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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle. Body-dark honey with a thick rig of bubbles and an ultra thin film of bubbles. Nose-big macro husk, light spoiled/sweet, lightly lactic, a bit of old hops, overall an odd industrial type nose. Taste-low to medium sweetness, slight alcohol, caramel, tart apple, light cream, some unrefined wood, macro on the backend. Overall a very “macro” tasting beer, but in a clean pure way. An easy drinker would make a great food/session beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (3857) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Copperish in color with a thinner head. Smell is a little hops, malt, dry, and earthy. Taste is malt, earthy. Maybe a little raddish like in there. Interesting bitternes.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Bottle, Thanks to Bu11zeye. Poured a orangish color that was hazy and included sediment, and an off-white head. aroma has fruity notes with very slight bannana. Flavor much the same as aroma with a nice slight hoppy flavor. Medium body and medium carbonation......over all, not bad at all....

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5213) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Tap at the new Father’s Office in Culver City. Red with small white head that lasts a long time. Has nutty malt aromas and flavors but finishes watery. Slight dryness too with some phenols and fruits. To quote Oakes who shared the pint: "A lot of everything, A lot of nothing."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 22, 2008
Bottle from Bev4Less. Medium copper in color. Earthy fruity aroma. Some breadiness. Strong yeast scent. Sweet yeasty flavors. Somewhat sweet and fruity. A little bitterness. An interesting little brew here. Pretty nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 18, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2009 Draught at the brewery. Clear orange color with a white head. Fruity and tart aroma with some spice and herbal hops. The flavor is dry and tart, but has a nice malt backbone supporting it. Really clean tasting. Not really like any california common that I’ve had; definitely unique and flavorful. 3.6 rerate: Had again at the brewery. The herbal hop bitterness just seems a little out of place. Not as enjoyable as the first time i had it. Rerate: having had growlers, draught, and a bottle of this since the last rating, it has really grown on me. Telegraph has a distinctive yeasty note that might not click with everyone right away, but it is unique and flavorful. I personally like the more carbonated mouthfeel that the bottles have.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Growler. Amber pour with a small white head. Sweet, malty aroma wit ha touch of hops. Flavor is sweet and fruity, balanced out by an unobtrusive hop presence. Medium bodied, smooth. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 9, 2008
On tap at Hamiltons. I don’t know why this is called a CA Common, because the style is actually a saison. Clear golden amber, barnyard funk aroma, wet straw taste with fruity (banana?) hints.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MuertosPorter (24) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 Beautiful hazy ochre color. Mild carbonation with a beige bubbly head that slowly dissipates. A slightly herbal, citrus and spicy hop aroma. Very nice complexity. Tart fruit, freshly baked bread, a little black pepper and bitter orange peel. Outstanding!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear, dirty copper color with a quickly dissipating ivory head. Sweet, fruity malt aroma. Very sweet with a pleasant hop spiciness to offset it. Pretty fruity flavors as well with a touch of dark fruits, pears and even a note of citrus. Dry, fruity finish.


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