Prohibition Ale | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

very good
970 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: 970 |  Reviews: 346
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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Photo of felixljr
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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Photo of MareInfinitus
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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Photo of ineva
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%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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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%

Photo of devinoconnor
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After reading all the wonderful reviews, and with a business trip to San Francisco planned, I was really looking forward to trying this out. It was good, but a little bit let down.

Pours a dark brown color with some orange tones. Smell is well-balanced in its hops, malts and barley.

The hops provide a little bit of a citrus taste and the malt balances it into a smooth, easy-drinking ale that comes with a surprising 6+% ABV.

Nice ale... just overrated in my very humble opinion.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bubbles grabbed the side of my DeGroen's pint glass as I poured this ruby colored brew. The cream colored head disappeared quickly and left only modest lacing.

S - Caramel, wood, dark fruits

T - Strong English toffy malt flavors and a nice balance between a sweet caramel start and a bitter hop finish. Some nutmeg and plum flavors as well add to the complexity. Quite drinkable for a 6+% ABV.

M - Fizzy and malty. I would prefere something more smooth

The pleasant surprises in this amber makes it a treat. Nice fall brew.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this back in 2007 and haven't tried it since. From the recent reviews I'm seeing I may not try this one again since a lot of people seem displeased with some of the possible recipe changes. I suppose I should be glad I had it a while ago then I guess. The beer poured out as a nice looking amber color with a pretty decent head on top too. The smell of the beer was a little on the light side, there were some hop aromas and sweet malts in the mix also. The taste was pretty nicely balanced between the hops and the malts. The mouthfeel was drinkable and overall I thought it was a pretty good brew.

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Prohibition Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
3.83 out of 5 based on 970 ratings.
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