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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 122 | Ratings: 1,019
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

truly one of the best beers i have ever had that doesnt include barrels, bacteria cultures, and multiple years to make. its downright flawless, and its simple elegance yet robust flavor profile makes it an absolute champion in my book. this is the kind of beer i like to drink, and like to drink a lot of. a pale ale that doesnt bore, its wonderful. hazy yellow in color, whipped cream topping three inches high on top of my schooner. the nose on this shows citra hops, pungent and lemon forward. the rye malt is subtle in smell, i get maybe a bit of wheat in with the two row here. the taste shocks me for the color, it has some density and probably should look a bit more copper and dense than it does, impressive. furthermore, the flavors are genius. the citra hops are all on the finish, while the front end is peppered with spicy rye malt, but only just enough for this to be different. the other base malts keep it in line with what we expect from a pale ale. the hopping comes as a surprise too, not often are both grain and hops so bright in a beer at the same time, and that is part of the beauty here. sessionable as they come here for my palate. i could drink ten of these and be neither sloppy drunk or bored. the citrus profile of the hops finishes the beer clean, but its still got this lush creamy body that is refreshing and quenching and just addicting. i wish this was available out here all the time, and maybe it well be soon, but this is one of the best pale ales i have ever had, and deserves to be mentioned among the best examples of the style. its everything i could want in a session beer.

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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 gueuzedreg
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Had to knock this because of ridiculous head in the pour. Three finger head with good retention. Murky golden in color, white fluffy head.

S- Smells like a rye wheat beer. This is very light.

T- Light rye, the pale ale itself is really light and easy to drink.

O- Another session can from Westbrook.

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Photo of xungmound98
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into pint glass. 1” head that recedes to film and light lacing around the inner rim. Orange-honey colored and cloudy. Pungent hop aroma- mostly citrus (ruby red grapefruit) with a hint of papaya. Taste mostly follows the nose; the rye isn't too pronounced but provides a slightly spicy malt backbone. Finishes with a lingering grapefruit-pith bitterness. The mouthfeel is crisp with moderate carbonation. Overall, this was a refreshing, well-balanced pale ale.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was recently in NYC for NYC Beer Week, to include both the NYC Craft Beer Festival at the Manhattan Armory and Split Thy Skull on Sunday at Mugs' Ale House. Imbiber highly suggested that I hit T0rst on my way to the subway, time permitting, and since he has yet to steer me wrong, I did just that. Good thing, as they had CANs of this available for take-away and I had never seen it before. The CANQuest (TM) is alive and well!

From the CAN: "One Claw is a rye pale ale made with a heavy handful of malted rye and scoops of our favorite hop varieties. One Claw is dedicated to those who bring a Westbrook home, to a friend's, or anywhere a delicious beer is needed. Cheers to you, fellow One Claw!"; "Best served at 45 degrees. Enjoy within 90 days from the date on the bottom of this [CAN]."

A loud Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN and so an inverted Glug was next on the menu. I watched in awe as a pseudo-cascade quickly formed just over two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a slightly hazy gold (SRM = > 5, < 7) and of course Midas, Croesus and Mammon showed up for a taste. I held them off while I leaned in for a sniff. Their favorite hop varieties must involve ones beginning with the letter "C", because I got a big minty, pine-like scent along with the inherent black pepperiness of the rye. Drool! Mouthfeel was medium and the spiciness created by the hops and the rye made my poor, bruised tongue stand up and dance in joy. Happy, happy, joy, joy! This was tasty without being overwhelming, plus I was getting a nice hops fix. Beautiful lacing began to appear as I CANtemplated my beatified state. Finish was dry, but not gasping. No, instead, it was minty fresh and clean with a lingering wash of pepper to remember it by. More, please, sir.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy light golden hued beer with a half inch head of white foam. Brussels lacing. Intense grapefruit like hop aroma greets my nose. The taste is much more well balanced than the nose implies. While there is a very quick burst of grapefruit like hop flavor but it is quickly backed with a light malt backbone and a bit of gentle spiciness from the rye. The mouth is fairly light, crisp, and dry. I've really been impressed with my limited exposure to this brewery.

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Photo of argock
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Jumbled 9/10/13 on bottom of can. Received in an informal trade from my good friend Erinn.

A: Honey gold with 1-finger of light-beige head with average to below average retention and a ton of floaties.

S: Big grapefruit-lemon citrus hoppy nose, honeysuckle, and pine too but finished with a light caramel but overall crackery and mildly grainy malt backing. No alcohol or yeast character.

