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California Ale - Telegraph Brewing Company

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.37%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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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MoistPope

California

3.75/5  rDev +5%

04-28-2013 05:32:17 | More by MoistPope
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pkalix

California

3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-08-2013 00:18:18 | More by pkalix
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Brew33

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12%

04-04-2013 13:41:11 | More by Brew33
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Chucker17

South Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -9%

03-19-2013 16:33:32 | More by Chucker17
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t0rin0

California

2.75/5  rDev -23%

02-26-2013 23:12:41 | More by t0rin0
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Rau71

California

2.5/5  rDev -30%

12-24-2012 07:45:13 | More by Rau71
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Samuel906

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 04:27:22 | More by Samuel906
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bh123

California

3.75/5  rDev +5%

10-20-2012 21:50:12 | More by bh123
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Grant89

California

3.25/5  rDev -9%

10-03-2012 23:15:12 | More by Grant89
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scottfrie

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 04:25:43 | More by scottfrie
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Pugs78

California

3.5/5  rDev -2%

08-24-2012 01:01:04 | More by Pugs78
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ThinkRedEsq

California

3.5/5  rDev -2%

08-05-2012 03:33:41 | More by ThinkRedEsq
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +19%

07-11-2012 15:04:38 | More by JohnK17
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BeerManDan

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 05:29:49 | More by BeerManDan
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +19%

06-14-2012 16:04:40 | More by chocosushi
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raulazzer

California

3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-20-2012 17:56:35 | More by raulazzer
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Omer4176

California

4/5  rDev +12%

03-19-2012 22:27:38 | More by Omer4176
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Ryan1423

Alaska

4/5  rDev +12%

02-16-2012 05:36:07 | More by Ryan1423
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 03:42:24 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2%

01-09-2012 01:30:10 | More by dbrauneis
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TeamUgly

California

5/5  rDev +40.1%

01-08-2012 21:21:25 | More by TeamUgly
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BucannonXC5

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 07:28:15 | More by BucannonXC5
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itsfreeasinbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12%

12-14-2011 02:30:03 | More by itsfreeasinbeer
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JustinOSU99

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellowish - Amber, small light brown lacing, good carbonation
S: Yeast, Light cream, orange peel, lemon zest, barley, creamy malt
T: Grass clippings, yeast, grain, orange, lemon
M: Creamy yet carbonated. Starts out sweet, ends tart.
D: One and done, but a nice change of pace for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 02:32:06 | More by JustinOSU99
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nanobrew

California

4/5  rDev +12%

11-29-2011 19:05:19 | More by nanobrew
California Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.