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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,648 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,648
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 210
Gots: 174 | FT: 9
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.

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Photo of 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
Photo of LiquidBread219


3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Light yellow in color nice foamy head that had good retention, decent lacing.

S= The nose was a little faint for me picked up some pine hops in this one with some grapefruit.

T= The taste was pretty much like the nose light pine hops with a little bit of grapefruit, and sweet caramel backbone in the end.

M= Light in body, nice amount of carbonation.

O= Good beer for me it wasn't anything to special glad I had a chance to try it though.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 18:08:17 | More by LiquidBread219
Photo of keethrax


4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A super clean and clear pale ale. Lots of hops flavor and aroma, but limited bitterness. Just enough malt to not be lost

Highly carbonated with a short lived head.

Crisp flavors, with citrus and herbals dominating the hops flavors. A few others are lurking in there too, but I only had one bottle. I'd love to get my hands on another one to ferret out more of them.

A super refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 22:50:15 | More by keethrax
Photo of flyfisherfinn


3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First noticed the amazingly clear appearance as I poured this. Not much head on the pour. Very strong citrus aroma, with slight grassy tones to follow up the citrus. Hops weren't too strong on the backend, leaving a clean, simple aftertaste. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 23:58:37 | More by flyfisherfinn
Photo of tvv375ia


3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-golden with a finger of white head that goes away pretty quickly

S-grapefruit citrus hops not much malt noticeable

T-grapefruit, orange hoppiness with a hint of nuts

M- good carbonbation with a dry finish

O-good, not overpowering hops to turn of a non hop fan

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 23:31:54 | More by tvv375ia
Photo of Phocion


4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Solid but quickly dissipating frothy/rocky white head over a semi-hazy golden body. Not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma is full of herbal and citrus hops. Just the slightest hint of caramel, a bit of graininess, and a bit of spice that almost smells like rye.

Grapefruit, orange, and lemon dominate the palette, but not overwhelmingly so. That rye-like spiciness is still there, although I'm pretty sure there's no rye in this beer, so I'm not sure what to attribute that to. Very pleasant, lightly bitter finish.

Very crisp, light-medium body with medium carbonation. All in all, very refreshing and an extremely sessionable pale.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 22:41:06 | More by Phocion
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from Wisc to DC to CA...finally had this brew with some BBQ pork. It was a great beer to match the food

A-solid..perhaps a bit more 'bubbly' that would have thought for pale ale
S-thought of a SN with nice floral tones up front, but not overwhelming
T-well balanced...nice hop bite, but smooth enough that non hopheads could enjoy
MF-again nice balance, could session this one
O-VERY pleased with this beer

I think my ratings may seem high these days and I have about 20 more to put in from my DC Beer Week trip..maybe I'm not a diverse as I thought...but if you get the chance to try this nice well made Pale Ale (not IPA), I'd recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 21:28:04 | More by xhuskr
Photo of GlassFreeek


4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Flute Glass. I've been really loving the flute glasses lately due to the concentrated feeling it gives certain beers. You lose less carbonation and the mouthfeel becomes heavier, IMO. For certain beer styles, such as this one or the "Wisconsin Belgian Red" they work wonders.

A: Average pale ale look to this one. Nothing out of the ordinary. Clear yet slightly hazy and golden, not too shabby, ay? Nice consistent looking 2 finger white head. Sticks around, and has a good amount of lacing. You can see a good amount of carbonation in this one.

S: Hoppy, floral, slightly piney, a little citrus/grapefruit. Also has a sweetness in there, must be from the malt backbone in this one. Very nice aroma, light but intriguing.

T: Just the right amount of hops to make a session'ing hophead happy and a hop noob have a smile, instead of a frown. Nice hop presents, mostly florally/fruity hops, but isn't bitter and doesn't linger too long. Very drinkable and hoppy enough to stay enjoyable over a period of time. Not the BEST, but a VERY solid pale ale if you can get it fresh.

MF: This is my favorite part of this beer, it has a creamy mouthfeel w/ the perfect amount of carbonation to make it feel dense and full. Awesome stuff...

Overall, I can see myself fridge'ing a couple six packs of this beer on a consistent basis when I want some refreshing and flavorful, and not wanting to drink my normal seasoning beer (Gumballhead). Worth a try, my favorite NG yearly 12oz-er's.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 08:03:52 | More by GlassFreeek
Photo of Winter


4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden in color with a white head. Nose has an unmistakable citrusy grapefruit and piney aroma, along with a touch of sweet malt. Mouthfeel is medium in body with a soft carbonation. Taste focuses on the hoppiness of the pale ale. Fresh grapefruit emerges along with a piney bitterness. It's refreshing and bright. Soft malty breadiness follows, but a lingering bitterness from the hoppy forefront carries through into the finish.

