California Ale | Telegraph Brewing Company

California AleCalifornia Ale
BA SCORE
3.6/5
132 Ratings
California AleCalifornia Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Telegraph Brewing Company
California, United States
telegraphbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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.

Added by SBPCGuru on 03-15-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,878
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
132
pDev:
15.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
23
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 132 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear amber color with a very decent off-white foam.

A spicey dark whear aroma, sour fruits, grains and very herbal.

A gentle, herbal and wheat malty dominant flavor, a very earthy/sour yeast that is very unique indeed. The blend of these flavor's is very interesting, rather complex but very easy to drink. The malt is a nice, semi-sweet but gentle effect.

A medium, malty body with a grainy, semi-dry finish. Very lush.

I really like how unique this brew is, a nice twist on an old style.I'm not reviewing this based on it's "Belgian pale ale" style tag.

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Photo of crob3888
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zach122
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sjsupolo
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Avg. but fine

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Photo of Offa
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice Belgian-style pale ale with good complexity. I didn't know it was a Belgian-style when I had it, but I clearly noticed Belgian characteristics once I smelled and tasted it.

SLightly hazy bronze amber, it has a small airy off-white head soon thinning to small foamy ring & wisps.

Aroma is yeasty, fruity with plums, wet bread, earth.

Taste is yeasty, zesty, juicy with dry bread and grain, light fruity sweetness with turned plums, light peppery-spicy-earthy bitterness with hint of wood.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit - not a style I've had a lot of, but one that I would continue to explore if this beer is representative. Didn't get a very strong smell, but the taste was very pleasant and smooth. Got some of the spiciness advertised in the description but there was enough malt in there to balance it out nicely. I could see this being very popular in the local area.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is grain and caramel.
The taste is caramel sweet, lots of it. A little lemon bitter finish. Still, it has a good enough balance.
The texture is medium.
A nice maltier ale.

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Photo of EdTheEdge
4.26/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zotzot
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kmoen
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grnmnstr
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful ale from a tremendous shop. I highly recommend it, and it's brothers and sisters from this special little place in Santa Barbara.

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Photo of Rick778
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JayPeso
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vylo
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden belgian pale ale with smooth taste.

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Photo of mpenske
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Farnswurth
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brittonnash
4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful color. Fruity smell. Specifically Apple, almost cider like. Flavor is mild but pleasing. Light bread like finish. Alicia's review.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jboey
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%

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California Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 132 ratings
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