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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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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
mrhoppy (1288) - 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 itís 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 itís personality. Epic beer really. Fantastic! One of my favorites. Sip it forever. Smell it forever.

3.2
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
wedgie9 (2702) - 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
MartinT (9795) - 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 Iíve 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
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
Getbetter (1033) - 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 itís pretty good

3.3
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 wasnít planned. The choice of malt/yeast/hops donít seem to blend together but itís an intriguing beer.

3.2
wetherel (1880) - Cupertino, 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
Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, 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.


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