When I first had this beer, it reminded me a more of an IPA, in terms of the hoppy flavor. But overtime Moon Man Pale Ale has really grown on me. Sometimes pale ales can be kind of hoppy, but bland and uninteresting overall. That's not the case at all here. Moon Man is a really flavorful and solid example of the style. Plus, at 5.0% abv, this makes for a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 02:08:31 | More by Winter
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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, light orange in color with a white head that dissipates kind of quickly and leaves a bit of lacing. Lively carbonation that keeps the bottle conditioned sediment in suspension.

S: Quite fruity hop aroma. I get tons of sweet pineapple and orange. A little bit of pine. Sweet and bready smelling. The smell is probably the highlight of this brew.

T: Like the aroma, but a tad weaker. Great bright citrus hop flavor. Malt backbone rounds out the flavor and gives the beer some body. Finishes with very mild bitterness that even a beer newbie won't be overwhelmed by.

M: Medium-light with medium carbonation. Quite refreshing.

Easy drinking and balanced with a fabulous bouquet. New Glarus fully achieved what they were going after with this beer. This is neither West coast nor East coast. Uniquely Midwestern and a unlike any other pale ale that you've had before.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 02:38:47 | More by iDrinknewglarus
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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but Ummagum picked up at the brewery so it's good. It was a clear, golden yellow color with lots of carb streams. It had an average sized head that settled into a good collar and partial film. Standard quick sliding sheeting with a little sticking.

The aroma was really good with the mix of 5 different hops so got herbal, citric, grass along with some rye malt. Good sniffer. The taste was excellent and again had a great blend of the varying hops balanced with the malt. Been having a lot of hop bombs lately that focused on one element or the other so was great to have one that just focused on good hop flavor in balance. They market it as a session beer and I'd agree 100%. Mouthfeel is medium with good carb and aftertaste.

Overall, one of the best APA's that I've had and another winner from NG. Easy to drink with great flavor. Highly recommend. Only available in WI so got from Ummagum. Rotation - if avail near me would be in heavy rotation. [H;Y]

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 22:56:14 | More by TexIndy
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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tannish yellow and clear, smooth, fine rising bubbles, one finger head and pretty good lacing.

Nice fruity, grapefruit-pine aroma.

Flavor is a bit fruitier than the nose, with a great pine component and plenty of dry citrus-rind served over a bed of grassy hops with a garnish of cracker-like malts.

It's fairly dry, with a light and well carbonated body, and a dry-bitter grainy aftertaste.

Overall it's another fine selection from one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 15:39:49 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 02:21:20 | More by mdaschaf
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4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Looks like a shiney new penny... Bright almost brassy copper.

Smell - Sweet notes. Apricot, grains... Smells good and inviting.

Taste - No disappointment here. Tastes sweet upfront and then is balanced by a rush of hop structure that clenses the palate and creates a very clean finish. This is TRULY a session beer.

Mouthfeel - Lively carbonation and sets the tone for a cleansing full mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.

Overall - A really solid Pale Ale. One of the best I've ever had. I'd gladly drink my fill of Moon Man any time.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 20:34:28 | More by Westywood
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3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) It is a light amber. It was a fairly aggressive pour, which result in a nice two inches of foamy white head. The head stuck around and the lacing was nice.

S) I'm picking up very light pine and a decent dose of citrus aroma here.

T) A bit of malt and sweetness. The hops is not as forward in the taste as the nose would have perhaps hinted. Having said that, the finish reminds me of having grapefruit for breakfast.

M) Initially, I was quite inclined to say this was a light bodied beer. Having several more sips and really letting this ale settle on the palate, I'm thinking medium. The carbonation is fairly high, and it is quite bubbly.

O) A pretty solid pale ale, that is easy drinking the whole way.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 17:41:10 | More by RoamingGnome
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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is golden with very slight amber tones. Two fingers of white head dissipated fairly quickly, but left a thick, lingering lace that eventually thinned to a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Enticing grapefruit citrus. It obviously signals hoppiness, but the aroma itself is not an explosion of hops. Complimenting the grapefruit is orange, sweet strawberry (almost bubblegum-like), and sweet caramel. There is also a little pine spice.

