Bootlegger Ale | Prohibition Brewing Company

Bootlegger AleBootlegger Ale
26 Ratings
Bootlegger AleBootlegger Ale

Brewed by:
Prohibition Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by biboergosum on 05-23-2013

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3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. This appears to be made by the same folks as the Big Surf lagers, but it's damned difficult to discern any info about them other than the Kelowna industrial park in which they brew. Lots of 18th Amendment of the United States Constitution tropes on the label, only this is a Canadian brewery, so what of the hoopla in that province, from the dark and dry days of 1917 through 1921?

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some fuzzy streaks of Cuba-like island lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of somewhat thin caramel malt, orange jam and marmalade, and leafy, rather perfumed hops, which lend a bit of a probably unintended alcohol throwdown. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, understated citrus and leafy hops, a faded perfumed essence, and further meek earthy, leafy hops, the slight uptick in ABV no longer an issue.

The carbonation is rather frothy, and a tad prickly up front, holding onto that stance just too long for my liking, the body medium-light in weight, barely smooth, a certain dry tackiness taking root. It finishes just off-dry, the malt going biscuit cracker native, and the fruitiness of the hops manifesting in a generic boozy warmth.

Methinks whoever is actually behind these brewing enterprises puts more effort into the marketing than they do into the beer itself. A pretty weak, if generally inoffensive version of this admittedly broad style, which means that I won't be revisiting this particular offering anytime soon, unless I hear more favourable rumblings from more heady sources than I.

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3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a golden amber with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - Light toasted malts, very light herbal leafy hops, grains, citrus/lemon peel.

Taste - Toasted malts and grains, light herbal hops, a bit of citrus... a bit one dimensional on the palate.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp finish.

Overall - A one dimensional APA - the hops were OK, but there wasn't quite the right balance between malts and hops (seems to be much more malt heavy).

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2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My second attempt at this beer. Definitely malt forward, with hints of biscuit and butterscotch. Overall, I get a plastic ester sensation from this beer, both in smell and taste. This is inexpensive, but it tastes cheap.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Bootlegger Ale from Prohibition Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 26 ratings
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