Three Claw
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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From:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #1,494
ABV:
8%
Score:
92
Ranked #5,341
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 6.04%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
81
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 12, 2022
Added:
May 25, 2017
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  15
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: Hazy NE-style double IPA dry hopped with over 5 lbs/bbl of Azacca, El Dorado, and Citra
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: The beer is very hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dense white head that died down a bit but consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of mango, orange and papaya are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional flavors of candy along with hints of pine in the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is heavier in body and less juicy compared to other beers in the style but these characteristics are expected given its strength.

Serving type: can
Apr 12, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Westbrook Brewing Co. "Three Claw"
16 fl. oz. can coded "37593761 05/25/21 07:14"
$5 @ Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So what makes this "Three Claw"? Ahh, I see, it's an Imperial IPA at 8% - "The biggest and juiciest of them all." It's poured a murky golden-orange colored body beneath a full head of white foam that seems to be holding up quite well. In the nose it's spicy, and fruity with notes of grapefruit, mango, papaya, lemon and pineapple. There's some soft pine in there as well. That's a pretty full shopping cart right there! On to the taste, and I hope it lives up to the aroma... it does indeed! It's quite different though, which I love. I'm getting a lot of apricot and peach that I didn't find in the nose at all. The spiciness remains and I assume that's coming from the rye although hops can lend a similar spiciness so it could be from a combination. I don't normally like rye in a beer like this but in this case it absolutely works, and that also helps it stand out from the crowd. Some other flavor notes I'm finding are tangerine, pear, melon, passionfruit, gooseberry, and lychee. Wow, that's even more complex than the aroma! It's very nicely balanced with some sweetness from the malt upfront that then enhances the fruitiness across the middle as the bitterness rises, and finally a mostly dry finish with bitterness, alcohol, and spiciness lingering as the malt and fruit fades. That's what I'm looking for in a beer, balance and roundness, and by roundness I mean a variation of flavor notes as opposed to a more straightforward 'this & that' kind of deal. I've even had beers that have had basically one note straight through. Additionally, when I'm considering 'roundness' I'm looking for a balance between the notes; nothing should be more apparent than everything else unless there are other notes of similar intensity which balance it. An example might be a beer that has strong pine, and strong citrus, but also a wide side of soft golden caramel that keeps everything in check and ties it all together. Three Claw is just the opposite as everything is at the same level and perfectly in tune. Moving forward, it's smooth and silky in the mouth following an initial bristle of carbonation. That's the extra protein from the wheat and oats in action, and now that I've mentioned that, once it warms a bit you can taste them both so it's actually really well rounded just within the maltiness as well. I'm about two-thirds of the way through it at this point and I've still got an almost complete surface covering of foam, and it's actually got some fluffiness to it. There's also a decent amount of lacing about the glass so it scores very well there. I didn't think this was going to be as good as it is given that it's up against actual NEIPAs from New England but damn, it slams!
Review #7,865
Apr 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.27 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Dec 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.15 by Meddwol from Michigan

Nov 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.23 by TrojanRB from Texas

Oct 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.98 by MJSFS from Florida

Sep 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by jtransel from Illinois

Jul 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.08 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Jul 06, 2021
 
Rated: 3.74 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Jun 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by richj1970 from Alabama

May 21, 2021
 
Rated: 3.69 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

May 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by cjohns73 from Delaware

Feb 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Oct 12, 2020
 
Rated: 3.94 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Sep 22, 2020
 
Rated: 3.68 by ChrisAuletta from New York

Aug 29, 2020
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Picked up a 16 oz single from the Kings Beer & Wine cooler 5-21-20 for $5.19. Canned 3-30-20, consumed 8-5-20. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured a hazy orange with a pretty good head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is very nice, full of pineapple, mango, and oranges.

Taste is a nice blend of pineapple, papaya, mango over a large malt base. Finishes a tad sweet; 4/10 on my bitterness scale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall a nice aromic beer that has some good flavors but lacks a little crispness. Not bad but would not do again.
Aug 05, 2020
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Golden and hazy with 4 fingers of white rocky head.

