tmoreau (2682) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared 12 oz. cans poured to snifters showing a light, orangey gold/straw color, with a silky layer of white head foam, and waves, spots, and strands of lacing. The nose was spiced & dry, with citrus notes of lemon & orange. Light to medium bodied, with almost overly lively carbonation that got in the way of the beer’s drinkability without burping. Otherwise, a tasty, sessionable brew, with some creaminess to the mouthfeel, and hop bitterness that was citrusy & dry.
EdKing (2025) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On keg in CBC Clapham. Colour is light pale amber, slight cloudy, thin white head. Nose is light grain, musty rye and barley, floral, hoppy citrous, juicy grapefruit an orange. Taste is musty grain, rye, citrous. It’s light and refreshing with a beautiful aroma. Nice rye beer.
RussianDragon (565) - - SEP 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can, thanks Matt. Pours a hazy golden orange with lasting head and moderate lacing. Aroma is full with tropical fruit and piney citrus. Flavor is rye spice upfront and pine with active carbonation. Finish is tropical fruit and bitter grapefruit citrus. Medium bodied.
Chad9976 (1294) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m not 100% sure what hops and malts went into Westbrook One Claw (except for rye), though I bet I could take an educated guess. All the local beer nerds in my area have been raving about this beer all summer so I finally decided to give it a try. I’m definitely kicking myself for not having done so sooner since it definitely lives up to the hype. A hop bomb for a pale ale, but with plenty of malt presence to give it balance and remain a true pale ale.
I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. The freshness date was unreadable; it cost $3.19 ($0.27 per ounce).
Appearance: Pale orange/golden hue over an extremely hazy body though some carbonation can be seen rushing up the edge of the glass. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which retains and laces fairly well.
Smell: Strong hoppy aroma with distinct herbal and citrus juicy notes.
Taste: From beginning to end there’s a strong hop flavor here; a combination of herbal/earthy notes (probably Mosaic or a similar hop) followed by a tropical fruit juice/citrusy flavor (probably Citra and/or Simcoe hops). A solid malt base supports these hops quite well, though they’re not especially bitter. There’s a spicy bitterness throughout this palette, balanced out well by the use of rye in the malt foundation. Light on the sweetness, but there are faint notes of lemon. I like how the hops re-emerge at the end and create for additional juicy flavor. This is a pale ale I could drink often without becoming bored.
Drinkability: What’s really nice about Westbrook One Claw is the fact the beer is just so easily drinkable. Technically a fairly “light” beer at only 5.5% ABV, it has the body of something much stronger. It’s quite robust compared to so many other brews of the style of comparable weights. It’s also a pleasure to drink as the mouthfeel is well carbonated, but still quite comfortable as it’s not spastic and goes down super smooth. It’s refreshing while in the mouth; though it does leave a slightly pasty aftertaste, which is easily tolerated.
erickok (3967) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - SEP 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Misty light golden body and stable bubbly head. Very light, crisp fresh, hoppy, spruce, pine apple, lemon. Delicious! (33cl bottle from Bière Révolution)
Harrjitzuu (13) - - SEP 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet grapefruit and tropical fruit aroma. Smooth, creamy texture, juicy grapefruit taste that ends in a bitterdry finish (not unlike tonic water). Decent.
SG111 (302) - New York, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Canned. Pours a hazy golden yellow. Aroma is lots of nice lemon and orange. Very fresh. Flavor is hops and citrus with a distinct biscuit malt backbone. Balance is the key word here.
rejtable (1502) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours murky light orange quickly fading head and minimal lacing. Nose is grapefruit. Flavors of grapefruit, some Cheerios, some peppery spice to the finish, lots of citrus maybe even some onion. Taste is light sweet medium bitter. Medium body with medium carbonation and a pretty lasting bitterness.
Butters_Hard (24) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rye ales can become ‘cerealy’ and too reminiscent of a bowl of Shreddies when overdone. One Claw is subtly rye influenced with lots of hops to balance. Clean and rich with lots of citrusy, grassy hops.
Grapefruit, mango and guava flood the palate. A superb rye pale at just the perfect ABV.
NachlamSie (2858) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from the brewery. Pours hazy dark orange/amber. Great aroma on this. I’m guessing Columbus or Citra. Rye is potent too. Very clean and rich flavor. Hops stand out nicely as does the healthy dose of rye. Finish is citrusy, spicy and smooth. Excellent rye pale.