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 | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can. Pours a cloudy yellowy orange. Well formed head. Aroma is bright and hoppy. Rye malt and citrusy hops. I'm digging the hop profile on this beer. Flavor is hoppy with a bunch of rye. Hops are citrusy, grassy and piney with some other fruity elements. Finishes dry with the flavor of hops and rye zest. This is a tasty beer. Unique flavor. Would like to have this again.

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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 CraftBeerMatt88
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bursts of rye in the aroma with some resiny hop character. Fairly Balanced leaning slightly to the bitter side. Great citrus, pine and some stone fruit hop flavors. Well done.

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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 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 scbeerman
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Edit: I've had this several times since the first and it needed to be revised upwards. This is a really well balanced pale ale: very hoppy, almost could be called an IPA, but the rye spiciness/earthiness blends with the citrus and dank flavors of the hops to create a great summer pale ale. This needs more recognition.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally returned to NC! At least that is what I have been told. I really wasn't paying attention if it was here before, but supposedly it was. Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy straw colored. Very minimal head and when it settles nothing really is present.

Aroma: Citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit rind and some sweetness to the notes. Not a lot going on.

Taste: Some bitterness from the rye and sharp flavors meld well with this one. Malts are present in the flavor as well. Reminds me a lot of the IPA, but toned down a bit, except for the rye stepping up the robust flavor profile. Pretty decent clean finish.

Overall: For a Pale Ale this is very solid one of the better ones I have had. I really enjoy this one. Happy its now more available around here.

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I give this one straight 4s. A solid pale ale all around. Pours a cloudy straw color with a two finger length head. A frothy lace retains throughout. Aroma contains fruity esters, particularly bananas. Taste is initially fruity followed by a piney, spicy and herbal essence. The taste of rye in particular dominates. Good feel; light to medium in body, refreshing and drinkable. A slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden tangerine colored, bright and evenly clouded. Head is white, small, and bubbly. Aroma is very juicy. Orange, grapefruit, sweet floral, crisp rye and grainy malt. Light refreshing aroma... Taste is also very juicy and very orange. Clean and fresh fruit with rye bitterness. Nice malt profile.

This beer is pleasantly refreshing and very fresh making it extra appealing to 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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Photo of mschantz
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apricot in color with moderate clarity. Slight fine head that dissapates to a skim after a few sips. Peaches, apricot and vanilla on the nose - peach pie. While subtle on the nose the rye is much more apparent in the taste. Lemon and light stone fruit taste balanced nicely by a complex hop bill. Finish is bitter but clean. Very solid and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Archdale74
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is under rated, should be a world class beer. The aroma coming out of can rivals heady, the look rivals hill farmstead, and the taste is phenomenal

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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 Tbub18
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this one straight from the can. The Westbrook name carries itself pretty well but this is seriously a good beer. The hops jump out of the can, and the rye seems to marry well with the smooth balance of malt that follow the hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium carbonation. I am a big fan of this beer--I love hoppy pale ales and this is what I look for another One Claw

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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 breadwinner
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic brew here and one that makes me dream of a world in which Westbrook distributed to my part of the country. It's tropical, it's spicy rye, it's delicious. Kudos, WB.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured into a standard pint glass, this one looks quite a lot like a witbier. Very pale and cloudy, with a really puffy white head. For a pale ale, this is very lightly colored. Good head retention.
The aroma is very hop heavy. American PacNor pine all the way. That's pretty much the gist of it. Pine, hops, brightness, no low-end mud or earth. Everything is high and tight.
The flavor opens with delicate malt, light bodied, non-invasive and surgically clean, with no ale-like fruit esters to speak of, moving directly into a delicious but minimalistic, west coast IPA inspired, hop forward finish. Unusually light bodied and incredibly dry in the finish. Attenuation is a science these guys are familiar with. The rye soft/spice keeps this from being a one note affair, barely. Just a touch of rye zest in the aftertaste, but the malt is almost entirely overshadowed by the assertive hoppiness, enough that I'd call this a lighter abv session IPA, rather than a pale ale. The carbonation is peppy but never gets in the way. I'm not getting much in the way of any malty rye spiciness, at least not as much as I'd expect from a beer advertised as being a rye beer. It's clean to a fault, enough to leave me wanting more rye character. This one is pretty much a session IPA. Very good, but almost clean to a fault. The hops are wonderful, but I'd like a little bit of malt to show through. This is basically Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with a silkier, somehow gentler, even less obtrusive malt flavor that allows a relatively modest, pale ale level of hoppage to shine like an assertive IPA. I really like this beer. It's not complex, but it has terrific, singular hop flavor with a lower ABV. I could easily drink a pack of this in one sitting.

