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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,824 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,824
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 219
Gots: 236 | FT: 11
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 Redrover
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck poured into the Leinenkugel version of the perfect pint. The beer is copper with a beige head. The beer leaves some nice lacing.

Nice aroma of pine, citrus and spice.

The beer is nicely bracing and bitter. There is pinesap, tangerine, a bit of caramel malts and some pepper in the finish. Beer is balanced and has some interesting facets.

The mouth is slightly oily and sticky. This is an easy drinker and could work as a session beer. I would love to try this on tap or better yet, cask.

Redrover, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Am. hop aroma with citrus, spice and grass. Slightly sweet malt backing. Balanced nicely.
Brilliantly clear gold to amber. Smallish white head ath settles in quickly considering how much and rapid the bubble rising are.
Balance leans more towards malt than I expected, especially considering the aroma. Hop flavors and bitterness are actually quite tame. Dryness is apparent with the bitterness enhancing it by laying on the tongue. English in that it has a somewhat buttery quality, which adds a smoothness and diminishes the hops. It also smooths the drink out, especially combined with the relatively low carbonation. Drinks dangerously quickly. Fortunately it's not a high abv.
Good solid basic drink. Nothing to shout about and nothing to complain about. I bet it would be nice on tap.

garymuchow, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= The pour is actually almost perfect looking. A beautiful translucent light amber color with a nice thick two finger head that holds great retention and lacing.

S= Wonderful bright pine hops. Great grapefruit peel sort of smell in it as well. Good deep grainy malt sort of smell to it as well.

T= The taste is more balanced than the smell led me on to. There is great balalnce to this one. Good bright citrus hops to it not the bitter piney sort of hops. Theres a great malty background to it.

M= Nice medium carbonation and a nice body to it.

D= I was expecting a hop bomb with this one but then I remembered this is New Glarus and they not only do everything great but they do it to style. What I got here was a wonderfully fantastic pale ale. This isn't a lower alcohol IPA. It has wonderful balance and sort of reminds me why New Glarus is so amazing.

jjanega08, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of brdc
2.63/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes. Thanks stousnipas.
Poured from a small capped bottle into a pint glass.

Clear golden, white head, average retention and lacing.
Aroma is hoppy, but not as expected, actually quite subtle. Citric notes, some grass, bread, minimal spices.
Watery on the palate, with a lot less hops than on the aroma. Subtle citric fruitiness. Not a lot else.
Not NG best effort.

brdc, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of KeefD
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with no head or lacing. Nice piney hops in thenose, some citrus in there, maybe orange, not much sweetness. Taste is all piney hops, some different flavors of bitter citrus rind, particularly orange, and maybe some grapefruit. Bitterness is there, but not overpowering. Medium body, average carbonation, dry finish. A very flavorful APA that rivals many IPAs in flavor and bitterness, but with the added benefit of being lower in alcohol. Good beer!

KeefD, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Vonerichs
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear straw colored body with minimal head.

Very hop-forward in the nose, mostly citrus. There's some biscuity malt as well.

This has a very tastey and fresh hop profile. Oranges and perfume, also a bit grainy.

Mouthfeel is thin, fresh, and crisp. Slightly bitter and dry finish.

Plus points on the drinkability. Very crisp and refreshing with a low abv. A great sessionable beer.

Vonerichs, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one in a recent trade with EliteDigger. thanks scott!

12oz bottle. sampled july 20/2010.

pours nearly crystal clear golden amber with a small dense white head. the head drops fairly fast with spotty lace.

aroma is great. lots of pine, grapefruit, orange and tangerine. bright and juicy citrus. caramel. bit of floral character. light alcohol. hint of tropical fruit. hops are slightly resiny and powdery.

taste is nice. the hops are a little more subdued than in the aroma, less pine than citrus. orange and tangerine. bit of grapefruit. whole wheat bread. cracker. touch of grain. bit of alcohol. light caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium-light carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. really liked the aroma, but then it came down a notch in the flavour.

grub, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


An extra from eyncognito, thanks Ian! Poured into a snifter, the beer is yellow gold with a pillowy white head, good retention, light lacing.

