Concealer (784) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Hazy orange with a thin off white head that lasts on the sides with some lacing. Aromas of pine, spice, rye, and some light citrus. Flavor is rye, spice, citrus, grapefruit, and pine. Medium bodied, bitter finish.
DroolYeast (233) - Odder, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft @ basement beer bar.
Aroma of citrus hops. Hazy golden with white head. Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness, little dry.
Watery feel, light body, finish is bitter, average carbonation.
Hermod (3283) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ monk’s american bar, Stockholm. Hazy golden, thick white head. Sweet fruity, tangerine, yeasty notes. Flavor has citrus, apricots, quite spicy. Grainy finish. Quaffable.
jookos (2274) - FINLAND - SEP 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap@monks american. Yellow hazy.. Very nice soft fruity green berry, tropicals on nose. Dry bitter. Light grainy malts. Nice pale ale.
DruncanVeasey (7203) - NUNEATON, Top 22, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lost rate. South Carolina#1 courtesy of Columbus Circle Whole Foods, NYC. Sky Blue can split at home with my other half. Hefeweizen haze with a dense but subsiding white collar. Fresh, slightly saline aroma with Brewdogesque juicy mandarin and guava over chunky honeyed grain. Smooth and again saline with less assertive hop on the palate; watery guava and rust, some stewed green, Darjeeling and honey. Flattening, nearly dead condition. Pleasant if a little flat and metallic. Would go down nicely in a Kauaian kayak.
tmoreau (2445) - 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 (1885) - 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 (483) - - 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 (1188) - 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 (3629) - 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.