RATINGS: 135   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.

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DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2009
A slightly hazed orange/bronze with just a thin halo of white. Yeasty nose of belgian origin with hints of clove and orange. Watery mouthfeel with a light sheet of belgian yeast flavors..lightly spicy flavors around. A little spritzy. Not too bad.

trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Surprising beer. Pours clear copper with a big white head. Spicy hop and malt nose; akin to a Sierra Nevada. The taste is very smooth. Sweet malt and crisp hops, nice balance of citrus and resin, with a very distinctive finish. Sour, funky, bretty, and delicious. Its like a Flemish take on an APA. Neither overrun the other, but instead bring out the best in both.

alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Bottle from South Bay Drugs; poured a rich amber color with a huge, frothy white head. Aroma of belgian yeast, spice, vanilla and a hint of fruitiness. Pretty straightforward and not overly tasty of a beer. Some caramel, yeast, earthy/herbal elements with a slightly tart flavor. Just ok.

bhensonb (15624) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Bottle from South Bay Drug; corked and caged. Clear amber color with a slight white head. Aroma is somewhat caramel malt with mild fruit and a touch of yeast or sour. Near medium body with carbonation that is noticeable, but not spritzy. There are light fruity notes, possibly a bit of citrous zest. The malt sweetness is mild, everpresent, but not excessive. Pleasant, suggestive of a lighter Belgian ale.

mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2010 We got a keg of this straight from the brewery and it was nearly undrinkable. It is sickenly sweet and tastes as if it weren’t hopped at all.

KimJohansen (10511) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2008
Clear amber with medium off white head. Sweet and mild hoppy aroma with caramel and yeasty notes. Sweet flavor with yeasty, caramel and fruity notes. Ends sweet.

ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2008
orange, amber colour with a white head. Light malty sweet aroma with hoppy fruity and alcohol sweet notes. Light caramel sweet flavor with hoppy and light fruity notes.

fonefan (50777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle 75cl. @ Amerikaner blindsmagning @ Papsoe, Bottle #07.]
Unclear medium orange amber color with a average, frothy, good lancing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, fruit acidic, light to moderate yeasty, barnyard acidic. Flavor is moderate sweet, light light acidc and light to moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. (190608)

doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2008
750ml bottle. Pours copper/amber with a thin, fissy white head, no lace. Smells sweet and cereal malty with a nice earthy hop presence as well. Tastes about the same that it smells. Very earthy hops and malts but with some slight bitterness. Medium body, smooth carbonation.

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Date: 06/10/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: clear dark copper, fine off white head, bits of lace,
Aroma: light sweet caramel malt aroma with earthy hops,
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, nice caramel malt character is balanced by a woody earthy character, nice fruity character, light bitter finish,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

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