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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

Moon ManMoon Man

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1,399 Ratings

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Ratings: 1399
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Skidz on 03-12-2010)
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Photo of Gotti311


2.7/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I have been encouraged by people all over WI to try this brew. The first time I ever had it was on tap. I proceeded to have it in the bottle and then a third time on tap so I feel pretty comfortable with where I am at with this beer. I even submitted this beer to a blinded APA taste challenge since I am known to be anti-New Glarus. As soon as nose gets anywhere near the glass you instantly get a really impressive hop aroma. One of the better noses of any APA I have had recently. As soon as the beer hits your lips, so does the disappointment. You get a tiny bit of flavor waaay up front, but that is most likely the nose spilling over into the mouth. Instantly the taste fades and you are left with nothingness in the mouth. Nothingness.

In the blinded taste test, the beer finished third behind Three Floyd’s Zombie Dust and Half Acre Daisey Cutter while ahead of Hopalicious and Pearl Street Pale Ale. This is a 3.0 beer if I have ever had one.

A side note - I refuse to rate appearance so every beer gets the same score as overall. Smell, taste, and mouth are the only things that truly matter when rating a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2013 21:51:20 | More by Gotti311
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2012 01:21:21 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of jegross2


3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company.
Score: 84

16 oz tap pour in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow Miller Lite color with a thin layer of soapy head. Head settles into a thin layer. Slightly above average lacing. 3/5

Smell: Floral citrus hops. Some piney resin. A little earthy. Some tangerine sweetness. 4/5

Taste: Piney hops up front. A little orange citrus sweetness on the mid-palate. Earthy citrus bitter finish. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, a little over-carbonated. Way too watery. A tad oily, finishes slightly bitter. 2.5/5

Overall: A very average, extra-hoppy pale ale. Drinkable and refreshing, but nothing special.

Recommendation: A decent introductory pale ale for casual beer drinkers, but nothing worth seeking out for more experience adult beverage sippers.

Pairings: Hamburgers at a chain restaurant.

Cost: $9.99 for a six pack.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 08:21:55 | More by jegross2
Photo of HugePlume


4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A- pours a nice bright yellow, with a cap of thick 1 finger head. Good retention. Many bubbles rising for the duration of the drink.

S- Wow! Might be the most odiferous pale I have ever had. Fantastic citrus hop notes and fresh hop aroma! I cant keep my nose out of the glass. Unreal this is coming from a pale.

T- Fresh hop and citrus follows the nose, laid down over a super smooth malt background. An exercise in balance. Immensely drinkable. Nice bitter hop kick at the end.

M- Spot on, light body rolls off the tongue, carbonation plucks at your tongue along with the light bitterness. Refershing.

O- very refreshing and flavorful pale. Might be the best pale I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 03:47:54 | More by HugePlume
Photo of anell213


4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber/golden color with shards of lacing on the glass.

S: Grapefruit, ginger, lemon, hoppy-goodness.

T: Bitter, but not too much. Hoppy, but not too much - really a nice balance.

M: Dry

O: This is basically my go-to beer, and what I used to try to recruit people into the world of hops. Super drinkable. Was very glad when New Glarus made this a regular stamp in their lineup.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 19:36:02 | More by anell213
Photo of adman08


3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Nice golden color with excellent head.
S-Decent aroma of citrus and fresh cut grass.
T-Flavors of grapefruit with some herbal hop flavor as well.
M-Good balance of malt and hops. Very good carbonation.
Overall I've had this beer several times and I really enjoy it. A nice, light pale ale with good citrus hop flavor that doesn't overpower. A very good session pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2011 20:35:36 | More by adman08
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3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden color, with a good size head, good laceing. The smell weas of that of a grapefruit, and there was a nice hoppy order. The taste was a bit weaker, had the grapefurit and bitterness like most APA's, but had a very wet flavor, and pretty weak. Could have used a much stronger taste, it was a bit watered down. Overall not a bad beer, but weak flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 01:52:40 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of herman77


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery.

A: Pale gold color. Nice white head. Decent lacing.

S: Mainly light citrus hops with a bit of pine and a touch of bready malts.

T: Light citrus and herbal/pine hops balanced by a bready malt presences. Very clean and crisp tasting. A light hoppiness in the finish.

M: Lighter body, a bit thin feeling. Moderate carbonation.

D: Great drinkability. Lightly hopped, great balance of malt, nice and crisp.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2011 22:23:35 | More by herman77
Photo of TMoney2591


3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at the Brickhouse.

