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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Ratings: 830
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 27
Gots: 115 | 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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Ratings: 830 | Reviews: 115
Photo of BMMillsy
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of surfcaster
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of frenchblood21
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of Stevedore
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of wedge
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of utopiajane
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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 %.

Photo of champ103
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.34/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of plaid75
4.18/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Ri0
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of tmm313
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

Photo of coriswrasse
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.82/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy yellow orange with a medium frothy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is spicy rye malts and tropical fruits with some resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruits and spicy rye with some biscuity malt and good bitterness from the resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, interesting mix of tropical fruit, spicy rye and resiny hops.

Photo of Mongrel
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy gold with plenty of white head and clingy lace.

Smells fruity like watermelon and berries, with some cool lemongrass too.

First sip is reminiscent of a summer watermelon salad with mint. Nice peppery rye back end. Wheaty center that's pretty dry - not much sweetness. The little kiss of sweetness that is there takes the form of nectarine and honey. Hops wrap a cool veneer of pine and lemongrass around everything. Pretty delicious and understated.

I don't know what it is about rye pale ales, but to my palate they tend to be supremely, deliciously fruit-juicy, with melon and pinkberry dominating. One Claw is no exception. Peach and citrus are beginning to unfurl out of this one too. A sophisticated spice presence really elevates this brew.

Well done, Westbrook. One Claw is well structured and restrained, but still exhibits those irresistible fruity/spicy traits that characterize a good rye pale ale.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Had to knock this because of ridiculous head in the pour. Three finger head with good retention. Murky golden in color, white fluffy head.

S- Smells like a rye wheat beer. This is very light.

T- Light rye, the pale ale itself is really light and easy to drink.

O- Another session can from Westbrook.

Photo of xungmound98
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into pint glass. 1” head that recedes to film and light lacing around the inner rim. Orange-honey colored and cloudy. Pungent hop aroma- mostly citrus (ruby red grapefruit) with a hint of papaya. Taste mostly follows the nose; the rye isn't too pronounced but provides a slightly spicy malt backbone. Finishes with a lingering grapefruit-pith bitterness. The mouthfeel is crisp with moderate carbonation. Overall, this was a refreshing, well-balanced pale ale.

Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy light golden hued beer with a half inch head of white foam. Brussels lacing. Intense grapefruit like hop aroma greets my nose. The taste is much more well balanced than the nose implies. While there is a very quick burst of grapefruit like hop flavor but it is quickly backed with a light malt backbone and a bit of gentle spiciness from the rye. The mouth is fairly light, crisp, and dry. I've really been impressed with my limited exposure to this brewery.

Photo of argock
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Jumbled 9/10/13 on bottom of can. Received in an informal trade from my good friend Erinn.

A: Honey gold with 1-finger of light-beige head with average to below average retention and a ton of floaties.

S: Big grapefruit-lemon citrus hoppy nose, honeysuckle, and pine too but finished with a light caramel but overall crackery and mildly grainy malt backing. No alcohol or yeast character.

T: Superb maltiness with soft crackery start but lighter crystal malt caramel profile through to the finish. The hoppiness is an equal partner with the same lemon-grapefruit citrus dominating followed by some herbal-floral notes that are best described as spicy and honeysuckle with very little pine. Hard to pick the rye out to be honest but maybe it is adding some of the herbal character.

M: A bit tangy and sticky with not as light of a body as I would want to match the lighter malt and citrusy hop profile. Medium carbonation.

O: A pretty good APA with a citrus dominated hop nose coupled with a very enjoyable lighter crackery malt profile. Rye is not a big player in this beer, but all in all, a nice beer.

One Claw Rye Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 830 ratings.