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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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Reviews: 105
Hads: 919
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 27.79%
Wants: 25
Gots: 145 | FT: 14
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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Photo of Archdale74
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%
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

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can't figure a way to improve on this delightfully well-balanced, delicious pale. Cloudy light orangy color with some sediment. Rye and spicy hops in the nose give way to an orange-and-grapefruit hop character with plenty of the spiciness of rye on the front of the palate. Bitter but not too much with a clean finish. Westbrook is a brewery to watch.

Westbrook, please start distributing in the mid-atlantic!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

truly one of the best beers i have ever had that doesnt include barrels, bacteria cultures, and multiple years to make. its downright flawless, and its simple elegance yet robust flavor profile makes it an absolute champion in my book. this is the kind of beer i like to drink, and like to drink a lot of. a pale ale that doesnt bore, its wonderful. hazy yellow in color, whipped cream topping three inches high on top of my schooner. the nose on this shows citra hops, pungent and lemon forward. the rye malt is subtle in smell, i get maybe a bit of wheat in with the two row here. the taste shocks me for the color, it has some density and probably should look a bit more copper and dense than it does, impressive. furthermore, the flavors are genius. the citra hops are all on the finish, while the front end is peppered with spicy rye malt, but only just enough for this to be different. the other base malts keep it in line with what we expect from a pale ale. the hopping comes as a surprise too, not often are both grain and hops so bright in a beer at the same time, and that is part of the beauty here. sessionable as they come here for my palate. i could drink ten of these and be neither sloppy drunk or bored. the citrus profile of the hops finishes the beer clean, but its still got this lush creamy body that is refreshing and quenching and just addicting. i wish this was available out here all the time, and maybe it well be soon, but this is one of the best pale ales i have ever had, and deserves to be mentioned among the best examples of the style. its everything i could want in a session beer.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of tmm313
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Light amber color. Looks unfiltered. Nice head and good lacing.

S- Juicy, succulent tropical fruit, orange, grapefruit, light resin, and floral accents.

T- Immensely drinkable. Tropical fruit, orange, grapefruit, pine resin and floral accents. Rye compliments it wonderfully with a nice kick of that spicy rye flavor. Good malt presence as well.

M- Medium bodied and lightly drying. Coats the entire mouth.

O- Rye Pale Ales are one of my favorite styles, and this one fit right in with the best of them. It has quickly become one of my regular go-to's and should be drank as fresh as possible for maximum hoppy goodness!

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 BJCP Stlye #23 Specialty beer - reserved for new beers including RIPA's

Poured into two snifters, can came from a brewery visit. Canned on 4/25/14. Bought a week ago.

Appearance is cloudy golden straw. One finger head that dissipates to a small amount. Good lacing. Some clarity noticable through the haze. Smell is the most amazing thing about this beer. Mangos! and lot's of it. Taste is very good and lasting. Mouthfeel is silky and light. Does not dry out or get super piney. Very viscous and resiny finish. I LOVE this beer and will be buying more for sure when I visit them again.

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Photo of CraftBeerMatt88
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bursts of rye in the aroma with some resiny hop character. Fairly Balanced leaning slightly to the bitter side. Great citrus, pine and some stone fruit hop flavors. Well done.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

As far as Pales go, this does IPA better than most IPAs. Two months old, and the hops are jumping from
can. Citrus, and pine resin conceal the rye (my only disappointment, I was looking forward
to picking out the rye in this) while leading to a nice bitter finish. This is so flavorful and bright for
5.5%. Impressive. My first Westbrook experience but not my last. Only regret was I shared my
sixer, and I only had two for myself. Stinkin generosity...

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Photo of flagmantho
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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!!

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Photo of UnionMade
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- On the lighter side of amber, with some golden accents. Big foamy off-white head that hangs around for a while. Some transparency, but has the appearance of an unfiltered beer.

S- Huge, juicy tropical fruit hop aromas, with notes of spicy rye mixed in. Lots of grapefruit and notes of pine. Pungent and great.

T- Great balance of huge tropical hops, with a great balance of rye and malt to make the drinkability tremendous. Just tons of rye and tons of juicy hops. Incredibly well done with two big flavors.

M- Smooth, medium bodied, slightly coating due to the rye, but very good.

O- Just an incredible example of huge hops and tons of spicy rye. Very impressive and by far the best example of showcasing rye and hops I have tried.

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Photo of CHickman
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy bright yellow color with a lot of carbonation racing up the brew to a very thick 2-3 finger foamy snow white head that looks like a beer advertisement with the perfectly sturdy head dissipating very slowly, creating craters as it went down as it leaves excellent foamy lacing sticking to the sides. Bubbles of all sizes made up the head which had looks as good as any world class IPA. A perfect looking beer from a can.

Smells of fresh grapefruit pith, lemon zest, orange peel, fresh citrus hops like fresh hop oil squeezed from a cone, grassy spices like pepper and I assume the rye, tropical fruit, light caramel, biscuit and piney hops. WOW, it's crisp, clean, refreshing yet hoppy and complex at the same time with just enough malt and spices to tame the hops but still let them shine at the same time.

Tastes like it smells but with more rye and piney hops/pine cones up front that mesh well with the lemon zest, grapefruit, orange peel, fresh citrus hops, grass, pepper, light coriander, light caramel, biscuit, toasted grains or buttered wheat bread and some more citrus fruit. More malt overall in the flavor adds near perfect balance and the rye spice appears again as the beer washes down leaving a trail of spice that seems to bring it all together and make it different at the same time.

