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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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1,653 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,653
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 211
Gots: 176 | FT: 9
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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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JayAre46

Texas

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

12 oz bottle poured firmly that shows a transparent golden color topped with 1 inch finger of soapy head that recedes to sheet of bubbles. not much retention

A - pale sweet malts, floral notes and light sweet fruits that i can't pinpoint tangerine, pineapple? Not strong hop presence in the nose.

T - Mango is the fruit, decent hop bitterness that does that stay around too long, same malt flavor that was in the nose...Less fruit that the nose suggested. touch of resin and pine sap, no alcohol presence.

M - on the thinner side, good crisp feel, medium carbonation. not creamy but slightly dry.

O - i would definitely buy a 6 this one, very pleasant surprise. i enjoyed this brew and its ease. I would recommend this to people feeling out the craft beer scene, good starter brew that goes down easy and is refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 05:02:10 | More by JayAre46
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bmwgirl9606

Indiana

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

Appearance - dark gold, crystal clear with very fine white head that lingers around edges of glass.

Smell - light citrus hop aroma with very minor vegetal notes. Malt aroma present, slightly sweet and well balanced with hops.

Taste - light malty sweetness is well balanced with moderate hop bitterness. Slight citrus flavor from hops appears in aftertaste, but does not linger. Slight graininess takes over for hops in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - crisp mouthfeel with pleasant carbonation and a moderately dry finish. Medium-light body.

Overall - very nice session beer, easy to drink. Solid example of pale ale, well balanced between hops and malt with no off flavors. Seems to be best when it's cold.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 00:45:46 | More by bmwgirl9606
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright very light amber color with light head and minimal lacing.

Citrus aroma with a bit of grass and sweetbread on the side. Juicy citrus taste with a light but round body. Sweetness is nicely balanced with bitterness.

Nice sessionable pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 23:15:07 | More by CliffBrake
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ngeunit1

California

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a rich and clear golden orange color with a finger-plus of frothy white head. The head fades slowly down to spotty layer with nice lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Lots of citrus and grassy hops in the aroma. Some biscuit/bread malts are also there beneath the hop aroma.

T - Starts off with some sweet malt and lemon flavor. The citrus hop comes in right after with some mild bitterness. Through the middle, some grassy hops come through with some floral hops and other floral flavors. The finish adds a bit of spices alongside and the flavor lingers just a touch.

M - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Super clean and crisp. Fairly light without feeling watery and empty. The finish is unbelievably clean and just slightly dry.

D - Super drinkable. The flavors here are nice and balanced and far from empty, but the whole thing feels crisp and super refreshing. The finish is really nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 02:52:23 | More by ngeunit1
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adman08

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Nice golden color with excellent head.
S-Decent aroma of citrus and fresh cut grass.
T-Flavors of grapefruit with some herbal hop flavor as well.
M-Good balance of malt and hops. Very good carbonation.
Overall I've had this beer several times and I really enjoy it. A nice, light pale ale with good citrus hop flavor that doesn't overpower. A very good session pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2011 20:35:36 | More by adman08
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a light copper crystal clear body with a thick beige foam that last for a good bit and a gentle carbonation.

S- The juicy dry orange hops aroma finishes wit a light cereal note underneath and a faint cheese brett hint in the finish.

T- The dry spicy citrus hops have a full flavor with some slight woody green qualities to finish. There is a mellow green full flavor of hops without the bitterness and an herbal dry finish that grows as the beer warms. There is a slight mineral water flavor that comes through as the beer warms but it compliments the hops.

M- The medium mouthfeel finishes with a big fizz that scrubs away the hop flavor in the finish.

O- This is a full hop flavored beer with nice complexity and very little bitterness, making it very drinkable. The fizz just got in the way of the hops at times.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 21:18:18 | More by rhoadsrage
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dcloeren

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a crisp golden honey with 1 finger of fizzy snow white head. The bubbles from the carbonation are racing from the bottom of my glass to the top and it makes this beer look even more enticing

S: Grassy and lemony hops with some nice wheat/biscuity tones in the background. The more my beer warms up the more the caramel malt shines through.

T: Slightly bitter upfront even though the caramel malt and what tastes like graham crackers (hells yes!) is present at first sip. As soon as the rest of the beer hits your palate it is overwhelmed with lemon and orange zest, grapefruit hops. Pretty balanced and pretty damn tasty

M: Very crisp and carbonated but still gives off a great creamy/frothy touch. Slight bitter drying aftertaste

O: This is one hell of a pale ale. Sessionable, crisp, tasty, refreshing... the list goes on. This beer does it all without doing too much. I wish that they sold this down in TX because it would be a staple in my fridge. Aint no question

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 23:08:52 | More by dcloeren
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Brunite

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright gold color that is crystal clear. A white head that starts at 3 fingers and finishes off to a 1/2 inch cap. Lace abounds.

