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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (8799) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 11, 2012
Draught. Arbitrary score 4/5 for Appearance, as nighttime conditions prevented correct assessment. Faintly fruity, some esters, baked banana. Sweet, lots of banana, but (somewhat) cleaner finish. Low carbonation, but not flat; creamy texture. Oh weel. Itís supposedly a style one cannot call steam...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2012
Amber pour, small off white head. Golden raisins, belgian yeast, stone fruit, bready notes in the nose. Flavor is sweet, raisiny, yeasty, doughy, candy sugar. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
I had this on tap at Telegraph Brewing. The brewers did a great job balancing hoppiness and tart flavors in this dark amber beer. Itís very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8797) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
750 cc. First off, upon releasing the cage (Smithers, release the hounds) the cork spontaneously popper with a force that would make Peter North envious. The look was clear deep golden amber with a huge 4-finger fluffy well-retained white head. The nose was spicy rock sugary malt, dry florals, hopcitrus. Tasted dry, floral, spicy, yeasty, with a natural Belgian yeasty flavor coupled with the hopcitrus and dry floral and spice notes. Complex and well balanced, this one was very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (1163) - 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. Itís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2985) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3912) - 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.

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