Another entry in the pre-interview extravaganza. It pours a clear pale golden straw topped by finger of white foam. The nose comprises pine, tangerine, melon, and a light caramel. The taste runs along a similar path, with some mandarin oranges and hop spices thrown into the mix as well. The body is light (drifting toward the heavy side thereof), with a moderate carbonation and a dry, prickly finish. Overall, a solid pale, but one that threatens to verge on the overly-ordinary, thankfully without actually following through. Still highly drinkable, though.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 21:33:04 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of dhannes


3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Don't buy the hype that this is an APA...it may have been made like an APA, but it sure did not taste like one. This beer reminded me of a weiss--very fruity with strong hints of lemon and grapefruit. I'm not in to fruity beers, but as fruity beers go, this was tolerable...that said, it was not at all what I expected and more like a wine cooler than a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 22:00:58 | More by dhannes
Photo of Kegatron


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the New Glarus Brewing Company (New Glarus, WI) on 8/13/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours clear gold, with a finger of bright-white head. This stays very rich and foamy looking, leaving a good amount of frothy lace behind which hangs in some heavy swathes. The aroma is hugely floral and bright smelling, with leafy spice and citric notes putting off flavors that just blow up in the nose. Some gentle pale malt rolls around in the background but mostly gives way to the hops. Mmmm. I sit here and sniff this all afternoon.

The taste has a nice bitter pop to it of citrus rind and lemon zest, balanced well by the sweet graininess of the malt. The finish is has a satisfying feeling finish of lingering dry spice and bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp creaminess to it but this overall stays very smooth and effortless feeling as it glides along the palate.

Bright feeling and refreshing, this is a VERY tasty and drinkable APA that is perfect for spring and summer. New Glarus hits another seasonal out of the park with this one!

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2010 19:32:44 | More by Kegatron
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery

A - Brassy golden IPA with smallish white head, moderate lace

S - Orange zest, lemongrass and pine

T - The taste is very nice; the hop is exceptionally vibrant. Lemongrass, orange pith and light piney notes are dominant over a dry, grainy malt backing.

M - The body is fairly light, the flavor is pretty full, and the carbonation is omnipresent. HFS! I forgot to say my requisite "APA. Good."

D - Another winner for New Glarus.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2010 17:48:15 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of Cubsfan1087


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

I had this beer on-tap at the New Glarus Brewery. I liked this beer, although it might not be my favorite pale ale that I've had. It is a nice, slightly darker shade of gold. Nice head on this beer. Strong aroma, some of my party was turned off by the smell, but I enjoyed it. The taste is comparable to other pale ales I've had, a very slight bitterness. Moon Man seemed to get better as I kept drinking it though, so if you don't like it at first give it a chance. New Glarus is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2010 18:57:59 | More by Cubsfan1087
Photo of Rifugium


3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a New Glarus pokal. Clear, pale golden color, with a small white head that retained well and left sheets of lacing on the glass. Nice looking brew. Clean, fresh aroma, pale malts and citrusy hops, light floral/grassy notes. The taste was a bit more thinned out than the aroma would have led me to believe, but it was still good overall: crisp and clean, light citrusy and floral hops, and some sugary pale malt sweetness. Light-medium body, easy drinkability, nicely balanced, with a very mild bitterness. A good, simple pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 16:43:07 | More by Rifugium
Photo of jdhowe


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

A: Pours a lightly-to-moderately hazy vibrant golden color with a hint of orange and 1 finger of bubbly off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring.

S: Fresh and clean hop character with a hint of citrus, peaches, and stone fruit. Very light but perceptible pine character providing a slight spice. Malt sweetness and just a hint of alcohol.

T/M: Mouthfeel is thin to medium with moderate slightly astringent carbonation. Carbonation doesn't foam the beer up so much as dry the mouth and provide a slightly acidic burn to complement the citrus of the beer. Flavor is clean and unassuming up front into a citrus hop note accompanied by a mild malt sweetness. Finish is juicy citrus alongside the malt sweetness into a coating dryness and very mild bitterness.

O: Very, very drinkable. The mouthfeel on the finish really keeps you sipping on this one. This is much closer to a pilsener than many of the pale ales that I have typically enjoyed the most, but the malt profile is also much less wheaty and prominent than the pale ales I have enjoyed the least. This finds a unique space and nice balance for itself, and is really a nice beer. I'd probably not seek this out specifically in trade, but would absolutely purchase it as an everyday sort of beer if it were readily available.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 22:41:57 | More by jdhowe
Photo of schris


3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was going to rate this with a pour into a glass, but I wanted my review to reflect my honest experience, and if I'm honest, I have never ever had this beer any way but from the bottle. If you're looking for a sessionable you can pop open after work to transition into dinner, this is your guy.

The aroma that I get from this beer is very interesting - others note fruit, and I get a little of that, but honestly the thing that sticks out to me is a kind of aroma of cheddar. (Not saying that just to make fun of Wisconsin.) This, by the way, is not a criticism. It makes me want to run up and grab a block of cheese to serve with it. Hop scent is muted, I can't pick out the varieties, but with a little swirl of the bottle, there's some pine and a little floweriness coming through. It has a good robust feel in the mouth, with some maltiness for balance at the end. I do not get a particularly clean finish from this beer, but I think that's OK, as it really is begging to be consumed in quantities greater than one. All around a good, solid brew from New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 02:34:31 | More by schris
Photo of Jnashed


4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guiness glass.

