Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,185 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,185
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 247
Gots: 405 | FT: 19
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:
Beer added by: Skidz on 03-12-2010

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.
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Ratings: 2,185 | Reviews: 465
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Photo of Smokesnotes
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic pale. Great aroma. Taste is very good, really nice hop profile. Light, drinkable, was definitely the best beer in their variety pack.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

Photo of bukbonzai
5/5  rDev +21.1%

This is one of my favorite beers. The mixture of hops are refreshing with a slight fruity flavor. Whether it's a hot summer day or a chilly autumn one, this beer is perfect.

Photo of Chiefy770
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 Fl Oz Bottle
Bottled on November 5th, 2014
Reviewed on January 19th, 2015
Served in a pint glass

Slightly hazy golden body. Good sized foamy white head collapsed and left a decent amount of soapy lacing throughout.

Grapefruit up front. Floral notes also lived in the hops. Not much from the malts besides subtle notes of nutty grains.

Citric hops hit the tongue first. Grapefruit blended with herbal flavours to create a vibrant, yet contained hop flavour. A mild biscuity malt backbone served as a great platform for the hops to be showcased on. Light body, leaning toward the medium side. Moderate/high carbonation.

Excellent pale ale. Plenty of flavour. Would be perfect on a warm day!

Photo of cambabeer
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

cloudy yellow, foamy white head. A little whiffs of cidre. Some hops, very balanced. Somewhat tart in taste. Dry finish. Refreshing mouthfeel. Not very sticky or oily. Somewhat champagny

Photo of SierraFlight
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into shaker pint. Golden body with a tall white head that leaves streaky lacing and hangs on stubbornly. Aroma is cracker malt, some grain, grapefruit zest, citrus juice, and grass. Taste is hop-forward bitterness featuring citrus zest, herbal bite, and grassy. A brief visit of grain on the swallow. Medium-light body, creamy texture, just less than average carbonation, dry hoppy finish.

Photo of Diaper-Daniels
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just a great example of an American Pale Ale. Perfect in every way.

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.

Photo of brownbeer
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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.

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%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending this bottle to me. Always glad to try new beers from New Glarus.

The beer pours a clear golden color with a white head. The aroma is classic pale ale. I get a lot of caramel malt, but there is also a good amount of hops - pine and grass. I also get a little bit of cocoa in the aroma which is very nice.

The flavor is heavy on the grassy hops and the toffee malt. Both aspects work very well together and lead to a very balanced, very drinkable pale ale. Low bitterness. This is the flavor profile that I want in an American Pale Ale.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Chief_Mug
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I consider Moon Man to be the benchmark of other Pale Ales. I have had on tap at the brewery and in the bottle -- always delicious! The citrus hops in this beer really shine. It has the perfect balance that keeps me going back for more.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow to gold in color. Brilliant clarity. An inch of white foam rests on top. Cereal grain aroma is prevalent. I get a bit of some floral hop aroma, too. That's pretty much what I'm getting in the flavor. The mouthfeel is fairly neutral. This is a pretty basic beer with no frills.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Nose: spice, grain, clean malt, graham cracker. Pours brilliant gold under a 1” white foam cap, Palate: big malt and graham cracker with fruit in the background, spice and a dose of caramel, finishing with a medium hop emphasis. Medium boy and carbonation. Very drinkable.

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three finger white head which slowly fades into a thin layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A hop forward aroma with a good mix of citrus esters. Upfront are good hints of orange, lemon, grapefruit, mango, and tangerine. Some herbal earthy hops and a light hint of pine. Hops smell clean and not overly bitter. Bready malts and wheat grains in the background with hints of biscuit and caramel.A very solid hop lead aroma.

Taste: Hoppy and juicy like the smell leads. Solid citrus hop presence upfront with a taste of citrus orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, and mango. Herbal and floral hops add to the bite along with a touch of pine. Hops are fairly sharp and drying. Decent presence of bready malt and grains with some notes of biscuit, cracker, and caramel. Taste leans heavily to the hops and citrus. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very crisp and clean with a nice juicy bite. Pretty smooth.

Overall: A very good version of an American Pale Ale. Very nice use of hops. Great option for a lighter feeling hoppy beer.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into becker pint glass; clear golden yellow with a huge fluffy rocky white head that leaves chunky lacing. Smell is light crisp bready malt, with lots of juicy citrus fruit hops, loads of floral scents as well. A delicious smelling pale ale. Taste is clean, crisp crackery malt with light citrusey hop flavors giving light bitterness to the nice clean, slightly dry finish. Mouthfeel is creamy-smooth, really fine carbonation. Awesome APA here, glad I got two more in the variety pack...

