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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

459 Reviews
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Reviews: 459
Hads: 2,249
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 255
Gots: 451 | 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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Reviews: 459 | Hads: 2,249
Photo of Chief_Mug
5/5  rDev +21.7%
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. (239 characters)

Photo of bukbonzai
5/5  rDev +21.7%

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. (173 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a great clear gold. This is exactly what I imagine a APA looking like whenever I have one.

This is probably my favorite smelling beer, if not my favorite smell... Oranges, mango, pine and a good floral charachter.

Tastes as good as it smells. It starts with a small citrus precense, orange, lemon, mango and lime. Then the bitter pine bite comes through. A real nice malt backbone on it to, finishes with a bready malt, no real after taste just clean and delicious.

The mouthfeel is crisp and delicious. Carbonated and sharp. Perfect.

Well I know I am from WI so that gives me bias... But with that being said IPA/APA is my favorite style and I have had some of the big hitters, Alpha King, SNPA, Dales, Lagunitas Pale and many more. While those are all good and great beers to me none of them are as good as Moon Man.

This IMO is a perfect pale. I doubt I will ever have a better pale but I hope I can because it must taste insane. (944 characters)

Photo of Beerlover
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this for the first time about six to eight months ago, ive been keeping beer notes since before then. I gave this a 10 outta 10 in my personal notes from when i first tried it and was looking forward to trying again.

the appearance and smell of this beer is great and couldn't smell better, hints of citrusy hops and a well balnaced pale reinforce this beer.

there is medium carbonation and great well balanced mouthfeel in this beer.

the taste is... well... indescribable. perfect balance when it comes to the hops, malts and wheat-barley. my go to pale ale is summits e.p.a. most pale ales are either not hoppy enough or too hoppy and should be classified as an i.p.a. this is PERFECT in every aspect not only as a pale ale but as a easy to drink - everyday - sessionable brew. AWESOME. if there is a better pale ale out there... SHOW ME! I LOVE THIS BEER, wish i didn't have to visit my inlaws to get it, also wish that i could get this in a 12 pack instead of just a six! sooo gooody goooosh good!!! (whatever that means?) buy it! try it! love it! (1,060 characters)

Photo of scones
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer about a million times in bottles and on tap, just now getting around to reviewing it. Appearance is golden with a decent white head. Smells of citrus, hops. Taste is a little hoppier than a lot of pale ales - and a lot tastier than a lot of pale ales. Citrus and pine, grassy freshness, malty too... just delicious. Mouthfeel is medium to light, refreshing. One of my favorite go-to beers, the moon man never lets me down. (441 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Single 12oz bottle poured in to a pint glass. Imported to upstate NY by my father (thanks dad!!!). No date or code to note, but this sample tastes extremely fresh.

A: Deep solid yellow brew, clear as a bell, with a stable 1/2" of white foam.

S: Huge wonderful aroma, wow, a ton going on here. Backbone of dry light malt sweetness with a hint of caramel, tasty. Label says there are 5 different hops in here and that complexity is very tasty. Notable is (what I'm guessing is) a big fruity dose of Summit. Then there's spicy, herby, citrusy stuff going on, a big rich bouquet of hoppy goodness.

T: All the wonderful things from the smell translate perfectly to the taste. Awesome. I'm really floored by how great this is.

M: Just enough body to not be watery. Thin and smooth, good robust carbo is kept in check by the extra body.

D: This brew is phenomenal, no doubt the best pale ale I've ever had. This is exactly what I want in a pale ale. Very little room for improvement. Wow! (989 characters)

Photo of tapman
4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a 14oz. 'Bass' nonic. Perfect.

Very light. I'm talking lighter than a Bell's oberon with super clarity, though there is a fine layer of sediment at the bottom of the bottle; a high flocculating strain that cleans up real nice! Head is moderate at first, 1 finger, and then subsides to a consistent thick lacing of white foam, like milk when boiled. Exceptional!

