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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2632) - Salem, Oregon, 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - 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.

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3908) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 3, 2007
750ml bottle from Sandy’s San Luis Obispo; nose of spices, a little funk, and some fruitiness; lightly hazed copper-orange with a 3" head, that lasts for 10 minutes and laces pretty thickly as it recedes; flavor of light pumpkin pie (pumpkin and nutmeg), some tartnes, but not very heavy, caramel, and a little sweetness. as it warms the tarty funkiness disappears and it tastes more like a Cal Common with its fruitiness and less like a saison or Belgian ale. Much better than their Porter!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 16, 2007
murky orange with a thick white head.aroma is of dusty hay,wheat,and some funk.flavor is a mix of the aroma,with some spice and malt thrown in.tastes alot like a saison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2980) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2007
Bottle (750ml) shared at ’Biegaman’s Summer Gathering’ -- courtesy of biegaman. another rare telegraph beer, thanks Jan!! Dark orange, thick bubbly white head. Yeast, soft floral aroma, some sourness. Very refreshing taste: rather bitter, floral, light malt. Medium body. Nice stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6400) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2007
Bottle (750ml) shared at ’Biegaman’s Summer Gathering’ -- courtesy of biegaman. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a large lasting off-white head. Aroma’s yeasty with a hint of funk, some spices, pumpkin (!) and lemon -- smells somewhat like a Saison to me. Flavour’s yeasty with lightly sour fruit, spices and some bitterness. Medium bodied. An Interesting beer, this is pretty good stuff.

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