Prohibition Ale | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

very good
968 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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 968 |  Reviews: 345
Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of homebrew311
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter. Upon opening, bottle gushes out as I quickly get it into a glass. The appearance is a deep clear read with tan head that retains nicely and heavy lacing. Nose starts with heavy cereal grain malt, backed up by toast, caramel, and earthy hops. The taste is moderately malty up front with a nice herbal hoppiness that comes through and takes some hop bitterness to the finish. Decent balance of flavors here with an emphasis on the malt profile. Mouthfeel is moderate with decent carbonation. Overall, this brew features a nice balance of flavors, but is overall somewhat forgettable.

 615 characters

Photo of anon
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Burt
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of kayure
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Aimo
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Ilovebeer1549
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DrunkenMonk
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of kushlash23
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lighter amber color with a thin layer of foam.

Slight caramel sweetness with piney and citrus hop aroma.

Piney/earthy hop bitterness, slight caramel/toffee sweetness, and a hint of grapefruit.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, another fantastic brew from Speakeasy.

 286 characters

Photo of jjanega08
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

No freshness dating.

A=pours a deep ruby color with a half finger of off white head on it that leaves some decent lacing.

S= has a deeper darker smell of hops. Seems like it may be a little past it's prime. Definitely a hopped up amber though.

T=the taste is filled with a hop punch along with some strange toasty malt taste. The hops are thick and resinous leading to a strong bitter bite.

M= feels great

O= this isn't a bad beer at all but the toasty malts threw me for a loop. Not the most hopped up amber but a little more ambery than a hopped up amber. Not bad.

 571 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

 1,028 characters

Photo of Nathans_86ed
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Joshpu
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Mbennett
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Newenglandcraftbrew
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of fishkab
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of emwild12
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: World Market in Las Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: Aug. 1, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 6, 2013
Misc.: Bottled on Feb. 21, 2013

Poured a mahogany color with about two fingers of bubbly khaki tan head. Sporadic spots of average lacing on the sides. Average retention on the top.

Lots of different smells right away. Hops seemed to rule the day with floral, rye, citrus and grass. Then got the malts, mainly caramel, roasty, toasted bread and faint cocoa. Got a little bit of iced tea, too. The hops seemed to be go away a bit after a few more sniffs.

Malts took over the hops in the taste. Grassy, rye, toasty bread, yeast, wheat, caramel, buttery and lemon.

Medium-to-light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Longer finish.

Not quite as good as I hoped it would be. Was still decent though.

 880 characters

Photo of Scott_Nickell
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
3.84 out of 5 based on 968 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More