The aroma is of lemon, orange, and grapefruit, with a slight floral/herbal quality. Malt is biscuity with a dash of caramel. Pine resin is apparent when the beer warms.

The beer opens with a moderately bitter citrus burst (grapefruit), segueing into a lightly sweet biscuity malt character that balances the pine and citrus. The bitter finish is well balanced, with lingering pine resin and citrus. The beer is upper light bodied with an upper moderate level of carbonation. This is damn drinkable stuff, the sort of beer you might session.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-23-2010 06:21:21

HopHead84, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a slightly hazy amber, some golden highlights, medium sized white head forms and settles down to a thin layer and a medium ring, a few lace spots stick to the glass.

Smell is nice, very intense hoppiness, grapefruit and pine, rough hops, a bit spicy, some caramel and honey sweetness, a bit sugary, some toast and biscuit, floral, herbal, really resinous hops.

Taste is nice, very spicy and hoppy, some herbal character, grapefruit, resinous, orange peel, lightly malty through the middle, a bit of biscuit, some caramel, decent bitterness but balanced.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not a bad pale ale, definitely has some neat hop character, more IPAish than pale ale. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery

A - Brassy golden IPA with smallish white head, moderate lace

S - Orange zest, lemongrass and pine

T - The taste is very nice; the hop is exceptionally vibrant. Lemongrass, orange pith and light piney notes are dominant over a dry, grainy malt backing.

M - The body is fairly light, the flavor is pretty full, and the carbonation is omnipresent. HFS! I forgot to say my requisite "APA. Good."

D - Another winner for New Glarus.

ktrillionaire, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 7/11/10 notes.

a - Pours a golden color with moderate carbonation and a little bit of white head.

s - Smells of tropical and citrus hops, especially orange. Little bit of floral hops too.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, bready malts, and floral hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent APA. Mostly citrus hops here, would try again.

mdfb79, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Glarus Moon Man No Coast Pale Ale

Clear, golden cast, snowy-white head, quits quickly.

Hugely hoppy aroma, citrus and spice, tangerine and lemon rind.Cardamom and ginger.

Hop-forward in flavor, too, with a lean body. Carbonated blast continues through each sip. Citrus hoppy twist slaps and tickles the tongue, slides up and down the palate.

Nice and hoppy, pleasantly drinkable, but lacking in body. I could use a word or two from malt, now and then. Bring on more malty flavor, to keep pace with the hops.

I could do with this in a pinch, but wouldn't seek it out.

feloniousmonk, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of TripT
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't report on the color as this was poured into a red plastic picnic cup. Piney hops dominate the smell and maybe a trace of bready malt. Taste has a very clean and refreshing quality. Hops are evident but they don't club you on the head like many of todays popular super-hoppy brews. Nicely balanced and quite drinkable.

TripT, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of Mdog
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear gold, lots of particles, ok head.

Smell: Big grapefruit aroma, resiny.

Taste: Light body, mild sweetness followed with citrus bitterness.

Drinkability: Excellent light bodied summer beverage.

Picked up a single, it's a good pale ale that is flavorful enough while still being easy to drink. Another good one from New Glarus.

Mdog, Jul 13, 2010
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale golden color, thinnish head. It looks about right for an APA.

On the nose I am getting the expected hop and grassiness, with a third wheel tagalong of aquarium.

I'm definitely liking the flavor here. It's basic-very basic, a breadiness punctuated by a medium pine hop bitterness. It's not too busy, not trying to be too much. It's absolutely spot on. And absolutely quaffable in cheek puffing draws.

Mouthfeel is very light, highly carbonated and alive, with just enough hopping to numb up the top teeth a tad.

Folks this is about perfect for a warm summer day. A tasty thirst quencher.

Photo of theghost3
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent straw/golden color with a 2-finger white head that quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing.

The smell is grapefruit and faint orange citrusy hops along with pine and some grains. The taste is rather subtle--orange and piney hops with a little biscuity malt in the end. Mouthfeel is crisp and light-medium bodied.

