One Claw Rye Pale Ale | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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One Claw Rye Pale AleOne Claw Rye Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 130 | Ratings: 1,038
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.24/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm conflicted about this beer- I really, really want to say I like it, and in fact I enjoyed it immensely when it first hit the Atlanta market and I grabbed a few fresh six packs. It had an outstanding fresh, bready, spicy rye note with the spice being vibrant throughout and chocolate notes only being a hint at the finish. The problem is that it disappeared from the shelves for a bit and another batch appeared. I bought some more and noticed after a couple of weeks that some of the cans were bulging and the beer was clearly overcarbonated and infected. It was starting to go funky and sour- and not in a good way. I tried twice more and found the same thing. That, unfortunately, has scared me off of this beer. I know that ryes can be a pain to brew- I hope they work this out, but for now after repeated attempts to enjoy this beer from several shops, I've got to mark it down.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.22/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Murky apricot yellow with tons of yeast sludge bobbing around. Has 1/2 finger of off-white head with moderate carbonation.

Candied orange, pine, pineapple, lemon, and caramel.

Candied orange and lemon. Pine sap, grapefruit zest, and drops of pineapple. Firm caramel and spicy rye backbone. Finishes with sharp pine resin and dried florals.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, semi-dry, and mildly bitter.

A decent Rye Pale Ale. Quite quaffable.

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Photo of frenchblood21
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
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 maximum12
3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to whoever sent this cute blue 12 oz. can over, I’m too lazy to go upstairs & look who. But I need some rye in my rye hole. Now.

The pour is pure golden sunshine. Smells like happiness: wet hops, wet rye, pine citrus, all that shit we like. I hope it tastes like this.

One Claw doesn’t taste like that. The rye delivers some peppery pep, but the rye then devolves into lowland delta dirt that I’m not terribly fond of. Bitter, citrus hops flower into the mid-section, touch of pine provide a counterpoint that clashes with the undergrowth pretty harshly. Crisp, sappier than the end of When Harry Met Sally.

I was anticipating happiness & all I ended up with is this rather mediocre rye pale. So simple, yet still didn’t gel for me. Oh well. Next time.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From AtlCarl, one of the baddest trading partners around.

Poured into a chalice with a thick off white 2 finger head.

Smell is a bit muted. Some resin from the hops, a hint of citrus, and a light grain scent.

Taste is odd. The flavors seem a bit washed out, almost as if this is a session pale ale. CItrus up front with the sweet grain and the spiciness of the rye. Nothing complex, but still solid flavors.

Mouthfeel is awesome. I like the mouthfeel, perhaps somewhat thick for a pale ale, but I think it helps with the spiciness of the rye.

Overall, a decent brew. Nothing I'd drink regularly, but a nice change of pace.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewery. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Hazy orange. A dark orange. Nice white head, excellent lacing, and great retention.

Smell - Buckets of rye. Nice hop aroma. Citrusy.

Taste - Again a ton of rye. Spicy rye, almost. Masks some of the citrus hop, but its present. Pale malt comes through. Mild bitterness. Lingering rye flavor. Also a kinda stale pilsener malt flavor hangs on.

Mouthfeel - So it's easy drinking, but some flavors linger a bit too much. The rye is verys strong, but not abrasive. The pilsener finish is kinda icky.

Overall - Great rye flavor, but the finish is a little bit of a deal breaker. Kinda goes away az I drink it though.

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Photo of biegaman
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Beaver13
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of ET-12345
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a cloudy amber color.

Initially aroma was a bit weak but as the beer got warmer the aroma went up. For me the aroma was a combination of lemon like citrus and maybe some tea like notes.

The carbonation was good and maintained well the entire time.

There was some herbal and lemon like hop character similar to the aroma. There is pleasant bitter drying finish. Thinking perhaps the rye is adding to this effect.

Overall a pleasant sessionable IPA.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

can into pils glass. dated 4/30/15.

A: very hazy, lots of sediment. orange mostly. bright white head. good retention and lacing.

S: aroma is very citrus filled. smells like a glass of OJ. some rye spice, but definitely not as much as the hop presence that's in there.

T: flavor is similar with lots of hops, some rye spice, and a healthy bitterness. citrus is very strong.

M: moderate carb on a medium body.

D: overall, a good pale ale with some minor rye complexity.

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Photo of tkelley
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a SAPP glass.

A - pale, hazy goldenrod color that is lighter at the thinner bottom of the glass. Very little head at all. Lots of sediment (which I don't care for).

N - very hoppy with sticky, resiny wet smell.

T - hops are still dominant but with a decent malt background, including the promised rye.

M - chewy and much thicker than anticipated. I guess I should've predicted that from the smell.

O - good taste but the presentation, particularly the sediment, I did not care for. Cheers.

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Murky and lightly carbonated. Bright peach and apricot flavors. Crisp and spicy finish. This beer is surprisingly lacking in aroma. I get basically nothing on the nose It reminds me heavily of whirlpool with the citrus turned down and the spice turned up. I think both of these beers would benefit from some residual sweetness.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz can with an unreadable BB date (smudged). ABV is stated as 5.5%. Purchased a little while back from Trembling Madness in York.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Can conditioned. A hazy golden-amber hue with plenty of chunky sediment and light carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of sweet malt and intense hops with hints of pine, weed, citrus, grass/hay, grain, earthy yeast, a twinge of rye and stewed hops. Lovely.

