Prohibition Ale
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Prohibition AleProhibition Ale
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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #59
ABV:
6.1%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,488
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 12.21%
Reviews:
350
Ratings:
998
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Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  38
Gots
  223
SCORE
86
Very Good
Prohibition AleProhibition Ale
Notes: 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.
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ChaseRCalkins from California

4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
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

Jan 03, 2019
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marmotzero from California

4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
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!

Sep 02, 2018
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Sep 05, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Jul 01, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

May 29, 2017
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The_Beergery from Singapore

3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

May 07, 2017
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stcules from Italy

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, dark amber, beige foam, ok.
Malt, caramel, citrus notes, and a strong piney effect.
Quite bitter taste, pine again, citrus fruit, citron.
Average body, long, resinous aftertaste, well balanced by malt and caramel.

Mar 23, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; if held to a light, medium brown with mahogany highlights; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: black coffee, tobacco, and sweet malt;

T: black coffee and tobacco from start to finish; sort of a weak black coffee; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: I had a decidedly different experience than many others; my glass was clean and the lines were clean;

Feb 25, 2017
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium brown with a reddish tinge, filtered without visible carbonation, topped with a finger of beige head. Great sea foam lacing.

Smells of toasted malts, caramel, a hint of firey hops.

Malty, caramel toasted notes, overall like a well done piece of toast. Fresh and malty and toasted. Slight citrusy hops, little bitterness, but mostly biscuity toast.

Medium, chewy body, moderate, foamy carbonation.

Really enjoying the style, and bready, chewy quality of this brew. Got on wish beer, drank in Chiang mai, Oct 28th, 2016.

Oct 27, 2016
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0_0 from New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Like the speakeasys in the streets of New York during the 20's this beer holds a shady underground complex network of flavours to booze you up. Or something like that, hit guys I am a few deep.
L - Reddish Brown
S - hops, fruits, piney
T + F - fruity, malt, light body
O - I'd drink this illegally if it was during the prohibition.

Jul 24, 2016
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From an undated bottle. Pours a dark red color with two fingers of fluffy head. Smell is citrus, hops, and pine. Lots of carbonation, which gives a light mouthfeel. Taste is bitter with a mix of malt and hop flavors. Dry finish. This is a very good amber with a nice balance of malt and hops. Not for everyone, though, you have to like the bitterness and high carbonation.

Apr 02, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good amber color, a little darker than average showing some substance. 1/2" off white head. Aroma dropped some hops, but more toasty amber malts.

Taste amply combined a well hopped amber ale with the malt not getting overly heavy or woody. Solid bitterness to counteract. Minor citrus, average maltiness.

These get tough to by without bottled on dates. Solid 2nd tier amber ale.

Mar 22, 2016
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moodenba from New York

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

speakeasy prohibition from chilled growler tasted in an English 1/2 pint glass 3/4/16.

Slight haze in a pleasant amber beer. Aroma not very prominent (probably too cold). Pleasant light carbonation (due to a few days in the jug). Good balanced flavor with a nice hoppy aftertaste.

This reminds me of my old favorite (and retired, unfortunately) Blue Point ESB.

Mar 05, 2016
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johlac66 from California

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rubyesque brown with a thick frothy off-white head that lasted all the way down, leaving a curtain of lacing.
A little citrus, pine, spice and lightly candied bready caramel on the nose and palate.
Lower carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. Nice dry bitter finish.
I haven't been one for hoppy reds but this style is starting to grow on me a little. Tasty.

Feb 08, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color, almost brown, with beige head. Aroma is mostly caramel and malts but there is some earthy hop character too. More hops on the taste, mostly earthy and piney. Some caramel sweetness too but on the finish and aftertaste it gets quite bitter. Body is soft but has an abrasive carbonation. Overall it's a well made, classic style amber ale.

Dec 08, 2015
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Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a pint glass. Pours a dark and deep amber with ruby red undertones.....2 finger frothy head with lacy residue on the glass. Light hints of citrus, with deep caramel almost burnt caramel malty notes.

Oct 08, 2015
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JackieKu from Taiwan

4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 fl. oz. bottle. Bottled on 05/18/2015. Poured into tulip.

A: Dark brown, darker than average of the style. Clear. Decent amount of foam and retention.
S: Intense hops aroma: tropical fruits and some grass/herbs.
T: Moderate malty sweetness. Moderate hoppy (of herbs). Quite balanced. Finish is dry.
M: Light bodied. Moderate carbonation.
O: Impressive amber ale.

Aug 17, 2015
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a decent head and minimal lacing. Typical Amber color. Aroma is nutty, caramel, and cascade hops. Flavor is a good balance of malty sweetness and lip smacking hop bitterness--just enough to offset the malts. A tasty Amber.

Aug 12, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

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

A-Pours a reddish amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has citrus and piney hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a citrus and pineyflavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good beer

Aug 08, 2015
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daisyfching from California

3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smooth and sweet, with a fruity and caramel undertone/aftertaste. It's a well-balanced beer that pairs well with most food as it's not too bold, overall a solid choice!

Jul 22, 2015
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extracelestrial13 from New York

3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying this beer at a wonderful bar called "The Roost" in NY. The bartender recommended that I try this beer after me mentioning that I loved the Oskar Blues G'night Imperial and he was spot on!

Prohibition is a clear copper ale with a thin beige lacing. It is a lively beer with citrusy taste and balanced carbonation levels.

Jul 09, 2015
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tucson_brewson from Arizona

4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice copper color with a nice inch of foam and lingering lacing.

A nice balance of sharp hoppiness and caramel malt up front that finishes smooth and slightly sweet. Very drinkable, probably a little sweeter than what a true Prohibition-era ale would've tasted like, but it sure does the trick.

Very solid brew, a little pricey, but will have to try the others from this brewery.

Jul 05, 2015
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TruePerception from California

3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Speakeasy's Prohibition Ale. 6.1% ABV.

A: Two fingers of faintly tan, creamy looking head. Clear plum red. Dirty yellow in the dimple. Very faint sheeting. Decent lacing.

S: Decent malt aroma, hidden behind piney hops.

T/MF: Piney hops are surprisingly subtle on the palate, with a touch of tree sap. Still, hop forward, but not overbearing. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Faintly biscuit-y.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Jun 08, 2015
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

2.77/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light amber hue with a white head that recedes to a ring. Aroma of alcohol and stale grains. The taste has faded caramel, lemon juice, and faint bitterness. Not the best tasting beer for style fairly abrasive actually. Has an oxidized note of sherry. Hop flavor helps somewhat. Light bodied, cardboard dry and not moreish in the slightest. Overall, not too good.

Apr 03, 2015
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RyanK252 from California

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Speakeasy Ales & Lagers pint glass

A: Pours gorgeous deep ruby amber with a frothy off white head that settles and laces very well.

S: Floral and citrus hops, some pine, a touch of deep caramel malt sweetness,

T: Citrus hops, orange, lemon, and a little grapefruit, floral notes, some pine, backed with roasty and rich caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Very tasty hoppy amber. Right in my wheelhouse; this may become a regular.

Mar 20, 2015
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 998 ratings