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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,638 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,638
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 208
Gots: 170 | FT: 10
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)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great pale, from Riley's in Madison. Generous retained head of three-eighths of an inch on golden yellow, and leaving spider lacing. Mild hop aroma. Incredible drinkability, I finished in three gulps. Pleasant citrus taste. Very sessionable. Very silky smooth. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 03:47:32 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-23-2012 00:19:06 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-18-2012 19:47:08 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my parents for bringing his back from a recent trip to Wisconsin.

Pours a pale golden with slight haze. Good head retention and some really nice lacing. Nose brings a bit of citrus hops with a light bit of grain in the background. Taste is citrus with a bit of bitterness. Some slight grain in the back, but no real malt character. Feel is a bit light and undercarbonated. Tasty, but I preferred Hop Hearty and there are certainly better APAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 21:01:08 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden color with a slight amber tinge; the frothy head provides a lunar landscape of rocky bubbles and leaves shards of lacing on the pint glass

Smell: Ruby red grapefruit with a slight lemony/grassy edge

Taste: The malt bill is clean and well-attenuated, providing a relatively blank canvas for the hops; from the outset, a citrusy bitterness adds grapefruit, lemon and a herbal character that arrives, after the swallow, and adds an interesting dimension

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: One of the most refreshing pale ales I have encountered; love the attenuated malt character and the citrusy hops; not over the top, not a challenge - just great to drink

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 01:03:32 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-18-2011 03:25:55 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

again i have to say i really do make outstanding beer choices. i grabbed this one in a trade an cracked it open to mess around on the grill. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/28/2010.

nice golden yellow pour with a huge amount of carbonation that was streaming up from the bottom of the glass and reached the top to form a huge head of white that towered over the rest of the glass.

aroma is light herbal hops, lots of wheat and grain, hints of grassy notes and herbals that blend with a light spiced rye note and a really well done light floral finish. perfectly drinkable this was simply an amazing pale to drink on a 90 degree day. long finish of light hops and grains that rolls through slightly dry but clean and crisp.

overall an amazing choice that i was so happy that i made. i was just immensly impressed with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 01:44:06 | More by mikesgroove
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -15%

01-15-2012 02:26:00 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moon Man is a decidedly hoppy Pale Ale and without the attempted balance with crystal malts. Nearly as assertive as an IPA but at Pale Ale strength. A beer after my own heart.

Moon Man starts with a bright copper, deep golden color, foamy white head formation with good retention and lacing. Very clear- makes me wonder how good this beer could be without the filtration.

All citrus up front in the nose. Grapefruit, orange zest, and lighter notes of lemon grass and pine give a crisp and clean depth to the aroma. Light earthy and caramel sweetness lurks behind. Sweet fruity esters give a perfumy alure to the scent.

Flavors are a bit more balanced, giving a light caramel and graham cracker sweetness/breadiness to the malts. But the malt influence is short-lived as the juicy burst of citrus joins the frey. Bitterness dominates the flavors from mid-palate on, while giving light ester-alcohol flavor and light catty notes late. All these give a lot of depth and character to a fairly clean, crisp, and mild-mannered beer.

Mildly creamy and froathy early but quickly fleeting towards a crisp, dry, and hoppy finish. Alcohols and hops insure that the beer leaves nothing left on the palate.

This little beer does a lot. Sessionable, drinkable, and has enough quality, complexity, and zest to keep even the die-hards comming back again and again.

Thanks Cheezdawg!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 03:18:16 | More by BEERchitect
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15%

01-16-2012 05:16:37 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-14-2012 22:07:29 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-12-2012 04:01:05 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-31-2013 04:30:06 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-08-2013 00:49:00 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

06-28-2014 00:07:46 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a clear looking golden color with a thin white head on top. The head settles a bit leaving a white ring around the edge of the glass. The smell of this beer was much more impressive than I expected. The nose is loaded with dry hoppy citrus aromas. It smell wonderful honestly. The taste of the beer has a solid bitterness to it that is well balanced with the sweetness of the malt. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a lighter body and a solid carbonation level. Overall this is one of the best New Glarus beers I've had out of their year round releases. I would drink a ton of these if I could get my hand on them.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 03:36:48 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
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
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-01-2013 18:38:01 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second bottle from the six, time for a review.

Into a Duvel tulip, there's a generous amount of foam that gently deflates over time, leaving a spotty lace on the side that is sipped from. On the other side there's a sticky crown of attractive lacework. Good clarity, yellow orange, with the slightest haze of micro particles.

Grassy, floral aroma, wildflowers and weeds. A vague notion of citrus, but melded with the other aromas. The pale malt actually peeks through, giving a hint on the balance to come.

Flavors of sweet pale malt, orange rind, floral hops. Very well integrated. Only mildly bitter, a good gateway into hoppier beers. Those expecting an IPA may be disappointed, but it's a solid pale ale. Somewhat grassy in the aftertaste, with balanced traces of pale malt lingering too.

Feels a bit thin, though the flavors carry it a long way. Easy to session without thinking about it much. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 19:05:16 | More by emerge077
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

11-14-2011 23:41:01 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden-copper appearance, solid lasting head. Great citrusy hop nose, dominantly grapefruit. Malt is upfront with the hops, lending a note of crusty, rustic bread. Great palate, a really nice balance between citrusy/grapefruit hop flavors and bready malt. Has a slight floral/herbal quality toward the finish, something that reminds me of rosemary. Mouthfeel is medium-light, fairly dry. Has a more substantial texture than many pale ales, but it's still supremely refreshing. A great beer, one of my new favorite pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 04:53:57 | More by largadeer
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from ughsmash so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of fruity citrus along with floral hops and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste likewise starts out with sweet flavors of citrus fruits followed by a strong hops presence. The malt character isn’t heavy but it’s more substantial than the look would lead you to anticipate and it creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent beer to drink for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 03:12:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-22-2013 22:15:42 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Glarus Moon Man No Coast Pale Ale

Clear, golden cast, snowy-white head, quits quickly.

Hugely hoppy aroma, citrus and spice, tangerine and lemon rind.Cardamom and ginger.

Hop-forward in flavor, too, with a lean body. Carbonated blast continues through each sip. Citrus hoppy twist slaps and tickles the tongue, slides up and down the palate.

Nice and hoppy, pleasantly drinkable, but lacking in body. I could use a word or two from malt, now and then. Bring on more malty flavor, to keep pace with the hops.

I could do with this in a pinch, but wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 04:05:47 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased by largadeer at Discount Liquor and left behind when he couldn't fit it in his luggage. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - Pours with a creamy three-fingered head that has good retention and a few stray splotches of lace. Transparent golden body with lots of visible bubbles.

S - Nice piney and herbal hop aromas complement a toasted grain backbone. There's a hint of grapefruit zest as well.

T - Taste has a bit more toffee and sugar sweetness to the malt bill. Some citrus flavors as well as some grass and light herbs. Nowhere near as piney as the aroma, and not much residual bitterness either.

M - Crisp, refreshing, with pleasant carbonation zest, and a medium-light body. Finishes dry with some tooth-coating hop oils.

D - It's a Midwest session pale ale. The low sweetness and excellent feel, combined with the low alcohol, make this a great beer for drinking all day in the sun.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 00:48:28 | More by MasterSki
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Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
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