aroma, mostly caramel and crackery, but there's a light hop and fruit component as well. The flavour was a lot thinner than expected. There's not a lot of malt present, which leaves the bitterness exposed and a little harsh. The hops are a little acrid in the finish, leaving an unpleasant aftertaste. The texture starts out alright, but the body falls away mid-sip leaving it watery. Light dryness at the end. I really liked the aroma, but once I took a sip things went downhill. The balance is way off and there's not enough malt to support the body and hops. Too bad.

Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
87 out of 100 based on 826 ratings.