This is a drinkable APA; quite sessionable. I think it's a great introduction to the style as it's not extreme in any way. For the more experience beer drinker, however, it may be a bit simple and even watery.

theghost3, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of tapman
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a 14oz. 'Bass' nonic. Perfect.

Very light. I'm talking lighter than a Bell's oberon with super clarity, though there is a fine layer of sediment at the bottom of the bottle; a high flocculating strain that cleans up real nice! Head is moderate at first, 1 finger, and then subsides to a consistent thick lacing of white foam, like milk when boiled. Exceptional!

I'm sorry, so sorry, but this brew smells like some dank-ass marijuana. Not that I condone the use, but that is what it smells like; imagine standing in the midst of some pungent pine trees that happened to have sprung up in the middle of a fresh-cut field of grass. Oh, did I mention that the pine trees produce oranges? Yeah, that's the smell. To get more clinical, I'm experiencing some cascade and amarillo, west coast hops, with a light malt body, mostly pale with perhaps some munich or a mixture of vienna and the like. This brew smells like a Green Flash with half the alcohol/maltose. Exceptional!

Here is where the "No Coast" comes into play; this beer is flavored with the hops of a Green Flash or Gumball Head, but without the gravity of GF or the sweetness of GH. Light and refreshing, that Gumball head-type earthiness from dry-hopping (with amarillo?) hits your cheeks after a swig and then melts into a nice biscuit-floral flavor. Must be something like Vienna or light Munich or some combination because I don't taste any substantial amount of crystal or caramel in this brew. Maybe a little for subtlety, but nothing even close to 10%, possibly less than 5% or 6%. Perfect for a deep analysis or for a casual session. Exceptional!

Mputh is very light, though less carbonated than the macro brew or something like a farmhouse ale. Lightness adds to sessionability, but some more maltose, a very small amount, might balance this beer even futher, which would truly be the perfect brew. Nearly Exceptional!

What can I say... New Glarus has been my 'go too' brewery for the last several years. Living in Chicago, I only get out there twice a year, and seeing as they will not distribute to Chicago or anywhere besides Wisconsin, I may hype it up in y head throughout the seasons. However this particular brew has all the qualities of a Green Flash and gumballhead without being too heavv or too sweet. Another quality is that it is also similar to the Lagunitas IPA, one of the best beers ever created IMO, without the super-fruitiness that makes the LIPA tiresome after 6 months of loyal sessioning. I know '5's are extra special, but so is this brew. Jason, Todd, get on this one. This is truly one beer that belongs to no coasts yet all coasts can appreciate.

tapman, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of merryjoulton
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a pretty well put together pale ale. And a hoppy one I might add. Smell is piney and rich with grassy and toasty malt notes to go along with the hoppiness. Taste is very hop forward and bitter with undertones of malt and fruit. Mouthfeel is substantial and full, but a little transient.

merryjoulton, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of dbtoe
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint
This is a really great pale ale. A very easy drinking beer that has a lot of levels of flavor. I'm very glad this isn't another over hopped beer. Yes I like an IPA as much as most but I an not one that thinks every beer has to taste like a hoppy IPA. I'll be getting a lot of this one for sure.
Look is golden with a nice 2 finger head that reduces quickly to almost no head.
Smell is fruity, grassy, and a little sweet.
Taste WOW this really has a lot of nice smooth flavors that blend together very well. Not very bitter but a lot of hop flavor in every drink.
Feel good carbonation and is very creamy.
Drink Oh yeah this is an easy drinking beer. I think I'll have another.

dbtoe, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Cubsfan1087
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap at the New Glarus Brewery. I liked this beer, although it might not be my favorite pale ale that I've had. It is a nice, slightly darker shade of gold. Nice head on this beer. Strong aroma, some of my party was turned off by the smell, but I enjoyed it. The taste is comparable to other pale ales I've had, a very slight bitterness. Moon Man seemed to get better as I kept drinking it though, so if you don't like it at first give it a chance. New Glarus is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

Cubsfan1087, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade via BarrytheBear. Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly dark golden with two fingers of frothy head that quickly settles.

Smell: Grassy hops with a slight sting on the nose, sweet malt backbone. Very clean and crisp smell on this.

