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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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1,797 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,797
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 218
Gots: 229 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

Sammy, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

t0rin0, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

djrn2, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

Thorpe429, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.1%

zestar, May 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -3.1%

metter98, Sunday at 04:22 AM
Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

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

brentk56, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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!

BEERchitect, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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.

mikesgroove, Sep 01, 2010
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Texasfan549, Jun 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

kjkinsey, Jun 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

GRG1313, Jun 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

spycow, Mar 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

jaydoc, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev 0%

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.

Knapp85, Apr 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

TMoney2591, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

emerge077, May 16, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

largadeer, Jul 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

zeff80, Jul 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

SocalKicks, Apr 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Jason, Jan 22, 2013
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Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,797 ratings.