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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,957 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,957
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 220
Gots: 282 | FT: 13
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 KellyL
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

KellyL, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

MyMindSpray, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Josievan, Jun 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

Renae, Jun 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

trail77, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Humulus85
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear light gold. Produced a nice two-finger white head. Solid retention and some decent lacing.

Super crisp nose. Tons of grapefruit, some pine, and hint of sweet malt. Very clean, very nice.

Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, pine. Very nice hop profile. A hint of malt, but not as much as most APAs.

Light in body, if not a bit thin. Moderate carbonation. Slightly bitter in the finish. Super clean, exceedingly drinkable.

Overall this is a very nice beer. It is a bit light on the malt for a true APA, almost like a light IPA. While it is very drinkable, I prefer a bit more body and flavor in my APAs. I love the hop profile though. Never had an APA with so much grapefruit flavor. I would definitely drink this again. Recommended to any who can find it. Cheers!

Humulus85, Jun 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

markasparov, Jun 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Joel12, Jun 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Hopstout, Jun 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

tdmccarthy, Jun 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

HoistinBrews, Jun 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

soccerfancooch, Jun 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

LoraxLager, Jun 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

kjkinsey, Jun 14, 2012
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Moon Man pours a beautiful, light, crystal-clear golden color akin to light apple juice or, negative connotations aside, urine. Perched atop this marvelous looking beer is a roughly 3/4" pure white head that looks almost like soap suds; this head has staying power, too (far too long for me to wait for it to dissipate, thanks to the delightful aroma, but we'll get to that later). This impressive white color is also present in the equally staunch lacing that is left behind with each sip. Carbonation is typically not something this taster likes to mention, but the effervescence in this specimen is plainly visible, and the bubbles just keep coming; if this beer were a bit lighter, one could almost confuse if for champagne.

Aroma-This is a strong-smelling ale; the extremely citrus, almost tropical notes leap out of the bottle the second the top is popped, and continue to pour out of the glass long after the beer is consumed. There are hints of a grassy scent, but floral and citrus (lemon?) aromas dominate the nose of this ale. Apple notes are also present, though minimally.

Taste-The nose doesn’t lie: this beer is bursting with citrus flavor from orange to lemon and beyond. The apple that was only hinted at in the smell is more pronounced in the aftertaste of this beer. The harmony that the hops come together to create is quite tasty and refreshing. There are few malty flavors to be found, despite what the label states. Again, comparisons to champagne could be made, though they mayn’t be as accurate as with appearance. The only problem with this pale ale is that it lacks the bitterness that some hopheads may be expecting out of a beer so named.

Mouthfeel-The fizziness and creaminess are the main things to note as far as mouthfeel is concerned. The medium body hosts a creaminess that really is delightful (perhaps due to the malts that are not as present in the taste). As previously mentioned, there is no bitter, hoppy aftertaste that some drinkers may crave.

Overall-This is an impressive brew from the usually spot-on New Glarus company. It is a choice beer for Spring and Summer, as its refreshing, citrusy, smooth, and, most importantly, drinkable nature screams to be enjoyed on the porch on a sunny 60º day. Additionally, because of its relatively low 5.0% ABV (by craft beer standards), Moon Man is a great session beer. As the label states, "Don’t let this one lay around;" it would take immense restraint to allow oneself to do so. 17.5/20

THANAT0PSIS, Jun 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Zbrown2307, Jun 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

JimGlonke, Jun 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Texasfan549, Jun 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

jpbebeau, Jun 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

TPeterson, Jun 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Avantyawn, Jun 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

TonyTalon, Jun 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

theminutemen, Jun 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Bauman1535, Jun 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

smartassboiler, Jun 03, 2012
Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,957 ratings.