Prohibition Ale | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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978 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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Ratings: 978 |  Reviews: 347
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: pours a perfectly clear beautiful amber color with a two finger head that is creamy and light tan in color, leaves spotty and thin lacing
S: nice hoppiness and also a nice depth with slight woody notes
T: great taste, perfect for the style, smooth and slightly woody with caramel notes at the end
M: gentle carbonation, thin and smooth, leaves the mouth slightly dry
O: loved it and found it to be spot on for the style

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my review of the bottle a while back:

I'm such a big fan of the Big Daddy and Double Daddy IPA and Double IPA's respectively. American Ambers and Red ale are hard to be crazy about and this one is no different. However, there's definitely nothing wrong with it and it has a great red color. Aroma and flavor are decent with good maltiness but nothing overwhelming. At 6.1 Alcohol by volume, it's almost a session beer and a good one for the winter.


I actually enjoyed the draft a lot better (of enjoyed it more this time around). A very good amber ale that's quite easy to drink.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bbb099
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy brownish amber color with foamy egg-colored head. Moderate amount of lacing and decent retention.

S - Nutty caramel malt aroma. Hints of spices present.

T - Strong toffee and nutty flavors coming from the malt, tastes almost like a dark beer. Only a small amount of hops if any.

M - Good amount of carbonation, medium to full bodied.

O - Good and enjoyable beer to drink for a copious amount. But it does not steer away much from the average amber, which can be a minus to some.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of kojevergas
2.49/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on-draught into a plastic cup at Speakeasy's decrepit warehouse - I mean brewpub. Reviewed from notes. Why does a brewery see fit to serve their beer into plastic cups? I may never know.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream and thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a dark copper.

Sm: Amber hops and other bittering hops. Perhaps too many hops for the balance? A decent aroma.

T: Amber hops and weak cream - that's it. It's simple garbage. Imbalanced and weak.

Mf: Smooth and wet. It suits the flavour okay, I guess. No real depth, layering, or complexity. It doesn't seem as though they tailored the texture to the taste at all.

Dr: Drinkable but low quality, and expensive at that. I wouldn't try it again if I had to pay for it. A disappointment from Speakeasy. As a side note, beer probably did taste this crappy during prohibition due to limited brewing methods.

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Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the botlle into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is clear reddish-amber with a half-finger off-white head that settles to a bubbly film. Some splotchy lace.

S: Good nose for a red/amber ale - caramel malt/toffee is prevalent, but there's just a touch of citrusy hops as well. Faint bit of earthiness too.

T: Very nice. Clean. Balanced. Good amber/red traits: strong caramel malt foundation, with some toastiness as well, but there's a good amount of citrusy, tropical fruit-like hoppiness. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium in heft, body is wisely lighter than it could have been given what seems to be a fairly large malt profile. Where some bigger amber/reds can become slick and heavy, this one remains on the lighter side, enhancing its drinkability. Carbonation is modest; it could use a touch of fine prickliness, but all in all the mouthfeel is a plus.

O: Good stuff. Not a standout, amazing beer in any single category, but overall, this one's well done.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice garnet and dark copper color. A good sized white head billows up from the bottom and slowly fades to a ring around the top. It looks very still with limited carbonation.

S: This is definitely on the maltier side as far as amber ales go. There are lots of bready and toasted malts with a slight hop profile in the background.

T: The taste is similar to the aroma, but I picked up on a sweet caramel malt flavor that I didn't notice in the nose. The bready and toasted malts are still there along with the limited hop flavors.

M: The feel is pretty much average for an amber. It is medium bodied, and very still. If feels sort of watery and could use a little more character in this aspect.

O: This is a solid amber, one that I revisit from time to time. I enjoy a good amber ale every now and then, and this one fits the bill just fine.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of Neorebel
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Observed to be a deep, hazy saddle color with noticeable sediment. very minimal head and minimal carbonation as well. Aroma seems akin to a hoppy American Pale Ale. Upon tasting, I found it to be very malty with additional tart, floral, and bready undertones. A grapefruit variety of hops is also very prominent and bright. The flavor lingers pleasantly in the finish and only has the lightest warmth of detectable alcohol. Highly recommended beer for all and on any occasion.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 978 ratings