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Prohibition Ale - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Prohibition AleProhibition Ale

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very good

841 Ratings

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Ratings: 841
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 33
Gots: 104 | 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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Ratings: 841 | Reviews: 329
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice reddish amber with a big lasting head that leaves great spotty lacing on the glass. Nose is of abundant caramel with a hint of pine, citrus hops. It has some very earthy tones to it. I still sense a nutty flavor to it. The malts really remind me of the Old Godfather. Taste was good but the mouthfeel was rather weak. I am not a fan of Ambers but this is smooth and easy flowing. Drinkability is good! Perhaps one of the best Ambers I ahve ever consumed.

Photo of jackorain
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Brown, cloudy off-white head from aggressive pour fell to a few splotches and a tall collar with some lacing
S-Freash bakes bread, caramel malts. Spicy, earthy hops. Some pine and grapefruit hops as well very strong hop aroma.

T-Similar to the nose with a nice long lingering bitterness. Piney, spicy and earthy ntes in the hops.

M-medium body with a nice complementaing carbonation.

D-I could deintiely have a few of these.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I shared this with a friend who is just getting into better beers... it was a hit!

We each poured our 12 oz bottles into a pint glass. The pour enabled a head of 1" in the glass over a nice amber beer. The lace was pronounced!

Nose: A nice malty/caramel aroma with some grassy hops back-up.

Taste: Taste a lot like an APA with some nice malt flavor added. The hops were readily apparent but not too much... nicely balanced.

MF: Perhaps a bit fizzy.... but a harder pour would solve this.

Drink: Definately one of the good ones. Speakeasy has established themselves as a force to be reckoned with!

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

Poured into a pint glass, hazy amber with a mild white head. strong aroma of sweet malt, floral hops, citrus. Flavor to match: big on sweet malt from the start, balanced by a dry hops finish. Mouthfeel is full and sticky with carbonation on the stronger side. A solid brew.

(Empty bottle currently having a staring contest on the counter with an unopened bottle of Lucid Absinthe)

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

12oz bottle into nonic.

Barely hazy deep amber hue with a light tan one finger head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.

Spicy hops sit on top of caramel aromas from the long wort boil.

Caramel malts along with some balancing bitterness from the hops. A little bit of citrus is in there. Medium bodied with a light fizziness. The finish is the lingering hops.

I'm starting to like these hoppy Amber Ales. Sort of the sister to an AIPA with a little more graininess and caramel. Recommended.

Photo of illidurit
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Despite a healthy pour, there's no more than a half finger of tan head atop this hazy rusty umber colored beer. Not much retention or lacing either. Aroma is of grapefruity hops and caramel malt. Taste starts out sweet and malty with an obvious caramel note that is quickly interrupted by sharp grapefruit hops. The finish is both maple syrupy and bitter from hops. Sticky mouthfeel, high carbonation. Easy to drink.

Photo of mobyfann
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $8.99 for a mixed 6'er at Wild Oats...

The beer pours a clear amber colored base, moderate white head, excellent head retention for the 45 minutes, and excellent lacing effects throughout the beer's session. In the aroma I noticed two noticeable scents; floral hops and fruity apricot, a little subtle.

The taste is very thick, full bodied, moderate to heavy carbonation and has an easy-going hop and mild malt aftertaste post-delivery; it feels complete yet basic at the same time. Excellent in the mouth with the creamy head and at 6.1% abv is an ideal slow session beer.

Final Thought: This is a great red ale with no complexity.

Photo of JDV
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rich amber, mostly opaque pour. Good offwhite head. Nice hoppiness, with a touch of sweetness in the nose. Hoppier side for an amber, tastewise, and very pale ale like. Milds short lasting bitter hop aftertaste, but not that well balanced in my opinion. 1 is enough for me.

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.

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Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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