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Prohibition Ale - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Prohibition AleProhibition Ale

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very good

775 Ratings

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Ratings: 775
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 27
Gots: 64 | 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 GClarkage
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 -52.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

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
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer starts good with an attractive pour... The brew is a deep amber bordering on brown with a thick, sticky off-white head. The foam sticks around for a good bit leaving a bit of lacing on the glass.

The smell is pretty lightweight - some malty notes and a bit more piny hop but pretty light even for an APA. Thankfully the flavor is quite a bit richer with some very nice toasted malt notes that are not quite smokey but very brown and roasty tasting. The hops are muted but good with some nice herbal and spicy notes to finish off the taste.

Mouthfeel is fine - even with the strong roasted malts this is a light bodied brew with adequate carbonation to clear the palate after each sip. The bittering is minor but again adequate.

In some ways this was an inimpressive brew but in reality it's quite drinkable. It's not a 'big' brew that'll grab your attention but it's a very competent APA with some malt characteristics that'll keep your interest throughout.

RedwoodGeorge, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with some carbonation. Not much of a head, but leaves some nice lacing. Scents of hops aplenty, sweet caramel malts. I like the taste, very hoppy, but not much of a body, pretty light, not a bad aftertaste, but could be a bit more bitey. Very drinkable, would make an nice session brew.

Wasatch, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber in colour with somewhat low carbonation. Some nice hoppy aromas going on there, perhaps a mix of citrusy and woody (but not pine like) varieties. The flavor was far less malty than I had expected, with more leafy hop character coming through. The malt note that I detected was more of a slight roasted note. The body was a little thinner than expected too. Perhaps this bottle had a bit of a rough ride north? Anyway, I’m glad that the MLCC finally brought in something with some hop character for a change.

fisherman34, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of Bcant
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nice art deco bottle art packages a decent pale ale. It pours hazy-orange with a flat white head that rapidly reduces in size but does not disappear. Bouquet is slightly piney but not particularly strong. Soft, slightly oily mouthfeel that coats the pallet well. Because the hop flavors are strong but not complex, making for a slightly dry finish that could handle a very small amount of addition malt balance. Overall, quite pleasent.

Bcant, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, no freshness indication given. Pours orangy medium amber, moderate light tan head and leaves respectable and stringy lacing. Nose is honey maple malty. This is a fairly dry APA, nice mouthfeel, coating, medium bodied and smooth over the tongue. Balance is in evidence here, as this is an easy drinking ale. No complaints.Nothing special, just a better then average, pleasant to quaff, BA worthy brew

Billolick, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of marcobrau
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An above average and delicious amber red ale (not a pale ale) that pours with smallish white head that drops to a thin collar of foam. As the head falls, lacework is left behind enhancing the appearance of this brew. The aroma is full of spicy and resiny hops, that also seem to add flavor to this beer. This is a very drinkable, hoppy ale (or maybe I'm just thirsty) that has a pleasant combination of spicy hops and caramel malt flavors. The finish is just bitter enough; leaving a lasting bitterness on the tongue.

marcobrau, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good American Pale/Amber ale. Poured out to a golden amber color with a nice fluffy head. Some traces of lace were noted. Aromas of hops and sweet veggies were noted. Taste was smooth and direct, with overtones of hops, dry fruit and a medium bitterness. Also had a wine like quality on the mouthfeel. Slightly dry aftertaste. Worth a try.

Frozensoul327, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of Toddv29424
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with little to no head. The smell is of hops but is pretty powerful and not that friendly. The first taste is not terrific... the hops takes the most prominent taste but its overbearing: there doesnt seem to be any body to the beer only that of hops. As you continue to sip you become more accustomed to the taste and it evens out, but there is still a little too much water for me. This is a good beer if you plan to have a couple because even though its a microbrew there is still a lot of water to it, but also much taste.

Toddv29424, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of Boto
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This is a little interesting. The beer pours a somewhat hazy amber color. Mine didn’t have too much head to it. The aroma is quite nice. It is a bit spicy, malty and citrusy, nicely balanced between the three. The taste is quite good also. There is a decent caramel maltiness to it, with a but of a hop bite also. Somewhat spicy taste also. This is well done and easy to drink. Thanks, Jay!

