In this beer blog, we are going to get into a beer from Monocacy Brewing. It is their H.L. Rex American Pale Ale also known as Session Ale. Monocacy Brewing is under the same company with Brewer’s Alley. Brewer’s Alley is makes more of the classic beer styles. They opened their doors for the first time in 1996. Phil Bowers brought the original brewpub in downtown Frederick, Maryland. The original brewery burned down in 1901 and Phil brought it back to life. To keep up with demand, they opened another brewery in 2011 and they called it Monocacy Brewing. This brewery makes all the modern day beers. Let us get into this session ale.
It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. The smell has a citrus notes. The taste of this light body ale has a citrus with a dry bitter aftertaste. It is extremely drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Named to honor the greatness of Humulus Lupulus (commonly known as “hops”), the H.L. Rex is Monocacy American Pale Ale that finds a delightful balance as a session beer. What separates the H.L. Rex from the growing number of session beers on the market is its excellent hop experience in aroma and taste. Refreshing, citrus, and light biscuity flavors are the perfect counter to the mild pine, grainy, and floral qualities.
Here is a description from their website (www.monocacybrewing.com):
As one king falls, another takes his throne. The aromatic reign of Humulus Lupulus (hops) is supported in every sip by resounding and victorious malt flavors. Unlike the intense and aggressive monuments to the prior Rex, this veritable Hop King is upheld by a delightfully textured throne and serves as a beacon to those seeking a balance worthy of prolonged sessions.
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In the end, I am not a fan of Session IPA or Ales, however, they did something here that I like. They just called it a session ale and American Pale Ale. They are calling it what it is. They are not doing the marketing gimmick. This pale ale has a pretty low ABV at 3.7%. This beer becomes the perfect lawn work beer. It is ok not a big fan. I respect what they did here and I recommend it. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser