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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: 918
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 metter98
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has some amber hues in the middle of the glass along with a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste has moderately strong flavors of orange and grapefruit citrus along with faint bits of pine resin. The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness and the rye lends some spiciness towards the finish.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very flavorful, has pleasant flavors from the hops and rye and is also very easy to drink.

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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 brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a three finger head; nice streaks of lace are left behind

Smell: Very bright, with floral citrusy and spicy rye

Taste: The hops jump out bringing, lemon, grapefruit and papaya flavors; underneath, there is just a touch of bready flavor that grows in a spicy rye direction, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp, moderate carbonation

Overall: One of the most refreshing beers I have tasted; the flavors are bright and crisp

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can of Westbrook One Claw with a date (production date?) of 8 October 2015 stamped on the bottom. Served in a lager glass which has a 16 oz capacity but couldn't hold all 12 oz due to the very large head. This white head took a while to recede and left plenty of sticky lacing behind on the glass. The body is light amber and hazy.

Aroma: Yeasty, spicy and, at a lower level, fruity. Hints of yeasty/bready funk.

Flavor. Mildly bitter; moderately spicy, and moderate-high complexity, with lots of rye and more subtle tropical fruit notes. Good balance.

Feel: medium-light bodied with crisp carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O: a very good Rye PA, with good balance and complexity.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was recently in NYC for NYC Beer Week, to include both the NYC Craft Beer Festival at the Manhattan Armory and Split Thy Skull on Sunday at Mugs' Ale House. Imbiber highly suggested that I hit T0rst on my way to the subway, time permitting, and since he has yet to steer me wrong, I did just that. Good thing, as they had CANs of this available for take-away and I had never seen it before. The CANQuest (TM) is alive and well!

From the CAN: "One Claw is a rye pale ale made with a heavy handful of malted rye and scoops of our favorite hop varieties. One Claw is dedicated to those who bring a Westbrook home, to a friend's, or anywhere a delicious beer is needed. Cheers to you, fellow One Claw!"; "Best served at 45 degrees. Enjoy within 90 days from the date on the bottom of this [CAN]."

A loud Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN and so an inverted Glug was next on the menu. I watched in awe as a pseudo-cascade quickly formed just over two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a slightly hazy gold (SRM = > 5, < 7) and of course Midas, Croesus and Mammon showed up for a taste. I held them off while I leaned in for a sniff. Their favorite hop varieties must involve ones beginning with the letter "C", because I got a big minty, pine-like scent along with the inherent black pepperiness of the rye. Drool! Mouthfeel was medium and the spiciness created by the hops and the rye made my poor, bruised tongue stand up and dance in joy. Happy, happy, joy, joy! This was tasty without being overwhelming, plus I was getting a nice hops fix. Beautiful lacing began to appear as I CANtemplated my beatified state. Finish was dry, but not gasping. No, instead, it was minty fresh and clean with a lingering wash of pepper to remember it by. More, please, sir.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, orange-copper coloring with a bubbly, low profile, white head. Nose of citrus and tropical fruit blend, heavy on lime, with lemon pepper spice and a toffee and biscuit backbone. Flavors are smooth and balanced, with a bready and rich backbone supporting a tart and sweet lime and grapefruit citrus profile. Subtle bitter and resinous hops characteristics build as you drink. Smooth, mid-bodied beer, with a tangy and tart aftertaste. Sweet and bitter lingering finish, with a slight drying feel. Tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.24/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm conflicted about this beer- I really, really want to say I like it, and in fact I enjoyed it immensely when it first hit the Atlanta market and I grabbed a few fresh six packs. It had an outstanding fresh, bready, spicy rye note with the spice being vibrant throughout and chocolate notes only being a hint at the finish. The problem is that it disappeared from the shelves for a bit and another batch appeared. I bought some more and noticed after a couple of weeks that some of the cans were bulging and the beer was clearly overcarbonated and infected. It was starting to go funky and sour- and not in a good way. I tried twice more and found the same thing. That, unfortunately, has scared me off of this beer. I know that ryes can be a pain to brew- I hope they work this out, but for now after repeated attempts to enjoy this beer from several shops, I've got to mark it down.

