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Gypsy Ale | Telegraph Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by SpdKilz on 09-30-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,237
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
51
pDev:
9.72%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
5
Trade:
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5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The 10th and final beer celebrating the first year anniversary of my beer posts is Gypsy Ale. Brewed by Telegraph Brewing Company, Gypsy Ale is a wild Ale crafted with plums and Brettanomyces.

The smell of Brettanomyces yeast affronts the aromas. The funk of the Brett is the scent we note from the air of the beer. The sweet vibe of berries are sensed too. Alcohol content is 8%, but belittled by the elements of the beer.

The tart experience is due to black berries and cherries. Cherries come first, and the black berries follow and broadens the tart. A hint of strawberries sweetens the beer.

Plum is subtle and felt in the finish. There's a white wine quality to the drink. White grapes are what we detect that creates this complexity.

Brewed with rye, it is extremely faint. You don't realize you are tasting it until you recognize it in the finish. A grainy texture plays with our mouth and it is raw, unmalted wheat. The Brettanomyces yeast accents the berries and creates volume to the depth of this beer.

Gypsy Ale is an impeccable beer. The tart comes off as a surprise. The plum takes such a backseat that you wonder where is it, but it will be sensed in the fluidity of the finish. The Brettanomyces yeast is overtaken by the tartness of the beer, but the smell of it gratifies on each drink. An extraordinary conclusion to the first year anniversary of my beer posts. Beautifully complex, Gypsy Ale is out of this world.

Cheers. Prost. Drink for the love of beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesFowler
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Way dank good funk good buzz

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4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Moose90
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 750ml Vintage Bottle poured into tasting glass

A — Pours nicely into the glass, beer appears as a light amber hue with a slight bit of haze to it. Little to no head, or retention, but it's a sour, so that's fair.

S — Quite fruity and bright, bit of raspberry, strawberry, tart lemon. Little bit of peachiness and the slightest bit of grape must and plums.

T — Slightly sour and tart, little bit of bitterness, really not as sharp as the nose might suggest. There is a bit of a strawberry sweetness that comes through, quite refreshing.

M — Nice amount of effervescence to this one, little bit of a quick finish.

O — A good beer overall, nice notes of berries, just wish it brought a little more sour to the table.

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4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2014

Look - Very pretty, slightly hazy golden amber with a thin white head. Nearly flawless bubble distribution with very small bubbles. Head dissipates but leaves a thin veneer on the top. 4.75 paws.

Smell - Very inviting and vinous. Notes of strawberry, yogurt, white wine, and the slightest hint of butterscotch. Nice sour presence with bits of blackberry and stone-fruit, more nectarine like than plum. Very nice. 4.25 paws.

Taste - The fruity sourness is up front with the strawberry yogurt taste. Not super sour, but you do get a bit of pucker. It's too bitter however, especially on the finish, with a bit of a sudsy soapy hop presence. Pleasant overall though. 3.5 paws.

Feel - A little thin, but milky at the same time. Not a lot of carbonation, with the sourness having more of a presence than tingle from the CO2. 4 paws.

Overall - A very nice beer, but the bitterness is a little off-putting. Definitely worth a try, but I've had better wild ales from telegraph. 3.75 paws.

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3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Braz
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Very tart. Taste is alright but it smells like cat piss somehow.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of neurobot01
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%

Pretty good sour. The front reminds me a lot of Agrestic, but there's a nice fruitiness that quickly predominates. The only thing keeping it from a higher score is a slightly watery taste. I'll probably snag another bottle to see how it handles a little age.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Orange golden body. A little haze. Nice off white head.

Smell - Very plummy. A little bit of sour. Musty. Mostly fruit.

Taste - Follows the smell. Plums are strongest. More grainy malts. Some sourness, but not a ton. Very fruity.

Mouthfeel - Moderate sourness, but it's pretty clean. Enjoyable.

Overall - Good fruit, not a lot of other flavors, but it's alright.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch 113

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

Taste: As with the aroma, the plum flavor is a bit overwhelming, leaving the white grape, green apple and Brett characteristics to play a supporting role; underneath, there is just a hint of caramel that lingers from start to finish; plenty of funk in the mix, as well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with tingly carbonation

Overall: The flavors don't really come together for me with this beer - too plummy, too grapey; not enough sour beer elements in the mix; interesting, though, and worth a try

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3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by noodleuser.

The beer is golden to amber colored with a small, fizzy head. The aroma brings fruit, pale malts, light funk. Tart with fruit notes, cider, and some acid in the finish. Puckering with some alcoholic warmth in the finish. Overall, pretty tasty beer. I'd have this again.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Gypsy Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 51 ratings
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