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Moon Man | New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
You hold a session beer with a bright bold blend of five hops that flirt obligingly with the smooth malty backside. Don't let this one lay around it is brewed to be enjoyed today. Bold and engaging without pretense, because in Wisconsin you do not have to be extreme to be real.

Added by Skidz on 03-12-2010

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, some pine. Taste is citrus, malts, pine, hints of peaches, light bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good beer, but I was hoping for a little more.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Upfront disclosure: this has been my favorite brewery for about a dozen years.
I flatter myself that that title is worth something.
But, even if that title is not worth much... this ale is.
For those who do not appreciate paying money to have their buds assaulted by too many hops by too many brewers who are still learning to use malts, then this is the beer for you.

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Photo of Peepskp
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Transparent light amber/gold. Thin white head. Medium carbonation. Medium/light hoppiness, would be a good session IPA. Good offering from a great brewer but like most of their beers doesn't reach the next level.

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Photo of Umdrunner
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured golden straw with fluffy white head that laced well. Scent was pine with light citrus. Flavor was pretty complex for an IPA without additives. I taste heavy pine bitterness up front and fades to citrus/orange notes, balanced with nice malt backbone. Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel that fit the beer well.

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4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I get an inch and a half of pale off-white head with a vigorous poor. Body looks like honey sitting in the glass. Nose has has hints of apricot and sweet crackers and is very inviting. The nose is soft but very pleasant. With first sip you quickly notice how wonderfully balanced this beer is. So often in today's craft beer world breweries try to hop the hell out of there pale ales, but this one is done very well. Just the right amount of sweet citrus hops and appropriate cracker based malts. Incredibly easy to drink and very enjoyable from start to finish. This is the beer that goes great with many different types of food and is super on a hot sunny day by the pool. I really wish I could get this beer Locally. New Glarus always seems to stay so true the style. Doing it just right, while making exceptional beers. I could easily sit and drink several of these in one setting .

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A stunning pour as it hits the glass, this beer is a full, medium golden in color with a thick, dense, and creamy head. The retention and lacing on the head is phenomenal. The body of the beer is 95% translucent, with just the slightest bit of haze present. On the nose, this one displays a medium hop presence that is full of pine and light citrus notes. The bitterness in the scent is just enough to let you know it is an APA.

Taking a drink, the beer washes over the tongue and displays it's mild hop profile first. The hops bitterness in the taste matches the scent almost exactly, with mostly piney flavors up front with a light citrus to orange profile at the back end. Outside of the hops, the taste has just a touch of underlying light grains that balances the overall flavor. The lingering flavor is a light grassy-ness to go along with some fading hops. On the palate this one is perfectly sessionable; not punching too hard with the hops and not displaying any alcohol.

Overall, to me, this one is a nearly perfect session beer. The hops are there and satisfying, but not overpowering. The flavor is full, yet the body is fairly light. You could totally drink several of these in a sitting very comfortably. A very well done beer!

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Photo of Drinking_Beer
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As of yet my favorite pale ale. I drink Moon Man for a change of pace, I'm more of an american lager guy. I like Moon Man nice and cold on a hot summer day. A fantastic thirst quencher.

Excellent hop flavor. Reminds me of grapefruit juice.

Clear golden color. Crisp and dry with lingering hop flavor. Oh, did I mention about the hops yet? As with any pale ale it's all about the hops, and Dan Carey, brew-master/owner at New Glarus, sure got it right with Moon Man.

In my humble opinion Moon Man is as good as it gets when it comes to pale ales, and I've tried more than just a few of them...

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Photo of mke_Brewer
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours like a golden lager with a noticeable, but not overly powerful, aroma of dank, resiny hops. Tastes exactly they way you would want a session pale ale to taste. Exceptional balance of hops and malt. There's enough piney hops in this beer to remind you you're drinking a pale ale with the crispness of a lager and a light body. Definitely my go-to session beer when looking for something flavorful but not over the top.

