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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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3.4
Lagunitasfan (1323) - 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
WeeHeavySD (3387) - 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.

2.5
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2009
[email protected] Off fruits in the aroma and some malts. Amber colour, off-white head, fair lace. Sweet, malty, light fruity, light yeast, citric sourness.

3
HogTownHarry (6823) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2009
Bottle (750ml corked). thanks to MagicDave for this one. Bottle likely a little past its best. Cloudy gold with an average fizzy white head. Aroma of slightly spoiled fruit and classic dry Belgian Wit spiciness - a little stale. Tasted the same - sweet, dryly spicy, fruity but a little sour. Average body, solid carbonation, quite yeasty/spicy in the linger - ehhhhh. Even fresh, I doubt it was awesome.

3.3
Ungstrup (37561) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2009
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt, spicy hops, grapefruit, and flowers. The flavor is sweet with notes of matl, caramel, yeast, and straw, leading to a dry, spicy, and bitter finish. The body is thin. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

3.7
asedzie (826) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Bottle. Ledgers Liquor. Pours copper, medium off-white head. Aroma is slightly fruity, mild must, very light banana, honey. Flavor is wonderful lightly fruity, hop oiliiness noticeable and fresh-tasting, light flavor of toasted malt, very mild tartness. Very good.

3.8
drfabulous (7941) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Like a Belgian Ale should be. Draught at City Beer Store. Lots of flavor - banana in there - and excellent aroma. Well done.

3.5
nickd717 (4679) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 8, 2009
On tap at City Beer in SF. Good stuff - it’s sort of a cross between a Belgian ale and a California common. Aroma is sweet malt, spice, and Belgian yeast. Flavor is caramel malt, yeast, citrus notes, and mild hops. Smooth, medium palate.

3.5
bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a big light tan head. Malty, spicy aroma with a light tartness. Malty, light caramel flavor with yeast and a light tartness. Medium bodied. Malty, breadiness lingers with citrus and yeast. Some rye spiciness/earthiness.

3.2
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Coppery hue with a fading head and minimal lace. The aroma is very much not want I was expecting, spicy, fruity and yeasty. Wanted a hoppy and acidic APA/IPA beer but instead got a Belgium Ale. The taste is actually pretty nice with the spicy character working with a biscuity malt background and a hint of twang towards the chalky and flowery finish. The mouth feel works well with the flavor, slightly aggressive and refreshing. After a less than stellar first impression this beer came back to show me something good... just dont expect a west coast hoppy ale.


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