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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

704 Ratings
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Ratings: 704
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 22
Gots: 81 | FT: 12
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

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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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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.

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One Claw Rye Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.