1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $14.99 (US/print only). Offer ends April 30. Subscribe now! (Because great beer deserves great stories AND readers.)

One Claw Rye Pale Ale - Westbrook Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
One Claw Rye Pale AleOne Claw Rye Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

780 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 780
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 24
Gots: 97 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Alieniloquium on 05-25-2013

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 780 | Reviews: 104
Photo of maximum12
3.24/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to whoever sent this cute blue 12 oz. can over, I’m too lazy to go upstairs & look who. But I need some rye in my rye hole. Now.

The pour is pure golden sunshine. Smells like happiness: wet hops, wet rye, pine citrus, all that shit we like. I hope it tastes like this.

One Claw doesn’t taste like that. The rye delivers some peppery pep, but the rye then devolves into lowland delta dirt that I’m not terribly fond of. Bitter, citrus hops flower into the mid-section, touch of pine provide a counterpoint that clashes with the undergrowth pretty harshly. Crisp, sappier than the end of When Harry Met Sally.

I was anticipating happiness & all I ended up with is this rather mediocre rye pale. So simple, yet still didn’t gel for me. Oh well. Next time.

Photo of Amedlin18
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy and dry. Good stuff probably great for summer

Photo of humuloner22
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally returned to NC! At least that is what I have been told. I really wasn't paying attention if it was here before, but supposedly it was. Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy straw colored. Very minimal head and when it settles nothing really is present.

Aroma: Citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit rind and some sweetness to the notes. Not a lot going on.

Taste: Some bitterness from the rye and sharp flavors meld well with this one. Malts are present in the flavor as well. Reminds me a lot of the IPA, but toned down a bit, except for the rye stepping up the robust flavor profile. Pretty decent clean finish.

Overall: For a Pale Ale this is very solid one of the better ones I have had. I really enjoy this one. Happy its now more available around here.

Photo of Brabander
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is overall a very decent beer to say the least. Lively it is so be carefull when opening the can. Nice and hoppy bitterness!

Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I give this one straight 4s. A solid pale ale all around. Pours a cloudy straw color with a two finger length head. A frothy lace retains throughout. Aroma contains fruity esters, particularly bananas. Taste is initially fruity followed by a piney, spicy and herbal essence. The taste of rye in particular dominates. Good feel; light to medium in body, refreshing and drinkable. A slightly bitter finish.

Photo of Jobin_24
3.01/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty decent apa, refreshing in taste

Photo of gooberblue
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This rye pale ale is one of the best Ive had. Strong hop aroma with a smooth finish.

Photo of Zack_Norman
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As a fan of RyePA's, it's rare to find one this good. I love this beer.

Photo of bmeGT
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So good! My go to APA.

Photo of Bigdoc91
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best rye pale ales Ive ever had.

Photo of tastybeer
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden tangerine colored, bright and evenly clouded. Head is white, small, and bubbly. Aroma is very juicy. Orange, grapefruit, sweet floral, crisp rye and grainy malt. Light refreshing aroma... Taste is also very juicy and very orange. Clean and fresh fruit with rye bitterness. Nice malt profile.

This beer is pleasantly refreshing and very fresh making it extra appealing to me.

Photo of AFCPar-tie-ers
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you're from SC, it's like losing your v-card on Folly

Photo of MixieonaFixie
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nectar. Such a simple beer, and delivers above and beyond the style.

Photo of psmith161
2.7/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A little hoppier than I like.

Photo of jwiley42
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good job making the rye work with the lighter style.

Photo of mothmanscott
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy deep gold producing a nice 3 finger, off-white, frothy head that leaves nice webby patches of lacing. Aroma is malty caramel, spicy rye; grapefruit, floral & piney hops. Taste is nicely balanced in the first half of the sip across the tongue, front to back, with a spicy rye & malty caramel sweetness mixed with grapefruit, piney resin & pepper becoming increasingly bitter & drier from mid-sip into the finish producing grapefruit, pine needle bitter, dry rye spice aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly thin, a little prickly, dry & astringent. As expected bitterness lingers long in the dry aftertaste.

Photo of mschantz
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apricot in color with moderate clarity. Slight fine head that dissapates to a skim after a few sips. Peaches, apricot and vanilla on the nose - peach pie. While subtle on the nose the rye is much more apparent in the taste. Lemon and light stone fruit taste balanced nicely by a complex hop bill. Finish is bitter but clean. Very solid and highly drinkable.

