Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.19/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
We pour a brew of yellowed, golden honey into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It produces a big soapy mess of a three and a half finger tall head, composed of haphazard, milky, softly tanned bubbles. This shows great retention, dissipating into honeycomb lacing along the sides of our glasses. No appreciated haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be light but active. The aroma gives bright and beautiful hops of citric, floral, nectary, and gently fruity varietals, tinny metallics, ale yeastiness, and chalky pales. Additional notes of fruit come in the form of pineapple, mango, papaya, pear juiciness, and red apple, along with lemon rind bitters, tannic iced tea, distant black pepper boozy spice, and packing plastics. Our first impression is that the flavoring is surprisingly bold and fresh for such a lightly sipping beer. As we sip, the taste opens up with bright citric and floral hops and grapefruity rind zest, pale malt and wet barley, aluminum, lemon and lime fleshiness, mango skins, and sweeter balancing notes of grape jam, and white sugar. Peeking through the center is a mash of kiwi, tangy blueberry, and cherry flesh fruitiness, sesame seed, sea salt, marshmallow sugars, soured white grape skins, and a watered biscuity maltiness. The end showcased a more bittered, soapy hop atop the baseline citrics, mineral water, deepened malts of corn, caramel, and toasted pales, finely sweet yeastiness, sharp cheddar cheese mustiness, lightly fusel spiced booziness, tannic dryness, and more of that fleeting grapey tang. The aftertaste breathes of chalk, oatmeal, gritty pale graininess, cracked pepper, water crackers, Styrofoam, lemon zest, soft mineral metallics, earthen and citric hops, pencil woodiness, and dust. The body is light, and the carbonation is light. Each sip gives wet cream and froth, with decent slurp, smack, pop, and pull. It glugs nicely. The mouth is left watered and satiated, but with a pleasant pucker, and eventual singed astringency across the far back of the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks well.
Overall, the best thing about Moon Man is his nose. This aspect of it really showcases the five varieties of hops used here, each taking a bit of their own turn in the spotlight, while appreciating the collaboration of the event as well. The flavoring followed well, but lacked a certain punch and zing so favorable to the aroma. This was likely helped along by the lightness of the thing. The feel is exquisitely clean and airy, bordering on thin and watered at times, but saved by the fullness in flavoring. To reiterate what is advertised on the bottle, drink this one fresh. You will get such a different experience. Perhaps that is one detriment, that its longevity is quite low. Either way, we are so happy to have finally sipped back on some New Glarus swill, and we are glad that this tasty offering was our initiation.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2014 01:17:19 | More by TheBrewo
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4.08/5 rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a can-shaped glass.
A- Light, foamy pale white head forms three fingers thick. Hazy pale golden body with occasional spurts of carbonation.
S- Melon and citrus are big and bold. Hop resin hits the nose with a second whiff. It's a heavily fruity profile with hints of sweetness.
T- The citrus take its time to arrive and hit the palate, but then it builds into a strong orange peel flavor. Melon flavors waft in and out as well. The finish is resinous and offers a dose of pine.
M- It's impressive how refreshing and light drinking this is. The slight downside is that it initially feels a bit watered down until the hops hit with some flavor and an aggressive bitterness. It's still got enough sweetness to suggest there's some malt in there and this plays well of the melon flavors. It's an interesting blend of flavors and feels.
This could easily be my summer go-to. It's not filling, it's refreshing and it is full of interesting and tasty flavors. It's a gem.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 03:30:54 | More by ONovoMexicano
4.48/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 375ml bottle into an extremely cold larger glass. It was consumed early evening last Sunday as the burgers cooked on the grill. This review is written three days later based on memory not notes.
Moon Man poured cloudy golden, I guess it is unfiltered, with a solid head that lasted for the entire drink. Although cloudy it almost seemed to sparkle in the early evening sunlight. It was calling - drink me, drink me ... so I did.
Wow, I have been looking for a Pale Ale this good since starting on my beer journey in the US 18 months ago.
The smell of aromatic citrus and bright flora burst from the glass.
This was followed by a full on assault of the taste buds. A pronounced citrus flavour of grapefruit, together with piney aromatics of the hops delivered a most refreshing and bright taste. As I was not drinking out of Riedel I could not split out a mid and back pallet taste.
The mouth feel was crisp and satisfying, exactly what I was looking for on a hot Sunday session.
My host explained that New Glarus beers are not available outside of Wisconsin and this is a real shame. I could easily drink Moon Man for the rest of summer ... if it was available in Kansas.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 01:51:34 | More by Renaissance_Man
Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
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