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California Ale - Telegraph Brewing Company

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81
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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Telegraph Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/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 tart flavors. The aromas are spicy and earthy, reminiscent of the rich agricultural valleys surrounding Santa Barbara.

(Beer added by: SBPCGuru on 03-15-2006)
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Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 61 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +12%

GeorgeH, Jul 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

ste5venla, Jun 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

dominic4beer, Jun 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

MoistPope, Apr 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

pkalix, Apr 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

Brew33, Apr 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Chucker17, Mar 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

t0rin0, Feb 26, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30%

Rau71, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Samuel906
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:

Light reddish brown with a ton of carbonation and head up front that leaves very light lacing. Very high clarity. A pretty nice color actually; looks more like iced tea than beer to be honest.

Aroma:

I'm can't really put my finger on it, but I do not like the smell of this beer, and for someone who likes gettin my nose up in that, it is a turnoff. And reading some of the other reviews, it sounds like this can be hit and miss. It was very muted, some yeast and citrus, green apples spices and cloves.

Palate:

Pretty light, and super high carbonation. Refreshing, crisp, good very cold. The sweet leaves you feeling a little sticky.

Taste:

Citrus... Yeast... Malt... Spices... Pretty simple but it works; clean, tasty and refreshing.

Overall:

I'm honestly having a hard time calling this one... Very drinkable but very simple. Not an adventure for your taste-buds and it's not gonna get you very drunk. I liked it, something a little different, but I can't see myself every buying it again.

Samuel906, Nov 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

bh123, Oct 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Grant89, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap in Lodi.

Deep lightly cloudy golden iced-tea color with a half inch of dense head. Great film retention, wispy lace. Surprising amount of sugar and fruit, with a little bit of yeast and peppery spices coming through. The nose is a lighter version of this, and a bit grainy. Thicker mouthfeel than I was expecting with a creamy body and ample, fuzzy and frothy carbonation. Tingly at times. Not terrible but I didn’t really dig it.

scottfrie, Aug 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Pugs78, Aug 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

ThinkRedEsq, Aug 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

JohnK17, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of BeerManDan
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured in the glass, the color was a reddish brown with a load of foam and a fair amount of lace. The smell citrus and hops was sort of weak and not impressive. The taste of hops, citrus and a yeasty carbonation. As this ale warmed up the carbonation and flavors became more softer and not as bitter as when first poured.

BeerManDan, Jun 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

chocosushi, Jun 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

raulazzer, Mar 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12%

Omer4176, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12%

Ryan1423, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is light amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two-finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops and fruity yeast in the nose.
T: The taste has earthy flavors with hints of spices towards the finish and is accompanied by a very light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite tasty and is a good representation of the style.

metter98, Jan 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

dbrauneis, Jan 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +40.1%

TeamUgly, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Color was caramel coppery. Lots of head, thanks in part to a bad pour by me. That probably also contributed to the frothy film on the sides and the frothy lacing on the top that stayed throughout the pour.

Smelled of sweet floral notes up front. Seems to be lots of sugar in the nose as well. Could almost smell the stickiness. Citrus hops in the nose, too, led by tangerine and lemon zest.

Surprisingly the taste was a bit different than the nose. It’s almost like the makers forgot to finish the beer. Tastes include sugar, spices (cloves, pepper?), caramel, light citrus.

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish. Clean and refreshing.

Nothing too exceptional about this beer except for the smell.

BucannonXC5, Dec 27, 2011
California Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.