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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,794 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,794
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 218
Gots: 228 | 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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hops are mild but assertive, with grassy and other herbaceous qualities paired with lesser mixed citrus. Toast is light and delicate, as is a nuanced metallic quality.

T: Begins dry, with mild and balanced pale malt and fleeting aromatic hops that appear mostly floral and herbaceous. Acidity is bright but fairly restrained in intensity, while cleanliness is almost achieved save for a faint and brief thread of diacetyl. Dryness continues to reign throughout, with the middle more clean than before--even taking on a seltzery quality. This beer finishes gently bitter and slightly peppery.

M: Thin viscosity, wet on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Similar to some of New Belgium's seasonal pale ales, this carefully-hopped blond ale drinks very easily but doesn't really try to grab the attention of the drinker. Like many of the more sessionable American ales, its fair complexion belies its pale ale heritage, but it is otherwise very appealing in its looks. Otherwise it is very stylistically true but never extreme.

beagle75, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle purchased by largadeer at Discount Liquor and left behind when he couldn't fit it in his luggage. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - Pours with a creamy three-fingered head that has good retention and a few stray splotches of lace. Transparent golden body with lots of visible bubbles.

S - Nice piney and herbal hop aromas complement a toasted grain backbone. There's a hint of grapefruit zest as well.

T - Taste has a bit more toffee and sugar sweetness to the malt bill. Some citrus flavors as well as some grass and light herbs. Nowhere near as piney as the aroma, and not much residual bitterness either.

M - Crisp, refreshing, with pleasant carbonation zest, and a medium-light body. Finishes dry with some tooth-coating hop oils.

D - It's a Midwest session pale ale. The low sweetness and excellent feel, combined with the low alcohol, make this a great beer for drinking all day in the sun.

MasterSki, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of Tballz420
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Small, short-lived white head tops a golden colored brew, slight haze but mostly clear. Nice sticky hop scent, floral with a bit of grapefruit. Taste starts with a light sweet malt front, but is dominated by hops. Floral, grapefruit, a touch of bitterness. Medium bodied and pretty wet feel. Thats a handy little PA they put together.

Tballz420, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of JCaweinstein
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from the bottle into a SA perfect pint glass, bottle not dated. Pours a one finger off white head. Light orange in color with quite a bit of carbonation, enough to keep the head throughout the entire beer.
I smell grass, hops and citrus. The aroma from this beer exudes from the glass.
I first taste the crispness of hops, lemony citrus and followed by a tough of malty sweetness. Nicely balanced for a session beer.
The carbonation is noticeable when this one hits the tongue. Might be a little too much. After the initial crispness from carbonation it smoothes out and leaves a touch of a hop aftertaste.
Overall a good session beer. I could drink a sixer of this in one sitting no problem. This would be a regular rotation beer if available in my area.

JCaweinstein, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Jenkster4
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured into a tulip glass. Poured a amber-ish golden color with minimal head, and some carbonation bubbles rising to the top .

It smelt of pine and citrus, very pleasant smell, and you can get a good whiff of the hops there. The taste is somewhat resembles the smell . The hops are noticeable, but they're just the right amount. It has some bitterness, but it's oh so tasty.

Overall any fan of pale ale with some hop bite to it would love this beer. Thanks to my brother in law who lives in IL for bringing a few over.

Jenkster4, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of anell213
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

A: Amber/golden color with shards of lacing on the glass.

S: Grapefruit, ginger, lemon, hoppy-goodness.

T: Bitter, but not too much. Hoppy, but not too much - really a nice balance.

M: Dry

O: This is basically my go-to beer, and what I used to try to recruit people into the world of hops. Super drinkable. Was very glad when New Glarus made this a regular stamp in their lineup.

anell213, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of zachary80
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Nice large white head drops down to about 1cm in height. Body is golden orange. Thick lacing coats my glass

Smell is great. Tons of hops - mostly citrusey. You can get some of the malty aroma but its hop dominated.

The taste is very nice and hoppy up front, fades to the malt backbone, then leaves little residual bitterness. This is the best part of Moon Man - extra hoppy for a pale ale, but not overly bitter for the malt

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, very nice for a pale ale.

Moon Man is easily one of the best pale ales I've ever had

zachary80, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of mjpolzin
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%

This is a tasty beer! I am quite found of pale ales and generally drink IPAs. I know technically this is an APA but to me the pleasant grapefruit/pine/bitter taste of a pale ale is not only present here but also supplmented with a sweet taste. It is hoppy enough to really taste but not so hoppy that it will ruin the palette for whatever else you are having with it.

And although I enjoy a nice high abv pale ale, the lower abv of makes this beer one where I can knock back a few in a row without getting too much of a buzz. Also, knowing that New Glarus beers generally sell for $7-$8 for a six pack, thsi beer is plenty affordable.

mjpolzin, May 30, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Moon man pours a nice golden color that is quite translucent. A fingers worth of white head sits patiently. The aroma is citrus zest and a bit of pine and buttered biscuit. The taste is pretty bitter and hoppy. Citrus and pine a pretty bold. A sweet honey taste is balanced with the hop offerings. A nice crisp feel with a bitter dry finish. Drinkable and very tasty.

ChugginOil, May 29, 2011
Photo of nataku00
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks to mtunnell for the bottle.

Clear bright orange with a half a finger of soapy white head. Head dissipates to a very thin collar along the edge of the glass, leaving a few slicks of white along the surface of the beer. A few small bubbles of carbonation visible every now and then, but not too carbonated.

