Prohibition Ale | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

very good
966 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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/13.
The color was deep ruby amber with a small head and medium lacing.
The aroma was quite pronounced and fruity with mangos and peaches and tropicals.
Taste was malty sweet with light hops. It finishes sem dry and bitter.
A really, really good beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium to dark reddish amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bready malt and the citrus and floral influence of Centennial and Cascade hops. Flavor of citrus and floral hops, neutral malt and light citrus rind. Finishes with citrus bitterness. Nice medium creamy body. A nicely made red ale that seemed a hair balanced towards the hops than malt, but the creamy body made up for it. Lingering citrus hop bitterness. Enjoyable, but somehow I think prohibition ales weren't quite this tasty.

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3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottled date of 05/06/13, so pushing toward 5 months old.

Poured a deep clear reddish amber color, quite a bit darker than I expected. A little below 2 fingers of off white head, with some fairly large bubbles. Lots of carbonation, though much of it stuck to the side of the glass. Lacing was pretty sparse. Head dissolved to a thin covering with a thin ring.

Smell was all about caramel and sweet malt. no hop signature, possibly due to the age of the beer.

Taste was again all malt. It tasted to me more like a Scottish ale than an amber ale.

Mouth was around medium. Unfortunately there was a rather unpleasant aftertaste, though it did disappear quite quickly.

As mentioned above, this had the look, aroma, and taste more of a Scottish ale than an amber ale. And unfortunately, not that good a one. Wouldn't recommend this offering, though the label is pretty good looking.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Beautiful amber color with 2 fingers of light tan head that dissipates slowly. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Caramel, candy sugar, grapefruit and tangerine.

Caramel and toasted biscuit with hints of candy sugar and toffee. Very balanced with well integrated hop notes. Grapefruit pith, pine needles and tangerine zest.

Medium bodied and smooth with crisp carbonation.

Nicely balanced and easy drinking. Tasty stuff!

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2.84/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Think I might have gotten an off bottle. Poured this a bit cold with a thick, foamy, tan, head that lasts and plenty of lace. Color is a very hazy to cloudy amber. Aroma isn't too strong but is vinous, Flavor is malt, sharp hop, metallic, yeast, biscuit, hint tart. Body is decent but has some high points from the odd flavors; carbonation is good. Finish is like flavor and has those less than pleasing characteristics that last too long.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
3.84 out of 5 based on 966 ratings.
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