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Photo of anglagard1
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I sometimes wonder why I bother to write these reviews when the labels describe the beer with more artistry than I ever could. Take for example this from my beer du jour, Moon Man No Coast Pale Ale by New Glarus Brewing Company: “Moon Man is a seriously cool cat. Always comfortable in his own skin, he never tries too hard…You hold a session beer with a bright bold blend of five hops that flirt obligingly with the smooth malty backside. Because in Wisconsin, you do not have to be extreme to be real, just be.” It’s incredible to realize that the culture and philosophy of an entire state can be contained in a 12 ounce beer bottle. But hey, this is Wisconsin we’re talking about.
I’ve been looking forward to this one, having had some of this a couple of weeks ago while on a camping trip. I delay gratification in order to enhance the pleasure, reading the label in order to get to know my eventual conquest. Apparently, consumption of alcoholic beverages can impair my ability to drive a car or operate machinery. Fortunately, I have nowhere to go tonight and do not own a chain saw or punch press; I’m good to go. Good to go except for the fact that I don’t have a Damn bottle opener. Shit. I brought 2 with me camping--just to be safe--and returned home with exactly none. How does that happen? Stay cool, bro, there’s gotta be something here I can use. (Several moments later) Well, I’m going to have to buy my wife a new salad fork, that’s for sure.
My mind is drifting back now to that Homer Simpson bottle opener I was eyeing up a few months back at Big Lots. It was only a couple of bucks, and it uttered a Homer quote every time you used it, but somehow it didn’t quite fit my personality. I tend to avoid kitschy unless it is beyond the pale, like my Vanilla Ice beach towel. I curse my pretentiousness as I scour the kitchen for something that could be used to remove a cap from a bottle.
Hearing my movement, our guinea pig--ever the optimist--senses that I could be searching for the vegetable peeler in order to peel that bag of carrots that has been sitting in the refrigerator. He begins to emit a squeak guinea pigs are noted for (imagine trying to say the words “weak week” four octaves beyond what you are capable of). Of course, Charlie, being a young guinea pig, doesn’t quite have his squeak on yet. His young voice often breaks while trying to get my attention, but he is undeterred. Between squeaks, he grabs the bars of his cage with the pronounced front teeth that are typical of his breed, and begins to shake them mightily. An idea enters my head. I cautiously lift Charlie from his cage (I’ve never been too comfortable holding animals or children), and place him on the kitchen counter. I then grab a carrot from the bag in the refrigerator and grind some into the edge of the cap. I then wave the bottle in front of his nose--he takes the bait. His incisors now clasped firmly on the bottle cap, I grasp the bottle firmly with one hand while delivering a quick conk on his noggin with the other. Success! As a bonus, he even made a cute sound as he opened my beer, not unlike the Homer Simpson bottle opener previously mentioned.
And now it’s Miller time. I return Charlie to his cage, and as a reward for his good service, fill the bottle cap up with Moon Man for his enjoyment. He laps it up eagerly as I drink along with him. I decide that it is only fitting that he helps to review this beer with me. I ask him what he thinks, and he stares at me rather woozily, his mouth sporting a foam mustache. I cannot tell whether his condition is from the beer he just consumed or the bonk on the head he recently received, probably a combination of both. But after a time he finally manages to utter a rather hearty squeak. I can’t help but agree. Two big squeaks for Moon Man Ale.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good and exceptionally sessionable Pale Ale. Fruity hops of fruit punch, oranges, tangerines and citrus. Very light but stable malt backbone of honey and caramel. Delicious.

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Photo of berns7
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: Very clear, gold, small bubbles.

Smell: Not much smell. sweet.

Taste: Balanced between hops and malts. More hoppy aftertaste.

Feel: crisp. Smooth.

Overall: Solid beer, but nothing stands out as great. Seems like a good beer on a hot day.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 1/19/16

A: Medium gold with some hints at light orange, tangerine - crystal clear - pours with a small white head, fades to a few wisps, retains a small collar, leaves some spots and streaks of lacing

S: Light and clean - some light citrus, with orange and grapefruit zest - hints of tropical fruit - New Glarus' yeast strain, with some earthy characters - mild pale malts at the base, light bread, crackers, touch of caramel

T: Mild and super drinkable - light citrus flavor, with some orange and grapefruit, hints of juice, zest - floral citrus - lightly herbal, grassy - touch of lemon - some yeasty character, lightly earthy, touch of spice - clean, dry, and well-attenuated with minimal sweetness - pale malts, pale grains, crackers, light bread

M: Light to medium body, crisp, medium carbonation, dry finish

O: Wisconsin Pale Ale

This is a beer engineered for easy drinking. It's actually well-balanced, with mild hops and mild malts. It's very clean and light but in no way watery. Just drink it and eat some cheese.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/22/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Great dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Awesome appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is an excellent pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of farrago
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light frothy off-white head, one finger that dissolves swiftly forming surface dimples, thin yet long lacing streaks. Bright metallic orange hued liquid, you can see one or two isolated bubbles slowly meander upwards. The nose is pretty sour with sour orange to lemon peel, sour baked dough and a dry leafiness, takes some warming to release the apricot, pear fruit scents, light saltiness, the overall perfume has a steady lift. Light to medium-bodied, lively carbonation gives it a pleasing prickle, skips across the palate. Energetic citrus zest, all lemon, orange and tangerine supplemented by a demure floral musk. Minor bread to yeast tones, subdued maltiness too, echoes of cocoa or mocha at the end. Through the mid-palate the apricot, peach fruit grows exponentially, achieves close to fruit cobbler sweetness. Attractively put together and rates high for sessionability.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a creamy white head.
Aroma is hop forward with plenty of citrus and tropical fruit goodness and a littler crackery malt below.
Taste is also hop forward but not overtly bitter. Lots of citrus as well as pineapple, maybe a hint of peach. Some crackery balance and a hint of spice.
Medium mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation.
Tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden honey color with one finger of foamy white head. Head retains for around a minute before dissipating. Lacing is minimal but existent.

