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Prohibition Ale | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Prohibition AleProhibition Ale
BA SCORE
3.83/5
Very Good
975 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:
#12,196
Reviews:
347
Ratings:
975
pDev:
12.27%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
219
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 975 |  Reviews: 347
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a malty finish. There is a medium herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

nice relatively hoppy amber. the pour is deep brick red, clear though, with an inch of khaki head, foamy and lasting. it smells like dryer, but still semi sweet red malts, ale yeast, and a good dose of American west coast hops. the taste matches, yeasty for a red, and the best of both red worlds here, dry and clean, also sweet and rich, its a contrast but a good one. carbonated well, and very easy drinking, I would have guessed 4.5% abv, this is easy going. medium body and a hint of smoke. I don't know what is prohibition about this, it makes me want another. good not great, but aren't most of them? my first brew from speakeasy is good enough to make me want another, so good on them. on tap at renegade publik house.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this back in 2007 and haven't tried it since. From the recent reviews I'm seeing I may not try this one again since a lot of people seem displeased with some of the possible recipe changes. I suppose I should be glad I had it a while ago then I guess. The beer poured out as a nice looking amber color with a pretty decent head on top too. The smell of the beer was a little on the light side, there were some hop aromas and sweet malts in the mix also. The taste was pretty nicely balanced between the hops and the malts. The mouthfeel was drinkable and overall I thought it was a pretty good brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that never completely faded away and left lacy patterns down the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose; the pine resin stands out in particular.
T: As you would expect from the smell, there is a moderate amount of hop bitterness in the taste, which has flavors of caramel, grapefruit and orange. There are also some notes of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and the taste is particularly well balanced as the malty sweetness helps to keep the hop bitterness in check.

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3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer being my first introduction to the brewery. It is easy to expect an old-world type beer because of the name, but this proves to be a current-style Amber Ale, with only an old-school name. The beer pours a more-viscous-than-normal pint with tan head formation, laces well and retains well. Dark amber / ruby in color takes on the look of a winter warmer. Aromas of strong hops and malts swirl together, delivering caramel barley notes and citrus / pine character from the hops. Estery and spicy compliment the heavier malts and sharp hop flavor. A touch of toast, roasted grain, and chesnut flavors help to round out the sweetness. The beer feels heavy against the toung with more residual sweetness than needed, but not cloying. Finishes with a heavy malt / hop lingering. Good beer, but better attenuation would really have helped the beer.

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3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. There seems to be a spate of Prohibition-themed brews available of late - at least it looks like these guys have been doing it for a long while.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent dispersing cloud pattern lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of biscuity, crackery, and toasted bready caramel malt, orange and grapefruit rind, musty pine needles, a dry oily nuttiness, and the suggestion of some burbling alcohol underneath it all. The taste is more grainy, toasty caramel malt, rather dry citrus peel notes - grapefruit, orange, and kiwi - pithy nuts, subtle pine forest floor detritus, and a certain flinty, almost metallic alcohol edge.

The carbonation is moderate in its goings-on, if a bit tightly frothy at times, the body punching in at a sturdy middleweight, and mostly smooth, but for a bit of stoney flintiness, one that I can no longer attribute to the booze. It finishes with a strong drying kick, the roasted character of the malt starting to show its collusion with the wets, er, I mean, the encroaching bitterness of the general public's wanton desire for all things hoppy.

A pleasant enough amber ale, the hops certainly doing their thing, and doing it well. Far be it from me, an avowed hop-head, to complain, but, ok, I'm also a fan of balance, and the way the malt showed up here, shook its frilly bits and bobs, and then left with the first goomba with a big, um bankroll, kind of bugs me. Stay and fight the good fight, ya coward! Anyways, a tasty affair, just somewhat underwhelming, right where it shouldn't be, y'know?

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2.49/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on-draught into a plastic cup at Speakeasy's decrepit warehouse - I mean brewpub. Reviewed from notes. Why does a brewery see fit to serve their beer into plastic cups? I may never know.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream and thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a dark copper.

Sm: Amber hops and other bittering hops. Perhaps too many hops for the balance? A decent aroma.

T: Amber hops and weak cream - that's it. It's simple garbage. Imbalanced and weak.

Mf: Smooth and wet. It suits the flavour okay, I guess. No real depth, layering, or complexity. It doesn't seem as though they tailored the texture to the taste at all.

Dr: Drinkable but low quality, and expensive at that. I wouldn't try it again if I had to pay for it. A disappointment from Speakeasy. As a side note, beer probably did taste this crappy during prohibition due to limited brewing methods.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red-amber into a pilsner glass, leaving lots of irregular foam and lacing. There's a glossy, creme brulée sheen on the surface of the foam, which resembles whipped cream.

Smells like strong, fresh hops...grassy, piney, and citrusy.

This carries into the taste, which is accompanied by a toasted malt, that has a roasty, bitter finish. It's well hopped, but not overdone. Fairly approachable, seems like it would appeal to most palates, while remaining a creatively crafted ale.

Mouthfeel is smooth, carries a sense of round fullness that isn't heavy or thick. Would be easy to have several, it's a shame I only have one single.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Amber in color, dark but beautifully clear, topped by an off-white head that retains at a half-inch cap for the duration of my glass.

The aroma is leafy, floral, faintly herbal - the hop character strikes me as a mix of noble and Northwestern varieties. Hard swirling brings out a touch of toasted malt, pine and a hint of caramel. The balance is right where I like it for amber ales; hop-forward and dry with a solid but understated malt foundation.

The taste lives up to the aroma, opening with an assertive but balanced hop flavor. Leafy, earthy, faintly floral hops support more subtle malt flavors of biscuit and caramel. There's a touch of sweetness mid-palate, but this is dry on the whole, and impressively balanced - it's flavorful in a rounded, nuanced way, with no single characteristic dominating the palate. Toast and a hint of coffee come out in the finish before the hops take over again, leading into a mild and pleasantly bitter finish.

It took me a while to get around to trying this, a few years in fact, but I'm glad I did. This is one of the better West Coast amber ales I can recall having.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear with a very nice color - truly reddish with copper highlights; like a rich oiled mahogany. The beautiful body is topped by a foamy light-tan colored head that holds very well and leaves some really good lace. The aroma is bold: full of bright, citrusy, Pacific Northwest hops and some fruitiness; well-backed by a dark caramel maltiness. The body is medium light and the carbonation level is moderate. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy. The flavors starts with a bold hoppiness, then wrestles across the tongue with some gentle caramel malt, and eventually fades smoothly into a gently lingering malty & hoppy finish. At first I felt the mouthfeel could have been fuller, but with further thought I feel that the limited body helps to keep the flavors from becoming too full, and allows for a smooth finish without the hops getting hung-up in the throat. A very well done beer that probably deserves more recognition than it gets.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Good Beer in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear medium amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some light ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of small thicker patches and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith and pine hops over a moderate caramel malt body.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with light to moderate amounts of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, citrus/orange, and pine hops which contribute a moderate amount of bitterness which lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Fairly well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops so that neither really dominates the palate. Pretty easy to drink and enjoyable.

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3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, roasted nuts, citrus and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is malty and sweet up front with flavors of caramel & citrus and a touch of smokiness. There's a nice complimentary hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this a nice beer with some substance that is worth pounding for a while.

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Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 975 ratings
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