Taste: Delicious and not overpowering. Tons of citrus (grapefruit and orange) and sweet fruit (I still think it is strawberry). There are also flavors of sweet caramel malts and a nice dash of pine spice to leave a lingering bitterness on the cheeks.

Drinkability: POW! This one would take Alice straight to the moon without Ralph’s help. This is a truly excellent brew, though not hoppy enough for those far down the road to hop tolerance.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 04:40:51 | More by TheQuietMan22
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a moderately soapy pure white head that settles into a light cap with some lacing.

The aroma is of a nice fresh juicy hop. Good grapefruit punch. The aroma is not super strong but its quite nice.

The taste mirrors the nose. There is a light bready malt, which doesn't add too much to the flavor, perhaps a light fruitiness, but provides a nice base for the hop flavor. The hops are floral and juicy with some light grapefruit. Not very bitter, more flavorful. Very much reminds me of SNPA.

The beer sits well on the tongue; not thick not light. The carbonation is lightly fizzy. Overall it is slightly sweet with an enjoyable hop flavor. Not really bitter at all.

This is just a dang good example of an APA. It doesn't try to blow you away but has a nice hop flavor without much bitterness. These are very drinkable, especially at 5%.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 01:29:11 | More by Gmann
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3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. 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. I've had a better pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 00:06:09 | More by CuriousMonk
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3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - Clear golden body with slight orange hues. Nice big head that is resiliant with lacing.

S - A nice combination of citrus and grassy earthen hops. There is a littl espice on the back end.

T & M & D - Good cirus hop profile up from that gives way to some slight malt and chewy grass on the back end. The beer is well carbinated and light in body and on the palate. Very drinkable.

O - A decent APA with some good charcter. I enjoyed it and could have gone for another.


Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 14:39:11 | More by CuttDeez
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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Golden colored body. Clear with mellow carbonation.
S) Earthy, pungent, grapefruit aroma.
T) Prominent hops throughout - citrus tang liken to starfruit and grapefruit. A subtle malt sweetness lingers just below the surface
M) Fizzy. Crisp. Medium-light body. Dry in the finish.
O) A delicious APA. Wow! I will definitely be drinking another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 18:35:39 | More by u2carew
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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with an aggressive head, golden orange, not transparent. Lighter malt qualities than

The smell is fantastic. The floral hop aroma coming from the glass is top of the line.

Taste of sweet light malts; fruitiness compliments the smell. Slight bitter finish balances the beer well.

Great beer for my vacation up here in Chetek, Wisconsin. Every glass got better.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 02:06:41 | More by SkitzIrish3
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orange color with a decent sized, foamy, whispy, white head. Decent retention with patchy lace.

S - Nice hop aroma with floral and lemony aroma. Touches of grapefruit, general citrus, and a touch of pine as well. Grassy and spiced notes as well.

T - Similar to the nose. Starts with a strong lemony hop flavor with some floral and fresh cut grass notes. Hints of grapefruit are there but not prominent. A touch of wheat is present in the back. Slight tart and bitter finish.

M - Light body with average carbonation. Crisp, refreshing feel.

D - Refreshing taste with plenty of hop flavor for the style. Nice crisp tart and bitter kicks balanced well with a malty taste.

Notes: Nice APA with plenty of hop flavor. Lemon, floral and grass flavors are strong. This results in a nice, crisp beer that is great for summer. Well balanced and overall just nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 01:39:27 | More by FreshHawk
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4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold to light orange color in the glass, just the right amount of 1" head. Good hoppy aroma, seemed to be the right meld of hop variety, hitting all points on the citrus/pine spectrum.

Light body, just right for a pale, not a caramel bomb, ample hopping gave the beer a very refreshing edge to it. Only minorly bitter, much more hop mouthfeel than bitterness. Slight lemongrass edge to it, carbonation spot on. Very easy and enjoyable to put down. Very clean. Probably the best hoppy session not made in CA. Not overly dry, just right for style.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 16:49:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer about a million times in bottles and on tap, just now getting around to reviewing it. Appearance is golden with a decent white head. Smells of citrus, hops. Taste is a little hoppier than a lot of pale ales - and a lot tastier than a lot of pale ales. Citrus and pine, grassy freshness, malty too... just delicious. Mouthfeel is medium to light, refreshing. One of my favorite go-to beers, the moon man never lets me down.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 16:31:03 | More by scones
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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
Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,648 ratings.