Three Claw
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
New England IPA
Ranked #1,560
Ranked #5,388
4.14 | pDev: 6.04%
Apr 12, 2022
May 25, 2017
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 CarolinaCardinals 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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