I'm sorry, so sorry, but this brew smells like some dank-ass marijuana. Not that I condone the use, but that is what it smells like; imagine standing in the midst of some pungent pine trees that happened to have sprung up in the middle of a fresh-cut field of grass. Oh, did I mention that the pine trees produce oranges? Yeah, that's the smell. To get more clinical, I'm experiencing some cascade and amarillo, west coast hops, with a light malt body, mostly pale with perhaps some munich or a mixture of vienna and the like. This brew smells like a Green Flash with half the alcohol/maltose. Exceptional!

Here is where the "No Coast" comes into play; this beer is flavored with the hops of a Green Flash or Gumball Head, but without the gravity of GF or the sweetness of GH. Light and refreshing, that Gumball head-type earthiness from dry-hopping (with amarillo?) hits your cheeks after a swig and then melts into a nice biscuit-floral flavor. Must be something like Vienna or light Munich or some combination because I don't taste any substantial amount of crystal or caramel in this brew. Maybe a little for subtlety, but nothing even close to 10%, possibly less than 5% or 6%. Perfect for a deep analysis or for a casual session. Exceptional!

Mputh is very light, though less carbonated than the macro brew or something like a farmhouse ale. Lightness adds to sessionability, but some more maltose, a very small amount, might balance this beer even futher, which would truly be the perfect brew. Nearly Exceptional!

What can I say... New Glarus has been my 'go too' brewery for the last several years. Living in Chicago, I only get out there twice a year, and seeing as they will not distribute to Chicago or anywhere besides Wisconsin, I may hype it up in y head throughout the seasons. However this particular brew has all the qualities of a Green Flash and gumballhead without being too heavv or too sweet. Another quality is that it is also similar to the Lagunitas IPA, one of the best beers ever created IMO, without the super-fruitiness that makes the LIPA tiresome after 6 months of loyal sessioning. I know '5's are extra special, but so is this brew. Jason, Todd, get on this one. This is truly one beer that belongs to no coasts yet all coasts can appreciate. (2,669 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't imagine a better APA than this. Super drinkable and sessionable. Huge grassy, piney, and citrusy nose right out of the bottle. The taste is sublime. All the notes of your favorite DIPA dialed down into a sessionable format. The mouthfeel is very round and easy to drink again and again. It's got just enough malt sweetness to appeal to folks that avoid hoppy brews too. I could stock this for the entire summer and be happy. (432 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice dark yellow. Wonderfully balanced floral and citrus hop smell. Unbelievable smooth, melon, grapefruit, malty backbone just a ever so faint hop bitterness. One of my favorite session APA's. A+ (196 characters)

Photo of McCranky
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this one kinda goes down like "alpha king light"...and i mean that in the best possible way. it's refreshing, it's tasty and assertive, and it just goes to show you that Dan Carrey knows what he's doing. I hope this example of quality is what we can continue to expect from New Glarus. No more Honey Bock please...! (315 characters)

Photo of KellyL
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me set the stage for this review with a short story. I'm sitting on the couch like a huge beer geek looking at the beer with the sunlight behind it. After judging the appearance, I took one sip and without setting the glass down, I exclaimed to my wife "this is phenomenal". That's the word. I'm sure you'll agree.

It poured a light copper, apple juicy color. Nice medium-high carbonation. Great lacing, 1.5 finger head dissipated quickly but the top stayed nice and white.

This beer is easy on the nose. Citrusy, pine notes without being harsh. It also has hints of tropical fruits. Citrus, pine, perfectly ripe tropical fruits on the finish with a moderate malt backbone up front.

It was a little thin, and didn't keep much head, but it's a perfect summer APA. If I was able to, I'd buy this all the time. I'm a big fan of New Glarus and am surprised that I havent had this yet. I try to stay away from new IPA's and APA's because there are so many that it's easy to be disappointed. This will not disappoint. (1,020 characters)

Photo of wiseguywood
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of deadbody
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a New Glarus Pint Glass. Huge white pillowy head, thinned down, leaving good lacing on the glass. Super citrussy smell, good sharp taste, good hops bite with a bit of malt backbone at the end. Good carbonation, good mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

I'm not usually a pale ale guy, and I got one bottle of this as part of a christmas present, I could see myself buying more. Good stuff. (406 characters)

Photo of okra
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how this beer can be improved. Slight haze in the pour, but I really don't care! This has amazing hop aroma and taste, without the insane hoppy bitterness that makes you think you need to scrape your tongue with a putty knife!