T: Tastes of bountiful aromatic hops with a sharp bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, orange peel, mild grapefruit, citrus, grass/hay, grainy malt, pepperiness, earthy yeast, a hint of rye and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a strident hoppy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and good body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of piny aromatic hops, bitterness, earthy yeast and mild grain.

O: A tasty American pale ale that goes down a treat. Looks OK, while the aroma and flavour are wonderfully hop-laden. Grainy malt and yeast notes provide a subtle backbone. Decent body - could be a tad livelier. The rye is quite subdued and not much in evidence. A hoppy brew that packs a punch; worth sampling if you chance across it.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl can. Hazy orange with a thin white head. Citrus and grapefruit, bread, spices, caramel. Medium bodied - actually thicker than most IPAs - with a low carbonation and a moderately bitter and spicy aftertaste.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a very cloudy orange with a very white foamy head.
S - Aroma is a lot of citrus and grapefruit pith.
T - Flavor is another matter. Just a hint of citrus, very bready.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Not a bad beer at all, very drinkable, but not one I will seek out again.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma has some orange marmalade with some spicy rye bread. Taste is quite grainy with multi cereal, whole grain bread, spicy rye and some lemony hops on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Quite interesting beer but it's a bit too grainy for my taste.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, orange-copper coloring with a bubbly, low profile, white head. Nose of citrus and tropical fruit blend, heavy on lime, with lemon pepper spice and a toffee and biscuit backbone. Flavors are smooth and balanced, with a bready and rich backbone supporting a tart and sweet lime and grapefruit citrus profile. Subtle bitter and resinous hops characteristics build as you drink. Smooth, mid-bodied beer, with a tangy and tart aftertaste. Sweet and bitter lingering finish, with a slight drying feel. Tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a mildly hazy medium-gold with a nice two-finger head. Very nice head retention and lacing.

S: Strong dry spicy rye malt notes meld with a grassy, citrusy hoppiness.

T: Lots of rye malt with a fairly sweet breadiness. Also lots of grapefruit pith, with a bit of pine and some onion hop character. Spicy semi-malty finish with a good deal of grassy bitterness.

F: Medium body with a fairly lush, creamy mouthfeel.

Thoughts: Pretty decent rye PA; no more, no less.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can of Westbrook One Claw with a date (production date?) of 8 October 2015 stamped on the bottom. Served in a lager glass which has a 16 oz capacity but couldn't hold all 12 oz due to the very large head. This white head took a while to recede and left plenty of sticky lacing behind on the glass. The body is light amber and hazy.

Aroma: Yeasty, spicy and, at a lower level, fruity. Hints of yeasty/bready funk.

Flavor. Mildly bitter; moderately spicy, and moderate-high complexity, with lots of rye and more subtle tropical fruit notes. Good balance.

Feel: medium-light bodied with crisp carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O: a very good Rye PA, with good balance and complexity.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L - Bright orange, 1 finger of head, and some sticky lace left on the glass

S - Citrus hops, and grapefruit. Of course the Rye is prevalent and provides a grainy aroma

T - Mild citrus, pineapple, and lemons. Slightly bitter aftertaste

F - Light body and medium carbonation

O - A tasty pale ale, but nothing spectacular

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Photo of cjgiant
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can, about 2-3 months old:
Pours light gold to yellow, translucent, with nice sustaining white head.
The nose is neutral, light grain and some light citrus notes.

Taste is solid, starts with just a light hint of grain sweetness. Grapefruit pulp, hint of lemon open the taste. Quickly the bitterness comes, almost noble hops in nature initially. But grapefruit rind also comes in to last into the end taste. The initial citrus fruit taste lingers throughout, lightening up the beer slightly, as does the decent carbonation. That said, the beer is far from a light beer.

Had this many years ago and really enjoyed it. Having many beers since then, it holds up well. It is on the bitter-side of the APA scale, but not in a wreck your palate way.

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Photo of tone77
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a New Belgium Globe. Canned 7/23/13 Reviewed live.

A - Pours a rusted orange with a huge pillowy white head from a gentle pour... Possible over carbonation issue with this one. Excellent lacing though!

S - Orange and grapefruit juice with a spicy rye background. Hops definitely over shadow the malt. Nothing yeast driven of note.

T - Much more balanced between the malt and hops. Rice spice and pine bitterness intertwine - some times pleasantly some times harshly. Hints of assorted citrus try to shine through.

M - With the possible over carb and rye base this brew is as dry as they come. The spice notes linger hard.

O - I had higher expectations for this brew, not a bad beer at all though. I think it's pretty good and a nice change up. However I haven't quite found a hoppy rye beer that doesn't clash on my palate. But that's just me.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy deep gold producing a nice 3 finger, off-white, frothy head that leaves nice webby patches of lacing. Aroma is malty caramel, spicy rye; grapefruit, floral & piney hops. Taste is nicely balanced in the first half of the sip across the tongue, front to back, with a spicy rye & malty caramel sweetness mixed with grapefruit, piney resin & pepper becoming increasingly bitter & drier from mid-sip into the finish producing grapefruit, pine needle bitter, dry rye spice aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly thin, a little prickly, dry & astringent. As expected bitterness lingers long in the dry aftertaste.

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One Claw Rye Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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