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Photo of biegaman
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy light brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured resinous citrus and a tight rye spice.

The taste likewise offered a balmy citrus hop, bready malts and an assertive rye spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty full bodied hop driven APA.

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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 Axnjxn
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

can at beer study in chapel hill.

pours a paler yellow with a slight head. smell is big on rye and funk and is very appealing. the taste isn't as great as the smell, rye is there but not much else. medium bodied, mild carbonation.

definitely recommended, though the nose is better than the taste.

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Photo of tone77
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can opened on 4.12.14
Date rubbed off

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a small cream-colored head with good retention.

S - Grassy, pineapple, subtle rye.

T - Pineapple, tropical, rye, grassy. Very solid.

D - Good carbonation with medium body. Rye finish.

O - Solid rye-ipa, very tropical.

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Photo of avalon07
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Had this beer on-tap at The Craftsman, poured into a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A surprisingly sweet, fruity aroma, with the pungent sting of rye coming through as well.

T: Tasted of rye (a pretty big shot of it), citrus (some lemon), hops, and malt in the finish. A sweet, vibrant, light flavor. Has some qualities of a pilsner. A tasty beer.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: A well made beer. If you like rye, then you should check this one out. Very much drinkable.

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Photo of barczar
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%

A bit of a gusher coming from the can, and I can't read the canned date, but it is from this year. Aroma is hugely citrusy. Smells like grapefruit juice. The billowing head is meringue-like, and I wish it would go away so I could get to the tasting portion of this evaluation. Resin emerges to accompany the citrus, along with peppery rye, but the grapefruit definitely dominates. Impatiently, I scooped the head off the brew ice cream-style, and it tastes like grapefruit and rye. Certainly grapefruit dominant, with a bitter, peppery rye finish. Would go great with breakfast. Wish I had picked up more of these. The bitterness is more than I'd prefer, but the flavoring hops are great.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a cloudy, hazy, beautiful honey orange. Opaque at first glance, when you tilt and study closely you can see rays of light penetrating through. 1.5 inch fizzy and foamy head, with a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells like rye grain, citrus hops, and pine.

The taste is the same. One of the more citrusy hoppy rye beers I've had. Bright orange, pineapple, and peach flavors, with some rye and pine bitterness lingering after each sip. A little bit of biscuity pale malt, but it is muted.

Light, crisp, wonderful mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Light bodied.

An excellent rye pale ale from Westbrook, this one is very satisfying.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You get that rye spiciness, nice hop bitterness presence. Tropical fruit smell. Light, crisp and juicy. First time I had this in a can it was meh. I must have just had a super fresh batch on draft and it was awesome.

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Photo of champ103
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a slightly hazed burnt orange color. A two finger white head rises with good retention and lace.
S: Bready malts, a light caramel sweetness. Finishes with a nice hop bite. Orange zest, tropical fruits, and a light lingering bitterness that works. A light spice in the nose as well.
T: I love the bready, fresh baked rye flavor up front. Lightly sweetness with some caramel malts. Then the hops take over. Orange, citrus, and tropical fruits. A nice bitterness that is not over barring, and brings everything together.
M/D: A medium body that is effervescent and crisp. Sweet up front, but finishes perfectly dry. Very clean. Really enjoyable and easy to drink. This would be a staple in my fridge if I could get it more.

A really well made pale rye ale. The rye and malt character is spot on, with the right amount of hops and bitterness. Like most everything I have had from Westbrook, well done.

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Photo of Bung
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can ~$1.50. Super huge head and a very cloudy and murky yellow appearance. Aroma is sort of spicy, wheaty, must be rye. Odd flavor which must be the rye. I found nothing special about this beer and would even go as far as to say that it was funny tasting. I would not purchase this again.

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