Another 98 for the folks at New Glarus! Glad I made the trip to cross the border! (318 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

I have to say for a pale ale, this was outstanding. Great hop flavor without quite being in IPA territory. Good toasty malt balance with a west coast hop mentality. For advertising no coasts, I feel like Moon Man took the best of both coasts and put it all together into a great beer. (287 characters)

Photo of Brams17
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

One of my favorite APAs:

A: Poured into a snifter. Nice creamy white head, left good lacing down the glass. Poured a nice golden orange color with some slight haze.

S: Hop forward beer with floral and citrus notes. Slight pungent earthiness too. Some bready malt aroma in there too.

T: Citrus is what I get the most. Oranges and tangerine, with some slight grapefruit too. Some nice malt flavors in the finish.

M: Body is fairly thin and dry. VERY easy drinking, I could drink these all day! Nice carb level to help the hops pop.

O: Like I said above, one of my favorite APAs. Its hop forward for sure, but there's just enough bready malt to keep it balanced and drinkable. Great beer! (709 characters)

Photo of The-MAD-Polski
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Moon Man by New Glarus is a great, flavorable, easy drinking pale ale with just the right amount of hops, but not too hoppy! If you are the type of person who likes a little more flavor and feel to your beer, but maybe don't care much for strong IPA's, give this NCPA (No Coast Pale Ale) a try, I think you will be pleasantly suprised! Another great beer from the best midwestern brewery in America, New Glarus. Just remember you can only buy New Glarus beers in Wisconsin, so stock up when your there (as I do) or have a friend grab some for you whebn passing through! (572 characters)

Photo of peterlada
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great, great beer. Wish it was distributed outside of WI. 5 hops, flowery nose, grapefruit-forward taste, little acidity, pale with a nice golden hue. Larger size bubbles form a great white top. Tasteful and reserved labeling. No ABV indicated on bottle. (254 characters)

Photo of Atricapilla
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all, if you're expecting a hop bomb, this is not it....

Poured into a drinking glass. Was a very hazy straw yellow, with fairly active carbonation and a fluffy white two finger head. I was actually a bit surprised at how light was the color of the beer. The aroma was extremely floral, not piny like most pale ales....almost like a bouquet of wildflowers, many differnt light flowery aromas mixed together...nice....initial taste was corn and grain followed by grass and a light hoppiness, not bitter or resiny, but very delicate. I was very surprised by the uniqueness of this beer, but it was done exceptionally well. (629 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this as part of a build your own 6 pack of New Glarus beers at a price of 6 for $10. 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

This beer poured a clear, medium yellow color with a 2-finger white head that lasted several minutes. Tons of nice lacing all over the glass.

Smells like you're in a grapefruit grove.

This stuff is delicious! Superb balance between malts and hiops. Big citrusy grapefruit flavor with just a touch of pine bitterness. I'm also picking up a bit of pineapple. Sweet biscuity malt is the perfect compliment to the blend of 5 hops.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a light to medium body with high spritzy carbonation that makes this crisp and refreshing.

What a great session beer. Not a trace of alcohol in it. Next time I'm in Wisconsin I'll forget about the mix six and bring home a whole case of this stuff. It's that good. (861 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Okay.... So I want one more beer :-) Looking through the brews my Pops picked up at NG, this one intrigued me as a label-proclaimed hoppy pale ale.... and it said to drink it "today", who am I to argue?

Pours with a foamy white head that sticks around for a bit, and leaves great sheets of lacing... the brew is a polished gold... pretty... but ... ehhhh.