T: Superb maltiness with soft crackery start but lighter crystal malt caramel profile through to the finish. The hoppiness is an equal partner with the same lemon-grapefruit citrus dominating followed by some herbal-floral notes that are best described as spicy and honeysuckle with very little pine. Hard to pick the rye out to be honest but maybe it is adding some of the herbal character.

M: A bit tangy and sticky with not as light of a body as I would want to match the lighter malt and citrusy hop profile. Medium carbonation.

O: A pretty good APA with a citrus dominated hop nose coupled with a very enjoyable lighter crackery malt profile. Rye is not a big player in this beer, but all in all, a nice beer.

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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 Tony_D
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a yellowish orange color with very little clarity. The head remains throughout the beer and leaves lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Great smell to it. I can certainly detect the rye spiciness and a good amount of piney and floral hops.

T: Good taste. The hops and rye combine nicely in this beer.

M: It is a little bit more watery than the appearance would suggest. Still has a very good balance of maltiness and hops.

O: I really like this offering from Westbrook. As far as shelf beers go this may be the best rye pale ale that I have had to date. I highly recommend it.

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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 Eamonn-Cummings3
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy burnt yellow color with a solid 1 inch head that stays with the beer.

Bubble gum hop aroma. Really draws you into the beer.

Taste is a little thin after the aroma, but still a real quality beer.

Light rye taste, with a mild bitterness that rounds out the flavor.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"One Claw is a rye pale ale made with a heavy handful of malted rye and scoops of our favorite hop varieties. One Claw is dedicated to those who bring a Westbrook home, to a friend's, or anywhere a delicious beer is needed. Cheers to you, fellow One Claw!" Brewed in the style of a Rye Pale Ale. One Claw joined the year-round lineup in summer 2013. Available in 6 pack cans and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a snifter glass. Served above 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a very explosive sudsy frothed head of an off-white complexion over a very hazy golden amber body. Retention is very good, lacing is medium-thick and spotty. 4

(Smell) Biscuity, peppery rye, pale malts, mellow notes of herbal and grapefruit hops. Potency is light/medium. 3.75

(Taste) Bready rye with a touch of caramel sweetness. Peppery, biscuity, yet clean. Hop profile consists of tropical and grapefruit notes, lemony and herbaceous tones. Altogether a bright assembly of flavors with nothing dominating the flavor profile. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly oily. Carbonation adds some buzzy crispness and froth. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is light. 3.5

(Overall) A sessionable and enjoyable pale ale that maintains rye to bolster complexity without overhauling drinkability. 4

Westbrook Brewing Company's
One Claw Rye Pale Ale

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

12oz can poured into a tulip. 11/18/13 on the bottom.

A: Pours a hazy orangish gold with a dense white head on top. Leaves some nice lacing as the head slowly dissipates. A bit too cloudy to see any visible carbonation.

S: Nice hop aroma in this one. Citrus qualities pull through nicely giving it a bit of a grapefruit smell. Some pine and malt bring up the rear adding a bit of spiciness or pepper to the mix.

T: Balanced flavor with a hop forward approach. Gives you the citrus hop qualities without being overly bitter. Malt really smoothes things out nicely giving it a bit of sweetness on the backend.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Dry finish from the hops. Has a bit of that nectar like mouthfeel I enjoy in my hoppy brews.

Overall a very solid pale ale, don't let the rating on here leave you fooled. Perhaps others are pitting the hops in here against those of an IPA. Great flavor with a balanced approach that could interest those new to hops.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to dogdoc for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Very hazy deep gold, with a big two-finger white fluffy head that has great retention. Moderate visible carbonation, and some hop floaters.

S: Tropical fruit, grapefruit citrus hops, pineapple, with some underlying cracker malt and light spices as well.

T: Huge tropical fruit – peach, pineapple, papaya – and citrus, almost an orange juice character, and some resin. Then cracker malts, some rye spiciness and finishes with grapefruit and resinous hop bitterness. The hop bitterness lasts into the hang, but fades fairly quickly.

M: Body is on the heavy side, but not distractingly so. Has good carbonation, but still feels almost creamy on the tongue. Low alcohol presence.

