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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: 98 | 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 Dodo2step
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again given to me by a friend.

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle and very little lacey head and no staying power. The beer has a cloudy and foggy burnt orange look to it.

Can smell the toasted malts to an extent and can also pick up on some fruit flavor, maybe that of orange or lemon. Not too strong.

The taste is mid to mid-high in hoppiness. Not bad and i think it is just right. A hint of caramel and orange hit my throat as i swallow.

I cant really taste the toasted flavor that much. It feels a lil dry in my mouth yet just enough to wet my insides. It goes down smooth and no bad afteraste lingers like i have had in some red ales. A good beer but not too much to review about.

Photo of wheelinshirt
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown longneck silk-screened bottle, pretty fancy but no freshness date. Poured into two small glasses.

Color looked copper to me, like an IPA rather than an amber. Modest off white head with okay retention and a little lacing. Smell was hoppy, not a lot of malt backbone coming through on the nose. Taste was a little hoppy, somewhat bitter, and very boring otherwise. Almost watery. Could have definately used some sweet malt to balance out the bitterness which wasn't huge, but was too much considering the lack of balance.

Mouthfeel was thin and unsatisfying, could have easily had another but wouldn't have wanted one. I want to try some of speakeasy's other beers, but so far they are 0 for 2 for me. I wish they had freshness dates so i could know whether these are old bottles or not. I haven't seen this at Abe's before, so I know they haven't had it long, but who knows how long it was sitting at the brewery or distributor.

Photo of morayeel
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is one of or not the best ale I have ever had on tap. There is so much you could say about this ale but im going to sum it all up in one word "AWSOME". If you never had this ale you dont know what you are missing. Go ahead and step on up to a big boy ale thats going to blow you away.

Photo of stephendr
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

twelve ounce glass bottle- color of amber , with a tan head - full nose of fresh hops , light spruce , and slight citrus – taste of hops , citrus , and malt - body is medium , dry , and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of resinous , hops , and dry

Photo of Traquairlover
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Translucent amber color, small head. heavy lacing, virtually no carbonation bubbles after the first couple of minutes.

S = Honestly, if I had nothing to go on, I would think from the smell that this was a kick ass west coast American IPA. Because of its darker appearance I guess I am not surprised it is classified as an American Ameber Ale, but that is a cop out. This smells and tastes like an AIPA, similar to Sierra Nevada IPA or Anchor Liberty Ale. I would need to do a side by side side tasting to exaplin their differences but they have the same character.

T = Honestly, see smell, it explains the taste, too. Add to that a serious taste of pine. I love this beer. It is good American hopped up ale.

M = Light to light-medium bodied, frizzy carbonation in the sip.

D = I would happily drink this on virtually any occasion. However, it is not really differentiated much from a panoply of American IPAs.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a hazy, peachy orange with a finger or so of creamy off-white foam. Some strands of lace rope around the glass and leave a wall as the beer level lowers.

Aroma - starts off with a sweet, almost boozy nose, like a barleywine. Some juicy hops set up and hang around. Nice start.

Taste - biscuity malts. full-flavored, some crackery edges. The hops start out citrusy, then turn grapefruit and pine. The hops continue into the aftertaste, dryer and more bitter. The hops become the show once the palate is assimilated, very little malt presence getting through now. Tasty.

Mouthfeel - slightly to the thin side, but still a decent body. Crisp carbonation makes for a prickly feeling on the swallow.

Drinkability - I'd like to try this one with a meal. Lots of flavor, stopping just short of medicinal on the hops.

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

The appearance is golden amber in color with a yellowish head. There is decent head retention. It has a very sweer hoppy aroma. The taste is one of a well balanced malt to hop ratio. Also present is a sweetness with caramel notes. Very good mouth feel. All in all, a very good well balanced beer!

Photo of csmiley
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
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
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
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
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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