H.L. Rex | Monocacy Brewing Co.

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H.L. RexH.L. Rex

Brewed by:
Monocacy Brewing Co.
Maryland, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by nmann08 on 06-21-2014

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of orangesol
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imbibehour
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A solid white two finger cap. Very foamy but settles to a good fit, and hanging around nicely. Body color is very crystal clear, but just a little hint of haze. Ample carbonation but not excessive, rising through a brass to very light bronze orange body.

Aroma is a bit grainy, but expectedly light. Mild senses of pine and orange in a hop angle, mild of course, but a little bit of that bile smell hides as well. Not bad.

Palate sort of surprises. Mid palate has virtually next to nothing going on even for a mild character. All the flavor really comes out on the finish. Melding small malt bill, with some faint sugars but also showcasing more hop flavors. Hints of mild tea and orange, light biscuit and slightly crackery as well. Some mild tropical senses seem to be lurking but are just to weak to show up. Nice crisp carbonation as well too, with some depth a bit.

Overall a simple American mild, and fairly fruity. Just needs a bit more mid palate push and flavors to round out.

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a hazy bronzed golden to amber color with a quickly dieing head that left some stringy lacing sliding for the most part. The smell had a huge orange rind, big and bold right up front. A light floral to grassiness roamed underneath. The taste was moderately sweet with an undertone of floral spiciness. There’s no aftertaste and it left a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat extremely light. This was extremely sessionable, definitely fits the description and still packs a nice harsh carbonation to boot. Overall, though this is my first one from this company. I’m pretty sure they did what they wanted to with this one, I’d have again.

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Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a bit of hops. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, citrus, very easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mild but refreshing beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

For an East Coast IPA, one of the better ones I’ve tried. Still seems closer to an IPA, in body and hoppiness. Pale golden with medium frothy head. Very citrusy, grapefruit notes in aroma and taste.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of CharlesK
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JNForsyth
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. It looks really ragged and unattractive, and retention is poor. There isn't much lacing sticking around, either. (3)

Smell: A spicy brew, I seemingly pick up rye spice (even though this ISN'T a rye beer). I also get some caramel, bread, grass, and faint citrus. It's a faint nose - that's forgivable given the gravity, however. (3.5)

Taste: This has a different flavor profile - not just for a light pale ale, but pale ales in general. It opens up with spicy bread character (not quite the rye notes I picked up on the nose, though), and ends with some pine and sweet malt. The mid-palate is fairly empty, though; again, forgivable enough for the low gravity. All told, it's a solid low gravity brew. I'd love to see some esters in the vein of a proper English bitter, but that's just nitpicking on my end. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Light, airy, and well carbonated. This is naturally an easy drinker, yet the malt backbone makes it feel somewhat substantial, and gives it a long finish. I can even savor this one to an extent! (3.75)

Overall: ANY brewer who commercially releases a sub 4% beer instantly gains my respect. And when they're quite good, as is this one? Gravy. It's small in all the right places, and big in the others - it isn't a world beater by any stretch, but I could definitely drink this one all day. (3.5)

3.4/5: More good local beer

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Below average APA. Good aroma, taste was a bit bland.

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Photo of Pencible
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at Snallygaster 2014. Seems like a nice IPA, hard to believe it's a low ABV pale ale…but otherwise nothing special.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%

One of my local Fredneck brewers so I'll try best to avoid any homerism. For session ales (pale or IPA), I found this one to be one of the more enjoyable and truly sessionable ones. Very sessionable,flavorful but far from the "hop water" types that seemed to have flooded the market. I will try to buy a lot more of this one whenever possible.

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Photo of khargro2
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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H.L. Rex from Monocacy Brewing Co.
3.43 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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