Thursday, February 22, 2018

Westbrook One Claw (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

Fill date: 1/25/2018

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer (base style: 18B American Pale Ale)

AROMA: Strong American hop aroma of tropical/citrus fruits. No specialty malt character; no rye. Clean fermentation. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Hazy amber/orange (5-7 SRM). Large white fluffy foam retains and laces well. Some particulates float in suspension. 3/3

FLAVOR: High hop flavor with a strong tropical fruit taste at first, but more of a citrusy taste on the second half. Rye imparts a slight bready character in the background up front and again on the finish with a brief spicy aftertaste. Hops handle most of the bitterness, which is moderate. The base malt offers balance, but is not especially sweet. No alcohol presence. No esters. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-high carbonation. Smooth and comfortable. A bit too strong to session at 5.5% ABV, though plenty of character for that potency. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Though delectable, the rye presence is a bit too subtle, IMHO. Would be an excellent pale ale without out it. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 37/50

NOTE: See my 2014 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2014/09/westbrook-one-claw.html

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