Prohibition Ale
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Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #52
Ranked #20,398
3.82 | pDev: 12.3%
May 09, 2022
Aug 27, 2002
Very Good
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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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3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by maddogruss from New Jersey

Poured this from a bottle.
A: pours dark amber body with small, white head with OK retention and lacing.
S: citrusy, hoppy smelling beer; subtle alcohol notes; somewhat medicinal
T: sweet, flowery tasting beer; fairly balanced hops and sweet, toffee taste; somewhat medicinal aftertaste
M: a little thin, but somewhat crisp; decent
D: nice feel and taste combo; average beer, but decent

May 09, 2022
Photo of Spaz138
1.24/5  rDev -67.5%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by Spaz138

Fuck this beer. It’s not bad for an ipa but I fucking hate when breweries call a beer a style I.e. amber when it has zero things in common with that style. Amber ales are malty , this is hoppy as any ipa I hate false advertising

Sep 20, 2021
3.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 17, 2021
3.96 by avisong from Virginia on Apr 14, 2020
3.52 by Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York on Jun 23, 2019
3.93 by heymikew from California on Jun 03, 2019
Photo of GratefulFC
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by GratefulFC from Arizona

Pours a nice rich amber. Smell is malt and caramel. Taste is malt, caramel, raisens, vanilla, nuts, amber.

Jun 01, 2019
2.58 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 10, 2019
3.79 by Kdouble from Tennessee on Apr 21, 2019
3.75 by eldoctorador from Chile on Apr 04, 2019
3.94 by Eychung from New York on Jan 27, 2019
3.04 by antman27 from New York on Jan 23, 2019
Photo of ChaseRCalkins
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by ChaseRCalkins from California

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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4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by marmotzero from California

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
3.83 by BeerMan247 from New York on Aug 11, 2018
4.13 by HaoleBoy from California on May 14, 2018
3.93 by Branlott42 from Missouri on May 08, 2018
4.18 by Kelly10359 from New Jersey on Apr 30, 2018
3.76 by chiefz1 from New York on Apr 23, 2018
3.42 by hairnic from District of Columbia on Apr 07, 2018
3.9 by IRONRakkasan from California on Apr 05, 2018
3.77 by BarrelAgedG from California on Mar 30, 2018
3.44 by HopsnScotch987 from New York on Mar 07, 2018
3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 03, 2018
3.81 by norinco from Ohio on Dec 28, 2017
4.29 by FannYu from Taiwan on Dec 27, 2017
Photo of DoctorRobert1969
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by DoctorRobert1969 from California

Pretty solid amber brew. Caramel and smooth.

Nov 26, 2017
4.52 by weinhouse808 from California on Oct 26, 2017
4 by DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts on Oct 07, 2017
3.49 by HermitDan from New Jersey on Sep 12, 2017
Photo of Parmesan
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Parmesan from Colorado

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
4.37 by Phineasco from Massachusetts on Aug 04, 2017
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3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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
4.04 by tbeer40 from New Jersey on Jun 25, 2017
Photo of Everydayoff
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Everydayoff from Thailand

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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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by The_Beergery from Singapore

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
3.5 by jeffthepony from Georgia on May 03, 2017
4 by sgregory from Connecticut on Apr 11, 2017
3.69 by DanGeo from Michigan on Mar 29, 2017
3.8 by bb-magic from Florida on Mar 23, 2017
Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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