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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Photo of 5thOhio
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice strong spicy rye aroma with some citrus undertones. Appearance is cloudy dark gold with a creamy white head that dissipates to a skim of clotted foam and leaves nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick with lots of tingly carbonation. Strong rye notes dominate the taste with maybe a hint of citrus in the background, but not much. Heavy bitter aftertaste follows. Personally, I'd like a little more residual sweetness and/or citrus to balance the rye and bitterness, but---but---this is one fine rye APA. (I was a fan of rye ales before they were cool, I'll have you know.) In fact, I'd say it's one of those APAs that borders on an IPA.

Westbrook and Holy City continue to raise the bar for South Carolina brewing standards and One Claw is no exception. If you're a fan of ryes, don't miss this one.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- On the lighter side of amber, with some golden accents. Big foamy off-white head that hangs around for a while. Some transparency, but has the appearance of an unfiltered beer.

S- Huge, juicy tropical fruit hop aromas, with notes of spicy rye mixed in. Lots of grapefruit and notes of pine. Pungent and great.

T- Great balance of huge tropical hops, with a great balance of rye and malt to make the drinkability tremendous. Just tons of rye and tons of juicy hops. Incredibly well done with two big flavors.

M- Smooth, medium bodied, slightly coating due to the rye, but very good.

O- Just an incredible example of huge hops and tons of spicy rye. Very impressive and by far the best example of showcasing rye and hops I have tried.

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Photo of Zach136
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
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 BrownNut
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An instant keeper. Fantastic. Very drinkable. I love a good rye ale but sometimes I feel like there isn't enough of a rye punch. This one brings that lovely rye flavor at a very nice level. And it's got enough bitterness to be interesting but not so much as to be taxing over time.

I'm trying to picture whether I could session four or five pints of this in a sitting or if the flavor would become too much, too pungent. I think it may be close to the line, but I think it would work. In fact it might be just the right balance between flavor intensity and drinkability, at least to my palate. Such nice flavor, Sip after sip. Just great.

This is my third Westbrook beer after White Thai and the Gose and what I have liked about all three is that they are not shy. No shrinking violets here. Come to flavor town. That might be a bit much for meeker drinkers, but I like that Westbrook is not worried about really going for some flavor punch.

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Photo of avalon07
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Had this beer on-tap at The Craftsman, poured into a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A surprisingly sweet, fruity aroma, with the pungent sting of rye coming through as well.

T: Tasted of rye (a pretty big shot of it), citrus (some lemon), hops, and malt in the finish. A sweet, vibrant, light flavor. Has some qualities of a pilsner. A tasty beer.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: A well made beer. If you like rye, then you should check this one out. Very much drinkable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
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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