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Telegraph California Ale is our flagship beer and is our interpretation of the unique ales that were commonly brewed up and down the West Coast in the 19th century. It is an unfiltered, medium-bodied beer, with a rich amber color and a rocky, white head. The beer is crafted using domestic American ingredients and fermented with a unique yeast strain that accentuates the hoppy spiciness, while also imparting fruity and subtly sour flavors. The aromas are spicy and earthy, reminiscent of the rich agricultural valleys surrounding Santa Barbara.


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
probstblueribbon (3182) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
750 ml bottle from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Clear bright amber with a thin off white head. Bright, eucalyptus hops, medicinal in a way, bread crust hops, a bit phenolic, old apple juice, apple seed/peel a bit woodsy, quite odd. Medium+ body, creamy carbonation. Apple, slightly minty and woodsy, lightly phenolic, bread crust, messy; dry with limited bitterness and an equally odd/messy, slightly watery/thin finish. What is this??

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (7534) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewery, slightly hazy dark reddish pour with white head, aroma brought notes of red fruit, caramel, some spice, yeast and steam like notes, hints of grain and toast. Taste was a mix of grain, steam beer, some spice and grain, touch of toast, finishing slightly earthy, dry.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsandman (505) - New York, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Pours deep orange amber, write head. Aroma is grain, malt, yeast, banana, faint clove. Flavor is grainy wheat, sweet malt, light hop. OK

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamherbert (1352) - Syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Dark carrot-cake orange; glassy with not a ton of head. One arc of lace at the top. Aroma is seriously earthy, like autumn soil. Slightly thereafter, there is a musty, cellar-like and dry hay component. So far, it is all malt and yeast in the nose. Grains of paradise. There is an herbal hop to it as well. I have to say the complexity grows the more your schnozz hovers over the glass. The flavor is a combination of sugary malts, plus a tinge of flowery yeast funk. The must is palpable, and the aftertaste is pure tartness, like lemon or key lime. Touch of grassy finish. Just this side of cardboard, but not at all unpleasant. Touch of plastic. The feel is very slick, but chunky and chewy innards. A little bready on the back end. If you didnít know better, you might think it was a bit old. Itís a very musty, malty ale, but a good one if youíre into that kind of thing.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nealblind (972) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Very Fizzy amber. Aroma of caramel, bread, grapes of a fine german lager. Tastes boozy like wine. Slight pond, minerals, belgian yeast, metal, cherries, acetone. Tight carb

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
miquelcrush (1631) - Granollers, SPAIN - AUG 11, 2014
Bona cervesa, ťs bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2454) - New York, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottled from Deciccos. Amber to light pour. Malt and hop aroma. Taste is smooth caramel with some bitter. Enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6568) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2014
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo. Amber pour, medium bodied. Caramel malts, fruity yeastiness, medium spice level. Decent, similar to Rare Vos

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6471) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Draft at chucks 85th. Pours a cloudy burnished dark amber with a loose white head. Big sweet red apple, caramel, and light cinnamon on the nose, but none of it is cloying. Smells like esters and malt sugar, not a caramel apple. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Caramel, light spice, and soft fruity sweetness on the mid palate. Quite enjiyable. Soft finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thouse (50) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Itís a mouth-filling beer, unfiltered, fairly hoppy and rather malty with a subtle citrus note. Perhaps because itís sealed with a cork, a la Champagne, some people seem to think of it as a French saison, but Iíd call it just a great big amber ale. Coppery in color with a huge white head, itís a little earthy on the palate with some sweetness showing up late. It would be great with grilled meat or particularly fish.


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