Photo of Chmpgn36
4.97/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an extremely delicious and underrated beer.

Photo of Archdale74
4.84/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is under rated, should be a world class beer. The aroma coming out of can rivals heady, the look rivals hill farmstead, and the taste is phenomenal

Photo of lowfrez
4.93/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Made me rethink rye beers

Photo of tkelley
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a SAPP glass.

A - pale, hazy goldenrod color that is lighter at the thinner bottom of the glass. Very little head at all. Lots of sediment (which I don't care for).

N - very hoppy with sticky, resiny wet smell.

T - hops are still dominant but with a decent malt background, including the promised rye.

M - chewy and much thicker than anticipated. I guess I should've predicted that from the smell.

O - good taste but the presentation, particularly the sediment, I did not care for. Cheers.

Photo of Tbub18
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this one straight from the can. The Westbrook name carries itself pretty well but this is seriously a good beer. The hops jump out of the can, and the rye seems to marry well with the smooth balance of malt that follow the hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium carbonation. I am a big fan of this beer--I love hoppy pale ales and this is what I look for another One Claw

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz can with an unreadable BB date (smudged). ABV is stated as 5.5%. Purchased a little while back from Trembling Madness in York.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Can conditioned. A hazy golden-amber hue with plenty of chunky sediment and light carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of sweet malt and intense hops with hints of pine, weed, citrus, grass/hay, grain, earthy yeast, a twinge of rye and stewed hops. Lovely.

T: Tastes of bountiful aromatic hops with a sharp bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, orange peel, mild grapefruit, citrus, grass/hay, grainy malt, pepperiness, earthy yeast, a hint of rye and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a strident hoppy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and good body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of piny aromatic hops, bitterness, earthy yeast and mild grain.

O: A tasty American pale ale that goes down a treat. Looks OK, while the aroma and flavour are wonderfully hop-laden. Grainy malt and yeast notes provide a subtle backbone. Decent body - could be a tad livelier. The rye is quite subdued and not much in evidence. A hoppy brew that packs a punch; worth sampling if you chance across it.

Photo of UnionMade
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured into a standard pint glass, this one looks quite a lot like a witbier. Very pale and cloudy, with a really puffy white head. For a pale ale, this is very lightly colored. Good head retention.
The aroma is very hop heavy. American PacNor pine all the way. That's pretty much the gist of it. Pine, hops, brightness, no low-end mud or earth. Everything is high and tight.
The flavor opens with delicate malt, light bodied, non-invasive and surgically clean, with no ale-like fruit esters to speak of, moving directly into a delicious but minimalistic, west coast IPA inspired, hop forward finish. Unusually light bodied and incredibly dry in the finish. Attenuation is a science these guys are familiar with. The rye soft/spice keeps this from being a one note affair, barely. Just a touch of rye zest in the aftertaste, but the malt is almost entirely overshadowed by the assertive hoppiness, enough that I'd call this a lighter abv session IPA, rather than a pale ale. The carbonation is peppy but never gets in the way. I'm not getting much in the way of any malty rye spiciness, at least not as much as I'd expect from a beer advertised as being a rye beer. It's clean to a fault, enough to leave me wanting more rye character. This one is pretty much a session IPA. Very good, but almost clean to a fault. The hops are wonderful, but I'd like a little bit of malt to show through. This is basically Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with a silkier, somehow gentler, even less obtrusive malt flavor that allows a relatively modest, pale ale level of hoppage to shine like an assertive IPA. I really like this beer. It's not complex, but it has terrific, singular hop flavor with a lower ABV. I could easily drink a pack of this in one sitting.

Craft beer has certainly hit a stride when I can have a near-perfectly brewed pale ale from a state I've never heard of even a decent beer coming from, and they knock it out of the park. I was a little surprised at the price point on a sixer, but it's definitely an above average beer.

This could be the perfect pale ale if only it weren't quite so perfect.

Photo of HipCzech
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Serving: 12 oz can poured into a Libbey Gibraltar 7 oz glass.

Appearance: Pale, cloudy, straw yellow. Pillowy white head lingers and leaves nice lace.

Smell: Piney, musty resinous hops and citrus.

Taste: Hops continue from the nose with more citrus, pine resin and slight vegetal hints. Very mild malt sweetness keeps to the background, but rye spice comes through and melds with the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate, crisp carbonation.

Overall: A nice, crisp ale with rye spice accenting good hop character.

to view more.
One Claw Rye Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 780 ratings.