Boto, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of Wonka
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6.1 ALC./VOL.
12 FL. OZ.

Appearance –orange-amber body; 2-finger thick off-white head with good retention and reasonable, terraced lace

Smell – big hops with a touch of spice dumped in lemon iced tea; this is a detour from the pale ales that have been tearing up my nose in a good way; more subdued than some of the neighboring West Coast PA’s

Taste – grapefruity hops with a good shot of caramel; bitterness to close isn’t huge but it stamps the flavor on the memory for sure

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – really pleasant, almost full and crisp then it drops in the backend; a bit dry at close and smooth throughout

I’d return to Prohibition, but only in to the form of Speakeasy. Prohibition Ale makes pretty good contact. I’d say it’s a Texas Leaguer that gets barely thrown out at second on my baseball scale.

Wonka, May 08, 2005
Photo of Litterbean
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers where the packaging and bottle design linger long after you finish the beer. In fact, I've always seen this beer at my local distributor and never picked it up, but I always noticed it.

Now that I have some, it turned out to be a decent and enjoyable beer. It pours a medium-hued amber orange, with a minimal head but some lace is present.

Smells VERY hoppy, like many west-coast pale ales are. This is cascade all the way, no doubt about it. The citric aroma is up front and aggressive.

Taste is also very hoppy. Overhopped? Maybe a bit, but it's bold and it makes a statement. There is some sweet sugary flavors but not much can be detected through the damn hops. I like cascade though, so this beer is very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is a bit chunky. Little carbonation but the hops leave such a film in my mouth that it's a little oily. Not too bad, but not good either. Certainly above average.

A really refreshing pale ale. Aggressive and bold, but not balanced enough for me to really give it props. Still, a solid beer.

Litterbean, May 07, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours coppery golden with a pretty good head that dissipates into a thin collar. Pretty hoppy nose, but other presences (roasted, caramel and crystal malts, a touch of iron/brewing salt, fruit blossoms) take notice as well. Bitter, hoppy front with residual toffee-ish maltiness mid-palate, with a hop oil slickness in the finish. Tea-like tannins with a lot of bittering hops and the definitive Cascade hop aroma make for a pretty good ale. It's thin, but righteously so. It reminds me a bit of a few targeted homebrews I've done in my earlier days, hoppy English-style ales, of course using U.S. ingredients. It might let down to both the Maltheads and the Hopheads, but Prohibition a good medium between the two rival gangs. Can't we all just get along?!...

crookedhalo, May 06, 2005
Photo of fizzyfred
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper golden color with a slight head. The hop aroma is immediate, full of northwest fruitiness, has to have been dry-hopped or generous late addition of cascades. The taste is a little overpowering, intense citrusy grapefruit flavor. Its tough to even notice any other flavors but the beer has some body so its doesn't feel completely unbalanced in your mouth. This is probably a dream for hopheads seeking a session beer. A little too much cascades flavor, but I did enjoy it.
Note: I have had this beer in the bottle and it seemed even more hoppy and over-carbonated, definitely more balance on draught.

fizzyfred, May 02, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's a big, huge, yellow, fluffy, sticky head on this beer. Color is orange-amber, and a touch hazy. There's residue on the last pour. Sticky swoops o'lumps on the glass. Smell is lightly hoppy, soapy, a little fishy. Not great. Faint hoppiness in front, some fruit. Dusty in the middle with a little milky malt. Dry in the finish. Quite bitter, but not much taste. It's not bad. There's nothing really wrong with it, just not much to taste. A little bitter chocolate shows up with temperature. And in general, the faint malt doesn't quite support the hops.

kbub6f, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of doerickson
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Resembles a glass of iced tea. Way overcarbonated; I couldn't pour 1/3 of this, no matter how gently, without overflowing the glass (happened with two consecutive bottles). Had to spoon out a lot of foam (okay, I'm a little impatient). Very unusual aroma; smells like fruit punch with a jar of honey and a handful of brown sugar mixed into it.