For a low abv pale ale, a very nice sweet orange, orange peel, pineapple, mango tropical fruits in the aroma. A bit of floral fragrance as well. Light malt sweetness as it warms up.

Citrus and floral hops at first sip, light in flavor, but but remains as long as the beer is in your mouth. Smooth light malt sweetness balances the light bitterness on the tongue, leading to a slight floral hop flavor on the finish.

Light bodied with a smooth light carbonation. Very easy to drink and perfect for a session beer or to have a meal. Refreshing and delicious, one of the best pale ales I've had.

nataku00, May 28, 2011
Photo of chumba526
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Thanks to Zimmerbloke for this bottle.

Appears clear orange tinted yellow with a large head that dissipates quickly.

It smells of sweet citrus. I get a strong orange quality to the smell. There is also a mellow grass smell and a sweet malt smell.

The beer initially tastes of sweet mild malt. A nice sweet citrus orange flavor is also apparent. There is a mellow grassy hop flavor. There is a nice mix between the citrus flavor and the slightly sweet malt flavor. The beer ends with a refreshing light amount of bitterness.

Overall a great easy to drink flavorful pale ale.

chumba526, May 28, 2011
Photo of beerdown77
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

This pours golden with active bubbles and nice foamy head. The smell is very potent...bitter and hoppy. The taste is most notably fresh, hoppy, and bitter. This almost gives you a sour candy sensation. The body is pretty light, but the crisp bite of this brew lingers and just adds to the refreshment that it provides. It has a strong, effervescent grapefruit flavor. This is the cold shower of beers, a welcome change to the usual over-syrup douchy IPAs that I usually drink. Seriously, this is a great beer with a fresh hop character that I have been craving, this hits the spot.

beerdown77, May 26, 2011
Photo of mooselvlt
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

Bottle poured into standard pint glass

A - A nice, clear golden appearance with about a finger of white head. Slight lacing.

S - A mix of pine and citrus, as if lemons growing on an evergreen

T - Bamm! Slightly bready up front then a nice citrus/pine hops kick on the finish.

M - Its a little thin but I think that is the goal here.

O - Very drinkable, especially for this time of year. Very session friendly for the warmer months that lie ahead! Just a very well put together beer from New Glarus.

mooselvlt, May 20, 2011
Photo of bennetj17
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Bright gold color, perfect clarity, with wispy white foam reaching a half-inch in thickness. It looks just a shade darker than a Pils. The nose on this thing is hopped up like an IPA. There is a nice perfumy complexity to the hop aromas, with a subtle balance between fresh pine and citrus. Not much sweetness from the malt, this one shapes up to be one-sided just how I like em.

The hop flavors dominate the taste but aren't overpowering. The flavor is very clean and again the bready malt is kept well in check. Twangy citrus hops are bright with lemon and grapefruit, finishing with a moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is perhaps a bit thin for my liking, but overall appropriate as I think they are going for a somewhat lighter beer here. Carbonation is fine.

Overall this is a winner. I love an easy drinking beer that's still heavy-handed with hops. It's alot like Gumballhead in that respect, but more well-rounded and cleaner. I'm going to trade for some more of this soon...

bennetj17, May 18, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

Acquired via trade from ughsmash so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of fruity citrus along with floral hops and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste likewise starts out with sweet flavors of citrus fruits followed by a strong hops presence. The malt character isn’t heavy but it’s more substantial than the look would lead you to anticipate and it creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent beer to drink for a whole evening.

TheManiacalOne, May 18, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Chicago distributorship can go F themselves! When you have friends that travel to Wisconsin and are willing to bring New Glarus beers back it quite a blessing. The latest "contraband" bought into Chicago was Moon Man. The beer is a clear golden gem with white head. The smell is a smooth lemony/citrus which appeals quote nicely. The taste is dominated more by a sublte pine than citrus as one might suspect from the aroma. The beer is very easy on the pallete and could session all night long!!!!

WoodBrew, May 15, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Thanks to Matt (mtunnell) for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Bottling code of 0313 B2 1826 on the bottom.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly into a thin white film. Beer is an attractive, clear goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and with moderate cling. Points for color but those are lost on account of lack of head retention.

S: Nose is surprisingly aromatic. Lemon zest, citrus, and an odd sweet soapiness combine together to form an oddly enticing smell.

T: Opens citrus, lemon rind, and some papaya at the back end. Cane sugar sweetness complements a subtle, dry, grassy hop bitterness towards the middle. End is slightly grainy cane sugar and more grassy hop bitterness. Finish is accented and slightly yeasty with a muted and dry bitter aftertaste. Very well balanced and enjoyable.

M: Light bodied and well carbonated. Bubbly and crisp in the mouth and abrasive and lively going down. Finish is accented and slightly dry with a muted aftertaste that nevertheless lingers. Nice and refreshing but pretty standard for the style.

O: A highly quaffable beer, New Glarus Moon Man manages to eek out an above-average grade for a style that doesn't have a lot of ways to be particularly good or bad. Very clean, well balanced, and refreshing. A nice beer overall.

SpeedwayJim, May 12, 2011
Photo of JayAre46
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

JayAre46, May 11, 2011
Photo of bmwgirl9606
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

bmwgirl9606, May 10, 2011
Photo of CliffBrake
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

CliffBrake, May 04, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

ngeunit1, May 04, 2011
Photo of adman08
3.8/5  rDev -8%

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.

adman08, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

(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.

rhoadsrage, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of dcloeren
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

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

dcloeren, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Brunite
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

Brunite, Apr 20, 2011
Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,794 ratings.