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Gypsy Ale - Telegraph Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

37 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 17
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Telegraph Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SpdKilz on 09-30-2010)
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kojevergas

Texas

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8% ABV confirmed. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired for $12 at a local SoCal beer store. Expectations are high; I've enjoyed Telegraph beers in the past and I love a good sour. Dig the simple label. Brwed with rye, unmalted wheat, and plums. Fermented with brettanomyces. Batch #113.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Yields a pretty satisfying pop upon removal of the cork. Yields a pleasant glug-glug sound during the pour.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream, nice thickness, and good (6+ minute) retention. Body colour is a dark hazy orange. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. No real lacing as the head recedes. Generally appealing for the style. Not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Biscuity brett funk. Bright berry fruit; I wouldn't guess plum if I didn't see it on the label. Floral hop character. A hint of tartness. Hay. Clean malts. Heavy wine-esque notes like grape skin and white cherry. A mild strength appealing aroma. I'm excited to try it.

T: Hm. I like it! White and red grapeskin. Crisp apple skin. Clean pale malts. Rounded brett yeast. Light tart fruit. Very lightly sour; very pleasant and not at all puckerworthy. Very timid for a sour; this would make a great introduction to sours. A touch of white cherry. Plum skin. A bit citric. Very bright white plum; the plum here is not the dark fruit of a quad. Fruity and refreshing. No alcohol comes through at all. I search for rye but don't find it. I do get pale wheat when I look for it. I want more tartness and sourness, but it's pleasant as it is, if a bit timid. Balanced and enjoyable for the style. It's different from what I expected, but quite good all the same. A tasty sour from Telegraph. I quite fancy it. Grapeskin is dominant.

Mf: Sticky. Smooth. Wet. Lightly refreshing. Suits the flavour profile well. Good carbonation. Good body. Good presence on the palate. Lightly juicy. Well-executed. Fairly acidic. Luscious.

Dr: A very approachable sour from Telegraph. Highly drinkable; I'll have no trouble killing the entire 750 alone. I'd definitely get this again; it's a bit pricey but it's worth it if you're in the mood for a drinkable fruity sour. Would pair extremely well with almost any food save for chocolate or desserts. I'd recommend an acidic salad or lemon chicken. The ABV is extremely well hidden. This is solid stuff from Telegraph. I'm impressed. I do wish the price was better, but that's often the case with this brewery.

High B

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 05:02:18 | More by kojevergas
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Smell - Very plummy. A little bit of sour. Musty. Mostly fruit.

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Appearance: Pours a hazy amber; an inch of foam fades away over the course of a minute or two, but there is plenty of lacing left behind

Smell: The plums dominate the aroma bringing a prunish character to join the white grape, green apple and Brett

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Smells of medium roasted malt and fresh sour plum fruit along with some raspberry/cherry notes and Brett band-aid.

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Pours a murky dark iced tea color with a nice 2 inch khaki head that fades to a small cap. There is some sedimentation in this beer. Decent rings of lace around the glass on the drink down. Smells of balsalmic vinegar, some plum/dark fruit notes, and the funky Brett wildness. Taste is up front with a bitter earthiness, sour vinegar, with mild fruit flavors on the finish. There is a pronounced bitterness/acidity on the tongue after each sip. Beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp soda like bite. Overall, this is a pretty good wild ale but the bitterness detracts from the overall experience. Also, not as sour as I was expecting.

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