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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3682) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 2, 2009
I was not sure what this was because of the name. It was for sure not a California Common, and was relieved to come here and find it was a Belgian, which is exactly what it tasted like. It poured a rich red color with a quickly dissipating white head and light lacing rings. Nose is of citrus, clove, and some ripe fruit. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is malty with some mild bitterness. Dry bitter finish. A very drinkable brew.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
OldMrCrow (2143) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2009
750 ml bottle.

An utter disaster. This a Belgian ale? I thought it was an infected scotch ale. Awful humus and rotten fruit, overpowering malt. Ack! Drainpour.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOLTZ7555 (2960) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Slight ember color with a massive eggshell head. Heavily carbonated. Earthy, malty, with a hint of sour...not sure if that was intended. Not sure I can find the belgian in this. Pass.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Aroma is a little plain. Amber/reddish appearance. Not much head. Nice lacing after a few sips. Typical amber flavors with a skosh bit of spice and some alcohol punch to it.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2009
Bottle thanks to the bosses had at home. Alround rating: Massive carbonation again, not as bad as the wheat, but huge all the same. Soem sort of dusty grainy brown and earthy malt, some light spice, dusty yeast character. Theres nothing holding it together and its hard to drink.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle at the Weekend of Tarts After Tasting.
Golden brown with no head. A fair bit of pukey malt in this one. Some card too. Really, it’s all over the place and having some fairly major issues. Fruity malt, some grassy hops underneath but it’s out of order.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larryLSB (465) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Poured from 750, bottle 4.10.09, courtesy of SamGamgee. Poured an amber/glod with huge white bubbly head. Nose was very yeasty and fruity, kind of like a Saison. Semi-sweet malty flavor, just a bit on the sour side. Very nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2243) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle courtesy SamGamgee. Pours a hazy, opaque, orange-copper color with a big billowing white head. Aromas of lemons and caramel, maybe orange zest too. Honeyed caramel malt flavor with a light lemony tinge on top. Some pepper and possibly clove too. Pours overly effervescent but after some time and swirling it becomes more drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Great nose. Pepper and yeast. Grapes too? Bright clear amber in the glass with a big bubbly head and lace. Light and fuzzy in the mouth. Not a full mouth ale. Nose is better than flavor to me. Bitter and flat on the palate. Carbonation fluffs up in the mouth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 2, 2009
750ml provided by lagunitasfan at toncatcher’s thanks Tim. Pours orange with a 1 finger tan head. Nose is ok, taste is sweet somewhat malty a bit a’tart pretty decent.


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