Flavor diverges significantly from the smell. Earthy, somewhat sour hop flavors in front, with apple and tea-like hops developing alongside bit of caramel and cereal maltiness. Hops dominate the top of the order; malty flavors are in the eight and nine holes. Mouthfeel is very crisp, no surprise given the *very* high carbonation.

This brew isn't really getting it done for me. One was interesting; a six-pack is overkill.

doerickson, Apr 16, 2005
Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wouldn’t say that this was gushing, but it was certainly over-carbonated. It reminded me of some of my first attempts at homebrewing. Still, it poured an attractive earthy-orange color, with moderate haze and an enormous, solid head. Extraordinary retention. The aroma has an intense floral hoppiness, with citrus and pine-like characteristics. It’s very fresh smelling. Slight ethanol in the smell too. The first sip brings forth a fruity, slightly yeasty ale trait. A little berry and apple, all underneath a heap of citrusy hops. Finish is hoppy, but not extremely bitter. On the downside, thought the flavors are nice, but they don’t seem to come together very well. It’s a jagged, rough beer. Drinkable enough though, I’d have another.

Suds, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of Crotor
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep, bloody amber with one finger of white-ish head with moderate retention.

The aroma is all massive pine resins. Fresh cut spruce. Sap stuck to your fingers. Pine boughs with holly laid out on the work bench for the day-after-Thanksgiving wreath-making marathon. This *is* pine.

The pine carries though in the flavor in a big way. Massive hop resins characterize this beer. It is dripping with hoppiness. Thick, syrupy, sappy, coating pine flavors permeate this beer. But is it unbalanced? Not at all... There is a substantial and unyeilding malt backbone to this beer. Wonderfully caramelized malt flavors move about and meld with the pine resins. They do not war, they make love. It should be noted that this beer is not characterized by extreme hop bitterness. The bitterness is moderate, but the hop flavor is Brobdingnagian. Pure hop syrup. Pour this stuff on pancakes.

Crotor, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of mschofield
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light reddish amber, topped with a one finger white head, leaves rings of lacing.
Nice floral and citrus hop aroma, biscuit base.
Floral and citrus taste, biscuit, maybe some crystal malt, tea, fruit juice, an interesting taste, theres a lot of tangerine and lemon.
Medium bodied, a session beer with great drinkability.

mschofield, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of pjwilson
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'll give my two cents on this one... I like the taste of hops in alot of beers but i usually don't like regular ipa's that much because they just have a "odd" taste alot of the times...i like double's alot better... that said here's a great beer that has alot of hop taste but isn't an ipa.. it doesn't taste like sierra pa either.... What i would call this is a cross between a west coast amber and ipa..or a pale ale leaning toward amber....
Nothing jumps out but this is a darn solid good session beer....6% is a session beer to me... NIce hop taste that over powers the maltiness but i LIKE that.... I would say bring this one to a party because the bottles have cool little eyes on the neck that will probably be a conversation starter....two tumbs up

pjwilson, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of ggroller
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit that I wasn't expecting anything good from this one. I thought the bottle label and name of the beer was completely cheesey. It reminded me of Steel City cans or Three Stooges beer. Anyway, WOWEE! What a great surprise. This beer poured a nice copper color with very sticky, sturdy head that hung around and laced down the glass until the last sip. The taste was very complex with huge hops and fruity notes throughout that remained consistant until the last swallow. I also picked up on a little cinammon. The mouthfeel was thick but not too sweet or sticky. I will definitely have this one again.

ggroller, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale poured a hazy amber color with white foam that settled slowly but coated the glass. The smell was dominated by floral hops with some bitter hops behind. The taste was nicely hoppy: floral hops and mild bitter hops. There was some malt to balance, and perhaps a trace of smokiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and very dry with medium body and moderate carbonation. The finish was dry and hoppy. This was a very nice and pleasantly floral pale ale.

UncleJimbo, Dec 07, 2004
Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
85 out of 100 based on 775 ratings.