Smells like light tropical fruit.

The taste follows the nose.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

I got this in Waynesville and am drinking it in Redding CA, July 14, 2020.
Jul 15, 2020
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Reviewed by mntlover from Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a lightly hazy for a NE style IPA golden and pale yellow mixture. Head is off white and only a thumb high after an aggressive pour.

Aroma is sweet tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, passion fruits, and tangy tangerine along with some floral and spicy notes to round it out.

Taste is like the nose nice tropical fruits tangy tangerine. Finish is where it is different , not sure how much rye they are using but the spicy notes really come out in the finish along with some lingering grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is solid medium pretty solid must be the oats. Carbonation leaning more to the mellow side of medium.

Overall not bad I like the rye addition it make this interesting. Otherwise it would be a 3.5 NE style hazing IPA.
Jun 03, 2020
 
Rated: 3.77 by dsshuck from Delaware

May 22, 2020
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Reviewed by oberon from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours into an imperial nonic a hazy citrus punch looking color with a half finger white head that is gone pretty quickly.Straight citrus juice in the nose,somewhat sweet and just juicy as all get out.Really like the mellow feel in the mouth,on the fuller side for the style.Nice complexity on the palate not overly 'juicy',tangerine and orange followed by a bit of resin and earth to dry things out a tinge.I have gotten a little sick of the style but ones like this I'll go back to,not overly sugary sweet and fruity,nice complexities.
May 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16 oz. can dated 3/31/20 poured into a Duvel tulip

Golden orange color, impenetrable haze, no particulates in glass or can, one finger of white head dissipating to a thick variegated collar and light cap. 4.25
Strong orange, grapefruit, pineapple, yeast, pine aromas. 4.25
Pine, orange, sour pineapple, grapefruit, discernible rye in the back. 4
Hop tang up front, citrus aftertaste, light alcohol heat, medium body, stubborn carbonation. 4.25
High standards for Westbrook IPA’s upheld.
Apr 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.44 by markallmon from Tennessee

Jan 02, 2020
 
Rated: 3.81 by jschott75 from Illinois

Nov 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.19 by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

Sep 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.43 by Peteshabam from Pennsylvania

Sep 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by KevinFinneran226 from Massachusetts

Sep 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4.23 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Aug 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.87 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Aug 23, 2019
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Hazy orange-yellow with a short, uniform fuzzy off-white head.

Spicy and dank but smooth and citrusy with a vanilla orange character nearing Orange Julius.
Aug 06, 2019
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Reviewed by Jimmy_Kneecaps from Tennessee

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
The appearance is typical for an NEIPA with two and a half fingers of stark white head resting on top. Aroma is tropical fruits; mango, pineapple, orange, and maybe a little bit of weed. Taste follows the nose with low bitterness but a noticeable hop bite at the finish. Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium and soft, kind of bubbly carbonation. Overall this is fantastic. I love the way it starts sweet and finishes with that hop bite.
Jul 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

Jul 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

Jul 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.9 by Clemson_OB from South Carolina

Jul 20, 2019
 
Rated: 3.81 by stephenjmoore from Maryland

Jul 02, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by lebriarjr from North Carolina

Jun 29, 2019
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Can courtesy of @nc41. Thanks Nick!

It pours a hazy orange yellow with an impressive and long lasting head of foam. Lacing is equally as impressive.

Tropical fruit and grapefruit aromas, somewhat dank, has some sweet fruity notes, a wee bit of alcohol.

Fruity, tropical, grapefruit, dank, hint of onion or maybe not. Sweet notes that are usually associated with a DIPA, some alcohol burn during the swallow.

Close to full bodied for the style, carbonation is just right.

It's very good. That I cannot deny. TY Nick!
Jun 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.21 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Jun 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.79 by TheGent from New Jersey

Jun 12, 2019
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A-Pours a hazy golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has generous tropical hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a tropical flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good NEIPA
Jun 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.08 by SFNC from North Carolina

May 13, 2019
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