Photo of Soonami
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first New Glarus Beer and I am very grateful to get the chance to try it. Moon Man is a very solid, sessionable American Pale Ale, but perhaps it's bit too mild due to age. It just doesn't sing to me like many fresh American Pale Ales do, there are hints of hop aroma and bitterness, but it doesn't have the punch of the best APA's. The beer is a clear, pale amber with just a wisp of white foam that doesn't last. The beer is mildly hoppy in aroma with the faint smell of orange and biscuity malt. The beer tastes just slightly hoppy with a good dry malt character. There isn't the layers of hop flavors or the complexity that I have come to expect in APA's, but it was clean and the mouthfeel was very good.

Outside of Wisconsin this beer is not easily available, so I hope that I got a good example of this beer to try.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold to light orange color in the glass, just the right amount of 1" head. Good hoppy aroma, seemed to be the right meld of hop variety, hitting all points on the citrus/pine spectrum.

Light body, just right for a pale, not a caramel bomb, ample hopping gave the beer a very refreshing edge to it. Only minorly bitter, much more hop mouthfeel than bitterness. Slight lemongrass edge to it, carbonation spot on. Very easy and enjoyable to put down. Very clean. Probably the best hoppy session not made in CA. Not overly dry, just right for style.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in brewery on 4/28/12

A - Brilliant golden amber with 1 finger white head with moderate retention and great foamy lacing.

S - Grass hop notes dominate but no to a great degree, balance well with grapefruit and cracker bready notes, subtle overall.

T - A nice crisp clean flavor with pine/grass bitterness immediately balanced with some herbal floral hops, and nice malt background and a moderately bitter finish for the style.

M - Full body, moderate-high carbonation, crisp and smooth.

O - Very nice drinkable APA, nothing especially characteristic besides its nice balance.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a light copper crystal clear body with a thick beige foam that last for a good bit and a gentle carbonation.

S- The juicy dry orange hops aroma finishes wit a light cereal note underneath and a faint cheese brett hint in the finish.

T- The dry spicy citrus hops have a full flavor with some slight woody green qualities to finish. There is a mellow green full flavor of hops without the bitterness and an herbal dry finish that grows as the beer warms. There is a slight mineral water flavor that comes through as the beer warms but it compliments the hops.

M- The medium mouthfeel finishes with a big fizz that scrubs away the hop flavor in the finish.

O- This is a full hop flavored beer with nice complexity and very little bitterness, making it very drinkable. The fizz just got in the way of the hops at times.

Photo of richkrull
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at Crawfish Junction in Johnson Creek, WI.

Moon Man is a good flavorful beer. I drank it from the bottle so I'm not sure of the color. Went down very easily. A nice pale ale, not overpowering. I could definitely see myself having a few more of these.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  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.

Photo of joeseppy
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale gold with ample amount of merengue white froth.

Citrus fruits, floral, sweet grain and basic malt. Really nothing special.

Malt covering hops. Saccharine sweetness, pine and Lemon Pledge. Almost taste corn adjunct. Has a metallic ring to it.

Mouthfeel is medium with some hop tongue tingling. Hop rings thru the cranium.

No date on bottle and I would guess this is over 3 months old. I had some earlier this year and actually had a score of 4.2. Friend of mine just brought these down. I would love to try another for sure but for right now it's nothing I would buy.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a light golden color with a foamy white head with decent retention, leaving behind a small head made up of small bubbles. Sticky lacing clings to the sides.

S: Nice combination of citrus and pine. Lots of grapefruit with some orange zest mixed with resiny pine. On the floral/perfumy side.

T: A bit malty upfront with some bread and a bit of caramel, which then leads to a nice hop burst of citrus. Some juicy grapefruit and some grass.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a slightly dry finish.

O: A nice little APA, especially at 5%. New Glarus continues to pump out solid beers. Would be a great beer to have as a fridge staple.

Photo of wiseguywood
4.79/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Cloudy with a nice amber hue.

Smell: Sweet smelling and floral.

Taste: Very crisp and hoppy, without being overpowering. Simply delightful.

Mouthfeel: Not highly carbonated, feels good on my tongue.

Overall: An extremely excellent pale ale, that I'd recommend to anyone who is looking for an APA and has access to Wisconsin. One of the best ones I've ever tried.

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Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,185 ratings.