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Prohibition Ale is a boldly hopped amber ale that strikes a perfect balance between caramel maltiness and its aggressive hopping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2004
I immediately noticed the pungent pine aroma of this beer- much like that of Bells Two-Hearted Ale- with a bit of biscuit in the background. The body is rather clear copper with a thin light tan head. Flavor begins with the pine assault but biscuity, cerealy, caramely malts lend character to the brew. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Nice bottles on these beers. The Prohibition is a nice amber/red with floaties. Nose--grapefruit definitely. Quite hoppy for an Amber, like Bells. Almost tastes like an IPA. Nice mellow flavor, bitter aftertaste, leaving the mouth tasting of grapefruit rind. (My friends compare this mostly to Bells Two Hearted Ale.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2004
Really hoppy! Caramel and flowery, not your average amber. Awesome bottle too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2004
A nicely hopped amber session ale. Pretty rich orangey copper colour with a lingering head, although a slight one. Got some caramel and some hops and it was lightly creamy in the mouth. Nicely balanced with a slight bitter aftertaste - not really sure it's like an amber ale although it's worth having.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - FEB 20, 2004
12 oz. brown longneck bottle. No freshness date seen. Slight pffftt when opened, so fairly freah, and fairly well carbonated. Poured out a deep orange / copper color, with a thin white head. It slid back to a layer of foam on top of the beer. Aromas are of caramel malts, bright hop notes, and not much more. No yeasty bite to it at all. Tastes ok enough, but nothing spectacular. Malty backbone carries the hops well. Bitter hop notes in the middle and as it's swallowed. Medium mouthfeel is nothing special. Not rich, not creamy, just is. It's an ok beer at best, but if you look at it as a session beer, it's great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Poured a nice amber with a medium sized off-white head. Nice hoppy aroma of citrus and pine. taste is of citrus and piney hops, with a nicely balnced caramel maltiness. By far the hoppiest amber i've had, more like a hoppier SNPA. Easy drinking and very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Very nice amber. Actually, one of the best of the style I have tried. Why? I love the assertive hops first of all. Most ambers I try are wussy in the hop department. Prohibition is doing something illegal with these hops man. Yet the beer is backed by a fairly solid caramel malt bakbone, providing decent balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 7, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2004 the aroma punched me! i smiled! dark, brick red appearance. oh, God. nice balance. caramel maltiness and floral, a little pine and a squeeze of citrus that reminds me of orange peel, and bitterness to swim with. smooth. not thick. not too thin. me like. this is a really good beer. UPDATE 6/20/2004 (downrated), stem glass: honey/reddish brown body with a lingering off-white head. upon opening the bottle there is an immediate aroma of citrus like lemon. after pour, the aroma becomes more sedated and rides on top of doughy caramel. a little bit creamy, a bit rich, a little bit acidic like lemon, and mostly malty. this is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2004
on tap san francisco: dark amber brown color with a loose frothy head. pretty hoppy and a nice nose of flowery hops and some bitterness. i think they did a great job balancing out the hop malt tast. i wouldnt call this a typical amber....tastes much more like a pale ale to me. but i like these beers....get out there and try 'em.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2004 Found some new ones at the store today. Very cool line by this brewery. Nice bottles that are painted, not just stuck with labels. I *think* there's a date stamp of "003," but I'm not sure. I can't think of what else that number would reference. And personally, if they're only going to put part of a date on a bottle I'm *far* more interested in the year than the month. Pours a dark amber with a beautiful head and a great lace. Smells amazingly hoppy. At first sniff I thought it was an IPA.The bottle claims the beer "...is a boldly hopped amber ale that strikes a perfect balance between caramel maltiness and its aggressibe hoppings." Amber my butt lips, this is a Pale Ale in the tradition of Sierra Nevada. Tastes wonderfully hoppy but not really bitter. There's something else there that is interestingly intriguing, but I really can't put my finger on it. It also seems to be missing something. Mouthfeel takes a bit of a dive because of what it's missing. It almost tastes watered-down but it's not. Plenty of carbonation. It's just...well, missing something. Granted, I'm comparing it to SN, but there's just something about this that's keeping the mouthfeel weak. Drinkability is great. I could easily drink these all night long. This is a really good beer that I recommend. It's a lot like Seirra Nevada Pale Ale but different; a bit more hoppy but good in its own right.

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