S: Hops most predominant. Citrus with a touch of grapefruit. Some dry grain and cut grass notes.

T: Some light hop bitterness that is perfectly balanced against dry, husky grains, biscuit, honey, crackers. Very tasty and balanced.

M: Medium body with a hint of creaminess. Carbonation is perhaps under-done but that is OK with this one. Nice dry finish with a touch of honey sweetness. There is also a residual resinous feel on the roof of the mouth like I get with Reds Rye or Hopslam. Complex, yet balanced.

O: Wow. Not sure why I took so long to rate this. An amazingly refreshing APA. At the pricepoint...it is my go to APA. Taste as good a an English PA but with some fruity hoppiness....without going overboard. I'll take this over a Daisy Cutter or SN any day.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 19:29:40 | More by Brunite
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

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

Poured into a sam adams pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden body with a gushing white head well over 2 fingers head.

Smell: Citris hops and some sweet bready malt that is barely detectable.

Taste: Lemon, grapefruit and orange citris flavors. Hints of grass and pine. Malts to balance the hops, but hops are still the main flavor of this beer. The hop flavor gives u enough to taste, but not an overpowering biterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and high carbonation. Slick, clean, and refreshing beer.

Overall: This is a nice sessin beer with great balance, i will be enjoying on really hot days. A great introductory beer for someone curious about hoppy beers without numbing their palate with hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 14:05:29 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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jerskine

California

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: light copper appearance
S: citrus aroma and a hint of malt
T: if you are a hop head, you won't be very impressed... however, this is a very clean and crisp brew with a nice light taste of hops and a biscuity flavor
M: very drinkable and crisp, on the lighter side in terms of pale ales
O: New Glarus is an exceptional brewery and this is an exceptional Pale Ale

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 02:19:13 | More by jerskine
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy golden-amber with a dense creamy white head, that leaves globs of stocky lacing.

Aroma is overall sweet. Then generous lemon grass and mild citrus hop.

Taste is grainy malt up front. The lemon grass from the nose then takes over. Finishes with light, peppery citrus hop.

Mouthfeel is light bodied,

Overall a very mild ale. Quite sweet and lemony - reminds me of lemon drop candy. A little too sweet for my taste. Hops are mild, but very welcome as it brings some balance.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 21:43:59 | More by Blakaeris
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bashiba

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice hazy golden orange with a light frosted head.

The smell is light and slightly hopped with a touch of citrus.

The flavor has a light grainy malt, and slightly sweet. Some light hoppiness, a touch of citrus.

The mouthfeel is light with decent carbonation.

Solid drinking session ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 21:36:31 | More by bashiba
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle received in a mix pack from a friend returning from a trip to Wisconsin. Thanks Jamie! Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - A somewhat aggressive pour yields a mostly clear pale amber tinted gold. 3 fingers of rocky white head lingers briefly and proceeds to fall in an entertainingly vibrant explosion of bubbles leaving behind soapy lacing on the glass and a thick, uneven collar.

S - Lots of citrus in the nose. I'm really getting intense oranges with grapefruits around the edges and some light piney notes as well. The hops really mask any malt contribution. This smells really good!

T - With an aroma so good, I had very high hopes for the flavor, but was prepared for a let down. Luckily this beer's flavor actually lived up to the aroma. Lots of citrus again - grapefruit now more than oranges. Also, more even than the citrus is some tropical mangoes and a bunch of peaches. This has some really intense hop flavors. Bitter but not intensely bitter - the hops have so much flavor though, it really doesn't matter. Malt...who needs it? There might be some there - perhaps a touch of sweetness, but it hardly matters.

M - Light/medium body with ample medium/high carbonation level. Very prickly on the tongue and throughout the mouth. Very intense hop flavors with lots of fruits and a nice resiny stickiness to it.

