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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,622 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,622
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 207
Gots: 164 | 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 AwYeh


3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received from arvjunk. Thanks Ankur!

A: Hazy golden yellow, with one finger white head.

S: Extremely citrusy- grapefruit, pineapple, and orange. A bit of pine hops as well; many imperial IPAs wish they could smell as impressive as this.

T: Drops off a bit from the beer's aroma; it's tasty, but everything is less distinct. Grassy, piny hops contribute a light bitterness alongside an even lighter caramel, bready maltiness.

M: Thin, moderate carbonation, dry finish.

D: Very easy to drink; not a session beer by definition but certainly one you could make a long night out of.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 05:52:58 | More by AwYeh
Photo of orangesol


3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 03:10:37 | More by orangesol
Photo of deadbody


4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a New Glarus Pint Glass. Huge white pillowy head, thinned down, leaving good lacing on the glass. Super citrussy smell, good sharp taste, good hops bite with a bit of malt backbone at the end. Good carbonation, good mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

I'm not usually a pale ale guy, and I got one bottle of this as part of a christmas present, I could see myself buying more. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 14:04:06 | More by deadbody
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle sample- slightly murky light tangerine in colour with minimal head, some sticky lacing. Nose- floral hops. Taste- moderate hopping - tropical fruit , lemon and floral. Light biscuit malts in the background. Spritzy carbonation and nice drinkability. A good quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 01:56:57 | More by oakbluff
Photo of SpdKilz


4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the New Glarus Brewery with my brother-in-law.

Appearance - Pours a golden color into a NG pint glass. About two fingers of white head is achieved that dissipates at a slow pace leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Heavy pine, citrus, hops and just a slight malt backbone.

Taste - Similar to the nose. A great taste. Nice pine and hops immediately present. Some citrus, herbal/floral flavors, and just a hint of malt. Finishes a hint bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter bodied, lower carbonation, finishes dry.

Drinkability - Quite so. A very good beer, should have bought a couple of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 01:48:20 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of GPHarris


3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a bright and bubbly straw gold into a snifter. the head was about one finger thick and eggshell colored that left good lacing and a thin sheet throughout.
s - lemon, grass, orange peel with a hint of malt sweetness.
t - crisp hop bite at first which tastes of citrus.
m - smooth yet dry.
d - good beer but i was hoping for a little more hop kick to this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 14:40:13 | More by GPHarris
Photo of Urbancaver


4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours absolutely beautifully with a bit of frothy head that hangs around well after the pour. Clear and crisp with good lacing. Smells like citrus hoppiness fairly crisp and strong on the nose.
Incredibly drinkable and clean! One of the most session able beers i have ever had

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 20:43:38 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of ChimRichels


4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - hazy golden orange with a nice thick head that lasts almost all the way to the bottom

S - Intoxicatingly pungent hops blast from the frothy head. Citrus, Grapefruit, and lemon predominate.

T - Bitter grapefruit pith, grassy notes mingling somewhere in there. Malt takes the backseat here, but it provides just a hint of sweetness.

M - Surprisingly thin. Carbonation is mild.

D - Scarily drinkable. My new favorite APA. Very well done, Deb & Dan.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 00:39:54 | More by ChimRichels
Photo of mryuk


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

a-cloudy light orange. small head that does not last.

s-light with lots of citrus

t-light crisp. leaves me wishing for more hops.

m-good carbonation. light and watery.

d-this is a decent APA but there are certainly better examples out there. I did not finish this 6-pack as quickly as I expected

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 23:59:33 | More by mryuk
Photo of deaconblues


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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Slight head with just a bit of lacing. Yellow-gold in color, a tiny bit hazy. Smell is bright and full of citrus. The taste is full of grapefruit. The hops shows up nicely but isn't too powerful. Light bitterness, clean and dry in the finish. This is a well balanced beer that I could spend all evening with. A very nice pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 23:32:16 | More by deaconblues
Photo of brewmudgeon


3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

NG Moon Man. (previous review has vanished)

a 4-4.5 near clear light amber with a sturdy head and ample ragged lacing.

s 4.5 they've dry hopped the hell out of this one, full of a "green" sort of hoppy aroma. a little one-dimensional and not necessarily my favorite hop smell, but pleasant and powerful, and worth a high mark. some pale malt sweetness is also detected.

t 3-4 there isn't nearly as much flavor as it seems at first, or as the abundant bouquet tries to fool you into imagining. bitterness is extremely low, lending the everyman beer quality that NG often shoots for. the flavor is a milder version of the aroma, sweet pale malt, a little dough, and the sensation you are sucking on a (mild) green hop pellet. but really the flavor is just a ghost of the aroma.

