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Prohibition Ale | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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975 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With a memorable nose of caramel, citrus, and floral notes, Prohibition Ale impresses right from the start. The color of the beer is a deep shade of copper/red, the foam looks nice, and the beer leaves a good amount of lacing as you drink.

The positive qualities continue as you consume. Caramel malt greets the palate first and it is quickly followed by the taste of citrus, toffee, and some resiny hops. Search a little deeper and you discover some nuts, toasted malt, and an overall cleanliness and smoothness that makes it highly quaffable and drinkable.

Amber ales are a highly varied style, but Prohibition Ale seems to have nailed the qualities I expect in an amber ale as well or better than most I have sampled. The beer has a good deal of complexity and yet it still manages to maintain a smoothness that goes down easy. A very nice appearance and other factors combine to make this an amber that I highly recommend.

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A finger and half of head on a clear, copper colored body.
The aroma is a malty smell quickly followed by a lemon candy scent.
The taste starts off with moderate sweetness, backed up by a lemon bitterness.
A crisp texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at ShopRite last week, having never tried this before. I wasn't sure if this would be like Brooklyn Lager, in the sense that the recipe and feel of this would be a bit more traditional in nature. It certainly had that feel to it even though this was a bit more aggressive in the alcohol department than I expected. As many have alluded to on here, this was nicely well-balanced and a great example of the style, even if it was just a bit darker in body and taste than other American Ambers and Reds that I've had before.

The pour was indeed dark, with an almond hue, good head and nearly-clear appearance. Mostly caramel malt in the nose, followed by a nice, solid hop punch in the taste. Pine, citrus, a bit of lemon zest, and more caramel followed up in the mouthfeel, with the dry hops coming out in the aftertaste. This felt quite earthy in taste and was a lot more stickier and cloying than it first appeared to be. Each sip had to be savored and only when I worked my way through the bottle could I feel how present the alcohol was.

This was strong enough to be an American Amber/Red Ale even though it looked and felt darker than others that I've had before. Most of those were too hoppy but this had balance like a good ESB. Even though the packaging was a bit over the top like the posters for "Gangster Squad", the product on the inside matched up with what appeared on the outside. This is a great beer to go to when something full is called for without being weak or generic.

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Excellent. They call it an amber ale, but there is a boatload of hops in here. They tossed in enough bready malts to make it perfectly balanced, but I would call it a pale ale. The classification is the only quibble I have, however. This is a darn good beer. Complex, balanced, and delicious.

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Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 975 ratings
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