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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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471 Reviews

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Reviews: 471
Hads: 2,319
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 22.63%
Wants: 259
Gots: 478 | FT: 18
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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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a great great session beer, drinkable in every way. pours a relaxed pale color with a little more than an inch of white foamy head. the nose is balanced between american pale malt and bittering hops, nothing to distinct about the hops here. ale yeast is obvious, providing some toasted biscuit notes. the flavor too is quite yeasty for an american pale ale, and i like it in this case. bittering hops on the back end, fresh wholegrain toast on the front end. dry mouthfeel, average carbonation, and just a little thin in terms of body. there is nothing too unique about this beer, maybe the stronger yeast presence, but this is an all day every day kind of session beer, perfect in all seasons, at any time. a delightful beer to drink in high quantities.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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: Tropical fruit and white 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 white grapefruit, lemon, tropical fruit and an 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

Thanks, knapers03, for the chance to revisit

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.48/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear golden/light amber with a finger of fluffy white head. There is a very little bit of lacing with a nice fluffy layer of head that remains on top of the pour.

Smell: This beer has a strong smell considering the low abv. A nice malt sweetness with a citrus peel/pine hop presence. There is some citrus fruit in the smell too, perhaps tangerine.

Taste: The malt is just enough to make this a very well balanced beer. The hops are crisp and full of pine notes. The finish is bitter like citrus peel.

Mouthfeel: Just on the thin side of medium body with smooth carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a really solid pale ale. Well balanced and quite easy to drink. I'd be happy to have another.

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

Thanks to paco1029384757 for a new New Glarus beer for me to try.

Pours a huge 2+ finger head that bulges over the top of the glass, fluffy, with a bit of lacing as it slowly fades, over crystal clear pale golden colored beer.

Nose has some nice fresh hops, bit spicy, bit citrus, some fresh grapefruit and bit of tropical fruit, I wanna say Simcoe, Citrus, maybe Centennial hops, great hops, and pretty much no malt behind it.

Taste brings more nice hops, more fresh topical fruit, mango, papaya, pineapple, some light citrus, touch spicy hops. It's quite juicy and smooth, very light malt profile to give it a slight sweetness to help try and balance the myriad of hop flavors. There is a decent amount of bitterness, that ramps a bit as it goes and gets fairly bitter on the finish. Some light spicy hops help to finish it with more tropical fruit, and a bit drier.

mouth is med to maybe a bit lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall it's a great APA, almost IPA level but not quite since it's not super bitter. Great tropical fruits, nice aromas, just enough sweetness, perhaps a touch more body would help, but otherwise very nice.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired courtesy of the gracious crewfan16 in a trade. Thanks again, buddy! Served into a Bell's pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in low altitude Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've really enjoyed everything I've had from this brewery so far.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger disappointingly thin head of no real cream and bad retention (<30 seconds). Colour is a pale copper-gold. Transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral hops, soap, bubblegum. Hrm. Too long in primary? A mild strength aroma. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Pale clean malts and floral hops. Hints of soap. Tasty but simple. Fairly balanced. A bit lacking in complexity and subtlety. Clean wheat/grains on the finish lend it a pleasant crispness.

Mf: Clean, smooth, wet, a bit too coarse on the finish. A touch too thick. Carbonation is a touch high.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but a bit underwhelming considering the brewery. I wouldn't have this again; there are far better beers to be had from this brewery at the same price point. The soapy character brings it down.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.44/5  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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 7/11/10 notes.

a - Pours a golden color with moderate carbonation and a little bit of white head.

s - Smells of tropical and citrus hops, especially orange. Little bit of floral hops too.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, bready malts, and floral hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent APA. Mostly citrus hops here, would try again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a recent BIF package. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint.

A - Pours pale yellow with a nice fluffy half finger white head, dissipating to a light film, leaving light, spotty, lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of citric hops up front, bordering on fruit like. Some lemon zest and a bit of grapefruit come thru as it begins to warm. A touch of caramel sweetness helps keep things balanced. A very floral, clean, APA.

T - Flavors are much more balanced compared to the nose. Still plenty of citrus hops up front with more caramel malt and breadiness coming thru toward the middle. A touch too dry in the finish for my liking. I really liked this one but it was nothing earth shattering.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Crisp, dry finish with a lingering mix of hop bitterness and some breadiness.

D - Pretty high. Being only 5% I could have quite a few too many of these if it weren't for the dryness as I think it would get to me over time. Still a very nice APA.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly hazed golden yellow with a creamy head that has good retention. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of citrus and tropical fruits - grapefruit and lime - quite hoppy. Subtle biscuit-like malt in the back.

Initially it is hoppy enough to lean towards IPA territory, but the sweet biscuit malt backbone soon balances it wonderfully to keep it in hoppy, but balanced APA style. It has a dry, refreshing finish.

It is medium bodied. It could be creamier/chewier, but it becomes more so as it progresses. Fitting for the style.

A very drinkable, "session" pale ale. (By the way, I like the humor of "no coast pale ale" on the label.)

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

Bottle shared by Mike, thanks. Beer is light yellow to gold with a one finger head of tiny white bubbles. Its a little hazy but not too bad. The carbonation is moderate and the head sticks around long enough to leave some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is citrusy and hoppy without a hint of malt. Pretty hop forward for a standard pale ale.

Beer is medium in body with nice carbonation that thins the feel out slightly to a lighter body. The lead off is a mild sweetness, hop flavors and some bitterness at the back with a nice midpalate presence. Its probably one of the better beers I've had from them.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Rare Vos glass

Poured slightly aggressively yielding almost 2 fingers of slightly off white head. Color is a very clear yellow gold with floaties. Once the floaties float down the beer looks great with the great head retention and thick lacing.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops and then some. This bad boy smells more like an ipa than an apa. A wonderful touch of citrus blend so well with the floral hops. I get some grapefruit and mango flavors. Some bready malts, but not a lot. Very well done. A solid apa.

Taste: Here, the taste kicks it back to more of a pale ale with a slightly higher amount of hops than one would expect. Floral hops with some pale malts. Some bready flavors. But, the hop level is awesome. Huge floral kick with citrus flavors. Awesome beer.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but not as bitter as an ipa. A little crisp as well. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends very dry, almost like a macro lager would end.

Overall, this is a great pale ale. It has an awesome amount of hops but drinks easy like a pale ale should. NG really made a solid beer for what seems to be an underrepresented style these days. Very drinkable.

edit: now that I have had most of the bottle, I must say that it reminds me of a lighter version of Abrasive ale.

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Photo of stakem
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.