D - Ther eis no date code that I can find on this bottle, but I imagine this has to be extremely fresh. Hops are intense and citrusy. This is great! I can't believe this is only a 5.0% APA...I'm a hardcore believer in SNPA as the benchmark for this style, but I think this is outstanding. Perhaps more of an American IPA in flavor but strength is lacking. Wow...I could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 00:46:28 | More by portia99
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden color, with a good size head, good laceing. The smell weas of that of a grapefruit, and there was a nice hoppy order. The taste was a bit weaker, had the grapefurit and bitterness like most APA's, but had a very wet flavor, and pretty weak. Could have used a much stronger taste, it was a bit watered down. Overall not a bad beer, but weak flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 01:52:40 | More by vette2006c5r
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herman77

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery.

A: Pale gold color. Nice white head. Decent lacing.

S: Mainly light citrus hops with a bit of pine and a touch of bready malts.

T: Light citrus and herbal/pine hops balanced by a bready malt presences. Very clean and crisp tasting. A light hoppiness in the finish.

M: Lighter body, a bit thin feeling. Moderate carbonation.

D: Great drinkability. Lightly hopped, great balance of malt, nice and crisp.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2011 22:23:35 | More by herman77
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beergod1

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp clear orange with about a finger of a white, frothy head, slowly dissipating. Lots of great floral hops in the nose. A lighter hop taste than I would expect, but surprisingly deep and balanced. Some light citrus starts out, as it builds into a nice sweetness that fades into hop bitterness. I like this a lot better then the last 2 I tried from New Glarus. This and Fat Squirel so far are the 2 I liked best out of the 5 I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 23:08:30 | More by beergod1
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jsulko

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Dark golden color with white foamy head that disappeared rather quickly

Some citrus smell not overpowering

Good flavor not overpowering with the hops

My first new glares beer outside of spotted cow very impressed with the brewery

Very drinkable will be purchasing again

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 01:28:40 | More by jsulko
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henryd30

Iowa

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

A: Clear golden, with an orangish tint. Poured nicely with a larger than expected 2 thumb head. It had staying power and left nice lacing.

S: Strong citrus typical of IPA/APA

T: Medium hops, not overpowering - good middle of the road IPA flavor. Didn't wallop my tongue around my mouth ring. A plus for some, and not for others.

M: Thin and watery, not unusual for APA - nice carbonation action.

D: Very drinkable - has some hints and tendencies of a typical IPA, but mellowed down a few notches.

O: Loved the look, especially the head, and nice smell. I had hoped for a little more pop from the hops, but overall it was very drinkable, and not unexpected from this great New Glarus representation.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 16:12:04 | More by henryd30
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Wisconsinality for bring some of the New Glarus beers to the Aloha State.

Appearance: Clear pale gold color with a one-finger head that quickly disappears into a sparse, thin lace.

Smell: Hoppy with some nice pine resin.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very light and refreshing. Mild in taste...Watered down hop/pine flavor. The ending almost has a mint numbness to it. Has a velvet like aftertaste with an ever so slight buttery sweetness that is very pleasant.

Drinkability: Now, if you were ever in need of a "Session" beer, this would be a serious contender. At just 5.00% abv this one was very easy to drink and I could see drinking plenty of these in any one instance...especially on a hot day and/or a cook out. Well done New Glarus. Your Moon Man was a shot in the right direction.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 09:01:27 | More by July2Nov
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dfillius

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Can New Glarus do wrong?
A: Moderate to aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of fizzy tight off-white head with fair retention. Crystal clear straw gold liquid. More head, slightly darker SRM please.
S: Nice citrus, biscuit, restrained dankness, pine notes, some alcohol. M.C.! Mango, tangerine.
T: Bright citrus and herbal hop. Balanced malt. No alcohol presence/booziness. Clean tasting, Moderate bitterness to close out. Slight citrus rind, like lemon in water. Very pleasant and agreeable. Complete without being overpowering.
M: Bright, crisp, refreshing. Mellowly bitter - ESB or EPA biterness. A bit thin, but great for a session beer.
D: Eminently drinkable. An amazing session pale. I'd love another and a whole 6-pack (got as a gift in a sampler - thanks to John Hanlon!) update: I bought 6 when I was in WI last and they were fabulous. Will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 22:11:10 | More by dfillius
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.93/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Single 12oz bottle poured in to a pint glass. Imported to upstate NY by my father (thanks dad!!!). No date or code to note, but this sample tastes extremely fresh.

A: Deep solid yellow brew, clear as a bell, with a stable 1/2" of white foam.

S: Huge wonderful aroma, wow, a ton going on here. Backbone of dry light malt sweetness with a hint of caramel, tasty. Label says there are 5 different hops in here and that complexity is very tasty. Notable is (what I'm guessing is) a big fruity dose of Summit. Then there's spicy, herby, citrusy stuff going on, a big rich bouquet of hoppy goodness.

