Prohibition Ale | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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3.83/5
Very Good
989 Ratings
Prohibition AleProhibition Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States
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Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prohibition Ale is the first beer we bootlegged back in 1997. Anything but traditional and now a GABF winning brew (2013–American Amber/Red Category), Prohibition pours a deep reddish amber hue, with a fluffy tan head that leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass. A lush, complex aroma teases the senses with juicy grapefruit, citrus, pine, spice and candied caramel malts. Mouth-feel is creamy, with a silky, medium body and modest carbonation.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,240
Reviews:
349
Ratings:
989
pDev:
12.27%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
222
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 989 |  Reviews: 349
Photo of ChaseRCalkins
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I dont usually rate beers over 4 but I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I'm not sure how I hadn't tried this beer before.
L: darker than I expected for a red/amber described beer. Almost 1in of head of tan color. Beer almost brown in color out of the tap.
S: I'm recovering from a slight cold so the smell wasnt hitting me as strongly as normal but notes of caramel and citrus came thru
T: one of the better new beers I've tried in months. Very deep complex flavor of roasted nutty, caramel, citrus, and pine came through and left a light hoppy finish, much less hoppy than most red ales
F: very light to medium body, smooth finish. Could be much heavier honestly but a very easy beer to drink
O: easily top 5 beer for this category that I've had. Had to log on and rate it when I was on a date with my girlfriend lol

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Photo of marmotzero
4.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The can says "boldly hopped Amber Ale", which at first glance flashes warning signals in my mind of the worst aspects of American brewing. Sometimes American brewers will take a bad execution of a particular beer style, add a big truckload of hops to hide the taste, and then try to pass it off as innovation.

In fact, this beer is really not that hoppy, and it's quite good. It has a nice body, and a complex flavor. This brewery should probably re-think their marketing ... but I would recommend this!

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Photo of BeerMan247
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kitekid
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Branlott42
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kelly10359
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chiefz1
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hairnic
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsnScotch987
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of norinco
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FannYu
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty solid amber brew. Caramel and smooth.

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Photo of weinhouse808
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HermitDan
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Parmesan
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a slightly muddy brown red with a creamy tan head that is fairly small, nice fingers of lacing around the glass.

S: Notes of caramel and toffee, some sweetness, with some notes of pine and light citrus from the hops.

T: The taste follows the smell very closely, with notes of caramel and toffee, some sweetness melded with a light citrus and piney hop.

F: Light to medium body, beer is not quite as smooth or creamy as I would expect in the style.

O: Drinks a little bit like a lighter barleywine, not bad but not fantastic.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber color with a nice looking foamy white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Spotty lacing glossed the sides of the glass. Semi-rings of the lacing is clingy. The smell started off with an ample amount of sweet caramel riding into the sweet sticky citrusy hops. The taste takes the previously mentioned flavors and melds together nicely. There’s a nice sweet caramel to orange aftertaste leading into the sweet semi-wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation is fairly light. Tangy to sweet orange caramel stickiness rides my tongue nicely. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Amber/Red ale. I’d have again.

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Photo of tbeer40
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Everydayoff
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap served in a stemmed glass at Wishbeer, Bangkok.

It comes with hazy amber ruddy hue and thick silky tan head as a gorgeous showcase. The head just slowly dissipates to a long-lasting bubble sheet atop and leaves sticky yet refined lacing patch and spot all around.

It has a nice mixture of hop and malt in the aroma. Malt is the backbone providing its caramel, sweet candy, toasted bread, dough, and sugar while hop yielding its juicy orange, grapefruit, pine, floral, and spice.

The taste is actually harmoniously balance with hop to make it crisp and juicy with notes of citrus, lime, pine, spice, and some bitter kick. Malt at the same time provides its richness of caramel, sweet candy, sugar, toasted bread, and biscuit to balance and it is done well.

The body is medium with creamy smooth mouthfeel from its good crispness and some lively carbonation. The feeling is well-rounded with a pleasantly dry finish.

Good hoppy amber with rich malt bill and lots of hop to make it much deep and tasty.

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Photo of The_Beergery
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle, it appears hazy and unfiltered, with a deep amber coppery tone topped of with a very thin head of white froth, which dissipates quickly, leaving thin lacing, but reappears on swirling. Aroma is strongly caramel malt, together with hoppy notes of resin, florals and some fruit. Taste starts off lightly sweet, with notes of caramel, resin, florals and some fruit, then earthy undertones of bread, biscuit and dough, before finishing with bitter, though fairly abrupt. Carbonation feels quite lively, a bit too much for my taste, but strangely enough, it is paired with a rather thin and watery feel, especially towards the end.

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Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 989 ratings