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RATINGS: 119   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bnoel09 (434) - 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 (1251) - 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.

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   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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2010
A: snifter. pours a nice burnt sienna color w/ vibrant red notes. nice off-white head. decent retention..faint lacing, ring like. S: nice tart, fruity aromas. some apples, and spices. some sourness. T: very tart fruit flavors. light pepper, some metallic tones. decent sour notes. M: medium to light bodied. palate is unappealing. D: not terrible, but not for me.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2012 Very enticing bready sour aroma. Deep hazy copper/orange. You can tell right away this is an excellent beer. Bready, sour, barnyard, rich, honey, Belgium, Huge apricot, apricot skins. caramel, wheaty. Big berry aromas and flavors. Butterscotch. Really nice to have a unique interesting complex beer that stands out on it’s own. I would call it a Belgium sour. Some beers cross into subtle wine tasting flavors this is one of them. Rich and organic in it’s personality. Epic beer really. Fantastic! One of my favorites. Sip it forever. Smell it forever.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshuahfl (47) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours amber with a medium white head. Not much on the nose. A little yeast and fruit. Flavor is yeasty ad slightly spicy, but not much there. Finishes bitter. Just okay.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9 (1949) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Tasted from bottle at Lush West Town. Pours clear amber with a medium off-white head that leaves heavy lace. Nose is fairly light with some caramel malt and a bit of non-descript fruitiness, black licorice, and something metallic. Flavor is slightly tart up front with the malt and yeast kicking in heavily on the middle and finishing with solid bitterness, and the metallic flavor comes through as well. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long, bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Spicy hops, delicately toasted malts and fluffy effervescence quietly move into discreet fruit salad and leafy bitterness for a balanced and very drinkable pint.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-An airy head of foam tops the light amber.
-This is as clean and quenching as any other beer I’ve had from them.
-Once again, the soft and pillowy effervescence serves the lean body quite well.
-This may not be the most memorable brew, but it is full of details and quenching. What more can you ask for in a quaffer?

On tap at the brewery tasting room.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 19, 2010
750ml bottle. Rating #71. Amber color with a little orange thrown in there, it had a pretty thick white head at first that dissipated to a thinner version within the next minutes. Sweet fruity aroma, very belgianesque actually. Sweet and a little spicy, more fruitiness almost like apple, pretty good though. (1184)

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Getbetter (839) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAR 20, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2010 From Tap @ Telegraph Brewery,Amber in color, frothy head. This beer has a unique yeast strain and it’s pretty good


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