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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.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (746) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Poured from a 1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Color was caramel coppery. Lots of head, thanks in part to a bad pour by me. That probably also contributed to the frothy film on the sides and the frothy lacing on the top that stayed throughout the pour. Smelled of sweet floral notes up front. Seems to be lots of sugar in the nose as well. Could almost smell the stickiness. Citrus hops in the nose, too, led by tangerine and lemon zest. Surprisingly the taste was a bit different than the nose. It’s almost like the makers forgot to finish the beer. Tastes include sugar, spices (cloves, pepper?), caramel, light citrus. Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish. Clean and refreshing. Nothing too exceptional about this beer except for the smell.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2563) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Definitely a Belgian style with a very fruity and spicy aroma. Pours a cloudy amber with a huge rocky, lacing, lasting head. The flavor has a very nice Belgian style to it. Very fruity with some spiciness along with some pepper and a bit of hops in the end. The finish is quite dry and refreshing.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkerin (20) - USA - SEP 30, 2011
light, yet with full flavor, great smell, nice appearance, light finish, a refreshing beer

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeerdesign (2140) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2011
sample at Telegraph on 7/2/11. deep orange pour with a small creamy white head. malt driven nose with light citrus hops. medium body with sweet malts and citrus bitterness - well balanced. dark fruits on the finish with big citrus bitterness and bread notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Rocky head, deep golden color and very effervescent. The flavor is very tart and refreshing with a nice, dry finish. Stone fruit and Belgian complexity give this style away instantly. Thanks James.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3639) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2011
My friends told me that this was a "California Common". No. It makes a lot more sense to think of it as a Belgian, because it combines the fruitiness with the mild bitterness, and it comes out as a language that is worth listening to. Bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thetmaxx (729) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Poured into a snifter glass from the 22oz bottle. Colour is kind of a burnt copper. Aroma is malty and earth, with a slight banana and clove flavour is detected. Palate is slightly watery. Flavour is also similar to a hefe, and is cloudy as well. Overall its a good Belgium.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bnoel09 (410) - Elk Grove, California, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Poured into a Trappist glass. Color is sort of a dark burnt orange with a white head. Aroma is earthy and fruity. Flavor has some banana and clove on the start like a hefeweizen but also has a more substantial body with an earthy finish. Body is medium with a lightly sour finish. Overall a nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnoble (1214) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Golden amber pour and hazy. Nice sticky lasting head. Nose is spicy with cloves and light phenolics and banana and other fruit notes. Taste is lightly malty and fruity with notes of spices and finishes with some apple tartness. light creamy mouthfeel. Good beer but strangely tart.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Poured a deep golden color, nose was grainy with hints of wheat and yeast esters, taste is mildly tart, grainy, kind of poop.


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