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One Claw Rye Pale Ale - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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One Claw Rye Pale AleOne Claw Rye Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

776 Ratings
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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 23
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

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Beer added by: Alieniloquium on 05-25-2013

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Ratings: 776 | Reviews: 103
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Photo of flagmantho
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head pours a thick finger of frothy ivory foam.

Smell: the glorious aroma wafted to my nose directly the can was opened. Big, fruity notes; citrusy grapefruit and even orange; tropical tangerine and mango; and a bit of resiny pine thrown in for good measure. I can absolutely get behind this.

Taste: piney flavors at first, then developing into grapefruit and tangerine. The rye is kind of hidden under all of the hops, but in general it's an amazing damn beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a nice creaminess for the style.

Overall: this is absolutely one of the best beers I've had this year. It really checks all the boxes for hop-forward beers that I like. Westbrook, please start distributing in the northwest!!

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 Beaver13
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy yellow orange with a medium frothy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is spicy rye malts and tropical fruits with some resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruits and spicy rye with some biscuity malt and good bitterness from the resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, interesting mix of tropical fruit, spicy rye and resiny hops.

Photo of frenchblood21
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from can into Goose Island pint glass. Date of review is 7/29/14. Big thanks to thatoneguymike for including it as an extra.

Appearance- Pale orange color with a hazy hue. Dirty white half inch head that slowly reduces and leaves great lacing.

Smell- This weird, but at first I get vanilla ice cream. I do get some type of grain, but I would have no idea it was rye. This is almost void of scent.

Taste- Again, very little going on in this beer. I get very mild hops that leave a pleasant oily residue in my mouth. Pretty boring in the taste department.

Mouthfeel- A bit thinner then I like. Like I said about the hops, it is nice to have those present in this sip.

Overall- Nothing exciting to say the least. Thin, no smell and very little taste. I am glad to have tried it, but I will never seek it out again.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy light golden hued beer with a half inch head of white foam. Brussels lacing. Intense grapefruit like hop aroma greets my nose. The taste is much more well balanced than the nose implies. While there is a very quick burst of grapefruit like hop flavor but it is quickly backed with a light malt backbone and a bit of gentle spiciness from the rye. The mouth is fairly light, crisp, and dry. I've really been impressed with my limited exposure to this brewery.

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 WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great looking artwork on the can, I love their esthetics and website everything looks great, but what’s even better than the package as their beers are really well made and thought out. Looks to be beautifully hazed golden apricot , chunks of lacing stuck to the sides of my chalice great bubbly white head.

Aroma packed full of hops, earthy notes, citrus rind, spicy rye comes in blended together very nicely. A touch of biscuit malt base, and tropical fruits peaks through as well, delicate well made beer in a can.

Flavor expressive malt layers, somebody is bringing out some complexity in the rye and malt profile. Wonderfully vibrant with lively earthiness, citrus notes, and tropical fruit lingering amongst well executed hop profile which interplays so well with the malts and rye in this fantastic beer. I noticed something else there’s some yeast sediment in the bottom of the glass, there’s definite yeast/spice notes coming through the rye and hops combo as well such a unique and complex offering.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied never cloying incredibly cohesive mix of everything lingering hops and rye notes just make you want another sip, a true staple for those living closer to their distribution network I’m sure. Carbonation is a bit mellow but works perfectly absolutely no complaints here canned in mid June 6/23/14 can is in it’s prime this was purchased by a local beer guy vacationing in Myrtle Beach at the Piggly Wiggly at Market Commons an excellent store I’ve had the pleasure of shopping in before.

Overall, expressive flavors lively soul filled canned beer, their brewer has impressed with two beers plus anything I’ve had from Evil Twin has been pretty stellar which speaks volumes to the validity of Westbrook as one of the major up and coming brewers along the East Coast and across the country for that matter.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip. 11/18/13 on the bottom.

A: Pours a hazy orangish gold with a dense white head on top. Leaves some nice lacing as the head slowly dissipates. A bit too cloudy to see any visible carbonation.

S: Nice hop aroma in this one. Citrus qualities pull through nicely giving it a bit of a grapefruit smell. Some pine and malt bring up the rear adding a bit of spiciness or pepper to the mix.

T: Balanced flavor with a hop forward approach. Gives you the citrus hop qualities without being overly bitter. Malt really smoothes things out nicely giving it a bit of sweetness on the backend.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Dry finish from the hops. Has a bit of that nectar like mouthfeel I enjoy in my hoppy brews.

Overall a very solid pale ale, don't let the rating on here leave you fooled. Perhaps others are pitting the hops in here against those of an IPA. Great flavor with a balanced approach that could interest those new to hops.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Cumbre pint glass.

A- Poured cloudy, golden/amber haze with a mean head on it. Looked like the froth on a root beer float.

S- Deep spicy rye, hints of hop.

T- Delightfully citrusy, mildly tart, grapefruit and other citrus fruits, rye spice coming in and out.

M- Almost creamy, a true treat to drink.

O- Yet another gem from the good folks at Westbrook. Although the appearance was a bit misleading, the aroma, smell and mouthfeel make for a great beer. I'd easily make this a regular sipper if I could get my hands on it more easily.

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 GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

12 oz can served cold into a pint glass.

Westbrook's One Claw is a very hazy pale yellow color. The head is thick and has good retention, leaving a sheet of lacing as it settles.

