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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,806 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,806
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 218
Gots: 234 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: Skidz on 03-12-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,806 | Reviews: 434 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by eclipse54:
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle received from a friend. Poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours a completely clear yellow color that is, in the interest of an apt comparison, the color of mildly concentrated urine. Yellow, with some orange hues on the darker side and straw highlights on the lighter. A half centimeter of white, soapy head development with little retention and even less lacing. Not bad looking I guess, but nothing to write home about.

Aroma is stellar with notes of bitter hops, orange, lemon, and grapefruit citruses, straw, freshly cut grass, wet dirt and earth. A bit of caramel and malted grain rounds this one out. Really reminiscent of an IPA in the nose, and I like it.

Flavor follows suit, with generous hops leading the way. The bitterness is less than anticipated based on the nose, which is good for APA territory. The citrus really predominates up front, with lots of lemon, orange and grapefruit. Hell, maybe even some faint mango flavor towards the middle. A bit of wheat, straw, and grass in the middle before earthen notes and a touch of malt finish it off.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and finishes clean. It feels a touch watery towards the end, but considering it's after 9 PM here and still over 90 degrees outside, ""watery"" is a welcome consistency. There's plently of carbonation there to liven it up.

Overall, this one blew my socks off. Went into it without any real expectations and was thoroughly impressed. As one of my first New Glarus brews, this one definitely makes a positive impression.

eclipse54, Jun 28, 2012
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

Sparkling golden color, a lovely head adorns the top. Ripe ruby red grapefruit, fresh-cut grass, wildflowers, nutty yeast and a little cracker in the nose. Dryish medium body that throws down its crispness on the palate right away. Clean, sharp bitterness from the hops cuts right through the dry maltiness, leaving citric and herbal flavors in its wake. Maltiness digs in deep with a uniform biscuity flavor and a somewhat faint, raw graininess. Vague fruitiness and a quick showing of nutty yeast add some complexities without getting in the way. The pulling dryness really does tell the palate that this beer is well attenuated.

Love the theme behind this beer: It's not about being from one coast or the other-- just about being a quality beer. Prime example of the American Pale Ale style, it's incredibly drinkable.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

tectactoe, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

An exceptional Pale Ale with a great herbal and citrus hop character. The hops also have a bit of pine as well giving complex American hop flavors. There is strong hop bitterness and have very little malt making for a balance that is firmly bitter.

MadScientist, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of brownbeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with some sediment in the glass. The aroma packs a little bit of everything from florals to pine to fruity yeast. Juicy, citrusy hops. Very tasty and balanced on my tongue with just a touch of bitterness. I could see this being my new Sierra Pale if I lived in Wisconsin. Yummy.

brownbeer, Sep 05, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

trail77, Jun 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

mykd, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of weatherdog
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a New Glarus shaker pint glass

It pours a crystal clear apricot with a slightly off-white 2 fingered head. The head does fall to a nice layer of foam where it remains for almost the entire drink. Thick lacing coats the glass walls as tiny champagne bubbles rise constantly from the bottom of the glass. This beer is very effervescent, I'm not even drinking it out of an etched glass and a ton of carbonation bubbles are rising.

Pretty strong tangerine and floral hop aroma are hitting my nose balanced but just a little maltiness. The first bottle I had of this had a much stronger tangerine aroma to it but this one is a little more subdued. It's still very interesting and a great bright hoppiness to it.

The taste has a moderate amount of bitterness from an APA with a really bright and fruity floral hop taste. I love how much flavor is packed in to this lower gravity beer. There is some pale malt taste but not that much, just enough to cut through the bitterness a bit. A really nice easy on the palate APA.

The body is a little thin and the carbonation is high, but besides that this is a really nice beer that screams summer drinker and really shows how a hop forward beer can come in at 5%

weatherdog, May 29, 2010
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,806 ratings.