T: All the wonderful things from the smell translate perfectly to the taste. Awesome. I'm really floored by how great this is.

M: Just enough body to not be watery. Thin and smooth, good robust carbo is kept in check by the extra body.

D: This brew is phenomenal, no doubt the best pale ale I've ever had. This is exactly what I want in a pale ale. Very little room for improvement. Wow!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 00:42:37 | More by BeerNinja007
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HipHop5

California

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Steve again:) this was quite a surprise. Definitely light bodied and typical ale appearance. What got me is the hop aromas that are very potent for this type of beer. Citrus come strong and taste catches up with it. Surprised again by a very well balanced product. Not really bitter like I though it may be after smelling it, but really fare bit that open up the full complexity of this incredibly successful pale ale from New Glarus brewery.
Enjoy

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 00:57:14 | More by HipHop5
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ibbjamin

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My mom picked up this special Discount Liquor 50th Anniversary bottle from the source in Milwaukee, WI. Tribute to one of the best bottle shops I've been to and their owners, Frank & Irene (1960-2010). States the couple used to drive to New Glarus to pick up their beer before their distribution reached Milwaukee, showing their dedication to great craft beer and their customers. I pour this 12oz bottle into a large tulip to review.

Yields a massive, pillowy white head after an overly aggressive pour. Head consistent of medium sized bubbles which stick around for quite a while and eventually fade to a nice ring or retention. Cloudy and gold in color. Great lacing.

Aroma is certainly hop forward, especially for this being an standard pale ale and coupled with it being from the midwest. Reminiscent of the floral hop aroma of Bell's Two Hearted. Some fruity tones of passion fruit and grapefruit. Smells quite fresh!

Taste becomes more balanced than my nose predicted and the hops fade more into the single category. Still a good amount of flavor for this being 5%. Rather impressive actually.

Great body and mouthfeel. Medium body, excellent carbonation and nice medium length hoppy finish. Superb drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 05:58:23 | More by ibbjamin
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like your typical pale ale...a bright and golden yellow body with a lot of carbonation...a one finger white head stayed around for a little but finally became a thin bead...decent lacing

S - The nose has a lot of citrus hops...I'm getting grapefruit, orange, and lemon...there is also a grassy and pale malt aroma

T - The flavor is comprised of everything in the nose...it starts off with a touch of sweetness from the citrus fruits...the middle of the beer has the grassy/hay like flavor...pale and caramel malts are also present...a nice bitterness finishes the beer...my only problem with the flavor is that fruit tastes fake and syrupy so that was a little off putting for me

M - Medium bodied...great carbonation...refreshing...proper bitterness

D - This pale ale was pretty good...I think it was a well balanced pale ale in the flavor...I was just put off by the "fake" fruit flavors...I am happy I was able to taste some New Glarus beers finally

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 21:19:33 | More by thain709
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jampics2

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. This was an extra in a recent trade and seemed like a good one to open ASAP.

The beer looks nice in the glass. There's hints of orange and gold in the honey colored body, and the beer is brilliantly clear with tons of active carbonation. The white head that surged upon pouring quickly subsided to just a ring of white foam with some moderate soapy lace. The could be a bit more head retention, but the color and clarity are spot-on.

As I raise the pint glass to my nose, the first thing I encounter is some mild citrus hops and general fruity disposition. The are notes of orange peel, lemongrass and grapefruit, but they're kept in check and balanced out by some grassy, flowery hops and solid malt presence. The malt is sweet and a touch bready, with some mild wheat husk and caramel.

There's something very refreshing about this beer, both literally and in comparison to many of the over hopped or unbalanced APA's in the market today. This beer has good flavor while remaining very drinkable and light. Some initial grapefruit bitterness peaks with notes of lemongrass and peach tea and then fades into lightly toasted malt with biscuit notes and a nice burst of carbonation takes the flavor roller coaster back to the station. Moon man has notes of grass and orange that finish the experience and linger. Sure this could pack more flavor, but the finesse is a pleasant angle for this beer.

The mouthfeel is appropriate for the style, as the light bodied beer has nice carbonation and comes off as crisp and light. The bitter peak is well covered by the malt and only a touch of sweetness and hint of bitterness remains through a clean finish. The beer could have just a touch more body, but the drinkability is enhanced by the light feel. A nice change of pace from the stouts and hop bombs I've been enjoying this winter. I've heard of lawnmower beers, but this was my snowblower beer today.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 21:30:35 | More by jampics2
Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,653 ratings.