Prohibition Ale | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

very good
967 Ratings
Prohibition AleProhibition Ale

Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States

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

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2.81/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of bstyle. Served in an American Pint. Bottled on 10.31.13. Pours a translucent amber with a foamy, three-finger, light tan head. Nothing overly distinctive about the nose - toasted malt-forward with some piny/citrusy hops. Taste consistent with nose, but there is also a distinct metallic flavor. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation and a trace of acidity. Overall, a pretty lackluster amber. Not sure if it's just an off bottle, past its prime or just subpar. Not something I need to revisit again any time soon.

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4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm still a novice "craft" beer drinker, but I've noticed the ones that are particularly dark (in this case red) are definitely my preference. It's definitely got the hops (what do you expect from these guys) and I'm definitely looking for this at bevmo. Overall, excellent.

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3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a ruby red hue with a one finger bubbly head and some nice subtle lacing and definitely a red ale on eye,the smell is a heap of resinous piney hops mixed with strawberries and a slight herbalness it's a hopped red that's for sure,feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and really sets the sessionability on the high end and with that massive hopfest first encountered on smell it's nicely balanced with sweet sticky toffee mid palette and on the finish the hops are still there but it's only a light herbal bitterness and overall it's one of those beers that u have to try but Im not rushing out to grab again as i still prefer Riverside's 44 but also could happily drink if offered cheers.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Compares well with SF-based 21st Amendment Bitter American. A bitter, woody, flavorful and sessionable ale.

A: Pours light reddish brown color, with a thick, lumpy off-tan head that lasts and laces on the glass.

S: The powerful, smoky aroma is of caramelized malts, roasted nuts, hop pine, and citrusy hops. Very nutty, a bit wet woods. Plenty of it, a real muscly beer.

T: Powerful. Follows the smoky smell. The taste is malty and sweet up front followed by caramel, grass, pine, & citrus and with forest charcoal smokiness. There's a nice complimentary hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is bitter sweet. Unusual, plenty of flavor. Almost gravy like, mushroomy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is ok

D: Totally a must try. Original.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours an intense, solid caramel-amber grapefruit red. Looks fantastic with great foam.
There’s a thick piney grapefruit hop aroma with a nice rounded hop note. The flavor is hoppy and dank with some chewy pine. It’s a hop bomb for sure. Forgot how good this one is.

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Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
3.84 out of 5 based on 967 ratings.
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