m 2.5-3 on the thin side without much oilyness going on. the carbonation is decently fine. try this beer after a more substantial apa and it's totally like drinking a lighter version of water.

d 3.5-4 when this came out it was the only beer i regularly felt the desire to drink 3 of in a sitting. easygoing, teasing with its aromatics, a synch to down them much faster than intended. in a way it's very dumbed down, but when you might be getting in the mood for the sort of charms it offers it's possibly worth having around. when you something with any sort of substance going on, stay far away. i dunno, the more times i have moon man the more it fees and tastes like a fraud.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 23:25:55 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of kk73


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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my glass. Thanks to Wisconsinality for this one.

A - Pours a clear golden yellow with a soft pillowy white one finger head. Head disappeared quickly and left some lacing.

S - Citrusy floral hops. Some lemon and grapefruit with some light pale malt.

T - Not much in the way of a bitter hops, but definitely get some lemon peel and grapefruit along with some light breadiness or malt to round it out.

M - A little light and thin, but with good carbonation. Finish is dry and bubbly.

D - Its low abv makes this a very sessionable beer. The beer is light and crisp, and on a hot summer day I could see how one could want more than one of these. A very good easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 09:51:10 | More by kk73
Photo of cooch69


3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a deep yellow with some orange overtones. It is slightly foggy but clear enough to see a great amount of carbonation rising in thick widespread bubbles.
The nose presents grapefruit and lemongrass hop tones along with a musty pale graininess.
The flavor is full of grapefruit and lemons. It is moderately hopped for an APA. Pretty well balanced. It is really dry and a slight bit chalky on the finish. Also a little hay comes in on the finish.
Overall a lighter bodied beer, really spritzy and something that would be a good acomidation for the summer months as well as now.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 02:59:28 | More by cooch69
Photo of nkersten


4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Color is golden amber with a tiny white head that settles quickly with no lacing and a small collar. An active carbonation in the glass. Smell is great, incredibly hoppy, this must be very fresh. Pineapple, malt, slightly floral, a bit of pine. Taste is smooth and balanced, grassy hops, slightly citrus, lots of tropical fruit and pineapple, malt follows to keep things even. Mouthfeel is light with a medium fizzy carbonation, slightly dry in the finish. Overall drinkability is great - an excellent pale ale. This would be a go to beer during the summer if it was available.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 01:53:51 | More by nkersten
Photo of beachscrat


4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

okay here we go! moon man! 12 oz per 12 sample pack bottles.

appearance: golden crystal clear, good 1/2 inch foam with sticky-icky lace. sooo proper, sooo pressed up!

smell: citrus and biscuit malt. beautiful.

taste: solid orange and pale light toasted malt. sooo smooth, sooo tight! squeaky clean finish.

mouthfeel: clean, smooth, with a solid backbone. zero aftertaste.

drinkability: ultra clean, deceptively smooth.

overall: I am sitting here trying to figure out how to score this one lower than it is. this is a heavy hitter. tough to score less than exceptional. is this an American Pale Ale? perhaps not.
british american perhaps? not certain. kicks ass whatever the hell it is.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 03:46:58 | More by beachscrat
Photo of paulozanello


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

Pours a clear golden color with a creamy white head that shows great retention and average lacing.

Smell is very fresh and citrussy with grapefruits, pinneaple and orange.

Taste if of biscuity and bready malts with lots of hop presence with citrus, piney and grassy notes. Finishes very dry and not as bitter as I would expect.

Body is medium to light with very high carbonation. Drinkability is moderate to high.

Very good pale ale maybe a little overcarbonated but still very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 02:52:16 | More by paulozanello
Photo of scottfrie


3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Big thanks to lurchingbeast for throwing this extra in.

A: Pours a light amber color with a billowing off white head that slowly faded into a chucky, thick, greasy film that left sticky chunks of lacing down the glass.
S: Clean notes of grapefruit dominate over light scents of pale malt and dry grains. I get just a touch of sweet tropical fruits as well.
T: Light on flavor but what's there is very crisp and fresh. I get flavors of dry citrus hops including grapefruit. The finish is sweet with a hint of caramel and tropical fruit nectar, and the aftertaste is drying with pale grains.
M: Medium-thin body with lowish carbonation and a slick mouthfeel.
D: Very light and easy to drink, but nothing mind blowing. Good for the style, but there are others I'd drink before this.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 02:41:41 | More by scottfrie
Photo of Soonami


3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first New Glarus Beer and I am very grateful to get the chance to try it. Moon Man is a very solid, sessionable American Pale Ale, but perhaps it's bit too mild due to age. It just doesn't sing to me like many fresh American Pale Ales do, there are hints of hop aroma and bitterness, but it doesn't have the punch of the best APA's. The beer is a clear, pale amber with just a wisp of white foam that doesn't last. The beer is mildly hoppy in aroma with the faint smell of orange and biscuity malt. The beer tastes just slightly hoppy with a good dry malt character. There isn't the layers of hop flavors or the complexity that I have come to expect in APA's, but it was clean and the mouthfeel was very good.

