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Prohibition Ale - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Prohibition AleProhibition Ale

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very good

768 Ratings

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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 28
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 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
Photo of oggg
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at the brewery during a tour.

This beer pours a light red with a nice head of foam. The aroma is mild. Sorta lichi, citrus. Flavor starts with a somewhat harsh hop bitterness with not too much hop flavor. I think this is the one with Chinook hops. Malt is pretty mild too. A little caramel. Dry. Medium bodied. High carbonation.

Overall: My least favorite of their regular 3.

oggg, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of Kookiekwan
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours clear and amber has a one finger head and good retention. The aroma was of sweet citrus and pine. The taste was bitter( could have been an IPA with a little more hops) at first sip but gave way to some roasted/caramel flavor in the finish. The beer was crisp, clean and dry. It seems to go down very easy!

Reflection: I'm glad I picked this one up, I spent the first five minutes just smelling this beer! The aroma was excellent and its a good beer to boot!

Kookiekwan, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with a floral hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a light pale malt flavor with some crystal malts. The hops are quite bitter and floral on the finish. It goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adeqaute carbonation. This is a good American IPA. It has the color, the aroma, and the fine malt hop balance; a good drinker.

WesWes, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a chesnut color and a bunch of fine sediment in suspension. Creamy off-white head showed good endurance and left lots of sheet lace in the glass.
The smell was heavy of citrus rinds and pine needles. Very little malt notes and just a modest amount of caramel. This brew positively reeks of grapefruit and pine.
The taste was off-kilter for an APA, IMO. Only a token nod toward the malt profile with barely discernible grainy malt flavor throughout. On the other hand, the hops character was almost off the scale; tons of resinous pine flavor and grapefruit rind notes ravaged the tongue from start to finish. The robust hops nature gave it a scathingly acidity. The feel was medium/light in body, crisp and dry.
Overall, I'd like this brew a bit more if the hops and malt character were better blended. Prohibition Ale has potential but there's still some work to be done to smooth out the roughness.

Boilermaker88, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking a chilled sample of this brew in a pint glass. The beer pours a bright clear orange color with off-white marshmallowy, fluffy head developing easily. Great retention as well. Aroma is all hops with pine scents mixing with some grapefruit as well. These scents mix very evenly and create an appealing yet one-dimensional scent. First sip reveals average body and fine gentle rolling carbonatio. Flavor again is dominated by hops. Citrus hits of grapefruit and orange come out, possibly some lemon too. The beer ends very crisp and clean. Very refreshing ale, that while a little bitey is very drinkable. I just wish there was a bit of malt profile in the bottle too.

sulldaddy, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is dark orange in color, maybe even a bit brownish, and very clear. The head come up easy and was light and puffy.

Smell – The hop profile at the nose is sharp and complex. The malt makes up an honest backbone and has some good caramel notes. There’s also some light fruiting here, maybe pears or something like that. Overall a very nice nose.

Taste – This has a light, East Coast-style flavor. The hops are tangy and a bit fruity. The malt stepped back a bit from the nose but is still there.

Mouthfeel – This is really light-bodied I’d have to say. I found the flavors competing against one another and thought things good have been better blended.

Drinkability – They have some great flavors in this ale if they can just get them to work a little more together.

RoyalT, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice deep amber colur with a moderate to large sized creamy off-white head that's nice and sticky. the smell is a plethora of sweet/juicy hop, caramel, earth, pine, bread and malt. good stuff. the flavour is very hoppy up front but slowly gives way to(though is still intermingled with) earth and malt flavouring. the sweetness holds throughout from its characteristics in the hops to the caramel flavour mixed in with the malt, and it helps to produce some pine flavoured hop burps as well. a touch of alcohol is noticeable here and there as well. this is a brew that is complex but remains fairly basic and straightforward at the same time. it's big and bold but not over the top in any way. i enjoyed this much more than anticipated. easily recommended.

SixpointJMH, Oct 25, 2004
Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
86 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.