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.