Mouthfeel is zesty and crisp with a light body that has high, fizzy carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste that fades clean with a minor rye nip that comes through almost spicy and peppery but leaves your mouth almost dry.

A rye pale ale from a can that leans towards an IPA and is an excellent example of an APA. Crisp, refreshing, clean, and easy to drink, to me this is a very under-rated beer here on BA and one I would highly recommend.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic brew here and one that makes me dream of a world in which Westbrook distributed to my part of the country. It's tropical, it's spicy rye, it's delicious. Kudos, WB.

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Photo of scbeerman
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Edit: I've had this several times since the first and it needed to be revised upwards. This is a really well balanced pale ale: very hoppy, almost could be called an IPA, but the rye spiciness/earthiness blends with the citrus and dank flavors of the hops to create a great summer pale ale. This needs more recognition.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ordered 6 cans from Charleston Beer Exchange alongside some Gose... this stuff is fantastic! I know Westbrook Gose is the hot item right now, but if you have the chance to pick One Claw up as well - do it. Really loving the citrusy hop smell/taste here. Wish I bought more cans.

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Photo of BeerGod27
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westbrook has yet to let me down.
I drank this from the can so I was unable to see the color.
I wasn't expecting this Pale Ale to be as hoppy as it is. But I love hops so no complaint from me here. Grassy and floral hops are detectable on the nose. Taste is pretty consistent with the smell but with some citrus hops present. The rye helps add balance.
I would definitely have this beer again.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared at the Swamp Head Batch 600 release. Pours hazy yellow with fluffy white head. Lots of pineapple and grassy hops on the nose that reminded me a lot of the Duet that was poured not long before this one. Really really nice. Flavor follows with pineapple, citrus rind, and grassy vegetal fresh hop notes. Light bodied, medium plus carbonation, and super drinkable. This was freaking awesome. Must find more for myself. No one told me this was a rye pale ale, and I didn’t get any sort of spicy rye notes. Tasted like a regular old awesome IPA/Pale Ale to me.

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Photo of mschantz
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of KM_Seahawk
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap- wow what a great beer was not expecting to be this good. Bright yellow, nice white foamy head, smell honey, grapefruit & grass, The taste is citrusy, honey, fresh hops, subtle rye in there but not much, definitely will seek this out,

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to dogdoc for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Very hazy deep gold, with a big two-finger white fluffy head that has great retention. Moderate visible carbonation, and some hop floaters.

S: Tropical fruit, grapefruit citrus hops, pineapple, with some underlying cracker malt and light spices as well.

T: Huge tropical fruit – peach, pineapple, papaya – and citrus, almost an orange juice character, and some resin. Then cracker malts, some rye spiciness and finishes with grapefruit and resinous hop bitterness. The hop bitterness lasts into the hang, but fades fairly quickly.

M: Body is on the heavy side, but not distractingly so. Has good carbonation, but still feels almost creamy on the tongue. Low alcohol presence.

O: Wow. This was very, very tasty. Fruit-forward hoppy goodness, but still comes across as balanced as it isn't terribly bitter. I'm very impressed. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into snifter

A: big two inch head soapy big bubbles hazy bright orange in color head settles down to almost nothing

S: orange juice spiked with pineapple a lot of crackery malts

T: close to the nose but the nose is brighter somewhat muted in the taste more of the crackery malts in the taste and the citrus and pineapple are dialed way back

M: lighter but not thin good carbonation

O: its a solid beer but nothing exceptional either reminds me a little of MBC Another One. Good but nothing to go out of your way for

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Photo of dopieopie
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a regular pint glass, on tap. A nice pale whitish frothy head that lasts a while. Citrusy aromas with a prevalent mango and pineapple scent while at the same time piney to level it out. Strong fruity flavors but in a good sense of it. Pineapple, mandarin and mango could describe the fruitiness however, that is balanced out by a mild bitterness and the rye malts. All in all, a really good summer afternoon IPA.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

picked up a can loaclly...enjoyed from a westbrook snifter.

a - brew poured a deep murky amber orange with a generous frothy almost creamy head tha thung out forever leaving chunky lacing.

s - as soon as i popped the can, i could smell the rye goodness. nose to the glass, rye magic. great crisp lemon citric zest with a heavy heap of rye grain. everything is in the right place...makes my mouth water.

t - flavor profile mimics the nose. slap of rye balanced out with a citric hoppy pale. really nice. has an almost brett like crispness. the grain waxes out the bitter finish.

m - full flavored and full bodied. a bit dry on the finish.

o - i love a good rye beer and this is a great rye beer. not quite as amazing as some rye ipas, but the citric hopping is really nice on this one and the pale ale works great with the rye.

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Photo of Tony_D
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a yellowish orange color with very little clarity. The head remains throughout the beer and leaves lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Great smell to it. I can certainly detect the rye spiciness and a good amount of piney and floral hops.

T: Good taste. The hops and rye combine nicely in this beer.

M: It is a little bit more watery than the appearance would suggest. Still has a very good balance of maltiness and hops.

O: I really like this offering from Westbrook. As far as shelf beers go this may be the best rye pale ale that I have had to date. I highly recommend it.

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One Claw Rye Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.