S: Big aromas of citrus, and tropical fruits up front. You get notes of grapefruit, orange, mango, lemon, melon, spruce tips, sweet bready malts, and pine hops. Very pleasant.

T: Flavors follow the nose with grapefruit, orange, lemon, mango, melon, bready malts, spruce tips, and an earthy pine hop bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied, with a light amount of carbonation. Slick smooth and slightly oily, finishes crisp with a subtle lingering bitterness.

O: A very nice APA, pours well and has some great aromas and flavors. Very pleasantly drinkable and would be a regular purchase if I were to live in Wisconsin. One of the better Pale Ale's I've had in a while I would suggest trying this if you are ever given the chance. Overall a great brew that is sure to please almost anyone.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Two fingers of white head on a clear yellow pour.

Dry, hoppy pale ale without being overly bitter. Citrusy without being annoyingly so.

Clean and crisp, pleasant to the senses. A great example of such a prevalent style.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden pour, full inch of white head. Aroma was a bright enjoyable medley of hops. Five they say, seems to hit all the aromas, a little pine and fruit.

Taste, light on its feet, hop assertive without bittering hop dominance. Drier, lighter body than like Spotted Cow, but way more hop flavor to it.

Solid top tier pale ale.

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Photo of Cimperman17
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look - light golden color with a think inner layer
Smell - citrus and orange
Taste - strong flavor with a light after taste, Citrus taste
Feel - light body, moderate finish
Overall - pretty good

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Photo of dacrza1
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: December 4, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: a drinker renewed after experiencing The Growing Stage's Christmas Carol... APPEARANCE: incredibly sparkling, bubbly like champagne; color is slightly darker than gold--really suggestive of a lager? the head is soft white, pillowed and soapy in its lacing; ....AROMA: bright citrus hits with melon, grapefruit, and mango... other flowery elements like lilac and chamomile--I am guessing Cascade, Citra, and Centennial, at least...the malts are not as pronounced... PALATE: creamy head introduces a medium-bodied , smooth ale that finishes swiftly and with little lingering aftertaste; ... TASTE: first, the five hops must include Summit and Simcoe, as the spiciness and muskiness meshes with pepper, onion and garlic...the malts provide some sweetness, and this is a balanced ale--but the flavor profile is decidedly hoppy... OVERALL: FINALLY--another New Glarus! This last gift is from Jeff, and much like Jarrett's, it's another reminder of how good localized beer can be.... highly drinkable, and at 5%, a sessionable ale in both taste and weight....

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Photo of Cfred371
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 224 so not as fresh as one would like, but the sixer was 6.50

Look: Pours a light, translucent orange color with a white head. There's plenty of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: The smell initially was a light malt, and then a burst of citrus. I'm wondering how citrusy and fruity this would be if it were a bit fresher. I smell maybe oranges and lemon?

Taste: Citrus with a slight touch of malt, like the nose.

Feel: A medium mouthfeel that finishes dry with some bitterness. I have drank almost all the beer in ten minutes so I'm liking it.

Overall: This is a great pale ale and readily available in Wisconsin. If you can trade for it, give it a try. I'd pick this up if I went home more for sure.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of pine, lemon, orange zest, and some tropical fruit. Taste is juicy citrus, with a hint of pineapple and a slightly bitter but very clean finish. Overall, surprisingly juicy for a pale ale.

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Photo of 98green
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is a brilliant pale. Look is nothing special and the smell doesn't give much. But that taste. So bright and juicy, tons of citrus and pith taste. At the end is an awesome lemon zest twang. Feel is light but slick, and pleasantly effervescent. I only wish I'd have loaded up on this one, as I only grabbed a six on the way through Wisconsin

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Twelve oz bottled on 231 day of the year. Poured into pint glass. Clear gold with small head. Leaves hanging lacing. smell is marvelous grass, pine, mango, orange and light fresh biscuit. Taste doesn't follow nose as much as I expected. Light tropical flavors with malt and bready mostly. Feel is watery and slick. Fantastic beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While I prefer the amazing fruit beers by New Glarus this is a pretty damn good pale ale. Smooth, citrusy and just the right amount of carbonation. Had to trade for this one, but if it was available locally I would buy often

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Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.