Taste: Mild hoppiness, grassy and bready malt. Strong lemon flavor as it warms up a little.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Very easy drinker. If this was regularly available, I'd definitely buy a lot of this.

Axic10, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of klikger
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass

A - Color is light amber with a touch of brown. Substantial head shrinks quickly, leaving a small amount of white lacing

S - Floral and citrus hops blended with farm-fresh grains

T - Grass and mild, summery herbs joined with some grainy malts on the front end. The back half consists of more of the same, combined with floral hops and a hint of bitterness.

M - Light, crisp, and refreshing, with ample carbonation

D - The dictionary definition.

Moon Man an easy entry into pale ales for the (Wisconsin) masses. It is so easy to drink, utterly refreshing, and is thus the epitome of a great summer beer. In a recent interview, Dan Carey mentioned that this is now New Glarus's #2 seller. It didn't surprise me in the least.

That having been said, and not to take anything away from Moon Man (an APA) , I sincerely hope that New Glarus brings a true IPA to the scene in the near future. Hop Hearty was fine, but not up to the brewery's standards.

klikger, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Okay.... So I want one more beer :-) Looking through the brews my Pops picked up at NG, this one intrigued me as a label-proclaimed hoppy pale ale.... and it said to drink it "today", who am I to argue?

Pours with a foamy white head that sticks around for a bit, and leaves great sheets of lacing... the brew is a polished gold... pretty... but ... ehhhh.

The label delivers on the nose... great fruit-bowl hoppiness... citrus and tropical... I was playing with both Meyer lemons and cantaloupe today... both make a mark in my interpretation of the aroma... descent enough malts play well.... pale malts are clean and show no sugar or caramel... I haven't tasted this one yet, but I am pretty damned impressed.

Hops show more citric.... lemon zest and some tangerine... bit of biscuity maltiness.. great hoppiness without any pithy bitterness.. finishes with a whole different sort of hops... sorta floral and perfumy... lingering and wonderful.. honey essence without the sweetness.. amazingly refreshing...

Body is where it should be... carbonation is on the lighter side ... seems bottled conditioned, but I don't think it is..

If New Glarus isn't the King of session beers, they should be... I buy Mirror Pond and Sierra Nevada all the time if I just want a standard low ABV pale ale.. but if I had this one available, Deschutes and SN would not be getting much disposable beer money.... Fantastic.. complex and begging for another sip..

No joke... I love this one.. my taster is not broken.. I want this one around all the time... I know it is "fresh"; but all session beers should be too, and this is abundantly better than any that has crossed my palate in a damn long time.

Much appreciation goes to my Dad on this one... I never would have searched it out... Now.. damn.. I may have to.... the Boise peeps are not going to believe me when I espouse my "Moon Man" love.


JohnGalt1, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of drizzam
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a yellow color with orange hues...with bits of tiny particulate floating about. A bright white head tops the body, with good retention. Lacing was above average.

S - A muted but delicious smelling citrus nose; grapefruit, lemon zest and orange rind abound.

T & M - A nice balance of malt and hops. The bitterness of the hops are balanced out with some sweet lemon zest and a nice toasted bready character. Medium bodied, and it finishes crisp, with almost a lemony note toward the back end to finish things off.

D - This is not a hop bomb by any means...and I don't believe NG intended it to be one. This is a flavorful Summer brew that you could drink all day long, on the boat, at the beach, at a barbeque. It tastes much bigger than it actually is though. A very good, and very sessionable, beer. Definitely worth a try if you haven't had it.

drizzam, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of kiwanomelon
3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smell: Smells like a balsam wreath: very pine-y, with notes of juniper.

Appearance: Light in color, foam quickly dissolves.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Hoppy, very smooth drinking beer, with a bitter aftertaste. Strong Christmas tree scent is hard to ignore.

Drinkability: Admittedly hard to finish the bottle, since I so strongly associate these scents and flavors with gin, not beer.

Addendum from the boyfriend/co-taster: "Did you ever eat pine needles off the ground? It's like that. Christmas in a bottle."

Serving type: bottle

kiwanomelon, Jun 25, 2010
Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,824 ratings.