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

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

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
3.84 out of 5 based on 968 ratings.
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