“Prohibition Ale is the first beer we bootlegged back in the early days of the brewery. Anything but traditional, 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. Mouthfeel is creamy, with a silky, medium body and modest carbonation.” 6.1% ABV
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a nonic imperial pint glass. Deep reddish-amber in color, with an ample fluffy light tan head. Big, thick lacing was left on the glass throughout.
Bold floral and citrus hops, mixed with sweet malts. The hops come first, then give way to the malts. Maybe just a hint of grapefruit juice as well.
The mouthfeel is slightly thin and very smooth going down. There is little of the hop bitterness/burn I was expecting based off the amount of hops in the nose. The flavor is initially light floral hoppiness that blends delicately with the mild sweet malts. The aftertaste is relatively clean, with a bit of lingering hops. Overall, very drinkable.
This beer is very well done. After drinking, one can tell the brewery took great care and pride in perfecting their flagship beer. The bold hops and sweet malts are represented incredibly well; the malts just strong enough to keep the hops in check. I’m easing my way into the hoppy types of beers, and this one is done so damn well that I want to keep trying different ones to find more like it. 8/10
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers – San Francisco, CA