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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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1,630 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,630
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 208
Gots: 166 | FT: 10
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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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BieresDesMoines

Iowa

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

Pours a nice deep blonde color with a good head and good lace. The aroma is nice sticky pine sap and some citrus, basically a bunch of fresh fruity hops. The flavor follows with that tropical fruit hoppiness featuring the mango and the citrus and the like. The bitterness is well controlled but certainly noticeable (thankfully). This is a very simple but masterfully well done APA.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 05:49:42 | More by BieresDesMoines
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KI9A

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy, yellow, a shade up from a BMC. OK head, nice lace chunks.

S: Citrusy hops dominate.

T: Sweet malts, followed by grapefruity hops. Great balance, nothing dominates here.

M: Crisp. Damned refreshing.

D: High. I'm not a hophead, and this is at about the extent of my comfort level. Nice...

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 23:20:50 | More by KI9A
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lester619

Wisconsin

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

Pours a deep golden not quite amber color. Nice white head and generous lacing. Smell is spicy and fruity with lots of grapefruit and pine notes. Bready toasted biscuits are in the back ground too. Great tasting beer. This is what you want from a Pale Ale. Nice substantial malty body with a fair amount of sweetness. Perfectly balanced with a huge dose of spicy herbal hop bitterness. I was pleasantly surprised with the level of hoppiness in this beer. Crisp and bitter, but still very well balanced. You don't have to be a raging hop-head to enjoy this. Insanely drinkable. This is the best product I've had from New Glarus. I will be drinking plenty of Moon Man in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 23:35:55 | More by lester619
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jrallen34

Illinois

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

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer pours a clear medium gold with a light white head, good lacing ok retention.

The aroma is on the lighter side and a little simple. It has some nice hops but that's it.

The tatse is awesome, really surprissed with all the hops in here. It starts off a little sweet then a tons of fresh easy to drink hosp. Reminds me a lot of daisy cutter.

Nice, feel easy to drink.

This beer is great, easily one of my favorite NG's. A super tasty and easy to drink pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 15:10:44 | More by jrallen34
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Strix

Wisconsin

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

Clear golden, good head that leaves lacing and fades to a ring.

Smells hoppy and fresh, pine and flowers.

Tastes of pine, biscuit, green pepper, and citrus rind.

Very crisp bubbly mouthfeel.

Despite Organic Revolution and Hop Hearty, which didn't float my boat, it seems that NG can do hops. A unique and flavorful APA, my new fave. The six-pack just disappeared.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 13:01:08 | More by Strix
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younger35

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this on my way down to Dark Lord Day '10. I had a sample at the brewery and it was a nice beer. Named after somebody's cat from the brewery. Drank from my Port Brewing pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a super clear straw colored yellow with a decent half finger bright white head. The same size half finger head stays the entire beer (maybe because I'm drinking it so fast??) along with tons of thick sticky lacing.
Smell- Nice and subtly hoppy with a light fruitiness that gives up whiffs of grapefruit and peach. Maybe a touch of earthy hops with hints of pine and grass. The lightest kiss of caramel hides in the background and comes forth a bit more in the nose as the beer warms.
Taste- Starts with a bit of fruitiness from the hops with light citrusy tones. Nothing over the top by any means though as this is definteily a Pale Ale. Some grass mixed in for good measure all sitting atop a light crystal malt backbone that definitely plays second fiddle to the hops. The finish is ever so slightly bitter with a long lingering sort of earthy hoppiness.
Mouthfeel- Medium body that flirts with the lighter side as the carbonation is subtle and spot on.
Drinkability- No mistaking what this beer is - a lightly hoppy, beautifully drinkable Pale Ale. I don't like malt getting in the way of my hoppy goodness and Moon Man fits that bill perfectly. I will be grabbing a sixer of this my next trip to Wisconsin, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 01:23:53 | More by younger35
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light gold. A little hazy. Medium soapy white head. Appears to have good retention.

Smell - Hops very prominent. Mainly grassy.

Taste - Hoppiness is not nearly as prominent in the flavor as in the aroma. Light sweet malt leads. Followed by a clear, but far from overwhelming dose of a nice mixture of floral and citrus hops (flavors of lemon or grapefruit). One of the most mild on the hops that I've seen in this style (though the bottle claims to be "no coast" pale ale). Flavor is appealing if probably not what most might expect.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Drinkability - I'm not a hop-head, so I have no problem with a pale ale that takes a moderate approach to hopping. A good tasting beer from a company with a fine track record.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 03:58:39 | More by scaliasux
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some very nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, with some citrus and pine notes. The taste is hoppy, some malt notes, good dose of citrus and pine notes thrown it. Medium body. Very Drinkable, this would pass as an IPA for some. Love the NG brew's.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 01:29:48 | More by Wasatch
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Rare Vos glass

Poured slightly aggressively yielding almost 2 fingers of slightly off white head. Color is a very clear yellow gold with floaties. Once the floaties float down the beer looks great with the great head retention and thick lacing.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops and then some. This bad boy smells more like an ipa than an apa. A wonderful touch of citrus blend so well with the floral hops. I get some grapefruit and mango flavors. Some bready malts, but not a lot. Very well done. A solid apa.