Aroma is excellent, probably the best of any rye ale I've tried. It has fantastic citrusy sweetness, like a candied orange, with subtle hints of the rye in the background.

Flavor is a little extra bitter for a pale ale but still very balanced and drinkable. The citrus from the hops comes through here as well but has a kick of spice from the rye.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated. Good balance and depth of flavors.

Overall an excellent rye pale and certainly worth getting again if I can find it.

Photo of dowen17
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color. Nice one finger bubbly head.

On the nose is sweet bready malts, some citrus notes. Tangerine and orange. A bit of apple.

Taste mirrors the nose. Sweet bready malts. As the beer first hits my tongue it's almost like an apple bread. Kind of grainy. Nice earthy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is nice. High amount of carbonation which is normal for the style.

This is a good beer. Would definitely drink again. Might would seek out if its your thing.

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 Hopdaemon39
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass- pours a hazy golden yellow color, two fingers of frothy white head, nice retention and lacing.

Smell is hoppy and sharp- pungent hops and some rye.

Taste is very grainy and deliciously well balanced. Earthy hops up front, smooths out into grainy malt favors. Rye is an undertone throughout and sharpens up midway through.

Excellent mouthfeel- medium light body, well carbonated; this is an excellent beer to session. It's light, pretty low in alcohol and really delicious and well balanced.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewery. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Hazy orange. A dark orange. Nice white head, excellent lacing, and great retention.

Smell - Buckets of rye. Nice hop aroma. Citrusy.

Taste - Again a ton of rye. Spicy rye, almost. Masks some of the citrus hop, but its present. Pale malt comes through. Mild bitterness. Lingering rye flavor. Also a kinda stale pilsener malt flavor hangs on.

Mouthfeel - So it's easy drinking, but some flavors linger a bit too much. The rye is verys strong, but not abrasive. The pilsener finish is kinda icky.

Overall - Great rye flavor, but the finish is a little bit of a deal breaker. Kinda goes away az I drink it though.

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a cloudy golden orange with a soft two-finger width, off-white colored head. After the head dissipated, it left some decent lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Floral, citrus hops combine nicely with the spiciness from the rye malts.

Taste - Great taste with the combination of the hops and malts. Floral, citrus flavors from the hops play along nicely with the rye.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Some bitterness, nothing off-putting.

Overall - A nice, well-balanced pale ale. The flavors with this one play off each other and product a solid tasting brew.

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 thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from can into a Westbrook snifter (proper!). Poured a hazy fluorescent yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, spice, spicy hop, earth, fruit hop, floral hop, and subtle fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine hop, citrus hop, citrus, spice, earth, earth hop, floral hop, and subtle fruit hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Once I cracked open the can I knew I was in for an experience. Boy was I correct. A really nice nose going on in this one. You can tell what Westbrook was shooting for with this brew almost immediately. With a nose like that you usually find the flavor to be a little lacking, but this one carried through to the flavor was well. It brought more of a floral note than the nose let-off, but this definitely helped with the balance in this brew overall. A very solid brew for any style that a hop-head would enjoy, but for its own style probably one of the better ones that I’ve had.

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 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 Mongrel
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy gold with plenty of white head and clingy lace.

Smells fruity like watermelon and berries, with some cool lemongrass too.

First sip is reminiscent of a summer watermelon salad with mint. Nice peppery rye back end. Wheaty center that's pretty dry - not much sweetness. The little kiss of sweetness that is there takes the form of nectarine and honey. Hops wrap a cool veneer of pine and lemongrass around everything. Pretty delicious and understated.

I don't know what it is about rye pale ales, but to my palate they tend to be supremely, deliciously fruit-juicy, with melon and pinkberry dominating. One Claw is no exception. Peach and citrus are beginning to unfurl out of this one too. A sophisticated spice presence really elevates this brew.

Well done, Westbrook. One Claw is well structured and restrained, but still exhibits those irresistible fruity/spicy traits that characterize a good rye pale ale.

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 Bung
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can, Brooklyn Styne. Fairly hazy gold/orangy pour. FInger and some of frothy head. Retains well.

Aroma, it's piney, and spicy with rye. Some floral and very light stone fruit aromas.

Taste, Quite a bit more citrus and grapefruit here. Spicy lightly grainy malt body. The dry grapefruit finish is really prominent.

Just to the right of light bodied, the rye adds more here causing a nice coating effect. Good carbonation, great warm weather drinker. Would buy this in volume for warm weather events.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a BAM snifter (Canned on: 9/2/14)

A: Cloudy with a great straw color that is that of the orange of a grapefruit skin. Looks like a nice hefeweizen with some bits of lacing.
S: Incredibly hoppy with some well hidden rye smoothing it all out and hiding in the background.
T: This is just phenomenal. The flavor here is out of this world. So hoppy and delicious. This APA name is a misnomer here, otherwise it is the hoppiest one that I've ever had.
M: Smooth with the slightest vein of carbonation. A bit foamy with a nice bubbly massage feel. Very light with just a bit of wateriness to it, but not in a bad way but in one that contributes to the overall experience and flavor.
O: If all APA's smelled and tasted like this, then I would drink them all the time.

Photo of tone77
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, rye, some citrus. Taste is bitter, hoppy, citrus, tasty and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a flavorful and good quality beer.

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One Claw Rye Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.