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: 101
Hads: 900
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 28.22%
Wants: 27
Gots: 138 | FT: 15
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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 everythingiszen
4.79/5  rDev +18.6%
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 biegaman
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
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 Davepoolesque
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

You get that rye spiciness, nice hop bitterness presence. Tropical fruit smell...............................................................................

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Photo of GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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 barczar
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%

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 jmdrpi
4/5  rDev -1%

12 oz can

good aroma and flavor - nice mix of bready malt, rye, and earthy hops. average mouthfeel for a pale ale - on the thinner side, medium carbonation.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
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 beerdedking
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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 +11.4%

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 MikeWard
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%

From a can, poured into a pint glass. Canned on date of 7/7/14, so 2 months old.

Hazy yellow body with decent white foamy head, which persisted throughout. Not too much on the nose, but then I'm just getting over a cold. Taste was great, the rye spice taste obvious, but not overwhelming, seems to soften out the pale ale bite a bit. Liking this one, a well balanced beer, whichn has been the case with all the Westbrook beers I've tried.

Well, except the Gose.......:)

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -1%

A: Cloudy golden like bright sunshine in a glass. Topped with 4 fingers of a frothy sea foam head, and leaving random chunky lacing.

S: Hot spicy bitter hops, pine, grapefruit pith, cat pee.

T: Grapefruit candy, bitter spicy numbing hops, but not over-hopped. There’s a nice umami taste, like popcorn in there as well.

M: Medium smooth body, medium low carbonation.

O: Very nice brew. Bought this in Greenville, SC, drank it in Kunming China, August 29th, 2014. Not harsh or overwhelming, yet it has some good strong distinct qualities like umami popcorn and grapefruit hops.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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 WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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 surfcaster
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up fairly fresh on vacation in Georgia--4 weeks old.

A: Hazy/cloudy with yellow/light gold color and some sediment that settled out by the end. Big head. Lacing stayed on glass and head followed to bottom.

S: Bright, not overpowering

T: First of all--I love rye beers. Good hop bite up front--called a pale ale but could hang in there in the IPA category. Bitter up front with the strong pine notes but well balanced by the rye. Just delicious.

M: Lots of carbonation as Westbrook tends to be--not as "effervescent" as the green can IPA.

O: Loved it. Nice surprise. Reminds me a bit of Alpine Nelson--just a bit.

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Photo of frenchblood21
3.23/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can dated 6/23/2014, poured into an unlabeled snifter 7/19/2014.

A- Hazy darker yellow body. Very hazy indeed. Comes with a one finger white head, relatively average retention for the style with a fair bit of lacing. Again, this is a very hazy yellow brew, almost opaque but isn't.

S- Juicy grapefruits mixed in with a distinct rye scent, some crackers and bread. Its not complex but quite citrusy, I'm grinning as I'm smelling this beer. Some caramel from the pale malt, but make no mistake, this is quite citrusy and I did not expect this to smell this good.

F- Citrusy grapefruits up front, rye bread in the middle, with a slightly dank resinous hop flavour on the backend that is not particularly bitter. This is quite nice- not complex but somehow well-executed and delivers a nice mix of citrus hoppiness with the rye and pale malts beneath.

M- Medium body, not lacking in body but could use a little more carbonation. Has a dank finish that isn't sticky or resinous or dry, I'm not sure how I'd describe it- it's somewhere in the middle if that makes sense. Not particularly clean/dry, but not particularly sticky/resinous.

O- Westbrook definitely does a great job with the execution of their beers. Just another well-executed brew in their regular lineup. I continue to be impressed by Westbrook's offerings.

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Photo of wedge
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Hazy golden orange topped with a nice, creamy head, Juicy, zesty citrus and floral aromas turn spicy and meet an oily/dank/funk/berry-like smell that I associate with Nelson Sauvin. Hoppy, resinous flavors upfront: lemon, apricot, mango, and a bit of pine...all spicy and oily. There's an interesting fresh, almost minty quality that leads to a crisp finish. Just a little cracker malts underneath, but the overall focus is on the zesty-spicy-fresh combo of hops and rye. Medium-light and snappy...super easy to drink. Such a shame Westbrook doesn't supply NC with their delicious beverages (yet). This could be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a surprise. It drank like a visit form a vaccuum cleaner salesman - indulge me. It rang the bell with it's nose. Rye. A bit spicy but with a surprising bit of sweetness on it Some grapefruit with the earthiness of the peel and the pith. The yellow grapefruit, nice and tart. A tanginess on the nose and you can practically smell the caraway seed in the rye bread. It has a little bit of floral to uplift it and sweeten it a bit but it also has a bit of sweetness from malt. It's deep and subtle but it's like the glint of a gold tooth in that salesman's smile . It's even a little bit breaddy.

The taste is bold. I mean really bold. It's like it just stuck it's foot in the door and leaned in so you could not escape. Soft malt bread with a bit of crust and a bit of sweetness . A bold rye character that is all out front. Rye and more rye. A tangy little bit of spice and some delectable grapefruit. Yellow grapefruit, pith and peel. The carbonation whets your whistle and then as if you had realized that charming and handsome stranger was really a salesman, it fleeces you with a decent and lasting bitter. The bitter resides and then bread comes back up like you did get something out of this. The rye is the drink. It's flavors last throughout and you can't feel cheated. A bit of citric tartness finishes this one dry and with plenty of strong willed personality. Medium mouthfeel and a carbonation that is subtle but strong enough to lend a bit of bite.

Hearty and not for the weak even at only 5.5 %.

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Photo of champ103
4.24/5  rDev +5%
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 Swettenham_Shire
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
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 plaid75
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Ri0
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 12oz can into snifter.

A - A hazy dark yellow and orange tint. A nice 1.5 finger head of white, fair retention and spots of lacing.

S - Good amounts of rye and light malt. CItrus of light orange and tropical notes. Some grapefruit/rind bitterness, light spice.

T - The rye and hops play well together. Rye adds a nice light spice and the hops bring cItrus of light orange and tropical notes. Finish is bitter sweet.

M - Lighter bodied, very drinkable, solid carbonation, refreshing.

O - This is how I would imagine Ale Asylum Hopalicious if it was brewed with rye. Nice APA.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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 tmm313
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
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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One Claw Rye Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.