Craft beer has certainly hit a stride when I can have a near-perfectly brewed pale ale from a state I've never heard of even a decent beer coming from, and they knock it out of the park. I was a little surprised at the price point on a sixer, but it's definitely an above average beer.

This could be the perfect pale ale if only it weren't quite so perfect.

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Photo of HipCzech
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Serving: 12 oz can poured into a Libbey Gibraltar 7 oz glass.

Appearance: Pale, cloudy, straw yellow. Pillowy white head lingers and leaves nice lace.

Smell: Piney, musty resinous hops and citrus.

Taste: Hops continue from the nose with more citrus, pine resin and slight vegetal hints. Very mild malt sweetness keeps to the background, but rye spice comes through and melds with the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate, crisp carbonation.

Overall: A nice, crisp ale with rye spice accenting good hop character.

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can't figure a way to improve on this delightfully well-balanced, delicious pale. Cloudy light orangy color with some sediment. Rye and spicy hops in the nose give way to an orange-and-grapefruit hop character with plenty of the spiciness of rye on the front of the palate. Bitter but not too much with a clean finish. Westbrook is a brewery to watch.

Westbrook, please start distributing in the mid-atlantic!

Nov 2015 update: Kinda heavy on the priming sugar! Much foam on this batch! Still, couldn't care less, the flavor is just too good :)

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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 Davepoolesque
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You get that rye spiciness, nice hop bitterness presence. Tropical fruit smell. Light, crisp and juicy. First time I had this in a can it was meh. I must have just had a super fresh batch on draft and it was awesome.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

12 oz can served cold into a pint glass.

Westbrook's One Claw is a very hazy pale yellow color. The head is thick and has good retention, leaving a sheet of lacing as it settles.

Aroma is excellent, probably the best of any rye ale I've tried. It has fantastic citrusy sweetness, like a candied orange, with subtle hints of the rye in the background.

Flavor is a little extra bitter for a pale ale but still very balanced and drinkable. The citrus from the hops comes through here as well but has a kick of spice from the rye.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated. Good balance and depth of flavors.

Overall an excellent rye pale and certainly worth getting again if I can find it.

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Photo of barczar
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%

A bit of a gusher coming from the can, and I can't read the canned date, but it is from this year. Aroma is hugely citrusy. Smells like grapefruit juice. The billowing head is meringue-like, and I wish it would go away so I could get to the tasting portion of this evaluation. Resin emerges to accompany the citrus, along with peppery rye, but the grapefruit definitely dominates. Impatiently, I scooped the head off the brew ice cream-style, and it tastes like grapefruit and rye. Certainly grapefruit dominant, with a bitter, peppery rye finish. Would go great with breakfast. Wish I had picked up more of these. The bitterness is more than I'd prefer, but the flavoring hops are great.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev -0.7%

12 oz can

good aroma and flavor - nice mix of bready malt, rye, and earthy hops. average mouthfeel for a pale ale - on the thinner side, medium carbonation.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a BAM snifter (Canned on: 9/2/14)

A: Cloudy with a great straw color that is that of the orange of a grapefruit skin. Looks like a nice hefeweizen with some bits of lacing.
S: Incredibly hoppy with some well hidden rye smoothing it all out and hiding in the background.
T: This is just phenomenal. The flavor here is out of this world. So hoppy and delicious. This APA name is a misnomer here, otherwise it is the hoppiest one that I've ever had.
M: Smooth with the slightest vein of carbonation. A bit foamy with a nice bubbly massage feel. Very light with just a bit of wateriness to it, but not in a bad way but in one that contributes to the overall experience and flavor.
O: If all APA's smelled and tasted like this, then I would drink them all the time.

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One Claw Rye Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.
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