Outside of Wisconsin this beer is not easily available, so I hope that I got a good example of this beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 05:26:02 | More by Soonami
Photo of Pellinore1


4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, this beer is light amber and perfectly clear, with about a finger of white head.

The smell is pure hops, but not overwhelming. Citrus dominates, with a little piney scent in the background.

The citrusy hops indicated by the smell are the dominant flavor, but they are nicely balanced by what seems to me like just the right amount of malt. There is just a little bready flavor following the initial hops, and the beer finishes with a nice, light bitterness.

This beer is light bodied, with some nice carbonation.

Absolutely drinkable, I could stick with this all night and be satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 00:35:41 | More by Pellinore1
Photo of Lukafer


4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with 2 fingers of white head. Smells are citrus, some pine hops, and sweet malt. Tastes are sweet malt right at the front, followed by some citrus and pine, with a nice smooth semi-bitter finish, and leaves a nice citrusy aftertaste. I say semi-bitter because it's so perfectly balanced that the bitterness fades quickly. Mouthfeel is a perfect amount of carbonation, and drinkability is really high. Very good beer, I totally understand how NG outsells Rogue even though NG is ONLY in WI. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 03:16:35 | More by Lukafer
Photo of daledeee


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

Another New Glarus brew.

Poured this into a snifter. It is bright gold with an orange tinge and nice head and lace.

Nose is herbal, spicy and slightly funky.

Taste is nice but not as hopped or citrus as I am used to. In general, a hoppiness and citrus blend that leans a little sweet lemon and orange. Really a nice fresh beer but over all is a little middle of the road. Nice carbonation and drinkability. A rather laid back example but good.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 03:00:53 | More by daledeee
Photo of CHSLBrew


4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Quite clear amber beer, bright off-white head was 2-finger off the pour, but only sustained ok.

S-Immense, bright hoppy aroma of citrus and herbal tones. Not much of a malt presence.

T-Hoppiness takes over right away, with nuances of a mal foundation. Hop bitterness interplays with the citrus and herbal hop flavors, while the notes of toffee maltiness are more or less an afterthought in the flavor. Finishes bitter and hoppy.

M-Medium-light body, lighter carbonation level, overall a nice and easy body.

D-Pleasantly drinkable, with an overall easy body and a smooth feel. Sessionable, to be certain, as is indicated on the label.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 19:34:31 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of Lolli1315


4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

T- Golden orange color, very clear color, surprisingly so. About a half inch of bubbly white head that only disappears slightly. Slight lacing around the edges, could use a little more.

S- A sweet citrus acidic hop smell with a stress on oranges and grapefruit. Hop smell isn't overpowering, but rather pleasant compliment to the sweet malt that is apparent through the initial hop burst. A slight amount of bready and biscuit malt flavors underly the aroma.

T- As expected, the citrus hop flavor comes through most prominently with slightly higher than moderate bitterness. The sweet malt flavor that I was expecting is slightly muted in the face of the hops. The toasty bready flavors come through as well, but once again lose some of their prominence when compared to the hops. Still a nice beer, would like to see some more of a balance but still very satisfied.

M- Medium light in the body, maybe a little too light, but certainly not off putting. Moderate carbonation leaving you very refreshed with a dry finish.

D- Great drinkability and great to grab for in the midst of all the big beers out there. I'm happy to have this one while I sit back and relax.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 04:00:58 | More by Lolli1315
Photo of cpolking


4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark golden in color with a half inch of head. The aroma is hoppy, with citrus and tall grass. The taste is massive, clean, refreshing hops, with citrus, cantaloupe, and mango. This is a delicious hoppy ale. One of the most interesting hop flavor profiles I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 00:38:18 | More by cpolking
Photo of chicano4craft


4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip. Clear golden with a hugh fluffy white head. Head sticks around for awhile. Good lacing.

Big citrus notes with the sweet malt somewhere in the distance. I get some pine and orange zest.

Good balance with a lean toward hops. Pretty much an IPA. Good mix of citrus and malt. Extremely balanced, Man, I could drink this all day. Very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 00:10:04 | More by chicano4craft
Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,622 ratings.