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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: 99
Hads: 880
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 27
Gots: 130 | FT: 16
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 CTbrew32
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Golden amber and very hazy. Pours a foamy two finger head.

Aroma- Tons of grapefruit, spicy rye malts. and sweet citrus hop aromas.

Taste- Hops are noticeable upfront with mild amount of acidic grapefruit and sweet citrus flavors prevelant but not overpowering (little to no bitterness). Towards the finish a dry spicy/bready malt combo emerges and rounds out the sweet hop flavors previously mentioned. Definitely a true pale ale with the malt cutting through the hops before any bitterness manifests itself. In other words its very balanced.

Feel- Medium carbonation and medium bodied. The feel is very smooth and almost pillowy. Very easy to drink with a dry/clean finish.

Overall- Great pale ale that I wish I had more of when I was in NC. Very balanced but both sides of the beer clearly show themsleves with flavorful hops adding grapefruit and citrus flavors at first and the malt adding a spiced/bready flavor in the finish. Very flavorful, balanced, and the dry finish plus the pillowy feel makes this a easy drinker. Definitely need to buy more of this and especially for the beach. (1,116 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
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 (539 characters)

Photo of KM_Seahawk
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
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, (241 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a standard Pale Ale of the highest order. Not a lot of rye malts but a nice hop resin, lemon, grapefruit, honey and pine. The malts are a sweet caramel with some tea leaves. (181 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (1,767 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can. Pours a cloudy yellowy orange. Well formed head. Aroma is bright and hoppy. Rye malt and citrusy hops. I'm digging the hop profile on this beer. Flavor is hoppy with a bunch of rye. Hops are citrusy, grassy and piney with some other fruity elements. Finishes dry with the flavor of hops and rye zest. This is a tasty beer. Unique flavor. Would like to have this again. (373 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

can into pils glass. dated 4/30/15.

A: very hazy, lots of sediment. orange mostly. bright white head. good retention and lacing.

S: aroma is very citrus filled. smells like a glass of OJ. some rye spice, but definitely not as much as the hop presence that's in there.

T: flavor is similar with lots of hops, some rye spice, and a healthy bitterness. citrus is very strong.

M: moderate carb on a medium body.

D: overall, a good pale ale with some minor rye complexity. (476 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerMatt88
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (176 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can, about 2-3 months old:
Pours light gold to yellow, translucent, with nice sustaining white head.
The nose is neutral, light grain and some light citrus notes.

Taste is solid, starts with just a light hint of grain sweetness. Grapefruit pulp, hint of lemon open the taste. Quickly the bitterness comes, almost noble hops in nature initially. But grapefruit rind also comes in to last into the end taste. The initial citrus fruit taste lingers throughout, lightening up the beer slightly, as does the decent carbonation. That said, the beer is far from a light beer.

Had this many years ago and really enjoyed it. Having many beers since then, it holds up well. It is on the bitter-side of the APA scale, but not in a wreck your palate way. (750 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.24/5  rDev -20.2%
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. (773 characters)

Photo of scbeerman
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of mschantz
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of Archdale74
4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
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 (157 characters)

Photo of tkelley
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of Tbub18
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
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 (374 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (1,348 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (174 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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. (2,120 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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. (522 characters)

Photo of everythingiszen
4.79/5  rDev +18%
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! (410 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*Pale* ale is no kidding - this supposed rye beer is light enough to be straight-up yellow in colour (not even close to golden) and has the radiance of the sun's surface. How much rye could have been used? One Claw's appearance wouldn't indicate anything darker than pale malt was included (unless the cloudy, completely turbid complexion is any indication).

Perhaps it should come as no surprise, but the dial of this aroma is firmly set to 'hops' and the reception is sparklingly clear. Grapefruit pith, pineapple skin and orange peel are combined with grassy, earthy, jasmine-touched scents of green and white tea - it could double as an herbal cold remedy (and there's enough bitterness to assume it'll work too!).

Some rye beers are dark, chewy, heavy, nutritious - like German bread with muscles. But as outlined in the first two paragraphs, this is far more about bright hoppiness than it is rye graininess. The taste is comprised almost entirely of hop-supplied flavours: citrus blossoms, tropical fruits, fresh-cut grass. The malts are only secondary, providing but minor notes of biscuit and bread.

Indeed, for a beer that advertises its rye content there's disappointingly none of the expected or sensational spicy grain notes and not even a hint of caramelization. Despite our special ingredient this tastes quite the same as any number of pale ales. That's not an inherently bad thing - this is hoppy but balanced, tremendously drinkable - but it's nothing more than a basic quaff.

One Claw may have rye on the ingredients list but it really contributes nothing to this humble, simple pale ale. Sure, the hops are firing on all cylinders - which is great - and I get it, hoppy pale ales have become an American brewer's birthright, but this isn't exactly what I showed up for. Don't get me wrong: there's no need to change the recipe - just the description on the can. (1,891 characters)

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One Claw Rye Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.