Taste: Here, the taste kicks it back to more of a pale ale with a slightly higher amount of hops than one would expect. Floral hops with some pale malts. Some bready flavors. But, the hop level is awesome. Huge floral kick with citrus flavors. Awesome beer.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but not as bitter as an ipa. A little crisp as well. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends very dry, almost like a macro lager would end.

Overall, this is a great pale ale. It has an awesome amount of hops but drinks easy like a pale ale should. NG really made a solid beer for what seems to be an underrepresented style these days. Very drinkable.

edit: now that I have had most of the bottle, I must say that it reminds me of a lighter version of Abrasive ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 03:29:15 | More by mothman
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Redbear

Illinois

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

I don't feel like I need to go much into talking about this beer. All you need to know is that it is a really fantastic pale ale, you need to buy it if you can make it up to wisconsin, and it contains a type of hop that hasn't been used by commercial beer companies in the United States.

If you live in the midwest, you need to find some new glarus. They're not all great, but none are bad, and some are rad.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 05:53:27 | More by Redbear
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pweis909

Wisconsin

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

Brilliant golden clarity, lacey white dancing bubbles.

Nice hop aroma, clean, sneaky tastes of maltiness with crisp, spicey hop finish. This beer is just damn good, well-balanced beer without try to be mindblowing. This is one of those beers that will only offend people who look for offensive beers. Everyone should enjoy it.

Edit: 8/1/11 -- I still love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 22:14:13 | More by pweis909
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

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

A: Light golden body. Somewhat cloudy. Medium sized white head. Decent retention with some spotty lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S: Fairly citric nose. Grapefruit, lemon and oranges. Malt comes through though. Very pleasant.

T: A milder rendition of the notes from the nose. Again, grapefruit dominates, but the malt starts to make its presence known more. A bit too restrained when compared to what the nose leads on.

M: Smooth, medium bodied with good, even carbonation. Slight bitterness in the finish is welcome.

D: All around good effort.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 17:01:39 | More by callmemickey
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

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

This brew pours a nice clear dark golden/light amber color with a medium white head. The aroma is medium-high citrus hops with a bit of sweet malt in the background. The flavor is hops upfront-citrus, pine and a bit grassy followed by a hint of malt and a prickly hop bitterness lingers at the finish. The carbonation is medium-high with a medium body and a dry finish. Overall this is a well made beer and quite drinkable. I'd recommend it for drinking a 6er in a night.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 21:28:38 | More by uwmgdman
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hurricanelars

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6 pack at Woodman's Market in Madison. Poured into a pint glass to give a nice clear golden ting witha 1/2 inch of white head thatlingered for a while but eventually dissipated to a thin film atop the beer. Very lemon smell with some grapefruit and grassy notes. Tastes fairly balanced with malts and hops for about 1/2 second and then a hop bomb is dropped on your tongue. Lots of citrus and some grassy/piney flavors and a nice bitter finish. Excellent hop profile on this APA. Mouthfeel is very smooth. With an IPA profile and an pale ale ABV, I could drink this all night long. If only I lived in Wisconsin.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 15:54:01 | More by hurricanelars
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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

Golden yellow body with light carbonation speckled throughout the body. The wispy white head leaves sporadic patches of lace. Really nice zesty fresh citrusy aroma. Lemon and orange are big. This APA is very bright and citrusy. Unique flavor, which is hard to come by in APAs. Leather and lemon. Quite dry, but refreshing. Light-medium body. Cool apa.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 04:26:56 | More by Bighuge
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drpimento

Wisconsin

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

Very unusual for a pale ale. Unusually clean and very drinkable, almost lager like in some ways. Poured with a nice off white fine foamy head that settles to a light cover and good lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is fresh hop malt and beery. Flavor is like aroma plus some sweetness. Great body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor with a bit of the sweetness holding out as it all tapers off. Session beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 04:21:23 | More by drpimento
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 03:18:16 | More by BEERchitect
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GbVDave

Illinois

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a bright gold color that's attractively hazy. Light to medium carbonation feeds a bubbly, bright white, one finger head and helps it retain for a bit. Some drooping tendrils of lace were left behind.

S: Overall, I'd have to say the prevailing hop aroma is of the grapefruit variety. I also noticed some orange, lemon, tangerine, cut grass, and a touch of toasted malt.

T: Same as above with more grapefruit and grass clippings, some honey, and lightly toasted malt.

M: Relatively bright and light with a refreshingly prickly middle and finish. Decent bit of hoppy astringency at the end, too.

D: A fantastically refreshing APA. Nothing more I need to say about that!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 01:08:15 | More by GbVDave
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djhowell

Wisconsin

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

A Bright, clear, straw colored body topped by a half-inch of snow white head.