A: clear yellow/orange. Two finger head with moderate retention. Looks crisp

S: Really good. Fruity. Citrus, mango, maybe even papaya. All fruit little pine resin if any.

T: nice balance of malt and hops. Not overpowering at all. Fruit flavors come thru. I still get tropical flavors out of it as it mimics the smell. complex actually. Excellent flavors for a sessionish beer.

M: full mouthfeel yet still crisp. Like it a lot. stays around for a good bit.

O: excellent complex beer. If I lived in Winsconson this would be my go to beer year round. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 02:44:17 | More by Jnashed
Photo of Stevedore


4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, 337th day of 2013, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 2/15/2014. Finally getting around to reviewing this one...

App- Light straw-orange body, nice 1 finger white head, solid retention, nice lacing

Smell- Citrus, pineapple, passion fruit, caramel, bread. Nice hops presence yet balanced

Flavour- More earthy with a dab of passion fruit and pineapple. A good bit of caramel and bread. Balanced and delicious.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, carbonation is just about right for an APA. Not too bitter, easy to session should one want to.

Overall- Nice sessionable APA, flavourful and tasty enough. This is probably the best Wisconsin-produced APA I've come across so far in 5 years living in Wisconsin. It stands up fairly well to the more popular APAs especially when it comes to pricing.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 05:52:33 | More by Stevedore
Photo of schwemjw


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow, flirting on gold, with tons of carbonation bubbles and a huge, soapy mouse like head.

S: Bright citrus hops in front. slightly floral with some definite grapefruit undertones. the more you get into the more the malt shines through. sweet crystal and caramel malts. strong flakey bread notes. a touch astringent on the end.

T: Immediately at the front of the tongue grapefruit teases you. You're pulled in by the citrus that borderlines sweet nectar and bitter rind. the middle of the mouth is where the bread and malt comes into play. Slightly sweet caramel and lingering taste of dried bread. The finish is more orange and citrus hops playing tug o war with your tongue between sweet and bitter.

M: this mouthfeel is awesome! it comes alive on your tongue, carbonation bouncing back and forth. The finish is medium with a hanging presence of tangy bitter grapefruit.

O: A great session pale ale for sure. an interesting balance of flavors that is more complex than i expected. /87

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 07:13:10 | More by schwemjw
Photo of TheBrewo


4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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
Photo of NODAK


4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma here is very juicy, fruity, and heavy on the grapefruit. Really, it's about as pungeant as you'd expect an IPA to be, so I am expecting this to be quite a flavorful APA.

Taste doesn't disappoint, although is more restrained in a way I suppose. The grapefruit notes are certainly present without question. There's a bready grain backing it up as well. What's remarkable to me is how there's basically no finish. It's just....clean. Nothing lingers. It's just cut off. Whether or not a person wants a crisp finish will determine if that's favorable or not. I found it incredibly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 01:25:53 | More by NODAK
Photo of wiseguywood


4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 01:03:59 | More by wiseguywood
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN

New York

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

Appearance: Cloudy amber with 1/2 finger of white head with lively carbonation.

Smell: Sweet malt and crisp, pungent hops...almost smells like more of an IPA than a standard Pale.

Taste: A crisp, cleanly hopped Pale ale with no frills that rolls nicely off the palate, leaving a slight hop bitterness accompanying a semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Below average carbonation, but the hop resins coat the tongue nicely.

Overall: A solid Pale I'd love to have around for the summer months and anytime, really.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 05:47:34 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
Photo of stakem


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a pale golden yellow color with a sudsy white cap a finger strong that fades leaving soapy spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is bright and juicy with citrus zest, grass and herbs. A bit mineral filled with almost a rind/pith of oranges and hops blending into alcohol.

The flavor is fruity and rindy with a big grapefruit aspect. Hoppy enough to be flavorful but not really bitter. Somewhat herbal and grassy with faint biscuit grain backing.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Very clean, crisp and easy drinking. If it wasnt for the mineral notes across the nose, I would rate this higher. But as far as everyday easy drinking pales go, I would probably have this as a standby if it was available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 16:45:07 | More by stakem
Photo of Kevin-Wieken


3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moon Man, No Coast Pale Ale
New Glarus Brewing Company, Wisconsin
---from bottle to pint glass---

Light and golden (reminds me of my Keystone light days…don’t judge me). Beautiful floating sediment. Head starts off incredibly thick, but shrinks to a quarter inch ivory head, beautiful lacing.

Im getting loads of grapefruit and a touch of pear. My Brazilian wife says it smells like Jambos… I don’t know what that is, but she seems certain.

Wife says it tastes like Jambos (look em up). Lots of citrus hops. Malted grain beg for your attention, but you might not notice it at first sip.

Light with good carbonation. Grain flavor lingers in mouth. Perfect amount of bitter.

I may have just found my favorite American Pale Ale. I couldn’t stop smelling this beer at first. Very drinkable, I could see myself drinking 6 of these without notice; witch could be attributed to the light ABV. Cannot get this in Minnesota – bummer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 02:58:22 | More by Kevin-Wieken
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Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,399 ratings.