The label delivers on the nose... great fruit-bowl hoppiness... citrus and tropical... I was playing with both Meyer lemons and cantaloupe today... both make a mark in my interpretation of the aroma... descent enough malts play well.... pale malts are clean and show no sugar or caramel... I haven't tasted this one yet, but I am pretty damned impressed.

Hops show more citric.... lemon zest and some tangerine... bit of biscuity maltiness.. great hoppiness without any pithy bitterness.. finishes with a whole different sort of hops... sorta floral and perfumy... lingering and wonderful.. honey essence without the sweetness.. amazingly refreshing...

Body is where it should be... carbonation is on the lighter side ... seems bottled conditioned, but I don't think it is..

If New Glarus isn't the King of session beers, they should be... I buy Mirror Pond and Sierra Nevada all the time if I just want a standard low ABV pale ale.. but if I had this one available, Deschutes and SN would not be getting much disposable beer money.... Fantastic.. complex and begging for another sip..

No joke... I love this one.. my taster is not broken.. I want this one around all the time... I know it is "fresh"; but all session beers should be too, and this is abundantly better than any that has crossed my palate in a damn long time.

Much appreciation goes to my Dad on this one... I never would have searched it out... Now.. damn.. I may have to.... the Boise peeps are not going to believe me when I espouse my "Moon Man" love.

4/4.5/5/4/5 (1,900 characters)

Photo of beachscrat
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

okay here we go! moon man! 12 oz per 12 sample pack bottles.

appearance: golden crystal clear, good 1/2 inch foam with sticky-icky lace. sooo proper, sooo pressed up!

smell: citrus and biscuit malt. beautiful.

taste: solid orange and pale light toasted malt. sooo smooth, sooo tight! squeaky clean finish.

mouthfeel: clean, smooth, with a solid backbone. zero aftertaste.

drinkability: ultra clean, deceptively smooth.

overall: I am sitting here trying to figure out how to score this one lower than it is. this is a heavy hitter. tough to score less than exceptional. is this an American Pale Ale? perhaps not.
british american perhaps? not certain. kicks ass whatever the hell it is. (693 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
No date or info.

A - A great white head springs up from a tall pour; the well-retained, clumpy foam eventually leaving a thick ring of lace draped down the glass above the abundantly clear and golden yellow brew.

S - Moon Man's aroma is an incredibly delicious-smelling eye-opener, bursting with tons of floral aromatics followed by a citrus burst containing candied lemon and grapefruit hints. Light mineral water quality punctuates the beer's finish, just behind grainy pale malts with a touch of sweetness; a simple base.

T - Crisp pale malt paves the way for delicate hoppiness to gently take over the taste buds with a floral and citrus combination akin to the aroma. Lemon oil and grapefruit rind don't make much of a fuss, keeping this beer flavorful but incredibly drinkable.

M - On the lighter-bodied side of beer, Moon Man has a carbonation tickle without being overdone which allows the smooth beer to glide down easily, finishing off with a touch of hoppy dryness and just a hint of lingering bitterness for balance.

O - In a time when it seems everyone is coming out with a new session IPA, New Glarus' Moon Man, which seems like one of the originals looking back, (albeit a tad less hoppy) stands tall. Amazingly crushable, this crisp and delightfully - and delicately - hoppy beer continues to quench thirst and desire for full-flavored beer pint after pint. (1,434 characters)

Photo of timmy2b
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass (from a trade). Pours a nice golden color with a half finger of white foam. Citrus scent with a small amount of malt. Citrus fruits up front with a small amount of maltiyess in the background with a light amount of light pine notes. Very smooth and light with malt that balances well with the hops. Very easy to drink and with a lower ABV this is an easy beer to have a few of. Very good offering from a Brewery I wish I could get more often. (474 characters)

Photo of PeterOrlando92
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Light golden color with an inch head. It smells of hops and grapefruit. The hoppy taste from the five varieties they include is what does it for me. Not bitter at all, fresh bright and drinkable. Honestly one of my favorite New Glarus beers. An awesome example of an APA. (297 characters)

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Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.