S Fresh floral hops, citrus (specifically grapefruit)

T More malt than I expected. Mellow hop flavor, the citrus comes out more as it warms up.

M Medium bodied with good carbonation, clean finish without much bitterness.

D Very drinkable and may well become my session beer of choice this summer. Well balanced and hoppy without being bitter.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 20:02:31 | More by djhowell
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AleWatcher

Illinois

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

Poured into a standard Pint Glass.

Hops smell hit me hard just at cracking the bottle open!! This brilliantly clear soft golden yellow colored beer starts with a 1 finger head that slowly settles into a cap of nearly white bubbles. The lacing moves in giant chunks slowly drifting along, like glaciers across the Midwest. That hoppy smell is driving me crazy, and I want to take a sip before I even try to pinpoint the individual aspects of the bouquet.
But I won't. I will hold off for 20 more seconds...

This smells absolutely gorgeous! Citrusy and pine with faint fruity and floral hop notes. A tad lemony and grassy too. A slight malt is also noticeable, and this is just an amazing collection of aromas.

This is a pale ale, not IPA, just pale ale (all those "where are the hops?" reviewers when it comes to taste!). This beer is a fantastic version of its style. The hints in the nose are all coming across in the taste, with just a slight white pepper bite from the yeast. This is one of the more refreshing and delicious pale ales I've found... If this were available in cans (and in my state for that matter), I would take this out on my waverunner or on the boat anytime. Very drinkable and refreshing. Enough carbonation to help this down, and I'll tell you, it goes down too easily (like my ex I referenced in a previous review!) It finishes with a lemony citrus flavor that quenches your thirst and still feels manlier than most weiss beers!

This beer is a solid example of of what a good brewery can do when they decide to make a great version of a standard style.
Sierra Nevada Pale ale and Southern Star's Pine Belt Pale Ale were my top 2 PAs until today... Now they found a new brew to fun in their wolfpack. Moon man, welcome!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 18:12:18 | More by AleWatcher
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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass this brew has a nice clear yellow/orange color with a thick white head that left nice lacing. The brew was nice an full of citrus and hops aroma. The taste was a little heavy on the clove and citrus and not as much hops as I expected. The mouth-feel was a little light but the carbonation was nice. This was a decent pale ale, but not the best. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 21:12:45 | More by WJVII
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maximum12

Minnesota

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

Picked up in a recent duck across the border to the land of New Glarus. Six of them cooling in the rack & ready to drink. Off comes the cap.

Pours an extremely pale, very clear yellow with almost no distortion in the glass. Left behind in the bottle is a wafer-thin layer of yeast, but it seems cemented in, & none reaches the glass. Nose is a nice mixture for an APA of pale malts & flowering hops.

Moon Man hit the session beer mark dead on. Taste follows the smell closely, with a heady mix of pale malt & scented hops. Miniscule flotsam & jetsam of pear & honey if you look hard enough, but why, really?

This is a crisp, refreshing, tasty, simple summertime beer. I'm done analyzing & will continue drinking. Carry on.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 00:56:26 | More by maximum12
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box299

Illinois

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

This is my favorite New Glarus beer. I usually look for the Uff-Da or the Hearty Hop IPA.

This beer pours golden in color but has a really nice hop flavor that I didn't really expect. I am hopeful that it makes it our of the NG seasonal status and becomes a generally available beer.

It has that taste and texture of a beer that you look for just after cutting the grass on a hot summer day... then lay in the hammock with a six pack on ice at your side!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 03:26:31 | More by box299
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drpdaddy

Wisconsin

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

Aside from some of the unplugged offerings this has to be the my favorite NG beer I've had to date. This has to be the quintessential session beer for me. The nose packed with fresh floral hop aroma with just enough citrus. This beer has the nose and hop presence of an IPA but still manages to drink like a very well balanced APA. Good carbonation with a light-medium mouthfeel. I am glad its only 5%abv cause I could drink a lot of these especially on some of those long summer days, believe I have found my new summer session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 02:17:10 | More by drpdaddy
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hawks10

Illinois

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

12oz. bottle poured into my Piece pint glass...

Pours a golden straw yellow with a hint of amber, amazing clarity, almost resembles a Pils. A fluffy two finger bright white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a bit of lacing behind...

Very nice earthy hop bouquet hits the nose first, there is a bit of a sweet malt aroma that balances with the hops nicely...

Hmmm, where are the hops? Thought the nose was indicating a decently strong hop presence but there really is a lack of bitter hops in the taste at first. Some sweet, caramel malt really takes the forefront in this beer...after it warms a bit, the hops start to emerge, but to me, they still seem to take a backseat...

Overall pretty clean and crisp, decent carbonation but could have a little more body...

Easy drinking decently flavored beer from New Glarus, had high expectations after being greeted with a pretty good aroma, but felt the taste and body were a bit lacking...

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 23:43:12 | More by hawks10
Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,630 ratings.