O: Wow. This was very, very tasty. Fruit-forward hoppy goodness, but still comes across as balanced as it isn't terribly bitter. I'm very impressed. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of Huffs
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a nice white head, fairly dense, with mild lacing and retention. Heat about 1 finger. Appearance was a golden honey color, near to orangey, with a dense and cloudy hue. Aroma was a pronounced floral and citrus with some yeast and hop thrown in. Taste was very floral and hoppy with a bitter and grainy to grass finish. Medium mouth feel with a dry aftertaste.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a cloudy golden orange with a soft two-finger width, off-white colored head. After the head dissipated, it left some decent lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Floral, citrus hops combine nicely with the spiciness from the rye malts.

Taste - Great taste with the combination of the hops and malts. Floral, citrus flavors from the hops play along nicely with the rye.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Some bitterness, nothing off-putting.

Overall - A nice, well-balanced pale ale. The flavors with this one play off each other and product a solid tasting brew.

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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 tillmac62
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy gold with a huge head and lacing that lingers. Powerful delicious nose of citrus hops, predominately grapefruit. Light medium bodied and well carbonated. It has a nice fizzy mouthfeel that helps accentuate the hop flavor. The taste is like the nose, a fantastic citrus flavor predominated by grapefruit that is well balanced against a very slight sweetness and bitterness. The rye adds a slight spiciness in the background. The finish is smooth with a pleasant lingering tartness and bitterness. Another great one from Westbrook.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours an impermeable brownish orange color. Very hazy and thick color with a towering white head that retains well and leaves sticky lacing on the glass

S-Lots of bitter hops hit the front of the nose, but they are forgiving as it fades into citrus and sage grass and grapefruit. A twinge of malty sweetness hits the nose as well.

T-Slightly tannic because of the hops up front, but at the middle of the palate the sharp, citrusy fruits come through as well as the malty sweetness. Similar to the nose, but finishes with a lingering hop bitterness.

MF-Crisp, refreshing, medium-bodied with a fizzy carbonation.

O-A damn good pale ale. It's a little heavier than the classic like SNPA or Dale's, but I like it more than both of those. Well balanced and nuanced, but the hops overpower in a good way.

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Photo of BeerGod27
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westbrook has yet to let me down.
I drank this from the can so I was unable to see the color.
I wasn't expecting this Pale Ale to be as hoppy as it is. But I love hops so no complaint from me here. Grassy and floral hops are detectable on the nose. Taste is pretty consistent with the smell but with some citrus hops present. The rye helps add balance.
I would definitely have this beer again.

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Photo of csparace
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One claw:

Appearance (4.00) - hazy and almost murky gold hue. Huge frothy head. Lots of great carbonation rising. Leaving some great lacing.

Smell (4.50) - wow. Abundantly floral with big grapefruit notes. Slightly sweet.

Taste (4.25) - certain floral notes. Not an overpowering hop bomb like the smell might lead one to think. Mild caramels. Hints of caramels.

Mouthfeel (3.75) - a little too smooth. Not as crisp as id like it to be. It feels old but it's not that old. Very drinkable.

Overall (4.25) - this would be one bamf of a beer on a hot summer day. It's not as crisp as I'd like but that makes it very drinkable. The flavors are not overpowering but very solid

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured from a can that was 6 week old into ballast pt snifter
it may be a little malty do to age or I would give it better review
it is nice easy drinker
would really like to try fresher
I don't know how made it 6 weeks I crush beers like this in first month after can preferably first 2 weeks lol
anyway would try again for sure nice easy drinker

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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 brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a three finger head; nice streaks of lace are left behind

Smell: Very bright, with floral citrusy and spicy rye

Taste: The hops jump out bringing, lemon, grapefruit and papaya flavors; underneath, there is just a touch of bready flavor that grows in a spicy rye direction, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp, moderate carbonation

Overall: One of the most refreshing beers I have tasted; the flavors are bright and crisp

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Photo of MacQ32
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a glowing straw yellow with a minimal orange tint. A nice head of near white head sits atop the brew, retention is ok, lacing is fantastic.

S - Lots of light orange and almost lemony aromas. Some grapefruit/rind bitterness, light pepper and spiced rye.

T - Crisp light lemon/orange hop bitterness, the bitterness doesnt linger very long. As the bitterness starts to fade a nice kick of spiced rye kicks in. Aftertaste is bitter resinous hops and rye spice.

M - Lighter bodied, very drinkable, solid carbonation, refreshing flavor too.

O - Lots of light citrusy and floral flavors combine with a rye/resinous bitter kick. Right up there with Westbrooks IPA imo.

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One Claw Rye Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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