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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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.


3.2
   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 (2502) - 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 (8351) - 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 (2879) - 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 (942) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Amber/copper color. The flavor and aroma is dominated by the belgian yeast strain. A slightly odd mix of flavors going on, like it wasn’t planned. The choice of malt/yeast/hops don’t seem to blend together but it’s an intriguing beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Light amber color. Huge pop of cork. Large carbonation that fades quickly. Light bit of butteryness. Dryish. Not bad, but better with pizza or something

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Superhead with a amber body. Aroma is fairly malty, light yeasty background, hay, lightly earthy- something like a belgian amber... Taste is yeasty, light corriander, caramel, malty, sticky, mild alcohol.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle first pour was all foam. Had to let this one breath for about 20minutes before I was able to get an amber body with big white head slowly subsideing. Yeasty, grainy and spicey nothing to light up the nose wih normal brew. Mellow beer with mostly grain and spice notes. Light fruit detected in the low bittering Easy on the palate if looking for a long session brew that is hard to pour this may be it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
can8ianben (1387) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Sampled this at the very new Union Ale Brewing Co. in Santa Barbara - but I’m not quite sure they had the right beer in my glass. This one was rich and malty with some very spicy hop characteristics - not very Belgian seeming. Nothing really sour about it, but somewhat spicy. Orange in color with a thick frothy white head.


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